Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 38

A really, really hot week.  We are so ready for fall.  The girls had a cross country race this week and with the heat index the temperature was 109!!!!  Ugh.  That is a July temp NOT a September one!  It was a horrible day for a race, but they did great.  We were all sweating buckets cheering them on, but we cannot complain because we were just standing there and not running in it!  So we are really looking forward to fall, and I think it is finally arriving as the high today is only 70 which is glorious after that 109!  Take a look at our week. . .
Sunday afternoons we like to play games.  Careers was on the agenda today.

I am one year into my 4 year school board term.  Today we had a board retreat--an all day meeting, which was actually better than it sounds.  Food was good, company was good, and the weather where we were at was nice enough to be outside in the afternoon.  Meeting outside isn't so bad :)

A picture from Miss A's week--my mom was in town and took her to lunch with her mom, so this is a picture of Miss A, her grandma and great-grandma.  Pretty cool!

Got away with some friends today to do some fall flower shopping.  Love these ladies!  They keep me sane!  and laughing!  Can you ask for better friends than that???

And the miserable cross country race....109 degrees.  Ugh.  But they did great!  So proud of Miss O and Miss E!  And they were running through some mud too!  Hot and muddy, can you get better racing conditions than that ?  Ha!

Before the race the girls huddle to pray.  Love that!

And it is time for Friday night lights and marching band!  yeah!  Miss E and Miss O are out there.  First band performance of the year.  Love football games and the band!  

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Monday, September 19, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 37

We are so ready for fall weather here.  It has been way too hot!  This week isn't supposed to cool down yet, but we are sure ready for when it ever does!  Great week--Miss E got an awesome church award, Mr J got a band award, we had a really hot cross country race, Miss A went to her first college football game, and we had a beautiful rainbow after a storm that Mr J got a picture of.  A great week, take a look. . .
See that beautiful young woman with that pretty necklace on?  The necklace represents over 80 hours of service and way more in other activities to earn.  Miss E received her Young Women's Medallion at church today, and we are so proud of her.  No, she was not wearing the Captain American shirt in church :)  we just didn't get a picture before she changed out of her church clothes :)  Pretty amazing girl!  We are proud of you!.

And this cute kid did amazing on his first band test--best in the class so his teacher took a picture and sent it to me.  Love thoughtful teachers!

The girls love to be creative, and they got it into their heads they needed a collage to describe themselves, so they had a wonderful afternoon one day of cutting up old magazines.  I need to get pictures of their collages now that they are done.  Sometimes creativity can be messy :) but that is okay.

For our young women's church activity tonight we had a sister missionary from Hawaii teach us how to make some Hawaiian food.  Yum!  We had pani popo and Hawaiian chicken soup and rice.  Yum!

One super hot cross country race this week.  Man---so hot and humid.  We need fall!   But these two cute girls did awesome!

And got this picture from Miss A this week--first college home football game.  Yeah!  How fun!!!

We have had lots of rain lately, and one afternoon after a storm Mr J went outside and saw this.  It was a full rainbow--we could see it all the way to the end on both sides--but no pots of gold that we could see.  It was pretty cool!  Isn't nature amazing????

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 36

We enjoyed the shorter week that Labor Day offers last week.  It is so nice to have a 3 day weekend and then only a 4 day week!  We had some nice weather, and it has finally started to cool down which is nice.  Had another cross country meet and the kids have hit homework full force.  I get several pictures from Miss A during the week.  Love it.  She has lots of homework too and is working hard but having fun also which is good.  Take a look at our week. . .
Enjoyed the holiday weekend and did some biking around the lake near our home. 

Got an ice cream pizza which the kids were excited about.  Yummy!

A typical after school shot with all 3 kids on laptops---the evolution of homework.

And this is the before of Miss A's old room

And this is the after with Miss O settled in.  We need to find her a new comforter set.  It will be yellow.  Cute stuff.  She is loving her own space and so is Miss E.

I love it when this guy plays the piano.  

Cross country meet for the week.  Go Miss E and Miss O--it was a wet, wet meet and really muddy.  It poured ran when they ran and the course was sooooo muddy.  Miss E slipped and fell with about 400 yards left in her 3.1 mile race.  Bless her heart, but she got up and finished strong by passing the girl in front of her.  She was covered in mud.  Ugh.  

This is my picture from Miss A for the week.  Her, her roommate and 3 friends who all served missions in our hometown got together for dinner Friday night.  They are all going to school at BYU so it was fun for them all to get together.  Making lots of memories!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 35

So I haven't decided how I am going incorporate Miss A's college pictures and activities into our scrapbook.   She has so many fun and cool things she is doing.  Exciting times!  She started school officially this week.  We started redoing her room for her sister this week too :)  Our new batch of chickens finally stated laying eggs!!!  yeah!!!  First cross country meet of the season and life is general is good.  Take a look at our week. . .
Our first egg from our new batch of chickens we raised from baby chicks that we got back in March.  Yeah!  Love fresh eggs!!!

Getting to work on redoing Miss A's room for her sister. . .this is a before look

And this is a "middle" in the process look.  Will have to wait until next week for the "after" photo :)  Miss O is taking over Miss A's room since she and Miss E have shared since they were born.  They are both very excited to get their own rooms!

Miss A on her first day of college!  Watch out world here she comes!

 Miss O and Miss E on their first cross country meet of the season.  Their girls' team got first place!  Way to go!!!  It is going to be a great season!

Went out to lunch with some of my bestest friends.  Now that school is back in session we try to get together for lunch once a month.  Yeah for great friends!!!

