July 2022 recap

Summer, you continue to FLY by. We were way too late to buy fireworks, so giant snappers and a few sparklers were our celebration that evening. Dino Day! We went to see the Dinos at Thanksgiving point, then saw the new Jurassic Park movie. Josh did a really fun tournament in Denver. They put you…

Trek 2022

Rusty here (with a few interjections from Tara): Tuesday July 5th was up and off to Trek.  We dressed in our trek clothes. Cowboy hats and dresses. We packed our buckets and packed the car for Utah.. We dropped Dash off at Sarah’s and then were off to the church. It was fun to see…

YW Camp 2022 Israel Assemble

YW camp was such a blast this year. It felt so good to be back at Batel doing our traditions and enjoying the spirit of that camp. Seriously–as soon as I drive through the camp gates I get goosebumps. It feels so sacred. And even though the girls don’t quite recognize it, they feel it…

June Recap

Summers with teens are so different than with little kids. Most the time they are out having fun with their friends and I’m stuck at home! I’m no longer the party planner. Sad for me.

Folly Beach Girls Gone Mild #3

After missing out on GGM #2 in Destin, I was eagerly awaiting our trip to Charleston. If I’d have known years ago that turning 40 meant a Hawaii trip and a Charleston trip to celebrate, I think I would have been a lot more excited to reach this milestone.  As luck would have it, we…

Catalpa Remodel

We took on a big project this winter and did a mini house remodel! We painted, redid the floors, put new stone on the fireplace, updated the baseboards, and my favorite, revamped the staircase. It was a lot of work to coordinate all the contractors and live in a mess for a couple of months,…

Happy 41st Birthday Rusty!

We had a fun day celebrating Dad! Halle and Josh bought him a pineapple shirt. His only birthday wish was to play pickle ball with the family. He shared his Sunday birthday dinner with Luke and Grace made his favorite fruit pizza for dessert!

Blake is a TEENAGER

Dear Blake, Welcome to your teenage years! I can’t believe it. You tell me it’s not you who is getting older and taller, it’s me shrinking smaller 🙂  It’s been such a fun year being back at school full time, and this spring, NO MASKS! Hip hip hooray! And you made the Honor Roll third…

Week-o-graduation

We’ve been dreading and anticipating this week since Aug! Me dreading, her anticipating. Just kidding. Kind of.  It has been so wonderful celebrating Halle and looking back on all the amazing things she has accomplished.  And it’s been bittersweet revisiting all the old pictures of her adorable childhood. I love that tiny girl with the…

May 2022 Recap

Life keeps barreling forward. How are we at May? Is working at Google even a job? Fully stocked fridges, ping pong, a music room, relaxation rooms, a giant gym, an arcade, meals, nap pods, etc. The perks are real. Rusty FINALLY got to go to Mountain View and meet his team in person! 21 months…