Our Jones Family Experience

Monday, August 18, 2014

Malia is 4 Years Old

Dear Malia,

Thank you for being such an amazing little girl.  You are so kind, sweet, and caring.  You always think about others and want to make sure everyone is happy and having fun.  You are also the funniest kid I know.  You are always saying and doing things that make me laugh out loud and shake my head in amazement. 

I love spending time with you.  You love playing games and could spend all day going from one board game to another.  Your favorites are Disney's Eye Found It and Candy Land, but really you would play anything and be happy.  Your imagination is exploding and often make up games for us to play.  A good game of hide and seek also makes your day. 

It is so easy to make you happy as you are so laid back and content.  Whether we are hanging out at home or out and about trying new things, you are happy and willing to try anything.  While you may appear quiet to people who don't know you, you are a little chatter box at home and with friends. 

I'm so glad that you have maintained your carefree, go with the flow attitude.  One of my biggest hopes is that you can continue it throughout your life.  It will help you to be confident and happy with who you are.  Regardless of what is to come, I'm so happy to be your Mommy and so incredibly proud of everything you have become.

Her flowers from Daddy

Hadley reading her birthday card to her

Marshall from Paw Patrol

While she was at school I decorated the house a little.  She was so happy when she got home.

I made cupcakes for her class and was very excited that I got to bring them in to see her and the other kids.

She wanted to give everyone birthday hats too.  She told me "You can't have a party without party hats."

Talking to Daddy on the phone

Dance class "Roar"

Chuck E Cheese for dinner and games

I didn't even know they did this.  They announced her birthday over the loud speaker, sang her happy birthday, gave her a visor and a free piece of cake. 

Even more cake!

The fake candle blow as I missed the real one.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Weeks in Pictures

It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  The week before school started we were busy and doing lots of fun activities.  Then school started and so did dance, we switched nights for gymnastics, and prepared for two hurricanes.  There are a lot of pictures, but I've only ever regretted pictures I didn't take.

Our first visit of the week was to the Polynesian Cultural Center.  It was incredibly hot that day so I splurged on the $5 ice cream.

Lying in the shade trying to cool down.

Learning a Tahitian dance
Spear throwing.  I don't know about the Tahitian guy, but I was scared.

Our friends joined us later in the day for dinner and the show


Learning to hula

Hawaiian bowling

Waiting for the show to start

Picnic at the park with friends.  This is the little love triangle we have going on.  Malia has a crush on Joshua, and Joshua has a crush on Hadley.

She said she had a cut on her lip.

Waiting in the buffet line at the Hale Koa Magic Show

After the Magic Show with the performers.  A family of magicians.

Last play group of the summer at Kroc Center.

Just watching TV

I got them a pedicure for back to school.  Malia is very ticklish and could hardly sit still.


Hadley chatted the whole time with her manicurist


FRG Meeting

Playing Duck, Duck, Goose

PTO Ice Cream Social for the 1st week of school

They started a new dance class called Song and Dance.  They are loving it and that they get to be in class together.

They are singing and dancing to "I Just Can't Wait to be King" from Lion King

Hadley was invited to a birthday party at iTrampoline

Glow Putt Mini Golf

Pretending to be golf statues