Wednesday, March 23, 2016

After Winter Break Is Spring

Our life kinda hits a fever pitch right after winter break between January and the Destination Imagination tournament. But once the DI tournament is over, it's smooth sailing...the downward slope toward summer. Ahhhhh...summer.

I decorated for Easter.

I love my Thursdays with just Brody. He just plays quietly...usually crafting...painting sticks and rocks...

And we enjoy snacks together like peanut butter & honey with apple slices. Snack times are some of our most peaceful times when we get to have our best conversations about life.

Andy lets me sleep in on Saturday mornings, and it's the best gift you can give this non-morning mama. Waking up slowly with a cup of coffee is an amazing way to start the day.

If you are my child, you will grow up sewing. This skill comes in handy when making DI costumes. AJ is learning to appliqué with zig zag stitching here for his pac man shirt. He is very serious when sewing.

Abby sewed a Barbie sleeping bag with a pillow one morning. She is very detail oriented and determined when she is sewing...which is a good thing...she will surpass her mama with her sewing skills one day. I tend to be a very impatient crafter.

Brody still contends that he wants to be a tractor when he grows up. Not a farmer that drives a tractor...the actual tractor.

Love random sunny days! If only they would stick around.

We had many outside adventures on this sunny afternoon.

Andy loves making big breakfasts. I love eating big breakfasts, so it works well. Crepes with Nutella and homemade coconut syrup are my favorite. That crepe pan was the best purchase ever.

One of my favorite things about AHG is that Abby is truly learning to have a heart of service. I love this service project of stuffing Easter eggs to go in food baskets given out at a local food bank. Why have I never thought about Easter eggs going out in those baskets?! What a fun treat for families in need!

Abby Mama date birthday shopping for Abby's BFF. She said it was the best day ever...a service project and short trip to the mall shopping for a friend. Sometimes as parents we think we need to give our kids big gifts or elaborate outings when really all they crave is our attention.

Wacky Day for Dr. Seuss' bday...

Sometimes this kid just cannot contain himself. I can respect that.

Rubik's cube cookies for DI tournament week. Tournament week is an exhausting week of extra practices, stress to meet deadlines, and excitement to show off months of hard work.

I could never be a professional cookie person. Not sure how they do it.

They rocked their central challenge....the skit they wrote and practiced for months. They nailed everything they worked so hard on...their timing...their volume...their gestures...their was truly an awesome performance. They fell apart on their instant challenge...the surprise task they are given 5 minutes to solve. Instant challenges are hard.

Destination Imagination teaches some serious life work, perseverance, compromise, stepping outside of your comfort zone, problem solving under pressure...hard stuff for adults let alone 8 & 9 year olds. But just imagine how far these skills will take them in life if they master these skills as kids. We worked hard and learned a lot in our first competive although they didn't go to state, they walked away successful. And more determined than ever for our next DI season.

Almost caught up...just a couple more posts to get to the here & now. Ha. Life is a whirlwind. That's what makes documenting it so priceless. Right?!