Last Day of School

This was the first year that my kids didn’t finish school on the same day!

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Audrey finished with a half-day on Wednesday with her Kindergarten graduation that evening!

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Ezra finished with a half-day on Thursday!

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They’re excited it’s summer break!!!

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Audrey loved her Kindergarten teacher & is sad that she can’t have her again next year!

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Ezra’s teacher was amazing! Ezra will be back to visit her next year, as well as her tortoise named Teddy!

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Kindergarten graduation

I can’t believe that my baby is old enough to be in Kindergarten, let alone finished with Kindergarten!! But she is….

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Lots of fun songs with motions!

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Getting her “diploma”!

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Life aspirations!

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Our little girl!

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Cute siblings!

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Holding her actual diploma & standing next to the graduate she made!

 

We had lots of friends & family come to her graduation & I meant to take pictures of Audrey with them, but the evening got away from us!

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Watch out 1st grade! Here comes the class of 2030!!!

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Happy 9th Birthday, Ezra!

We celebrated Ezra’s actual 9th birthday with a quiet evening at home! He chose to have pizza for his dinner & then we opened presents!

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He got a “new-to-him” bike & was super excited that it had a kickstand!

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Audrey wanted to give Ezra a gift for his birthday, so I let her pick one of the fun t-shirts I had gotten him. Ezra was pretty sure that Audrey’s gift would be yet another one of the many crafts that she makes him, so he was astounded that it was a t-shirt that he was excited about!

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More fun presents!

Thanks to Ezra’s birthday being on the 31st, we get to make use of the deal on ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, so I didn’t even have to make a dessert!

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Hiking

Last week, Micah really wanted to go hiking with the kids & the weather was looking good, so last Saturday we all hiked up Rocky Top!

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That peak is “Rocky Top” & it looks pretty impressive until you realize that you park just a half mile from the top!

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As you can see, the view from the parking area is already amazing!

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Headed up…

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Taking a break part-way up…

IMG_1986 We made it!!! The views were AMAZING!!! We could see Three Sisters, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, & Mt. Hood!!

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Proud of their accomplishment!

It was the perfect hike for our kids – just long enough & strenuous enough to wear them out & make them work for the end result, but with a HUGE reward!

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Track Meet

Toward the end of May, Ezra got to compete in the track meet put on by another christian school. This year it was held at Western Oregon University!

 IMG_8736(1) Ezra chose to run the hurdles again

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I don’t know much about track, but it seems like he knows what he is doing!

IMG_8739(1) Sadly, he didn’t do as well as he would have liked

He also ran the 200 meter & again didn’t do quite as well as he had expected to do. Thankfully, Daddy showed up shortly after this race & was able to talk him into his final event:

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The high jump!

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Audrey wasn’t old enough to compete this year, but she had a blast anyway, because her cousins were there to cheer on Ezra & their other cousins from another school!

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Where did the time go?

9 years & approximately 9 months ago, when we found out I was expecting, I signed up for weekly emails from a baby website. The first one I received was something like this:

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The emails followed the baby’s growth in utero & compared it to a type of food. Then once Ezra was born, I switched to the emails for his age & received emails that talked about what kids his age  should be doing at that particular time in his life (first foods, walking, first words, potty-training, off to school, etc.). They were nothing earth-shattering, but it was nice to see what other kids his age were up to. Last week, I received this email from them:

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The emails are done! Ezra has aged out! It’s crazy to me that tomorrow he will be 9 years old! Where did the time go??

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Learning to Sew

A few months back, I was inspired by all the fun fabrics at the fabric store & I let the kids each pick out a favorite. It took a while for me to actually get my machine out, but the project finally happened!

IMG_5370 Audrey was over the moon excited about learning to sew!

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Ezra insisted that “boys don’t sew” & I had to force him to come try. He got into it & was pretty proud of his finished product!

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I think they turned out really cute!

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