Whoa. Yes it's September. But let's remember June for a sec. on this rainy afternoon in the desert.
This summer was one of our most emotional and joyous and crazy and heartbreaking and roller-coaster ones so far. I've already written about most of the big parts of June so I'm just weaving links to the the things I've already written about with more detail about the "little things" here on this post so our family can remember how it all fit together.
We were in Europe for the first part of June.
This picture doesn't have much to do with that except that it's taken in some airport somewhere and I like Lucy:)
We came back and tucked Elle into summer school at BYU in Provo.HERE, and what she did up there HERE.
We settled into a new version of home with three kids, a little disoriented having so few of them surround us at the dinner table on Father's Day (back here).
Then we had our little "progression celebration" with our three girls back here.
We weren't home a lot so we limped out a few summer goals. Usually that is such a big part of our summer but we totally flopped on them this summer. We pushed to at least get reading and exercise in each day we were home, but we were in no way or form organized around here! I loved doing P90X with my three exercise partners when we could fit it in :)
...and some girl time at the temple with the young women:
Lucy played "Lego Friends" with her real friends...
Grace has been part of her class presidency at church for the last little while. The class presidency plans out the activities and sometimes help teach lessons and it's such a great opportunity to take on some leadership responsibilities. They switch out who is in the presidency about every six months so here she is ready to hand her binder off to the next 1st counselor:
Grace, in other news, was the head honcho at the house while Dave and I went to the BBS conference.
More about the BBS conference tomorrow, but for now let's just check out this bunch of cute girls she made breakfast for while we were gone.
I wrote about that back HERE, but I never included these pictures that show the adoration her sisters have for her:
In all the intense summer heat our garden bloomed quite surprisingly out of control. This is how it looked when we got home from Europe:
We're still using the basil and whipping up bruschetta when we can. I have successfully turned my kids (most especially Grace) into bruschetta fanatics and I love it.
We had a journal night one Monday for Family Home Evening. I showed the girls how I kept little scraps and pieces from so many places we visited growing up and we laughed about how dramatic I was when I was these girls' ages. Oh boy!
Claire had a little job tutoring these cute boys for math.
A couple times Lucy and Leo (the lion) felt the serious need to FaceTime Elle up in Provo before they could go to sleep:
Claire made it on a club soccer team she really worked hard for.
...and they started practices smack-dab in the middle of some serious June heat. But as you can tell by that smile up there, she sure liked every minute of it.