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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Houseboat


Our oldest daughter, Kami, is in Barcelona for the summer and she expects to see pictures of her sisters so I will be a little more motivated to keep up with things.  :)

My family does a yearly houseboat trip.  We have always spent the day on the house boat but have either stayed at a motel or in our RV with the girls.  It is just easier for us that way.  This year we went in the motorhome.  It was Jilliana's first trip in the motorhome and first lake trip.


 Here Daddy is gearing the girls up for the long ride.  We are not sure what it is, but our two older girls were much better at long road trips than these four.  Or maybe it is us getting older?
 Lily and Emma ready for the ride.
 Jilliana with Grandpa on the houseboat.


 Jilliana
 Emma  Sophia
 Meilynn loves to play in the sand and water.
 Emma and Lily working together.
 Jilliana has a little snuggle time with Nai Nai (Grandma)
 It takes a really special Grandpa to let his grandchild paint his toe nails pink.  Oops!  a little on the carpet!
 My Dad driving the boat when Jilliana was ez skiing.
 Cousin Nick soon became Jilliana's favorite on this trip!
 Lily and Emma knee-boarding
 We go up to the top of Lake Mead as far as we can.  The water is very cold and muddy here where the water is coming from the Colorado River.
 Learning about echo's.
 Jilliana and Emma.  My two snuggle bunnies.
 Lunch time
 Grandma teaching Jilliana the fine art of s'more making.




Emma enjoying a Marshmallow since she detests chocolate.

We had a great time as usual.  I hope to get some better pictures from my family.  I was a little busy to get many.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Look what 4 months can do!

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We spent the last week on a houseboat with our family.  Look at what my baby can do!









Thursday, June 02, 2011

Where I have been and what to do about school.




I feel bad that I let my blog get so far behind.  Life has been very busy!  Easter, our 31st wedding anniversary, baby dedication, Lily's readoption, Meghan and Nick moving, Meilynn's birthday, Lily's birthday, school activities, Dr. appointments, Dentist appointments, etc. etc. etc.  My mind has been occupied with decisions.  Mainly decisions on the girls schooling for next year.  This year Emma and Meilynn have attended the pre-school that they attended last year.  it has a kindergarten program that has been perfect for them.  Lily has attended three days a week with me homeschooling her the other two.  She is progressing, but at times it just seems so slow.  We have a great public school in our neighborhood, a great private school (but very expensive), and then there is homeschooling.  I have been looking in to homeschooling full time, homeschooling using a charter where the teacher meets with you every 20 days and also virtual school.  At the moment I am leaning toward the virtual school for Lily.  I can still be her teacher,  but the curriculum and everything would be in line with the public school should we decide to switch.  I also would have the capability of adding curriculum that I would like to add, things that interest her and also Christian Education.  She would also have the opportunity to move faster or slower if she needs to.  Lily is two grades behind (in California, some States she would be just one year behind.) We would love for her to be just the one year behind. but it might be a year or two before that happens if it does.  I have a lot more to say on this subject, but it is getting late and I want to start getting caught up on photos.

So I guess I am going back as far as Easter!


 I know I posted some video of this but here are the pictures.  The girls were helping me fill eggs for their school Easter Egg Hunt.
 Emma, my cuddly one.
 Meilynn, my curious one.
 Lily, my one who loves life.
 And our sweet surprise! Jilliana, She is such an angel.  She is our sparkle.
 Eating as many as she fills.
 Emma loves to swing

 It didn't take Jilliana long to fit in here.  I har the clip clopping of these princess shoes all the time.
She loves the water, as long as it is not in her face.

I am really hoping to have time to post tonight, here is a picture of Jilliana today.

Jilliana, playing at the pool today.  We cannot imagine her not being a part of our family.  She is the most amazing, smart, funny, great personality, affectionate, loving, and not to mention the cutest, little thing that God created.