…and new babies to teach to smile:
We went to the musical instrument museum which was quite amazing I must say.
I mean, they even had instruments from my beloved Romania there which Lu and I were quite excited about.
They had one of the drums used in the Chinese olympics:
(Dave was completely in love with those things.)
Those girls up there were pretty in to the Taylor Swift stuff.
And I had to get a picture of John Denver’s guitar for my Dad. John Denver was always our music of choice on daddy/daughter road trips.
Loved being with that girl up there.
And watching the sun set on my beloved desert.
Oh man I love this place.
Elle whipped up her own graduation announcements in photoshop:
And she was pretty proud of it.
I live by one of my college girlfriends and another one came in town so we got to hang for a big:
They baked cookies and biked them around to people they thought needed a little cheering.
Grace and Lu had a little bonding time…
Claire’s friends had some pretty fun birthday parties.
…and Elle’s did too.
A family FHE bike ride.
We caught Elle at her part-time job babysitting:
Not sure what we’re getting into with club soccer…hope we survive!
Here’s Elle and her friend after going running one night (I think):
But we were able to salvage some…
Love that little girl so much.
Elle did some advertising for a fanny-pack company:
Church graduation party was back HERE.
That one above is going to Ghana. He’s gonna do so great over there!
I got to be in the school for a lot of things at the end of the year. One of my favorites is always Art Masterpiece. (More about our last projects in the last post HERE.)
Another one of my dear Young Women (from when I was their leader back in my last ward) got married:
I love that I get to celebrate with these girls and also their families who I adore:
These women (above) have been such mentors to me over the years.
And this guy…ok both of them…they’re the best:
Baccalaureate (back HERE).
Oh boy I sure wish the timing wasn’t so intermixed with all the emotional things my heart was so tightly wrapped up in right at that time.
Luckily my mom and I got to be together. We sent them a few pictures to make them jealous 🙂
And also luckily they found “me” at the church there in London and took a little picture together to send back to us.
My sister just had that sweet little baby bundle last week and we are all over the moon about that newest little nephew of ours. He is perfect! I’m sure Charity will write all the details on her blog soon.
I can’t believe life is coming to WEDDINGS for our KIDS!
Love that I get to go on dates with this guy each weekend:
We utilized our pool ultra well for the month of May. Oh boy. It was filled with friends over and over and over again.
Lucy decided she needed to have a few friends over the day after the last day of school, and I’m a sucker for Lu and her friends.
It’s always so great to get to know all the great families he gets to rub shoulders as a teacher.
Lots more about that HERE.
My friend’s oldest daughter (Elle’s friend) took care of our little girls while we were all away on trek.
And then it was on to trip preparation for our big family trip. My brother above is giving us some travel tips showing us pictures from when he was there.
And the little girls and I read Heidi in preparation for Switzerland.
I must say, we all adored that book. I want to be more like Heidi and I hope my kids do too 🙂
And then, in a mad dash, we were packed up and out the door…off on a pretty exciting adventure: