Giving Thanks (inspired by)


Thanks be to God, Father, Son and Spirit, for the abundance of good things he pours on His children.
We are but few, but His blessings are many.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sometimes it is...

It's not always like this, but sometimes it is :)



love it.

Monday, May 28, 2012

holiday fun :)

I wanted to be sure to get these up before you got home, Kathryn :)

It was so good to see you!



BFFs together again!


sunrise PJ walk!
and climb...


The chaos of lunchtime! 
2 water spills even before prayer was said!








And right as they were about to leave....
a broken appliance.

The washer quit. 


I guess there was a sock stuck in the pump! 
No idea how it got there, but I'm so glad for my fixer- men who could fix it right away!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

summer is here; you can tell by the mud and water!

First, the dirt pile:



Then, the pool filling!


The boys were in heaven watching this fun!





Summer is officially here!


The Peter-sized pool :)



Friday, May 25, 2012

Interview with a third-grader


Name Lorraine
Age 9
Grade 3rd Mrs. Enzinger

1.       This school year is over. How do you feel about that?
Happy! Well, because no more homework and I don’t like school. (I don’t! I have to wake up early!)
2.       How was this year different from last year?
Last year in science we did projects, but this year we don’t do projects because we are 3rd and 4th graders. In English we are learning three new patterns.
In the classroom
3.       What did you like most about your teacher?
Well, she was calm. But sometimes she had to raise her voice. She is kind and she gets a lot of jokes. (That means she can understand a joke and laugh about it because she knows what it means. Other teachers are just like “Oh really? Oh, ok” and not get it.)
4.       Who do you like to sit by in class?
Erin, Mackenzie and Josie and Austin (he’s fun to tease!)
5.       What is your favorite subject? Why?
My favorite subject would be ART because I just love art. I love to color and I love to paint and it is just enjoyable for me.
6.       Name two books that you read this year that you liked. What did you like about these books?
Socks by Beverly Cleary (It was about this kitty and I like cats. And I forget what else it was about.)
Paul Bunyan (He was a giant and he didn’t even notice that he was making the grand canyon once when he was walking and dragging his thing behind him.)
7.       Did you have any extra helping jobs in your classroom this year? What were they?
No not really. She would ask people to do things for her.
8.       What jobs did you like? What jobs did you dislike?
I never got to do it.
9.       Who do you play with at recess?
I played with Aggie, Bekah, and Lilly, and Amanda.
10.   What is your favorite thing to do when recess is outdoors?
Play on the monkey bars
11.   What is your favorite thing to do when recess in indoors?
Play freeze tag.
12.   What was the best birthday treat you had this year? Do you remember whose birthday that was?
Fudgecicle and that was Kyle’s birthday
13.   What songs do you sing at school? Tell me three of your favorites.
The Lamb
What a mighty God we serve
What a friend we have in Jesus
14.   Tell me about the one field trip this year.
The zoo! Mommy got to come and be my chaperone and I got to see lots of animals! And I got to see dolphins- my FAVORITE animal!
15.   What was your favorite lunch?
Pizza and cheeseburgers!
16.   Did you like art class? What was your favorite project?
When I drew sunshine and then painted orange paint over them and it made it very cool.
17.   What was the best thing about music class?
Playing God is so good in chapel with recorders
18.   Did you learn anything about computers this year? What?
Yes I learned how to type and I learned how to write a story
19.   If you could only wear one outfit to school for a week, what would you wear?
A fancy dress!
20.   What is your favorite after-school snack?
Pop tarts (either homemade or regular)
21.   What do you usually do right after school?
Say “Mommy can I have a snack?” then I eat a snack. Then I do my homework.
22.   What else would you like to remember about this year? A funny story?
Erin said “knock knock- who’s there- owen- owen who? Oh when the saints go marching in!”
(What else?)
I said, “Peter do you want mama?”  And he was like “Mama, yaya!”
(Anything else?)
Mrs. E gave us popsicles for NO reason AT ALL!

