We have begun a new phase of life in the Shurden family. Rosalyn is now playing soccer! I hear once you start sports and activities, there's no stopping. So we have practice on Thursdays and games on Monday nights. Rosalyn and Nate were able to get some practice time in while we were on the beach. These are some pictures taken from our balcony. (If you click on the pictures you can see them better.)
This is Rosalyn's first soccer game! It's pretty funny to watch 4 year olds play. She had several good kicks that night. We look forward to the rest of the games!
Nate was suppose to go on a Mission Trip with First Pres on Sept. 13-20 to Bolivia. However, the trip was cancelled the night before he was suppose to leave because of civil uprise in Bolivia. So...we decided to get away as a family for a few days and go to The Beach Club in Gulf Shores. My sister, Ellen, was in town so she went along with us, which was a lot of fun.
This slideshow is of the first afternoon we got there. It was around 5:30 and I thought we would enjoy a nice walk on the beach before supper but before I knew it the girls had jumped in the water and were soaked. As you can tell, they weren't dressed for this but they had the best time! Hurricane Ike hit the week before and there was alot of beach erosion that left little "ponds" that the girls enjoyed playing in.
I was busy cooking supper one evening and Katie decided to get in Knox chair that was in the kitchen. She was pretending to be a baby and Rosalyn would bring her blankets and all sorts of toys to play with. It ended up being a huge mess but they had fun and I got supper cooked.
The dress that Rosalyn has on here was mine when I was a little girl. She loves to wear it almost daily and play in it. And poor Katie doesn't have on any clothes, which is pretty normal too.
I'm finally back to blogging!! September has been a busy month so I've got lots of pictures to show off but it may take some time. On Sept. 8th I started preschool with the girls. We decided very last minute not to put Rosalyn back in preschool like she was in last year. She loved going and it was great for her but she started asking to learn to read and do more so I decided to keep her home and work with her. It's a bigger commitment than I thought it would be but it's been fun. These are pictures from the first day.
The girls holding their name cards. I've tried making it as much like a preschool as possible.
Fun snack time - ice cream with pretzels and m&m's
Rosalyn had a Strawberry Shortcake Party and each child wore their favorite dress up clothes. She loves to dress up so I thought this was a great idea for her! At the party, the kids enjoyed playing "Put the jewel on Strawberry Shortcakes Crown", finding strawberries that were hidden in the den, playing in a castle, and running around like crazy kids!! Rosalyn decided about a week before the party that she was going to color strawberries and cut them out and decorate with them. So when you see coloring sheets on the wall, that's Rosalyn's doing! She is very creative.
It is so hard to believe that Rosalyn is 5 years old! What a special day it is to celebrate her life. She woke up to streamers in the doorway, which I do for the kids on their birthdays. Because her birthday was on a Wednesday, we waited to have her party til Friday. Nate and I took her out to Primos for lunch and she opened her presents there. (Unfortunately, I forgot the camera.) We got her a bible and a bean bag toss game. She was so proud to have a "big girl" bible!
Well it has been too long since I last posted. Perhaps a sign that we are way too busy! I'll catch you all up on a few things that we've been doing. We had a family night a few weeks ago and decided to make some pizza. The girls love to get their aprons on and bake.
We had a great time at the Belhaven Nights a few weeks back. We live in the Belhaven community in Jackson and love to participate in the fun things they do in the neighborhood. There was space jumps, face painting, train, jewelry to make and so much more...