Saturday, June 25

Max' birthday party

We had a *blast* at our friend Max's birthday party.  You can see all the cool pictures here.  Max's mom Amy is amazing with creative ideas and so much love and caring.  We had fun!!

Mommy note:  Tommy was not feeling well and SUPER grumpy grinchy grouchy.  After the third dr visit last night within eight days.... we have an antibiotic and are getting better. 

Happy birthday Max.  We love you Sooooooo much!

Monday, June 20

School's out

Gratitude: Give thanks in all things (Ephesians 5:20).

We made teacher thank you gifts this year for the preschool team.
There are 7 on the teaching team for 10 kids (I believe that was the final number in their morning classroom but I could be off by 1 child that may have snuck in June).
 The preschool team was amazing this year again and I'll post later this week on progress for the duo and what we will be homeschooling on this summer (actually for all four kids,I'm so excited)

We started off with LOTS of sculpey clay and pens.  Hmm, any ideas on what we made?

Hannah and the duo CREATING.  And we talked about the year, thanking each of the teachers, talking about the special memories......and how we are already looking forward to next year!

We made pens for each teacher.  We thought about colors and tried to match meaningful colors to each teacher.  The yellow/black one was for our bus driver who is ever so patient with us.  The green/yellow pen was for one of the staff who Liam said "she luves John Deere's like me".  And the red/white one was for Tommy's nurse because it reminded us of the red cross.  Tommy's wonderful one on one aide (although no one called her that) is staying home next year to care for her family and we made her a pen with red in it because..... Tommy signed the color red this year!! 

I wrote them each a personal note.  I used a template in Word for shipping labels and it had a beautiful scroll artwork on it and worked perfectly when printed on a sheet of paper and cut out. 
I could have written an entire page of observations, gratitude, sharing and encouragement because each teacher has been such a gift to us this year and so absolutely fun everyday.

Thank you preschool team!  See you all in the fall.  Stay tuned this week for our progress updates and our homeschooling summer very flexible 'plan'.

Sunday, June 12

Finally warm weather

The view from my kitchen window out to our picinic table for dinner.  Home raised chicken with jerk seasoning, organic quinoa, sweet potatoes and a salad.  

Tommy finally stepped onto the scooter!  He actually is standing in place here (I didn't think he needed a helmet), so maybe, just maybe, he might enjoy the scooter by summer end.

The garden is in.  Well, I have just a couple other veggie starts to get, but it's mostly in.  Thank you to my sister Tami for 26 tomato plants!  To my sister Debbie for the basil and peppers.  And to my parents Bill and Sue for sprouting all the seeds I ordered from Territorial this year.  Thanks to my neighbor Nora for hosting the *very* best gardening club evening to choose what to plant for this area and share tips (and wine).  I still planted seeds by hand for things that don't transplate.  But, when you have a 5,000 square foot garden you need HELP :)  I've got a great family and friends.   Here's looking at putting up at least another 100 quarts this fall of vegetables.  P.S. I planted 60 hills of potatoes (6 different varities).  And remember, some of this is going to Bellingham Food Bank because it was my goal to donate at least 100 pounds of produce because I'm so saddened by the food bank line when I see it (it wraps around a city block).

Hannah surprised me at work with coffee and a hug.  Just love my daughter!!
Glad the weather is warm and we have tons of encouragement to spend time outside.  Have fun!

Wednesday, June 8

Wordless Wednesday - Breakfast for twins

This is a month ago now, but fireside breakfast table for the duo!

Sunday, June 5

Wordless weekend because I'm wiped out!

No captions because I'm headed to bed, wow, I'm tired.  Fun weekend though and I think all six of us are in these pictures somewhere, plus my dad, gardening, and the Scottish Games.  Hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine!!

Tommy Adventures