I want to capture it here before it slips right through the holes in my memory.
Here we go.
Sometimes I just feel the need to follow these two out in the morning and take a picture when they are leaving for school. They make my heart hurt I love them so.
The little girls took up the art of making ocean pancakes:HERE)
They even had me video their own little cooking show...I'll have to put it on here at some point...
We did lots of soccer....
I took my little girls out on a special date from school to get passports.
I had to renew mine too.
I love my passport.
My niece got baptized. My sis-in-law, who barely had a baby, put on this shin-dig:here)
I missed it because I was taking Homecoming pictures for this boy and his group:
(My mom, who was in town, took that pic for me since I was already at the photo place started on the pictures.)HERE.)
Oh how I love them.
That means my girls get awesome bedtime stories.
Max gets a little extra support at volleyball tournaments:
Lucy gets someone special to walk with her to school:
Max and Elle get a special lunch date:
...and even Dave and I get a great lunch date ;)
They spoke at the conference I talked about back here (my notes are here). One of my Dad's missionaries from back when he was a mission president in England helped put that conference together.
Somehow Grace, Claire and I lucked out and got to go with this great group to the Selena Gomez concert:
Well, not sure if "lucked out" was the right word for it, because this was my view:
...and I really didn't know what the heck Selena sang before that night, but man alive was it fun to watch the excitement in these little girls!
These ones in particular never stopped jump-dancing the whole night.
Lucy has decided that her "practicing" for her job chart for the week (back HERE) is to do fifteen somersaults each afternoon.
A drive past this most gorgeous temple that will open up in a few months. Anyone is welcome to the open house. Can't wait!
Elle came with me to try to find the perfect spot for pictures for our big "Temple Walk" coming up. (I'm in charge of taking family pics. for everyone in our stake during the walk.) Hmmm, not sure this spot will work :)
Tried another new chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Grace figured this little reminder would help her get ready a little quicker in the mornings (she's been struggling lately).
Her cousin came to assist on one of her shoots.
My friend decorated that place and words can't do it justice...it's gorgeous!
These two also got to go to Time Out for Girls with their Nana.
Some of Grace's friends borrowed Claire's bike and then it was GONE. SO sad. Here's a group of friends that helped her make valiant efforts to track it down again.
SO sweet of them...still no luck on getting that thing back which is super sad news for Grace who is earning money for a new one.
Red-white-and blue day at school:
Claire got to go sleep over at the zoo with her zoology club.
She thought it was the best thing EVER.
Grace's volleyball season wrapped up.
And she's on to cheer leading!
Lu got to hang out with her cutie-pie cousin and their bunny.
We are in the middle of Ender's Game.
These girls forced their frazzled-crazy-sleep-deprived mother back in bed one Saturday and made her their own version of an omelet.
I adore them.
These four cousins can never get enough of each other.
We made a "thankful turkey" during singing time in primary.
Lucy doing enie-menie-miney-mo to pick who she wanted to read with her that night.
Have I mentioned how much I love how she writes? She always remembers to do the box around the "stuck-together" sounds and she always puts her stars above the double letters.
We had to disguise her turkey so it wouldn't get eaten for Thanksgiving.
We had to make a few pumpkin things to get the season going:
Grace saved out a few of them for her older siblings who were out at some party with kids from their rival high school. I couldn't resist taking a picture of her note:
We have been pretty ok at "Pay Day" lately...which was especially helpful getting ready for tithing settlement. That money system is a constant effort I tell you! SO glad to have those kids getting more and more aware of spending and saving and giving so it's all worth it.
Breakfast vitamins for her eyes every morning.
Socks in the hair at night:
...and of the the Turkey Trot HERE.
Dave had a birthday.
I'm pretty sure I can guess exactly what he's thinking in this picture:
We ate almost three whole pans of ocean pancakes for breakfast.
...and went out to dinner at his favorite place that night.
Grace was very insistent that we do this pose:
Got together with a whole bunch of Dave's cousins and their families over Thanksgiving weekend.
They came over to check out the progress on the house.
...as well as these three I got to go to a fireside with prepping for the big temple open house.
Our friends we love visited from Utah.
I came out of retirement and did a photo-shoot for my friend who has helped me a TON on my house.
And let's just end this post with a Pinterest-inspired addition to the thanksgiving feast this year:
On to December...