What a day!

It was the end of an era today and, therefore, the start of another.

After more than 15 years of spending all day every day at home caring for, educating, and leading my kiddos, today marked a considerable change. Today, all 3 of my kids went to school.

Jordan & Bekah ready to go climb on the bus together

Just one week ago Willie and I made the decision that it was time for Bekah to start at public school, and following a 5 day weekend, she started. She joins Jordan at Hazelwood where she’s in Mrs. Johnson’s 3rd grade class of 23 students. She was welcomed by teachers and classmates, and then the entire school. Jordan was previously scheduled to do morning announcements on the intercom and was also permitted to welcome new student Rebekah Bodger to Hazelwood. So cute.

The new student had just 2 questions: “What do I do if I have to go to the bathroom?” and “When’s lunch?”

After a little video taping (couldn’t resist!) in Bekah’s classroom and overseeing the transition, Bekah asked me ‘When are you going to go?’ I think “now” is the correct answer. I took the hint, and headed out the door.

And I didn’t even cry!

3 kids in school.

I waited all day for the phone’s caller i.d. to register “Edmonds School District”. It never happened!

Five and a half hours kid-free. Felt like Bekah was at a playdate or something. It doesn’t seem possible that it will occur day after day. No more arguments. No more battles of the will. No more trying to motivate Bekah to do her work with a good attitude. Strange.

And then the kicker.

Ashley came home at 2:12. She complained her belly hurt, took some medicine, did a couple other things, and as I re-opened the front door to take out some recycling she says “Oh, I was going to grab that!” What? The garbage? A bag of dirty cat litter? What?

She bolted past me and grabbed a pink vase from the porch table complete with red rose, greens, and a ribbon, and announced in a shocked sort of way, “I got asked out today!”

WHAT?!

I couldn’t do anything but laugh; and laugh; and laugh. Willie was upstairs and came down to see what the raucous was. And there was Ashley standing there holding her flower. She then pulled out the previously attached card which said, “Will you go out with me?” and was signed by a BOY! He’d drawn a little flower on it and everything. Apparently, he came over to her while she was eating lunch with her friends and placed the flower in front of her on the lunch table.

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long to burst my romantic bubble and discover that she wasn’t exactly excited about this boy. Bummer.

But still, sooooo romantic!

Ahhhh....

Not that she’d be allowed to date yet, anyway, but still…

Now she just has to deal with telling him ‘No thanks’. (I told her a note was fine and she could just blame it on us.)

Meanwhile, I am left to reel from these firsts: my youngest went to school and my oldest got asked out. All in the same day.

What a day.

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First day of school 2009-10

The kids all ready for school and waiting for Jordan's bus

The kids all ready for school and waiting with Jordan for his bus

Close-ups

Close-ups

Hot chocolate - steamed milk and whip - YUM!

Maltby Cafe tradition on the first day of school. Hot chocolate - steamed milk and whip - YUM!

The girls!

The girls!

We started the year with a family meeting the night before and began a new schedule for the first day of school which included everyone at the table at 8:00. Working on improving that family time! Jordan had an “awesome” day and hardly used his walker all day. The girls dug in and got their work done without too much complaining as well. To glorify our Lord, that is our goal.

Kids!

What is up with this?!

I think this one speaks for itself...

I think this one speaks for itself...

Not exactly what I wanted to deal with as I rushed to get the kids ready for church Sunday morning. I didn’t deal with it, but I did manage to take a picture of it.

Sharing love – Valentine’s Day 2008

Bekah works on Valentines with friends Genna & Molly

Bekah works on Valentines with friends Genna & Molly

Our Valentine’s celebration began with a party with our home schooling group on Friday the 13th. Jordan had the day off and attended the party with us as well! Being some of the oldest kids, Ashley and Rachel were helpers and had baby holding and general assistance duties. Activities included Valentine making, decorating cookies, eating snacks, matching the kids’ current photos with their baby ones, and games in the gym of Canyon Hills Community Church.

Jordan works on a Valentine for Mommy

Jordan works on a Valentine for Mommy

A couple of the girls try to match photos. Katie and Rachel are H & C respectively and 9 & 5. Ashley, Bekah and Jordan are on other boards.

A couple of the girls try to match photos. Katie and Rachel are H & C respectively and 9 & 5. Ashley, Bekah and Jordan are on other boards.

Jordan races in to participate in the 'pop the balloon' game

Jordan races in to participate in the 'pop the balloon' game

Bekah, the game too loud for her, sits it out with a smile on her face.

Bekah, the game too loud for her, sits it out with a smile on her face.

The next morning, Willie made pink, heart pancakes for all of us. The kids love these! Then we opened a few cards and gifts and went on with our day. Ashley had her first Stewart Little performance that night, so the highlight was dinner at Denny’s afterward with the Mansfield clan. Quite the romantic evening!

Tada!

Tada!

Daddy and daughter early Saturday morning

Daddy and daughter early Saturday morning

Typical morning at the Bodgers!

Typical morning at the Bodgers! Bekah thanks Ashley for her V-day present.

Love for Jordan...

Love for Jordan...

Bekah got a pink heart monkey

Bekah got a pink heart monkey

What did Ashley want as a $5 gift? A huge Costco box of gum!

What did Ashley want as a $5 gift? A huge Costco box of gum!

We got a package later in the day from Gammy & Pa, and another on Monday from Wes & Kara. Once Stewart Little was done, my camera went away for awhile so I have no pics of those. Thanks, you guys, you’re all so sweet!

