July 30, 2011
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I'm so glad M was able to go and spend time with my sister and her family. She was thrilled to go and has called me every night telling me what a great time she's been having. I know she will always remember this trip and will have fun memories to look back on.
July 17, 2011
T got home last night!!
I'm glad my kids had the chance to go do some fun things with family, but I sure started to miss them. T had a great time in Oregon with his cousins. He got a ride home with a friend who was bringing his son and two other boys to Utah to go to Jimmer Camp. They were nice enough to let T hitch a ride. This is a picture of them at the Salt Flats. So glad he's home!
July 16, 2011
July 15, 2011
After dinner we were supposed to go to the planetarium at BYU, but it is closed for maintenance. Darn. So we decided to go see "Hanna". Bad decision. First of all it is definitly not a movie for kids. Poor S & J were totally bored. Secondly it was just kind of blah. I kept waiting for something great to happen, but it never did. I'm not a big movie critic. Usually I go just to
be entertained, but this one wasn't entertaining. Oh well, better luck next time.
We recently saw "African Cats". Dad loved it. I liked the first 30 minutes, but then I had watched enough of cats roaming around. We also saw (Wow, for people who don't go to the movies, we've sure seen a lot lately. Yeah for the dollar theatre!) "Soul Surfer". I really like this movie. The kids loved it. I was close to tears almost the entire time because I kept imagining what it would be like if that were my child. She is an amazing girl and is an inspiration to many young athletes. It was a good movie!
July 14, 2011
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July 10, 2011
T is having a blast in OR. He called Saturday when they got back from Trek and told me all about it. It sounds like he loved it. He told me that it was hard work and that he was glad he didn't have to walk from Missouri to Utah. He even bore his testimony. I wish I could've heard him. He doesn't do that too often. I'm so proud of him for having the courage to do that. I really hope his testimony has been strengthened and that he will always remember the feelings he had and the things he learned while on the trek.
When I talked to him yesterday he asked if he could stay longer. He was supposed to come home on Tuesday, but now wants to stay until the end of the month. He wants to go to Scout Camp with Josh next week. I think that will be another great experience for him, so while I'm sad and I miss him, I guess I'll let him stay. What a weird summer for us.
After 6 games last week, some in the heat, some in the rain, J's team won the state tournament. They were so excited. They had a good little team and it was fun to watch them play. Their pitcher was amazing! She's got quite an arm on her. The whole team was pretty cute and they had a great season!
July 9, 2011
July 8, 2011
~She is smart and determined to get good grades.
July 7, 2011
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July 4, 2011
My cute little M sent me this picture yesterday. She loves her hair in it.
T, Emma, and Jose goofing off together.
Yesterday during testimony meeting I was thinking about how different it is around here with only 2 kids and how much I miss T & M. The dynamics of our family have shifted a bit and it's been interesting to watch the other 2 kids and how they interact with each other. Although I'm missing T & M, I know they are having fun and that they will be back soon. This turned my thoughts to eternal families. How grateful I am to have the knowledge that I get to be with my family for eternity. I love my family more than words can express and to know that they will be with me forever is so assuring. I'm grateful to Heavenly Father for making this part of his plan, for giving us the opportunity to be sealed to our families in the temple.
How lucky are we to get to be with our family for eternity?!
July 3, 2011
(This picture is from a week ago, before M left for Maryland.)
M has been quite the little babysitter lately. She loves it. She's babysat for several families in our ward. One night she got to watch these cute little guys. I came and helped her get them to bed, but she had things pretty much under control all on her own. They are 5 months old and such cuties. Maybe she'll get to watch them again when she comes back so I can play with them too! It's fun to see her growing up and becoming responsible.
This picture is pretty blurry, but under all that blur is DH. We went to Brenda's today and as soon as we got there these little monkeys were climbing all over DH. I think that's 5 kids on him. He was a good sport and played with them for a long time, they all thought it was great!
July 2, 2011
Yesterday we went to celebrate the 80th birthday of Aunt June. She had all of her 8 children there, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews and many more. It was nice to see so my people there showing their love and support for her!
T and Josh with Charles Abouo at BYU Basketball Camp!
I dropped T off at BYU Monday morning for a 4-day basketball camp. His cousin Josh from Oregon came too! They were roommates and had a great time. One of Josh's friends' also came and they all got along well. They did drills, learned new skills, played games, and enjoyed many other activities. Their team won the championship! T LOVED it!!
Now, he's off to Oregon. I was talking to Sarah the other night and she was telling me about the trek that their stake is doing. Her and Damian are going to be a "Ma and Pa" and they had 3 boys from their "family" quit. So, she had a great idea to see if T could go. She sent a few texts and got the go-ahead. I went to the store and got some of the things he'll need and on Monday Sarah will take him to the store to get him some pioneer clothes. They will go on the trek from Wednesday to Saturday (I think). They will walk 10 miles a day, pulling a handcart. I'm excited for T. I think it's going to be a really great experience for him. I hope he learns a lot, grows a lot, works hard, and has a lot of fun.
So, after we got the trampoline all set up and back to normal the YW president and 2nd counselor pulled up. They were coming to talk to M and give her all the stuff she needs to prepare for YW. As we started talking, our cute little friend came up to me and told me that J had fallen through glass. I quickly ran to the back and found J sitting on the table with M trying to doctor her up. Apparently she was climbing out her window (not sure why she couldn't use the door) and used this aquarium as a step stool. Well, her feet (bare, of course) pushed right through the glass. Then, she pulled her feet out. When I got to her she wasn't crying but she did have quite a few cuts and scrapes. I carried her into the house and started cleaning her up with the help of my friends (what would I do without them). I kept expecting to find tiny pieces of glass stuck in her, but found none. I can't believe that after all the scrapes and cuts I didn't find one piece of glass. She was a pretty lucky girl, it could've been a lot worse. What a crazy afternoon it ended up being. Luckily the rest of the day was nice.
The other day we had a little freak storm come through. I was at the eye doctor with the girls for their check-ups and when I came out it was pouring rain. Weird. But, by the time I got home (about 4 blocks) the rain had stopped. As I pulled into my driveway, I noticed that there was a trampoline right in the middle of my neighbor's driveway. Then I realized it way MY trampoline. How on earth? I guess there was some major wind gusts and it picked that trampoline right up and flipped it over a 6-foot fence. I can't believe the fence didn't get knocked over. I called two of my dear friends and they came over to help me rescue the tramp. We rolled it down the driveway, flipped it back to standing position, and then carried it into the street and finally back into my yard. Some of my neighbors saw us and came over to help carry it, which was super nice. It was pretty bent up and sad looking at first, but I think we got it looking normal and it was even still "trampable" as S would say:)