Love them all so much.
Did I mention we worked on landscape a bunch?
Can’t wait to get all that dirt covered so we’re not tracking around non-stop dirt into the house.
Every morning swim team:
Makes me want to store up as much love and memories in Lucy’s brain before it’s too late.
Speaking of Lu, she went crazy in June with some craft-making-extraviganzas:
She has this awesome book (I think given to us by my mom) that gives great instructions on how to make all sorts of cool things.
She also got a little patriotic. I love how she puts a whole slew of mediums to use.
Grace somehow sweet-talked me into this after doing a whole bunch of work for me:
And Elle had a little meeting with a modeling agency…
We went to dinner with our dear friends we miss:
Max took the ACT again. This is the only pic. I could grab:
Grace did her first photo shot a while back. She was pleased as punch that this family chose to blow up her pictures on canvases and hang them in their home.
They were pretty cute.
It was Father’s Day. For the pictures we took click HERE, but here is my snippet from church:
I had some dads come into primary and we interviewed them with all sorts of questions. We sang them their favorite songs. If the kids sang well enough we cut off their ties. (Old ties we had brought from home but the kids ate it up).
Luckily Lucy had made Dave a new one in her class:
She helped make a grand Father’s Day feast:
She’s getting pretty good at peeling potatoes late…a newfound talent for our girl:)
We gathered with Dave’s dad that night before he and Dave’s mom left for Ghana.
Max scored when I sweet-talked these two teenagers into running some errands with me. We ran into Marshalls and he found and bought himself some white crocs for $5.95.
He was so darn excited about those things and had a little extra skip in his step as he traipsed around Costco with me. That kid’s sense of style sure cracks me up.
I love stuff like this:
We took out some time to work on balancing a checkbook.
These kids have been earning a little bit with all the summer stuff they’ve been doing.
(Money system is back HERE…I know I’ve linked to that a bunch, but people ask a lot so there you go.)
During Max’s volleyball season a bunch of his non-volleyball friends signed up for a community basketball team. Since Max couldn’t play he and a friend were the “coaches.” They cracked me up. Max had an iPod to show the team plays (but played games on it in jest most of the time) and even made himself a compass bolo tie and wore a suit to most of the games. This is the only game I could go to and even then I only caught the last few seconds…
…the seconds after Max got kicked out of the game because he tried to go in and play for one of the guys on the team who had fouled out and they didn’t have enough players to finish the game. Max had thrown on one of their jerseys and tried to play in his spanking-new white crocs for a few points until the referee caught on.
Seriously these boys crack me up.
I love that they are finding active things to do.
Because honestly, look how good that looks.
On the morning of our anniversary I woke up at 3:30 am to take Elle to meet her carpool group who were taking her to the airport.
She got to meet up with some great kids and great leaders.
So happy for her that she got to have such a unique and great experience.
In the meantime Grace and I had some funny adventures at self-checkout at the grocery store.
…at home and at swim team.
Elle meeting with a modeling agency! No surprise – she is beautiful! Did they find her through your blog and contact you? I'm sure that her church history trip was an amazing experience.
And cute Grace and her first photo shoot! Very cool!!
Love your blog and I don't mean to criticize, (snicker snicker) but I think it's a giraffe, not a snake.
Shawni, could you explain what a 'sacred baptism for the dead' is? Thanks!
Great question! In case Shawni doesn't get a chance to respond, check out these responses: http://bit.ly/1zTvhXk; http://bit.ly/1lg9Gyq. In short, members of our church have the opportunity to be baptized by proxy (in place of) our ancestors who have died (no dead people being unearthed and baptized. Creepy 🙂 ) . We believe those that have died have the agency to accept or reject this ordinance performed for them.
I love your bikes! They are so cute, especially all the colours Could you tell me what type they are, please?
I'm so glad Elle is meeting with an agency. I've been thinking about that for so long!!
What a busy and fun month it looks like you and your family had…I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate the tips you share with regard to parenting…i.e. the money system, chore charts, etc. As a mom–it's so nice to be uplifted and inspired each time I stop by to read.