Then we went straight to visit my sister and her family at “the farm:”
All about our farm experience over HERE.
And then we headed to California once again.
Let’s keep in mind that we drove a LOT in July. With this pup in tow:
Here’s a video to show some of the action:
Yes, that Bo was pretty good.
So were the rest of the girls. Sure, there were squabbles and frustrations and eye-rolls and super sore booties from all that sitting, but there were moments where it was just us and the road where it was kind of magical. For me. I don’t know if my girls would call it magical (Dave wasn’t with us a lot of the time). But I hope that some day down the road they will look back and remember it fondly: That time together where we talked and listened to “Little Women” and were just there.
My favorite little part was when we talked about ten year plans. Each of the girls told me what they thought they’d be doing in ten years. And I loved hearing them give each other advice and work on their visions of what those futures of theirs hold.
We had our own little family time in California after Bear Lake which I haven’t posted pictures about yet.
–Sunset sister walks, the sky filling up with such exuberant colors and the conversations filling me up with so much love for the women I love more than I can say.
Then back to the desert where we jumped into getting school schedules:
Projects with friends:
School supply shopping:
We went to the lake with our in-laws and the cute boy they had staying with them from Denmark:
And then got braces for Lucy and Claire (the lake and the braces are back HERE).
And you see how Claire’s mouth is closed in these pics? She wanted to surprise Grace with those braces when she got home so she was extra careful to close her mouth in all pictures we might send her, and when we did any FaceTiming.
(Grace got home only two days after she got those puppies, but still, she worked hard to keep them a secret.)
My friend had an open house for her son who is getting married…I love these ladies!
Another one of Max’s friends home from a mission…and this one was actually in Max’s exact mission:
So fun to talk to him.
All these girls happened to wear denim to church one Sunday…so I took a blurry picture:)
Meanwhile Grace was over working her tail off with all these cute Chinese kids:
And she finished reading the Book of Mormon from cover to cover.
And another meanwhile, some of Elle’s friends were in and out of town, and one was leaving on a mission.
So they all gathered for the farewell at church.
This cute kit was baptized into the church not too long ago, went off to serve in the Navy, and decided he just really wanted to serve a mission.
So he’s off.
We gathered Dave’s family to end off the summer and catch up with what everyone’s been doing.
I love them.
We have a running joke at how deep this couch is:
Ah yes, Lu is so lucky!
Grace arrived HOME safe and sound.
And we were pretty dang excited to get her back and hear about her adventure over there in person. Oh boy.
And THAT, my friends, is a wrap of the summer…and the grand month of July.