September included a lot of soccer.
Hot soccer days where sometimes you need to look up and you'll see "angel slides" that make you appreciate the sun, even just for a brief moment until you're cursing it sweating to death again :)HERE and HERE.)
And then you get a great picture here or there showing you what in the world your son is up to on the other side of the world.
...and my brother and his family came to visit the same weekend (Labor Day):
...and so did our great friend Rose Dall from our Virginia days (more about her and her amazing art in that same link up there).
(Lots more on all that Labor Day hoopla back HERE.)
By September Elle had pretty much rooted her heart in Hawaii.
More about that soon too.
Lucy's darling gymnastics teacher:
Desert sunsets make me so happy.
Visiting Teaching lunch:
Claire and I got to go to Utah to meet Baby Moses in September, and had a grand baby shower with all these cousins I adore so much:
HERE.) Loved being with these sisters of mine...
I don't know why this is in my "September" photos, but for some reason I was looking up how we did jobs when the kids were much younger.
Lunch dates are still going strong:
(More about lunch dates back HERE.)
Lucy is taking off on the piano.
And she is a counter. I have never heard a child count so well.
My friend Sarah came to visit from England, and I'm sure I wrote about it somewhere but I don't know where! But here we are, so glad we got to visit her back in her territory last summer (back HERE).
We had an "around the world" youth activity at church. The kids all rotated around to different stations where they learned about different countries. Russia, Mozambique, England, China, and one other one I can't remember were represented.
I have to admit it was a pretty great night, and I wish I had more pictures of each station!
I just have ours, because our family did the little station on China.
The afternoon before the activity Claire and her friend were disappointed I didn't pick up any fortune cookies along with the chopsticks I grabbed.
So they decided to take matters into their own hands and make their own:
Loved these few I collected at the end, along with one of the "passports" the kids got stamped as they rotated through the stations:
I probably have about 364 pictures of Lucy like this...me not pictured huffing and puffing behind her trying to keep up on our way to the bus:
I don't think there's a day that goes by that we don't all thank our lucky stars that that adventure happened. For what it taught us, for the good and the bad.
I am so so so grateful.
This is another video outtake:
We spent some pretty great days over in California with Dave's adult siblings talking over the world...
While we were gone, Claire and Grace got to go to a concert with some friends who invited them.
Also while we were gone Claire had her first club soccer match.
There were multiple things like this found around our house in September:
We had our little Jerusalem Family Home Evening with Olivia.
HERE, but when I posted that we hadn't sent our thank you card yet which I had to take a picture of:
These friends got to visit the temple together:
And then came the surprise visit of Elle.
To watch the videos of when she surprised her sisters, check them out HERE.
I LOVE that the trend around here in these parts is to wear these W.W.J.D. bracelets:
(What Would Jesus Do?) What better question can you be reminded to ask yourself over and over again each day?)
My brother sold his house and moved...
We had an Art Masterpiece training at the Art Museum that I adore.
After that we headed to my sister-in-law's stake where they were doing a huge refugee relief project.
This is typical of Claire's sink (she gets her own) on Sundays:
We had to fit in a lot of things the very same hour the Sunday while Elle was at home. It was the annual primary program:
Straight on to Elle's friend's farewell:
...while Lucy's birthday got celebrated in our ward:
My in-laws are updating their house so we all met there one night to take out all the things they were switching out.
But then, how could you not like that sweet little cherub?
Lucy has been taking a really cool art class I'll post more on soon, but loved this cute project she did the first session:
But how I love going back and remembering all those going-ons now that they are fading so fast!