Not sure what they were hoping to find in there, but their excitement faded when we pulled out two gigantic pairs of size 15 shoes (shoes Max decided he didn’t want to take after all). Luckily there were some little gems mixed in like this name tag:
I cannot get enough of soaking in that gorgeous-ness.
I can’t remember why I was in the school this day, but here’s Claire and her friend:
Oh, I remember, they were going on a field trip to the Renaissance Festival. Oh boy were they ever excited with their little self-made fanny packs:)
Elle got some last minute snowboarding in in March.
Maybe I already wrote about this little fact in February, but it happened in March too.
She took wearing that thing very seriously, even when we tried to gently explain it was a wee bit too small for her. Never fear, she made sure it stayed on all. day. long. From morning until night, while setting the table, while reading a book, yep, she had that thing glued on.
Speaking of special days at school, “mis-match day” is always a pretty huge hit for these girls:
My friends and I utilized March to hike and soak in the desert.
April is turning out to be a great spring hiking month as well.
For more pretty desert pics. click HERE.
We are so excited about that brand new little babe.
Lucy was pretty funny when we told her we were going to go visit.
She told us she did NOT want to go, on no uncertain terms.
On the way to the hospital we asked her if she wanted us to have another baby in our family and she was NOT having that. She was downright mad we’d even suggest such a thing.
But during our visit to the hospital she warmed up to that little sweetie pie little by little.
I mean, who wouldn’t?
(more about that back HERE.)
…and the miracle of all miracles that Max’s future mission president and his wife visited out ward:
(more back HERE.)
Grace sweet-talks me into a lot of things. One of which in May was taking this group of lovely ladies to lunch:
(along with our cute little neighbor I was taking care of that day)
Not sure why the faces in this pic:
Claire’s photography experimentation:
Friends for Lu:
Friends for me and Dave:
(Those are siblings, cousins and in-laws…oh man we are so lucky to be related to them!)
Our neighborhood sometimes takes my breath away.
I wish pictures could do it justice.
Heaven knows I keep trying! 🙂
Claire adores her new ballet class:
I loved reading all the comments that came in about parenting in this post back HERE.
This one was especially significant to me since I’m trying so hard to listen better:
We had a self-defense class here for young women.
These police officers came and taught the girls hot to really defend themselves.
At first it scared Claire to death because they were talking about kidnapping and some bad things that have happened in the past, but boy she came out of it smiling because they taught her to really punch.
We also had a “human foozball” youth activity this month. I know I took pictures of it actually happening, it was pretty fun, but I can’t find them right now.
It was such a fun chance to catch up with these dear friends from our old ward:
Love them so!
I learned a lot on this conference call about scholarships and managing college finances…
That wasn’t her top choice so she wasn’t too broken up about it, but we are both so glad she applied.
Claire’s been putting on a show for us each week on the soccer field:
Her gym coach came to watch one night.
He coaches all those girls up there.
Here are Grace and Lucy with swapped faces:
Sunsets in the desert are the best:
Grace and her friend are pretty cute:
Claire has been working her little guts out at gymnastics.
Elle went on her “day date” with Cam:
…and doubled with these folks:
(more all about prom over HERE.)
The “season” for opening mission calls is upon us again. Remember when Max’s friends were all getting their calls last year? (back HERE)
Well, it’s happening all over again, stage number two with all Elle’s guy friends.
(That one up there is going to Sierra Leone.)
Claire and I worked our tails off cutting into this styrofoam ball for Claire to make into a cell:
Oh my word, I think we got the wrong kind of styrofoam cause I was sweating when we were done.
But it all paid off because check out what this girl came up with:
Yep, that’s my girl.
Lucy had “activity days” walking around the temple.
Love that sweet group of girls.
Right about now I could post ten billion pictures of Elle and all the fun she’s been having with friends.
She is living up this senior thing I’ll tell you what.
But I’ll save that for another post, because this one is already waaaaayyy too long.
Claire got reunited with some old friends we love at one of Elle’s tennis matches:
We painted Easter eggs (HERE),
…had a great Easter (complete with my parents in town HERE)
Elle got asked to another prom at another school:
Spoke in church:
My sister-in-law came to town and came to watch one of Elle’s matches:
My friend put together a “missionary mom lunch” for all of us moms of Max’s best friends who are out all over the world.
It was so fun to hang out with them and get caught up on all our boys.
These girls got some GOOD grades:
So proud of them.
Grace, after saving up and working her tail off to earn enough money, got to go to the Justin Bieber concert at the end of the month.
Boy oh boy were these girls ever excited about that chance of a lifetime.
Ok, that’s a wrap. Time is just a-ticking away as fast as it can go and already we are coming up on the last month of Elle living at home.
Gotta go soak her up some more.
I think she’s gonna be so dang sick of us “soaking her up” that she’ll get super excited about graduation…but not quite yet.