Friday, May 29, 2015

Class of 2015 - Round 1 - VPK

Tonight Davis graduated from VPK. We love the partnership that Carousel Early Learning Center has with Druid Hills and that both Wesley and Davis were able to graduate from VPK inside the Druid Hills Fellowship Hall.

Caps and gowns all set up and ready to go! 

Dais with a friend in front of his timeline. All of the kids' final timeline projects were on display. 

Davis with his teacher Miss Tracy. 

Mr Jim Davidson - he and his wife Tammy own and operate the center. 

Lining up to sing songs. It only took us three tries, but we finally had a child who would sing AND dance at the same time in a VPK closing program. And he was enthusiastic about it as well! 

The Florida Alphabet song - Davis was the letter C 

Rockin Numbers Song

Families were invited to come up and sing along for the "Tootie Ta" song

Davis getting his diploma. Miss Tracy and Miss Amy were Davis' VPK teachers, but he has also had Miss Mary and Miss Joey at different times over the last two years.

Davis with Mr Jim and Miss Tammy. These folks have been such a blessing to all of our boys. In the last five years, all three of our boys have spent time at Carousel. They understand our odd schedule as pastors and have worked with us to help make sure we are covered for childcare when we had emergencies.

Davis also got to bring home a portfolio of his work and pictures from his time in class all throughout the year. It is so special to look through and see his growth and development. Remember, just 23 months ago he only spoke Cantonese and was living in an orphanage. 

And his final souvenir from VPK - this awesome hand print shirt!

End of Year 5th Grade Fun

Last week the 5th grade from South Ocala went to Busch Gardens in Tampa for their one general field trip of the year. This was Parker's very first visit to Busch Gardens and he really enjoyed the day. He rode a couple of roller coasters like Cheetah Hunt for the first time. 

And then on Thursday of this week, there was a reward trip for 5th grade students because of grades and behavior. Parker got to go on this trip too - this time to Legoland. He rode a few roller coasters he hasn't tried recently here, including Flight School below.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Daryl and I started running again this year at the beginning of April and have kept it up 3-4 times a week ever since. We're training for the Annual Conference 5K to benefit the Imagine No Malaria campaign. The race is two weeks from today while we are at conference in Daytona Beach. We alternate running through the neighborhood around the big boy's school and running our interval workouts at the nearby Brick City Park, like we did yesterday. It's been fun to train together and we're looking forward to our race. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

School Presentation

Tuesday morning Daryl and I visited South Ocala for Wesley's Enrichment Class Open House. He got to show us some of the powerpoint and video projects that he had been working on in that class, including a presentation about Red Tailed Hawks and another one about the Batmobile.

This is Ms McMillen, the enrichment and technology teacher. She is retiring at the end of this school year after 35 years in the classroom. She has taught both Parker and Wesley over the last six years and they have learned so much from her. We are so thankful for the blessing that she has been to our family.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Tooth Fairy Time

When we were at the dentist a couple of weeks ago we realized Parker still has a few teeth to lose and two of them were loose. One of them came out this weekend - the one molar he had with a crown, that he got back in 2010. Wonder how much the tooth fairy will pay for this one?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Fun

Saturday and Sunday of this weekend we got to spend time hanging out with our friends the Wrights who were down from Jacksonville. Miss Isadora or Princess Izzy is just a little over 3 months old now and it was her first trip to Ocala. We all had fun entertaining the baby.

Saturday afternoon dinner was awesome as usual. The guys grilled steaks and had tater tots and mashed potatoes as sides along with macaroni salad, cole slaw and garlic bread.


We had another treat this weekend as well. Jonathan brought his new motorcycle down while Tanya and the kids rode in the car. Parker, Wesley and I all took a spin with Jonathan on the bike. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Great Clean Out

The great house clean out of 2015 is almost complete. In anticipation of moving we've cleaned out each room, inside closets and under beds. Today's project was Wesley and Davis' shared dresser and closet of clothes.


Piles during sorting

And after!!!! This is minus two bags of trash and two bags of stuff to donate.

The last project on our list is the garage.