In March one of my dearest friends from high school came to visit. We had talked about having all the girls come and do a little reunion like we did back HERE, but alas, life got too crazy and it ended up being just me and Maureen…and my girls ;).
…who call her Aunt Mo Mo because they have known her for as long as they’ve been living as just that.
And I shouldn’t say “alas” because it was SO great to get that girl one-on-one and really catch up.
Maureen appreciates nature like we do (in fact, she sells the most amazing greeting cards with her photography on them that I adore…I’ll have to see if she has a website I can add in here to share).
So it made sense to go enjoy the golden light with her at the Riparian close-by while she was here.
Maureen and I went antique shopping and found one of my most favorite things…an antique yoke. It deserves a whole post on itself so I’ll save that for later.
Our salads at one of our favorite places we ate with all the girls last time they came deserve their own post too (they are SO good) but I’ll post it here for time’s sake:)
(That salad is from a place called Hillstone and it is called the “thai steak salad.” If you ever get a chance you should try it. You will not be disappointed.)
Love that girl and all that she is and all that she has taught me over the years. She is a newborn ICU nurse and I don’t think there could be a better one. Love you Mo!
Maureen’s visit overlapped with my parents who came to watch a couple of Max and Elle’s games.
Do you think the girls were excited? Love that picture. And I loved that movie too.
“Have courage and be kind. When there is kindness, there is goodness. Where there is goodness, there is magic.”
What a wonderful message and I want my girls to always remember.
Right after they left Dave’s sister and her six kids came to stay with us. I wrote more about their visit back HERE, but here’s the end of it after Dave got home:
(a little love at Elle’s tennis match)
March is already pretty hot here so we were so glad to finally get some trees and plants replanted that didn’t make it through the winter. Hope they make it through the HEAT now!
Sometimes Dave and I look at each other, our eyes shining when we go to bed at night and look around at our house that the kids have actually taken care of. Some weeks they’re just ON on those jobs and zones (talked about back HERE and HERE) and we look at each other in wonder. Some weeks one of them even decides to go the extra mile with her checkmarks:
And other weeks we are so frustrated we could just die because we think we are complete failures as parents. Those charts are empty and the house has sticky fingerprints on every wall you can see and we just shake our heads hoping the next week will be better.
Am I alone in that?
Parenting is a giant roller coaster I tell you.
They have the best classes and the best teachers. We are so lucky.
I’m holding on to my last two elementary school kids like nobody’s business. Only one more year with them both there. So weird to think that all four of my girls were there once.
Some of Lucy’s latest:
…can’t wait to hear what the “different” part of the story is…
We are at various tennis courts and volleyball courts in the valley what seems like non-stop these days watching these two.
It is nutty/crazy and there are a lot of logistics involved getting the other girls where they need to be if they can’t be there, but we trying to balance it all and soak it in as much as we can.
I wrote this on Instagram, but having these two fourteen months apart was the best surprise we’ve ever had. I questioned that a bunch when they were both babies needing such different things and I didn’t sleep night after night with all their crazy antics, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I love all the great athletes they get to work with too.
A gorgeous view of the sky from the tennis courts:
Lucy is blessed with some really, really cute friends. One day I found this when they were in their make-believe world:
…their own little placemats.
Lucy adores her Legos and when she’s not playing with friends (and sometimes with them), she’s building all sorts of things which she stores in her little dollhouse.
Let’s get a closer look at some of those:
So I went to the performance for the other kids at school during the day AND the second performance for the parents that night. She cracked us all up because for as excited as she was about the big event, she sure didn’t show it up there!:
I got Claire in the audience too:
Apparently living a healthy life is very serious business 🙂
When we talked to her after and asked her why she was so serious she told us they had given everyone really strict instructions not to look at the stage where the other kids were performing the little dances each class got to do. You can almost see it in her face below, she’s trying so hard to follow instructions and not look!
There’s the smile.
Love that girl of ours, and those good-as-gold friends of hers.
Some other supporters who came to watch that night:
One of the kids’ friends (and mine too…we’ve known her for years), got baptized. After years and years of going to church her mom finally gave her permission. We were so excited for her and loved sharing that special day.
And Max’s friends started getting their mission calls. Makes my heart jump to even think about that! I need to write a lot more about that and what Max’s plans are soon.
This is just a random picture I took when I lingered after family scriptures one morning, the girls were eating breakfast and all seemed right in the world…
I can’t believe we’re at mid-April now. In a little over a month my son is graduating from high school. He is living it up this last couple months and I sure don’t think he’ll have any regrets of not enjoying high school enough!