Monday, June 20, 2016

Malachi is 9 years old!

We celebrated Malachi's birthday on the 2nd. This summer doesn't seem to be slowing down any and I'm so far behind. One thing at a time!

On the day before Malachi's birthday, he was sort of "jumping" onto a chair that has wheels on the bottom and missed. He cut his foot open and it looked pretty deep. It was early in the morning, and I wasn't even close to ready for the day, so I woke Mitch up and sent him off to the ER with Malachi. A few hours later they returned, Malachi sporting 5 stitches.

He says he is not going to jump on chairs anymore. We shall see. ;)

At age 9, Malachi...

 ~wears size 8 pants and shorts
~just finished 3rd grade
 ~loves playing Minecraft, or
~loves to read graphic novels and some chapter books
 ~is one of the first kids up each morning
~favorite meal of the day is snack time
 ~is still a super-picky eater
~asked for pizza rolls for his birthday dinner, and chocolate cake
 ~still gets noticed for his smile
~still has a tender heart towards his siblings, and is always willing to share his bed with his brothers
~last year said if he could go anywhere in the world to visit, he wanted to go to Cam's house in Canada...that dream will come true in just a couple weeks!
~has a spacer in his mouth and can't wait to get it out next month (he had an abscessed baby molar that we had to pull)

 ~loves to go to his best friend Zach's house
 ~got some snacks for his birthday instead of toys (which caused nearly everyone else to immediately say, "Why didn't I get snacks on my birthday?" So I guess my shopping for birthday presents for the next year just got simpler.)
~got his stitches out last week and said it hurt as much as getting the shots to numb his foot when he got them in (I guess I should put in an updated photo here...)

 We love you Malachi, and are blessed to have you as our son!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Way Behind

I'm pretty far behind, and I admit it. We've had a full, busy spring here, and it doesn't look like we'll slow down any at all as we head into summer. Sigh...

I have missed so much and there are literally thousands of photos to choose from if I wanted to even share a glimpse of what we've been up to. I don't know where to start!

So I bought myself a little journal to carry around and write myself notes, so I can remember what I *really* wanted to blog about. And I'll get to it, I hope.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Graduation Announcement

Navigating new waters, we are pleased to announce the first Theis Family Homeschool graduate,

Micah Theis

Class of 2016

HEY Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Calvary Community Church
St. Cloud, MN

We invite those who would join us in supporting Micah as he makes this important step into adulthood. Since many of our extended family live far away, we want those friends who have been our stand-in "family" to feel welcome and invited to attend the ceremony. 

Please join us in extending congratulations to Micah and prayers of blessing for his future.

Thank you!

(We have not yet planned a separate celebration.)

Monday, May 09, 2016

Mother's Day (and Josh's Baptism)

I had a beautiful Mother's Day. Genna woke me up fairly early, and I looked over and thought I saw Mitch's form curled up under the covers. As I got up and dressed quickly, I thought it was strange that Mitch was sleeping with the pillow over his head. I took a second look and realized he wasn't in the was all just a pile of pillows. I had a little chuckle. I came upstairs to find Mitch and Eden working in the kitchen like two busy bees. The table was set for breakfast, pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee were all in the works. I passed Genna off and went to enjoy a shower. It was glorious!! Eden gave me some of my favorite chocolates. Mitch was a natural leader in the kitchen, getting kids breakfast, directing them to their showers, and cleaning up.

Josh had been asking for some time to be baptized. Last Sunday we heard that there would be a baptism service this Sunday, so after an interview with church leaders he was added to the slate. He was SO excited all week long!

After church, Josh and I enjoyed a special date. He had asked me a couple weeks ago if he could spend his allowance by taking me to Pizza Ranch. I agreed, but said that I would pay for my own dinner, and we had to wait until May. Sunday seemed like the perfect opportunity. We had a great reason to celebrate!

We wanted everyone else to be able to celebrate too, so we decided on making blizzards at home. We bought a few extra special toppings for the occasion. Mitch dubbed them "Baptism Sundaes." Hehe. This is *definitely* the start of a new tradition!

Later Sunday evening after the older kids were at youth group, we decided to go on a walk. Judging by my facebook newsfeed, many of my mom friends got to do the same thing Sunday afternoon. It was such a beautiful day! I'm so glad we could enjoy the warm weather. I loved the time with my camera, too.

