Friday, April 20, 2018

prom day date

Prom is tomorrow. 

And Grace has been busy figuring out all the details that go with that.  

Man, I know I've mentioned this before, but all I did for dances growing up was whip up a dress with huge floral patterns (I usually had to make them since I wanted something long enough for me and there were no "tall" sizes back in the day), pop in a barrette and maybe a few curls and I was good to go.  (At least I had grown out of the hair-spray-curls-to-my-cheeks by girls will get that one... ha!) 

There sure is a lot more hoopla around dances these days.  Maybe because there are fewer of them (there were a bazillion dances at my high school it seemed like).    

Anyway, we also didn't do "day dates" preceding the dance, but yep, once again, these guys keep one-upping us :). 

Grace's cute date whisked her off on such a fun day date a couple weeks ago.
They went up to our friends' cabin in the mountains and had the best time.

They had the best time up there...

...and are so excited for more good times ahead!

High school is the best.

More on that soon, because time is starting to speed ahead and there's lots going on in high school!  I have a love/hate relationship with all the end of the year stuff.  I love it but wish it would slow down a tad!  I'm SOOOOOOOOOO incredibly grateful that Grace is only a junior.  I have one more whole year with her and for that, I'd like to do a little gig of happiness.  She and Claire are so excited to get a year of high school together next year. 

Anyway, wishing everyone a happy weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

daddy daughter dance

Lucy loves this dad of hers.
So she was extra excited for the Daddy Daughter Dance fundraiser the school put on a couple weeks ago. 

She arranged her meticulous friend "schedule" she likes to keep situated around it and counted down the hours.

Finally it was time.  She and her friends pulled themselves out of the pool, we worked on her "Belle" hairdo, and this cute duo was good to go:
...only for about ten minutes when Dave texted that they were coming home...they got there and found that it was totally formal, suits and all.

So they came home speedy-quick to change, and after some serious sweet-talking with Lucy to get her to chance out of that blue dress that she thinks is the best thing since sliced bread (have I mentioned that girl has a will made of iron?), they came out looking quite glamorous:

Dave sent us these pics on our group family text:

Love that cute duo of mine.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

week-long party in the desert

When Dave's sister Julie and her family come to town it turns into party-mode here in the desert.

Those of us who live in the valley see each other way more when she's here and there are constant get-togethers of cousins and adults sprinkled in any way we can possibly fit them.

It all started this time around right here...during our Easter get-together (wrote about that back HERE), when they all arrived (it was their spring break up in Utah):

And it was pretty much a party from there on out.

They stayed with us for the first few days.  When that happens life just slows down and I love it.  I loved hanging out with these nieces and nephews and just being able to talk and catch up with Julie and the other sis-in-law and cousin-in-laws.  I am the luckiest to be related to them all.

Those kids swam until their fingers turned to prunes.
We went on a bike ride to see the "farm" of a nearby cousin (we live close to two of Dave's cousins), who had the other cousins in town for spring break too, which resulted in all these girls getting together:

We sat next to the pool as the kids swam (with these two cousins below as well as another one of Dave's sisters) and talked about the world and motherhood and the twists and turns life takes.
 ...and kept the discussion going as kids bounced in and out and we made dinner.

Played cards...

 ...the girls loved on Bo:
The sisters did a 6:00 am hot yoga class...along with that couple on the left below who are great family friends.
(weird sunrise shadow up there, but you get the idea)

We took a bike ride all around the neighborhood and to the grocery store:
 When Bo got tired, she was pleased as punch to perch right here:

I am not the type of mom to bring my kids lunch at school. I'd rather take them out for our "lunch dates" and get them all to myself once in a while.  But this day was a good day to be the bring-lunch kind of mom...since I got to do it with these cousins Claire adores:
More swimming:

The cousins all came to Claire's track meet:

 ...and to Grace's tennis match:

The other cousins happened to have a track meet at our high school at the same time as the tennis match (they go to a different high school) so it was fun to be able to gather with them all there and watch those great athletes:

These are all cousins except of that cute friend in the middle:

 More dinner together:
 ...and a morning walk to school with Lu and Bo:

Then Julie left so stay with another sis-in-law but we got together for lunch:
 (Those were just the people left when we remembered to take a picture...mad we didn't think of it earlier!)

We watched the cousins' Saturday tennis lesson talking on the sidelines and whooping and hollering at all the great shots:

 ...and had an impromptu barbecue/swim party over here with so many people we adore.

We ended all the hoopla with Saturday-night adult dinner to celebrate one sister-in-law's birthday:
Man I know I sound like a broken record, but I sure do feel lucky to be related to all that goodness.
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