Friday, June 20, 2014

Stepping Up!

Today was Anna's last day of school for the regular school year.  She will be attending the summer session which starts in July and runs into August.

But, today, they had a graduation ceremony for the children who were aging out of the program, and a "Stepping Up" ceremony for the children who were moving on to the next level in school.  :)

It was cuteness overload.  The kids sang and danced and oozed their sweetness all over the place.










God has certainly blessed us with such a great school for Anna.  We are so thankful!!

We are so proud of Anna and how far she has come this year.  We can't wait to see what next year brings!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 Future Stars Race

Today we took Anna to participate in the Young Athlete's Festival at the Special Olympics USA Games which are being hosted by New Jersey this year.


They set up the Young Athlete's Festival at the SO Sports Complex this year so there was lots of room to set up activities.  There was a fun house (Anna's favorite).



There were games of skill, t-ball, and an obstacle course.  FYI - Anna crushed the ball!




Anna tried out one of the Strider bikes.  She wasn't a fan -- she wanted to pedal - lol!  I guess we will stick with the trike for now.



And, Anna ran in the 25 meter Future Stars Race.  This just never gets old :)



Big Sister Paige was so proud to skip her own field day at school to come support her awesome little sister.


Love the Special Olympics!!  Do yourself a favor and attend/volunteer at a SO event near you.  You will be humbled and inspired!!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Potty Training: The Saga (Part 2)

Just a quick update on the potty training saga -- because I know you all are interested. (ha!)

I have to admit, I am pleasantly surprised by how well it is going.  Sure, we have an accident here or there, but that is to be expected.  For the most part, however, things are working.

But -- that is maybe because I am so paranoid of Anna having an accident that I take her about every 1.5 - 2 hours.  I am sure she can go longer, but just find it easier to take her, than to change her after an accident.  And, pretty much every time I take her she goes - so it is not like a wasted trip.

Also, since mid-April we have spent just about every evening and weekend at baseball and softball games.  Talk about a potty training challenge!  Some ballparks have adequately clean facilities.  But others -- gag!!  I would almost rather Anna have an accident than have to take her into one of those port-a-potties.

But we are persevering and rewarding ourselves for a job well done so far! :)


Our next big potty training challenge will be when we go on vacation.  We will be traveling by car, and I have no idea how frequently we are going to have to stop to avoid accidents.  And should I put a plastic bag or a towel on the seat of her carseat just in case?  We will be pulling our camper, so finding a potty will not be an issue -- we just have to pull over.  I am sure this will make for an interesting update when we get back. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

An Unexpected Break

So, Anna's school had a small fire two weekends ago.  Fortunately nobody was injured and there was no real fire damage. But, there was a lot of smoke damage that prohibited them from opening the school.

So, last week, Anna got an unexpected break from school.

We tried to make the most of it.  We visited her friends at her old school.  We got her glasses fixed, and we watched a lot of ballgames!   But we also got to go to lunch with Daddy.


And help make me make dinner.


And she got to sleep in!  I am pretty sure this was her favorite :)

She is back to school this week.  They are in a temporary location until the end the year, and then hopefully back in their regular building for the start of the summer session.  Please keep them in your prayers that all works out!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Play Ball!

Spring sports are about to wrap up around here.

Paige played softball and Charlie played baseball on two different teams this spring.  And, it was Jonathan's and my first foray into coaching.   So - needless to say we have had a busy spring!




Both kids have had a great season.  They continue to improve their skills, but mostly, they are having fun and enjoying the sports they are playing.




Poor Anna gets dragged to all of Charlie and Paige's games (which was just about every night between the 3 teams), but it is nice to see that she has picked up some skills from watching all those ballgames!



Maybe I will have to sign her up next year! :)