We finished the Book of Mormon!

We set a goal of reading the Book of Mormon as a family this year. So we read almost every day for the last 6 months. And yesterday we finished Moroni 10. So tonight we had our pizza and ice cream party to celebrate. It was a good experience to read it together and have some good discussions. Seeing all those check marks and filled in spaces shows how much we read!

I especially wanted the three younger girls to have the chance to read it all the way through for the first time. Camille and I are heading to Girls camp tomorrow, so it was a good way to spend our family night. We also talked about service and how we can do nice things for one another. Good goals.

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Brandon is home and good friends

Today was a busy day. I picked Nancy up from the airport and had a girls camp meeting. We did our Saturday cleaning and got ready for Brandon to come home from Sky Mountain. He made it home and seemed to have a fantastic time up there. He made some friends and did some great activities. We are all glad to have him home. He got home and some of his friends came and surprised him. Nicole and her great friend made a chocolate cake and spent some of the day together. So good to have good friends and to be together again as a family.IMG_2672 IMG_2673 IMG_2674 IMG_2675 IMG_2678

Happy 4th of July!

We had a ward 4th of July breakfast with a short program and good conversation with friends and food. IMG_2635It was hot, but we enjoyed getting our red, white, and blue on and hearing some patriotic talks and music and pledge allegiance to the flag.

Erik and Robin won the water balloon toss game. Very fun!

We went to Stanford campus to hear Jim and Nicholas Welch play the carillon bells. It was fun to listen and see lots of friends from the ward.photo-3Robin played in this fountain for a long time. It is fun to see her in pure bliss enjoying the water and the free play.IMG_2638IMG_2642 IMG_2641 IMG_2640She splashed me a bit and had me come in and play with her for awhile.

We came home and rested and went out to dinner. Then headed to Shoreline for fireworks and met up with the Sweats and saw other friends from the ward too.IMG_2669IMG_2649IMG_2654IMG_2668

It was nice to be out and go for a long walk together. The walking reminded us of our Europe trip. The weather has been hot, so it is still warm at night which isn’t usual. It felt great. We are so blessed to have the freedoms that we do in this country.

 

 

Friends from London

It was great to have the Ashtons come for a visit. We went swimming all afternoon, love how that entertains the kids for hours. And then we had the Jacksons, Edwards, and the Ashtons over for some delicious Cafe Rio dinner with guacamole and pulled pork. It was yummy. I was amazed how much Maren and Madeline and Robin were such great friends. The Ashtons were in our ward for a year but we didn’t do nearly enough things together then. Now we have spent time in London and Palo Alto this summer! I am grateful for their friendship.

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