Friday, May 26, 2017

the last day of school

Tuesday was a big day over here.

These girls were pretty excited to finish out the school year...
...and it was a non-stop party all day long.

It was so weird not to have anyone graduating after two years of that being the central focal point of May.

Just soaked up these three little girls of mine...

...and all their friends:)

Claire and her friends wanted some last-day-of-school pictures before they took off for that last day.
 So we took some.

 (those are "8's" they're holing up since they're officially heading to 8th grade.

Bo really wanted to be in their pictures:
 Finally got her to clear out...
 Love all these great girls...and dozens more who are this age who Claire loves.
One of Lucy's friends had her traditional last-day-of-school breakfast at their house before everyone headed off to school.

And then it was quiet and I ran around trying to get things checked off my before-school-is-out list until Grace and a hoard of friends came to swim and play volleyball over here.
I wish I had more pictures of that crew, but Grace scowled at me when I asked if I could take a picture.

She did graciously send me these that she and her friends took though :)
So there we go.

As soon as the teenagers cleared out it was time for Lucy and her friends to take over the pool.

 Oh how I love those girls.

 The sky waved goodbye to the school year with a gorgeous sunset.

 ...and we had a round of teaching these cute girls Lucy's favorite card game before delivering them home.
 ...oh and a couple of their friends who were boys were around too...they come jump on the trampoline pretty often and we love to have them here the same time as the girls.
And just like that, the 2016-2017 school year is wrapped up for the memory books.

...except that I have a bunch more to say about all the end of school hoopla leading up to that last day...some day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

hiking prep for our BIG hike.

By the time this posts, this guy and I will be hours away from hitting our big hike: the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, which is twenty-four miles.
I pretty much might die.  So send prayers our way!!

Oh boy.

This has been kind of an adventure because there was some kind of water pipe problem or something or other that closed off hiking options, and because of that we thought we may not be able to do it (family scheduling conflicts).  

But then it opened back up again a few weeks ago and we decided we were going to go for it.  

The original plan was to do Rim-to-Rim-to-RIM (yes, all the way down and up, then down and up again the next day), but Dave and I have a little family reunion with his family the second day so we unfortunately couldn't do the second day (dang!).  We didn't know if we were going to be able to figure out the logistics of getting there and getting back for this reunion, but everything has kind of fallen into place so I guess it's meant to be!  And we're excited.  (The rest of the group will continue on the next day, and another couple will bring us a car on the North side so they can hike back with everyone else and we will head out.)

I mentioned back on Mother's Day that Dave and I have different ideas about hiking.  We both like it and dread it in totally different ways.  For example, Dave is not a fan of hiking with Lucy in tow because it makes him worry so much about her, and I am a huge fan of easy stuff with her because it means she's "in the arena" and seeing and experiencing things before she really can't any more.  Dave loves the "getting there" and I love the "enjoying the journey."  So it's going to be fun to see if we can enjoy both on this big wing-dinger of a hike!  

I love to go spring hiking with friends so I've tried to get out whenever I can, and Dave and I did a little hike together (back HERE and another one I haven't written about yet, but WILL), but we decided we better do a semi-long hike before the real deal to prepare.

So we got up at 4:45 on Saturday and hit a close-by trail to get in as many miles as we could.
Oh man that is early, but the desert is so gorgeous in the sunrise.
Even if it's just whisking by my car window, colors rushing together to create so much beauty.
We got our water packs ready and headed off (with a few of the other people who will be hiking the real deal with us).
(We were with some friends too, but all I got was this pic. with anyone else...which is appropriate since this may be much of my view hiking the Grand Canyon.)

I clocked in close to sixteen miles that day.
By the end my knee was starting to seize up a little bit, so I took a whole slew of pictures to take my mind off of it.

So I'm taking you along with me here for a minute, cause isn't this just so beautiful?

I think this hike is going to be hard, but the biggest thing I'm worried about is not having my real camera to capture it all.  Wish I could hike it along!

By the end my hands were so swollen it was nasty!
(Half way through my ring was getting so tight I had to take it off..claustrophobia sets in for me!)
Can't wait to see how this day plays out...and all the gorgeous things we are going to be able to see along the way...if I'm not too delirious to see them:)

It will be a day to remember, that's for sure!  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

meet the newest junior class media manager

Yep, it's Grace.
And she's going to be pretty dang good at it, I do believe.  Even though at this point we aren't even quite sure what jobs she'll be in charge of.

We went to the student council meeting last week and it made me fall in love with school spirit all over again.  She is going to be working with some great kids in there and I'm just excited for her.

High school is so fun.  GO GRACE!

girls camp prep

Ok, SCHOOL IS officially OUT!

It has been a crazy last few days, and then that last school bell went off and voila!  It's SUMMER!

Lots of celebrations, but until I upload pictures I'm talking about camp.

Because in just a little over a week we go there.

All the young women in our congregation as well as the neighboring congregations with all the leaders.  That means I get to go with Grace and Claire, and it's gonna be a good time.

I'm extra excited this time around since I get to be a "helper" and not the one in charge.  (Last trip up to the camp where we're going I was the Young Women's president in our congregation.)

Grace will be a YCL (youth camp leader) this year, so at the opening camp kick-off night she and the other YCL's worked to get everyone all hyped up.
They sang songs and did a skit.

We had a "camp certification night" where the girls learned a few camping tricks and skills.
They learned camp songs:

How to build and keep a campfire going:
...and how to cook a brownie inside an orange peel.
Pretty impressive, I must say.  I can't vouch for the flavor since I wasn't eating sugar, but the girls seemed to like them.
We are getting pretty excited and it's coming up fast!  Craziness that it is summer!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

a dog is a girls best friend

Our puppy is still wrecking havoc in our home here and there.  She seems to know exactly how to press our buttons sometimes, but she's still a puppy so we have to give her a little bit of a benefit of the doubt.

And we love her.

This kind of thing makes my heart swell for her more than ever:
Lucy has trained her...or she has trained Lucy, not sure walk pretty great with her leash.

And at a time where Lucy needs a great companion, she's proving to be just the girl for her.
And that makes me so happy.

This is our favorite thing she does:
Seriously it is the funniest business around.  How do dogs know to get in that position when they get in a car?

Can you tell how much Bo is loving this hug?

Here's a better one.
Oh yeah, just a girl and her dog.

Every time we walk, Lucy heads into school, her cheeks slathered with kisses from Bo and Bo whines and yelps and pulls because she just wants with all her heart to accompany that Lu of hers into the school.

Yes those walks to school were awesome until this week when I swear it was 185 degrees while we were walking...

She provides some pretty great entertainment for these older girls too:
Even Dave, though he grumbles and rolls his eyes, has a secret soft spot for this dog of ours. least some of the time!

Many people have asked where we got her and from which breeder.  We got her in Utah through Goldendoodles Utah (here) and Kristen (the owner) was awesome to work with.
They say a dog is a man's best friend.  But in this case, I'm saying a dog is a girl's best friend because that little portrait above says it all :)
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