Christ Jesus is born! Christmas Day…

 

This year’s Christmas celebration followed our typical pattern. Stockings were hung, Mom and Dad dropped into bed far too late, and the kids woke early and ready to go. After stockings, we got some orange danishes ready to go and moved to the living room where Baby Jesus lay in the ‘manger’ under the tree. We read the Nativity Story, opened gifts in a somewhat organized manner, then started getting ready to hit the road. Typically we have more time after gift opening, but this year the snow was piling up fast and we knew we needed to get out if we were going to! Willie had purchased a ham in case we ended up having to stay home, but I really wanted to celebrate with the Bodgers. By 10:30, we were on the snowy roads and headed to grandmother’s house.

 

Our stockings

Our stockings

Once the kids woke up (AND there was daylight), they race downstairs and get their stockings to bring up to our bed.

Quaking with excitement

Quaking with excitement. Of course, the dog has to be in the center of the action.

Jordan got his first Webkinz of Christmas - 'Bernie'

Jordan got his first Webkinz of Christmas - 'Bernie'

 

Ashley received a Daughter necklace

Ashley received a Daughter necklace

 

Bekah sports her new Fab-u-lus sunglasses from High School Musical

Bekah sports her new Fab-u-lus sunglasses from High School Musical

Our Christmas Tree
Our Christmas Tree
Ugg-like boots

Ashley's most-desired gift: Ugg-like boots

Jordan got TWO remote control cars!

Jordan got TWO remote control cars!

This girl is crazy about dolphins!

This girl is crazy about dolphins!

Mommy got a mug from Ashley - a snowman!

Mommy got a mug from Ashley - a snowman!

Willie enjoyed our breakfast treats - he only got clothes...

Willie enjoyed our breakfast treats - he only got clothes...

We were leaving?!

We were leaving?!

Then it was shower time and a race to hit the road…

What we were greeted by when we hit the 'main street' heading to the freeway.

What we were greeted by when we hit the 'main street' heading to the freeway.

I-5 behind three snowplows

I-5 behind three snowplows

Quite the potty break traipsing through the snow

Quite the potty break traipsing through the snow

 Our travels took us through some glorious areas of God’s creation. They are so amazing I’ll dedicate the next post to them exclusively, but here are a couple more…

Arriving in Bellingham

Arriving in Bellingham

Jordan loves on all his new Webkinz - he got four new ones that morning

Jordan loves on all his new Webkinz - he got four new ones that morning

 

We didn't expect snow at Grandma's sea level home - but there was plenty

We didn't expect snow at Grandma's sea level home - but there was plenty

 

 

 

Don, Jason & Josh

The boys: Don, Jason & Josh

 

The kids watch Kung Fu Panda (Jordan, Bekah, Kendra, Ashley)

The kids watch Kung Fu Panda (Jordan, Bekah, Kendra, Ashley)

 

 

 

 

The kids congregate around Daddy and Dolly the dog

The kids congregate around Daddy and Dolly the dog

Bekah and Dolly. A little blurry but too cute to pass up!

Bekah and Dolly. A little blurry but too cute to pass up!

 

My guys play with the remote control cars - to them it might matter what kind of cars they are. Me? Don't remember.

My guys play with the remote control cars - to them it might matter what kind of cars they are. Me? Don't remember.

Presents at Grandma’s…

Bekah got Polly Pockets!

Bekah got Polly Pockets!

Jordan gets his seemingly annual Hot Wheels tracks

Jordan gets his seemingly annual Hot Wheels tracks

 

Ashley got her favorite, new clothes!

Ashley got her favorite, new clothes!

 

Josh helps Jordan put the tracks together - sans directions. Who needs 'em?

Josh helps Jordan put the tracks together - sans directions. Who needs 'em?

 

Ashley, Tera, Kendra, Christy, Jin (Tera's friend), and Willie

The gang: Ashley, Tera, Kendra, Christy, Jin (Tera's friend), and Willie

Don with his fake hair - hair attached to a hat

Don with his fake hair - hair attached to a hat

 

Bekah and Grandma Yogi - Grandma finally sits.

Bekah and Grandma Yogi - Grandma finally sits.

What a fun day, and we even made it all the way home and into our driveway despite an entire day of snowfall in Lynnwood!

Rockin’ in the New Year

Family Rock Session on New Year’s Day 2009. That’s Bekah on the bass with the grey hood over her head on the right side of the screen, and although it’s hard to hear over all the applause, at the end Jordan yells, “I did it!”

Christmas Eve with the Mansfields

Cheers!
Cheers!

The Mansfields came to our house this year  for our annual Christmas Eve celebration. Willie made dinner of Enchiladas, beans, salad, chips, salsa, and smoothies. It was quite a hit with the kids – and the adults, too.

Once dinner was over, we were hoping the kids would put on a 1st Christmas show for us, but we never could talk them into it. Instead, the adults chatted and the kids went and played as they sort of contemplated the show. They got as far as finding a baby Jesus and  manger, but got slightly side-tracked when they turned Katie into a reindeer… Maybe next year.

Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Katie and Bekah
Katie and Bekah
The Boys

The Boys

Jordan and Bekah

Jordan and Bekah

Then it was time to exchange family gifts. This year we did family games…
The Bodger kiddos

The Bodger kiddos

Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Silly!
Silly!
Hmmm...

Hmmm...

Mansfield gift
Mansfield gift
Bodger gift

Bodger gift

Pile on Willie
Pile on Willie
Happy Birthday, Jesus
Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Once we’d sung for Jesus and had our dessert, we all settled in to watch Miracle on 34th Street as snow continued to fall. John had to leave early to run media at the Christmas Eve service. When it was time for Sherice and the kids to leave… Sherice, who isn’t a fan of our driveway on a clear day, really experienced the best of it!

Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!

Merry Christmas!

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