…and driver’s license testing. More about that back HERE.
Our life has changed for the better in SO many ways with that girl driving. I honestly say a little prayer of thanks about every day for that little piece of plastic and the girl who holds it…helps me out so much.
I love when kids are in the “I’ll drive anywhere for you” stage of early driving. Hoping it lasts for a long, long time.
We had our traditional night-before-school haircuts which we all needed so badly…
(We love Aubrie!!)
It was monsoon season so we saw a few of these:
New teachers were met and back to school nights were in session…all about that back HERE.
Then school started.
All about the first day over HERE, but here’s a recap of our traditional “cookie chat.” It looks like everyone was just there, hanging with their mother after school, but in reality it was like herding flies to get everyone home at the same time. It seemed like everyone had a million different directions to go that first day!
And I wrote about the first week and all the random stuff that happened over HERE.
We introduced a new school-year theme for our family (just started that new tradition last year), …wrote all about that over HERE.
The moms had to get together to try to figure out life with a new school year…
Love these ladies so much. We’ve been through a lot of child-rearing things together over the years which makes me love them even more.
Grace got asked on her first dates.
Pretty exciting times over here…more about that over HERE.
Elle took these girls (including Bo) on a date while Grace was busy with something else…love this picture:
Lucy, as usual, was on a reading frenzy in August. She got addicted to this mermaid series called Emily Windsnap and read five out of the six lickety-split:
(and just finished the last one too).
Speaking of Lu, we finally went through some of her art from art masterpiece last year. These three were my favorites:
(Picasso’s blue period above)
(Van Gogh-esque self-portrait above…hoping I can talk her into no-bald-spots some day…that girl is pretty set in her ways on lots of things…)
I love finding her writing samples around too…
…we really need to get going on the book she wants to write.
We love Bo.
She doesn’t look to sure about things in that last picture, but I think in general she’s pretty happy to be part of the family.
Monsoon season dancing-in-the rain:
We adore those storms.
Grace and her friends from China did a little FHE dealio evening to let all us families in on more of their adventures:
I told all about that and other school prep stuff back HERE.
We had a wedding. Our nephew married such a great girl and we are so dang happy for them!
We were so sad we couldn’t be there for all the festivities…luckily they had a beautiful open house here in the desert (coming)…
One of our best friends’ sons got married and had his open house too…love when these kids find such amazing partners. He’s been such a great example to Elle and her friend Macey (below) through the years.
I love when kids can see where they need to improve and work hard on it. And I love how she wrote how Lucy can help by “not being annoying.” Yep, let’s keep this thing real around here!
A little cookie baking with some of the friends that Claire has coming in and out of the house:
The 2017 Turkey Trot meetings officially began with this Turkey Trot Dream Team (that’s my name for them):
Those men put in so much work and effort to pull that thing off every year. So grateful for them!
A little reading together that Lucy was so dang excited about, can you tell?
ha ha ha.
Really, this was a night I want to remember though. I wrote a lot more about it in my parent/child relationships post back HERE.
Had the opportunity to go to the temple at the same time with a couple of Elle’s friends.
It was a beautiful day.
New favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for August…
Although we have really been being so good at healthy eating around here.
Dave and I have been working on our macros and feel so good when we do.
Lots of Elle’s friends at a wedding reception:
My two favorite lake pictures from August right here:
Oh man I love those expressions.
They did get up…this trick is kind of a tradition.
Our nephew’s open house…with all these cousins so happy to be together:
And this lovely couple…
Who Lucy adores…we were kinda trying to rein-act this picture we took over Memorial Day weekend…
Some of Elle’s art work from her beloved drawing class:
Lucy does this a lot in her spare time:
Kind of an interesting past-time, but it makes me happy.
Lucy peeled one potato while Elle peeled ten for one Sunday dinner. Love that she sure tries with enthusiasm.
Dinner with Nana and Papa:
They are leaving to head back to Ghana before too long so we need to soak them up while we can!
Elle agreed to take over leading scripture study for a few of the days while she was home.
