Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

We had the wonderful opportunity to spend the weekend with some friends from church. Our Sunday School teachers graciously open up their home each year on this weekend for families to camp. This was our first year to go and we did not camp. We kept telling everyone that we are not camping people but we did spend two wonderful days hanging out with friends and getting to know new people. The girls had a blast! They have a big pond and a huge hill that leads down to it. Add a lot of plastic and you have one long slip and slide! Cora loved it! She went down it a million times. It really was a huge outdoor playground for kids and the adults didn't mind it either. We had church together on Sunday morning around the campfire. It was just a great time of fellowship!
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kindergarten Fun Day

We had Kindergarten Fun Day today and boy was it fun! It was stinkin' hot but it was a blast. There were four stations set up for the classes to rotate through.
Then it was time for tug-of-war! This is Cora's class pulling as hard as they can.

They won this round and were so excited! Cora just had to show me her muscles when she was finished. She is obviously the reason they won.....look at those guns! Ha!
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I'm here too!!!

It seems like here lately all of my posts have been about Cora, but this little girl is still around also. I thought I would let you in on what is going on in the land of Molly. She is GROWING!!!!! She grew out of her white sandals in one week. I put them on her one Sunday and the next they were too little. She also is very clumsy all of sudden. You can see the big bruise on her forehead where she bounced off the bed and hit the wall with her head. But she is the sweetest little thing also. She can make your heart just melt. The other day she wrapped her arms around my neck so tight I could barely breathe and said, "Best Friends!" I love this kid!!!
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She can't be this big.........

A little while ago Cora started asking about getting her ears pierced. I told her that she could do it but I wanted her to think about it a little while longer. After a few weeks of her continuing to talk about it I knew that she was ready. She is so excited to have earrings!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Art Show

Last week there was an art show at Cora's school. Every child at the school at least one piece in the show and let me just say it really was unbelievable. Maybe it is because I do not have an artistic bone in my body but I know that I would not be able to do half of what I saw displayed that evening. Mr. J, the art teacher, is really like a superstar at the school. All of the kids love him so much! He has high expectations of all of them and he is able to get the best out of them.
This is Cora's piece in the show. The lesson was based off of a book that they read in class about a little girl and her favorite stuffed animal. Cora drew herself and Marie, her stuffed cat from the Aristocats.
This is a piece that her entire class did together while they were studying Jackson Pollock. They had a wonderful time doing this piece. Cora talked about Action Jackson for weeks.
These are a few other pieces that we saw that evening. The halls of the school were filled with them! It was such a fun evening!
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Final Night of AWANA

As I have said before we are so thankful to have AWANAs at our church and Cora has had a great year as a Spark! She finished her book even though we started late and has learned so many things about the Word of God. It is really unbelievable. Ms. Dawn was one of her teachers this year and Cora really come to love her so much. On the final night, one of the games that they played was "Are you smarter than a Sparky?" Well I was on the parent team and Cora was on the Sparky team. I wish that I could tell you that the parents won but sadly I cannot. They beat us by one question. It was a sad day for the moms up there but we were so excited that our kids really know this stuff. Way to go Cora!
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Cora's Poem

Ok so I know that the video is sideways and not the best quality but I just had to put her poem on here. All of the kids were asked to write a poem about the beach and her's was chosen to be read at the concert. She said she was nervous but I think it is great.

Kindergarten Concert

A few weeks ago Michael and I got the opportunity to spend some special time with Cora at school. Before we went to hear the wonderful singing at their concert we had some special activities in the classroom to do. One of our neighbors was so kind to watch Molly so we were able to really focus on Cora and we all loved it. The concert was all about the ocean so we had some fun activities to go along with that. It is great to see how much she has learned this year!

This is Mrs. Hoopes. I do not think there could ever be a better teacher for my girl. She is just what she needs and I am so thankful for that. Cora loves her so much!
Our girl getting ready for the singing to begin!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Oh the joy!

Yesterday while I was grocery shopping I was overcome with joy as I walked down the ice cream aisle. I almost did a thank you Jesus dance in the middle of the store just to show Him how thankful I truly was. You may be asking yourself what could make a normal person act a fool in the middle of a store. Well.......

this would be the thing that did it. If you are from Georgia then you are not shocked by the spectacle that took place in the middle of the store. You see 11 1/2 years ago Michael and I moved away from GA and we have had to do without all things Mayfield. My mom always stocks the house with some Mayfield Chocolate Milk when we come to town because of the joy that she knows it brings to us. So to see Mayfield Ice cream here in Ohio almost brought tears to my eyes! We celebrated last night by eating almost the entire container. We can only hope the milk will be coming to town next!
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My Hula Hoopin' Girl

My own personal grocery store

When we bought our house I knew there were going to have to be a few changed made. One of the first that had to be taken care of was the pantry. We had a pitiful little closet that held absolutely nothing and if you know me at all then you know that will never work. I love my coupons and getting things for free way to much for a little pantry. So the laundry room that was directly off of the kitchen got turned into my own personal grocery store and the laundry room is now in the basement. Love it! It is perfect. I may be a little crazy but I am ok with that.
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Sidewalk Chalk Girl

My girl loves sidewalk chalk! We have been spending so much time outside these days because the weather is so beautiful and we just love it. Anytime that we are playing in the front yard Molly has out the chalk. Thanks Grandma for the new chalk!
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