The schools here have a Patriot Program
Depending on the students age
they have a checklist of things to do to qualify
as a Patriot.
Jennifer and I both volunteered to work
with students in the half hour before school.
Proud to say Ella, Sami and Jack all
completed the program
which qualified them to go on a field trip to
Ft. McHenry where Francis Scott Key wrote
what we now know as our National Anthem
Of course Jennifer and I went along.
|We unfolded and then refolded this huge flag|
|Our two groups|
|It wore Ella out!|
Can't leave our littlest one out.
She is small for her age and slept swaddled
which meant she was in the cradle for a long time
We had to move her to a pack n play in June
|I do think this is her favorite place to nap though|
On to the birthdays
Miss A and I have birthdays a week apart
So, while we were at the beach
celebrating my worship Mom week end
we celebrated hers too
She is so enamored of animals
Shawn and I had the kids while The photo shoot was getting set up.
Looking forward to seeing those, THOMAS.
|Another first for her. She called it the big water.|
even though they are starting to outgrow them.
This year Charlie and Michele decided to stay for the entire week.
Their first real vacation as a family.
Of course Jen and I and three kids stayed with them.
|Our girls, They are 5, 4 and 4 in this picture|
By the end of June they will be 6, 4 and 5
|Before they made it to the beach Charlie and Michele|
took a detour to a Farmer's Market for fruit and veggies for the week
Now that we all live in Maryland
you wouldn't think it would be special for the cousins to see each other
There is just something about hanging around in the evenings and
then waking all up together.
|It makes my heart swell to see how our big kids love our Miss A|
So proud of them all
and how the cousins all love each other
Of course the beach, by far, is everyone's favorite.
Almost everyone's. It makes PaPa a nervous wreck
And now she is three
Ella will be 11 in a couple of weeks.
We got a chance to go to the outlets
and I got her some new Cons
|You may notice she doesn't have on her glasses.|
She asked Aunt Nenni (Jen) to hold them for her at the beach.
When Jen went in the ocean she forgot she still had them on her head
until the waves swept them away.
|"There is sand in my sandwich"|
The Candy Kitchen
Pizza Hut Buffet
One of Papa's favorite things
Even in the rain we had fun
|High Hand Touch (Give me five)|
Great time at the movie
Making our own pizza
|We stopped at the Candy Kitchen on our way out|
Good thing we are only 1 1/2 hours away
|Exhausted after a busy week|
and Jennifer was picked to go with them
|She gets tired so easy.|
Good thing Aunt Nenni was there to make sure she took breaks
|Love when I get a morning with my redheads|
Back to the library but thus time with Sami
Then we walked over to the park for lunch and play time before going back to school
Lily didn't have a graduation but a closing program with poems, songs and dances
where they showed us all that they had learned.
She'll be in Kindergarten next year. She recognizes all her letters both upper and lower case.
She counts to 30, can zip, knows 12 shapes and all her basic colors.
that Mommy made for her
Sami had a graduation where they crossed the bridge to First Grade
Good for us. Ella was able to be there too and Daddy was the official school photographer
for the event. On a side note Wyatt finished Kindergarten in another school and did not have any kind of ceremony.
|Then we went into her classroom|
|She wants to go to school.|
|Throw in a some tubes for her ears|
and three rotting teeth fixed.
Most days she has a smile on her face
Three more birthdays to post!
Someday (soon?) I will be caught up