Spring sprung around here in February.
Our street went from this:
I love these blossoms every year...even though they cause deathly allergies.
Lucy and her little group of "Activity Day" girls (church activity group) took advantage of the gorgeous weather to go on a "service scavenger hunt."
We introduced our friends who just moved her from China to some of the finer things in desert-living:
Sometimes I have my teenagers send me their pictures since so much of their lives happen away from me. This kid (#35) is a freshman who is 6'10" and is a star basketball player. Needless to say their team beat ours.
One of Lucy's "plans" I found laying around:
Dave and I went on a little get-away with some friends.
I have never gone sky diving before, which means I never realized what I was missing. I was ready to go right back up and do it again, it was so beautiful!
I thought this tree was particularly beautiful:
And I thought Claire's signs by her bed were pretty beautiful too:
I don't know why I took this picture...
...and maybe to commemorate President's Day...
By the time I got there everyone was setting off their lanterns.
Grace is the best baker in the history of the planet.
I finally put up my special cubbies in this new home. Each holds a little piece of places we have visited. (More about that back HERE.)
Grace was asked to put together a little presentation on China for the Young Women her age in our church. Oh boy she did a great job putting together all the pictures and articulately explaining everything and the girls asked such great questions.
I had and IEP meeting with Lucy's beloved teachers at the school. I can't even talk about Lucy's teachers ever without getting teary-eyed. She has had the best of the best. Her teacher showed me one of her assignments she didn't really understand and what she wrote on her paper:
Here are her vision teachers:
I love them, that is all I can say. They "get" Lucy so well.
We had a great turnout for book club at my friend's house.
We read a book called Three Little Words: A Memoir that made for a really, really good discussion.
I think it's a book that anyone with anything to do with social work or foster care ...and everyone else for that matter...should read! It's not a literary work of art, but it sure makes you think about our foster care system, and the good and the bad.
I got to do art masterpiece in Claire's class.
We did our own self portraits Picasso-style.
My handsome, bearded lunch date:
One Saturday morning we cleaned the church:
Then we went to the Vision Walk for the first time in a few years (we have been out of town the last two years when it took place):
...Just me and three of my girls this time.
Once we get that going strong we will be able to partner up a little better with the Foundation Fighting Blindness and all the great things they are doing but at this point we can't spread ourselves too thin (speaking of the BBS family community as a whole).
Read more about the BBS Registry HERE. (I'll have to do a current update on that soon.)
It was fun to be there again this year...it was a great day and a great turnout by so many wonderful people.
It was hard to keep up with Lucy who trotted around that course a few times like a little champ.
I already talked about MORP back HERE,
...and Valentine's Day back HERE,
...and now we are on to almost the end of March.