Saturday, April 26, 2014

Art class at the lake!

One of my best friends, Mary, is a wonderful artist and so is her father.  They invited us out to their place at the lake to learn some basic drawing skills.  The girls had a lot of fun!

The grownups got to paint with the oil paints...

I have to say that I am pretty impressed with my husband's artistic ability!

And then the art class got to take a field trip to a real art gallery!  They had to take the boat to get there...

And you can't go to the marina without feeding the fish...

They enjoyed watching the pottery:

The highlight of the trip was being allowed to "drive" the boat!  Mr. Peterson had installed an extra wheel so the grandkids can "drive" whenever they want :)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Karis made a big decision

When Karlie decided to follow Jesus last December, Karis told us that she just wasn't ready yet.  We could tell she was really thinking about it and were eager to watch how God touched her heart.  Over the next few months, I could tell that her interest was growing.  She would read her Bible to herself often, even daily taking it with her to the bathroom (her favorite place to read in peace and quiet in this boisterous house!)  On Tuesday, April 22, Karis and Karlie kind of disappeared while I was making dinner.  Mark got home, the normal excited chaos ensued of everyone talking to Daddy at once, and in the midst of it Karis shyly told us that she had decided to follow Jesus.  Apparently she told Karlie and they had gone to their room to read the different names of God that Karlie had on a paper there.  She had not yet prayed, however, and waited until the next day during potty time to tell Jesus that she had sinned and needed His forgiveness.  She will be baptized soon.  We are very excited to see how God is touching her heart and look forward to see what He has in store for our precious girl!   Here is the video we took of her telling us after she prayed:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter/ Birthday Weekend!

On Friday, Mark got off work early and decided to kick off spring break by taking all his girls on dates.   Individually!  So first he got Abbi up early from her nap and took her to the library and shopping for a birthday present for Mama.  (She chose a purple sponge because it was "gorgeous!")

Then he took Karlie to Sweet Frog and shopping for Mama.
She chose this awesome sign:

Karis wanted to go to Sweet Frog as well, and then she picked out an awesome pink umbrella stroller for me because she helps push Susanna on our walks and knew our old one was really struggling.

(But of course, I didn't know any of that at the time.  They waited til Sunday to surprise me all day long with their fun gifts!)

On Saturday, we drove to my parents' house to spend Easter.  The girls were so excited to dye and decorate their eggs:

Sunday morning was beautiful so we took the opportunity to take a lot of pictures of the girls in their matching dresses...

After church, we went back to my parents' house to take a wonderful nap.  Then Mark's parents joined us for a yummy Easter/ birthday dinner and celebration.  It is so wonderful to have parents that get along and enjoy being together for the holidays.  It is so much easier than traveling back and forth and so much fun for the girls to have both sets of grandparents there!  We are so very thankful!

Here is my sweet card from my girls:

Right when we started getting ready to open presents, Susanna started standing up on her own for a while and trying to step towards me.  The girls were so excited!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last Day of CC!

 Who is this cute little person wearing glasses and a hat?  Why Margaret Thatcher of course!  For our last day of Classical Conversations, the children were encouraged to dress up as one of the characters they had studied this year.  When Karlie heard this, she immediately decided to be Margaret Thatcher and no other great suggestion would change her determined mind.  I had no idea how to make her look like Margaret Thatcher, but luckily Nina had an old pair of glasses that Karlie could borrow.  I canpt tell you how excited she was about her costume!

And here is her history sentence that she loves (and I'm guessing was the reason she chose Margaret Thatcher):

Karis did not surprise us one bit when she decided to be Eleanor of Acquitane and thankfully we had been given this regal dress:

This was Karis's favorite history sentence this year:

And Abbi was utterly determined to wear her favorite ballet outfit since her sisters were allowed to dress up:

Here are some of the kids in Karlie's class this year:

The children had built an egg drop container during science time the previous week and one of the highlights of the day was testing it out.  Karlie quickly volunteered to drop her class's egg, but she was so short that she could barely get it over the fence.  We all had to laugh as she threw it straight to the cement at her feet rather than the grass below.  Fun times!

I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was juggling the baby and two different classes and just didn't think about it enough.  But we had a fantastic school year and absolutely loved our tutors and made some wonderful friends.  Can't wait for next year!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pigtails, Ponytails, Face-painting, and a birthday

The first weekend in April, I realized that Susanna had enough hair for pigtails so I had to take several pictures :)

 Mark's school was having a spring festival and Daddy was going to be in the dunking booth, so all the girls put on their ponytails and we headed out for what we thought would be a "quick" hour in the sun.

3 hours and a pink nose and a few more freckles later, we finally left the festival to head to Nina and Papa's house to celebrate Papa's 70th birthday.  The big girls were quite proud to show off their painted faces:

And everyone was excited to eat Papa Marvin's cake!

Susanna was so exhausted by the end of our crazy day!  Thank goodness we had brought pajamas for the girls so we could just throw them in bed once we got home!