Sunday, June 29, 2008

Weekend Update

This week brought our camper home safe & sound! The whole experience was a dream come true, with a bagful of nature crafts and a new sprinkling of freckles for souvenirs.

Yesterday Jake was invited to the wedding of his third-grade teacher. Watching his face as she walked down the aisle almost made me cry. I could just about read his mind...Wow! My teacher DOESN'T sleep at school. Wow! My teacher is a GIRL! Wow! My teacher is a princess! I'm in love!



This week, Em traded her chlorinated tangles for this cute new 'do! She thoroughly enjoyed being "the oldest" for a week. Her best friend, Catherine, came to town and stayed for a few days. They swam til they were pruney, had a 2-wheeler bike rodeo, and discovered Anne of Green Gables.



Although she enjoyed the company of her gal-pal, Em was completely starstruck by the teenage boys who spent the weekend in our basement as part of our church Youth Conference. She is quite a hostess and a bit of a flirt.



This week, Sam continued building his Spanish vocabulary and enjoyed his first trip in a canoe.

Sam jumps between two extremes--hysterically happy or happily hysterical. Sometimes it's hard to know which is worse.



This week has turned a doggy-paddler into a real fish. Gliding, diving, and keeping his face in the water....no problem.

Luke was thrilled to see WALL-e at the movie theatre and caught his first firefly in a jar.


This week was my last time leading music for the little ones at church. I cried. I will miss doing fingerplays and marching to "Nephi's Courage."

My new assignment is Early Morning Seminary. I will be teaching the New Testament to 9th-12th graders every day before school. I hope they like marching and fingerplays.

This week, Brad was in charge of the church Youth Conference. Almost 100 teens did two days' worth of service--cleaning up an inner city state park and making blankets for homeless families & sick children.

His reward? Flying cross-country with the wife and kids this week. Plus four weeks of non-stop togetherness. Let the fun begin!



18 comments:

Bridget said...

What a fun week. I know I've already commented on this but once again....early morning seminary?! Holy cow. That is big. You go girl.

Annemarie said...

Your family is darling! And the early morning seminary is scarey. You will be awesome!

andrea said...

you've got some great photos here. your post made me feel happy. things are good... i like that.
loved the wedding story. more on the camp!!!

nimmy & girlies said...

You're going to be a great seminary teacher.

Rochelleht said...

Yippeee! So excited to see you soon.

I think you'll be a great seminary teacher.

Jeanelle said...

I cried when I got released from Primary music too -- I feel your pain! Seminary will be a fun adventure and you'll learn so much. How exciting!

Meg said...

The teenagers are going to love you...fingerplays and all!

marta said...

you look so cute and so do your kids. i can't wait to see you NEXT weekend!!! you always made me cry when i listened to your primary sing.. you are made for that calling.

you'll love seminary and make those kids ship shape.. i know it. now only if you had a classroom i could help you decorate! want me to do any coloring or die cuts?

Hazen5 said...

Thanks for reminding me of Anne of Green Gables. She loves reading and I am running out of suggestions. Love all your family pictures.

Dancin Queen said...

Wow--early morning huh? I'm sure it will be rewarding, but...ouch! I'm not a morning person.

I looked for Ella Minnow Pea after your rave reviews, but haven't found it yet. I'll have to keep looking.

Jenibelle said...

Got my Ella book! You are going to LOVE Seminary, marching and finger puppets are a good thing. So is throwing candy and art projects and goofy games. When you get back, we'll have to connect and have a good chat!!

TravelinOma said...

Do parents inherit qualities from their kids? Because I want some of yours! You and B-rad are so generous with your home, time, and talents, and so sweet in your attitude. Good luck on the airplane. Let the gathering begin!

Lindsey said...

Yay! Make sure to let me know when you arrive here! We ought to be able to get together SOMEHOW!!!!

Shally said...

Many of my third grade students came to my wedding! (The girls all had a crush on Zach, they about DIED to be able to dance with him!)

It is funny when your students see you out of the classroom!

Ilene said...

Ah, my mom was a primary chorister for years and then a seminary teacher. It was great to be 15 years old and sing "I am Like a Star Shining Brightly" with your head poking out of a cardboard star for opening song in seminary.

WAY better than singing "Choose the Right" for the zillionth time.

Your daughter's hair looks great. Ah, I remember discovering Anne of Green Gables too... good times.

calibosmom said...

Seminary?...WOW, you're in the big leagues now! Cutie Patutie kiddos!

Lauren said...

I know you will be GREAT as a seminary teacher! They are sure going to miss you in Primary, though!

I love the way you word things, like, "a new sprinkling of freckles for souvenirs". You make everything sound so poetic and beautiful.

I chuckled at your son being in awe that his teacher doesn't sleep at the school...that was always my perception of things...In my mind's eye my teachers lived at the school and waited for ME to arrive each day.

I mean they did, didn't they?

Marie said...

Did I tell you I think we have the same yellow walls?

My favorite calling was primary chorister! Now I'm YW Pres. Please can I go back to primary?

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