School is wrapping up and this May was no less busy than any other year.
After many months of prayer and searching out various options, our church body has moved to a new location! We are now meeting at the Church of God Seventh Day near Chipotle in Lodi, which works out perfectly since their church gathers on Saturdays. We understand that a church is not about the physical building, but this move gave our children, more than anything, a much more clean and safe place to meet! The transition has been going well and we are so thankful for the new location that the Lord guided our church to. There are already several new families attending, many of whom have young children, too!
Teacher Appreciation Week: Caleb was excited to make a card for Mr.Drouin for Teacher Appreciation Week. Check out the drawing on the zoomed in version, I love them - He drew himself and Mr. Drouin, with details down to the colors and accessories that are usually worn.
Greek Easter at 'Uncle Nick's' - this is the second time we have attended Greek Easter, which is a mix of many generations, ethnicities, and languages being spoken. We don't know very many people other than our immediate family, but it is still a really cool experience to be around and more importantly to expose our boys to, with the prayer done in Greek, and some of the different traditions and foods they have there. They do still do an Easter egg hunt for the kids, and then shower them with a dozen or so other little gifts, oh my gosh - needless to say the boys were thrilled by all that.
We have been making frequent trips to the Lodi Public Library this Spring, checking out lots of new books to keep our reading time fresh, especially since Caleb can read many of them to us now. I use the Scholastic book fliers that come home to get ideas, or any popular book or character that I can think of, then I see if the library has them. Put a hold on the books, wait for the email to say they are ready, then just walk in and check them out. SO MUCH EASIER, and we can get good books as opposed to the random and sometimes awful ones we just pull of the shelves when the kids grab books!
Nana Gigi brought the boys a container full of hundreds of ladybugs so they could release them into our yard. They didn't know she was bringing them over, so they we're a bit overwhelmed at all the moving creatures at first, but warmed up to the idea and eventually let them crawl on their hands. And now we have some extra help eating the bugs in our garden, too! :)
"The Boys of La Setta Drive"
(Jacob (6), Landon (4), Caleb (5), and Haydon (7))
Landon's preschool 'field trip' to the park at the end of the school year.
Landon received an invitation to join his friend Matthew (who lives at the end of our street) for a day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (in Vallejo). The boys look like they had a blast, and the picture from the end of the day proves it.
"Uncle Eli" was here visiting from Virginia for a few weeks this month, so we had lots of time and fun with him, including he and "Uncle Tameem" coming to one of Caleb's t-ball games. Caleb was very excited about that.
Papa forgot to bring his chair, so he used Landon('s)...
A father teaching his boys...
Morada Little League Family Fun Day - the dunk tank was a hit, literally, for the boys.
The boys love having their faces painted
Our little lefty
Lucky Landon - another fun invite, to take a paddle boat from a friend's house over to Mason's beach. The little boy is Billy, a friend of Landon's from preschool, and his sister Blair. They had a ton of fun running up and down the beach, in and out of the very cold water (this was only mid-May!) Hope we get the chance to go again some time.
This month has several minimum days, which means several dress up days. This was Hawaiian Day, and Caleb said he wanted a blue lei. Thank you Nolan for loaning us your authentic hawaiian shirt!
(Is it just me or is Caleb kind of doing the football neck pose here??)
...And of course Mr. Drouin, dressed up for Hawaiian Day, too.
BIG DEAL celebration this month!! After three extremely grueling years, Jimmy's brother Joey finished and graduated with his Doctorate in Education (EdD). Way to go Joey, and Aly too for being strong at his side.
Caleb's bean plant from school. Not to sure what kind of bean, or where it would prefer to live in our garden, but after almost killing it in the ziploc it came home in, I got it in the ground and it is still alive (writing this mid-June)... There are actually even some bean pods growing on it!
Caleb's last t-ball game, and here is his team, the Rattlers. Coaches Jimmy, Wade, and Brad.
Caleb is usually pretty into the dress-up days at school, and for his general unwillingness to wear things I choose or buy for him, it makes me happy that he wants to dress up for the spirit days. This was 80's day, so he has the super neon orange shirt, sleeves rolled, jean jacket (Mr. Drouin helped us out by popping Caleb's collar), and pegged pants. I think he felt pretty coooool. :)
Caleb's drawing of BB-8
End of the year field trip to the Stockton Children's Museum. Caleb and his classmate, Ashton...
Self-serve face painting station. Oh how the boys love to paint their faces!
Caleb, Sebastian, Cooper, and Jared
Landon had his last day of preschool at Vinewood Preschool this month! It was very bittersweet, because we love the preschool and everyone there so much and we will definitely miss them! Next year Landon will be attending Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at Lakewood School, which is basically a (free) year of pre-kindergarten (same curriculum, but simplified) for the kids whose birthdays fall between September 1 and December 1 - it other words, the ones who don't make the cutoff date to start Kindergarten this year. Landon is very excited, and we know of at least one preschool friend who will be in TK with him as well.
(Left) Some of Landon's classmates and friends, Olivia and Otto. (Right) Landon and Teacher Debi, or "Teacher Devi", as he calls her!
Memorial Day swim time with the cousins!