And this photo is from Miss A, she went to a comedy show and met this Studio C actor Matt Meese which our family is a huge fan of.  She was sooooo excited!!!!  and we were too!  Lots of fun!!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 34

 Crazy week last week.  We entered a new phase of life and parenthood as we drove 1200 miles to take Miss A to college and back in just a few days.  We got home and the other kids started school.  Busy week.  It was wonderful and awful, fun and sad, horrible and exciting.  Lots of tears were shed.  Thanksgiving is a long time to wait to see this girl of ours, but we are so grateful she has this opportunity!  What a great age to be, what a great place to be and study and learn and grow!!!  We are so excited for her, just sad for us because we are going to miss her like crazy!  I am just very glad we live in an age with instant communication---talk, text, skype, video chat, whatever.  We can keep in constant contact :)  Take a look at our week. . .

This is Miss A' dorm on campus, and it is so nice and new!  Got her moved in.  Thank heavens there were big carts to load up all her stuff and elevators!  

This is her bedroom

Her kitchen

And her living room with huge windows that look out on the mountains.  She was excited!

And this was our last picture with her right before we left her.  Ugh.  That was hard to drive away and wave good-bye, and then Ben and I had 1200 miles to alternate between driving and crying on the way home.

Got home Wednesday night and school started for our kids Thursday morning.  No rest for the weary!  Miss O is ready to hit school as a junior!

Miss E is starting high school this year as a freshman.

Mr J in his second year at the middle school as a 6th grader with his saxophone and ready to start band!!!

And while we were doing that, Miss A was having freshman orientation.  Isn't this cool?  She said she was somewhere in the middle :)

And she sent us this from her first college volleyball game surrounded by friends.  Makes me happy!

So we made it through that tough week. Coming home was hard.  I went to set the table and got out 6 plates and about cried.  I didn't need 6 plates anymore, I only needed 5.  Little things like that jolt me.  I still expect her to come home from school with the other kids.  Life marches on.  As a young mother it used to annoy me how often people would say, "Enjoy this time, it goes so fast."  Yeah, yeah I would say.  Now I understand better--it does go by way too fast and you think those kids are going to be around forever, but they aren't, and you don't want them to be  :)  You want them to grow and progress.  It is a good thing she is healthy and strong and able to attend college.  So many in the world do not have that privilege.  I am excited for her and this new phase of life.  Not quite so excited about the phase of life it puts me in, but that is ok.  I have 3 more kids at home to enjoy the short time I have left with them!  Life does go by really fast, so enjoy!!!  Have a great week!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 33

Last week was pretty emotionally draining.  Not as much as this week, but close.  It was Miss A's last week home, and we left Friday afternoon to start the drive to take her to college.  Man.  An emotional week as she packed up her room and did all her "lasts" and said good-bye to everyone.  It was especially hard to say good-bye to her siblings as they were not going with us to take her to school because their own school was starting.  Leaving on that sad note of telling them all good-bye until Thanksgiving was hard.  But I am so thankful for the technology we have where we can call, text, skype and keep in touch very, very easily.  And I am soooo excited for her and the opportunities she will have!  So here is a look at our last week. . .
Love hearing this girl play the piano.  I am going to miss that.

Sunday afternoon walks are a family tradition--just not usually with Miss A wearing a cape :)  But today was our last Sunday evening walk as a family.  Tears, yes.

Went up to the city for one last fun day up there.  My sister joined us for lunch and yummy dessert from Nothing Bundt Cake.  Yum!

Then beginning of school things started here--locker check out day for Mr J.

Exciting new phone for me--finally moved up to a smart phone :)  Yes, I am a little slow, but better late than never.

Mr J started to learn how to mow the lawn by himself.  Nice to get a new lawn mower in the family.

We had a farewell party for Miss A with a yummy DQ cookie dough blizzard cake--her favorite.  Her sisters got her the cape and crown to take to school :)

This was the last time my 4 kids will be together until Thanksgiving.  Yes, I was crying as I took this picture right before we left Friday.  That was a tough good-bye.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you had a great week!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 Blue Jeans Week 32

What a fun week!  We had some young friends over for a few days.  They were fun.  They reminded me so much of when my kids were that little.  Oh my, and now I have a girl heading off to college in a week.  Crazy!  We are huge Olympics fans here.  Loving watching those each night.  They might have been able to hear us cheering for Michael Phelps in Rio from our living room because we were so loud "Go Michael!!!!! Come on Michael!!!  Yeah!!!!!"  Love it!  Got some family pictures taken on probably the hottest day of the year, but our family time is quickly coming to an end, so we just smiled and sweated :)  Hopefully you can't see the sweat in the pictures, just the smiles.  Take a look at our week. . .
Miss A entertaining our young friends.  So much fun!

Mr J loved this little girl.  Fun to have a really little one around too!

Another day they were here, and we got out the old mini pool and slide which haven't seen a lot of use from my kids in  years :)  Good to see them out and used.

Loving the Olympics and loving cheering on Micheal!!!  Four in a row!  How awesome is that?

Just a fun shot of family pictures.  The finished ones are not quite ready, but love this preview :)

This week has been high school marching band camp.  Miss E is now a freshman and gets to be in the high school marching band with Miss O.  At the end of the week they had a family dinner and a preseason performance mini show.  They were good!  Miss E playing the baritone on the end with her hair in braids.  Love marching band season!

And today was Miss A last day of work.  It was fun she got to work with Miss O--my girls running the show :)  Kind of a bitter sweet day for Miss O as she will miss working with her sister!

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