Let’s take a minute to go back to February for record’s sake. It seems crazy to me that this was only a couple months ago! But there we were, Claire and some cousins went to watch other cousins compete in the state cheer competition:
(They did awesome, so proud of them!)
We gathered with family for my niece’s baby’s blessing:
We watched the Super Bowl.
…which has become one of Lucy’s very favorite traditions. I thought it was all about the treats we make each year, but even this year, when she isn’t eating any desserts of candy (yes for the whole year!), she was pretty excited to root for her team.
It was spirit week at the high school:
Miss that 🙁
I don’t know if this is unique to where we live, but kids have this hobby of buying clothes at Savers (second hand), and cutting them in various ways or altering them to make their own works of clothing glory. Ha! They crack me up with their “finds” that look like they came straight out of the 80’s.
One of Claire’s friends passed away which was heartbreaking (I wrote about it HERE). These kids have had more than a few losses this year that they have been trying to sort out in their hearts and minds, so grateful for such kind friends who all reached out for each other.
(More on that ministering and love if you scroll down on this post back HERE.)
Loved that her sister reached out too:
Other high school stuff…
My beloved Activity Days girls who are the kindest, sweetest girls ever. On the left below they were showing a little “path” to the little surprise gift they made me on the right below:
(We had set them to work making notes for people they love.) Sweetest ever.
Here they are with other February stuff, they are so darling and I have the best calling ever.
Dave competed with some friends in their first pickle ball tournament:
(wrote about that back HERE)
Two of my sisters came on a quick visit, and we hiked my favorite hike:
Lucy worked so hard in school, as I simultaneously worked hard with her (getting so much harder for her to see), and we have this favorite book called “Thoughts are Things” we try to read a thought from each night…or at the orthodontist:
Sometimes we both need little attitude adjustments 😉
Our favorite thing is snuggling up to read together at night.
And oh, how I miss these drop-offs and pick-ups from school on the tandem right about now.
Since I’m writing this in July, makes me realize how much I took all this for granted!
Lucy has struggled a lot with thoughts and moods lately. I don’t know if it’s more her vision loss or her friends all passing her up in things they can do (night games, liking boys, they all have phones, etc.). Junior high is tough anyway, but with these things added in it can be pretty lonely for an extremely social girl like Lu.
I’m so grateful we’ve found these “Meant to be Me” classes that teach so much self-esteem and goodness (more about them HERE, they are so good!). I picked up Lucy from the one she did in February and she was ALL smiles and talk, so we went on a little lunch date to talk, talk, talk.
I loved her notes she showed me, love the things that she is most grateful for begin with her “amazing sister.”
Love that girl and her strength and grit more than I can say.
Random pictures from Max (well, from Abby, who is the greatest ever at sending them!…love you Abby!) Back when the BYU volleyball team was still going strong (more HERE). Miss that so much!
(I wrote all about Valentine’s Day back HERE, along with some thoughts on ministering and love.)
For some reason, living in the desert has a knack for doing this to my windshield:
I had to take that picture since that happened while the blue tape was still on the windshield from getting it replaced the day before. Yikes!
Our neighborhood looked like this in February. So crazy that wasn’t that long ago now that it’s in the 115s this week!
The weather was so gorgeous Lu and I decided to bike to get our groceries one day:
Lu also got to go support her fellow cheerleader friends with her church leaders (she is in her class presidency and loves these girls so much!)
Game night at Nana and Papa’s…with Josh too!
Claire had her first super exciting travel club team volleyball tournament. This was the group text letting all us parents in on what the scores were…lots of close games!
Claire loved that club season while it lasted. It is so strange I don’t have posts and posts filled with volleyball adventures from what was to be a pretty action-packed club season. That team was filled with such a great group of girls, and some great learning experiences before it was cancelled. One of the experiences was Claire deciding whether she wanted to do that team or not, which I wrote about back HERE.
Dave did his annual ski trip with his friends and for some reason the only picture I have is this one…but I love it, the dads with all their kids who live in Provo for dinner one night.
I love my book club. I think this was the night we discussed Tattoos on the Heart, one of my very favorite books in the whole world:
I wrote all about my thoughts on that book back HERE.
Our cute primary (church) kids wrote my team teacher and I this sweetest-ever note. Love them so much!
Whenever I see an oil canister like this I think about my niece’s documentary (HERE):
I took these sweet girls to California for a choir performance:
…and it was AWESOME. I wrote all about that back HERE.
A couple of my high school friends came to visit,
…which I wrote about in the last post HERE.
My sister-in-law scoured every fabric store we could find (along with Elle who joined us via FaceTime) trying to find the perfect wedding dress fabric and lace for Elle’s wedding dress:
(Wrote all about wedding fabric shopping back HERE.)
A few dates:
Still working at this place:
Dave and some Turkey Trott fellow board guys presented the donation check from the run back in November:
And that is a wrap for February…that month that was so filled with the gift of “ordinary days,” the likes of which we are sure missing these days!