Wordless Wednesday ~ Pink and Purple Smiles

Kiffanie ~ January 2015

Kiffanie ~ January 2015

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Sisters and Brothers: Living the Dream

The hands below belong to my four youngest children; Clockwise from lower left: Kiffanie (flowers), Keianna (flowers and swirls), Kieran (dragon), and Keegan (Tardis).  The paint-artist did a great job considering she’d never heard  of a Tardis before.  When Keegan requested a Tardis her brain translated to “tortoise”, and Keegan was a bit perplexed when she said, “So browns and greens, right?”  He answered, “No, blue, please,” which caused her to pause and clarify, turning to Google-image-search on her phone to save the day!

“I have a dream that one day, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have a dream that one day, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we’ll help the younger children remember Martin Luther King Jr.  We keep going around and around trying to help them remember both Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Junior simultaneously, because they seem to mix up these two fine men with similar names.  Each MLK day, we ask them, “Do you remember who Martin Luther King Junior is?”  And get replies like, “Oh, yes, he nailed those papers to the Wittenburg door to protest people buying indulgences and stuff in the Roman Catholic Church.”  Then, on Reformation Day, we’ll ask who Martin Luther is, and get, “Oh, yes!  He spoke in peaceful protest so that all people could see each other as equal  no matter what skin tone.”

This YouTube video is a good resource, and at least my youngers will be watching it today as a refresher course in MLK  (Although a cartoon, it is very well done and complete–with the exception of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech being edited out due to copy write issues.)

We’ll also listen to the full content of his speech over lunch:

 

Retro-Blogging: 2014 Birthdays

Despite lack of blog chronicling, each child aged another year.  Two children had birthdays already in 2015, but before I blog those, I’ll devote a post to commemorating the birthdays of 2014.

January 6th, 2014: Keegan’s 9th Birthday: (He’s 10 now, but I’m still catching up.)

Keegan's 9th Birthday: January 2014 (Yes, He's 10 Now)

Keegan’s 9th Birthday: January 2014 (Yes, He’s 10 Now)

January 10, 2014 Kendra’s 12th Birthday:(A year ago yesterday–now she’s a teen!)

Kendra's 12th birthday (A Year Ago, Yesterday)

Kendra’s 12th birthday (A Year Ago, Yesterday)

March 25, 2014 Kieran’s 8th Birthday: Lots of Dragons! (And evidence of recent chicken pox on his cute little face)

Kieran's 9th Birthday (Last March)

Kieran’s 9th Birthday (Last March)

September 13, 2014: Kiffanie’s 7th Birthday: 

Kiffanie turns 7 with a Ballerina Birthday (among other gifts, such as a Rainbow Loom, she received a tutu and ballet shoes!)

Kiffanie turns 7 with a Ballerina Birthday (among other gifts, such as a Rainbow Loom, she received a tutu and ballet shoes!)

November 28, 2014: Kaira turns 15!  She’ll be studying for that learner’s permit any time!

Kaira Turns 15!  She's a delightful young lady!

Kaira Turns 15! She’s a delightful young lady!

December 18, 2014: Keianna’s 11th Birthday:

Finally more recent history: Keianna Turns 11 (A week before Christmas)

Finally more recent history: Keianna Turns 11 (A week before Christmas)

Bullk blogging: There you have it-playing catch up from an entire year.

A Special Banquet and Golden Sparkles

With very little adult assistance, the girls in a local group organized a special banquet for their dads and grandfathers.  Three of the eldest young-ladies (Kaira and two of her friends) each headed a group of younger girls to plan a particular aspect of the evening.  By all accounts it was a great success and a grand time was had by all! (I stayed home baking cookies with the boys and my mom;  we had fun too, but were decked in flour instead of fancy outfits.)

Below is a photo of the handsome gents and the young ladies on their way to this special evening.  And bonus pictures of Kiffanie, because she was especially delighted with glitzy, golden, ensemble.

And I’m at least three birthday’s behind in blog-chronicling special events… bad, bad mommy-blogger am I!