Sarah is Five!

Well, it happened. Our sweet Sarah turned five! We celebrated on the actual day with apple pie and presents. Her Grandma made her a cute dress that matches Sarah’s style to a T.

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Levi was a little cranky, so I treated him to some whipped cream.

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That same weekend we celebrated at my parent’s with an Elsa cake. Sarah was excited to get plenty of Frozen gifts and a few art and craft items.

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Sarah, where has the time gone? You are growing up too fast! We love watching you grow up and are blessed with the opportunity to have a hand in it. You are a sweetheart who loves to help out her younger sister and brother. You love dancing, being silly, and still make the best facial expressions. We love you so much!

Last Day of School

We have a little tradition we started where on the first day of school we take pictures and conduct a little interview with each student. I enjoy looking back to see how much my girls have grown and how much their personalities have developed and changed. Here are the girls first and last day photos as well as their first and last day interviews:

Abigail

First Day of Kindergarten:

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Last Day of Kindergarten and Promoted to First Grade:

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Interview Questions/Answers (first day | last day):

My Age:  five | six

My favorite show/movie:  Oso and Cinderella | Lego Friends

My favorite color is:  pink, purple, yellow | pink, purple, and yellow

The best thing about school is:  learning about Jesus | math

The coolest person on earth is:  mommy | God

I am very good at:  playing sorry | coloring good pictures

When I grow up I want to:  be a ballerina | be a ballerina, artist, and a rock star

My favorite food is:  salad | salad

My least favorite food is:  chicken | chicken

My best friend is:  Constance | Melina and Allison

Jesus:  Christ died on the cross for our sins | has God’s power to heal us

Three words that describe me are:  crazy, fun, rock star | creative, silly, tall

This year I hope to learn:  about lizards and flamingos | Jesus (and the alphabet too)

Sarah

First Day of Preschool:

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Last Day of Preschool and Promoted to Kindergarten:

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Interview Questions/Answers (first day | last day):

My Age:  three | four

My favorite show/movie:  Belle | Frozen, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

My favorite color is: yellow | pink

The best thing about school is:  learning and stuff | making a rainbow

The coolest person on earth is:  daddy | God

I am very good at:  doing exercise | research

When I grow up I want to:  be a teacher | be a rock star and a doctor

My favorite food is:  pancakes | tacos

My least favorite food is:  rotten pancakes | salsa and peanut butter

My best friend is:  Abigail | Melina, Allie, and Riley

Jesus:  Christ died for our sins | is the light of Israel

Three words that describe me are:  three, funny, happiest | pretty, thankful, very “heroed”

This year I hope to learn:  VBS songs | kangaroos, jewels, and quails, and butterflies

Sarah is Four!

Crazy stuff. Our little peanut Sarah is four years old today. While she may not have grown many inches over the past year she sure has grown in abilities. Sarah talks nonstop. When I buckle all of the girls in and set off on a short car trip I think, “Ahhh, a break.” But as soon as I back out of our parking space Sarah starts talking, and keeps talking most of the trip.

She started the school year off not knowing all of her ABC’s and now she is easily recognizing beginning sounds (at least for the letters she is most familiar with). Plus she writes her name like a champ.

Sarah is still the life of our little party. She always gets us laughing. She also makes the best facial expressions.

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We love you Sarah! Happy birthday to our fun and fantastic four year old!

We celebrated this past weekend with family and had a great time.

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Last Day of School!

This past Wednesday was our last day of school. It was by no means an easy year, but we ended well. School for us was extremely laid back, but I am proud to say that both Sarah and Abigail learned a great deal over the year. I think we also should have an easier time doing more “real” school this fall, when Abigail starts Kindergarten.

At the beginning and end of the year I did interviews with the girls as well as first and last day of school pictures. I thought it would be fun to share how they’ve both changed over the past year:

Sarah: First Day

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Age: Two
Favorite show/movie: VeggieTales
Favorite color: Yellow
The best thing about school is: School supplies
The coolest person on earth is: Sarah
I am very good at: Riding my bike
When I grow up I want to: Be a mommy
My favorite food is: Fruit snacks
My least favorite food is: Potato chips
My best friend is: Haddie
Jesus: Loves the little children of the world
Three words that describe me are: Funny, pretty, distractable
This year I hope to learn: My ABCs

Last Day

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Favorite show/movie: The Lion King and Belle
Favorite color: Yellow
The best thing about school is: Drawing a zebra all by myself and doing a good job
The coolest person on earth is: Daddy
I am very good at: Exercising and twirls
When I grow up I want to: Be a girl with a bow
My favorite food is: Carrots, fruit snacks, strawberries, lemons, and blueberries
My least favorite food is: Squirrel and bunny food
My best friend is: Abigail and my Bible school friends
Jesus: I love flowers and I give them to Him, and I love Him so much!
Three words that describe me are: Funny, creative, pretty
My favorite thing to learn about was: Bunnies

Abigail: First Day

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Favorite show/movie: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Favorite color: Purple
The best thing about school is: School supplies
The coolest person on earth is: Haddie
I am very good at: Riding my bike
When I grow up I want to: Be a police officer
My favorite food is: Pancakes
My least favorite food is: Mashed potatoes
My best friend is: Haddie
Jesus: Loves me
Three words that describe me are: Funny, smart, energetic
This year I hope to learn: About Jesus

Last Day

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Age: Five
Favorite show/movie: Cinderella and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Favorite color: Pink
The best thing about school is: Coloring sheets and doing the verses
The coolest person on earth is: God, because He loves us so much and gives us power to love Him
I am very good at: Playing with teeny tiny Legos
When I grow up I want to: Be a mommy
My favorite food is: Strawberries, quesadillas, jelly and peanut butter sandwiches with the peanut butter on top
My least favorite food is: Asparagus soup
My best friend is: Riley and VBS friends
Jesus: Loves us so much, He can give us power to love Him
Three words that describe me are: Pretty, funny, playful
My favorite thing to learn about was: Rainbows

Next year Abigail will start Kindergarten. We are using My Father’s World God’s Creation from A to Z. I’m confident that Sarah will be able to sit in on a lot of it, but I do plan on having activities that better suit her learning style (she is very wiggly). I know that I will have to also come up with fun school-time-only activities for Lily who is very needy when it comes to being entertained during her waking hours. We’ll see how it goes!

