…and tried our best on some Thanksgiving stuff but much to Lucy’s chagrin we don’t have a ton of that stuff…
We finally got our pool done right at the tail-end of September so we had all the cousins come enjoy it one night at the beginning of November before it got too cold.
Wish I had more pictures of that night…so fun to finally be able to use our back yard and to fill it with so many people we love.
Accidental matching hair-dos:
Love those four girls of mine.
..and Lego maniac:
The girls all started piano lessons with such a great man.
Dave and I got to go see our nephew in concert.
He’s in a band called Vinyl Theater and they are gooooood!
Check them out HERE.
A random family dinner Lucy was apparently really happy at. Not sure why I have this picture…
I love how hard she works on homework too.
And on reading the Dictionary. Ha! See that up there by her? She likes that thing enough to read it for bedtime stories sometimes.
Lucy is our table setter. She takes her job very seriously and I’m so grateful for her!
Art Masterpiece is rolling again. I got to teach Claire and the rest of her sixth grade class about Marcel Duchamp and the Dada art movement. This is our “nonsense” art:
Then Claire sweet-talked me into a little lunch date in the glorious weather.
The one second from left went to India before we did and stayed there for a month with her husband and six children. So she gave us a lot of advice for that trip (more about that over HERE). She was also was the one who introduced me to CICFO (the orphanage we visited in Cambodia). Ever since she sent me the bios about those kids my heart yearned to visit them. Luckily we got to do it (back HERE).
But after all that cyberspace interaction I had never actually met her in person so it was so fun that she was in town for a soccer tournament with her daughter and we got to meet up. I could sit and talk to those women all day long for weeks and still have more wisdom to glean from them (the other ones are my neighbor Brynne on the left and my cousin Kara on the right…love them).
I went on a few photoshoots with Elle last month as she got back in the “groove” of family photography. I love this location:
Every once in a while Dave writes little notes in Lucy’s lunches. She’s over the moon about that little fact. Here’s one I found in her backpack:
Family Home evening art (we love this activity where everyone draws one section without letting anyone else see it and then we unveil the results):
Aside from photoshoots, Elle and I spent some serious quality time together doing college applications.
More on that next week…
Getting ready for Max to enter this place…
A few mishaps for Elle…
My elementary school girls:
Claire got to go to Science Camp. Can you tell how she (along with the entire sixth grade) felt about that grand adventure??
Oh boy were they ever excited for those three days up in the mountains:
Claire got put in the same cabin with all these cute blondies (including my friend who was their chaperone…)
…and who is also a great photographer and sent me a few pictures as the days went by.
So grateful for those girls and how safe I felt sending my girl away with them for a few days.
Elle got answered for Winter Formal:
I’ve been pouring over ancestor pictures as I finally got an “ancestor wall” put up in our house.
Love these ones of Dave’s mom’s family, and Dave’s parents.
with inside-out pajamas…
Lucy and friends were invited to perform at a leadership training meeting at church. We did a few practices at our house leading up to the big day. They were so cute and SO good.
My very favorite part was when Lucy did a gigantic yawn in the very middle of while they were performing the song but was still just swaying and putting her heart into that song. I’ve got to get that video from my friend.
Claire adores her cousins and gets extra excited when she gets to hang with them.
Elle and her friend heading out to pick up their dates for their Winter Formal “day date” (they do a date a couple weeks before the real deal here in the desert).
Claire and her mini matching cousin when they stayed with us for Thanksgiving:
Lucy and her awesome cousin-in-law who babysat for us a while ago (he and his wife, my niece were the ones who helped Elle get ready for Homecoming while I was gone).
Love that Scott!
We finally got our barn doors installed…
…been waiting two years for those puppies.
Lunch get-away with Dave’s sister and her husband while they were staying with us:
Thanksgiving hosting prep:
And Turkey Trot prep:
A gorgeous unfiltered sunset to start off the Thanksgiving hoopla:
The Turkey Trot rocked (more on that back HERE).
Lucy’s careful mid-coloring of a special gift for my parents for coming.
We love these family friends who live close-by.
My brother met this guy who is from Ukraine on his mission in London and we have remained friends ever since. He is married to awesome Courtney and they have three kids and now his mom has come to live with them. They live close-by now and we love to see them when we can.
…and play tennis together even though my Dad and I got beat.
This is how I plan for hosting Thanksgiving.
I’m super organized like that.
More on Thanksgiving HERE.
Lucy’s Legos are getting out of control…
I adore my Sunday kitchen helpers:
One more photoshoot prep for Elle…
…where we made up our own little tree-farm in the Home Depot parking lot.
And Claire and I were both “models” for her to figure out lighting.
One more great desert sunset.
I cannot get enough of them.
Then it was on to tearing the house apart to figure out how to do Christmas here.
We haven’t been HOME for Christmas for two years so we’re sure soaking all this in.
Bring on December.
Oh wait, we’re already here! Time is marching quickly these days!