Saturday, June 7, 2008

Simple Joys!

It's been a LONG time since I've blogged. I'm sure you all missed me . . . j/k!

I have so much to blog about but I'll spare you all the details and instead just recap:

School is officially out! Kylee CRIED for hours after school because she "will miss her awesome teacher and will really miss elementary school". She was very emotional about leaving 6th grade and although it's exciting, she is nervous about junior high.

We have had house guests - Medlyn's from Utah - and THOROUGHLY enjoyed the WEEK they stayed with us. They slept, swam, hung out, swam, played XBox, swam, etc.

While they were here, I had to leave for about 3 days to go on our ward's YW Retreat. I was blessed with the opportunity to be on the committee that planned this "Journey to Eternity" and it was AMAZING! I was in charge of getting speakers for the girls and I think I fulfilled that. I had Heather Madder come and speak to them about having DIVINE NATURE. She was awesome and I think she affected the leaders as well. The last night I had my Dad come and talk about not ever feeling alone. He was INCREDIBLE and I know he affected the girls and leaders by the testimonies born the next morning and Sunday. I could not have been prouder of my DAD!

My boys had the incredible opportunity to attend a week of Diamondbacks Baseball Training Camp. They had a blast and both did great! They got lots of kudos from the coaches and Dakota won 4th place overall (kids 4 years older than he participated) in their olympics. They are anxious now for Winter Training that Dad has promised they can do.

I'm knee deep into rehearsals for The Secret Garden (playing Lily) with my Kylee (in the children's chorus). We have had fun with rehearsals (old college friend is playing Archie opposite of me) and with costume fittings (yea for the weight loss!) and publicity pictures! I have just started adding in the additional rehearsals at Hale (Widow Paroo in The Music Man) this week as well. It's been a crazy schedule but I thoroughly enjoy it once I get to the rehearsal.

Tonight Geoff is at work (on nights this week), Kylee is at a sleepover and my 3 youngers are asleep. I had 6 no show lessons (welcome to summer! Good thing they pay in advance!!) and I was able to be a "MOM"! I know this may be normal for you all but I don't always get the joy of fixing dinner AT dinnertime and then serve it, eat it with the family and clean up after it! I so enjoyed this process!! I usually fix something early in the day to be thrown in the oven at dinner time and if I'm lucky I get some before I head out to rehearsal or when I get back from rehearsal. Otherwise, it's fast food for me and sometimes everyone. I made homemade pizza tonight (even the crust) and a caesar salad. This is a family favorite and the kids had a blast eating with me - funny how the smallest things make kids happy. We enjoyed ice cream and vanilla Oreos for dessert.

I have read over 200 blogs (sorry for not commenting, just trying to catch up)! I read about worms, photo shoots, rain, summer water fun in Az, realized I missed a friends birthday (Sorry Julie!! Gift for you this weekend!!), baby firsts - crawling, smiles, etc., chicken pox, sad days for Mickey, blue eyes, baseball, hockey games, bored kids, bunko fun, projects, pierced ears, clean and organized rooms, husbands leaving the country and coming home safe again, chores, HIGH ladders, diets, church callings, etc. etc. etc. You all have such great lives and amazing families, adorable kids and loads of fun!!

Again, I apologize for not commenting but know that I enjoy reading your blogs and hearing all about you and your family! Keep it coming and I'll try and do the same when I can! Love to all and ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!!


KJ said...

I am so glad you posted because I was totally missing you now that I found you. I am so glad you got a "normal" evening with the kiddos. You deserve that. Keep posting about when you will perform The Secret Garden I would love to go see it.

Jennie said...

Welcome back! I've missed reading about your family. I had heard Laurie and her family came to visit you! Sounds like a busy and fun time at your house. Good luck with the plays and everything else!

KayDee said...

Sounds like you have had a busy but fun time at your house! The plays sound fun. Let us know when they are so we can go see!

Diaper Diva said...

UMMMM not sure how you do it all!!Isn't great having company I love it!!

Crazymamaof6 said...

dang it! you should have called me so i could meet Laurie! and my birthday, you are forgiven. not so excited to get older these days.
sounds crazy wonderful doing the shows. and WHOOHOO for the retreat being awesome! that is RAD!

give me a call when you get a minute. to go out. i could always use a trip to walmart. ah. but Lance isn't in town next week. so someday. we'll have to get together.

so glad you had a minute to blog. i'd been wondering about you.

Sarah said...

Welcome back! And you WERE missed! There was no "j/k" needed! But modesty is always good. :)

Sounds like you've had a very busy and exciting past month!

Laurie M. said...

I missed you!! We had a great time at your house and can't wait to see you again.

Lacey said...

Glad your back! Don't stay gone long again! ;)

Hope you guys have a great summer! your babies are growing up!

Jenn said...

If we lived closer I'd talk you into teaching my kids voice lessons and traid for a little of the cost--- enough to off set the price--- for hair do's. And we'd never ever be a no show!

It really is amazing how YW camp can effect people. I remember my testimony growing in leaps and bounds when I was younger. So I am sure you are doing that in all your hard work for the girls in your ward!

sarah said...

You are one busy lady! Sounds like fun thought.

Lene said...

I am so glad you are back.
Do you ever slow down Woman?

Kristen said...

When is the secret garden? I wanna go! I'm excited for Kylee to go to girls camp! She is so cute!!!

Courtney said...

Glad you are back in the is CRAZY! Brig cried and cried the last day of school as well because he "hate summer because I will miss my friends and teacher!" Too funny!

Cecilia said...

Welcome back! You're one busy lady...I enjoyed reading about your adventures!!!

Have fun at the rehearsals and enjoy your summer!

Lene said...

I have been thinking about you and wondering how your crazy busy summer has been.
Take care.

Jenny said...

Hey Jenn, I found your blog on one of my friends. How fun! I saw your family at the homestead last week. I was bummed you had to miss out! I picked your kids out easily, it was funny. Hopefully I'll see you up there at the reunion???
Love ya! Jenny(Whiting)Smith

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Great time you are so busy ..I enjoyed reading about your adventures& your thoughts thanks..
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