Our Road Trip Adventure

Last weekend we headed on a five day road trip that would involve at least 27 hours in our van, cover 1,325 miles and 8 states.

Thursday
We started bright and early Friday morning-a bit before 6:00. As we were buzzing along the highway Jonathan glanced at our windshield and realized that our inspection was due last month! We were a good two weeks overdue on it and decided to not put it off any longer. So, I googled inspection places a bit down our route that were opening fairly soon. I found one that opened at 7:30. We stopped in Stoughton for breakfast and an inspection. It’s a good thing we stopped too, because one of our break lights were out.

We headed to Cranberry, Pennsylvania, which took a good 12 hours due to traffic and more stops than we anticipated (really, why can’t the girls go potty at the same time?). Towards the end of our trip Lily was melting down. She had a 45 minute nap in the morning and hadn’t had another one. She was overtired and extremely cranky-but you wouldn’t know it when we got to the hotel, all three girls were squealing and running all over the place.

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Grandma Kapaldo was in the area so we visited with her on Saturday morning. She joined us for an epic trip to Walmart where we would embark on a mission to find Sarah dress shoes. Currently there is only one pair of shoes Sarah will wear. They happen to be dingy white sneakers with a bit of sparkle. I really didn’t want her wearing them with her nice dress for Uncle Nathaniel’s commissioning ceremony. Sarah is so picky when it comes to tags, socks, and shoes. We must have been in the shoe aisle for 30 minutes. There were tears, complaints about straps hurting her feet or shoes being too small. I asked Jonathan and his Mom to take the other two girls away so I could focus on Sarah one-on-one. I was desperate and ended up bribing her with gummy bears. It turns out she ended up liking the shoes.

After shopping we had lunch and then got ready for Uncle Nathaniel’s commissioning ceremony. The girls cracked me up because they thought it was a “sarah”mony and Abigail wondered when the abigailmony would be.

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Saturday
Friday night into early Saturday morning seemed never-ending. Around 11:30 Saturday night Sarah woke up complaining of a runny nose. She would doze a bit, then wake up whining. This went on for a good two hours. Towards the 90 minute mark was when I noticed her eyes were extremely puffy. Jonathan ended up taking a trip to get Benadryl. She ended up sleeping just fine the rest of the night.

After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and headed to Slippery Rock University to watch Nathaniel graduate. Most of us ended up in an overflow auditorium where we watched a live feed. The girls lasted until Nathaniel walked the stage, then we headed out and Lily took a much needed nap in the stroller.

We all ventured back to Cranberry (a caravan of about 8 vehicles carrying a dozen adults and four kids) for a late lunch at Smokey Bones. I thought it was funny because Sarah and I ended up at one end of our long table while Jonathan, Abigail, and Lily were at the other end. Sarah got juice, macaroni and cheese, and fries while Abigail ended up with water, chicken (not fried), and broccoli.

After lunch we went our separate ways. Instead of heading back to Massachusetts (it was already 4:00 PM) we headed to Northern Virginia to spend a few nights with Papa Kapaldo. I thank God for that 4 and 1/2 hour drive. I am so glad we broke the trip home into smaller, more manageable parts.

Sunday
We took it easy Sunday. After lunch we headed to Uncle Aaron and Auntie Mita’s new house. The girls had a blast running around, squealing, and also having crawling races with their almost one year old cousin Micah. Where do they get this energy? Then we had dinner at Bertucci’s where Lily ate more than Abigail and Sarah combined. It was a great afternoon.

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We got on the road around 8:30 and made it home about 10 hours later. Once again, towards the end Lily was melting down. She does not seem to be a fan of road trips. But she was per happy self once she was free to run around at home.

We had a great weekend away and were so happy to see all of the girls uncles, Grandma and Papa Kapaldo, and also Jonathan’s Aunt Charissa, Uncle Ady, Aunt Ruth Ann, and Uncle Leland.

New Wheels

If rising jeans, shortening sleeves, and tight shoes are not enough indicators that your kids are growing you can also have them climb on their bike after a many months of winter weather. Even in the fall we had a feeling we’d have to get Abigail a bigger bike, but it got to the point where we wouldn’t even let Abigail try her bike out once spring started showing up. She was just too big.

This past weekend we decided to go ahead and get Abigail a new bike. It looks huge compared to her old one. But now that one is the perfect size for Sarah. We made Sarah’s “new” bike more exciting by buying her streamers to add to the handles.  IMG_7696 IMG_7697IMG_7673IMG_7680

Taming the Mane

All three girls were born with very little hair. Even so, whatever hair there was would end up falling out a few weeks into their lives. It seemed to take FOREVER for their hair to grow. I longed to be able to put Abigail’s hair into cute pigtails. I was finally able to when she was about two years old. Her first haircut was a few months after she turned three. IMG_1148

Then came Sarah. We waited, and waited. A year ago we could do pigtails, and now we are here:

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This is Sarah after a long night of sleep. Most of the time I just leave it alone. Other times we need to make public appearances and I tame her mane.

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Right now putting it up seems to be the best way to manage her baby thin curly hair. It is pretty cute no matter what, though.