The couple weeks between our road trip (back HERE) and school starting were pretty awesome as far as I was concerned.
Sure, it was hot.
Like 115 kind of hot.
But it just felt good to be home with no schedules and finishing up things on the house. It was kind of the calm before the storm of school and the whole China thing.
Lucy remembered how to ride her bike:
As I have mentioned before, I am usually her assistant. And although it's kind of crazy sometimes, I love having those kinds of "dates" with her and most of all I love watching her in action. We will get to the location early and practice on each other... testing out the light:
Max came home from his stint in China (more about that HERE). As you can see, we weren't too happy about that :)
Did I already share this one?
This is where Max worked a little bit this summer with his cousin.
Lots of reading.
These luckies got to go to a water park:
My sister in law who was in town for the summer invited Claire and Lu to sleep over at Nana's house with her.
While they were gone we took the oldest on a little date.
The photographer had to stand up on a stool to take his picture, and had him pose in the funniest ways, tilting his head just so, hands in pockets and turned from side to side.
When we got in the car after and started talking about it we started laughing so hard I had tears spilling down my face. Here's his reenactment pose on the way to do a little school shopping:
Our nephew got home from his mission.
He had quite the crowd at the airport to greet him:
Everyone came over that Sunday night for a family report.
So fun to hear about all the adventures of this great boy. How grateful I am for such great examples for my kids!
Elle is ever figuring out cool new things to take pictures of:
School shopping with these two:
Lucy seems to have her nose in books a lot lately:
...when she's not learning new ways to draw things:
Elle worked her tail off to get her Personal Progress award by her birthday. One of the things on the list is finishing the Book of Mormon. I was determined to finish it right along with her and loved the challenge.
Apparently Claire thinks she needs to do photoshoots now too...on my phone:
We did a bunch of haircuts to get ready for school:
And soaked in those last couple days of freedom.
And with Grace the next night:
And then there was the first day (HERE) when we snapped back into a schedule again.