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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Family Visits

We were thrilled to have my brother Daniel and his family visit us from Denver for a week.  When they came they managed to bring with them a freak cold spell for a few days.  But we do not let the fun stop just because its 42 degrees and rainy!  And thankfully after a few days it warmed right back up.  We made s'mores, spent a day at This is The Place Park freezing and loving it, did our annual picnic at an outdoor play at SCERA, went to the children's museum, ate way too much junk food at JCW's, visited BYU, spent a wonderful day at Lagoon, went to the pool, the city concert, the parade and the rodeo.  We packed in as much fun as we could and it was way too short.  Spencer came home every day asking what fun thing he missed while working (Lagoon was a bitter pill to swallow) but he joined us every night.  We just love their family and wish they lived closer.

Because we had a super cold day, swimming lessons were cancelled and Allison got to join us for the children's museum.  She was able to join us for most things as she only teaches till 1p.m.  When we went to Lagoon, she and Jeremy joined us after she got off of work.  Jeremy brave man that he is let her drive the whole way up on the freeway!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Too busy living to write

Allison saw this title and said excuses, excuses but it is true.  Not busy crazy stressed but rather too busy just enjoying being with family and living to think about things like taking pictures and writing more than a few sentence in my journal at night.

First of all Jeremy had one more crazy awesome trip, this time to Mexico.  This time he went as an editor which mean more hanging out inside working hard.  But he tried to play hard too when he could.  He came home tired and happy.

While Jeremy was gone we did all the end of the year madness and I was able to spend some time at my new school.

Robyn had her school dance festival as did Taylor.  Taylor was a volcano in Lava and did not enjoy wearing Hawaiian gear in our 50 degree cold spell but was super happy once we went inside.  Robyn danced away with a smile to "Can't Touch This".  Robyn had her economics fair where she sold shrinky dinks and her author's fair where she read to me all her stories.  It was fun to be able to go to everything.  Robyn has a few tears when she realizes that next year I won't be there during school for these events as I will be at my own school.

Spencer had his Calculus AP test and all his finals along with so many senior events that there really wasn't school for the last two weeks of May.  He had a senior BBQ up in the canyon.  He had a Lagoon Day for all the seniors.  He had a senior dinner/dance at the aquarium.  He had yearbook day and graduation practice.  It was a lot and he loved it although you could tell the stress of everything ending was getting to him a bit.  He got a full time job for the summer and quit Chubby's which he was very happy about as he was done with flipping buns and hamburgers.  They even had cake for him on his last day.  His end of the year project for woods was to make an art horse for Robyn.  She now tells everyone the play house is her art studio.

And most importantly he graduated from seminary and high school!  Seminary graduation was an awesome fireside that talked about how they went and did because they were going and doing.  My girls pointed out that they didn't see many other siblings there!

My parents flew out for his high school graduation which was very fun.

Graduation was at the Marriott Center at 9 a.m. (that means that everyone had to be there by 8 a.m. in church clothes!!!  not the easiest task).  Great talks, a few hiccups to keep things interesting and it was a great morning.  Jeremy followed along via texts and photos.  Followed by lunch out at a Korean BBQ place Spencer really wanted to try.  Then we hosted a party in our backyard for 30 of Robyn's classmates (Spencer and my dad figured out the outdoor movie set up) and then Spencer was off for his all night graduation party.

Allison had all of her end of the year stuff too such as testing, choir concerts and Lagoon Day.  She missed yearbook day because of graduation then skipped the last day to spend a day playing with friends.  Allison also had job interviews and then training to become a swim instructor at our city pool.

Before work and swim team started we picked up Jeremy at the airport and spent a few days playing.  We went to Gardner Village (minus Spencer who worked his last shift hopefully every of cooking fast food).  We ooh and awed at fairy houses and Robyn and I were inspired for our garden.  My mom helped Allison figure out a pioneer outfit for Trek and worked hard at sewing it all together.  Allison loves it!

We spent Memorial Day along with our guest Kaori driving down to southern Utah to hike Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon.  It was an awesome hike.  It involved a lot of scrambling over rocks and even wading through water but it was one of the most beautiful slot canyons I have been in.  Jeremy had to help lift my mom and me out at the very end when we had to get up and over a 6 foot wall but we all said it was worth it.  Then we spent a few hours recovering at Goblin Valley before heading back, everyone tired out.

Tuesday real life came in with a vengeance.  Spencer started working 9 - 5 every day.  The first day he didn't pack a water bottle and only brought a sandwich and an apple.  He came home exhausted and collapsed with the fact that he needed to go to cross fit and mow the lawn looming over him.  It was a tough transition to adulthood!  But he is doing much better and packs lots of water and food for his day now and realizes that jobs do not disappear even if you work all day.  And now I no longer do his laundry along with all the other adulting stuff.  He is figuring it out.  The hardest part is him realizing all the fun stuff he has to miss out on now because he works.  That part sort of stinks.

