Meryl and I attended a seminar 1/7/2017 on developing a Parenting GAME PLAN for raising our children to obey and love God. It was fascinating and really lit a fire/passion for us to develop our goals and intentional strategies to help our kids be everything God wants them to be.
We are going to write our goals down and we will post when it is complete. Let us know if you have any suggestions of goals we should set as parents to 6 of God's children.
Friday, January 8, 2016
1) Mommy had surgery in January 2015
2) Our house flooded and we moved out for 3 weeks February-March (in which we went through 2 rounds of a stomach bug)
3) Emmy had surgery in March
4) Daddy interviewed in April for a promotion in IN and got it.
5) Celebrated Gianna's bday at Pump it Up, then Daddy and Mommy flew to IN the next day to house hunt at the end of April.
6) Daddy and Mommy came home for less than 12 hrs then flew to Kauai for their 10yr anniversary in May.
7) Daddy started working in IN in May while Mommy started to get ready to move.
8) Gianna graduated from Preschool end of May.
9) We, ( 4 adults and 6 kids), flew to Indiana end of June (and survived with only 2 meltdowns, both of which were on the landings!!)
10) We went to the splash pad A LOT in July with Grandma and Grandpa so Mommy could unpack!
11) We celebrated Mommy's birthday in August and Gianna started Kindergarten
12) We celebrated our 3rd birthday with a few of our new friends in September
13) December still acclimating and organizing house. Also lost her power cord for her laptop during the move so wasn't able to write (type).
it doesn't mean that she can just drop the blog for a WHOLE year, right? WE finally had to learn how to type to help her out cause she is STILL recovering from a whirlwind year. Here are some pics to show you how much we've grown in the last year and our 3yr stats! Hard to believe we are 3 already.....AND potty trained!! We took our time with all the transitions that went on this past year. Once we moved to IN, Mommy was able to knock it out by the end of summer.
Ok, now that we are caught up (phew!), enjoy the pics (we had to squeeze in a year's worth....sorry!)
|From Left: Addy, Riley, Emmy, Gabby, Cooper, and Gianna|
|Our house flooded Feb.13. Stayed at Embassy Suites for a few days until they got us into temporary housing.|
|Brotherly love =)|
|Thug sisters for life! (Emmy and Gabby)|
|Hanging out at the Fullerton Arboretum (Left: Cooper, Emmy, Gianna, Riley, Gabby, and Addy).|
|We ditched our table for boosters at the kitchen table!|
|Addy is so excited to be at a normal table!!|
(John, Cooper, Gabby, Gianna, Addy, Emmy, Meryl, and Riley)
|Daddy and Mommy celebrated our 10yr anniversary by going to Kuaui. It was a great way to get some R&R in before the whirlwind new job and move to Indiana.|
We went zip lining on a drizzly day. Needless to say, we were the only ones on the tour which made it
even more fun to get one-on-one attention =)
|Mommy celebrated her 10yrs of service with St. Jude Medical Center at a dinner held at the Nixon Library.|
|We tried to squeeze in as many trips to the beach as we could before moving =)|
(Top left: Riley, Gabby
Bottom left: Gianna, Addy)
|We had our last hurrah at Ruby's on the pier in Huntington Beach.|
|Gianna's graduation from Preschool!|
|Gabby and Addy playing "choo-choo train" going down the slide.|
|Mommy's last day at work =(|
|She'll miss working with the staff at St. Jude's OPSC!|
|YAY! Another beach day! Ms. Robin joined us this trip.|
Gabby, Cooper, Addy, Emmy, and Riley
Went to one of our favorite stompin' grounds, the carousel ride at SouthCoast Plaza with Ms. Alex and her sister Ms. Felicia. Cooper and Addy had to sit on the bench the first round cause they were afraid of the horses.
|Super Man doesn't need no stinkin' horse!|
|Emmy- This is kinda fun!|
|Riley- I think I'm ready to get off now.|
|Gabby- I agree with Riley!|
|Riding the train at the Irvine Park with Ms. Robin.|
|The gang looking at the miniature ponies.|
|Future olympic equestrian =)|
|Yet another beach day! Mr. Don and Ms. Alex joined in on the fun that day.|
|We were invited to the opening of Billy Beez . Cooper pretending to be a chef.|
|They had a 6-person rainbow slide that was challenging to get all the kids in the pic at the same time!|
|Gianna got to meet Elsa (Disney Character) at her friend's birthday party.|
|We are off to Indiana!! (Riley and Gabby in their plane seats)|
|First time for the quints to go to a movie- Inside Out (our house was having it's carpets cleaned that day)|
|Splash pad down the street from our house on July 4th.We spent a lot of time there with our grandparents over the summer while Mommy unpacked the house and Daddy worked.|
|Gabby getting doused by the multiple water sprays.|
First buzz cut for both boys
|First day of Kindergarten for Gianna!|
|One of many group hugs at the bus stop.|
|The "scooter gang" of the 317....lol|
|Water fun at the Indianapolis Children's Museum|
|We celebrated our 3rd birthday with a few of our new neighbor friends! Daddy and Mommy rented a bounce house for us.|
We wanted to take our afternoon nap in there!
|Fall fun at Stuckey Farms.|
|Waiting at top of hill to go down a 100ft slide.|
|Addy and Gabby trying out their winter beanies.|
|Petting the animals at Connor Prairie|
|Mommy came through on her promise that everyone would go trick-or-treating this year!|
Left: Addy-My Little Pony, Cooper- Superman, Gabby- Tinkerbell, Gianna- Hello Kitty
Emmy- Sofia the First, Riley- Superman
|Addy in the ER after falling backwards down the staircase. She ended up with a neck sprain, although|
you wouldn't be able to tell by that smile!
|Our 3yr well check back in November!|
Gabby: 27% wt, 30% ht/ Riley: 80% wt, 90% ht
Addy: 24% wt, 55% ht/ Cooper: 68% wt, 69% ht
Last but not least.....little miss Emmy: 5% wt, 16% ht
|Look what I got!|
|Cooper giving a group hug to Addy and Emmy. Riley trying to get in but too late.|
|Cooper trying to figure out how long it will take for Addy to fall asleep!|
|Addy hiding behind Emmy|
|Family pic at church|
|We didn't do anything!|
|We had so much fun spending time with our Uncle Arvin and Auntie Stephanie from Missouri =)|
As we end this update, we wanna just say how disappointed we were that we didn't have a white Christmas our first Christmas in Indy. It's supposed to snow in a few days, so we'll see if we can start using our sleds!! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016!!