We recently had Parent/Teacher Conferences with the kids' teachers. Megan is right on track or above. She gave herself a self assessment and she said she was "shy, quiet, smart, and funny, her favorite subject was spelling and reading, and least favorite was math" which is exactly what her teacher had to say. Joseph was able to show us around his classroom and show us his school work. He is reading at a high level, right on track with math and a good cooperative student. Sarah is her fun little self, has lots of comments and one smart little girl. Knows her letters, upper and lower case and even most of the sounds of them and can identify numbers 1-100. None of these conferences surprised us..... we know we have smart kids ;) They all seem to have a natural sense for learning and like "they" say, "kids are like sponges and just absorb what they learn" Don't want to leave out Daniel, so I will give you an update on him, he is climbing on everything he can. Found him on the counter, ready to climb onto the microwave, this morning. He likes for us to "watch me" constantly in everything he does. "mom, MOM, watch ME!" He is really starting to talk a lot and we can actually understand him. He LOVES to play with his siblings and adores them. He has also come to know when he gets in trouble and will hang his head down and say "you mad at me" with a big frown. It is pretty funny and hard to be upset with him after he acts like that. We are so proud of all of them and all they have learned and done this school year, and I feel so blessed to be able to see them learn and grow and be their mother.
A wonderful friend took our family photos recently. She did a great job. We have had pictures taken of all 4 kids before, but never a more professional picture of the 4 kids + Brent and I. I can't wait to replace the outdated pictures above our fireplace with some of these. Although doing that just reminds me and shows me how quickly my kids are growing up.
I LOVE this picture of the 4 of them. My pride and JOYS!!
I think this is my favorite family one.
This is just a random picture I took the other day when they were all on the counter, trying to get away from the puppy. They were all so happy and having fun together. I hope these are the times they remember :)
I don't think I will ever take a month off again.....
So here we go, catch up time.....
I started with around June and they go till the present.....
Daniel doesn't look so excited but he enjoyed the parade for the 4th of July
This past summer we had many fashion shows at our house, here is Sarah modeling some
If you didn't know, you know now...Brent was called as Bishop of our ward the last week in June, here he is in all his handsomeness for the very first full Sunday as Bishop Bean :)
In 1 1/2years we had 3 cats pass away, so what do you do when you have an animal die...??? get a new one...here is Mischief, our kitten, he liked to sleep in the pantry on all our empty grocery bags. (we do miss our other cats though who aren't with us now, they were great cats)
Our other kitten, Tigger, sleeping with the new kitty
Megan and Tigger are great buddies :)
The kids also had fun this summer running in the sprinklers a few times.
The kittens..not so much :) hahaha
Megan's first day of 4th grade
Joseph's first day of 2nd grade
They look more excited in this picture than they were to go to school again after summer break.
He really was this happy to be home though after school
And Daniel was sooooo excited to see his big sis!
Then, as if 4 kids and 3 cats weren't enough, we got a puppy!!
Daisy's first day home. She is adorable, which is a good thing because at 13 weeks old now, she isn't so fun...
The kids could actually pet her when she was this little, but now they only pet her if they want to get bit.
Isn't she adorable!!!
We set up our tent in the back yard, I am afraid this is as close to camping as we get.
Oh, and did I mention Joseph got glasses?! Isn't he handsome?!
And Sarah is a beauty!
Brent holding the pup.
Sarah's first day of preschool! I love her attitude :)
Brent singing Karaoke at a ward party...that was fun!
striking a pose, watch out for him!
She's so sweet
Can we say loonngg bangs...growing them out, she is..
Grapes are yummy!
I love this picture
Daisy's halloween costume
Megan turned 10!!! (How did I get old enough to have a 10 year old??!?)