Four children, five states and six moves ago, I stood in a white dress holding the hand of my sweetheart, amazed that he had married ME! Eleven years! Where has the time gone? I love you John!
I woke up Sunday morning to “Guess what mom? Guess what mom? It’s the first day of fall!” Sara was so excited that fall was finally here. She was more than a little disappointed when she stepped outside to go to church and found that it was still so hot outside
Okay, so I know this isn’t a very exciting picture, but to me it’s the most beautiful sight I’ve seen in a long time. There was cloud cover most of the day yesterday, and the temps only got up into the mid nineties! It felt so good! Lauren and I got some much needed shopping done and when we returned to the car, I could actually grasp the steering wheel without burning my hands. Ah… it’s those little joys that keep us going
Here we go again. Soccer workshops on Monday, tennis on Tuesday, soccer practice on Wednesday, soccer practice on Thursday, soccer games on Saturday. Let the fun begin!
Cailyn decided that soccer wasn’t her thing, so she is trying her hand at tennis. She is doing really well, not to mention what a cutie she is in her tennis outfit!
This may have been Sara’s first year on a soccer team, but you sure couldn’t tell by the way she played. She played her little heart out and even scored a goal in her fist game.
When it comes to sports, Emily just has a knack. She had a pretty good first game. The highlight for her was when her coach asked her to be keeper. You’ll notice the umbrellas in the picutre. We will be investing in one of those for next week so we don’t all come home like cherries. It was just so hot! I don’t know how the girls could run around and play in that kind of heat. Maybe I’m just a wuss
It’s 10 o’clock at night, and I just went in to check on Lauren because I heard her talking in her sleep. I was just in time to see her sit up, pee in her bed and then lay back down, all while still being asleep. So I stripped her down, wiped her off, put on new pjs, and layed her on Sara’s bed while I changed the sheets. She never even opened her eyes. Then I layed her back down in her bed and she wasn’t even the wiser. John came in to see what was going on, and he noticed that Sara was cuddled up to something. We went over and took it out of her hands. It was a packet of blueberries and cream oatmeal. John wondered what on earth she was doing cuddling a package of oatmeal. I laughed and said that it was probably the last one left and she wanted to be sure she got it. John went and checked and sure enough it really was the last one. You’ve got to love these funny moments!
Sara’s Kindergarten graduation! I am so proud of her, as she has worked so hard since moving to Arizona. She was a little behind when we moved here, but she is all caught up now! I can’t believe how grown up she is getting. I have really mixed emotions about that. I love to see her growing and learning, but at the same time it is sad to see the time flying by so quickly.
Sara’s first year playing softball. Isn’t she just adorable in her softball uniform. I know it’s hard to tell in these pictures, but trust me.. she is. Sara is left handed, so at the beginning of the season we went out and bought her a left handed glove, but half way through the season discovered that she really does better throwing with her right hand, go figure. Anyway, we’ll have to get her a new glove for next year.
Cailyn and Emily’s third year playing softball. Their team did really well this year. They really played their hearts out, and had a third place finish for the season. There were a lot of really close games and one that even went into overtime.
Swimming, swimming and more swimming! Lauren has had swims lessons in the morning for the past two weeks and is doing awesome. Of course it helps that when we come home we go out in the backyard and practice what she learned.
A visit from one of my best friends in junior high, high school and college. Amy, it was so good to see you!!!
The girls have been having a lot of fun playing together this summer. They have made up a land called Snuland. In Snuland, Cailyn is the mom and also runs the lottery. You can win lots of Snufles in the lottery, which are the currency of Snuland. (1 Snufle = 1 US dollar, I am told. I’d like to get in on that action) Emily is the self proclaimed “Puzzle Master” and runs the Puzzle Museum. Sara works for Emily in the puzzle museum. They have been busy putting together just about all the puzzles we own. Snuland is complete with an arcade and a store, but there are no schools to be found in Snuland.
Don’t you just love the games that kids play. They have such active imaginations. I love to see the girls playing so well together.
We survived our first really hot day. I know… I know… it’s going to get hotter, but I’m just taking it one day at a time. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Lauren and I actually spent a good deal of time outside today and I was never that uncomfortable. When the older girls got home from school we all took a dip in the pool. We stayed in for almost two hours. It felt so good. The girls had a back float competition, and Sara (who just learned how to float on her back today) won with a time of 1 minute 4 seconds. Way to show your big sisters Sara!
(This is Sara’s tribute to me for Mother’s Day. It is hanging up in the hallway at her school. You’ll notice that Sara put me as being 40 years old. I’d just like to clarify for those of you who don’t know my real age that I’m not that old yet!)
We had the most wonderful weekend. It started with us picking up Grandma and Grandpa Conrad and GG (great-grandma Ohngren) from the airport on Friday night. We kicked Sara out of her room and GG bunked in there with Lauren. Then we kicked Cailyn and Emily out of their beds and Grandma and Grandpa bunked in there. Sara, Cailyn and Emily slept in our closet. Yes… in our closet, but it’s not as bad as you think. Our master closet is HUGE. It is at least as big as Cailyn and Emily’s room. Sara had been dying to sleep in the her new play tent, so she set it up in the closet and slept in there. Cailyn and Emily slept on a queen size air-matress. That’s right there was a tent and queen size air-matress set up in our closet with room to spare. It’s kind of funny that we have such a big closet seeing as neither John and I are big “clothes” people. It’s a lot of wasted space to us. Anyway, I’ve gotten off topic.
Saturday morning we got ready for Emily’s baptism. She looked so beautiful in her white dress.
These pictures were taken outside our house before the baptism.
Emily was so excited to be baptized. She was just glowing. When we were at the church and she was changing into the jumpsuit, she told me that she felt so warm and good inside. While we were sitting waiting for the program to begin, John told Emily to pay special attention to how she was feeling because she would be feeling the Holy Ghost. She replied “Dad, I already do.” We are so proud of Emily and her decision to be baptized. She is such an amazing little girl (only not so little anymore )
John and Emily right before the baptism
Great Aunt Laurel and Emily after the baptism
A family picture after the baptism
After the baptism, we headed back to the house to celebrate the baptism, and John and Cailyn’s birthdays. We swam in the pool (which is still a little on the cool side). Then we had a barbeque and of course cake. The girls picked out the cake. It was a Snickers Bar icecream cake. They love their dad and their dad loves Snickers, so that’s the cake they had to have for him.
We had a really great time with Grandpa and Grandma and GG. We are so glad they came for the baptism. It is always so much fun to have them for a visit. If anyone else is thinking of coming for a visit, we’d love to have you. We promise we won’t stick you in our closet, and we’ve taken care of the spiders