She got to meet her cousin’s new little baby for the first time:
We soaked up that girl for the day and a half she was home, trying to get her unpacked and re-packed.
A couple months ago when we got all Elle’s Jerusalem information we found that there was a required group meeting up in Utah the day before she left which parents were encouraged to attend. I didn’t think I could make it, but low and behold, there happened to be an awesome quick fare to get up and back so after a little deliberation I seized that opportunity. Max was moving apartments at the same time so it turned out to be a serendipitous adventure for me to help those big kids and for Dave to have some quality time with the kids here.
So I headed out in the wee hours of Saturday morning and did some of this:
(I want to always remember that hike filled thick with goodness in a discussion Max and I had on the way down the mountain.)
(sushi stop with cousin and Max’s roommates)
…oh and this:
(Sunday dinner at my brother’s house.)
(sisters came to meet us too…)
All those kids made it to the top of the “Y”…pretty outstanding (Max and Elle had other commitments so they had left after dinner).
We stayed up late discussing “choosing” faith and belief and some of the most beautiful scriptures I will have to share in a “Sunday Ponderings” post this week. The spirit was thick and beautiful sitting in that little family room that night.
We checked out Max and Noah’s work that is progressing wildly and happened to be celebrating their first release of the software they are designing right that very day.
Loved getting to see it and experience it in person up there.
The next day Elle and I headed to her Jerusalem meeting together, and this screenshot of the map to get us there is the only picture I have, darn it.
I was SO glad I got to be there, so interesting to reminisce the days when I was the one heading off to that Holy Land (I need to post some pictures of those good old days soon), to meet one of Elle’s new roommates, (who happens to be the daughter of a friend I knew in Salt Lake years and years ago), and for the opportunity to share in the prep of getting her out the door on that next adventure, and give her one last hug before I scrambled off to catch my flight and get back five minutes before Grace’s coaches showed up to help set up for the end-of-season tennis banquet at our house.
(Grace had already set up all those tables…she rocks…and it was the best night, but that’s a whole post of it’s own with tennis-wrap-up stuff soon….)
Claire utilized her time off school today by “shadowing” a few friends at a charter school (still in session) today.
Grace is deliberating over two summer job offers she got (!!)…she’s so grateful and has worked so hard for those…that deserves it’s own post as well…soon.
Lucy has built and destroyed and re-built practically every Lego masterpiece she has, and has organized all the playdates she can talk me into.
Dave and I swapped places, he had to take off for some business right as I was returning, and is en route home as I type. I cannot wait to get him here.
Elle is in New York City as I type on a layover, wishing she had enough time to go see her new cousin there, and prepping with her big study abroad group to head out over the ocean to the Holy Land. She was filled with a little extra trepidation last night, she vaguely knows only one other girl who’s going (a fellow BYU Hawaii student), and change is always a little intimidating. But she’s already made a bunch of new friends on the first leg of her journey and that excitement is seeping out. She is so lucky and she knows it.
Max’s first post-mission semester of college began today and he’s bracing himself for all that comes with college classes accompanied with part-time work.
So, it’s been a wing-dinger of a weekend.
And I just got an email that school will indeed resume again on Thursday, so we better take advantage of our one more extra “weekend” day tomorrow.
As for tonight…it’s our “Tech-Wise book club” I talked about back HERE. Man alive we have a lot to discuss, I’m trying to figure out how we can touch on all the things we’ve all been pondering lately in our allotted time. Wish us luck! I am hoping to post a collection of thoughts from that tomorrow…and hoping that whoever else read the book will chime in with thoughts and suggestions.
That picture of Max in the little car is hilarious. Man, if I could have legs like you and Elle!! I'm a dancer and dance instructor but I definitely don't have the ideal dancer body and you guys do. Sorry, just wish I had legs like you gals. [random thought over]
I thought I had a big family but I think you guys just might have me beat!
What I mean by that is my great-grandma had 18 kids so we have a gigantic family on my mom's side.
It’s unfortunate that this seems to be the first time Elle is in a situation where she knows only one other person. I hope her foot heals quickly.
I love your positive attitude about the school closing situation! I don't really know what to think about it as a teacher myself. Here in Massachusetts the unions are very strong and they do protect the teachers, but I see the other side too. The students deserve the very best, but so do the teachers! It's so hard.
Can you share where your girls get their cute, modest swimsuits?
I think Elle’s suit might be from Raising Wild but i could totally be wrong. They are all darling suits the girls are wearing.
I love Lucy's perfect rainbow bathing suit! I want one in my size….
BYU does have a swim team with adult members endowed and wearing garments so suits can’t be that hard to find. They aren’t wearing scuba suits. There is no designated commandment about what makes a swim suit modest.
What in the world are you talking about?
I keep coming back to read this too because I'm confused. I feel like I missed something.
The above posters are asking about modest suits. What in heavens name is a modest suit for a Mormon other than one that stays on the body in the water? The schools run by the church have their water athletes in perfectly ordinary suits. Nothing particularly special.
Kms to answer your question, when people refer to “modest suits” they are referring to one pieces or tankinis. Not bikinis. Everyone is entitled to how they want to respect their body. Some Mormons wear bikinis, others wear one pieces. Not our place to judge either opinion
Girls like to wear cute modest suits, those that the byu swim team wears probably aren’t the cutest suits
KMS/aka Kris, You're acting nuts again. Time to take another break from Eyrealm?
I would also love to know where Elle got her beautiful suit 🙂
Dang I'm not sure where she got it, and she's deep into her transition into Jerusalem ten hours ahead where it's tough to get a hold of her, but I'll come back and report if I get an answer 🙂