Stray pictures bug me, so I need to get these out of iphoto and onto the blog. Then it's back to Arches and our painfully blissful anniversary trip to California.
The three older children had a piano recital, but I only have pictures of the older two getting their awards from the AIM program. (Brandon couldn't make it for some reason, so I was trying to video and take pictures with Rachael crawling all over me.) Don't they both look so thrilled and proud of themselves? Especially Will--where does he come up with these faces?
Next up: the elementary school's big fundraiser, the Renaissance Fair. What a difference from the end of the year fundraiser in California! While the "Springamajig" in California was a really big event that made gobs of money (partly because they needed it--BAD), it was put together and run completely by the parents. In contrast, the Renaissance Fair at the elementary school here in Utah was put together and run completely by the 6th graders. I was impressed! These are iphone pics, so not the greatest quality, but here are the banners and castles made by the 6th graders for the decorations:
Rachael really wanted a moustache. How could I refuse?
On to the end of the year patriotic orchestra concert:
The annual "New Beginnings" program for the young women in our church. It's a time to spotlight all the incoming 12-year-old girls or new move-ins, which includes Kate. They had a "Happily Ever After" theme and each girl was walked down a little red carpet by a special man in her life. In Kate's case, it was her dad:
I could have sworn I already posted these pictures, but apparently not. The week before our spring break Arches trip, our California cousins were in town. (Brandon's brother's family that lived a block over from us in California--yeah, we kind of miss them. A lot.) They came here for their spring break to ski, because when you live in California snow is pretty and fun and meant for skiing in once a year at spring break. (Do you sense bitterness in my voice? I'm working on it, really am I. And I only have 6 months to go before the stuff comes back again, so I've got some work to do.) Anyway, here are the few lame pictures that I took of our too-short time together:
The best part of that day was when Shauna and I took Rachael and went out to lunch and shop while "the boys" took all the other kids skiing. We talked, and talked, and talked, and talked. It was so fun! Did I mention how much we miss them?
That's it! I'm officially almost sort of caught up!