"So Frequently we mistakenly believe that our children need more things, when in reality their silent pleadings are simply for more of our time."
***President Thomas S. Monson (Ensign May 1994)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Noah's Teacher

Noah has been so blessed to have such a great teacher. She was his Kindergarten teacher, she taught him reading in first grade and then he had her this last year as his second grade teacher. She is amazing!! ---One of those people who are truly meant to teach! She knows just how to inspire each child. Noah has loved having her as his teacher and I have loved working with her as well. It's sad to say good-bye. We may be starting the school year next fall here in Maine, but Noah won't ever have her teaching him again. Transitions can be a little tough on the heart! She did more for Noah than she will ever really know!Mrs. Tardif and Noah on his last day of school with her!

Fifth Grade Graduation

McKaylie's 5th grade graduation was yesterday. It was very sweet and a little sad. The teacher's sure love the kids and the kids LOVE the teachers. It doesn't seem possible that I'll only have 1 on of my kids in elementary school now! That is a little sad. McKaylie's had a great year and this celebration was the end of it. I think she was a little emotional yesterday, too! (The pictures aren't great, very disappointing!) Getting her certificate A pic with mom (being a little shy--that doesn't happen very often) With her awesome teacher, Mrs. Dow

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Noah and Snakes

Saturday was a family fun day at the kids school. They had someone there with some exotic animals and that's the only place Noah was interested in after he saw that they had a boa constrictor there. My shy little Noah stepped right up to the front when they offered to let the kids "hold" the snake. He went back another time on his own and held it again. I couldn't believe he was willing to do. He was so, so proud of himself for being brave. I think he was pretty brave, too! I would never do it! I love this picture of him. He has that true "Noah" smile that I love and that is so hard to get in pictures! I hate the snake, but love that he was so happy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dress Whites.....Gotta Love 'Em!

(But the dress blues are actually my favorite!!!) Chad's mom asked for a picture of him in his whites. I thought I'd post it on here, too!
I think he's looking pretty great!

McKaylie's 11th Birthday

Chad and I flew back to Maine on May 19th, which happened to be McKaylie's birthday. Our flight was suppose to come in at 11AM so we would have most of the day with her. As luck would have it, we were delayed in Philadelphia for 5 hours and then spent 3 more hours waiting on the plane. The weather was not cooperating with us! We finally got home around 8PM. So much for a big birthday celebration!

Myshel was super sweet and made her a cake and put a big sign on the door for her! I loved that! She opened her presents that night and we had cake and ice cream and dinner out over the next several days. She told us later it was a good birthday, but I know from talking to her on the phone, on her birthday, that she was really disappointed---so were we!

McKaylie brings such a sweet spirit into our family. We are so blessed to have her! It's hard to believe in one year, she'll be in young women's! WOW! Happy Birthday, Fruit Salad!!!

USS Ponce Homecoming

I tried to post these the other day and I couldn't get them to load -always so frustrating.Chad's ship came back to Virginia on May 16th after an 8 1/2 month deployment and I was there to meet him. I'm so glad I was able to be there. Chad ship is much smaller than the ones he's been on in the past so this was by far the smallest homecoming I've been to (less than 1,000 people compared to 10,000) but it was no less exciting.
Here's the first good look at the ship coming in and when all the emotions and tears come...... Making it's way to the pier slowly (but not as slow as the carriers which was nice!) There were lots of flags waving in the crowd. It was hard not to catch them in my pictures, but I love the way some of them turned out. Closer still . . . . . . . Ahhhh, Pierside! After the ships are tied off and the tugboats can leave, they always blow their horns in celebration. In my 17 years with the navy, I don't think I've ever enjoyed hearing that horn more! It's been a long cruise.

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