Friday, July 20, 2018

Cruise Formal Nights

We had two formal nights on our cruise - Tuesday and Friday. Since we were celebrating our anniversary I wore a white lacy dress and Byron wore a suite with a white tie. 

The Linns were in white and black, too!! 

Don't we make a lovely group?

On the second formal night, I wore a black lace dress and Byron wore a light yellow shirt under his black suit. These pictures were taken in our dining room.

Speaking of dining, except for the first night, we ate dinner in the formal dining room each evening. The dinners were all awesome! One night we all tried escargot - and everyone liked it!! My favorite meal was turkey and dressing with mashed sweet potatoes. Byron enjoyed the lobster. The best dessert was the warm chocolate cookie. YUM!

Our waiters were also fabulous! Their names are William and Paul. They would anticipate our needs before we asked, brought us extras when we ran low and knew we would always finish the meal with coffee. 

We were totally spoiled on our cruise! 

All Aboard the Cruise Ship Liberty!

Byron and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary in a BIG way!
We went on a Royal Caribbean Cruise!

On June 17th we drove down to Galveston with our sweet friends, Chuck and Gina Linn. We had the best time ever! We talked (uninterrupted by kids for hour after hour), laughed, and relaxed. It was awesome! 

When we got to our room we discovered that the kids had used their spend money to have our room decorated. So sweet!

We had a balcony room right next to Chuck and Gina and had our cabin steward open our decks up. We would spend the morning and the evenings out on the deck hanging out and chatting. 

Our room was so beautiful and quite spacious. I unpacked all of our suitcases and made it our home for the week. 

As we pulled away from Galveston, we saw a rainbow over the ocean - it signaled the start of a great vacation.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy TENTH Birthday, Selah!!

 We have now experienced one whole decade of Selah!

A decade of her sweet, infectious giggle.

 A decade of her thoughtful gift giving.

A decade of the twinkle in her light brown eyes.

A decade of hearing her sweet, little voice tell us good morning and good night.

I'm not sure how we got so lucky to have her placed in our family. 

But we are all so glad God chose her for us. 

And we can not imagine life without her beautiful smile and sweet spirit.

We love you, Selah! 

Happy 10th Birthday!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Last Day of School 2018

We made it through another year of homeschooling!! 

As Serna tradition, we had a presentation for Principal Daddy on the evening of our last day. Each child prepared something to teach or share with him. Faith was up first. She prepared a dramatic reading of the Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggy book - I Really Like Slop.

She read the Piggy parts and I read the Elephant (Gerald) parts.

 Mig did a presentation on light and the color spectrum. - Toby Cat was very interested in his presentation.

 Selah reported on the life and scientific contributions of Isaac Newton.

 Gabe had a report on the Pythagorean Theorem.

At the end of each year, we finish science and history about 6 weeks before school is out. We use that time to do a unit study. This year, we delved into the life and works of William Shakespeare. 

Each child gave a report on some part of Shakespeare's life. Mig gave a biography of his life.

Gabe told us about his company of actors.

Selah taught us all about the history of the Globe Theater.

Faith gave a summary of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and recited one of Oberon's soliloquies.

Then, for the grand finale, they presented a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Gabe introduced the scene as Shakespeare himself.

Selah played the part of Snout (the Wall).

Mig played Nick Bottom as Pyramus.

Gabe played Flute as Thisby.

Faith played the Lion.

Selah also had the part of "Moonshine".

They really enjoyed playing the tragic, Romeo and Juliet-ish, ending. 

Toby also wanted a part in the play.

Bravo!! Bravo!!! Bravissimo!!

And here is their performance:

At the end of the year, I also hand out awards for special achievements. Gabriel finally got his certificate for mastery of his addition and subtraction facts (not that he didn't know them, but he just hadn't completed the program until this year.) I love this picture of him, though. He is a happy kid and his laughs are always so intense!! Just like this picture. 

Selah completed ALL of her facts - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

And the end of the evening all of the kids were presented their certificates of promotion.

In the fall we will have a 1st grader, a 3rd grader, a 6th grader and an 8th grader!! 

What an awesome end of the year!! Good job Serna kids!!