We sent Elle, our eleven-year-old daughter, on a chartered bus to California without us. My heart was jumping out of my skin when I dropped her off at the school to drive through the night to Sea World for two reasons:
1) I couldn't believe she was leaving for two-and-a-half days by herself, and
2) I wished I could go with her!
oh, and one more...3) I was SOOOO excited for her.
And I must say she was pretty excited herself.
You see, she has been part of the Oceanography Club at school, and boy howdy has she ever worked hard this year. They meet at lunch time on Tuesdays and have had all sorts of projects. The kids who really did their best got to go on the trip to California. I was so proud of Elle for putting in so much work.
I let her take our little camera with her and I was so happy she took so many pictures. She'll put more on her blog (which I love, by the way. I especially love this post because of what she says about the church we went to).
I LOVE that she took close-up pictures of flowers like I always do on our trips:
I'm so glad she appreciated the beauty around her.
And I'm pretty glad I got to go on the trip vicariously through all her pictures.
She had such a fun time and learned so much.
My brother Josh had a birthday too:
I love Josh.
And so do my kids.
And so do all the neighbor kids.
And so does his class he teaches at his school, and their parents. He is quite a teacher.
And I love that he has taught me SO much about photography...and Lightroom...and Photoshop.
Thanks Joshua...I love you!
On another note, Max and his friends love to ride their bikes and scooters and longboards, etc. to the nearby Subway.
This happened to be a day when I gave in to my girls to take them there for lunch and he and his friends happened to be there too. I love Max's friends.
Our sweet babysitters came over with their adorable new baby.
I wish we could keep her. So do my girls. This picture makes me drool even though you can't even see the baby's face very well. She is SOOOOO darn cute.
And, last but not least, I think we need to have a little refresher course in bed-making skills for Grace and Claire...