Friday, June 10, 2016

Our First Home

With construction on our new home started, it was time to put our current home up for sale.  We decided to take a risk and sell it on our own.  The risk paid off!  We sold it for our asking price the first day we put it on the market.  I was SO relieved we wouldn't have to do showings for weeks on end, but reality really set in the moment we accepted that offer.  As excited as we are for our new home, this home was our first . . . and we've had so many amazing memories here.  It will be hard to say goodbye!

A few photos to remember our first home by . . .

We are looking forward to making more amazing memories in our new home!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

First Birthday!


Brooklyn turned one on May 15.  She is the absolute darling of the family, and we were so excited to celebrate her special day with her!  Her birthday fell on a Sunday, so we had a fun party at home with family...lots of cake and presents!

So many fun presents to open!  She got a baby doll, a quiet book for church, and a little scooter that makes her dance!

To say she enjoyed her cake would be a major understatement!

In fact, she enjoyed her cake SO much that she went straight to the bathtub when she was finished!

Brooklyn has brought so much joy to our lives . . . there's a lot of personality in that little body of hers!  We can't imagine our family without her.  Happy Birthday to our baby princess!  We love you!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mom, The Campaign Manager

Joshua and Olivia both decided to run for Student Council for the upcoming school year . . . a BIG deal at their school.  I felt like a full-on campaign manager!  They each had to write two essays on the qualities found in a good leader and the impact they would have on their school as an officer, make campaign posters to hang in the halls at school, and write a speech.  First they gave the speech to their classmates, after which the top student from each class moved on to give their speech in front of the entire school.  After a school-wide vote, the top two students from each grade became the next year's student council officers.  Joshua was old enough to run for Student-body president and he decided to go for it.  After a week of campaigning, he ended up losing to his good friend by only 1 vote . . .   It was a heart breaker!   He didn't give up though.  He ran the following week for a sixth-grade officer and won by a landslide.   I was so proud of him!


Olivia's grade had more than 20 kids running this year!  She was so nervous about giving her speech, but she rocked it in the end.  She spoke about the importance of being kind to everyone and stopping playground bullying.  After winning her class vote, she went on to the school-wide vote . . .  and she won!


I couldn't be more proud of my kids . . . and I love that they go for it when they want something!  Congratulations Ja and Livi!  I love you both!!