Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happy 9th Birthday, JT!

We celebrated JT all weekend, with his favorite meals & fun things to do. On Saturday, Grandma & Grandpa surprised us with a visit for the day, we had spaghetti for lunch (one of JT's favorite meals), and then enjoyed an afternoon of JT & JMC's soccer games (and Mami got her first good sunburn of the season.)

This morning we enjoyed chocolate-covered donuts for breakfast while Papi set up the sound system for church. After church, we played at a park, went to Chuck E Cheese, had our traditional birthday pancakes for lunch, and personal pizzas for dinner. JA chose some thoughtful gifts for JT, and he also enjoyed opening many birthday cards, a new Italy soccer jersey, a new swim shirt, & a new game for his DS. Papi & JT went to the video game store during nap time and bought a new Wii game. We played outside before dinner, including a game of one-on-one for Papi and JT. After dinner, the S family came over for birthday cake, and we surprised JT with trick candles that kept relighting. Overall, it was a great weekend.

Showing off his "Professor Gilderoy Lockhart" grin (It's from book 2 of Harry Potter & a fun inside joke with JT & Mami.

We surprised JT with gifts & cards by putting them on the table while he was somewhere else in the house. :)

Reading the card from JA

Making a tiny mud house

JL has been asking for a bicycle of her own (she says it needs to be pink or purple) and today we got this tricycle we've saved from the older kids out of the shed for her. She didn't even mention the fact that it's not her preferred colors. :)

I can't flip the photo, but this is the Steelers' symbol, one of JT's requested cake ideas. The cake is a zucchini chocolate cake with a coconut cream frosting. JT's favorite!

Showing off his gift from JA. (A light up drawing tablet)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Assorted videos

A bunch of videos from the past month or so; Christmas programs, piano recitals, & homeschool. :)

EFree Children's Choir
EFree Children's choir

Nativity play at Pure Gold

BACHS Treble Choir

BACHS Treble choir

JA playing the prelude at church

JA decided to takes notes and present them, just because. :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Harry Potter Scene It! game to bring in the new year! Plus, plenty of time for games, food, shopping, reading, and talks. The adults even went out to dinner without kids, thanks to 2 awesome nieces who tackled dinner & bedtime with our 4 blessings!

We got to see coffee roasting at the coffee shop, and JMC enjoyed helping with that so much that he now wants to learn all about coffee before becoming a fireman. (And he's made coffee several times since we've been home.)

Tío G an JT showing off their Steelers gear.

JL was so excited to get Minnie Mouse ears from her cousin L.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

White elephants and other fun

This may have been our most enjoyable Christmas so far. We had a wonderful Nochebuena with Papi's sisters and their families, and the Q family. JT & JA sang in church, and then we all had a great time snacking, eating tamales, joking, chatting, and of course exchanging gifts. Everyone partipated in the white elephant gift exchange this year, and it did not disappoint. There was a perfect mix of desired gifts and gag gifts, and plenty of goofiness as well.

Christmas day was much calmer; we enjoyed spending the day with Grandma & Grandpa, and Mami's aunt, uncle, & cousins.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2015


There is so much to update here, but if I don't begin somewhere, I'll never get caught up. So, highlights from 1st semester:

This year, JMC is in Kinder! He's doing great learning to read and write, though his favorite subject is math. He has all of the letter sounds and syllables, and knows between 25-30 sight words. He really wants to learn to read because he sees how much JA & JT enjoy reading. (They read for a couple hours every day!)

JT is in 3rd, and JA is in 5th(!). We are studying creation through the ancient Greeks for history, and thoroughly enjoying it. We all love history. This year's science is our favorite so far, as each lesson begins with an experiment (that is actually manageable & with items I have on hand.) :)

We are in a homeschool group with 50 families. The older 3 kids also attend a pe & swimming class at the YMCA. JT & JA participate in children's choir at church, and JA is also in an additional choir for homeschooled students. We tend to stay fairly busy. :)