April ended with my nephew and niece-in-law's beautiful wedding back HERE.
So May began with still a whole slew of cousins still lingering in town...and a couple birthdays to be celebrated.
Oh man I am related to a whole bunch of baby lovers I tell you!
I got to go on Lucy's last field trip of the year with her and the rest of the third grade.
They had one of the drums used in the Chinese olympics:
Lucy and I had to reminisce about China a little bit with all the Chinese drums.
We took our group of Young Women on a hike in preparation for trek (which I wrote about a couple days ago HERE).
Elle whipped up her own graduation announcements in photoshop:
And she hand-wrote each address in beautiful calligraphy.
We did a little spring cleaning.
Lucy's closet went from this:
I live by one of my college girlfriends and another one came in town so we got to hang for a big:
(Love you Briggs!)
These cute friends decided to do a service project one day:
The mothers of Max's best friends and I have bonded over lunch a few times talking a thousand miles a minute about our boys out serving missions all over the world.
Speaking of Max, we got to talk to him in May (on Mother's Day...you can tell by our faces how we felt about that back HERE).
This little note above from Lucy was also pretty awesome. I mean, she is my "sweet child"...at least most of the time.
These seniors tried their darnedest to figure out a good "senior prank." They came up with a water balloon idea that went bad, so they opted to bring a whole slew of wheeled paraphernalia and ride it around in the school one day. There was everything from scooters and bikes to rollerblades and heelys. I'm not sure how it all panned out in the school, but here they are outside the school after their victory ride on their wheels.
I was never introduced to the greatness of senior pranks when I was in high school but apparently it's a big deal in these parts.
We got school pictures.
Love that I get to hang with these girls every now and again:
We are smack-dab in the middle of the sending-off-kids-on-missions stage and two are in the sending-off-kids-into-marriage stage. So crazy! Love commiserating with them.
I got to have a little day-date with my cute neighbor:
We caught Elle at her part-time job babysitting:
Claire and her friends made the club soccer team they worked for:
Here's Elle and her friend after going running one night (I think):
Elle was gone a lot during May. I think she was getting us ready to let her leave us. I have a few pictures she sent me from all her "stuff" going on though.
Her job chart looked like this (top one) pretty much all month:
We are cracking down in a few weeks when school starts...I wonder if the hurricane of activity will die down a tad with only three kids at home?
Our little fruit trees we planted last year got attacked by birds.
...and they were pretty dang delicious I must say.
Lucy's friend hurt her foot. I think it was a sprained ankle. She literally prayed for her every single night. One day in church the kids got to go up and sing during the main worship meeting (I think it was for Mother's Day). When Lucy saw her friend stand up and walk up there in normal shoes she was so happy! All her prayers had worked! She immediately got to work writing this up for her:
Elle did some advertising for a fanny-pack company:
School "Golden Scholars" assembly was in the same post back THERE.
Lots of mission calls coming in for Elle's best friends.
And this guy...ok both of them...they're the best:
I don't know who took this next picture, but I think it shows a little of the love I have for that little flipper of mine.
Her "Flips" performance is back HERE.
Loved this pic. of all the cute girls we've carpooled with over the years:
Young Women pre-summer leadership planning meeting over lunch:
My mom came to town for all the graduation festivities and we were pretty happy about it:
As we were celebrating all that hoopla, my sisters Saren and Saydi went to England to help with a baby shower for my baby sister Charity who lives there.
Oh boy I sure wish the timing wasn't so intermixed with all the emotional things my heart was so tightly wrapped up in right at that time.
Luckily my mom and I got to be together. We sent them a few pictures to make them jealous :)
And also luckily they found "me" at the church there in London and took a little picture together to send back to us.
So it was totally like we were all together, right? Ha!
My sister just had that sweet little baby bundle last week and we are all over the moon about that newest little nephew of ours. He is perfect! I'm sure Charity will write all the details on her blog soon.
Among so many other things, my mom helped with piano practice:
And my Dad kept the neighborhood kids entertained with popcorn.
Seriously though, what other twelve-year-olds would sit and be entertained by a grandpa for an hour? He is the very best I tell you!
Some of our best friends' daughter got married in the beginning of June. We were so sad we had to miss that amazing celebration, but felt pretty happy we could all be there at least for the bridal shower.
Love that I get to go on dates with this guy each weekend:
We got to go be with some of our friends who's kids were going on missions for one of them.
Last day of school hoopla is back HERE.
All month the front of our fridge got a make-over, hung with more and more pictures of so many kids we have fallen in love with over the years who graduated right along with Elle:
Lucy decided she needed to have a few friends over the day after the last day of school, and I'm a sucker for Lu and her friends.
My brother Josh held his end-of-school party here too.
We always have it at our house except for last year when the pool wasn't built yet. Luckily my great neighbor came to the rescue that year.
...and all the great kids too who adore him SO much.
I sure love that brother of mine.
Trek was the best.
Lots more about that HERE.
I don't think those girls were too sad about that arrangement :)
I must say, we all adored that book. I want to be more like Heidi and I hope my kids do too :)
And then, in a mad dash, we were packed up and out the door...off on a pretty exciting adventure:
May was quite a month for the books.