Pre-K and Kindergarten Graduations

Last week we watched the school year come to an end as our two babies "graduated" from Pre-K (Jonathan) and Kindergarten (Kaitlyn).  They've both grown so much in the last year and I still can't believe they'll both be riding that big yellow bus together next year!

First up, was Jonathan's Pre-K graduation.  This was his second year at his preschool and we will definitely miss it.  He had some great teachers and made some nice friends.  I'd be lying if I said he wasn't excited about moving on to Kindergarten, though.  He is so psyched!

He wasn't loving being on stage, but at least he semi-participated:

The next day was Kaitlyn's graduation.  What a difference a year can make for this little girl!  She's really overcome some of her fears this year and has gained a bit of confidence.  She's still quite timid, but she's made some progress and it's no doubt that her teachers had a hand in helping with that.

We were very proud to hear that Kaitlyn was chosen to receive the Principal's Citizenship Award!

We're so proud of her!


Easter 2015

On Easter morning, Kaitlyn was the first to wake up.  Surprisingly, she went downstairs and apparently scoped out the house for evidence of the Easter Bunny's visit while the rest of us were still asleep.  (She usually doesn't go downstairs unless someone else is going with her.) Once she realized he had been there, she woke the rest of us up (at 6:45 a.m....not too bad considering the house was filled with goodies.)  The kids ran back downstairs together to start hunting for their baskets and eggs.

After the kids found their treasures (and had a nice early-morning sugar intake), everyone got ready for church.  These two sure do clean up well.  :)

Kaitlyn's bestie, Emma, stopped by to swap Bunny stories with Kaitlyn before we headed out.

After church, we went to our friends' (Stan and Rachel) house for a yummy Easter lunch.  We met Stan and Rachel when we were living in Israel and we noted that it was nice to be spending the Holy day with friends we met in the Holy Land.  We should have gotten a picture with them, but Rachel was kind to take this family picture of us.

I brought this super yummy (and cute) Bacon Ranch Cheeseball as an appetizer.  It was really easy to make and was quite the hit. (Thank you, Pinterest!)  See below for the recipe.
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese at room temp
1/2 (1/2 ounce) package hidden valley ranch dressing mix (dry) 
1 cup cheddar cheese 
5-6 pieces of crumbled bacon
1 tbsp. chopped green onion or chives (optional)
1 tbsp. Sour Cream (optional)

This will definitely go into my "Must Make Again" file.

Hope everyone else had a great Easter!


Kaitlyn's 6th Birthday Party

Our little girl turned 6 last month. And if these pictures look somewhat familiar, it's because our girl is still a huge fan of Frozen and wanted another Frozen-themed party. She also wanted the party at the same frozen yogurt shop as last year. I was more than happy to honor her request since that meant an easy peasy party plan!

Another request this year: NO BOYS!  Daddy, Jonathan and Papa T were the ONLY boys allowed. We've been tempted to make her promise that her 16th birthday party will have the same rule. :)

Check back soon for another post about the fun she had on her actual birthday. 


The Rest of January 2015

Because the rest of January flew by, here are a few quick snapshots of what we did the rest of the month.

Ron made this addition for our laundry room to help contain the clutter of wet snow gear that gets dumped around the house.  

The kids and I got an up-close look at the neighborhood fox.  It was pretty neat to see him just chilling in our backyard.

Kaitlyn has been perfecting her gymnastics skills with her favorite coach.

And she and I had a girls only date to see Annie.  We both loved it!

The kids have been enrolled in our local Nature Club.  Jonathan takes a class weekly and Kaitlyn's is twice a month.  They've both enjoyed learning about animals and taking nature walks....even in the cold!

After a longer-than-expected break, Kaitlyn was back in the gym for gymnastics classes.  Unfortunately, the time off meant she wasn't comfortable just running back out there.  Once she warmed up (lots of coaxing and encouraging on Mommy and Daddy's part), she was back to wowing us with her skills.

Mom and Dad T arrived in January, which meant lots of fun in the kitchen!

Ron and I came home to this cuteness after a date night.

This little rascal is a great shopping buddy. :)

Mom T, Kaitlyn and I went to see the local high school production of Shrek the Musical with our neighborhood friends.  It was a great show!

We had s
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