Yep, it’s true. And she won’t let anyone get away with calling her a ten-year-old now, because she is WAY older than that.
We celebrated with a candle in a pancake and she thought that was just spectacular.
Conference weekend was one of my favorites…back HERE.
Grace helped raise money to fight diabetes at a color run:
Dave was in charge of the buses our stake (group of congregations) take to see the Easter pageant with any neighbors who want to join in.
He did a great job with all the organization and it was a pretty beautiful night to visit this beautiful place:
(I think that’s a screenshot from one of Claire’s friends…love that it captured a portion of the throngs of people there.)
We’ve got another nephew engaged, and he and his fiance came to town. It was so fun to have everyone over here to gather to meet this new soon-to-be-member of Dave’s family.
…and some cousin love.
Grace sometimes is funny about pictures so I’ll take what I can get:)
There she is…
…complete with her “sisters.”
Lots of walking to school taking advantage of the glorious weather too.
Meanwhile Elle did her own kind of spring hiking over in Hawaii:
She had a few more little modeling things over there so I stole a few.
Brainfood deliveries again…(above).
Lucy was worried about me because I hadn’t seen Beauty and the Beast (somehow I missed it when Dave took the other girls). So she decided she’d take me on our own little “date” to see it.
Love that girl.
She also got really into chess.
Lots of teenager poser pictures.
We cleaned out and cleaned out and cleaned out some more.
…and there’s still junk jammed in nooks and crannies around here.
Lucy is our game girl and keeps us situated with setting up and putting away games when we can fit in a quick one here or there.
I think I already posted this pic, but come on, it might be worth a double post:
We went in and explained all about Lucy’s syndrome to her class because of a question from one of the boys in her class.
The whole explanation about that is back HERE.
Lucy has some of the kindest friends.
This is the only pic I got of the night our neighbors held a special little graduation ceremony for their son who completed his home school and headed off to college last month. I thought it was appropriate that the sky was creating such a beautiful good-bye to him for the time-being.
(He went to India with us along with part of his family way back when and we love him and his family so much! More about India back HERE.)
Elle and her friends are hard at work learning the art of skateboarding over in Hawaii. Grace is friends with the little sister of one of her roommates, so they decided they better get busy skating too.
They are in LOVE with those skateboards these days!
…and I think they’re actually getting pretty good at it!
We had a family of ducks hatch in our back yard.
I must admit they were pretty darn cute following their mother all over the place for a couple weeks. The best was watching them try to get up these stairs, just hopping away with all their might.
They scared Bo Jangles to death.
We have a little bit of a wimpy dog 🙂 Dave took a video of her hiding under the car that is quite hilarious.
Check out those switch-backs.
All about her trip back HERE.
Swim season is officially in high gear since it’s hit 100 degrees a few times, gosh dang it!
My dear mother turned 70.
This was our family’s way to celebrate:
Ha! Can you even tell that’s a “70”?
Here’s the final version Claire’s friends were trying to capture where Dave was the top of the exclamation mark and Bo was the bottom dot.
Ha! We made a little video for her and here are Claire’s friends who were the videographers:
LOVE YOU MOM!!
Claire and her Dad had a special “date” cleaning out the garage one Saturday and I can’t resist capturing stuff like this:
We’ve been trying to be on top of our money system (back HERE) but man, we are getting awful at the end of the school year!
Awful or not, we are trying, and little by little these kids are learning a little more about saving and spending and giving.
My friend and I went to a little workshop about home schooling.
We are thinking very seriously about pulling our junior high girls out for a little bit of afternoon extra reading and writing push next year.
So much wonderful information in that little afternoon workshop.
Lots more on that soon because if I do that I’ll sure be asking for a lot of advice, but check out this lady’s work over HERE. Man alive she has put together so many great resources that I’m excited to look into.
Our cute neighbor had a birthday:
Is it just me or do they look SO much alike?
We celebrated some birthdays with friends with this gorgeous view:
Oh boy, I love the desert and these people.
I don’t know why I think taking pics.of my messy office will inspire me to clean it…hasn’t worked yet…
Dave’s cute aunt threw a party for her husband (his uncle) who was turning 80.
It was seriously the cutest thing…cutest idea. She had everyone bring a few things for an “auction.”
The more answers you got right, the more points you got to “buy” things at the auction. (I took that pic above right when we started…don’t worry, we got lots more right than that!) But I thought it was such a great way to celebrate him and get to know more of his history together. Loved it!!
Claire and I got enough points together for her to bid enough to get this ukulele, which she thought was the best thing on earth.
Love that Claire draws up stuff like this on a whim:
We had Dave’s parents over for dinner and FHE.
Love them dearly, and don’t get to see them enough even though they live close.
This is Lucy’s “work station.”
She is there a LOT.
Yes, four of Max’s best friends left on missions directly after high school, which means they are all coming back this summer.
Makes me so excited, and also in awe that they are coming home so quick! So happy for these moms.
A funny little moment after YW trying to fit the birthday sign in our tiny car with these great girls:
…and Dave and I took her out of school one day for our stake temple day (Lucy isn’t old enough and Grace didn’t have a lunch break so we had a special date with this one).
Makes me miss this boy right up there with the all-state kids:
Our piano teacher is moving away.
…and we are so so so sad.
These girls have made so much progress this year!
Dave’s good friend from college…and even the MTC came to visit.
Such a great guy!
We got to sneak away with Grace one weekend night to see our nephew’s play.
He did such a great job!
Another one of Max’s friends (this darling girl below) got married.
They are the cutest couple.
And last but not least…Claire’s first year of club soccer came to an end.
She’s spent SO MUCH TIME with these girls and has learned so much this year!