Aren't they just the cutest?!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Even though Ellie did all her schoolwork at home, she was actually a student a small private high school that often works with homeschoolers so they can get their diploma. Ellie did great with school, and we all wanted to celebrate her big accomplishment by attending her commencement ceremonies. It was a very nice program, and thankfully very casual, since we had to drive over 2 hours to get there. There was even a wonderful salmon lunch afterwards. Congratulations Ellie!
For her commencement ceremony, Ellie decided to go the the salon and have her hair done. We all liked it, but she looked like a completely different person! Seriously, doesn't she look about 25? I can't possibly be old enough to have a daughter that looks like this!
If you click on this picture of our backyard and look closely, you'll see the deer just off to the side and behind the swing set. We thought it was so fun to see deer in our yard everyday, until they started eating all our newly installed landscaping! I now have deer repellent EVERYWHERE. I just wish they didn't like to eat flowers so much!
We had a great 4th of July. We spent the day doing things that needed doing around the house, then had a BBQ (Ean was able to be here too) that evening. After that, we went out to the street in front of our house and set off fireworks. We also enjoyed watching all the neighbors setting off their much larger and prettier fireworks. Happy Birthday America!
I can't believe my baby is 5! It seems like just yesterday we were at the adoption agency meeting her for the first time. She was so beautiful as a baby and still is! We went to the beach for the day and then had her birthday choice dinner of hot dogs and chips, and of course chocolate birthday cake. Happy Birthday my gorgeous girl!
When I don't have the time to do multiple braids on the little girls hair, (which takes about 1 1/2 hours per girl) I put their hair in big puff ponytails. It's so darling like this! However, the comb-out afterwards is awful and takes a couple of hours. Little African American girls hair is darling, but not easy!