Wednesday, October 30, 2013

First Field Trip, Pumpkin Carving Party, and Squadron Trunk or Treat!

We LOVE living on base, the community is fantastic, and we have awesome neighbors!  It is so nice to be able to let your kids run all over the neighborhood playing with friends, and I love chatting with my girlfriends in the evening!  We decided to have an excuse to get together and have good food, so we planned a pumpkin carving party! 
 Gracie decided to dress up in her 4 year old Halloween costume...She is crazy!
 We found this sensory chair for Abby at a yardsale and it is AWESOME!  She loves to spin in it, and loved having other kids spin with great to see progress on her social skills!
 Abby and our neighbor Caden with their pumpkins. Daddy did a great job carving Tinkerbell! Too bad, the marine layer that comes every morning caused them to rot and mold within 2 days.  Boo hoo!
 The lovely ladies of Garibaldi Ct.  Most of us our newbies, having moved this summer, but I've already made great friends!
 Abby is now in an ASD focus preschool, with 10 kids.  It is is very structured, ABA focused, and has 4 teaches aids along with a teacher and numerous therapists that work with the kids.   We went to the pumpkin patch with the preschool, and Abby had a great time!
 She loved riding the train with her Mommy!
 Cutie Lalaloopsy at Daddy's trunk or treat!
 Emma is the American Girl Josephina....and Gracie is a Cat Belle with their BFF Peyton!
Another one of Abby, She is the cutest!

Friday, October 25, 2013

First Day of K and 1st Grade

My sweet girls on the first day of school 2013!  Gracie is in first, and Emma is in Kindergarten.  We actually switched them to Faith Lutheran Schools after 2 weeks, because we felt like they needed the small class sizes and Christian education.  It is a fantastic school, and we know this is where God wants them now, even though it may not be a long term decision!

Friday Fav: Oct. 25th

These are things I want to remember about the girls this week....

Emma: Can God do the splits? 

Emma: If the tooth fairy is real, did God make her parents?

Emma: "Sorry mom, the scissors accidently closed on my hair."

Mom: Did you know Juliana is moving in 3 weeks?
Emma: Yes, she's moving to Georgia.
Gracie: Not Georgia, Emma, Japan
Emma: Well I knew it started with a J.... :)

      Abby asked her first question this week.....this is a huge milestone!  Abby is great at requesting items...I want ___. Can I have ____.  Can you __?  and she can label items....I see ___, It's a ___.  She has never asked, What is it? Where is it? Who is it?  basic questions a toddler will this is a huge milestone that she asked, "Where's Junior?" when looking for her veggie tale figurine.  She was looking around for it, and asking appropriately. So excited to see her gain a piece of language puzzle. 

     She also had a great day today in ABA.  She got a Little People play yard set, and took her Lalaloopsy across the bridge, through the tunnel, down the slide, and with no prompting, picked up her doll and put it in the swing and said, She's swinging!  Huge!! Pretend play is super hard for Abby, she doesn't understand it, she doesn't watch other kids do it, it is not motivating for her at all.  In fact, she usually screams and tantrums when we are trying to get her to pretend it is amazing that she was initiating pretend play tonight on her own! So exciting!

Gracie and Emma Baptism!

I've taken a break from blogging for a few months, because I felt like I had no time to spend at it.  From Abby being in a ton of therapy, moving cross country to California, getting settled, starting new therapy, starting new schools...changing schools 2 weeks later, and finally Abby starting new preschool last week!  Since, I finally have 3-4 hrs a day of no kid time, I'm hoping to keep blogging, mainly for myself to record the sweet memories of my family!

The best thing that has happened in our family so far, and the most important is that Gracie and Emma made the decision to commit their life to Christ.  We have been talking about the decision to ask Jesus in their heart, and commit their lives to following Christ since the girls were babies, and at different times....with us, at sports camp, at church...the girls said that they wanted to become Christians.  Steven and I have always prayed with the girls, and talked to them, but haven't felt like they really understood the whole concept of Salvation, until this summer.  We got a card from our new church, North Coast Church, and they said, the girls made the decision to follow Christ at church....and we felt like for the first time, they understood what they were doing, and the decision they made for Christ.  Gracie and Emma also expressed their desire to be baptized and tell the world the decision they made for Christ! My parents were planning on visiting for Abby's birthday, and our church was having a baptism service.  My dad, who baptized me growing up, was able to be apart of the service and the coolest thing was that Steven got to baptize his girls!  Praise be to God!

 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."