My sister has a boy she is dating. A really nice one. (She calls him “the boy” on her blog, so it’s hard to resist referring to him as that as well.) They made the trek to the desert to visit us so we could get to know him. And that, I think, was very nice of them. Because I tell you, they sure made things fun around here. They came for Easter weekend which was probably good since if they ever decide to get hitched it’s good for the boy to have fair warning about how whacky-crazy our family is about traditions. Claire was over-the-moon that we got to catch a soccer game. …even though we were a little late and missed the goal she made, darn it! Lucy is always very enamored by sporting events. We made a quick stop at the temple that’s under construction close-by on the way back. Love that gorgeous place (much more about that back here and here and here). Then we went and rented a party boat on the lake. …except that I think the boat guys sending us off thought it was funny that all we had with us was one bottle of water. I’m sure they have people with all kinds of stuff (food, etc.) they bring aboard. Us? Well, we had an iPod hook-up and had a little dance party. I’ll see if I can upload a video because man alive, Claire was in her element with her dance moves. And Lu thought it was about the best thing since sliced bread. These girls got hot enough to jump off at one point. …and even though they knocked their breath out with that chill… …they still opted to do it again. Elle, on the other hand, was just happy to be there. Our visitors had to leave to meet a friend for lunch and I took the kids on a little hike to see the view while Dave hung out with Lucy. These smiles are only after I got good and huffy at them for complaining so much that they didn’t want to hike. Sometimes you have to push a good memory…and it really ended up being a good one. Then it was down to business to get ready for the next day with our annual egg painting. We get serious about this stuff. More on Easter tomorrow, but I’ll just say here and now, we all give my sister’s “boy” a thumbs up.
an end and a beginning…again
Isn’t life just filled right up with ends and beginnings? Over and over again? Hopefully we learn from all of them. As I type, Grace is flying through the air…
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 2020
We had two kids home for Christmas. Our two older kids were tucked safely with their in-laws, and Grace is tucked safely as a missionary in Texas. It was strange…
the plan that worked — Elle’s wedding
Last week, after a series of “plan b’s,” my daughter got married amidst majestic red rocks and surrounded (but not too close!), by immediate family. …to the man of her…
In my post about books I’ve read lately (last post), I failed to ask for advice for other good ones. Thanks to those who left great recommendations, love it…if anyone…
Lots of little things I haven’t been able to get to yet… We celebrated the 100th day of school.There’s always a lot of pomp and circumstance around that special day….
Life isn’t an escalator–Dave’s graduation
When Dave and I graduated from college we did it together. It was a December twenty-five years ago (yikes!) and by the time the actual graduation ceremony rolled around that…
What a small world. I totally know him! I grew up with his family and his mom is like a second mom to me. She is very very dear to me. They are a wonderful family and your sister would be so blessed if you know… she marries into it. And equally the same for him. Glad you got to spend some time with them!
Does Elle video with her iPhone or some other video camera? I loved her video and want to do more of that kind of stuff!
Love it! Just so much love and joy
Wow, are we glad to see all this fun! Congrats to Claire on the goal and it's so fun to see that Sarah knows "the boy's" family.
Love all the color…especially that luscious green grass along with the succulent cacti! It's still snowing here!
Where did you take your family hike/walk? I visit my stepkids in Phoenix every few months and have been looking for a good family hike for younger kids.
Same question – we moved to Phoenix last summer and would love to know where that hike is so that I can take my kids before it gets too hot!
where is graces swimsuit from… so darling
The hike is to the "A" at ASU. Super easy. Elle took most of that video footage with my camera…she is trying to take over that thing!! And Grace's swimsuit si from Lime Ricki.