Happy 17th Birthday Claire!
We are so lucky to be your family, and we appreciate all of your patience and sweetness with all of those siblings. You are an amazing daughter, sister and friend to all. Big hugs for my big girl!
Emily and Shaelee helped me wrap presents so they knew what Claire was getting. I love the impish grin on Ms Shaelee's face. Oh my goodness, she looks like the cat the swallowed the canary. You girls both did a good job keeping secrets for 24 hours.
Thank you Pa Pa and Grandpa. Without you, a young navy man and an amazing pilot, there might not have been a day to remember. This Memorial Day, I am thankful for 2 grandparents who fought to save South Korea. Without you, there might not have been a Quinn and Emily. Dad, I remember, when we brought Quinn home, and you told me that he was the first Korean that you had actually met. Now, you are good buddies. Both of his Grandfather's fought in faith, didn't know that one day Korea would bless them with 2 precious Grandchildren.
We are one blessed family.
The Girl's had a great time this weekend at the neighbor's pool. Claire was behind the camera, and the littles were all giggles in the pool. It's hot here, so it's all about staying cool. We went to see The Aven*ers this weekend, and loved it. Happy to have another boy Saturday to keep Quinn, and the entire family entertained. I was so proud of my beautiful Mother's Day artwork that I have to show it off!
I especially loved this picture of me that Viny Did. He made me look so pretty. Thank you Buddy.
And a couple of very sweet pictures from our friend Ivy's 2nd Birthday party. Vincent has always been smitten with Lexi. But I think Claire made a very special new friend too.
All is well. Quinn is playing soccer AGAIN, with most of his buddies. This means more tournaments, and lots of weekends at the soccer field. But we love it, lots of family time. Claire did make one of the Dance teams at school. Not her first choice, but it is now! She has signed up for ballet and hip hop as she planned, at a neighborhood studio. She couldn't leave her beloved coach completely, and is doing advanced tumbling at the new gym. One door closed, but many new ones have opened. It is so hard to watch your children have to make such hard decisions. But I am proud that Claire is making new friends and getting outside of her comfort zone. Next year she starts College, there will be many more decisions from there. She is studying for those College exams and today Ralph found her sleeping with her prep books. She is serious about her future. A Mama couldn't be prouder of her Big Girl. I should also say that Emily and Shaelee are hard at work 3 days a week at gymnastics and Mr Viny is still busy with Tae Kwon Do. And he just finished his homework, so we are off to Ammie and Papa's pool for one last swim this weekend. School is out next week! Let the fun begin....
(PS that song is for you Ammie, you are a ray of sunshine to your grand babies)
It was a hard day for my big girl. Her Gym has closed and Claire is so sad. She has tried the new gym, but doesn't want to move forward with it. She has a sad and broken heart. She loves her Coach of 11 years, and it was so hard to say goodbye. But today she made a very painful decision to move on. It breaks a Mama's heart to see her child so sad. Claire is trying out for her school dance team next week, and walked into a dance school today to try something new. Tears streamed down both of our faces. We went to Star*ucks and had a heart to heart. She is making the right decision for herself.
Thank you Grandpa for your kind letter, let me quote it...
"what is happening to you is part of life. The things we want do not often turn out the way we plan, but from my experience, I have found that things always and frequently are better than what we were dreaming of. I think God has an influence over our lives and leads us in the way we should go. There will be ups and downs in life. So, now that the old gym door has closed, have faith that a new door will open. Maybe one that you never thought possible. Just keep doing the best that you can wherever you are...in school or in work. Things will end up fine. Keep a smile on that pretty face and encourage Emily and Shaelani."
Thank you Grandpa, for the most amazing advice.
Love you Claire....and proud, that you are making your first very big life decision.