Man oh man, it’s like I’m stuck in quick sand and life is passing by in front of me in fast motion these days. Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to": There is not a time the Ariel is not close to Lucy during the day….…except that we have somehow miraculously talked her into the fact that Ariel needs to nap while Lucy is at school so she can’t bring her there. We got our latest installment of school pictures:Did I already post those? I spoke at a regional singles fireside about seeking out “The Abundant Life.” It was fun getting to know so many people after and the other speaker who I was fascinated by. It was also fun having Dave there with me…although he learned it may be a good idea to wear his wedding ring to something like that next time… I also got to speak at an Evening of Excellence in a neighboring stake. Loved being able to talk about how important the choices we make right now are…and how they can serve others. So fun to be back with Young Women. I love working with the youth. I cannot keep up with the food demands of our family. It’s mostly Max but boy howdy, I get a workout pushing my Costco cart around these days. We go through stuff like these puppies lickety-split. Claire and I finally sat down and put together all the notes she got back at her baptism (back here) and read them together. SO grateful for good friends who wrote her so many kind good things and advice that she can go back to again and again in life. Claire did her “salt-dough map.” I love the things these kids learn in school. Max is rounding up his season of club volleyball with regionals this coming weekend. So fun to watch him really get into it.Love that smile. Elle’s finishing up the year trying to do a few more tennis tournaments… She got nailed in one, but has done pretty well in others. Another one coming up this weekend… Fun to have Nana and Papa with us to watch sometimes. …as well as “coach Dad.” Halloween residuals… Moustache day at school… Ugly sweater day at the High School: Cowgirl day back at the elementary school:That’s the first time Lucy has ever wanted to have school spirit so it was kind of momentous. Grace just finished her unit in Egyptian studies. They had a “wax museum” at school and can I just tell you how much Grace practiced for her part as “Bastet” the ancient feline Egyptian goddess? …a LOT. She got the whole family involved I tell you and she said her part so much I think we all have it memorized. (Above she’s roped post-tennis-ragamuffin-Claire in with her.)We sure had fun whipping up this costume together for the big day. Here she is with her section of the sixth grade right after they did their schpeals for us: …and with her great “Egyptian teacher:” Lucy got as sick as could be. The poor girl. She had a 103 temp for days and we got to the point we were SO worried about her especially after she started breaking out in a horrible rash. It turns out that it was a mysterious virus mixed with a drug reaction to her new Bactrim prescription she had just started a few days before. Wow, we are sure glad to have her back to normal after all that!We went to a behavioral doctor yesterday to see if we can get some of her OCD tendencies under control. They worry us. I have hundreds of pictures like this as we try to narrow down flooring and finishes for our new house: Man alive, it is a full-time job. I promise I’ll say more about it when there’s anything to say. It’s just a slow process for us. I put this in the iPhone post, but I just have to say I sure love Art Masterpiece. So fun to get to be the “teacher” in my kids’ classrooms every now and then and to talk about one of my all-time favorite things: art. Elle has been keeping herself busy with her photography experimenting: Apparently this is Claire’s serious-with-chocolate-around-your-mouth series. After months and months of kids begging, we finally caved and went to “Jump Street” for FHE:Pretty fun night I must say. Back yard jumping too…I don’t know what we would do without that trampoline.