Good times here in the spring.
I have loved being the only art masterpiece volunteer for Lucy’s class this year. I love having a partner as well (every other year), but there’s something kind of nice about having these kids all to myself.
In March we did “story quilts” to mimic Faith Ringgold’s art.
The kids drew a favorite scene from their life, and decorated the edges with patchwork papers to make their own story quilts.
As always, I was pretty impressed with their artistic talent!
Kinda dumb that they didn’t invite the parents…in my opinion, but she was pretty happy about the whole dealio.
We went on a little date to this:
Because she wanted to be on student council next year…that’s still pending…more on that soon.
Meanwhile these are pics. I took screenshots of from Elle and friends over in Hawaii:
This is when they were all staying with my brother in Maui on their break between trimesters:
It’s really too bad they don’t have any fun over there…
The neighborhood still loves Bo, and she loves the attention.
Flowers from Trader Joe’s that I had to try to capture with my iPhone one night:
We went to see Brian Regan with some friends:
I love her coach and how much respect she has for him.
But we’re still playing…two games this weekend, so we’re not really done.
Dave and I took Lu to Marshfield for a bunch of appointments.
Lots more about that trip and how much we love that place back HERE.
So grateful for the good people there who took such great care of Lucy.
We are trying to figure out how to help Lucy progress in her art. She loves it so much. I’m trying to figure out why she does some of the things she does. Like why does she do this grid on everything?
Does it help her see better? Is it the organization of it all that speaks to her? I’d love to crawl into her brain to figure out how things tick sometimes.
We got these pictures from my friend who was in Hawaii with her family.
Elle and her oldest are friends and Elle took their family pictures on the beach while they were there.
So fun to see those pics. pop up on my phone.
We did a youth activity of 007 or capture the flag, but this is all I got to document it:
And made more messes.
More about how we’re adjusting to life with a dog back HERE, but here’s a little shot of Claire’s brand new shoes she got a hold of:
I told Claire to keep on wearing them and just let that little nibble be a badge of honor that she gets to have a dog. So she does. And she smiles about it.
Gorgeous sunsets in March:
In March Max was quite amazed by this 85-year-old ping pong player who could whip his booty in that sport:
Not sure the background on this pic, but I love that gigantic smile:
Our neighborhood kept getting more green:
I know I post a lot of pictures of this street, but I can’t help it I love it so much! Just know there are probably 249 more where they came from so at least I narrowed them down 🙂
Claire and I went to a bridal shower of one of Elle’s friends (!!), and ran into the nurse who helped deliver her. Love this woman so much!
More girls turned 14 and moved up to our class in church. I’m so glad I have little buddies to help me do these heart-attacks for them!
Elle in her bright orange shorts:
I’m pretty sure that water was freezing, but they didn’t let that hold them back!
One of those girls brought over her dog for Bo to hang with.
We were leaving her with our trainer while we left for Spring Break, and since he has lots of dogs, we figured she better acclimate to having another dog around.
She didn’t like her much…
Claire and friends kicked off Saturday with a color run, and wow, the excitement getting ready for that was pretty electric I have to say!
They figured out how to print out those “color run” circles on the computer, and then they stapled or glued them to their shirts.
Loved that innovation.
And then we got to the serious business of doing some Spring Cleaning before heading out for Spring Break.
And we also switched around bedrooms (back HERE).
Oh boy, we bit off a little more than we could chew I tell you, we worked hard that weekend!
Then, to relax, these girls stayed up and did face masks:
(home-made with avocados…they are impressively creative)
And other beauty techniques:
She looks SO funny all wet! We figured it was time for a bath anyway:
Love that these girls are so willing to help with this puppy of theirs.
We were SO excited, and had been talking non-stop about this trip, so it was pretty amazing to get there and hug up our college girl:
And her “secret hikes,” even this one that ended up being pitch dark by the time we emerged, wet and muddy and all smiles.
(It was prob. the favorite moment for all of us, much more about that over on the Oahu post back HERE.)
These pics are from Dave’s phone so I added them late to the Hawaii post, so here’s the trampoline:
Ha! I think she was scared to death of the other dogs the whole time we were gone.
The girls were SO excited to go pick her up the morning we got back.
She was like a totally different dog for a little bit, but she warmed up again pretty quick.
Lucy and I made a trip to check on her spine when we got back, since she had been diagnosed with scoliosis while we were in Marshfield.
Here’s the x-ray we brought along.
Yeah, that’s not the greatest looking spine, dang it.
This is what the doctor wants us to have her wear:
…which I am sick to my stomach about.
Lucy has some sensory issues. She won’t wear particular shirts if they are too “fill-in-the-blank.” I’m still at a complete loss as to what in the world we’re going to do about that. Thank you to those who have sent me advice, I SO appreciate it!
Lucy’s perspective art:
Pretty excited heading off to MFME:
(Those two had a layover here in the desert so we could all fly together to the farm.)
Here Elle and I are, trying to help her clean with bleach over FaceTime (their toilet flooded), right after she shook it and dripped it on her friend’s t-shirt:
(See that sleeve on the left…shoot)
…and her Hawaii memories:
This awesome lady did a fund raiser to help Families Fighting Blindness:
So kind of her.
Dave’s family was there in full force.
Friends too. Oh man. That Lu is a lucky girl.
This was the night that our dear friend Brian was in town. See him there in the middle below?
He and his wife are the ones who took hosted Elle when she lived in London for her Junior-year-internship.
We are so grateful for them, and now practically my whole family knows and loves them through one thing or another. They have moved from London to NYC and happen to be in the same ward with my brother there.
My favorite memory of this night was later, when we sat at a local yogurt place at an outdoor table in the dark night talking about our families and a lot about Elle and the things they did together over in London.
So grateful for the Crofts and how they helped raise our daughter. Their blog is HERE if you want to check it out.
Claire went on a little adventure:
But I’m going to have her do a little guest post about it, because it was pretty awesome.
It had to do a lot with my parents, and I thank my lucky stars every single day for them.
Love this letter my dad sent to Lucy for her half birthday:
I have to admit I teared up a little in the car when I read this (Lucy had left it there).
She giggled that he got the actual half-birthday wrong, (it was in April, silly Grandfather), but man alive these kids are so dang lucky to have such great grandparents on each side.
Not sure what prompted this, but I loved it:
This pic. is hard to figure out, but it’s me doing a plank on the back porch, and illustrates how Bo feels she needs to be in the middle of everything all the time.
Lucy is so into reading she feels she cannot put her books down as she walks home from the bus:
We have a lemon tree, and I love it.
Lucy is getting to be such a great piano player!
Love these good people:
Uncle Stuart broke his ankle and they uplift us when we can get over there to visit.
The only pic. we got from Max one week, but I’ll take it with that huge smile!
Lucy is still going strong on her emojis:
Love this pic. of her trying to FaceTime Claire when she was off on her little adventure with my parents:
More spring hiking:
A baby for a few days:
(more back HERE)
Young Women facemask night:
And we wrapped up the month with a Daddy-Daughter date.
More on that back HERE.