?#?carconvo? Emma: Mamam, I want to sing and be a pop star. Zi: I want to be a model. Elle: I be a giraffe. Me: You want to be a giraffe? Elle: A penguin! A giraffe-penguin! Zi: Actually, do you know. When Ate and I are older, we’re going to be missionaries. Emma: *snickers* Zi: No really. Don’t laugh at it. We’re going to go everywhere, except for China. Me: *super confused* Elle: Excuse me, Mamam? Can you sing Baby? Me: what ‘baby’?? Zi: She means, “Oh baby you, you got what I need, but you say he’s just a friend. YOu say he’s just a friend.” Elle: Book Of Life!!! Zi: Mamam, can I be Maria for Halloween next year? Me: sure! Elle: Excuse me, Mamam? I be Malolo! Me: You want to be Manolo? It’s Manolo. Ell: NOOOO! MaLOLO! Listen. Ma- ma- ma- ma- LOLO. ?#?truestory? ?#?9yrs? ?#?5yrs? ?#?26mo?
School pictures were earlier than expected. The girls are getting so big. For some reason, whoever takes their pictures makes them put their hand on their hip. To get those big smiles, we share a little secret that I’ll let my readers know, just for being awesome. We have a secret password that we share so they can think about it when getting their pictures taken. It makes them super happy and usually gets them to smile big. This year, I believe the secret word was “chicken booty”.
Zienne has been working all week to compose a poem for Perze. She wanted to finish it before he got home from his business trip to DC. The night after he arrived, she finally finished it and wanted to read it aloud to him. We’re so proud of her since all the words were by her and she tried so hard to spell everything out by herself. Emma and I helped her spell out difficult words. (We are still taking donations for a podium). #ziennenoelle #5yrs #herheart #daddysgirls
2014 Operation Back to School was successful last Thursday. We are officially in the 4th grade and figuratively hitting the halls of Kindergarten. The night before their first day, we all gathered together as a family and prayed over Emma and Zienne. They also got to wear their necklace charms that I ordered this summer, with the verse they learned from DVBS- 1 Peter 3:15, being ready to give a defense to give a reason for the hope in Jesus. 🙂 What a great verse to start their new scholastic year! They’re wearing homemade headbands…I upcycled Zienne’s old leggings that had a huge hole in it. Made a good first day of school statement. With so much excitement, they were off…
Wanted to archive their reading achievements this summer. Emma took on a really difficult book that her Tito Fred gave her last Christmas, that was almost 500 pgs. long, but she finished it. Although not all the books were shown, Zi finished 6 books, mostly from the Dr. Seuss series. Her reading & fluency really flourished this summer since I had more time to spend reading actively with her. Emma was also a huge help when I couldn’t read with her. Even though summer was a time to rest and play, I’m really proud their hard work. I sometimes felt guilty making them read every day during the summer, but those tiny minutes during the day really goes a long way in the long run. #youngreaders #summerreading #success #smallthings #readeveryday #twelvesixteen #9yrs #5yrs #drseuss #keeperofthelostcities
Zi: Mamam. Did you like my song? Me: Yes, what is it called? Zi: “I Only Have a Little Bit of My Love.” Me: Why only just a little bit? Zi: Because the husband only loves his wife a little bit. And the wife doesn’t want her husband to leave so she feels like she only has a little bit of love left.” Me: That is the saddest song! Don’t stop writing songs, Zi.
Today was a milestone for our beloved Zienne, the much anticipated Stepping Up Ceremony commemorating her PreK achievements. Scholastically, being a PreK graduate may seem trifle, but a school year of learning social behavior, practicing using your voice, building your courage, allowing mistakes (yours and others), experiencing conflicts, progressing in writing, speaking, and reading, refining fine motor skills, exploring your creativity, and getting accustomed to a schedule and rules are all very worthy of a congratulations for 4-5 year olds. So, Zienne Noelle, our beloved, a joyful congratulations is in order. Maybe it’s just us, maybe it’s how we translate your teacher’s stories about you, their praise of your knowledge and personality, but you’ve proved to be very special, easily adapting to what was put before you. You’re such a pleasure to us, my love. Continue on in your pursuits, Zi, and your dad and I will always uphold you in prayer. Jesus loves you. Today is your day, and you really held such pride, taking extra care in how you looked for such an occasion. Your smile during today’s events said it all.