Some random things I haven't gabbed on and on about yet:
We introduced our kids to Dave's favorite frozen yogurt place. I say "Dave's" favorite because I could take it or leave it...I'm not a connoisseur of ice cream. I'll just take some chocolate chip cookie dough, thank you very much.They quickly joined on Dave's bandwagon and have been asking for it ever since.
It was "twin day" at school and man alive, kids get pretty excited about that around here. Grace and her friend worked up some great, "original" outfits:...yes, so original that Claire and her friend just happened to come up with the exact same great idea:
(We did finally take off that blue "balance beam" behind these girls that graced our kitchen for a few weeks...the girl's cartwheels are much straighter now...)
Max was the first one in our family to get bitten by a scorpion right on the elbow:
(I had to post this blurry picture because it illustrates exactly what happens when I pull out the camera when teenage boys are around...see them whipping their heads around?)
Lucy is attached at the hip to her puzzles. She has done each of her 24-piece puzzles approximately 759 times. They have kept her busy on airplane after airplane, doctors offices, restaurants...the works. They are worth their weight in gold, I tell you.
Max, (with a little help from his Dad), reseeded our lawns. Remember how in the desert we have to re-seed our lawn every single Fall? As if it wasn't bad enough that we don't get the gorgeous Fall foliage here, having to cut down all the green and spread stinky manure all over our lawns to help the new grass grow is really the kicker.
I'll tell you what, that is tough work, but he did it.
He wasn't overly excited to get a picture taken of his work...
...until Dave and I asked when he wanted his paycheck (this was a "money job" and he definitely earned it). The thought of that poor boy actually having some money in his pocket sure brought his smile out:
Claire is always up for a little photo shoot.
This next little tidbit sure created a flurry of excitement around here: It hailed. Yep, right here in the desert. There was ice covering our driveway and mounds of hail here and there. Now that sure doesn't happen around here very much. My kids were so giddy they could hardly go to sleep that night.In other non-pictured events:
--Claire's earring has been so infected it has grown around her earring twice in the last few weeks. You can imagine the drama that has ensued after that. I think it's time to let those babies grow in and try the ear piercing again when she's older.
--Dave ran a marathon...oh yeah, I mentioned that, right?
--Dave has been in town for maybe four nights so far this whole month.
--Max had his first volleyball tournament and came home over-the-moon. My heart still aches that I couldn't be there (Dave was out of town and it was two hours away and the girls all had other commitments that same day and I was leaving out of town early the next morning and the Lucy factor in the car for four hours to and from a tournament and then being kept happy for hours on end watching volleyball...it just wasn't in the cards.) But that doesn't stop me from feeling sad about it.
--I have about 700 pictures from Fall Break still sitting in my camera that some day I'm sure I'll download and take a peek at.
More later...I have to go do loads and loads of laundry and get to parent/teacher conferences and get ready for our Primary training meeting tonight.
I'll just finish off this post by saying that I swear this month is flying by faster than any other month in history. I wish I could stop time but it keeps racing on, faster and faster...and faster. Sometimes that makes me want to cry.