Jul 3, 2015

Hold on to What You Have

We finished all these names.
Bossy, Gamer, Teach, Dog Walker and I spent a beautiful evening in the temple doing sealings for some of Gamer's deceased ancestors. We were scheduled for the 8:00 pm session and Bossy had an envelope full of names that were cleared and ready to go.

Although Bossy and Gamer have spent many evenings in the temple, this is the first time they had done sealings since they were sealed as a family back in January. The cool thing is that it is pretty much the same ceremony. I love listening to those beautiful words and promises.

Temple Selfie
I have some dear friends who live up the street. Her husband was diagnosed with cancer the day after he retired and they have not had much success with treatments. They were in our sealing session today and watching them together and their love and tenderness with each other as they knelt together was something I won't ever forget. They are amazing examples of living and loving in the now and trusting in God to decide their future. I admire them so much!

Bossy's high school friend is burying her newborn tomorrow after a heartbreaking loss. Life is just so fragile. We need to appreciate what we have. I'm the queen of wrapping myself up in too many activities and projects. Am I really listening to what my kids say? Am I telling them I love them often enough? Am I taking the time for a hug or a laugh or a spontaneous adventure?

Life can just change so quickly. Hold on to what you have.

Jul 2, 2015

Master Builder

You know that Sport loves all kinds of sports. He is up for tennis, baseball, football, basketball... if it has a ball, he is pretty much there. What you might not know about him is that he is a guy of many of faces. He loves chess and he is getting really good at it. He even won a trophy a few months ago in one of the scholastic tournaments.

He also drives me crazy with all of his reading! Sport has not always been a reader. He struggled when he was little and I think that was partly because he couldn't see very well, but now it is hard to get him to put a book down. There are times when he is supposed to be in bed and I find him on the couch finishing "just one more chapter..."

He loves cars, basically anything with wheels, in all different sizes and styles, from pinewood derby cars to vintage roadsters. He could spend hours at a car show.

He is so much like his dad. He even wants to be an engineer when he grows up. I always thought he would decide on electrical, but lately I'm thinking he has way too much talent designing things and he really should be a civil or mechanical engineer. He loves Lego building blocks and he can make some amazing things with them. This is currently his display in his bedroom. As you can see, he keeps it up high on a dresser, far away from little fingers. He is definitely a master builder.
Ever hear of Kra Gl e, Sport?

Did I make a big deal about him turning 12 last week? I know we talked about his parties with his family and friends and we made a big deal about his ordination, but I don't think I even wished him a happy birthday on the blog.

So happy belated birthday, Sport! You're awesome!

Jul 1, 2015

Summer School

I'd like to say that it is summer, and the triple digit temperatures would agree that it is, unfortunately, not everyone is out of school at my house.

Teach is taking the most classes. She has a full load of graduate-level courses at UVU and she is also working full-time. She must be related to me.

The Dog Walker just "loves" taking classes. We won't even go there.

Prima Donna has a Conservation Biology class from SLCC, almost the last class she needs for her AS degree. She is also taking the fitness class from the electronic high school so she doesn't have it messing up her schedule for fall.

Crafty is taking Honors Biology in the fall and it required a summer project. She decided to take a full year of Earth Systems from the electronic high school as her project and to get it out of the way.

Sport will be taking a week of prep math for Honors 8, but we aren't counting that now since it doesn't start until August.

I am so proud of them for all of their hard work! It's hard to concentrate on homework when all of their friends are out chasing around.

Love you guys!

Jun 30, 2015

Party for Prima Donna - Happy 17th!

The Dog Walker did an excellent job on his mission report on Sunday as you can tell from his talk he included yesterday. I was so proud of him! After the meeting we had our clan gather on the stage so that Sport could be ordained a deacon. It was so fun to look around at all those familiar faces and see the love and support they give my family.

We adjourned to the house for a fun family breakfast party. I have no idea why I didn't even think to take any pictures. We had plenty of food and fine conversation. Things wrapped up about 1:00 and I had a few minutes to think before it was time to get things ready for Prima Donna's party.

Teach and I put together a meatloaf while my sweetie whipped up a batch of rolls. I was pretty pleased with my cake, what do you think? Prima Donna loves My Little Pony, and I was excited to find one for her that she didn't already own. Drama Queen was afraid we would catch it on fire, so she took it off before we lit the candles...

Swimming lessons started this morning for Sport, Scout, Curly, and Baby Doll. Crafty is also helping with a couple of classes. I have to confess that I took a 3-hour nap this afternoon. I seem to be catching a summer cold with an irritating cough, sore throat, runny nose... the works. I have a much slower week other than getting Princess ready to leave for Washington DC on Saturday (remember when she earned her FCCLA trip?)

Oh yeah, and I'm taking my girl scout troop to Antelope Island on Friday. Sport has golf lessons, we are in the last week of tennis lessons, and swimming goes 4 days a week for 2 weeks. Can you believe that June is pretty much over? Where did it go?

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