The most important thing that happened in March was that Max arrived in Taiwan right in the very tail end of the month:
(Lots more about that back HERE....his excitement was electric to get over there. )
He sent us a package before he left the MTC.
You can tell my these girls' faces just how excited they were about that little fact.
And also his MTC planner which is kinda precious to me I have to say.
Oh, and he also sent us this book of my parents that is translated into Chinese:
Still not quite sure what the story is about that one, I keep forgetting to ask him.
Man, I'm so excited that boy is exactly where he is, there's no where I'd rather have him be. But boy my heart is hurting a little bit more lately with missing him. Sometimes I just wish I could give him a big hug. Cannot wait for Mother's Day when we'll get to skype with him.
March was the month of blossoms popping out all over the place.
I can't remember why I was in the school this day, but here's Claire and her friend:
Elle got some last minute snowboarding in in March.
That girl couldn't get enough of the great snow this year.
It was "hat day" at the elementary school and Lucy had a very serious plan to wear her cowboy hat Grace gave her after she received it for a White Elephant gift back at Christmas time:
Speaking of special days at school, "mis-match day" is always a pretty huge hit for these girls:
My friends and I utilized March to hike and soak in the desert.
We sat with this view for many hours in March:
We cannot get enough of watching this girl play.
It seems weird not to be jumping back and forth from tennis to volleyball this season.
Soaking in the last drops of high school tennis with all our might.
We got a new nephew.
Lucy was pretty funny when we told her we were going to go visit.
She told us she did NOT want to go, on no uncertain terms.
On the way to the hospital we asked her if she wanted us to have another baby in our family and she was NOT having that. She was downright mad we'd even suggest such a thing.
But during our visit to the hospital she warmed up to that little sweetie pie little by little.
Those little noises, those precious toes, that sweet new-baby-smell...oh boy.
All the hoopla surrounding the "bubble run" came and went.HERE.)
Grace sweet-talks me into a lot of things. One of which in May was taking this group of lovely ladies to lunch:
Not sure why the faces in this pic:
Our neighborhood sometimes takes my breath away.
Heaven knows I keep trying! :)
Claire adores her new ballet class:
I loved reading all the comments that came in about parenting in this post back HERE.
This one was especially significant to me since I'm trying so hard to listen better:
We had a self-defense class here for young women.
We also had a "human foozball" youth activity this month. I know I took pictures of it actually happening, it was pretty fun, but I can't find them right now.
When I do, I'll come back and stick them in here.
That makes me feel old.
Especially since I think she's the third.
But man oh man I'm so happy for that sweet girl and her new husband!
Then it was on to spring break:
We headed to Utah to ski, and this girl did it!!
(More about that back HERE.)
Oh and those wires holding the art up back behind Lucy is from IKEA for whoever asked in that post, I forgot to answer that...
Elle and I took off on a little "date" after skiing to visit San Diego State University for the open house they were having there:
I have a whole slew of things to say about when I can get to it...
I learned a lot on this conference call about scholarships and managing college finances...
...before Elle got declined... dang it!
That wasn't her top choice so she wasn't too broken up about it, but we are both so glad she applied.
Claire's been putting on a show for us each week on the soccer field:
My girls are adoring this "face swap" app and they have come up with some pretty funny ones.
Grace and her friend are pretty cute:
Claire has been working her little guts out at gymnastics.
She's been having a little mind block lately with that which has been a struggle but she's feeling so much better these days.
We went through a lot of trial prom dresses:
They went paint balling.HERE.)
The "season" for opening mission calls is upon us again. Remember when Max's friends were all getting their calls last year? (back HERE)
Well, it's happening all over again, stage number two with all Elle's guy friends.
One night we went to Costco for FHE.
That's my favorite kind of FHE. I get helpers and we get dinner taken care of all in one swoop.
This is the picture we sent Elle when she asked if we were serious when she told us to meet her there:
She got there just in time to join us for dinner.
Claire and I worked our tails off cutting into this styrofoam ball for Claire to make into a cell:
But it all paid off because check out what this girl came up with:
Lucy had "activity days" walking around the temple.
Right about now I could post ten billion pictures of Elle and all the fun she's been having with friends.
But I'll save that for another post, because this one is already waaaaayyy too long.
Claire got reunited with some old friends we love at one of Elle's tennis matches:
I love the notes I find on my phone Lucy writes to people. I think I'd call her an "expert" on the use of emoticons:HERE),
...went to the Easter pageant...
...had a great Easter (complete with my parents in town HERE)
Elle got asked to another prom at another school:
...and got a special blessing that we all loved.
My sister-in-law came to town and came to watch one of Elle's matches:
...among a lot of other things and I can't seem to find those pictures...
My friend put together a "missionary mom lunch" for all of us moms of Max's best friends who are out all over the world.
These girls got some GOOD grades:
Our piano teacher's father passed away.
So grateful we could go support him at the graveside service. He's such a great man and has filled so many of my friend's houses with music over the years.
Ok, that's a wrap. Time is just a-ticking away as fast as it can go and already we are coming up on the last month of Elle living at home.
Gotta go soak her up some more.
I think she's gonna be so dang sick of us "soaking her up" that she'll get super excited about graduation...but not quite yet.