Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Moving on Up

Summer is in full swing which means we are having a lot of fun. 

Today is Hollis' best friend Joseph's birthday.  We celebrated at a party this weekend.  He is obsessed with tractors - how cute is this party? My friend Robin made those tractor and combine cookies.  I wouldn't even know what a combine is - much less how to make a cookie out of one but she's amazing! 

These two are stuck like glue!

We have been busy burning off energy at parks.  I'm trying to get the girls to play outside as much as possible these days.  

Will Holden is really smiling so much these days.  Especially at his sisters.  He just laughs and smiles when they talk to him.  I mean how can you not love this little Elvis smile? And fresh out of the bath pajamas? 

Things are becoming routine around here like getting everyone ready for church or school.  It's not always easy, but you find ways to make it happen.  Love these three! 

Last night was Harper's Kindergarten graduation. 

I wrote this on Instagram but I want to share again for those of you who aren't on social media. 

This time last year I was so worried about Harper heading to kindergarten. Her hearing loss had made her behind on learning letters and sounds. She even struggled socially because of her hearing. I wondered if she would need to repeat kindergarten. 
Tonight she had her kindergarten graduation. She's reading on a first grade level and does addition and subtraction. She only understands less than half of what she hears but she's determined and smart. I have no idea how she has learned so much with the difficulty she has. We have never let her think her hearing is an issue. 
As we walked through the building, kids kept yelling "Hey Harper!!!" I know more about every kid in her class than I ever dreamed because she talks about them all constantly. She is friends with everyone. 
And they gave a Citizenship award to one boy and one girl in each class and Harper got it for her class. I explained to Harper that was because she was kind and respectful and how that meant more to me than any good grade ever will. 
I wish I could say I was proud but it's more Gods goodness than anything I have done as a parent. I'm so thankful for this girl. 

I love this picture of Harper and her daddy. 

All my kids at the graduation.  Will Holden slept through it.  This is the nice age when you can take him anywhere and he will mostly snooze right through.  

And I wanted to say thank you for all your words of support and encouragement and agreement on my post about weight.  I'm working on making life changes and I will try to give updates.  I don't want to be annoying about it but I also want to share the journey.  So probably monthly or maybe twice a month - I will just share how it's going and what I have been doing.  It probably won't always be positive but it's not realistic if I act like it's completely easy.  Anything worth doing is never easy. 

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