We had a unique sunset since the sky was so hazy from wildfires in the northwest.

At bedtime my friend Shannon posted a note on facebook that numbers looked good for aurora, so I went out with my camera a little after dark. I didn't pick anything up, but I did really like something about this picture...the shutter was open for 15 seconds. It was a calm night!

The moon was just a sliver, right on the heels of that giant orange sun.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Tirzah is 7 years old!

I thought I would get this post written right away, but instead the days are flipping by on the calendar in such a blur. Over the past month or two I have begun a new routine with the kids to help our day go a bit more smoothly. I have been doing school right away in the morning with Tirzah, while the older boys get an hour or two to play. This gives Tirzah and I some one-on-one time to work on reading plus any other concepts she needs direct instruction for. It also gives the boys time to "get ready" for school. In some ways, it helps them get out their wiggles and focus better. This morning Tirzah begged for time to play also, with Malachi, so I relinquished for the sole purpose of writing her blog post. :)

Tirzah's birthday was a fun day. Mrs. E came over Tuesday morning with a birthday treat. A cupcake on a cookie!

We were blessed with warm weather for the day. While she was outside playing, Tirzah discovered a tree growing in our garden. She was so proud of her discovery! Maybe it will keep growing. I can't tell what kind of tree it is.

For her birthday dinner, Tirzah requested watermelon. She LOVES watermelon and was thrilled to see it come in the house. We usually only have it during the summer, when the prices are lower. So it has been a while. She also decided on spaghetti, and carrot cake for dessert (I bet you couldn't guess that). Her carrot cake was almost a disaster. I didn't properly grease the pans, so it stuck when I tried to turn it out. Then I ran out of frosting, just when I needed MORE to cover up the rough spots on the cake. Malachi said, "It's sad that your cake is so ugly. Now people will see pictures and think that you are bad at making cakes." LOL!!! I don't care what anyone else thinks, the cake tasted great. :)
 One of the other fun things that happened on Tirzah's birthday was getting to go play baseball with other homeschool kids. Tirzah is a social butterfly, and the more she can be around other kids, the happier she is. The weather was so nice. Mitch said that the only bad thing is that you shouldn't let children eat so much watermelon, then go to a baseball field in a park with no restrooms. Yeah that.

 The many faces Tirzah makes...

At 7 years old, Tirzah
~is full of energy. Bursting at the seams. Can't sit still.
~is growing up way too fast
~loves girly things, dressing up, doing her hair, painting her nails
~holds her own among brothers, too...what a great blend of tom-boy and Daddy's princess!!
~is impulsive and extroverted, and will show off to get the attention of the crowd
~wears about a size 7-8, but some pants are hard to fit on her since she is long and skinny. She prefers to wear dresses or skirts, with leggings underneath.
~wears a size 13 or size 1 shoe, depending on the type/brand of shoe
~has lost 8 baby teeth and only grown back 6 of them so far ::toothy grin::
~is reading fairly well. We turned the corner after Christmas. We hit that magic moment where reading suddenly "clicked" and she began decoding words with phonograms that she had not been taught. It's a beautiful moment to see a child graduate from assigned readers to reading books they choose from the shelf. She caught the delight!
~seems to have a pretty flexible understanding of math. She is observant of patterns and tries to make connections beyond basic memorization of facts. If she gets too distracted making patterns, it might make some basic math harder, but it will make algebra easier.
~writes very well when she wants to.
~loves to sing. Whew...I paused for a minute to help Genna before I added the 'g' on the end of the word 'sing.' I was confused for a second when I glanced back up at the screen. That's a whole different meaning. One day a friend, who had been sitting across the balcony from us at church, stopped me and said she loves to hear Tirzah sing at church. Tirzah was belting out the words to a favorite song from memory, holding nothing back. I love that. I know that God will plant His words deep in her heart and with time will grow them up to bear fruit in her life.
~learned to ride a bike (without training wheels) this spring. Did I post pictures about that? I feel like I didn't. I put something on facebook. I'm really behind.
Here she is riding beside Cam when he came to visit at Easter. Did I post about that? No? See, I really am behind. I have lots to tell. But not today. Now it is time to do school. Tirzah and Cam were good buddies. She loved reading with Cam. I can't believe it's May 2 already. Deep breaths...

We are so blessed to have Tirzah in our home. I just can't believe how big she is getting! We love you Tirzah!