Saturday, June 27, 2015

House Progress

Probably the most poring blog ever, but I like to have this for our records.

May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015

May 28, 2015

June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015

June 16, 2015

June 16, 2016

June 18th, 2015

June 18, 2015

June 21, 2015

June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015
June 24, 2015 


As of right now, we're still closing on August 5th, so hopefully that doesn't change.

Friday, June 26, 2015

VBS Days 4-5

By Thursday, we were exhausted. The only thing I've ever heard about volunteering at VBS is how exhausted you are afterwards. I don't know why that is, but it's so true. One of the other volunteers posted this on her Facebook and I thought it was so funny.

Part of it was the heat, I'm sure. But we were all tired. Thursday, we stopped at Burger King for breakfast. Carter had slept late (I let him sleep as long as I could) so instead of rushing him at the house to eat his breakfast, we left and made a quick stop for breakfast. The boys loved it and it was a fun start to our day.

Thursday's craft was a magnetic cross that the kids got to decorate any way they wanted with buttons, paper, string, etc.

The first day of VBS, the boys fought a little bit right before I picked them up and after that, they chose to sit at different tables and the teacher said they did so good. They talked to different kids and just seemed to do better when they were separate. I knew that splitting them up for kindergarten was the right thing to do, but it still broke my heart to do it. Well, the past couple weeks of fighting and then hearing how different they were apart and how good they were doing was just what I needed to hear to feel at peace about them being in different classes. It's really just eased my mind so much because regardless of whether I know something is the right decision or not, I'm still a worrier. I worry about everything and now this is one less thing I have to worry about. :)

Evan and Carter's crosses also looked completely different from each other.

After VBS on Thursday, they had a pizza party for all the adult volunteers and their kids. (Burger King for Breakfast, pizza for lunch--not the healthiest day)
We sat with the other craft volunteers and some of the teachers. We all happen to have kids the same age and all live really close to each other, so it was a great group of women to be working with.

The boys loved their pizza and even got seconds. VBS really worked up an appetite.

The other rooms for the older kids are done up so nice, so the teachers took the small kids to go tour them so they could see what they looked like. The boys came home and told me all kinds of fun things they saw, like a spaceship, a time machine, etc. I think these tours were the boys favorite part. They got to pick out a "moon rock" in one of the rooms, and that was a HUGE hit!

On the last day of VBS, the kids made ornaments. The leader of our volunteer group was Lindsay and she did an amazing job coming up with age appropriate crafts that would be easy, not too expensive, could be done with the time schedule we have, coordinate with the lesson of the day, and she picked ones that were "junky" and she ordred all the supplies and got it all organized when it came it. Our crafts would not have gone smoothly without her, she was amazing.

I love the ornament idea, since we have a holiday tree, I'm all about having a special ornaments to put up in the summer that they made a VBS.

Carter and Mommy.

Evan and Mommy

Pretty proud of his ornament.

After we got home, Carter would not put his lighthouse craft down. He even insisted on having it in his room when he went to sleep. He loves this thing.

The sheep mask.

Carter's magnetic cross.

The boys "tie dye" bracelets. Evan wore his today, actually.

I looked everywhere for their ornaments and it turns out, as soon as they got home, they got them out and hung them on the holiday tree.

I think this is such a great keepsake craft.

Somebody else already suggested having something like this every year to take home as a keep sake from VBS that year.

I truly enjoyed doing VBS this year. I loved doing the preschool arts and crafts, I can't imagine doing anything else. The boys loved the whole week. They loved their teacher, they made some friends in their class and they enjoyed all the activities they got to do. This week, it's been back to our regular summer weeks with summer program twice a week.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

VBS Days 1-3

Last week was Vacation Bible School at church. A few months back, somebody asked if I'd volunteer with preschool arts and crafts during VBS. I agreed, but had absolutely no idea what to expect. I'm so glad that I agreed to volunteer because it was so much fun and I plan to do it every summer that I can. There were over 600 kids that came. Over 200 adult volunteers and over 100 youth volunteers. It was something! There was a preschool wing, with prek 4 and kindergarteners that had about 175 kids, and that's where I was. There were 5 adults in preschool arts and crafts and 2 youth helpers. Because of how many kids signed up, we didn't end up getting our own craft room like they normally do. We ended up getting a cart and taking it from room to room and we did our craft with the kids and then moved on to the next room. There was a schedule and we'd have to be in each room a certain time. I couldn't believe how well organized something so big was, but it was run very well.

The boys on the first day of VBS. It went from 9-12 every day, but we had to get there about 8:30-8:45, which meant getting up and ready and out the door no later than 8, which is earlier than we have to leave for school. The first morning, I left at 7:45 to get there a little early and figure out where to go, get the boys registration packets, etc. I know this isn't early, but it was earlier than we're used to--but definitely getting us ready for next year. :)

They had two professional photographers going through and taking pictures, so I got this and a few others off the website. The theme was "Blast from the Past" and each teacher picked a theme for their room. The boys teacher picked Batman/superhero, which was a huge hit with the boys.

It was so fun going into the boys room with our craft. They were so cute and happy to see me. If they saw me in the hall, they'd point to their friends and say "That's my mommy" which was so precious. I know that stage will end, so I'm eating it up now.

We did a fun "tie dye" craft where the kids colored bracelets to wear home at the end of the week.

The boys working hard on their craft.

The first day after getting home, Carter asked for a piece of paper and then went and came back with this. They were singing a song about "God is love" and they spell Love in the song, so he was so proud to surprise me with this.

The boys had to wear their room color on Wednesday, which was blue.

That day we made sheep masks.

Carter, gluing on his cotton balls.

Another picture I stole from Facebook. Their teacher had legos out when the kids arrived for them to play with, you can see Evan in the background with something he built.

That Wednesday, they also brought in a petting zoo for the younger kids (kindergarteners and preschoolers) The moms volunteering with crafts, worked it out so we could go outside while our kids class was outside and take pictures of them. I still cannot believe they brought in a petting zoo! The kids loved it!!!

I'm pretty sure I like petting zoos as much or more than the boys. I just love watching them with the animals, they're always so sweet.

All the kids got a bowl of feed for the animals.

The had a smaller area with baby goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits.

The baby animals were so precious.

I think the boys' class was one of the last to go outside and the animals were all still loving the attention.


I wish we had a petting zoo nearby. There's one at Steed's Dairy, but that's only open in the fall (or one or two days in the spring)

Awful lighting, but Carter was feeding the cute little goat, so I had to post it anyways.

Another picture I stole from Facebook.