Thursday, June 9, 2016

Blueberry Season!

Today marks the beginning of our Blueberry Season this year!
If you'll take note of the date, it's SUPER early this year.  Thanks to all the warm weather we've had lately, we're eating off our bushes almost a month earlier than normal.  It caught me by surprise.  The boys were wandering outside chomping on something and I realized it was blueberries!  And they were actually blue! (They've been known to, out of pure angst for the season, take off a few blueish/purple berries and just eat past the slight bitterness)

I set out to test the berry's sugar content to make sure we could actually start the picking season and the boys could hardly keep their hands off the bushes.  So, I put them to work...
William wouldn't even look up for a picture...
Just because it's fun to watch them be silly together...
And I know these  two little faces won't be little forever.
Needless to say, they were ripe.  
I could hardly believe they had caught me off guard this much.  I think the boys secretly knew they were turning and would go out each day to taste them without me knowing (o;

Makes my mouth water.

Bring on the pickers!  Any guesses on how many pounds we'll take away this year?!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Mother's Day

A day to remember how lucky I am to have these two.  Wasn't but 9 years ago I wondered if I'd ever be a mom...How blessed I am to now have not one, but two boys that call me Mom.  Here we are at part of the Abiqua Falls trail on a little hike we took after church.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday Z!

Calvin and I had the privilege of a special little trip to CA, just the two of us (while William had school and Daddy and him got some special time together).
We welcomed Auntie Tata and Uncle Yudi as they moved to the United States as Sasaoka's and we got to celebrate Ziara's 2nd birthday with the family.  We attempted to surprise Tauna and Yudi but someone got a sneak peek at a text message that spilled the beans.  None the less, we had a great time.  Always fun to visit.
One of my absolute favorites...The joy on her face is uncontainable obvious.


Feeding his funny face fetish while they took selfies on my phone (o;
Super glad these two will now be here every time we visit.
Love these three.
Can hardly believe they have a 2 yr old now.
Here's to three!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Student of the Month!

What a proud parent moment.
Actually brings tears to my eyes when I look at these pictures again.  Our struggle with William's shyness and his ability to adjust to new situations has been a tough one for us.  We understand that a lot of it has to do with his personality and we're wrestled so much with how best to handle each situation that presents itself as a challenge for William and his ability cope and engage in a new environment.  This moment was confirmation that he truly is growing in this area.

We were told that he would be receiving student of the month for April and when he would be receiving his award so that we knew when to be there to see it.  He had know idea ahead of time.  What we didn't know, was what the award was being given to him for.  When they announced his name for the "Most Improved" award, my heart was beaming.  You'll notice why in the description below.  Not only did we, but his teacher (Mrs. Cronrath) noticed how much William improved in his openness and ability to make friends and show eagerness when it comes to his academics.  He is trying to hold back a full teeth smile in this first picture, but I could tell that he too was beaming.  Our hope is that this is just one step in the right direction of instilling more confidence in himself.  How incredibly proud we are of him.

His classic hold back a smile face (o;  

Couldn't agree more with what she wrote.  So proud of our William.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bump Surgery

Back in January I posted about the doctor's visit of Calvin's that caused concern for the bump he had on the back of his neck.  Fast forward a few months to surgery date.  I had a real peace about it all.  Of course, there is always cause for concern when you decide to put your child under anesthesia for the first time.  But, I feel as though God washed over me with peace as we faced the unknown.

This helped.  He always helps calm nerves and put a smile on my face.
We were a little worried how getting up so early and then being told you couldn't eat breakfast was going to go over with this little guy.  No problems at all.  Not one complaint (another blessing).

He hesitated when they asked him to change into their special pajamas.  Only saving grace was that he got to keep his blanket in his lap.

Hardest part...Handing him over and watching him them walk away.  It helped that he hugged the nurse tight as they left.  Now we had to wait...

