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

Seminary Graduation

Last night was the seminary graduation for Nicole and her senior friends from church. I was proud of them for their hard work and sacrifice with early morning rising and scripture study over the last four years.  What a great accomplishment and start for their lives. I will be excited to see what they all do and accomplish and become in the next few years. They have all been a great support to each other over the last few years in high school and church and seminary.

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Mom and Daughter lunch

Today we went to lunch with one of Nicole’s best friends and her mom. We wanted to surprise the graduates with a special mom and daughter lunch. We did not tell the girls we were meeting, so Nicole thought just the two of us were having a special lunch, but surprise, we had four for lunch instead! We had some yummy food and special time with these girls. They were both excellent students and great buddies since middle school.


Last day of school!

This was our earliest end of school since my kids have been in school. They ended in May this year. We have adjusted to the new time frame just fine. Here are the kids with their teachers and buddies. My parents were here for the day after graduation. We took Nicole to lunch after her early morning arrival and a few hours of sleep. We had a delicious fish market lunch. I feel blessed they were able to come help celebrate Nicole’s graduation from high school. They are dear and blessed in our lives.

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Memorial Day adventures

We had a wonderful Memorial Day. We didn’t make it to the Golden Gate National Cemetery like we usually do. Brandon went on Saturday and decorated the graves with flags with the Boy Scouts.


So we held a cousins’ piano recital at the Westerlind’s house. It is amazing to see these kids progress and the work and time of practice and lessons.


Then after the piano recital we had a book club with the cousins and adults. We read this book by Lois Lowry. Maren chose this book and resonated with the strong 10 year old girl who was the main character.

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We were invited to attend a barbecue for incoming BYU freshman from our stake. What a great group of kids!



The house had a pool. We didn’t bring swimming suits, but that didn’t stop Robin, Maren and Camille from having a grand old time.

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End of year awards

It was another one of those nights. We did a bit of running to and from two awards evenings at the high school. First, Brandon received an award from his baseball coach for all his hard work and dedication and good playing on the JV team. He went from not making the team to becoming the starting 3rd baseman. It was a great honor.


Nicole had her last French awards evening. She placed in the national test again and also was awarded a scholarship. She got her honor cords for the French Honor society to wear at graduation. She and one of her best friends won the scholarship together. She also performed as Candide’s love interest in a short French play. It was a fun evening.


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With more buddies and awards


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Camille’s serious shot upon arriving at home





1st grade student showcase/YW Recognition Night

This afternoon Robin gave us a tour of her first grade classroom. She has had a fabulous year of learning. Her reading has grown by leaps and bounds. She has been thriving learning about African animals. She loves her friends. She loves math. She has become articulate and confident.


Here is the tooth story, and Robin lost a tooth yesterday just to go along with the book.

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Sunset silhouette

IMG_1871Awesome African animal reports

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Tonight Nicole and the graduating seniors were recognized by the Menlo Park stake for their accomplishments. Nicole and her cousins and many friends were recognized for completing their personal progress awards.

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I am proud of all these girls and their accomplishments. Mostly I am grateful for Nicole and her faith, obedience, dilligence, creativity, strength, and good works.


Mother’s Day 2013

Every year that passes deepens my love for my children. It was a simple and sweet mother’s day. The greatest gift was having Erik home more, fewer meetings at church. He brought me breakfast in bed. We both had singing and piano assignments that took us to church early. He sang in a beautiful barbershop quartet version of Love at Home in Relief Society. I accompanied the young women singing He Sent His Son in sacrament meeting with a beautiful flute and violin accompaniment.

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Then we headed over to Jammie and Grandpa’s house for dinner and sharing of how our mothers have influenced us. I found these fun photos of my mom and Erik’s mom from our wedding reception in Salt Lake after we were married.


I enjoyed seeing this artichoke, newly picked. I also loved Robin and her cousins frolicking in the backyard.

IMG_1864IMG_1865IMG_1866I felt the love of my husband and my kids. I enjoyed the unity and fun of this relaxing Mother’s Day.