The day started with breakfast cooked by the boy (blueberry pancakes, bacon, and a lemon bar) and kids who promised to be in their best behavior all day. I laughed of their reminders to each other, such as "it's her birthday! Stop arguing!" in hushed tones. Sweet kids...
Almost a repeat picture, but I love this one too.
The boy is taller than me now and VERY proud of it!
The husband was very sweet and surprised me with a zoom lens for the camera. Exactly what I needed. The kids put some effort and money together to get me "All the Light We Cannot See", my next book club read.
And, many of my dear friends and other family showered me with sweet birthday wishes.
Sitting on the kitchen counter as the light hit their faces just right...
Baking lemon bars for my birthday. She does not care for them but still helps me bake them.
And, not photographed here: lazy morning reading and drinking my coffee leisurely, physical therapy twice a week for Maya, grocery shopping almost every day (the boy eats more than the rest of the family combined), Maya "skyping" with friends in a British accent (oh...ten year-olds!).
One of the parents in Phillip's basketball team gave us the gift of these memories. I have never been able to capture Phillip in action due to some limitations in my camera lens. I am so glad to have these now.
I love and appreciate the way this amazing coach talks to the boys
The whole team. Coach Dunn and Coach Nash are the leaders. It's been a great experience for Phillip.
The Future Stars were the Champions of the Excel League again this year.
Maya practiced "Jumpin' the Ivories" for a couple of months and played it really well. It was a challenging piece! I am glad her wonderful teacher encouraged her to play something a little more challenging this year.
They played in a beautiful white baby grand piano
The wonderful Ms. Lindsey. Kind, patient, and encouraging.
My sweet girl makes us happy again with her music.
Way back in May.... I am trying to catch up on a busy month, full of school and sports events.
At the end of the school year, Maya received a character award for Responsibility. I am particularly proud of her for receiving the award mainly for her ability to handle conflict in the classroom. I am so happy that she obviously had the guidance of this wonderful teacher (who, by the way, does not have any children of her own) to learn those skills.
Here is my post, straight from Facebook:
Maya was chosen for the character award at school this quarter! 😀😀This is just another example of a great teacher/leader helping these kids succeed and encouraging them to become better people.
Two Saturdays ago we had a nice dinner with Mom and Dad, followed by mini-golf (Phillip and Maya), puzzles (Maya, Phillip, and I), and a few round of dominos (the whole family -- even Grandpa followed along nicely).
I know... the picture above has nothing to do with this story. It just happens that the little yard outside of the Friendship House where Dad lives is just so beautiful and serene. I was testing the camera and bam!... gotcha Phillip!!
It was a wonderful evening. It's nice to have a nice and open place to visit them at.