Spring Activities 2016 (Part I.)

Our Spring was quite eventful this year. Between a ton of activities with our homeschooling friends, Mimi and Brianne’s visit over Easter, and several short road trips, the months of March, April and May zoomed by at lightening speed.

Mimi, Brianne, and my parents were all in town for Easter, so a few of my cousins and I took the opportunity to throw the first “not-a-baby-shower” party for my sis. 🙂 It was a baby shower disguised as an Easter party where we celebrated her baby to come.

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The cutest party ware from Harlow and Grey
The cutest party ware from Harlow and Grey

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My parents were also in town, and as always, Brianne and Bridgette had so many places they wanted to take their grandma to. This time, we narrowed it down to a lovely afternoon tea at the Japanese Tea Garden, a visit to San Francisco City Hall, and plenty of food outings!

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Easter egg fun!
Easter egg fun!

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B&B loves hanging out with their baby cousin Mochi, and Mochi adores them right back!
B&B loves hanging out with their baby cousin Mochi, and Mochi adores them right back!

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Ice cream time at Miette
Ice cream time at Miette
All dressed up for an Easter production at church
All dressed up for an Easter production at church
More ice cream outings with our friends
More ice cream outings with our friends

Alan was in Cambodia in March with several of his colleagues from Box. Together, they spent 3 weeks setting up computer systems at the local schools there, and teaching the students how to use them. It was an intense 3 weeks with 12 hour work days in high heat and humidity, but it also turned out to be quite an amazing and life changing experience for him. In his words…“It felt so rewarding that we were able to make a difference for those schools and children!” I’m so glad he jumped on this opportunity, and hope this will be just the first of many mission-like trips he (and our whole family) can be a part of in the future.

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The Boxers with their elephant pants :)
The Boxers with their elephant pants 🙂

Although we don’t really have a designated “Spring Break”as official unschoolers now, we were still excited for the school district’s Spring Break because it meant playdates with some of Bridgette’s besties from school!

Afternoon tea in the backyard with our neighborhood buddies!
Afternoon tea in the backyard with our neighborhood buddies!
Impromptu hike
Impromptu hike
Bridgette and Karina set up their own spa in the backyard, and guess who was their lucky first customer? :)
Bridgette and Karina set up their own spa in the backyard, and guess who was their lucky first customer? 🙂
Hair braiding and face massage going on simultaneously!
Hair braiding and face massage going on simultaneously!
Their second spa, this time set up on the front porch.
Their second spa, this time set up on the front porch.
More hair braiding and face massage :)
More hair braiding and face massage. So relaxing!
Waiting for more customers :)
Waiting for more customers 🙂
Might as well enjoy some of the services herself!
Might as well enjoy some of the services herself!
Robotic fair in San Jose
Robotic fair in San Jose

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At the Robotic Fair in San Jose, Bridgette got her first tv interview! ABC 7 news was filming a segment for the nightly news and approached different kids to see if they’d be comfortable speaking in front of the camera. I couldn’t help laughing when Bridgette eagerly jumped at the opportunity. She was such a natural!! The interview must have lasted about 3 minutes, but as expected, was edited down to about 3 seconds on the news that evening. Still, it was fun to see Bridgette’s bubbly face on camera. 🙂

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Sam's birthday party
Sam’s birthday party
We love our neighborhood, and try to take daily walks or bike rides to soak in all of Mother Nature
We love our neighborhood, and try to take daily walks or bike rides to soak in all of Mother Nature
We love witnessing all of God's glory in these extraordinary sunsets in our neighborhood
Witnessing all of God’s glory in these extraordinary sunsets in our neighborhood
Cousin love with Mochi and Aryton
Cousin love with Mochi and Aryton
More cousin live with Ivan and Charlotte
More cousin live with Ivan and Charlotte

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