Thursday, February 1, 2018

Third Grade Buddies

St Joe's is split into two campuses: Preschool-3rd grade in Issaquah, with 4th-8th grade in Snoqualmie.  This give both campuses a very intimate relationship with those around them and the third grade buddy program in Issaquah is especially sweet.

At the beginning of the year, a Third Grader gets paired with a incoming Kindergartener.  They go to Mass with them, do Kinder/Third activities together, and have opportunities to play with them at recess.

Abigail's buddy is Dylan Haugen (funny enough, I used to work with her Dad at Costco!)  Abigail and Dylan are adorable together.  Fiercely loyal and protective, they constantly seek opportunities to connect; whether to play or just give each other a hug.

I cannot tell you how sweet this has been to watch and what an amazing relief it is to see my little girl feeling safe and accepted in her big new world.

Here are a few recent pictures and items documenting their cute relationship (it's also worth noting the amount of artwork Abigail makes for Dylan on the daily!):

Getting Tea Party ready!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ringing in 2018

I can't recall the last time I went out to celebrate NYE, and that's perfectly fine.  The holiday is always filled with such expectation and pressure, so staying home to party with the kids seemed to fit the bill (and who can argue with drinking Mimosas all day?).

We made pizzas, had a dance party, made a calendar of events for the year, watched a Netflix New Year countdown, then tucked the kids in early for a late night celebrations with friends.

Here are some pictures from a raging night at the Lauckner's:

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A White Christmas

We had a white Christmas in Issaquah this year!

Celebrations began Christmas Eve.  We had Kevin's parents and Uncle Mike and Uncle Kent over for dinner and a sleepover.  It was so much fun settling in with family, watching the snow come down as we relaxed by the fire with cocktails and good company.  The kids were especially excited that everyone would be spending the night and as it worked out, it was best this way with all the snow.

The kids loved their gifts (Abigail's karaoke machine being an all around favorite!) and we topped off a great meal and dessert with a snowy walk around the neighborhood.  Even Mabel got in on the fun, pulling the kids on a wooden sled built by Kirk years ago.

It was hands down my favorite Christmas Eve in recent memory; a perfectly magical celebration!

Ben's smile... ha! 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Abigail's Holiday Art, 2017

Here are some things Abigail has been working on in class during the Holidays.  Increasingly, I see her bring home more freestyle art and love seeing her personal expressions / what she is drawn to create:

Friday, December 22, 2017

George's Holiday Art, 2017

Here is George's latests work. It's beyond adorable watching him bring it home and explain to me what he's made.

A short but sweet installment:

Created with Ms Judy (SLP)

Friday, December 15, 2017

George's Christmas Social

George gets the award for kid most excited for Christmas this year and his Christmas Social earlier today takes the cake!

He's been walking around with the invitation to his party in hand for more than a week now and asks us to read through the program multiple times a day.  He was so excited to perform their three songs (Red, Red Hat, 5 Little Gingerbread, and Silent Night) and decided to wear his suit 😍  In addition, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, and Mamie joined us which made it extra special for our little star!

Here are pictures and video from his big day:

Off to school - it was also pajama day for K-3 (invitation in hand)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017-18 School Pictures

How did I let this much time get away without a most important brag-post: school pictures!

Abigail is in Kindergarten, George is in Pre 4s and in my not-so-humble opinion, they're the cutest.

Abigail, 6 years old, Kindergarten with Mrs. Bechtol

George, 4 years old, Pre 4s with Mrs Rowe and Mrs Glaze

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

St Joseph Christmas Concert, 2017

Tonight we joined St Joe's for the annual Christmas Concert at Mary, Queen of Peace.

The Kindergartners performed two songs (which we've been hearing Abigail practice for a few weeks now) and they were just adorable.

Abigail was so excited and confident and the boys loved dressing in their suits to honor her big night (although Ben went home with Kevin immediately following Abigail's performance - sleepy 2 year olds...)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Snowflake Lane, 2017

Our holiday traditions continued this past week (and I'm starting to feel like we could shave a few traditions off the list...I'm exhausted already!)

Last Tuesday night after Abigail's Girl Scout holiday tea, we met Mamie and Papa at Cheesecake Factory for dinner then to Snowflake Lane.  It was a special year being Ben's first time and the kids had a great time; parked right in front of all the action!

Here are some pictures from the evening:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Girl Scout's Holiday Tea

While visiting the Girl Scout store for the first time this Fall, I met a woman who helped me navigate the world of Girl Scouts and gave me some awesome ideas - one of which was having a Brownie Troop host a tea party for our Daisy Troop.

Lucky for me, I'm friends with the 3rd grade Brownie Troop leader (and the 3rd graders just so happen to have Kindergarten buddies at St Joes!) so it seemed a perfect fit to get a party in the books.

The 3rd grade brownie troop "hosted" us earlier this week for a perfect afternoon with the ladies.  The party was complete with Turkish tea cakes, herbal tea and hot coco, games, and a get-the-sugar-rush-out dance party!

Here are some pictures from the event:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ben's First Piece of Art

I didn't think I would be at kid #3 and able to track a first piece of art, but when I never do any at home I suppose it becomes more obvious  ;)

Ben worked on this a few weeks ago with George during his speech therapy session.  I had some paperwork to fill out, so Ms Judy offered to bring Ben in for George's sessions.  Both had a great time and Ben was thrilled with his masterpieces!

He's been pointing at it with pride on the bullet board for a few weeks now  💕

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Santa 2017

We saw Santa last night!

The kids are always extremely excited to see Santa each year, and this year all three were totally on board.  No one was scared - they all couldn't wait to see the big guy and let him know exactly what they wanted for Christmas.