Monday, June 30, 2008

Aspiring Actress

Michelle's play, "Willy Wonka, Jr.", was performed Saturday. First she was one of the children in the opening scene.
Then she donned a bright green wig to become one of the Oompa-Loompas.
And her last role was as the goose checking for golden eggs. Several people told us she had the best line in the play - "Bad Egg!" describing greedy Veruca.
We're glad Michelle enjoyed this experience. It was a lot of fun watching her and seeing her enthusiasm. She has wonderful facial expressions! Now, what will she do to keep from being bored??

Monday, June 23, 2008

Feeling Rested

One of my friends commented yesterday that I looked "rested" when she saw me at church. I wonder what that says about how I normally look on Sunday mornings! But we decided that I did have a delightfully restful week with no alarm clock. I was able to spend hours in the library on FamilySearch while Michelle participated in her play practices and workshops. (One of my "summer projects" is to go through Wayne's 20 family history binders and fill in as many blanks as we can, particularly the temple ordinance ones. Now about five of them are done.) I finished Weston and Megan's afghan (no promises on when it will be in the mail though!) while watching tv. And I read the three-volume "Fishers of Men" series, which has been on my "to-do" list for four years. Michelle and I didn't have to do any cooking - cold cereal for breakfast and leftovers/fast food for dinner - so that was a nice treat as well. The boys had a good time also (even though one of them did come back with blistered, sunburned shoulders in spite of constant applications of sunscreen - OUCH!) and now we're back to the "real" world of alarm clocks, laundry and orthodontist appointments!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More Going, Going, Gone

The Priest Quorum is "park-hopping" this week. (8 state parks, 2 national monuments, camping, beaches, tubing and fort touring all in 6 days) Guess how I've spent my time the past couple of weeks? But now that the reservations are made, the directions are printed, the food is purchased, the van is packed, and the boys are off, we girls get our own vacation at home! We all plan on having a great time. (Steven's quorum is also camping this week, but they're staying put at one beach!)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Going, Going, Gone

After hours of work, the trunk of the last dead tree was finally uncovered
.Even after chopping it into smaller pieces,

it still took three strong guys to lift it into the truck.

Now that it's gone, Wayne's ready for a new project!
Stay tuned to discover what it will be . . .

Friday, June 13, 2008

Fruits of PPIs

Years ago Wayne came home from a priesthood meeting where the dads were taught the importance of having formal interviews with their children. He decided to follow that counsel, and has been quite faithful in spending time with them individually on Fast Sundays. I remember one afternoon he took baby Michelle into the den and then came out in just a few minutes. The older boys were a little perturbed that she got to play a game with dad while they had to report on their Scouting progress! But before they played the game (something like patty-cake), they said a prayer to make it official. I'm actually a little envious of their tradition.

Anyway, because of this habit, our sons have all earned their Eagle (except Steven, and he still has some time - 3 merit badges and a project left) and this week Michelle received her Personal Progress YW Medallion. We're so proud of her! We're particularly pleased that she earned this as a Beehive. Because she has recorded her thoughts, she'll be able to see her progress as she works through the program again. (Learning and growing never stop!!) Her very last requirement was to learn how to make a quilt. So, here's what she designed and worked on. If she makes a quilt as a Laurel, I'll expect her to do ALL of the work because now she knows how! (I also appreciate her patience with her mom and waiting for a wedding and seminary to be over before concentrating on finishing her project.) Michelle's a beautiful young woman and we're missing her this week while she's away at girls' camp!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Jeff's done with high school! Graduation was a wonderful event, and not nearly as boring as we expected it to be. (It takes a while to read 500 names, but the administration kept them moving.) We're just grateful Jeff earned the right to sit in the front row so it was easy to spot him in the distance. We enjoyed having a few friends over the next night to celebrate Jeff's and Kyle's (his best friend) accomplishment.