Tuesday, December 31, 2013

mary on stage, take one

on to the christmas festivities.  i've done a very poor job of photography this month (like 10 pictures from christmas and none from the eve)… but here are a few from mary's christmas performance.  

she was constantly singing her songs at home so we were curious to see how she would do in front of a lot of people.  she did great and loved being on stage!  




the sweetness… i love her. 



all of the classes did little songs but in between them all of the kids went on stage and would just sing and dance together.  luke joined mary and he loved it!  he wanted to be on stage the entire time and we kept telling him he wasn't allowed to join a random class.  but, then he went up with mary and he was goofy excited.  it was hilarious.



and then i caught this gem… way to make a mom proud.  mary is up to her knuckles in her nostril.  and this is a good example of luke's emotions while he was allowed to be on stage.  



Monday, December 30, 2013

happy birthday luke!

blogging in december hasn't really happened but i will be doing some catching up today… here's a look into our december.

luke had his birthday and we celebrated at PAUD (his playgroup).  here's the birthday cake i made. 


the birthday boy!


singing "happy birSday" and "panjang umurnya"




after everything was done and the kids were going home, luke went back for round 2 of cake.  and look  at all of those goods!  he got a ton of presents. 


just to show the general state of my kid's cleanliness… here is luke's foot after the morning...


then we played a little bit of soccer in our front porch area and this is what luke looked like by the end of it.  i mean, how does the kid get so dirty!?!?


happy birthday to my boy… who is clearly all boy.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LUKE, photos of our 3 year old

i like to do a little photo session with my kids around their birthdays, usually with a few things that they love at this time in their life.  

here are luke's 3 year old photos with a few of the things he can't live without… his guitar and his ball.  


















Tuesday, December 3, 2013

celebrate... she found her courage.

this past weekend we went to malang (the city we lived in our first two years here).  it was so nice to be there!  we celebrated thanksgiving together and we spoke a lot of english with our american friends.  :)  our kids also had a great time hanging out with their old buddies.  we stayed with some friends who have kids similar ages as ours, the kids played and we were able to have so many life-giving, encouraging adult conversations.  we felt so rested and refreshed.  thank you, mj and hayley!

on to the zoo… i decided not to lug my camera around so it's all phone pics today.  excuse the quality.


the kids loved feeding the giraffes!  they were so brave and i was so proud.  



bravery isn't the first word i would use to describe mary so i was so excited when she got the courage to feed the giraffe.  and then, she celebrated herself.  love her.  


side note: crocs with socks is usually not permitted in the pierce household, but mary had just gotten out of a play area where socks were required.  she really wanted to wear her new smurf socks… i let it slide this time.  :)


two little peas in a pod all weekend.  before we moved they weren't really playing together (still too much of an age difference) but this trip they played for hours together.  it was so fun for mary!  she misses her friend already.  so thankful for this sweet little friend.



the boys checking out the tiger together.  got to be honest, i don't love the glass floor with tigers underneath.  i mean, something in me just doesn't want to put my life in the hands of indonesian construction.  but, the kids couldn't resist.  


taking it easy one evening watching peep and the big wide world.  and if you haven't heard of peep, you should check in out right now.  funny, educational 8 minute science videos of kids.  i often catch mary laughing out loud by herself… which is one of my favorite sounds ever.