Just like the seasons here, Charlotte kind of only has an "on" or "off" switch, too.
See? Long walk home from a picnic ... off.
It was a gorgeous evening just before the fall cool set in.
A week in the mountains alone with friends and school teachers? I thought about him every minute he was gone but he absolutely loved it and didn't miss us a bit, I think.
Janie went to a skydiving place and had a fantastic time. A friend sent me this pic of her levitating.
The girls and I dragged Christian along to see Wicked with us. We had such a great time downtown together. The show was amazing and we've been singing all of the show tunes.
With kids back in school, Charlotte and I enjoyed time at the zoo together. She has asked me every day since, if we are going to the zoo.
This tiger adores tigers. I'm not surprised.
Tigers play hard and sleep hard.
The school had a Muffins with Moms morning. We were excited to go to school early with Eliza. At least I thought so.
I think we realized we weren't staying for the whole day ;)
After Annie's trek experience, we were concerned about an increase of asthma attacks. A check up revealed a bump on the roof of her mouth. She had it removed in a surgery and the doctor kind of stressed us out over it's unexpectedly large size. After plenty of prayer and worrisome speculation on our part, we were relieved for the labs to come back benign.
Her asthma meds have been changed and she is doing so much better.
An envelope arrived from Africa containing letters from the sweetest young woman I know. We thought our hearts would burst, we love her so.
This young man has been a special part of our family. He and Celia were good friends for much of their high school years. He is a senior this year and gets to miss her right along with us.
He had a special day.
I couldn't have been more grateful for these fantastic friends who came to support him. Most of them are not members of our faith but were so good to him. They are an impressive bunch.
We flew Celia home for his big day and he has become one of our family. We love him like our own. You'll see him in a lot of our pictures.
A few weeks later, another best girl friend called to say she, too, was having a special day.
Of course, we had to fly Celia in again and be her support. Oh man, do I love this young woman's dedication to attending early morning seminary with my kids when she wasn't even a member of our faith!
She is full of strength and light.
She's working on the lighting crew for all of the campus performances. I think she's in love.
Keeping connected is so convenient now. We have eased into the separation and enjoy hearing all about college life. It has even inspired some of these other kids to work a little harder. But it's also important to us that we balance letting her be on her own.
Another reason I love modern technology ...
It gives me a peek into my kid's world, most especially when they use my phone to text .... ;)
Newel received a big award in scouting. He was honored that leaders would travel far and wide to see him decorated.
I love when my kids appreciate a beautiful fall sunset and have to grab my phone to keep it.
Grant had a musical performance at school.
Christian was asked to the Sadie Hawkins dance. The theme was "villains and heroes" so he and his date went as an angel and devil.
Here is my angel ;)
Wish I'd seen her costume but he was picking her up from far away.
We both are :)
But she loves it and asks me to take her picture every time we go up those steps just because of the one time we did that to mark her radiating happiness.