First of all, I love all the interest for instructions on how to hold your own “Children for Children” concert. I’m figuring out the best way to send that and I’ll send ASAP! It’s such a great way for kids to be involved in reaching out. Letting them pick the charity that speaks to them the most, organizing it all, etc. I love this tradition so much! More info. on that soon! For now let’s go back to August:
The first of August was the first day of school.
Lucy to junior high, Claire to her sophomore year.
And then it was the second day of school. Ha! But I want to capture that Abby and Max were here (just recently returned from China), and Abby was Claire’s personal stylist for her first couple days.
I don’t know why we took this, but I”m glad we did:)
Lucy is so happy when she gets her friends over for Legos:
Dave and I met up with Max and Abby for Zoe & Avery’s wedding:
Wrote about that back HERE, but I didn’t write about Dave and my little day-date there after the wedding:
(Love being in Newport with that guy.)
And speaking of weddings, Elle and Lar happened to run into cousins Allie and Parker in downtown Salt Lake one evening. They were there for a wedding and hadn’t talked, just happened to be at the same place at the same time. How random is that?? And to make it even more random, McKenna happened to be around that same area on a date so they had a mini reunion. They were so excited to see each other, and I loved this picture they sent:
(Allie, Elle McKenna and Jaylee are all close as can be. Jaylee is serving a mission right now but so fun to serendipitously get three of the four together in the same spot.)
Meanwhile Max and Abby moved back to Utah into a new little apartment. Abby’s family was up there to help them and they were so grateful! Look at all these great helpers!
And another “meanwhile,” Grace was off in China doing “the impossible.“
That girl learned and grew so much over there, and we missed her like nobody’s business.
Probably good practice for us not having her around (so the withdrawals weren’t quite as horrible when she left for college) and good practice for her to stand on her own, but it was rough to have her so far away!
These two had to learn to get along without that big sis:
Said our goodbyes to some of our best friend’s sons who was leaving for a mission:
Loved this quote and how it helped remind me of how I want to “spiritually create” my days with morning prayers:
Always working on that.
Our bike route to school, every day back and forth:
(More about the crazy crooked sidewalk we ride on back HERE.)
I went to “curriculum night” at the high school where we get to go to all of our kids classes and learn more about what they’re learning. I love these nights being in my kids’ world for a little bit:
“Adult Lake Day” while the kids were at school:
Baby shower for Kiley…our friends are now grandparents!
Curriculum night at the junior high:
You were encouraged to come with your student to that one.
Come to think of it, you were encouraged to come with your student to the high school as well…Claire wasn’t quite as hip to the jive to join me at that one though!
Dave headed to a conference highlighting all kinds of science research that may be able to help Lucy and BBS kids some day:
We are always so longing for science and the medical world to hurry up.
Met up with my “golden” mothers (all from our old neighborhood in the thick of raising babies together).
Dave was in Utah and took all the cousins (and his sister) out to dinner:
How lucky are these kids to have so many cousins surrounding them?…best thing ever!
I took these pictures trying to see what was ok to wear to meet my new Muslim friend at her Eid holiday (Eid al-Adha):
It wasn’t easy to find a long dress, maybe I need to invest in more of those! I LOVED that opportunity to learn so much about the Muslim culture. I wrote all about that back HERE.
Elle turned 21:
Lucy and I had a date to Wisconsin:
(good times there with my sweetie)
Went and heard Collin Kartchner speak again:
Floated down the river with some friends on this gorgeous day:
Mother/Daughter activity at the church:
Gotta keep cool somehow!
My favorite mountain of all time:
Maybe that’s weird to have a favorite mountain but I do.
This is where I wait after school on the tandem each day, and I love when Lucy emerges through those doors with sweet friends like these ones:
Made the volleyball team:
Dinners for neighbors and us:
Max & Abby went on a little date to Bear Lake:
…with these cousins:
(Love Abby’s pictures.)
Grace was living up her last days in China:
We finished the Book of Mormon:
(In six weeks…LOTS of reading!)
Another “Adult Lake Day”:
(A little piece of Heaven right there.)
Our friend moved away and her mother-in-law did the nicest going-away dinner for her. Miss that girl!
Claire spent countless hours with the volleyball team, JV and Varsity. This was her on picture day:
Sunset picnic love with my girl:
Aw, I loved that night, a little piece of Heaven with my girl right there.
(More pics and thoughts on that and “capacities” back HERE.)
Love when Claire comes to hang with us:
We had a giant “Activity Days” gathering with our stake (group of congregations). These were the girls from our congregation that we work with twice a month:
Elle came to hang with us for a couple days after her summer internship and before she headed back to Hawaii…and Claire’s face shows how she feels to be almost catching her in height:
Loved having her…more about our “reunion and release” back HERE.
See that dog up there? And down below? She loves to come with Lu and I on the tandem in the mornings. She cracks us up with her hatred for that little halter collar thing, but runs along beside us pretty joyfully.
Lots of volleyball time:
And we got to have some good spectators for one of the games:
Turkey Trot meetings started. Yep, clear back in August.
Lake outing with Elle Belle since she now classifies as an “adult”:)
Lucy’s favorite with Elle Belle and friends:
Grace finished up her time over in China:
She flew through some crazy storm and lots of mini fiascoes to get home:
But she got here safe and sound (more on that back HERE).
Got home late at night, unpacked, repacked, had like two minutes with these four all reunited before the little girls had to head to school:
And then we were off again:
To that little island that welcomed these girls for college:
And a cute boy who met up with us that first night as we tried to gather things for dorms, etc.
Heading off to her first orientation:
There have to be SOME perks to letting your girls go to college across the ocean from you. So we took advantage of them. Love that beautiful island that they call home.
I wrote all about that Hawaii drop-off back HERE.
Meanwhile back at home:
And that’s a wrap for August!