Friday was our last day of school for the 2015-2016 school year! We spent the whole day celebrating.
We began with Flyboy Donuts for breakfast. Yum!
Jack’s poem review for the year. However, his favorite subjects this year were math and science.
We finished the last chapter in our current read aloud book, Farmer Boy. I bought our copy used online. Inside was this inscription from 21 years ago to the day. I’d like to have a word with this Austin about getting rid of a book that his Grams so lovingly gifted to him.
Some of our other read aloud books this year. Lucy and I are still going through her beginning- to- read book and will finish the lessons this summer. Jack has decided he will only read books by himself if they are in comic book form. Fortunately, our library has a nice supply. Both kids enjoy being read to and I am always happy to oblige.
The celebration continued with a trip downtown for macarons and Falls Park.
The last day of school calls for double dessert. Why not?
The next day was a rainy one. I think our summer is off to a great start.
March 19th, one year ago, our moving van pulled into our (temporary) apartment parking lot. We were met with a large crowd from our new church family who quickly unloaded the trucks into our home and storage unit.
The church members gave so sacrificially to us in so many ways to make us feel welcomed and included. I will always be grateful.
The only decor I hung on our apartment walls.
We showed the kids around their new city. This was our first official family visit to Falls Park.
To celebrate our anniversary here, we used the last gift card we had to the Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove.
Fish are friends, not food.
Doug’s first time leading worship last year was Easter weekend. The Hurts were able to celebrate with us too this year. We loved having them!
Saturday night, it snowed yet again. Easter Sunday was beautiful. He has risen indeed!
Jack was not amused to discover glitter from his sister’s eggs all over his face.
Our first year in South Dakota has been a blessed one. Although I am ready for warmer weather now.
Right before we kicked off the school year, the Fords came all the way to SD to see us before they camped in the Black Hills. We are so glad they did!
Of course out- of- towners must visit the falls.
The Introvert table
The Extrovert table
We explored some parts of Sioux Falls we hadn’t seen yet. This barn, in Arrowhead Park, was built in 1888!
The cousins made a poster for their Papa’s 70th birthday! We had all his grandchildren together so we we took a picture for him.
macaroon time at CH Patisserie in downtown Sioux Falls
A trip to Scheels
With the plethora of August birthdays in the Ford family, Doug made a cake for everyone! Thank you Fords for the lovely visit. Come back soon!
Also this fall, Jack had his very first piano recital. He had only been taking lessons for six months. He insisted on memorizing his pieces and did very well in spite of being really nervous. His goal is to be able to play his beloved Beatles songs one day.
Hotel Transylvania 2
The kids had many fall field trips with our homeschool group.
Silver Creek Orchard
The orchard was a great pick for a fall trip!
Jack and Doug went to the SDSU Dairy Bar and Creamery trip without us because Lucy was sick that morning.
A trip to the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. We have enjoyed every trip to this place. Definitely a favorite for our family.
Another pretzel trip to Auntie Anne’s.
Don’t Be Shy, Lucy! Thanks for reminder!
And in addition to all this fun we started ballet, fall soccer, and school again. It’s been a fabulous fall!