Friends
23.   If you fell on the playground, who would come running to help you?
Bekah
24.   Who likes to make everybody laugh?
Erin
25.   Who likes to wear fancy clothes to school?
Me and Bekah
26.   Who likes to get dirty?
Everyone besides me and Bekah
27.   If you started a snowball fight, who would join you?
Everyone! My class is just wild about snowball fights!
28.   If I told you someone had to stay in for recess, who would you guess it was?
Let’s see… mmmm a boy.
29.   Who runs the fastest?
Mackenzie and Austin
30.   Who talks the loudest?
Lydia and Noah (they like YELL!)
31.   If you needed someone to help you with your homework, who would you ask?
Erin
32.   If you were sad and needed someone to talk to, who would you choose?
Bekah
33.   If you could spend a week with somebody else’s family, what family would you choose?
Mackenzie’s
God’s care
34.   Do you remember any of your memory verses? Do you have a favorite?
Jesus died for all. 2 Corinthians 5:15
That’s my favorite.
35.   Did you have prayer time at school? What are some of the things you prayed for?
Yes. Aunt Carrie, Mrs. Vandercar and their babies.
Kristie Wessel and her sister
Lydia’s mom (because she was in a car accident)
Kitty because he hurt his leg.
36.   Did God answer any of those prayers?
Yes. Well, kitty got feeling better and Lydia’s mom is OK (But not super.) The babies are growing healthy!
37.   Do you think you will like school next year? Why or why not?
Yes, because we are getting a new teacher! We have the new teacher that is coming and we don’t even know who she is yet! Or he. Hopefully the teacher is very fun.  We will get two new kids, too! And I even know one of the names, wait, no, two of the names! Conner and Joshua. But I don’t remember the last name. I’m going to remember Joshua very well! It’s my dad’s name!
38.   What do you think will be different next year?
Having 2 new kids and a different teacher!
New seats. Fourth grade math, fourth grade spelling, fourth grade everything!
We will have recess with the big kids.
No recess with Aggie (frown)
The only time I’ll have recess with Aggie again is when I’m in SIXTH grade! And seventh and eighth.
39.   Did God take care of you at school this year? What did He do?
Yes. He gave me friends; He gave me teachers; He gave me Mrs. Buss; He gave me Mrs. Becky; He gave me a playground; He gave  me a gym; He gave me teachers that tell us when there are tornado warnings; He gave me ART; Memory verses; the Bible and Jesus! And that’s it. And family.
40.   What do you like about summer?
I like ALMOST peace and quiet J (boys!)
I like to be with my family; I like to swim in the pool and at the lake house.
I like to go with my grandparents to Great Wolf Lodge and Pretty Lake.
And I get to go to Camp Lakeview! And Bump’s Cabin!
And VBS.
And Katelyn gets to come over every Tuesday, so I’ll get to see her! And I’ll get to see ALL the people in my class at Camp Lakeview from June 3 to 8!!!
And I’ll get to tease the boys. Especially Austin. (hahahahaha!)

Thank you, God, for blessing me during this school year. Thank you for my teachers, principal, and pastor. Thank you for all of my friends. Please watch over all of them, and me too, this summer.  Thank You for Your unbreakable, never-stopping, deeper-than-the-ocean love for me. Thank you for always watching over me, Your dear child.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.




Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interview with a first-grader

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Name Aggie
Age 7
Grade 1st- Miss Schneider


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1.       This school year is over. How do you feel about that?
Sad. I’m going to miss my friends.
2.       How was this year different from last year?

This year I had to go every single day except Saturday and Sunday. Also I had to do science in first grade. And handwriting. And there were no naps.


In the classroom
3.       What did you like most about your teacher?
Miss Schneider did fun things for art. She let us watch movies and some people on their birthdays brought yummy treats that I really liked.
4.       Who do you like to sit by in class?
I like to sit by Lilly, Samantha and Amanda
5.       What is your favorite subject? Why?
Art. Because you can do fun things like make flowers for your mom.
6.       Name two books that you read this year that you liked. What did you like about these books?
Peter Pan (I like that Tinkerbell escaped and warned Peter Pan before he opened that present with the bomb in it and then he rescued the children.)

