Tuesday, May 8, 2018

First beach trip of the year

reverie at 1 year 1 month
serene at 4 years 7 months
valor at 3 years
serene at 4 years 7 months, valor at 3 years, reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
newport beach
serene at 4 years 7 months, valor at 3 years, reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
valor at 3 years
reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
serene at 4 years 7 months
serene at 4 years 7 months
valor at 3 years
reverie at 1 year 1 month
serene at 4 years 7 months, valor at 3 years, reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
newport beach
serene at 4 years 7 months
serene at 4 years 7 months, valor at 3 years, reverie at 1 year 1 month
serene at 4 years 7 months, valor at 3 years, reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
reverie at 1 year 1 month
When Alex declared we were off to the beach for family day yesterday, I was sure the weather would be too chilly. I was pleasantly surprised when we got there for it was a beautifully sunny yet breezy day to enjoy by the shore. It was such a fun adventure I snapped a bunch of photos to memorialize our first beach outing of the year. Serene had a blast applying what she's been learning, collecting seashells, frolicking under the sun, splashing in the sea, building sand castles, and writing in sand. Valor sported his sunglasses the whole time as a timid observer. Reverie practiced walking gleefully in the wide open expanse. I'm so excited for consistently warmer weather to enjoy outdoors, which always uplifts our moods. The kids are all over one, which makes being out and about easier, and therefore more enjoyable. Thankful to the Lord for Alex who strives to bless us with quality time, and for sweet summer adventures to come!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Valor turns three

Valor turns three
Valor turns three
Valor turns three
Valor turns three
Valor turns three
Valor is three! I'm nursing conflicting feelings of pride and nostalgia - encouraged by his growth but also wistful he's no longer as little. His zeal, compassion, and silliness are a sweet gift to our family. He thrives on lots of love - hugs and words of affirmation are essential to filling his love tank. While he shrinks back when he is the center of attention, he adores fostering camaraderie in small groups. He loves his sisters well and is learning to protect and serve them as the only boy, even if he is the middle child. He is most content if he is aware at least one of us in the family is around. If he notices one of us is missing, he'll ask for us earnestly, "Where's Daddy? Where's Mommy? Where's Jie Jie Sewene? Where's baby?" He has grown much in his speech this past year. People's ability to comprehend what he says makes him a happy little boy, for not being understood frustrates him easily. He banks on good rest, taking a 3+ hour nap every afternoon and sleeping through the night for 11-12 hours. If he is overtired, he cannot function well. He is sensitive and quick to ask for forgiveness when he disobeys God. His tender heart blesses us all.

He loves dancing to music along the lines of The Greatest Showman, VBS songs, praise & worship, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and My Little Pony (courtesy of his big sister). His moving and grooving are endearing to behold. He desires to do everything Serene does, especially when it comes to learning. He is a quick learner, a lover of storytime, crafts, games, identifying numbers along with letters and their beginning sounds. He participates eagerly in family worship, singing passionately, asking questions nonstop during bible storytime, answering catechism questions, and asking to pray for all his teachers at church. He engrosses himself in imaginary kitchen play, setting up parties comprising of pretend ice cream, cake, and cookies every day. He has a penchant for taking things apart (i.e. destroying) and putting them back together, which makes him fond of building with blocks, train tracks, and the like. He loves helping around the house, asking to sort clean silverware and laundry every day. Sometimes in his effort to expend energy, he provokes his sisters who don't exactly appreciate his strength. Thankful he has his daddy for that. As rough as he is at times, he is not the biggest fan of playing outside because he abhors getting dirty and catching sight of insects in the air. He is timid to try new things, constantly working on not giving up if a task is hard at first. He's learning persevering can lead to satisfying accomplishment, like learning how to ride the tricycle by himself.

His favorite foods are sweets. He eats treats with fervor, looking forward to Sunday services because an auntie will bless him with a "pop" (lollipop). On the regular, he gulps down milk and fruit. He'll also partake of roasted veggies, eggs, cheese, soup, and meat, though he eats the least compared to his sisters. He is still not a fan of carbs, unless they're of the sweet treat variety. For his birthday, his simple request were Mickey cupcakes with a candle. He loves Mickey Mouse so, which we incorporated for his birthday breakfast treat. We cut out a Mickey silhouette to tape onto the wall for a morning cupcake smash (Looking at these pictures, I now realize the poster paper was pretty wrinkled. Oops!) I stuck Oreo cookies into chocolate cupcakes to look like Mickey cupcakes and stuck a candle into one. Valor was the happiest kid donning Mickey ears he received when we celebrated at Disneyland a couple of days ago and eating his Mickey cupcake in the company of his sisters. Happy birthday, dear son. It is a privilege to watch you grow. Praying you'd grow to be a God-fearing man who loves Him and loves others. We love you so much!!!

P.S. Valor turns two, Valor turns one, and Valor's birth day.

Valor's Mickey party

valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
valor turns three at disneyland
Valor requested a Mickey party for his birthday, which we executed a couple days earlier at Disneyland - praise God! Because we haven't been in about two years, visiting the happiest (or most sanctifying with young kiddos) place on earth was a highly anticipated event. Valor got to meet Mickey, but his favorite thing that day was eating a Mickey lollipop. We all had a blast, thanks to our generous cast member friend who made Valor's dreams come true!