Monday we had a rental van since ours was in the shop after finally getting fixed from our parking lot hit and run. We babysat the Stewart kids in the morning, then took McKenna for a back-to-school haircut. They cut off almost 8 inches!
And of course, it took her some getting used to, so she didn't want to smile for the "after" picture.
We attended the Nelson Family BD party in the evening.
Tuesday, after McKenna's piano, we went to the Liberty Park splash pad with cousins! We got lucky! We had no idea every Tuesday it is closed until 2pm for routine maintenance and we were there at 12. We ate a packed lunch then heard the crew finish up and kids start to play. Thank goodness too. My kids have been waiting ALL Summer for this outing!
Anna decided to pose like a teenager.
After the splash pad, my good friend and past roommate Brittany Erickson, came by for a visit with her 4 kids. They were in town (Park City) for a work conference for her husband. I got to meet her precious new baby, who was an angel! She was here for two hours but it never seems long enough!
That evening we had our back-to-school dinner. The kids love when we cover the table in paper and they can color on it! I made one of their favorites, Swedish meatballs.
We had to rush off to Ben's soccer game right after dinner, but after we got home, Dan gave each of the older three their back-to-school father's Priesthood blessings. I love how seriously the kids take this and they are especially reverent and in tune, but also extremely smiley and happy.
Wednesday was McKenna's first day of 2nd grade! Ben started three days later due to kindergarten only doing testing for the first three days. McKenna's teacher this year is Mrs. Sonntag, one of the founding members of the school. Dan got to walk her in and snap a quick picture. Her first three days were half days. She then had piano lessons and a play date in the afternoon.
I also went with Ben to his first day of Let's Play Music, year 2. That night I got a new calling to be the assistant ward camp director. I'm so thrilled to be working with Erica Day and the new YW's Presidency.
Thursday I went visiting teaching then took Ben for his Kindergarten testing. He did so awesome! He's already reading so well! I made dinner that night for another sister in the ward who had recently given birth.
Bethany figured out how to climb on the hearth, but didn't really know how to get down, hence the sad face. :)
Friday I vacuumed and Bethany followed me around not the least bit scared of the loud machine. In fact, she was in my way most of the time. Dan went rafting with our youth in the afternoon. In the evening, I took the kids to the Novak's to swim for Brindi Walker's BD party.
Saturday we had our first garage sale! We didn't do as well as we hoped, but we made some money off of stuff we were just going to DI. We made a total of $55. Dan took the middle two to 7/11 for "Bring your own container" day for slurpees!
That evening we had our adult session of stake conference with the visiting general authority being Dan's Aunt and Uncle, Elder Mike and Rosalie Ringwood! They gave wonderful talks about being filled with goodness and that help will come if we remain faithful and keep our covenants.
We enjoyed some treats at Dan's parents house right after.
Sunday I sang in the stake choir for stake conference. Some of Dan's Canadian friends, the Packs, came over in the afternoon. We took a nice walk around the neighborhood in the evening.
This week was an interesting and sad week for the Webster family's health. Clara had a scheduled procedure to remove her birthmark. Dan's dad had a bike wreck which left him with some broken ribs, a separated shoulder, and some wicked road rash. And poor Amelia had a seizure.
Clara's birthmark turned out to be benign, Dan's dad has healed pretty alright as well and Amelia may need to see a specialist.