Molly

Continued birthday

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits, Molly on April 3rd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly’s birthday celebration kept going and going. After her slumber party, the girls woke up and headed home. Molly and Grace headed to karate and Leah headed to a birthday party (and brought a Squishmallow as a present, more on that later). Then Leah went to the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Then we had the Sellers side of the family over to keep celebrating Molly’s birthday. We also celebrated Uncle Charles’s birthday, so they were both blowing out candles. And yes, that is the same cake from the night before. It looks perfect, as if still whole…

Birthdays

Here’s a look at the other side of the cake (the side we ate from at Molly’s slumber party).

Cake back side

There were also presents to be opened.

Opening presents

Opening presents

Gather round for the multiple musical cards.

Musical card

In our house, we love Squishmallows. So, when Jen’s friend texted her from Costco saying they had them in stock (and selling out fast), we got the girls another one each (plus got an extra one to give to one of Leah’s friends for her birthday earlier in the day). Aunt Caroline brought her own Squishmallow to our celebration. Squishmallows are taking over the world.

Squishmallow party

Happy 12th Birthday Molly

Posted in Celebrations, Molly on April 1st, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly turned 12 on Saturday! We celebrated with a slumber party Friday night. The Spring weather had finally arrived, so starting out the evening with laser tag outside was perfect!

Birthday Laser tag

Jen knew this would be the perfect cake for Molly. Molly requested a chocolate cake, accompanied by malted milk ice cream and peanut butter chocolate fudge ripple ice cream.

Unicorn cake

Jen saw a contestant on Kids Baking Championship make marshmallow fondant, so she tried out this new technique to create the unicorn horn and ears.

Cascading mane

So many flowers

Painting wood signs and canvases are all the rage right now, so Jen created personal designs for each of the 6 girls to paint. First, she had to review the technique for painting.

Painting instructions

All the girls enjoyed choosing how to personalize their artwork.

The secret is in the sponge

Many of the girls decided to mix their own colors.

Color mixing

The art table

The girls (and Jen!) were all so happy with how their paintings turned out.

The finished canvases

We then watched The House with a Clock in Its Walls and ate popcorn. Then it was finally time for bed. The girls were asleep by around midnight.

The next morning, I got up at 6:30 (not my usual pattern) to go to Krispy Kreme and pick up hot doughnuts for breakfast. I actually got back before everyone got up (though not by much). A little more playing (Mario Kart) and then it was time for everyone to head out. A good time was had by all.

Leah Choir March 2019

Posted in Church, Leah, Molly, Music on March 31st, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah and her choir sang again this past Sunday.

After watching Leah sing, Molly headed off to Sunday School. We were surprised to see her a few minutes later serving as the acolyte. Apparently the girl who was supposed to do it didn’t show, so Molly was recruited on her way to Sunday School.

Surprise acolyte

Bingo

Posted in Family visits, Leah, Molly, School on March 30th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

G’Mom and Grampa came in town for a visit, and their visit once again coincided with our elementary school’s Bingo night. We of course made it to Bingo, and Jen of course got Bingo again. Sadly, a kid did as well and the kid won the call-off (which also seems to always happen to Jen).

Bingo again

As a consolation prize for losing the call off, Jen got a Target gift card. Molly was still excited.

Consolation excitement

Winner

Madison just needs one more! (She sadly did not get it).

Just one more

A fun night as always.

Snow tubing

Posted in Church, Family outings, Leah, Molly on March 7th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Our church youth group took a trip to Liberty (about an hour and 15 minutes away) to do some snow tubing. It was a youth trip, but adults that came along could bring their younger kids as well. So, our whole family went, as well as the girls’ friends who live behind us. Leah was happy to be included.

Snow tubing

Snow tubing

Tubers

Jen and Jeanie

Molly tubing

Leah tubing

Jen tubing

Adult tubers

Neighborhood kids

We had a great time. Hard to believe we live so close to snowy mountains and we’ve never done anything like this until now. Thanks to the Glen Mar youth group for setting this up.

Snow days

Posted in Leah, Molly on March 6th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We’ve had a lot of snow days this year. No big blizzard, but several days with enough to play in (and enough to need to shovel). Usually Jen and I do most of the shoveling, with perhaps a bit of kid help until they get distracted and start playing. This snow in late February was the first time they shoveled all the way until the end. That may have had to do with the offer of cash payment for their work…

Family shoveling

Youth Sunday

Posted in Church, Molly, Music on March 4th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Yesterday was Youth Sunday at Glen Mar. This was Molly’s first year classified as a youth (since she’s now in middle school), and she jumped in with both feet. She joined the planning committee putting together the services for the weekend, and also participated in all 3 services on Sunday morning. I’ll start with the 11:00 contemporary service (which is what we’re normally involved in), and then jump back to the traditional ones.

At 11:00, Molly joined the band. She’s sung with the band before, but this was her first time being the lead singer for a song. She was fantastic!

She also showed off her personality welcoming everyone at the beginning of the service, and of course helped out singing all the other songs as well. Nice job Molly!

Molly leading worship

But the 11:00 service was not the only service she participated in. At both our traditional services (8:00 and 9:30), she sang in Joyful Noise, our youth choir, and played in the youth orchestra.



So, she planned the services, sang in the choir twice, played in the orchestra twice, welcomed the congregation, and sang in the band including her first ever lead. I was a bit worried she was biting off more than she could chew (I mean, she’s just a 6th grader - barely in the youth group), but she did a great job at everything.

Molly Choir January 2019

Posted in Church, Molly, Music on March 3rd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly sang with her choir in January.

Molly’s first symphony orchestra concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on March 2nd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

In addition to her Concert Orchestra, Molly joined the Symphony Orchestra at school. This group includes 6th-8th graders, and combines strings with winds, brass, and percussion. They meet at 6:50am before school every Tuesday and Thursday, so these are some dedicated kids. And it was a joint concert with Leah's elementary school orchestra.



Orchestra warm up

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

Here are our two orchestral musicians after their concert together.

Orchestral musicians

Christmas Day

Posted in Celebrations, Leah, Molly on February 27th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

After a late night, the girls didn’t wake us up too early in the morning. Once they got up, the first thing they found by their stockings was a smaller Squishmallow to join their larger one.

Smaller Squishmallows

Unicorns and fleece onesies are all the rage, so these pajamas were a big hit.

Unicorn onesie

Since Grams was in the hospital, we changed things up a bit. We all met up at our house to celebrate together. Our house was also conveniently the closest to Johns Hopkins hospital, making it easy for us to go see her for Christmas Day hospital visits. Sorry, no pictures from the hospital, though I do have pictures from our house.

Molly brought down her R2-D2 droid to entertain Max, and it certainly did capture his attention.

Droid play

Want the droid

Even more surprising than moving the celebration to our house, our tradition-keeping family decided to go non-traditional. Tacos for Christmas were delicious (though there was still pumpkin pie for dessert).

Christmas dinner

After lunch, we opened presents. Charlie got a Squishmallow too.

Squishmallow for Charlie

Opening presents

Molly’s been saving her money to buy a Nintendo Switch for some time. She was much of the way before Christmas, and hoping Christmas would put her over the top to buy one. I knew she would get enough, so I secretly bought one on a Black Friday sale and hid it away. So, after getting enough money, she started asking when we could go somewhere to buy one. I promptly became the store of Chad and let her buy it right then. She was very excited.

Nintendo Switch

That’s one happy girl ready for some fun.