Saturday, May 15, 2010


After church on Mother's Day we left for a quick getaway to Orlando. We haven't taken much time off lately and it was so nice to getaway from the normal swing of things.

Arabian Nights was running a special Homeschool Rate so we attended the show. All the kids enjoyed watching the horses. They have changed the storyline since last time we went there. We were very glad about that.

Katie had a mouth infection during the trip. The poor thing could hardly eat and was quite miserable. Luckily she started to feel better on the last day.

We used our Give A Day, Get A Day passes that we had earned back in January. All we had to do is buy a ticket for Ty. What a great deal!
Emily and Sarah got started in Pin Trading this time. They loved trading pins with castmates and were always improving their collection.

Emily's new boyfriend?

Emily and Sarah used to hate 3-D attractions. They were terrified to watch them. This time I made them try Philharmagic and thy both loved it!

I was driven by Katie! (We hit the rails alot)
Ty enjoyed being the navigator.

We had a great time and can't wait to go back to Disney.

Friday, May 7, 2010

King's Kids Jamboree

Tonight was one of my favorite nights of the year.

King's Kids is our Wednesday Night Program at church. Mark and I are in charge of the program and it has been such a blessing to us. Most years Pastor Sutton runs a Jamboree where we compete against other area churches. It is an all day Saturday event. Due to some scheduling difficulties it was decided we would not be having it this year.

After some discussion we elected to have our own Jamboree. It was a different not to have 3 or 4 other churches, but still turned out to be a very nice night.

Here we are with our King's Kids. Emily won 1st place in the Bible Memory Contest. She was thrilled! This is an event that she spent a lot of time on. Sarah was heartbroken to finish 4th. (She forgot a 'the'. ) She had about 30 more verses ready to go. When we got home she told me she was so happy for Emily to win, because she still has 3 more years to try to win it and Emily only has one.

We work with several amazing helpers. They make our lives so much easier. Our King's Kids workers tonight were Patty, Scott, Bonnie and Gina. Jenna and Angie always work with us, but were unable to come tonight. Here is our group from tonight.
Emily, Sarah and Hannah were awarded journals and pens for memorizing all of Psalms 96. These are 3 hard working girls!

Alison and Baileigh did a great job! Allison won the Quiz Bowl Competition. It was a hard fought match. Emily ended up 2nd and Sarah 3rd.
Here are our 5 quizzers. I don't think Mark ever finished one entire question. They were up and ready to give the answer quicker than most of us processed what he was saying. I'm so proud of all of them.
We did 6 different relay races. 3 were Bible based and 3 were just fun.

Sarah on the scooter relay.

Brooke working on the Beatitudes Matching.

We invited the parents and family to join us dinner before the Jamboree started. It was a good time of fellowship.

One of our races was the Jelly Bean Race. The kids had to use a straw to carry a Jelly Bean to a bowl. Many of them ended up on the floor and the kids had to get it from there to the bowl.

Our King's Kids Girls (we are missing Bethany. She was unable to make it tonight.)

This is the the poster we made to memorize Psalms 96. I had planned on learning it with them, but I didn't quite make it. The girls put lots of time in to preparing for the Jamboree this year. We are so happy to see their dedication.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother Daughter Banquet

Last night was our church's mother daughter banquet. It was an extra special one for me. Mrs. Judy started by reading a letter that was given to her. Little did I know that Emily wrote the letter. Here is Emily's letter:

Dear Mrs. Judy,
Hello! As always I am sure you are going to have a Mother of the Year and I would like to nominate my mother. She loves and cares for us kds with all her heart. I don't know what I would do without a mom like her. Whenever I need her she is always there. Not just that, she also teaches us so that we can have a good education with a bible based meaning. She is also a very Christian women who loves God and her church. So the Dillehay children hereby nominate Mrs. Tabitha Dillehay for the Mother of the Year.
Love The Dillehay Kids

I was surprised and thrilled to get the beautiful letter. It is always nice to be honored, but I think the letter is what I will treasure the most.