Working at the Car Wash

In a recent effort to give the kids set “chores”, we’ve found that what works better for us is having “work time” designated in the weekend at some point.  That way we actually get accomplished what seems pressing at the time, and can assign the kids some sort of duty.  It’s a work in progress, I’ll tell you that ๐Ÿ˜‰.

But, the other weekend, I had a pretty good helper in Asher that I took a few pictures I wanted to ‘preserve’ here because he thought it was (1) pretty cool his job was the hose, and (2) he also realized that “making rainbows” was a by product of this cool job…making the drying more of a challenge.  Nevertheless, we had fun…and my car actually ended up clean, even if it took longer than driving to the car wash ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Our Little Singer

Selah has been saying for weeks that she didn’t want to participate in her piano recital because last time was so scary.  This, of course, made my Mama heart sad that she’s clearly already growing up and growing out of her ‘performing’, for fear of people watching (or how she perceives herself – she kept saying when she watched it back that she doesn’t think she did well).  Jesse and I had done all we could to convince her, basically giving up, until yesterday she apparently told her piano teacher that she was now “in”.  And – the cutest part – she allegedly changed her mind because grandma was missing her “spring sing” next week, but would be able to make her recital!  (Note to Grandma – hope you’ve set aside June 3rd ๐Ÿ˜‰!)

So, in preparation, her piano teacher and her chose a song for her to sing.  Spoiler alert: if anyone is coming to the recital, I will reveal the song and video of her practicing!

She hasn’t been projecting enough, so her teacher asked her friend Madeline to sit and watch, hoping Selah would be louder.  She’s getting there – it’s really sweet to watch the progress – and I was able to video (sorry it’s shaky – I was also trying to watch that Asher didn’t fall off the trampoline that was open – without yelling at him and ruining the video!  Also, her teacher stops her for some direction, but I filmed the entirety).  Here goes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyUczVbP2qE

I know it’s been a long time since posting, so I’ll try and update a bit more here for far-away family to capture our busy lives with kiddos!

Sports!

Selah has started gymnastics and Asher has started soccer.  They both are doing well, but I have to say that Asher’s soccer experience this morning was surprisingly awesome.  

He gets frustrated easily with himself so I was preparing him for the worst – I told him that he is just going to practice and that he needed to stick with it, have fun, and keep trying hard because other kids might have a lot more soccer practice (as in, any) than him.  I just wanted him to not be dissapointed in himself – it has happened over and over in swimming and writing, two things he gets very frustrated because his sister outperforms him by so much.  But soccer?  He was actually really impressive!  

Here’s a video of his first time kicking a soccer ball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jzvzS89k9s

We were pleasantly surprised – and so was he!  The absolute best part was seeing how proud of himself he was.  

Selah has always been strong and coordinated, so it’s equally as fun watching her (just not as shocking ๐Ÿ˜‰).  She originally only wanted to go because her friend Madeline was going, but she’s now started to enjoy going even when Madeline isn’t going.  She still enjoys piano and singing more (which I know, family, I’ll video next week!), but we might have an athlete yet, and we’re happy that gymnastics keeps her practicing strength and coordination.  Here’s a little video mashup – nothing fancy, but is our scrapbook to compare how the kiddos grow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9iUCtHbrBU

The other sport I’ve been meaning to try is biking – I’d like to take Asher to the pump track in town because that kid is crazy on a bike!  It must be the triceratops helmet!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Saturday family and friends!

Love

Couldn’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day then to have all three of mine pick me up from work (play on some construction equipment of course), dinner/dessert downtown, then home in bed by 7 snuggling and reading in bed (Captain Underpants, courtesy of Selah’s Valentine to Daddy).


When I put Asher to bed tonight, he really summed it up for me:

Me: Ashy, how’d I get so lucky having God give me you guys as family?

Asher: I don’t know. (Pause).  Whoa, Mom!

Me: What?!

Asher:  Oh!  I thought you were an alien for a second.  But aliens don’t talk, so then I knew.

Well, that clears up that question, in case anyone was wondering!  โค๏ธ ha!  I love my most random little boy, and his sister and Dad to go along with him.  Still don’t know how I got so lucky, but at least I’m not an alien, so I guess I’m still winning.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Date Nightย 

Nothing like our favorite night of the year to make me post finally!  I have to go back and recap basically from summer of last year to now, but first, the annual Daddy Daughter Dance!

Who can resist, right?  The cutest couple there is around! It literally is Selah’s favorite night of the year, which was scientifically proven when she got home from school and asked to shower to get ready for it!  It was so sweet.
And Daddy was no less excited then Selah, and played the part of the prince very well, flowers and all.  I mean, the look at these faces here when he brought home a perfect bouquet for his princess…Their looks show it all in every picture, so of course I went overboard and am having trouble narrowing it down so am doing a classic over posting!  

And, shhh, don’t tell, but it’s one of my favorite nights because I get my own handsome prince to hang out with.  Tonight, we chose pancakes for dinner, bath time with a new Pokรฉmon figure, topped off with two games of Monopoly with Superman.     Good times were had by all, and although I haven’t posted in quite awhile, one thing remains the same:  we’re sure blessed to get to be parents of these two growing babies of ours!

And Other Things to be Thankful for

There are a lot of random things I take a few pictures at, then never post or don’t have a full thought about them.  But in the spirit of my online ‘scrap-booking’….we are also extremely thankful for:

Good friends and swim meets:

Mok, best dog in the world:Santa Barbara sunsets and bike rides along the beach:

Family to help with new backyard construction projects!  And new knees for Jesse to be able to do so:

Mok somehow got out of order, but could list him twice we are so thankful for him!

And just plain old family time together laughing – lots of times with this guy, but always together:

Sounds trite, but no other way to put it – we are very blessed (& when I don’t remember that, I come back here to upload! ๐Ÿ˜‰).  When I have little time for friends or groceries or cleaning…this is what I’m doing!  Life with our little family.