He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress and for his children it will be a refuge.
Proverbs 14:26

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 309

June 19, 2017

Teenage texting...

Day 308

June 18, 2017

A little sisterly competition....

Day 307

June 17, 2017

Saying goodbye is never easy but especially for these four who have been together on and off over the years since they were 5,3 and 2.

Day 306

June 16, 2017

More henna fun.  Getting a little more creative this time!

Day 305

June 15, 2017

Everybody doing their thing...

Day 304

June 14, 2017

Speaking of Ramadan- always makes us feel a little stir crazy and trapped inside!!

Day 303

June 13, 2017

Lazy, slow Ramadan days means lots of cards, Settlers of Catan and henna for Maddie.  Sister bonding time...

Day 302

June 12, 2017

Packing up is becoming more and more real.  Abbey's box of memories...

Day 301

June 11, 2017

We all benefit from Maddie's summer boredom.  This week it's been homemade apple AND cherry pie.  Yummy!

Day 300

June 10, 2017

We finally got the older girls birthday presents (from last year).  Maddie got hers first since it was almost a year late.  So not good at gift giving around here!!

Day 299

June 9, 2017

Cat-sitting for some friends.  Teddy was none to happy with Abbey for trying to make him come back inside...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 298

June 8, 2017

Because sometimes the one who likes to jump out and scare people, deserves to have the you know what scared out of her...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Day 297

June 7, 2017

Some friends traveled to Paris today for vacation and since I am very much in old pics=therapy mode as well as cleaning out before leaving for the summer, I came across these old gems from our very first days overseas in France when Abbey and Maddie were 3 and almost 2.  

First pain au chocolat...

 First crepes in the latin quarter...

Cutest little tour guide in Paris...

Day 296

June 6, 2017

Anabelle's graduation from kindergarten day!  Apparently this is a big thing now?  Jason was traveling and the rest of us were kind of a comedy of errors as far as getting pictures/videos...  My phone died, then Abbey's phone died, then Maddie, with the only phone left of the bunch to take pics got up and went to the bathroom for the grand finale- the actual cap and gown part of the ceremony.  So our pictures are a little bit pitiful.  

Who knew that along with wearing a cap and gown and receiving her kindergarten diploma (I'm sorry but I am kind of rolling my eyes a little at this one!), she would also have three other costume changes and corresponding dances including...

this costume...
 (that went along with a song about hello from all the children of the world)

This one that involved lots of hand motions and i'm really not sure what else...

(oh and a not pictured African safari dance of some sort)

This costume where we were treated to the kindergarten class doing the tango...  Yes, that is my 6 year old with her hand in the air and hip jutted out to the side...

And finally a very blurry cap and gown picture...

At the end they had them out of the cap and gowns so quick that we didn't even get a close up!

All in all, quite the entertaining afternoon!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Day 295

June 5, 2017

No words...

Day 294

June 4, 2017

Goofy girl...

Day 293

June 3, 2017

Naomi's school is a preparatory school for the IB program which means that during elementary they work on a pretty big project throughout the second semester that they present at the end of the year as part of an exhibition that they've worked on in groups with a mentor over the course of the semester.  

Naomi and her group talked about how we express ourselves through different forms of art.  They did a great job!  

Day 292

June 2, 2017

  One last family movie night with good friends "before everything changes forever" (in other words graduates and seniors head back to the states).  And movie night is not complete without piling in the car and driving around like ninjas to collect Friday papers for the dog's litter box (don't ask)...

Day 291

June 1, 2017

Last day of school for Maddie!  Man, we are really staggering out these last days of school.  Naomi and AB still going for another few days at least (we never know for sure!).  And what better way to celebrate than letting your sister throw grapes at your face?

Day 290

May 31, 2017

Goodbyes are just hard.  There's no way around it.  And senior year goodbyes are super hard especially when you live overseas and are going a little farther away from friends and family than a 3 hour drive...

And what better solution for hard goodbyes than lots and lots of expensive (at least expensive here) sugar...

Day 289

May 30, 2017

And somehow I've found going through old pics to be therapeutic!  Cutest little soccer player ever!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day 288

May 29, 2017

Mom and her graduate... The day after because that's when I changed my profile pic and that's gonna have to count since I took enough pictures at graduation to last a few days...

Day 287

May 28, 2017

Graduation Day!!

No words, just pics...

Day 286

May 27, 2017

Introducing the older girls to a classic...

Day 285

May 26, 2017

Abbey returned from her senior trip just in time for the last baseball game of the season.  5 years of camels in the outfield coming to an end today for our senior...

AND, many thanks to our dear friend, who also happens to be the coach...  I texted him mid-inning and asked if he would please position all 4 of our kids (who have played together all 5 years) in the infield in such a way so that I could get a picture.  He did and I am certain it's just because of my text...

Day 284

May 25, 2017

When Maddie gets bored and wants to bake, everybody wins...  Today she decided to experiment with monkey bread- oh so yummy!

Day 283

May 24, 2017

Stole this one from Abbey's senior trip FB album...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 282

May 23, 2017

These two got some quality sister time in while Abbey was traveling...

Day 281

May 22, 2017

Going through old stuff I realized I keep WAY TOO MUCH!!  But I did come across this little treasure...

Day 280

May 21, 2017
Abbey left on senior trip today which flashed me back to this craziness...  Leaving on my senior trip and driving 10 hours to the beach- no cell phones, no nothin!

This one went on an airplane with chaperones....

Day 279

May 20, 2017

About a week and a half late but we finally had AB's My Little Pony birthday party...