Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mother's Day

Mother's Day was a nice, relaxing day in the Porter house this year.  Ashlyn and Bryson both made special Mother's Day pictures that were published in the newspaper.  Ashlyn drew and wrote hers all by herself while Zane helped Bryson type up what he wanted to say.  It was really cute to see what comes from their own heads when they can write whatever they want.
I stayed home from church this morning with Ashlyn because she had recently been sick.  Zane and Bryson went to church and came home with some fun surprises...cards, balloons, candy, and a new rose bush to plant in our front yard.
After going out for lunch, we took the kids to ride bikes.  It was so nice outside and Zane and I were able to just sit in the shade and relax while the kids rode around.  We finished our day with some ice cream on the front porch.
It was really a great day!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The End of a School Year

Bryson and Ashlyn both had amazing school years!  Ashlyn grew so much and overcame a lot of her shyness.  She absolutely loves school and learned a TON!  She got up on her own every morning and was usually dressed before I even got out of bed.  Ashlyn even mastered making her own lunch.  She has really excelled in reading and is now reading chapter books.  We heard nothing but compliments from all of her teachers.
She was invited to an awards ceremony at the end of the year because she was chosen as one of the PBIS recipients (an award for positive behavior).  She was very excited to get a medal.  :)
Bryson also had an amazing school year.  Zane and I have really seen just how much he excels with homeschooling.  He does so much better with one on one help.  We've worked hard on reading words and he is finally able to read simple stories.  Bryson has also done much better with focusing on his work this year.   The thing he probably loves most about homeschooling is that his school days are flexible.  We can take our time completing work and still have time to meet friends for lunch or to play at a park.  We spent our last day of school going out for lunch to celebrate a good school year:
These two pictures were taken on the very first day of the 2013/2014 school year:
 These are the updated pictures taken on the last day of school.  They have grown so much and we are so proud of both of them!!

Summer Fun with Friends

Summertime is a good time to hang out with friends.  We got to spend an evening with friends recently - talking, eating pizza, playing outside, jumping on the trampoline, and catching lightning bugs!!