And near the end of her time home I figured we sure better take advantage of having her around and we took a day off from all the stuff we were working on and went on our own little date:
Loved this quote:
All about that back HERE.
Claire and I started full-force into her home-school English. Look how hard she’s working with that slime 🙂
We are both really loving this arrangement. We both have a lot to learn, but so far we’ve been reading, writing and memorizing poems.
Oh and running errands one day. Ha!
I took her out of school early that day and it just so happened to be a day when all her friends took a group picture that everyone was posting on every social media account. So Claire decided to take matters into her own hands and put her head in there too.
She also put me in there. Can you find us? hahaha
We experimented with some new hairstyles.
Since Elle has been doing some work with barefoot blonde instagram we have been following some of the hair tutorials and thought this one was kind of cool:
And oh boy they sure feel lucky about that.
Job charts are starting to fill in as we get a little more self-disciplined around here (our school-year motto):
Elle’s Hawaii girls came for a visit:
…which happened to be a completely nutty day because we had some Canada passport problems that day getting ready to go out of town and my heart was sure racing on that boat! But it was great to be with those girls and get to know them better.
Elle came with Dave and I to a bunch of our workout classes in August:
We loved having her along.
Grace was busy as could be with student council. This was the banner they made for the student section for the first football game:
It was HUGE!
Lucy and her friends sure come up with fun stuff to do…
Lu and I got to go on a little date:
One of Lucy’s teachers from church brought her over the sweetest journal and marker set. She said she always sees her taking notes and listening so well in church so she thought she could use a new notebook.
How incredibly sweet is that?
Here is Lucy’s note back to her:
This cute girl left for Max’s same mission the exact same day he did:
Which is crazy because she is HOME!
Girls serve missions for 18 months as opposed to the 24 months guys serve. Such a huge difference in so many ways. It was so great to be able to go to this girl’s homecoming at church. She sounded like she was sure a great missionary.
We gathered with cousins to wrap up the end of summer hoopla.
It was so fun to see this kid, second from the right below, who just got home from his mission:
He served in NYC and had quite an amazing missionary experience there. So great to hear more about it.
Listened and listened and listened to this book:
It is a LONG sucker! But so interesting. Much more about that back HERE.
Elle and I hung out in the passport office during the eclipse but we loved seeing all the hoopla thrown out in social media. Love that Claire got to see it with one of her classes at school:
Best little tiny airplane that took Dave, Elle and I to Canada:
We had a pretty grand couple days up there…which I wrote all about over HERE.
I still cannot believe this little girl of mine is going to Homecoming. She is pretty on top of things and has everything arranged. I love it.
Took the girls to visit such a cool exhibit in a local contemporary art museum.
Elle’s friend McKenna and her friends nailed it at their concert (over HERE).
Elle snuggled up her sisters before she had to take off:
I should actually say “got to” take off though, because boy that girl was excited to get back to that island!
These girls (and all the big girls too), helped to prepare hearts for those who lost loved ones this last month:
We had some pretty sad stuff happen in August which I talked about back HERE.
I started following “ldsdailyscpipture” on Instagram and it’s interesting how often something pops up that speaks right to something I’m worried about. This one was perfect for that week of deaths:
My brother went up to watch the eclipse in a prime spot near Jackson Hole.
One night we asked him to come give us a little report on what he did and show us some pictures.
It was pretty fascinating stuff I tell you!
Made me wish so bad we could have been there with him! But this was second best. So cool to hear everything from his perspective.
On top of that, it’s homecoming this next week. This is how they decorated the front hall:
I thought it was pretty awesome.
Grace’s cousin was at the leadership conference.
Sometimes I wish these kids went to the same school, but at least they get to meet up at stuff like this.
(After she heard the new Taylor Swift song.)
So funny how those girls of mine were pretty questionable about that song and now it seems to be on repeat quite a bit…
We had a youth activity for church at this surfing place. And these girls all showed up accidentally like this:
The kids had so much fun.
Grace and her girls…including Claire in the back 🙂