Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Our Easter

Easter came real quick this year! Things have been crazy around here and admittedly I wasn't as focused on the day like I usually am. Yet, we managed to have a nice day celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.

My handsome men!

Unfortunately my youngest has all of a sudden become camera shy. He refuses to be in any pictures. The plan was to take some family pics after church.......meaning everyone was to stay in their "church" clothes. That was the plan but he quickly came in and changed his clothes. I wasn't too happy about that and I guess I could have made him change back into his church clothes. I pouted instead and had a bad attitude! Not a great attitude to have on Easter Sunday, is it?

Thankfully I got over it. Family came over later and we had a nice dinner. We also had an egg hunt and the kids got some treats.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Whale Watching

On Saturday we headed to Newport Beach to go whale watching. This was a first for all of us. We were so eager to see some whales but sadly the whales weren't cooperating. The boat gave us $7 vouchers to return another day and try again. We still had a great time and the weather was beautiful out in the Pacific Ocean!
Naynay was a little scared at first since it was his first time on a boat on the ocean.

It was beautiful and sunny!

We only saw a couple of dolphins.

We then saw these California sea lions basking in the sun.

After our boat ride we still had a little time left on the parking meter so we headed to the pier.

When we got to the end of the pier this little guy wanted to play. 

We hope to redeem our vouchers at some point and hopefully we'll catch a glimpse of some whales!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Getty Center

It's Spring Break.......well, it's almost over but we are really enjoying some time off from school! Thankfully this year we were actually able to take our break. We are up to date with all of our curriculum and we'll have all the compulsory attendance dates in by the end of the year.

Tuesday we headed to The Getty Center. I know, I know........why would 2 boys be interested in going to an art museum? Jojo is taking an art class at PSP and I really thought he'd be interested in seeing artwork from the artists he's been studying. The day wasn't entirely a failure and the boys did have fun with the audio tour. The museum gives you an iPod with headphones at the entrance and at select art pieces there is a number you can enter into the iPod to learn more about the art work. It would take a few days to go through the whole museum listening to the audio tour but the boys were "educated" on some artists and paintings.

Nathan enjoyed watching a short documentary on how these type of wooden statues are made.

Rembrandt........this is Jon's favorite painter.

Edgar Degas.........this painting was created with pastels (chalk).

Van Gogh.......this is the museum's prized painting and the most popular. Took a while just to get near it.

Claude of my favorites

The gardens are beautiful.

The boys aren't very cooperative with pictures any more......Nathan refuses to be in most pictures.
The entrance to The Getty Center is free but you do have to pay $15 for parking. They are closed on Mondays so I would suggest that you do not go on a was crazy! Took forever just to be able to park.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Favorite Quotes

Once a month in our PSP we have a special guest speaker during our moms' time. Last week we had an elder's wife come and share some parenting tips as well as answering a lot of our parenting questions. I don't know how we got into the topic of social media but she was once heard the above quote from a friend and I think it corresponds perfectly to social media. She also mentioned how being on social media so much is like being a busy body. We all know what scripture has to say about that. Even though in the passage it's referring to widows, I think that there is an application to women in general. I Timothy 5:13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. I was totally convicted and this past weekend I took a Facebook fast......something I need to do more often.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Descanso Gardens

It's been absolutely beautiful lately so last week we headed to Descanso Gardens. One of my friends from Russia was visiting so it was a great opportunity to spend time together amidst the beautiful blooming flowers. The boys tagged along too even though they would have preferred to stay home.

As you can see the tulips were in bloom! I love tulips and I was so happy to see them. Thankfully, we got the opportunity to enjoy them because I was told that in a few days they were all going to be pulled.

It was a great time to catch up with my friends. Masha, on the left, will be returning to Russia after her husband completes his studies at the Master's Seminary in May. Tanya, on the right, was here visiting the whole month.

On the third Tuesday of every month, Descanso Gardens is FREE!!! It is regularly $9 for admission so it's definitely worth it to wait until the third Tuesday. They open at 9:00 a.m. and the earlier you go the less crowded it is.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter Time

It has been unbelievably cold for California this winter! Well, it's been incredibly cold for Californian natives. Today in church I saw a lady wearing what I would have been wearing when we lived in Russia when it was below 0.....I had to chuckle on the inside when I saw her. I never thought I would say this but I miss the snow! My boys especially miss it also.  I particularly miss those days when we would get big snowflakes and it was so quiet outside when we would go on a walk. Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy some winter wonderland pictures from Russia

Novosibirsk, Russia

Jojo in the forest in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Ice sculptures in downtown Samara, Russia.

Sledding fun with friends in Samara, Russia.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you! We started 2015 with a family hike. We have all been sick for the last 2 months. Josiah has been on 3 different antibiotics and both Jon and Nathan have been on antibiotics also. Thankfully for the first time in 2 months we all felt better so we thought we'd get outdoors for a bit. There's a great little park near home with some easy trails. The weather was also just but the sun was bright and shining.

cool bridge at the beginning of the trail

this swing is a blast

lots of sticks to make guns out of

At the beginning of the year there is always a little bit of trepidation for me. I never really know what is coming. This morning my husband sent an email to our Bible study and I'm just going to copy and paste it on here because he expresses very clearly what I've been thinking about all day yesterday and today.  I hope it's an encouragement to you as it was to me:

"Happy New Year, brothers and sisters in Christ!

The Lord has blessed us all in many ways in 2014 and as we reflect on His goodness, even in the midst of the trials we may have faced, let us all give thanks for His sovereign care over us. I look forward to 2015 with confidence knowing that He will direct our paths as we seek to please Him in all that we do. 

The reality is that some of us may face even more difficult trials in this coming year than we did last year while others will enjoy new highs, but every event we will come under the providential hand of the Lord. As I write these words, I am reminded of a wonderful old hymn, “Like a River Glorious,” especially the last verse: 

  1. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
    Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
    Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
    Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
    • Refrain:
      Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
      Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
  2. Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
    Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
    Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
    Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
  3. Every joy or trial falleth from above,
    Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
    We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
    They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

May you find perfect peace and rest in our Amazing God as you face each new day in 2015! And remember, if you knew all that God knows, you would understand that there is no better place for you to be than where He has you right now. He makes no mistakes, nor does He cause us to endure more than His grace can handle. "