April 2nd 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Our last day of CC was on April 2nd, 2015! The year absolutely flew by and our whole family loved it all! We love our New Bern CC campus and are so sad that we won't get to learn alongside them next year! We are also very thankful that there is a CC campus here in Las Vegas that is 10 minutes from our house. We are looking forward to getting to know the CC families here and hopefully I will be able to continue tutoring! 

Kenley with her tutor Miss Michelle.
Kenley ADORES Miss Michelle :). Let me tell you... Michelle is a Saint!
She had 5 year olds... So that is tough but 6 out of 8 of them were tutor kids!
We love you Miss Michelle!!

Since Tabernacle (Our host church for CC) has a preschool program we were able to enroll Claire in the preschool on Thursdays during CC. It seems kind of counterintuitive for homeschoolers to put one kid in preschool but the way that we looked at it was kind of like childcare+. Claire actually ended up in the 2 year old class because the 3 year old class was full. I don't think she minded one bit though because she got to be in class with her buds Percy and Ella Kate! She loved her teachers Miss Katie and Miss Tammy but somehow I didn't get a picture of her with her teachers :( 

We are pretty excited that Claire gets to join us in CC next year! She will make a great Abecedarian :) 

At the beginning of the year I didn't know how much I would love tutoring! I actually had multiple nightmares about forgetting supplies for class, or having an all new class, or not knowing my students names..... Luckily as the year went on tutoring these kids became easier and it really was a joy. I sure love these kids and I am so proud of how far they came this year! I wish I could be their tutor for the next 10 years :) 

Here we are with our balloon blob maps! I thought it would be a fun last day of school blob mapping project... Let me tell you it.is.tough. but my Apprentices did great! (That was my 4th balloon....) :)

(Also it was Pajama day :) Kenley changed for the pictures) 

Florida 2015 - Day 7 - Last day at Magic Kingdom

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Our last day at Magic Kingdom was chock full of cramming all the things that we had missed in the other days like meeting Anna, Elsa and "Yellow Dress" Belle. :)

The line to meet Anna and Elsa was BY FAR the longest that we waited in the entire trip :) 

After meeting Anna and Elsa we made another stop at the Carousel. This may have been Claire's favorite ride. The girls would have ridden over and over again had we let them! 

After the carousel we headed over to Belle's Storytime. Disney was brilliant to put this attraction in! It is an awesome attraction! It really gives awesome time with Belle! 

After story time we headed back to the Beast's castle for lunch! 

We tried the gray stuff and it was delicious! 

The first few days the Little Mermaid ride was shut down but it opened back up on our last day! 

Meeting Daisy...



Minnie! I tried so hard to find a red dress Minnie to take a picture with the girls but I never did... 

This Mickey talks!! 

One few more rides on Splash Mountain and and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad it was time to watch the fireworks off of the Castle and then head back to the hotel.

It truly was a magical trip! I can't wait to take the girls to Disneyland in a year or two!

Florida 2015 - Day's 5 and 6 - Rest Day and SeaWorld

Friday, May 22, 2015

Day 5 was a hotel switch day / rest day.

Mid day we went to Downtown Disney to eat lunch at the Rainforest Cafe and play at the Lego store. The best thing I did this day was pick up some duplos for the girls to play with when we got back to the hotel! This kept them entertained for the rest of the afternoon so that Brian and I could really rest/nap! 

Day 6 was SeaWorld

To be honest, I had really mixed feelings about going to SeaWorld. I just wasn't sure how I felt about the whales being in captivity... (At that point I hadn't really looked into it at all.) It's really hard to sort out the information that is online. However the Military gets to go to SeaWorld for free so we went :)

After being at Disney and Legoland, SeaWorld felt a little lame honestly... They did have 2 roller coasters which were really fun for Brian and I though! The situation wasn't helped when I saw a ROACH in the restaurant we ate lunch... ICK!!!

 Then SeaWorld redeemed itself... 
We went to the Shamu show and the reactions from Kenley were truly amazing! 
(I may have teared up watching her reactions to seeing whales for the first time) 

(These are stills that I took from the videos Brian took of the girls reactions) :) 

We went back for the last Shamu show before the park closed and this time we sat in the splash zone! It had been raining all day so we were already wet! Why not get splashed by a whale! :) 

In case you are wondering, after our visit to SeaWorld, I became mildly obsessed with whale captivity. It frustrated me that I couldn't figure out where I stand on the issue and it was also frustrating that most of the information online comes from PETA. I watched COUNTLESS Youtube videos and read tons of articles on the whales that are currently in captivity...

If you are curious as to my conclusion on the whale captivity issue feel free to email me! I could go on and on and on about it :)