Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Introducing the Welzenhams {Party of 12}

I mentioned earlier that we have a family of 6 living with us. Yes, you read that correctly....6. That means our 3 bedroom is full of 12 people, including 8 children 7 years and younger. Friends of our's are having their home built and sold their other home quickly enough to need a place to stay for the summer. So they moved in. Yes, it is busy and chaotic and they eat a TON of food (like a swarm of piranhas), but it is so much fun. When our basement is finally done they will take over down there, but as for now we're embracing the chaos that comes with adding another family.

They have been living with us for 13 days today and will be here until August. So far, we have been loving it. Just imagine living with another mom...who helps you....it's glorious! They have hearts for Jesus, they love their kids, and are pretty fun to hang out with. James and I are grateful for this opportunity to teach our kids about what is important in life. Our "things" have never been meant for just "our family". It's about community and relationships. They are learning how to share everything they own with another family, and I am learning to let control go and enjoy the moment. Yes, it is crazy town over here, but it is our crazy town, and it's awesome. I mean, come on....what kid wouldn't want to have a slumber party every day for 2 months?! Also, my peony bloomed and it's glorious. Happy summer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Little Mermaid Birthday Party

Ella Turned 4 and naturally we had a birthday party with over 30 kids all younger than 3rd grade and a real life mermaid. I didn't do any planning for this party seeing as we have another family of 6 living with us (true story), and didn't take the time to figure it out. James lined up the princess to come, and I literally text people to come over the day before. The day before the party I loaded up half of the kids and let Ella and Brezlyn (one of the little girl's living with us) come up with what they wanted for the party. I think it turned out pretty adorable!

The cupcakes turned out perfect! They required so little work as well!

I made these clams with vanilla wafers and the leftover frosting from the cake.

Per Ella's request I had fruit, always fruit.

These are freezable "ice cubes" I found at Wal Mart. Perfect touch for our blue punch!

Ariel is one of James' former students (which made us feel super old!). Her voice was amazing and she was absolutely awesome with the kids. Simply adorable to watch the girls interact with her!

I bribed Josiah to ask her if she had a boyfriend, apparently she's already married to a prince. The boys all acted hilariously uncomfortable. There was even some punching of each other over the glances she gave them.

Of course I went overboard (see what I did there??) and bought this second hand Barbie Princess extravaganza for her gift. The awesome thing about it is that this was just over 1/2 of what was included and I am hoarding the rest until Christmas. She's not spoiled at all....

Just look at her....I mean good grief......I love her.
Happy Birthday sweetie.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Last Days

The past couple of weeks have been full of "lasts" for my kids. It's Micah's last day of kindgerten and Jo's last day of 1st grade. It was also their last day in a public school, which left this mamma feeling a bit bitter-sweet about our decision to homeschool. I have loved the social aspects public school for the boys and I know that they will miss aspects of that. Luckily for them though, we happen to live in a community of homeschoolers and I don't doubt for one second they will ever feel deprived of fun days like got in a public school. 

This week was the boy's field day. It was fun, until it got rained out...and reschuduled....thanks, crazy Colorado weather! It was also a first (that's a lie) at seeing as how competitive Micah is.... {{super competitive, by the way...}}.  Field Day 2015.....

I love these two pictures of their personalities. Micah is so serious and Josiah is just cracking up. Suites them perfectly. 

Josiah and his amazingly patient teacher. She had a class of 28 (YES 28) students this year and still managed to keep it fun for them!

Micah had his showcase and Caleb screamed during the performance; and not because he was singing along. Micah cracks me up because he is so rhythmically inclined and is a rockstar when it comes to anything musical. He acts like he hates it though, and refuses to ever sing in front of us. What a goober!

Micah and his equally awesome teacher!

He also managed to pick up a "girlfriend" this year. Meet Katie. She insisted I take a photo of the two of them. I must admit, they are quite adorable together.

The year went by crazy fast again, and I have to admit that I am shocked at how much they have grown within the past 9 months! Grateful that the school year ended so well and praying for our upcoming homeschool year! Here goes nothing.....

Yay for summer!!!