Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
WARNING #1 - ELLA HAS GROWN 4 INCHES SINCE WE BROUGHT HER HOME-ALL HER CLOTHES ARE TOO SMALL-INCLUDING THE SWIM SUIT THAT I BROUGHT...SHE IS SHOWING OFF A LOT OF SKIN =)
WARNING #2 - MY BOYS STILL WORKING ON THEIR TAN-BEWARE OF BLINDNESS =)
Monday, May 26, 2008
Our lovely spot on the gym floor (I was thinking "un-freakin-believable")
Auditorium before the students entered
Students entering for graduation ceremonies
Third speaker-Class Valedictorian
Ella getting bored and playing with lip gloss-676 names are a lot to get through
Somewhere in the next few pictures there is a black blob...that is Madison getting her diploma
Ella wondering what that "funny hat" was
Aunt Trisha and Aunt Cherise
Grandma and Grandpa
Best friend - Hannah
All in all graduation ended up being OK. The students loved the fact that they had the whole auditorium to themselves...just them to celebrate what they had accomplished.
Madison will start at ASU in the Fall, but not after letting go of a dream that she has had since 9th grade. ASU was the LAST place Madison wanted to go to school, but she applied there anyway as her back-up school. She was accepted into one of the nation's most prestigious Journalism School...the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in the Broadcast Journalism division. Out of 1100 students that applied to the program only 275 were accepted. Based on her GPA, ACT score and class ranking, she was also awarded a full scholarship for tuition and books. Madison has always dreamed of going to BYU and majoring in Musical Theatre-a passion of hers. She has decided to take a different road-the one she thought she would never travel and give up her dream of attending BYU. She has slowly come to terms with the fact that she could not pass up this opportunity at ASU. This Fall, The Cronkite Journalism School is opening up a new facility in downtown Phoenix that was partly funded by CBS. This school is as high tech as one can imagine and the opportunities are endless. She will be in the nation's 5th largest media outlet learning from the best in the field. A CNN anchor left his job to come teach at this new school. As she will have to say goodbye to friends that are leaving and put her "Broadway" dreams on hold-we know that she will be successful going down this path in life. But, as parents who spent a lot of money for voice lessons, we are hoping she can find a job SINGING the evening news =).
Friday, May 23, 2008
Steven Curtis Chapman's family experienced a horrible tragedy. Maria, their youngest adopted daughter from China was hit by a car in their driveway and killed. The Chapman family has dedicated their lives to children around the world, especially the orphans of China. I pray that through their faith they will be lifted up and given comfort. Our thoughts go out to this family, especially their son who was involved in the accident. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Here are two songs that I LOVE by Steve Curtis Chapman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLYxtuC0oRk (the song playing on my blog...if you want a good cry watch this whole video & explanation-grab a tissue)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
I asked my boys in a VERY loving tone:
"What part of the bowl is too hard for you to get ALL the dog food into?"
"What (total blank stare on their face)...we always get the dog food into the bowl."
I walk them into the laundry room and ask:
"Then why is there always dog food on my floor?"
"(Blank stare again)......................um, I don't see any dog food on the floor."
I point out the dog food.
"That's, like, only 10 pieces of dog food Mom...whats the big deal?"
The big deal is that whenever someone walks into the laundry room and SMASHES the pieces of dog food, I have dog food crumbs everywhere...and then it dawned on me that I have had this conversation many times before with them about the
and why they can not seem to get an exact aim into the round circle. I have decided that my boy's track record is about 95%...95% of what needs to get inside of a bowl will make it. Cereal in a bowl, dog food into dish, and you know what into the toilet. It is just a boy thing and I do love my boys because they just crack me up!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My computer has been in the shop for the last 4 days-I can't believe how much I am dependant on my computer and how much $$$ they cost to fix when they die.
Ella had a really fun play date last week with her friend, Julia...they posed at will when I brought out the camera. These girls are definitely NOT camera shy and I couldn't resist posting some of the pictures =).
Today is Sunday, the day we worship. Church was amazing today...it was our Stake Conference-the twice a year meeting that all the wards in our Stake meet together to be instructed by our leaders. When I walked into the meeting, I was overwhelmed by the youth choir that was singing. They sounded like angels and I was immediately humbled by the Spirit. My husband was ask to give the opening invocation and I was humbled even more when he asked, in he middle of his prayer, for comfort to be given to those that were suffering in the aftermath of the China earthquakes. I appreciated him so much for his continued prayers on behalf of the people of China. Our leaders talked about remaining steadfast in this difficult and trying world, being faithful and fortifying our homes against the temptations of Satan. I always love to come home from church feeling uplifted and with a renewed sense of duty to be a righteous mother and wife.
We had the privilege of watching Madison graduate from Seminary tonight-a beautiful meeting. Madison, along with two other Seminary graduates, was asked to speak at the commencement. As a mom, I was in awe of this daughter that I raised, just listening to her testify about the things she knows are true and right, brought huge tears to my eyes. Now, we look forward to Graduation this Thursday. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around that fact that my first born is graduating...I think I might be the only parent that is going to stand up at Graduation and shout "I OBJECT." I personally think she needs to go back the ninth grade and repeat High School because she grew up way to fast! Family is going to start trickling in on Tuesday so our week should be busy, but fun.
I have been told that my blog is getting closer to being done...I am so excited for the finished product. Enjoy the Ella and Julia cuteness.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008