May was bittersweet month filled with all kinds of graduation hoopla that I loved and mourned at the same time.
Ah yes, she is making grand progress toward needing a real piano teacher :)
I got to take Max and his future BYU roommate to lunch.
So grateful for the leaders and all their hard work to honor (and a little bit roast) all these kids, and so grateful for the kids who have helped raise Max (and my other kids too) with their examples.
Elle and I spent hours and days going through all kinds of summer internship ideas from kind blog readers all over the world and emailing people and researching. Much more on that soon...
Claire had her handbell concert.
She also did the "boosterthon" to raise money for her school....it was quite a production I tell you, and she ran her little heart out along with everyone else.
We had a "retreat" with the women in our ward congregation to get away and get to know each other better.
Then it was Mother's Day...
We have this awesome girl who comes to our house and gives us all haircuts. Something struck Lu as very hilarious about it all.
I had her chop my hair off.
Nana and Papa came over during all the hair hoopla and made Lucy's night.
Paul Bunyan came to town to go to a birthday lunch with these great ladies...
Oh wait, that's me! :) Sometimes I'm a little out of place with my height. LOVED catching up with those ladies I don't get to see as much these days. I have gleaned so much from their wisdom over the years.
Grace had Sports Day at school:
...and carried around a "flour baby" for weeks for her health class:
Max spent quite a lot of time with this cute girl:
Lucy and Claire started dive team.
I have a great friend from college days who came to town with her husband on business. A few of my other friends (who live relatively close but I never get to see) and I went and met up with her.
Grace had a "cullinary food war" at school in her cooking class. I loved peeking in to see how it was going. She and her group chose Thai food and they won the whole thing!
Claire and her friends had a "cupcake war" one night and were cracking me up with their antics.
Elle wrapped up tennis in May. All the pics about that and the state games are back HERE.
It was a huge month for volleyball with these boys too.
Lucy's class did a unit on Asia near the end of school. So Lucy and I went in and did a little slide show of China for the class. This is the only picture I got:
Her darling teacher had Lucy teach the class a few Chinese words each day when we got back from China. I'm not sure if I've shared this video before or not, but it melted my heart when we were heading back in from recess one day and they showed me their counting Lucy had taught them:
Have I mentioned how much I adore her teacher and all she did to bolster Lucy's confidence this year? Wow I love her.
Grace set up a lunch date with these cute girls:
And I went on a birthday lunch date with these ones:
Lucy and her friend had quite the time making some painting creations.
Sometimes the light from my rear view mirror is too pretty not to snap a picture (not while driving).
Our friend's daughter got married. One of the very first of many.
Cute girls after the flips recital.
We did a lotta this...
Grace taught Claire her signature flatbread recipe (back here).
We had a big party for these graduates:
These cousins can never get enough of each other.
I got to accompany Claire and her class to a pretty awesome place called "Biz Town" that they had been preparing for for months. They each got a real job in a little "city" and kind of got a feel for how real life in the working world goes.
I worked in the newspaper agency with these cute kids.
We all learned a ton.
Elle finished up her film photography class. She loves that and I love it vicariously through her. (I think I'll always have a pretty soft spot in my heart for film.) I love that she uses my old film camera and knows how to work the dark room at school.
Love all these prints she comes home with.
Claire performed in her third "Flips" recital:
More on that back HERE.
A few days before graduation we lucked out to get all but one of Max's best friends together at the same time to take them to lunch (while my Mom was in town too).
After months of having a cracked fireplace:
(it cracked the first time we turned it on :(
They finally came and replaced it.
Then it was on to graduation festivities which deserve one more blog post I'm hoping to get to tomorrow...
My brother had his annual end-of-the-year party with his class in our cul-de-sac (using our neighbor's pool). It was so fun to meet so many of the wonderful parents and kids he's been working with and to see and hear all kinds of stories and feel their love for him.
Then we got out of town with the cousins (here).
Missed having Max with us. One of the only things we saw from him was this picture on one of the friends' instagram accounts:
After that he came home for one hour and then got picked up for the super activity with the youth. Dave is one of the leaders so they got to have a big time up near Lake Powell skiing and doing stuff like this:
While they were gone the girls and I took off to visit here:
More on that and volleyball wrap-up and graduation at some point but for now I'm off to dive team with Lucy!
Summer is awesome.