March 31, 2017

First of Many Lucky Dragon Graduations Completed!

Lucky Dragon has completed his first, of what we hope is many, graduations. This was a graduation from Preschool. It was fun to see him all dressed up in his cap and gown.

All year he has been with a small preschool group and has loved the social interaction. It has not been the most challenging for him intellectually, but it was worth the socializing. As they learn letters and shapes (things he learned a long time ago) he is excited to have songs to show what he learns. He has been more invigorated by the lessons about the world, the body and the solar system.

Little Koala Bear supporting her brother
He has made friends over the year and it has been fun to hear his stories about them. The other day he was telling us that the lesson was on animals and pets and they all shared what their pets are. He told us in detail what each person's pet was. I asked him what he said and in an adult-like matter-of-fact way he replied, "I told them that I just had a stuffed turtle as a pretend pet." Both Lady Hiva and I burst into laughter which was confusing to him because he was serious. (If you look closely that turtle even made it to graduation)

They sang songs for us that they learned throughout the year (which he kept saying, "Sing Dustin!" outloud)  and showed off some of their work. Lady Hiva may have had to bribe him to keep his gown on for photos. He was in protest and kept saying, "I just want to be myself." What a lesson in life, only if we all wanted to just be ourselves and were comfortable with that.

He was SO excited for his leis. Especially the flower lei because it smelled good.
He was so tired but was willing to "smile" for me still

Some of our ward members came to support Lucky Dragon

I am proud of our smart little guy and how he has grown. I hope that he always has the love for life and learning that he always does. We hope to have many graduations in the future.

March 20, 2017

Celebrating the Lady Hiva

It is not often that we get a make a big deal about Lady Hiva. Once a year though, we have the chance to do just that! "It's Your Birthday!"

We made several days of it. On Saturday I was able to find a croissant cooking class. Lady and I have taken cooking classes all over the world and we both like a good croissant. (That is shocking because I am not really a bread person). She had wanted to attend a cooking class but we couldn't find one. Then by a miracle I found a croissant cooking class for the correct day and everything! YAY! So much fun.

We pounded butter, laughed, and rolled, rolled and rolled dough. By the end we were so full on bread neither of us wanted carbs for a while! It was fun. Then we stopped and bought some French Macarons on our way home (so much for no carbs! haha).

Koala Bear sat there for whole class. I had her in the Ergo and under my apron and we baked away

Lucky Dragon and I went shopping for her present. He wanted to get her a Rice Krispy Treat--something they both love. We found a HUGE Rice Krispy at a 7-11 a few weeks ago and he wanted to buy it for her then. I think he really wanted for himself and knew it would be easier to get me to buy it if I thought it was for Lady Hiva. You see he knows his mum would always share with him.  He and I then wrapped all the other gifts from the cooking shop (that Lady had picked out and bought for herself). He loved doing that too! He was so excited to tell her the "surprise" and kept asking if it was time to tell her yet. Of course that lasted only until the next morning at 0900! She was busy cooking breakfast so he opened it for her to show her the HUGE Rice Krispy!

He and I then baked and decorated a cake for her. That, too, was fun. Not sure it turned out as it did in my head, but hey it was fun to do.

We didn't get candles so Lucky Dragon and I made some out of toothpicks, tape and string! So much fun and memorable. A fun few days to celebrate one of our favorite people! Love you Lady!