Halfway through, they came out and asked if we wanted to see what had just been taking out of Calvin's neck.  Of course we didn't hesitate in answering yes.  I hadn't realized that they meant they had it in a bottle and were going to pop it out right there in the waiting room!  I wasn't grossed out, but thought maybe a few sitting around us might be!  A lot bigger and irregularly shaped than they thought.  The surgeon later told us he assumed it was simply a plugged hair follicle that would have likely kept growing and gotten infected.  To confirm his suspicion, the tissue was sent off to pathology (of which we later found out he was right...Praise God!).

Here he is when we finally met up again-bump free.
He was groggy and wanted me to hold him but they said he made it through like a champ.

All he wanted was more popsicles.  Thankfully we took it slow, as the car ride home proved a bit much for his stomach (and thankfully I had brought a bowl for just such cause).

Done.  It was all done.  And for that, we were extremely grateful.  He truly was a champ.  I think the hardest part was following post op instructions by trying to keep him not quite as active as normal in hopes that the incision wouldn't pop open.  Keep a four year old boy inactive?!  Good luck.  We explained what the doctor told us to him and it wasn't long before he'd start running around with William and then stop and say, "Sorry William, I have to slow down my energy." (lol)

He brought Koala to his post op visit.  I think it was the first time I'd seen the surgeon smile.  Pretty serious guy, so it was fun to see his face crack a smile.  Who doesn't smile when Calvin's around?!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Swim Lessons

We've always wanted the boys to feel comfortable in the water.  Making the time for swim lessons proves more difficult than expected.  We managed to squeeze some in and they were even able to take them with two of their favorites: Evan and Avery.

This kid loves the water.  As much as he allows his fears and timidness to get in the way of the actual lesson and the teacher he doesn't know, I think he could really become a fish if he'd let himself.  So, we just push him along (o;

He wasn't at all afraid this time to jump off the deep.  It's those small improvements that we applaud.

This little man and his shark goggles got a little more brave in the water this time.  Sticking his head under has been a fearful feat and he mastered it this time.  He's still a bit scared when he knows his feet can't touch, but it'll just take time.

In the meantime, he loves any floaty device that helps him stay up (o;

The gang (William, Calvin, Evan and Avery)...In all their goofy glory.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Happy 7th Birthday William!

This year William had more of a birthday month than just a day...Lucky kid.  I can hardly believe he's 7 and I know I'll be saying this every year.  It still fascinates me how quickly time flies by.  Part of the reason I love blogging (even if it takes me 6mo to get one done, Hah!).
Let the pictures tell the story...

2/7/16: Birthday morning.  Bed head AND all.  His favorite-waffles with frozen applesauce chunks.  And of course, candles (o;
Since William's birthday was on a day Curtis works, what better thing to do than have a party at the station.  Curtis did such a great job of making it so special for William.  They hung streamers from the balcony of the stairs for him to walk through, we stopped and got doughnuts to share with the firefighters (because he loves a good maple bar on special occasions), we checked out the fireboat with Dad, opened presents in Dad's room, enjoyed a chocolate ice cream cookie cake, put together a United States puzzle he opened from Bus and Donna and then (his favorite) took some slides down the fire pole.        Fun. Filled. Day.

Then he had a mini party during school the next day.  He sat in front of the entire class (1st and Kinder since they hang with the Kinder kids a lot) while they sang a fun version of Happy Birthday (complete with karate chops) to him.  Then he got to share a fun robot snack he helped me make before getting to enjoy an end of the day recess with his friends.

Grandma Marsha and Grandpa Bruce went and watched William's swim lesson and then treated us to dinner and dessert...And of course a lego set (o;  You do a great job of spoiling Grandma Marsha.
We love you!

Then he chose a small birthday party with two of his buddies Gav and Evan, proof that he prefers smaller groups of people over large parties.  I love the pic of Calvin after giving him his birthday gift.  Heart melt moment.  William chose ice cream cones for his birthday treat and then Curtis made and organized some fun games for the boys to play.  

His last party was with cousins at our annual Eagle Crest trip.  Some birthday tickets from his Auntie Lori, presents, more ice cream cones and some special cousin time.  The time we have with family always means so much to us.  Can't get enough.