Allison is teaching swim lessons every day from 9-1.  She really likes it and enjoys all the cute preschoolers giving her hugs.  She has gotten so tan already.  We had to get all her stuff set up for concurrent enrollment which was a bit of a pain but she did it and now she just had drivers ed to work on for the rest of the summer plus a dance class.  We have had to learn all sorts of lessons such as curfews and how to communicate plans with parents etc.

Robyn started swim team every morning at 6:30.  I am driving which means I have to be up and going early as well.  Once I am up I am good but that initial getting up is really tough!  Luckily Robyn loves swimming so much she is up before her alarm ready to leave!  She is my buddy this summer as we tackle all our projects and summer cleaning.  We had a clean out challenge of getting closets and dressers all cleaned out and scrubbed down.  Allison and Robyn met it and we all went out for snow cones at our favorite place as a reward.  Spencer missed the carrot part of the challenge but then the stick of no electronics kicked in and he got it done.

I signed my official contract with the district and have been trying to start on getting everything organized, meeting with parents etc.  But fun stuff keeps getting in the way.  But our yard is getting back in shape, I have fairy lights strung up in the playhouse and new birthday present chairs on our deck so I probably need to get my butt in gear a bit.

Taylor is doing well.  We finished switching out one of his medications for a newer one to help his seizures.  It seems to be helping.  We have used respite a few times so that we can do things such as hikes that he cannot do.  We have gone swimming a bunch which he loves and he has enjoyed hanging out, laying in his newly pimped out swing and going places with family.

Jeremy continues working and exercising hard and trying to fit in family time.

End of April means play time for my girls.  Rehearsals and then performances every day makes for lots of tired super happy kids.  Robyn got sick the week of performances which meant she spent the days laying on the couch and then performing at night.  A tender mercy is that while she laid there sleeping on the couch all day while I finished student teaching was that a robin chose to build her nest in the tree right in front of her window.  She was enthralled with the process when she wasn't sleeping.  And icing on the cake is that my parents arrived to do sick kid duty at the end of the week and to cheer them on with their play.

Allison said for this scene they were told to loose IQ points every time the performed.  She did a lot of tap dancing numbers and even sang a solo this year.  She loved every minute of it and developed a close knit group of friends.

Robyn had a 101 degree fever this night but the show must go on.

It was good timing as not only were my parents here for the girls play they also got to see Spencer's last guitar recital.  Everything with Spencer right now is "last this" and "last that" - its very depressing.

Jeremy's old mission president and his wife came out for BYU graduation and made Jeremy's day by stopping by to visit and catch up.  It was 24 years ago that he came home from his mission to Tampa, Florida.

With my parents here we went and toured the new family history museum where they happened to run into their mission president from Australia.  We toured the tulip festival at Thanksgiving Point and celebrated my Mom's birthday with dinner out.

They watched Taylor for me one morning so that I could go with Jeremy for a ct scan.  Got the results two days later that the medication was working and that the tumor had noticably gotten smaller.  All good news.  Until this point we had no idea if the medication was working at all.  We so appreciate the fasting and praying that has been and is being done in our behalf.  It brings me to tears everytime.  Every fast Sunday I have a sharp elbow from Robyn prodding me to go up and bear testimony.  But I know that if I look at the neighborhood that has loved us through this that it will turn into an ugly crying session really fast.

With student teaching done I have been busy visiting my new school and meeting at the elementary schools with the incoming students.  You would not believe how gracious and kind everyone has been to welcome me and help me out.  The current teacher who is retiring is giving me all her materials that she has created over the years which is amazing.  She has been introducing me to everyone and taking notes on how everything works.  I could not ask for a nicer set up - unless its a bigger classroom, the classroom itself is really tiny.

I did get to get away for a day though to enjoy women's conference with a few of my favorite people.

And I was able to meet up with my old roommate and then had a small miracle when she walked by two of our other old roommates.  We just "happened" to all be in the same class sitting in the same row.

Jeremy left for a photo Hawaii.  The kids kept referring to it as his vacation.  I am sure he worked hard but we had very little sympathy for him!  He got to take photos as they toured pearl harbor, went to a luau, and many other fun events.

Spencer had Senior Prom with this super cute girl named Emily. They did games at a park all day, dinner, dance and ice cream at night.  Had a wonderful time with a great group of friends.

Robyn had a mother daughter activity.

She also is in the middle of all the end of the year stuff, like Hope of America.  It is a cheesy awesome patriotic program they practice months for and then perform in the Marriott Center one night.  She is one of the white stars in the blue area.

Allison is missing seeing her play friends every day and has been busy reconnecting with her school friends and figuring out jobs for the summer.  I am grateful Jeremy came home yesterday and is willing to take her for driving session including the freeway today for the first time.

I realized that I don't have a single picture of the birthday boy!  Taylor turned 21 this week.  We sent him off with doughnuts and made chunky monkey pancakes for dinner.  Saturday with Jeremy home and the sun shining we had his party.  It ended up being freezing cold but we had fun visiting with brave souls bundled up and Taylor ate his cake and grinned at the attention.

Between Taylor's birthday and Mother's Day I always have mixed emotions during this week.  I am grateful for the example of a mom who showed me what mothering and being a strong woman looks like.  I try to emulate her every day.