One thing new we did was take a self-defense class. One of my co-workers was mugged/assaulted earlier in March so this was at the forefront of my mind. I missed the class in February due to Presidents Day Weekend but I knew I wanted to take the girls to the March class. We learned how to get out of 3 different choke holds. I was so proud of my girls. Paula felt very empowered afterwards and told me how much she appreciated me taking her. Shawna had a basketball game later that day and shared all her new skills with her teammates. She even asked her coach to "choke me" to which he said a quick 'Uh, NO". haha He eventually played along and was impressed by her new skills. Our next class we'll learn the Super Slap!
This month we also attended my nieces 4th birthday party at a jumping type place with lots of trampolines, side trampolines, and did I mention trampolines? The kids had a blast and want to go back. Allison was super cute and funny with her swimming and preschool friends. I can't believe she's already 4! My brother and his wife are now pre-approved for a home loan so they're on their way to owning their own home. This is a huge deal for anyone, but especially them. I'm very proud of them.
We also went camping over Easter weekend. Ever since Todd's family stopped regularly getting together on Easter we've gone camping instead.. They used to do a money hunt for kids and adults. No one wanted to miss that! Todd's dad would hide about $400 in 1's and maybe a few 5's out in the side yard for everyone to find. We also chipped in plastic candy filled eggs and other Eastery stuff to find. But, his dad is 79 TODAY and over the past few years his parents haven't felt like getting together with the family for various reasons so we go camping instead. This time we went to a KOA we visited over Mothers Day weekend that has TONS of amenities like a pool, hot tub, jumping pillow, store, petting zoo, rock wall, playground, etc, etc. The kids had a blast. It even rained a bit but no one cared. Trailer camping is the best.
I'm totally hooked (again) to West Wing TV series on Netflix. OMG it's a total obsession and I'm already on season 3. I watch it everyday and would watch it ALL DAY if I could. I just love the characters and story lines. The humor is great. I wish we had another show like it now, because when I've watched the entire thing I'm going to be soo depressed.
I'm super proud of my girls and who they've become.
Paula is such a sweet soul. She babysits neighbor twins almost every week and does such a great job with them. The parents compliment and praise her often. She's so helpful around our house too. Her grades are great and she has really good friends. Friends I hope she keeps a lifetime.
Shawna's loves for animal's is wonderful. She keeps saying she wants to be a vet, but time will tell. Her teacher emailed me recently how proud she is of Shawna's accomplishments, grades and just overall conduct. She really enjoys basketball this year and I think works much harder and stays more focused than she did last year. Shawna's grades are also very good. She still loves kisses and hugs from me, which I hope never ends!
Life is so good right now. I'm very blessed.
How for the pictures!
Allison (black shirt) turns 4!
Shawna in love with her farm animals at the KOA
Paula dye's eggs for the Easter egg hunt
The girls and their loot. The Easter Bunny hid eggs in front of the trailer but he forgot baskets this year so we improvised.
Paula helps mommy make Easter dinner with homemade scalloped potatoes.
It was really good! I recommend it!