Froggy goes Trick Or Treating (I like that Froggy saw that girl who really likes Froggy and he fell on his grandma’s porch so she gave him lots of treats and he got a hole in his bag.)
7.       Did you have any extra helping jobs in your classroom this year? What were they?
Feed Oliver the fish, milk helper, prayer leader, start the pledge, the runner, people who bring around the paper to give the paper to the people (paper passer)
8.       What jobs did you like? What jobs did you dislike?
I liked milk helper. There is nothing I didn’t like.
9.       Who do you play with at recess?
Usually the kids on the monkey bars like Carly, Addison, Morgan, Lilly, and some girl that I don’t know her name.
10.   What is your favorite thing to do when recess is outdoors?
Play on the monkey bars!
11.   What is your favorite thing to do when recess in indoors?
Sometimes if it is raining we usually play in the gym or if the gym is not empty then we would usually just play with the stuff that we did in classroom.
12.   What was the best birthday treat you had this year? Do you remember whose birthday that was?
PhotobucketEverything, apparently. Popcicles, Lorraine one time gave me a popcicle. (That was one of the kids in my classes Aggie, says Lorraine.)  Cupcakes- Miles brought cupcakes. (that was today.)
13.   What songs do you sing at school? Tell me three of your favorites.
The object of the preposition. (that’s a song, mom!)
A an the (yeah, they did ‘thee’ instead of ‘the!’ hahaha!)
O Quigly O Quigly, what you gonna do? You got a frown on your face and your singing the blues! You’re not organized Quigley, you are not prepared. You’re not listening carefully and your mind’s not there. You don’t have plans and you don’t have goals. Your homework’s unfinished and you’ve been told you need to get your act together and you don’t have a clue! You’ve got the study skills blues!

 (The study skills blues)
14.   Tell me about the one field trip this year.
Appleworks!!! We went on a tractor and it had a little thing what we could sit on and we went and picked apples and ate ‘em! We also ate lunch there.
15.   What was your favorite lunch?
Pancakes. Chocolate milk, baby.
16.   Did you like art class? What was your favorite project?
Yes! That soft bunny was so soft and cuddly! But I didn’t make his body.
17.   What was the best thing about music class?
That we passed stuff around and I got to have a little symbol thing and it goes like this… (ding ding ding- moving fingers up and down..)
18.   Did you learn anything about computers this year? What?
We learned how to put some sentences on some pieces of paper, not on the same pieces of papers though.  We also Mrs. Vandercar told us that we were doing a little book and that Miss Schneider could tell us when we could work on it and stuff. It was about what we did. Some of it was about what we did.
19.   If you could only wear one outfit to school for a week, what would you wear?
I would wear what I am going to wear tomorrow (the last day of school), which is a the dress that I got from the mommy store. It’s pink and it has some flowers on it.
20.   What is your favorite after-school snack?
Those grahm cracker things when you have frosting in them. Mmm since I said that it makes me want to eat some.
21.   What do you usually do right after school?
I come and say, “Hi mommy, how was your day? What are we having for snack?” Then I do my piano then play.
22.   What else would you like to remember about this year? A funny story?
Sparkle was my favorite. (a spelling game) (The person who sparkle’d on the first round that person got to start the next round.)
n  Student of the day (we got to do stuff. When it was getting close to the last day of school then we got to pull off a circle. Because we made a caterpillar. Put a straw in the bag to show how many days we had of school.
n  We also did art.
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Friends
23.   If you fell on the playground, who would come running to help you?
Lilly
24.   Who likes to make everybody laugh?
Usually miss Schneider when she does funny stories. I don’t know any of the kids that do this.
25.   Who likes to wear fancy clothes to school?
Emma in Seth’s class. And me.
26.   Who likes to get dirty?
All of us!
27.   If you started a snowball fight, who would join you?
Maybe Lilly, probably Amanda, maybe Taylor too.
28.   If I told you someone had to stay in for recess, who would you guess it was?
boys
29.   Who runs the fastest?
Cody
30.   Who talks the loudest?
Taylor
31.   If you needed someone to help you with your homework, who would you ask?
Lilly
32.   If you were sad and needed someone to talk to, who would you choose?
Amanda
33.   If you could spend a week with somebody else’s family, what family would you choose?
Grace

