June seems like a blur in my mind right now. I kind of felt like this girl of mine all month, except maybe with some big iron balls connected to my feet.
It was a good month though...we made it through with smiles thanks to our new simplified summer routine (back HERE).
(My friend just sent me those pics from a "mud" birthday bash a while back. Thanks Ashley!)
We started out the month with a great pizza-making-fest with some good friends.
We worked our tails off to get some landscaping done (this little plant research session was at 2:00 in the morning before I left for the BBS conference):
Speaking of the BBS conference, I spent each Tuesday night for the last little while on the phone for conference calls trying to help get it all situated. It all turned out great, and I have so much to share about all the things I learned soon.
Did I mention we worked on landscape a bunch?
Every morning swim team:
The girls went to girls' camp. Here's Elle getting her stuff ready:
I got a whole bunch of great pics from my friend but can't get them uploaded right now. Suffice it to say, they had a great time. Elle was in charge of doing the slide show and worked her tail off on it when she got home. I'll have to post a link when I can get it from her.
Humans of ny interesting-ness:
Speaking of Lu, she went crazy in June with some craft-making-extraviganzas:
I mean, is that a cool snake or what?
She also got a little patriotic. I love how she puts a whole slew of mediums to use.
And Elle had a little meeting with a modeling agency...
We went to dinner with our dear friends we miss:
Max took the ACT again. This is the only pic. I could grab:
Grace did her first photo shot a while back. She was pleased as punch that this family chose to blow up her pictures on canvases and hang them in their home.
It was Father's Day. For the pictures we took click HERE, but here is my snippet from church:
Luckily Lucy had made Dave a new one in her class:
We gathered with Dave's dad that night before he and Dave's mom left for Ghana.
Max scored when I sweet-talked these two teenagers into running some errands with me. We ran into Marshalls and he found and bought himself some white crocs for $5.95.
I love stuff like this:
We took out some time to work on balancing a checkbook.
HERE...I know I've linked to that a bunch, but people ask a lot so there you go.)
During Max's volleyball season a bunch of his non-volleyball friends signed up for a community basketball team. Since Max couldn't play he and a friend were the "coaches." They cracked me up. Max had an iPod to show the team plays (but played games on it in jest most of the time) and even made himself a compass bolo tie and wore a suit to most of the games. This is the only game I could go to and even then I only caught the last few seconds...
...the seconds after Max got kicked out of the game because he tried to go in and play for one of the guys on the team who had fouled out and they didn't have enough players to finish the game. Max had thrown on one of their jerseys and tried to play in his spanking-new white crocs for a few points until the referee caught on.
Dave and I celebrated our anniversary (HERE).
I talked about how many funny things I do like my mom back HERE. She always takes pictures of great food. Somehow sometimes I can't resist doing the same.
...and go on what they call a "Legacy Tour."
It's a tour of all the Mormon church history sights.
I have always wanted to do that, and my girl got to do it before me. Lucky girl.
Here they are getting ready for a little prayer before they left for the airport:
Then all those kids left their families and every single technological device behind and headed out for the trip of a lifetime.
I felt so happy they didn't have anything to distract from such an event and spirit-filled trip (that was one of my favorite things about the trip), but man oh man I sure missed being able to text that girl.
She brought her camera and took some awesome photos. I'm trying to sweet-talk her into doing a guest post for me outlining all the cool stuff she did, but until then, here's her schedule.
They spent a LOT of hours on the bus exploring all over the place.
In the meantime Grace and I had some funny adventures at self-checkout at the grocery store.
...Without my wallet I had left at home and scrounging up any cash we could find in Dave's car as well as a few dollars I happened to have in my pocket. We were trying to get ready for her birthday I would be out of town for. So sad. But people sure took good care of her while I was gone and we got to celebrate before I left too (HERE).
Other friends kidnapped her and took her out to breakfast.
Sweetness I tell you.
Lu got to play with a few good friends a bunch.
These girls finished up a good swim season and then we were off...
...for the BBS conference and for South Carolina for the fourth of July.
I do love summer.