Catching up. I feel like a teenager who just finished finals week. May was mayhem. June was... crazy, good, and super difficult on many levels. Hopefully July will mellow out a little.
Let's think back eons ago when it was April or May and the kids were still in school. And the house was quiet and somewhat cleaner.
Leslie got to go on a choir tour to California. By the skin of her teeth. She was super sick a couple days before and we were very nervous to send her on the plane and also about getting her roommates sick, but she perked up last minute and to my knowledge none of her friends got sick. Good thing--she had a blast and that would have been a hefty deposit to lose. Here are some of her pictures of the fun things they did when they weren't singing their little hearts out.
|Luke thinks Leslie's medal collection is "Beast".|
|They went to San Diego. I think this is at Sea World.|
|Luke liked playing hide and seek with the kids.|
I apologize to Boston because for some reason I have many more pictures of
Cooper. For one thing I got to be the parent at more of Cooper's games since Mark was coaching Boston, also it seems like more of Boston's games were the late time (8:30-10) when I would leave early to put kids in bed, for another thing, pitchers and catchers are easier to photograph than 3rd basemen who always seem to get the good shady spot. Good for the player, bad for the lighting.
|Sometimes he played catcher, and was pretty good at it.|
|Cooper requested Monkey bread for his birthday again. I have to make two batches.|
Macy loved playing on the baseball playground with friends that she made from both of the boys' teams' families, and Luke usually wanted to hang out with me or whenever possible, in Boston's dugout.
Cooper is fairly musical but hates staying inside, sitting still, and practicing anything besides sports. Ah well.
This one is so stinking adorable it makes me cry. Good thing I am having another girl since my other two are growing up way too fast. I also LOVED their Wells Fargo Wagon song and had to play the kids the original version with Ronnie Howard, lol. Macy is wearing the hat because she also had a short speaking part as "Mrs. Anna" for The King and I number. My whole family loved her practice CD and the kids drove everyone crazy by listening to the "Telephone Hour" song from Bye, Bye Birdie over and over... with its cracking voice teenage boys. Cooper can do a pretty good impression now. Apparently Mark's brother Paul was the lead in that play as a teenager. Mark was only about 6 and it made him cry that the kids on stage were singing mean things about his brother. "Heya Hugo...are ya stupid? Whaddya gotta go get pinned for?"
Cooper ended the school year with a long-awaited addition: braces to finally work on his cleft-affected teeth. I pulled him out of school to drive up to Primary Children's. When we stopped for lunch I asked him what he wanted for his last meal. He meekly requested, "Can I try a Big Mac?" I had to laugh. I hadn't realized that he'd never had one.
At the beginning of summer we usually take some time to make a family fun poster of things we want to do.Here is this year's version.
Our family also took a lovely campout to kick off our Memorial Day weekend at the south end of Nebo Loop in a place called Bear Canyon. It was gorgeous--lots of waterfalls and butterflies and flowers and space--but I was up a lot of the night freaking out about a possible black bear attack on my tent. It didn't help that Mark was snoring.
Little did we know, there were FOUR girls in that magic circle!! Here are the flowers Mark brought home to celebrate our announcement of "It's a Girl"!