Janae and I decided to make Emily's Sunday wardrobe a family matter. The three of us went through her closet and got creative. We thought if we took photos of all these outfits, then getting ready for church on Sunday would be a snap! This is what we came up with it. Check it out!
A.J.'s been called to serve in the Las Vegas West Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has accepted his call and will devote his life to the serving others and sharing the good news of the gospel for 2 years. We are so excited, proud, and humbled, all at the same time. We love him so much and know he'll be a wonderful missionary. This is a kid who works hard, has a tender heart, and has an obedient spirit. We will so miss him.
In 18 months, we have had an annual passes to Hampton Court Palace, which also included entrance to Kensington Palace, and Kew Gardens. And all this time, we have not made it out to Kew to explore. Emily and I took Grandma and it was well worth our time. It was a fun day out. We especially enjoyed the treetop views and Kew Palace (Home of King George III).
Jason's mom and I had a great time strolling through Greenwich market while the kids were at school. We got some great fresh street food and Yvonne got some great fashion tips from the Hatter.
A.J. started his first drawings for this petrol skateboard 18 months ago. A.J. attended Croydon College, where he was enrolled in an engineering program there. A.J. had access to a metal shop, and teachers, and tools that proved to be so helpful. When he first showed me his drawings I responded how I almost always respond, "That's nice A.J." Now looking back I wonder why my brain has so little vision. Why can't I see the brilliance from the beginning and be a bit more supportive. I've always said, I wish there was a handbook on how to raise an inventor. You know, how did Edison's mom do it? Did it stress her out that her little Thomas wasn't doing well in school? Did she ever say to him, "Hey Tommy, maybe you should leave my house alone and stop using things around the house to make that light thing-a-ma-jingy-thing you're always talking about!" Did she ever say, "It's not very realistic Tommy, go get a real job?" I've just wondered so often how she did it. It is just so cool, as a mom, for me to see what A.J. created! Not just in his mind, on paper, or in a model version, but in real life! I love this kid, even after the many days of pulling my hair out in the process! He's amazing.
I'm not gonna say there wasn't blood, sweat, and tears involved here. So, don't scroll down if you're squeamish!
We loved having Grandpa visit us. It was a bit fast and furious. He came, he saw, he conquered! He was able to explore a lot of London, went out to Bath and Stonehenge, and went to Crete for a week. We are a beach family and the beaches of Greece were amazing last year, we just had to share it with Grandma and Grandpa. We think Grandpa liked it too! But without a doubt, he was ready to go home. He was packed and ready a couple hours early that morning, he pushed himself onto a crowded tram and made his way to the airport on his own while Jason and his mom took off for Jerusalem the same day. A bit Crazy!
I knew the tram would be crowded in the morning. Grandpa was leaving the same time as Janae, for school. So I told Janae, you push grandpa onto that tram. She texted me that he didn't get on. I went to the tram stop to see if he was having any trouble, but he was gone. He must have hopped on the next tram. I'm sure it was stressful for him to push himself onto the tram that time of morning with all that luggage (most of which was ours he was taking back to the states for us). Thanks Grandpa!
But Before he could go home, he took these girls to the temple. He helped staff our ward youth temple trip one night when Jason was out of town for work.