We have three girls at three different schools. One gets to school in a carpool (that leaves at 6:50), the second rides her bike with friends (and leaves around 7:45), and the third sometimes takes the bus but more often gets a ride with me on my way to my boot camp class at 8:15.
We are card-game-crazy. We play “Scum” and “Lucky-Unders” any chance we get.
One thing I love about Max’s letters is that he’s always gives everyone else credit for everything good that happens. It’s always his companion or investigator’s idea. Which may very well be true, but I love that he’s so quick to give others credit and love.
As much as Claire is loving soccer, she’s still not willing to call it quits on other sports. Which is tricky since soccer monopolizes her time.
Grace is the most sparkly cheerleader ever. She is so glad she’s had this opportunity but is pretty excited to shift over to tennis for next year. (More about that HERE.)
We do get practicing done though. We are not piano experts around here, and the girls only practice for 20 minutes each day, but they are progressing and have a wonderful piano teacher who comes every Friday morning at 6:15 and does a half-hour slot of teaching with each girl.
Grace and Claire are starting to play the hymns at church for the songs in Young Women and they are pretty glowing-happiness about that.
Lucy stands up to learn new piano songs since she can see the notes better that way.
Grace and Claire are starting hard into tennis. They go three days a week for a couple hours each time. Sure hoping it will pay off and they can fall in love with that game. They come home pretty happy so that’s a good sign.
We have a dog.
Let’s repeat that one: We have a dog named Bo Jangles.
And I still cannot believe that little fact I tell you!
(The fact that we have a dog AND that she’s named Bo Jangles of all things. Ha!)
A real update on that coming, but I’ll just say she arrived almost two months ago and the girls are head-over-heels in love with her. There have certainly been days we are exasperated beyond measure, but most days the glittery wide smiles of our girls as they snuggle her close makes all the trouble worth it.
We still do mornings just like we have since our first hit high school: scriptures at 6:30 with one of us while the other makes breakfast. We started D&C in January and are still only on section 10. But some of those verses lead to some pretty interesting discussions so we take our time.
Also, Bo sure makes things a little tricky in the mornings with her excitement to be awake and to be with us and to jump on everything she can manage while wagging her whole body in pure glee.
Lucy’s eyesight is rapidly diminishing. We are seeking help in every way we can and also trying to remember to discuss the world with her in detailed word so she can associate with all the things she hears and feels when/if her eyesight is gone.
Lucy is meticulously clean. She wants things put back just so and takes pride in keeping her room just so. Grace is the opposite (as most teenagers are), but is working on it. Claire is somewhere in between.
With a house full of three girls there is often drama going on around here. It’s all about who took what and who talked in a mean voice and who wouldn’t let who do whatever and who had a mean look. Ha! Sometimes it cracks me up, other times it drives me nutty, but always it makes me extra grateful that in spite of the drama there is a lot of love going on around here.
The goal is always to have dinner ready at 6:00. But then Claire is gone to soccer or the girls aren’t back from tennis or we have an extra friend or two at our house so more often than not we don’t quite make the 6:00 goal. But Lucy sets up the table every night and we sit down with whoever is around.
Sometimes the dinner table is commotion-filled and crazy, sometimes it’s quiet with just one child home. Sometimes we bust up laughing until we cry, sometimes there’s crying because they’re so darn mad at something or other (and you can guess who that “someone” is…). My favorite meals are the ones where someone will bring up a memory and we will talk and talk and reminisce about all those golden threads we share.
Still, all these years later, we have a Family Home Evening lesson and more formal meeting on Sundays, and then have some kind of an activity on Monday nights. Dave has done a good job reminding me not to let anyone sign up for anything on Monday evenings. Those are sacred. And I’m so glad because there’s nothing like holding on to these three remaining kids we’ve got around here with all our might 🙂
Grace is delighted to have her driving permit and drives every chance she can get. She can hardly stand it that she gets to get her real license in three months. I have to admit I cannot wait either. After having other drivers around and losing them, it will be so great to have another one around!
We love living close to so many of Dave’s siblings and one of mine. We love gathering with them and having Josh over every Sunday for dinner. If we could only recruit more over here to the desert…
That’s all for now…that’s where we are so far for 2017. It’s a good new year.