How did I miss posting about our spring break road trip?!! We traveled to St. Louis (as we have done before) and took with us special guests Uncle Nate and Aunt Kerry (which we haven’t done before). I suppose it is a bit late to write a long play-by-play of our visit, but it is worth noting that we went and were SO glad we did. We visited some old favorite places and some new spots, but were especially happy about having rich times with so many different parts of our family.
I have a young man finishing sixth grade! So many changes are on the horizon, and I am both nervous and excited about that.
One of the changes are are feeling right now is the shift from “elementary” to “junior high.” It will happen this fall for school, but this spring it takes place at church. This was Nathan’s final year to attend our Wednesday night clubs program, and he ended with the long-anticipated crest ceremony. Each year the 6th grade boys select images and colors and create a wooden crest that represents things that are important to them. They present their crest at the final night of clubs, talk about what they chose, and then hear words of blessing and a prayer from their parents. It is really cool and really important!
Here is Nathan with his crest..
It is amazing to think that the boy who was a baby when this curriculum was designed is now graduating from the program. I am so grateful for the men who worked with Than to put this together, and for all the godly leaders who have feed truth into my son during his years under their leadership.
Here is Nathan talking about his crest:
Baylor Music Studio Spring Recital–cookies, kids, parents, music–always somewhat the same, but always new too!
Nathan and Katya played a duet together for the first time, and Nathan’s clarinet teacher came for one of the performances to play a clarinet duet with him as well. We sure heard some good music from so many students!
Oh, and in case you are wondering, the cookie selections included…
Sugar Cookie Sandwiches with Strawberry Icing
Raspberry Oatmeal Squares
This recipe was originally from Yummy Addiction via Pinterest. I’ve made it a few times, and have been known to shift around flavors and mix-ins based on what I have available!
Baking Bites via Pinterest provided this yummy recipe. The cookies are great on their own, and even better when stuck together as a peanut butter sandwich!
This is my go-to classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. It took me years to find just the right one, and this is it! Hooray for Pinterest…
The original (with much better photos and explanations) is from Over the Big Moon–read it there!
Wow, I haven’t downloaded pictures from my phone or posted on the blog in 3 months. What happened?!!
I suppose there are plenty of explanations–life happened, work and church and school and family and whatever else. The kids are bigger, they aren’t here doing cute stuff every 5 minutes all day long, and there are so many good things to spend time on.
However, for my faithful followers there are still some fun photos and seasonal events to share. I’ll try to get caught up and break the silence so it isn’t so daunting to post over the summer!
Here is Catching-Up #1–Easter pics. I’m not sure they need much explanation, they are what they are!
Get ready to fall in love…
Katya had the chance to go with her Sunday school teacher to see a litter of the sweetest, fluffiest Golden Retrievers ever!! She was so thrilled, and had a wonderful time soaking in the puppy wonderfulness.
As if that wasn’t enough to fill her nearly-9-year-old girl heart, the dog breeder also let her visit the horse and hold the Ragdoll cat.
Thanks to her teacher for arranging this special outing, and to the dog breeder for filling this little girl’s love bucket! (Can you tell that these photos just make my heart happy?!)
Here is the staff lunch menu for this month. I missed having it in December and January, so it is nice to be back!
Caesar Salad with homemade dressing and homemade croutons from The Food Lab, my new favorite cookbook
Cara Cara Orange Slices