Wednesday, September 28, 2011

9 months ( a little late)

Back to school has certainly kept us busy plus soccer so I'm a little late! School is in full swing and we are in the back to school groove. Did my organization last past the first week...uh kind of:) Soccer is over at the end of the week but Tommy is not happy about it. We are all looking forward to a break. Time is flying by and the kids are transitioning awesome! We are so blessed we have not had one issue, I'm praying we only hit minor speed bumps along the way. It makes me sad to think their language is gone not one word remains! It is amazing how quickly a child can change. Here is a peek at our past of Tommy are hard to come by..he tells me No all the time:)


Boy is he loving school!!!! He is Mr Social too! Making lots of friends in school and at soccer. Offense is his favorite position on the field but he is equally good at defense. It is so much fun to watch him play. He discovered football this month too! We took him to his first Bills game and UB Bulls game. Most of my kids are more interested in the food at these events but Tommy is into the game asking lots of questions. He even has his favorite player..Mr Jackson! Sports are definitely going to be his thing. This kid is completely out of his shell now!

First Bills game


Milly is loving school! Her teachers are floored at how amazing her English is! They had no clue she had only been here for 9 mths or that she knew no English before then.We have started doing some more playgroup activities to keep busy while the kids are at school. We went apple picking for the first time, I laughed as she called a horse a dog! I had to explain she had never seen one before! It is so much fun seeing them experience things for the first time! Halloween will be another first for both of them..I'm sure once they see that you get candy they will understand very quickly!

"Is This a Dog?"


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

School Starts and new beginnings

This year is a big year for our kids!! Francesca started High School..Marianna started Middle school..Tommy started Kindergarten and Milly started Pre-k! Matteo he is in 2nd this year. Everyone had a great 1st day and they are still loving it a week later! I cant believe I am a mom to a High schooler! Yikes!! I also cant believe we have kids in 4 different schools!! It is going to be a very busy year for sure. I am so proud of myself 1 week in and I'm still organized! I knew going into this school year it was going to get crazy so we had to be way more organized! Clothes and shoes layed out the night before..lunches packed the night before. Last year I was ironing clothes in the morning and packing lunches as the ran out the door..I am NOT a morning person at all so the less I have to do in the morning the better:) I pray I can stick with it all year!! Here are all the kiddos on their first days:

Francesca 9th grade

Francesca actuallly did her sisters hair for the 1st day:)

Marianna 6th grade

Love this!

Matteo 2nd grade

Tamirat kindergarten

Million's first day of Pre-K

So many things have changed in the last couple years so no surprise that God would lead us in more new directions!!! Change is a good thing right?! Really our family is adjusting to 5 kids for is a daily learning process. The kids are all learning to be more responsible in their new schools and I'm trying to learn how to parent a teenager! This past year has kept us very busy and because of that we lost sight of what our #1 priority should be..GOD! Certain things such and Softball took over! After a long hard look and lots of praying my husband decided to stop coaching and Marianna decided to stop playing. Alot of you may think so what! This was a major time commitment that affected our children our marriage and our walk with God. Basically we went to church when softball didn't interfere(which is from May-Aug) and that is NOT right and we were seeing the effects! So we are putting God back in the right spot #1!! Back on EVERY Sunday..Cesca is now attending the High school night and we for the first time ever are joining a small group bible study! To those who missed it..without God things just Don't work!! It is not about when you can fit him in! What were we teaching our kids..all the wrong stuff but luckily today is a new day in God's eyes and a renewing of our family and our faith!
Other newness....a new job! Not me but my husband! After much discussion and prayer he decided to just jump with both feet! How else do you do it right! The biggie he has worked with family for 10yrs and got a straight commission!! Yikes! Surprisingly we are at complete peace..when you go the way you know God is leading you there is no reason to stress! 2 years ago I never would've imagined anything the way it is..but I would not change a thing! I look forward to many more new and crazy things! I am so getting used to doing things that make people think we are crazy! I love our crazy life!