They had a bye the first round since they were seeded, and of all days to have rain in the desert that happened to be the day. So they played under the lights as Max played one of their toughest opponents in volleyball on the other side of the valley (far, far away).
It was so exhilarating for Dave and I to be sitting on the sidelines of Elle’s to warm up (delayed due to the rain delay) watching the score keep bleeping through on my phone from a friend who was at the volleyball game. I have to set the stage for a minute:
(The fifth game tie-breaker only goes to 15 points.)
Right as that all ended Elle started her match and although there were some intense parts they took it in two sets.
The girls and their great coach:
Us parents have so much fun on the sidelines. Thanks Elle and Emma for providing us so much entertainment 🙂
These two played together in state doubles last year too. Next weekend they play in the quarter finals. And it’s team state this week too.
Excited to see how that all pans out.
And can you really leave a place that has some pretty gorgeous cacti and not take a picture?
(I know there will be many worried that most aren’t wearing helmets but we didn’t have any…we’ve never been able to ride all together before although it’s been a dream of mine for a long time so we weren’t overly prepared but we better get that way because man that was fun. Please rest assured that we were extremely careful.)
Sometimes you don’t realize how amazing something as simple as a family bike ride can be until you have a child with some disabilities who works her (and her Dad’s) tail off to make it happen.
Lucy and I got to go to the Butterfly Wonderland for a field trip this week too.
After a LOT of patience she finally got a butterfly to land on her in the end (thanks to a butterfly whisperer friend…thank you Megan!!)
Claire got a special leadership/good grade award at her school:
So proud of her and all the hard work she puts into her school work.
Grace and her friends had their own hair salon and got each other all talked through how the first week of high school will go next year. (Yikes!)
(That was our chicken pot pie and home-made delish granola (HERE).
And I walked around with this beautiful thing on my ankle since I did something to it (who knows what) and it swells up to the size of a grapefruit by the time I go to bed every night.
I'm so glad for all the happy success and fun your family enjoyed!
Just saw this cool exhibit and thought about your Lucy:
I can see you sure don't live in Utah…Ellie's tan is epic!!
Shawni. . please please .. for the love of mankind tell me any tips for girl pre teen drama and hormones.. I want to stick my head in a gas oven!
Love your shoes! Do tell where you got them. ….
My son played against Max at the Best of the West tournament and we saw them at the USC/BYU game on Saturday. My husband looked at me funny when I tried to explain how I "knew" them from reading your blog 😉
I have those cute sandals from Target 🙂 Even though your foot is swelling, as least your footwear is on point! 😉
I swoon over that rug every post. I"m just saying…..its awesome.
I hope you are careful with your kids and their sun exposure. Sun damage is so much worse when we are young. I loved the sun when I was young and now I am 30, but look more like 45. I wished my mom had told me, warned me. Now, I do everything I can to protect my children's beautiful skin.
WOW! So happy to see all this. High fives to Max-a-Million and Elle! Those kids rock! This has been an amazing week at for Eyrealm!
Shawni, your family is delightful!
I'm exhausted reading that….but you always manage it!!! I love Elle & tennis~reminds me of highschool so much & makes me want to play again, but pacemaker drives everyone else nuts! Maybe if I'm gentle ☺ Glad for all the happy news!