Tuesday, August 7, 2012

the end of summer

School starts tomorrow.

And I want more than ever before in my life to freeze time.

I'm not ready!  We're not ready.  How in the world did summer flip by so quickly?

At the end of our trip (three-and-a-half days ago) Dave had to take a quick jump straight to China for work and the kids and I (along with our friends) made our three-layover twenty-four hour trip back to L.A. from Thailand (so much more about that later) on Friday night, slept at a hotel for three and a half hours, then Max and Elle flew home to the desert and I flew up to SLC to meet my mom at the airport and drive the twelve hours straight from there home.

I was so excited to see these ragamuffins of mine I could hardly stand it:
We made a quick stop to figure out why our tire was looking a little flat.  They found a screw in the tire and fixed it before we took off on our long drive.  I am in love with Discount Tire.
I said silent prayers of gratitude the whole trip that my mom was with me because the jet lag was so bad I could have never done it alone...and because oh, how I adore that lady.  She and my dad took care of the three little girls while we were gone and I can never thank them enough for that.

After my measly first leg of driving, she took over while I slept for a few hours in the back:

And drove us through stuff like this:
...and this:
...and this:

Have I mentioned that my mother is a saint?

We got home close to midnight.  The kids filled with pure delight to be together again and to be HOME and see their things and sleep in their own beds...for a few hours because church was bright and early at 8:00 the next morning.

Since then we have been scrambling.

One toilet is broken, our sink is leaking like nobody's business, our car battery died so although we were able to get it fixed yesterday it is still sitting in a pile of dirt left over from summer adventures in the driveway while we have been taking double trips all over creation to get it fixed and get a couple things taken care of for school in Dave's car.  There are stacks of laundry and mail and lists of things to get done all around me.  

My three-year-old niece gave all her cousins haircuts at Bear Lake while we were gone so we're trying to figure out what in the world to do with this hair before Lu starts kindergarten tomorrow:
(Believe me, this picture doesn't do the huge chunks missing justice...)

So, needless to say, there are no clean notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils waiting for tomorrow morning (yet) and we missed the high school orientation while we were gone.

BUT, we made the elementary meet-the-teacher night last night.

Our fridge is filled.

Elle got her braces off yesterday:
...and our minds and hearts are filled up to overflowing with summer memories that will last a lifetime.

Luckily I have hundreds of pictures of all those memories I haven't even looked at yet to help cement them into our memory.

It's been a summer we will never forget...and that we will forever be grateful for.

And I am going to now try to get a good attitude about school starting :)

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