Thursday, May 29, 2008

Music Theater Performance

Keyiona and Jasmine are both in a Musical Theater class. The class is taught by a very talented person, Jenee Prince, who herself is involved in both music and theater and has been the director of the Easter Pageant the last few years. We are very fortunate to have her in our ward. She teaches several classes and is kind enough to do some out of her home for the girls in the ward. Both of my girls LOVE going every week.

They are in the back. Jasmine's wearing a black skirt and Keyiona is to the right of her.

Not quite sure what Jasmine is looking at. Something interesting in the tree?
Who knows

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Summer Haircuts

Last Summer, Kishawn got his hair cut "like Uncle Justin". So this summer he wanted to do the same and 'cut it like Uncle Justin'.

When Jasmine informed him that, "Hair grows and his head isn't shaved anymore" he didn't care a bit.

He has been telling Brad for weeks that when school was over they would both shave their heads just like each other. So finally, the other day, Brad went to his mom's to borrow her clippers.

So when he came home I shaved them both.

And the finished product
Showing off their haircuts togetherAfter seeing it in the mirror, Kishawn informed me that he wanted it ALL shaved off.
I can't figure out why he didn't like it.


But, I went ahead and did it for him anyway.
After finishing the boys hair, I was feeling ambitious and cut all my girls hair too.
I'm not a hair stylist, but I am pretty observant when I get my hair cut so I gave them my most recent hair cut. It even had layers. Andrea, my sis who is a hair stylist, saw the cuts and told me that the cut I did is called a 180. Who knew.

Here are the after pics of the girls

Friday, May 23, 2008

Keyiona at School

Keyiona's school had an Awards Ceremony. Brad and I went along with Kishawn and Jada. My mom was even able to come! She came in town to see Andrea graduate from Cosmetology School. It was so fun to have her here even if it was only for a few short days.

This video is very blurry too. It is clear on my computer, but when I post it here it gets all blurry. I'm still trying to figure out how to use the program so please bear with me until I finally get it.

After the ceremony, they served some refreshments.

Jada is telling me (signing) that she has water. Her sign for water look a lot like she saying 'shhh'. Funny story, I was talking to one of her nursery workers after church, and she said, "I guess Jada thought I was talking too loud, she kept telling me to be quiet." Ha, poor girl she was just trying to get a drink.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Kishawn Performing on Stage

Kishawn's preschool put on a performance for the parents. They called it the 'Spring Fling'. During the weeks leading up to the performance he told us all the time that he was going to be on stage. He was SO excited about it.

Brad and I had so much fun watching him perform. He is not shy in any way, so that combined with his big booming voice made him stand out in the crowd of 4 and 5 year olds. The fact that he is at least half a head taller than the rest of the kids helped too.

Sorry about the video quality. The battery on our video camera was dead (poor planning on my part) so I used our regular camera. Plus, I was pretty far back so I had to use the zoom which made the picture even more grainy.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

My First Mother's Day!

Last years Mother's Day, we were just a few weeks shy of getting the kids, so this is my VERY FIRST Mother's Day with them.

I feel so blessed to be their mother. They have taught me so much about life and have helped me to realize what is really important. I am so grateful for all the tender times we have shared as well as the ones that try me. I know that there is a purpose to everything and I feel that I have grown in so many ways since getting them.

I pray that I am blessing their lives as much as they are blessing mine.
In my effort to adjust to being a mom to these four precious angels, I have made so many mistakes and done several things this past year that are completely out of character for me that I am in no way proud of. I know that the Lord is able to perform miracles though because I have seen so many happen. I pray daily that I will be given what I need to be able to meet each of their needs.

I have been humbled so many times by their sweet innocence, their ability to forgive in a matter of seconds and their desire to do what is right. Each day that passes, I better understand why we are told to be as little children. I still have so much to learn and ironically my children have become my greatest teachers.

I do sometimes find myself dwelling on my mistakes, wishing that I had handled things differently. The examples of my children though has helped me pull through those defeating thoughts. They can so easily forgive and forget and truly live in and enjoy the moment.

Because of this, I felt truly blessed today and proud to call myself their Mom.

After struggling for years, wondering when my turn to parent would come, today was magical for me. Everything really does happen in the Lord's time. He is completely aware of us and is giving us exactly what we need. My limited knowledge of things sometimes prevents me from seeing the big picture, but in the end when it all unfolds
for me to see, I am in awe at the sight. Everything comes together. The seeming struggles that can cause many tears are all a part of the beautiful, inspired plan created by my Heavenly Father.

I feel so BLESSED!

My SWEET husband, Brad, woke up at 6:30 and made me an
breakfast and delivered it to me in bed.

All the kids and Brad came in each with a gift bag for me!
Their excitement was so fun.

I opened Jada's present first. She was so excited to give it to me and had to jump in and help when I wasn't opening it fast enough.
Then, I opened Kishawn's. Lately he comes up to me all the time and buries his head in me just like this. I LOVE IT! He is such a sweet, sensitive boy.
Jasmine's was next. She made me a bunch of stuff at school too . She was so excited about it, she made me open it as soon as I picked her up on Friday (before we even got to the car).
Then it was Keyiona's turn. She is such a love bug and gives hugs like this all the time.
Brad gave me a book about adoption 'From God's Arms, to my arms, to yours' that made me cry.

Don't think it gets better than this.
My heart is SO full right now.

These are what was in the bags the kids gave me.
Thank you, Brad for making this day so wonderful for me! I couldn't ask for more from you. You amaze me everyday. I am so glad every day that I am married to you.