God’s care
34.   Do you remember any of your memory verses? Do you have a favorite?
I have had God’s help to this very day.
And my favorite is “Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
35.   Did you have prayer time at school? What are some of the things you prayed for?
Yes we did prayers usually after devotions and stuff. After we did a little…some stuff.
Like when I was in school then we prayed for Levi cuz he was going to have a baby sister and her name was Lilly!  Taylor usually prayed for “And please help everyone in the world who is sick.”
We had a list on the board.
Mrs Tower cuz she had cancer.
36.   Did God answer any of those prayers?
Yes. Sometimes He does and sometimes He doesn’t. And sometimes He says “Not  right now. Soon, though.”
37.   Do you think you will like school next year? Why or why not?
Yes I will like school. I might like having Mrs. Clow as a teacher.
38.   What do you think will be different next year?
My sad part is I don’t get to have recess with Lorraine!  Soon it’s going to be different because I’ve never been in second grade and I know that Miss Schneider is going to miss me.
39.   Did God take care of you at school this year? What did He do?
Yes.  He watched over me. He kept me safe on the monkey bars. Of course He did. And whenever the boys in my class would try to get Lorraine I would fight ‘em back. “Don’t mess with my sister, mister” I would say.
We got Taylor so we could get those naughty boys.
We got to make gingerbread houses and eat them one day.
He did give me friends and a good teacher, Miss Schneider.
40.   What do you like about summer?
That you can SWIM in the pool!
We can also wrestle each other! Cannon ball! (Aggie, stop! I can’t type while you wrestle me!)
Pretty Lake! Camp Lakeview! The Cabin! Bump’s cabin AHOY!!!

Thank you, God, for blessing me during this school year. Thank you for my teachers, principal, and pastor. Thank you for all of my friends. Please watch over all of them, and me too, this summer.  Thank You for Your unbreakable, never-stopping, deeper-than-the-ocean love for me. Thank you for always watching over me, Your dear child.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

This week's highlights

It's been a week of getting back to nature...

We found some turtle eggs by the pond.


and an earthworm.


We saw these disgusting bug clouds.


and learned about leaf fungus.

We noticed spiderwebs
(you have to look closely)



Pete learned how to hula-hoop.
(or at least, chew on the hula hoop.)

This is Eldon, in time-out.
Apparently, that was just what he needed. 




We baked.
Home made pop tarts- delicious!



 Whitney's chocolate cookies-
first attempt at cookies for Lorraine's 4H project!
They were delicious!


We still love Oliver.

The kids think he needs to see everything they are doing.
Oliver, this is a kindle...


Oliver still loves us.


And our shoes.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Preschool graduation!!!

What a milestone today!
Marcus and Eldon had their last day of preschool!  

How did it go, you ask?
Well, I'd say, it was pretty typical...



All the (big) girls love Marcus.


When I took these pictures, they were supposed to be singing.
(I think Enola is, in the background.)

Typical.


Eldon did get into some of the songs:


What a good little Enola!
(She won the award for being the "nicest!")


Oh, my boys. 
Yes, they got awards too!
I was a little nervous.. 
(strongest will? strongest jaw? most likely to be arrested?)


Eldon: The sweetest!
(I guess they didn't put that one biting incident on his permanent record!)




He is a loving little kid most of the time!
He was hugging all the big kids today- so sweet!

And Marcus:

The Funniest.

He proudly ran it over to me, "Mama! I'm the funniest!
That's cuz I always crack you up."

True enough, son! :)

This was a great gift for the parents:


Wooden little boy cut outs! How fun!



Way to go boys!
And way to go big kids, and Mrs. Powers!
Thanks for making our first experience with preschool a great one!


Friday, May 11, 2012

On the bus!

Heading to the zoo today!  I am on the bus with second and third graders!