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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pre-School Part 1

My dear friend Anita and I have started a pre-school for her 3 and my JJ.  It has been lots of fun (and work;) but so great to do it together! We’ve been have school Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-11:30 and every other Friday Field Trips!  Pre-school for 3 year-olds is 9am-1pm 4 days a week or 5 hours 3 days a week and I wasn’t ready to ‘lose’ JJ for that long.  Also, it’s been good for me to embrace ‘homeschooling’ at some level as I will be homeschooling in English while, Lord willing, JJ (and Susie) attends Hungarian school…crazy to say, but this is where we are headed!

“Auntie ‘Nita” going over letters…so far A-D we’ve done.

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Nature Walk, Open House, etc 010 The Rest are practicing Nursery Rhymes:)

Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie…

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 012 Nature Walk, Open House, etc 014 “Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall (JJ says ‘walk’:))”

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 016 Humpty Dumpty had a great (BIG! JJ adds) fall…

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 018 there were multiple falls this day:)

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 019Nature Walk, Open House, etc 020  “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe…

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 026 “She had so many children she didn’t know what to do…”

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 031 “she gave them some broth without any bread…

AND KISSED THEM ALL SWEETLY and put them to bed:)”Nature Walk, Open House, etc 032  “Three Blind Mice. Three Blind Mice.  They all ran after the Farmer’s Wife…


have you ever seen such a sight in your life as Three Blind Mice”

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 038 “Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet…”

(can you fill in the missing lines??)

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 043 “…along came a spider and sat down beside her…

Nature Walk, Open House, etc 044“and frightened Miss Muffet away!”

(the boys weren’t too good at being frightened away since they thought the spider was so cool:)

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Video will be coming of their performing these at our Open House which PopPop and NaNa Marie were able to come to since they were visiting:)

(we planned it around their visit—one of the benefits of homeschooling:)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sibling Love

This has been one of the sweetest things for us to see how much these two love each other…

JJ feeding Susie—I think she’d take almost anything he fed her, which is sweet and a bit scary too;)

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They can handle anything together as long as they have their BLANKIES!!

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It’s cute—this is where she has her ‘black eye’ still and I think I will have one later that shows his from running into Daddy when he was tackling him and Daddy didn’t know…same eye and shape—it was as if he had to be able to empathize with her:)Nature Walk, Open House, etc 002 Nature Walk, Open House, etc 003

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Sorry that I’ve been away…i mean I am sorry that you’ve been missing the latest in cuteness from my little ones, BUT I’m not sorry I’ve been cheating:)

I’ve been taking some time to reflect and write at “fan the flame” my other blog and it has been very life-giving, renewing, and re-focusing…but suffice it to say it is hard to have 2 blogs and 2 little ones!!!  You always feel like you’re cheating one!  And, oh Lord help me to NOT cheat the hubby or little ones!!

Will be posting here soon:

Pre-School happenings (multiple posts)

Visit with PopPop and Nana Marie including “holy land experience”…

and the usual “Around the House” cuteness…


Friday, October 15, 2010

Sea World for Mom A: Better Late Than Never:)

Waiting for the Whale and Dolphin show to begin…

DSCN4010 I have found that plenty of snacks for kids while we wait is very helpful:)DSCN3999 DSCN4001 DSCN4009


These birds really are so gorgeous to see flying threw the air!

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This is actually a small whale (or orca?)—Jared had to tell me—orcas (Shamu) are in the dolphin family, so this one is somewhere between dolphins and Shamu:)

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Marie DEFINITELY likes this! 

This is a wonderful picture—good job Jared

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James jumped on this huge trampoline…I have video.  It was really fun to see him.DSCN4057 DSCN4058   DSCN4063      DSCN4069 DSCN4070 DSCN4071 DSCN4072


This was the first time we’d gotten to see this…it was really fun.  We had gotten these special 3pm to close (which was 10pm) tickets for Jason, Maribel and James that were 1/2 price.  It was good “bang for the buck” in my opinion…I think Jason and family agreed:):)DSCN4082 DSCN4085

So big in Susie news this night was it was when she learned how to clap!!!  Do you see her looking at my hands while sitting with Jason?

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DSCN4118  DSCN4091  Marie is ready to do “something” to her brother??!!DSCN4095 DSCN4097 DSCN4098   DSCN4103 DSCN4104  DSCN4106

Shamu really does Rock and this was such a fun atmosphere!

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Uncle Jason bought the boys “light sabers” which were fun!!

DSCN4129 DSCN4119 And there she is CLAPPING…she kept clapping the rest of the night!

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DSCN4144 DSCN4132 The Shamu Roller Coaster in “Shamu’s Happy Harbor” that Jason and James rode.

DSCN4133   They waited an extra turn or two so that they could ride in the front car:)

DSCN4136 It was fun…they said.  I don’t think JJ will ride it before we move, so I will have to take their word for it;)

DSCN4137 DSCN4138  DSCN4140All of the family pictures we took here were blurry except for the one above of Jason and family…hopefully we can get one before we move away from Sea World! DSCN4142 ( As an aside, JJ started to become scared of the Manta roller coaster (which he used to love—I guess that happens when you go to Sea World over and over:) and he was “somewhat” of the little one too.  Then Jared had to take him away from the fireworks because he was petrified of the noise.  It was really sad as we couldn’t see them as a family:( )

We had a wonderful time with you Jason, Maribel, James and Marie at one of our favorite places here!  Thanks Mom and Dad A for making it possible!  We love you all!