Happy 19th Birthday to Joshua!! Every mother wonders, dreams and worries about what it will be like, or more appropriately, what their son will be like, when his 19th birthday comes. Well, could a mother be prouder or happier about where a son is than I am of Josh? He just finished the Spring Semester at BYU-Idaho and received a 4.0! He worked really hard for it too - the hardest I've ever seen him work at school. I have to say that Bruce put in a fair amount of time (as in hours and hours) over the phone with Josh, helping him with his computer science class. Josh is as handsome as ever. Bruce and I went out to dinner at a really nice Italian Restaurant with Jesse and Josh for their birthdays. At one point during the dinner, Josh looked over and said something to me with this look on his face that was picture perfect. I said, "Don't ever look at a girl like that unless you really, really like her." It's a look of calmness, self-assurance and strength. We had a great dinner, the only thing missing was the rest of the children. :) We took the whole family there in April right before Josh went to school and it was wonderful. We had a gift certificate from Bruce's boss in order to afford it. We are in the middle of getting Josh's papers ready to send in for a mission. Yeah! We decided that he will be going back to another semester of school in the Fall instead of waiting around to go on a mission.
We went to a local reservoir for our annual camping trip that we do with our friends. Fred & Amy, Elizabeth & Calvin, Todd & Kristie and their families, along with us, were the ones attending. The water was high, especially for August, so the kayaks and the canoe were a hit. Joseph, Jesse, Freddy and Kalli were inseparable. We brought Britta and Dallas with us, friends of Mary and Libby, respectively.
Peter and Libby had their first day of 5th and 4th grade respectively. They have great teachers and are enjoying school!
Jesse turned 16 this month! Her friends had a surprise birthday party for her the day before her birthday, and then they also brought her breakfast on the morning of her birthday. Talk about royal treatment! She has already been on a "first date", which was fun. She is a beautiful 16 year old, and Bruce is going to be cleaning his gun a lot. Ha ha
Joseph, Jesse and Mary on their first day of school.
Mary gets to join the "high-schoolers" this year, which is right up her alley. She will love the wider social circle. She is in the AnimaMea choir at school, which is an audition all-girls choir.
Jesse is now the full-time organist in our ward, and also accompanies the choir. She made the decision not to play soccer this year, in order to concentrate on piano practicing. She practices around 3 hours a day. She is also on a competitive clogging team, which she loves!
Joseph and Jesse have Show Choir together this year, and also Madrigals. They LOVE these two activities.
Peter received his Arrow of Light Award. Congratulations Peter!
Joseph scored the first two goals in his Varsity soccer game last week He is doing great on the field, and is a real asset to his team.
Jesse has her Dad wrapped around her little finger, because this is what he found on Craigslist for her:
We had our Family Street Dance last night. It was so fun! Am I saying everything is "so fun"? Well, that's just it. Our life is fun. There are challenging parts too, but mostly, we are very, very blessed and feel to thank the Lord every day for his bounteous blessings.
We have had Josh's friend Sterling staying with us for a week, and we had Kaleb overnight - so fun to see him!! We also had our old Bishop and his family from Poulsbo stay with us overnight. Since July we have had a family living with us up in our Entertainment Room. Their little daughter Emma, who is 3, entertains us to no end. Tonight she happened to be there for family council, and when we were discussing Mary walking to mutual, she piped up and said, "From the high school? No way!" Oh, we just get a kick out of her - she's a hoot. We also had some other friends from Poulsbo pass through - Bill and Laura and family. We loved seeing them too!
One thing that has sorely needed attention that is not getting it is our garden. We have harvested a few things - cucumbers, green beans, onions, tomatoes, and green peppers. Soon there will be corn and squash. We haven't been over to look at the carrots. I'm to scared to. ha ha That will just make my mother squirm when she reads that. Sorry, Mom - I'll get to it, I promise!
We love all of our friends and family. You truly bring us great joy.