In preparation for school to start (on August 3rd of all horribly early days to start school), we tried to get our house situated and organized to ring in the new school year.
We packed away all the paraphernalia from our summer hoopla...
...into a special little file, and into journals and mostly into our hearts.HERE and HERE.)
We returned all the books we borrowed to get ready for Europe...
We were left with lots of delicious basil:
...and his measly little harvest:
I was a little nostalgic as my one and only remaining elementary school child and I headed to the meet-the-teacher night the evening before the first day. How is it possible that all four of my little girls who all attended this school at the same time have grown up so quickly?!
We took the scooter for a little date:
...and also to visit her old one from last year who will always have a special spot in her heart (and mine too!)
Claire soaked up one of her last days of freedom with these cute cousins:
And then it was on to our special dinner to kick off the school year the night before it all began:
Here's Grace modeling her outfit choices :)
Family scriptures and prayer and packing lunches and rainbow pancakes all mixed in together along with the butterfly-excitement (and also a little dread) as school whipped us into shape.
That night we had YW at our house...games and sharing first-day-of-school experiences.
...and these leaders too!
Lu riding her bike to the bus stop while I huff and puff running alongside her trying to keep up started once again:
Meanwhile Max was having all kinds of adventures in Taiwan:
(more updates about him coming)
...meeting the best people they fell so much in love with.
...And Elle was living up her last few days in her dreamy summer school experience up in Provo:
She came home one late night, and we left bright and early the next morning to take her to the next phase of her college career. Lu worked hard on a "welcome home" banner and to hug her up for a second before she had to leave again.
The rain outside kind of matched her mood as we moved her into her new dorm room.
I wrote all about her Hawaii drop-off back HERE.
It made me remember my first college days at Boston University...such a new and unknown place where I was going to live so far away from my family.
Luckily Hawaii is a place where you can't stay nervous or worried for too long...
And headed back to monsoon season in the desert:
And my friend sent me this one from the bus stop:
We got home just in time to go to the "meet-the-teacher" night at the junior high (they do that one after school starts).
Loved that little date with my girl.
Elle's birthday was a couple days after we left her in Hawaii.
Since some traditions run strong, we still had to do a little cake float here at home in celebration:
We sent her a video of us floating and singing happy birthday to her and I loved this little back-and-forth between her and Lu:
Grace quickly asserted her power in position as the oldest child at home and threw a huge party.
It was actually fun to have all these kids start to fill in the holes that Max and Elle's friends had left our house echoing missing them. It will be fun to watch this new group as they grow.
Claire got her golf swing on at a little birthday celebration:
And also taught me the joys of these funny snapchat things you can do as we were driving to and from the church swim party:
Too bad these kids didn't have any fun at the party...
August was missionary farewell season for sure.
Elle's friends and roommate/cousin all came down from BYU for a couple of them, and it was SO FUN to get to know the new girls Elle grew to love up in Provo this summer:
We had them all over for dinner one night while they were in town and FaceTimed with Elle while they were here, wishing with all our might that Elle could somehow miraculously transport herself on over.
Fun to have this friend visit a couple times too:
But I think that girl of ours was surviving ok over there :)
She has taken the transition to Hawaiian life by storm and has found that it is the most perfect spot in the whole wide world for her to be studying and learning and growing.
Sweaty soccer try-out girls:
We finally took all the faces of the kids we love so much (graduation announcements) off of the fridge.
So crazy to think of them all over the world on missions or at different colleges.
Lots of FaceTiming with this girl of ours:
Our friends from China came to visit:
I love "Activity Days" that the 8-12 year-old girls do in our church. There is a big activity once a year for all the girls in many congregations combined and Lucy was beside herself with excitement as she counted down the days.
And Lu and I went on our first real lunch date. (We usually do our lunch dates at the school in their cafeteria, but she's decided she's ready for the big-time:)
More about lunch dates (and some other motherhood ideas I love) over HERE.
In other Lucy news, she had a wiggly tooth for a little bit. She was sick of waiting for it to fall out, so she had Dave, who is apparently the tooth-removing-expert in the family according to her, take some drastic means to get that thing out!:
Still even with pliers that thing wasn't ready until a few nights later when it came out right after she brushed her teeth.
In August we measured and finally had our shelves installed in our bedroom:
These little entrepreneurs decided to hold a lemonade stand:
Some people were really generous with their payments and these girls came away clutching some extra coins to put toward things they were trying to earn.
Our friends invited us to go to the Coldplay concert and we were SO excited!
I especially loved when they played "Fix Me," because it's my very favorite.
Always reminds me of this experience I had with Max back HERE.
That girl is a hard worker. She's been working her guts out on her math facts and has come so far.
Grace's first friend got her driving license and these girls think they have pretty much died and gone to heaven now that they have a way to get around town. They were SO excited to head to the football game without begging their parents for rides.
Our house with the sunset "angel slides:"
She sends me random pics like this:
We went to see Elle's friend's concert:
Grace has become an expert at whipping up bruschetta.
Love this quote from Instagram:
Here's Lu, getting her "exercise" portion of her job chart in 105 weather:
Man, August was a crazy month of adjustments and growing! Fun to look back and record all the crazy things you learn along the way. Thanks for coming along for the ride if you made it this far!