And so I've been missing my personal blog time. Sure, I get my writing fix every week from Motherhood Matters, but it's just not the same as a personal blog. (Speaking of which, if you want some serious resources for summer survival, you should click here. NOW. The "keeping tweens and teens busy during the summer" post has 500 pins on the POM site already in less than a week.) This blog is my place to be self-indulgent with my family pics and my personal thoughts that may or may not be related to motherhood. Unfortunately, I always have more of those than I have time to post.
But now that things are finally winding down at school (grades are done, last full day tomorrow, pointless 1.5 hour last day after that . . .), I really want to get back in the saddle. But you know I can't move forward until I've covered everything behind me. So here it goes.
Early in the month I went to the annual board meeting the night before the May POM retreat in Park City at the Eyres home. It's always so fun and inspiring to meet with these fantastic women. This particular retreat often lands on Elizabeth's birthday weekend, but this time it landed on the weekend Brandon was out of town and Kate had a big harp festival at BYU, so once again I couldn't make the Saturday retreat. (I also had a cortisone shot in my shoulder earlier that day for an injury that won't heal. Another story entirely.)
Rachelle and Tiffany:
April and Saren:
We've also been busy making plans to finally make Kate's bedroom her own with some new paint and decor. Here she is dejunking:
Will continues to be motivated to make new things in the kitchen. His first batch of PB cookies:
Just a cute Instagram pic I love:
And another. I hope she doesn't outgrow her love of dolls too quickly:
Observe the stage presence:
(I think that girl in the blue is crushing on him. I would be. He's cute!)
The guyliner totally works on him, don't you think?
Speaking of Brent (who moved out last Saturday--sniff, sniff), here's his former set up in the basement. I finally got to hear some his music the morning he packed up and left. I LOVED it! Really good stuff. He and his girl Camille recorded one song together and their voices blend SO WELL:
Rachael's preschool class hosted "Moms with Muffins" later that afternoon:
That night the four of us also went to see the Lyceum Philharmonic with Peter Breinholt at Thanksgiving Point's Waterfall Amphitheater:
An extended family gathering at our house that same weekend:
It was mostly in honor of this gorgeous couple and their family who are moving to Texas in a few days. Boo hoo!
(Totally random.) The doorbell rang one morning and I opened up to find this:
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Rachael's preschool graduation and dance festival:
Her and her fiance:
And best buddy:
I made these yesterday morning with a $1 squirt bottle. So easy and fun:
We had Marc and Emily's family over for a BBQ last night for Memorial Day and because we can! They are just here for a couple of months while Marc directs BYU's spring opera, The Pirates of Penzance. We hope it eventually turns into a permanent position:
I actually take pictures of the kitchen counter when it's clean:
A gorgeous green and stormy day today. Didn't even feel like Utah:
So that's just a taste of some of the stuff that has happened this past month and the reason for my long absence. I need to do another post just for Elizabeth's birthday, Mother's Day (not that big of a deal--I requested that I just be allowed to lay in bed and do nothing), and our hike to the "Hot Pots" over Memorial Day weekend.
I feel a post a day for a week coming on. (But I've said that before . . .)