Friday, May 30, 2014

The Last Month of 8th Grade

Freckle Face has officially finished middle school and will be a Freshman in HIGH SCHOOL next school year.  She enjoyed the end-of-year celebrations with her friends and is looking forward to YW Camp at NAU, swimming at the pool, hanging out with friends, and just "relaxing" this summer.  Well done Fuzzy!  We are proud of you!!! XO

The Last Month of 5th Grade

Monkey Boy also had his end of year events between field days, concerts and promotion ceremonies... he's also been busy.  He did not tell us he was the "section leader" until we discovered it at the SIS 5th Grade Band performance the evening of.  At his promotion ceremony he was recognized for his achievements in math, reading, music, outstanding citizenship/good character, principal's list for all A's all year, and participation in the Wright-Flight program.  Over the last three weeks he's been on two weekend camp-outs with his dad and he is looking forward to no more school work for the summer.

The Last Month of 7th Grade

Buggy's last month of 7th grade was full of concerts and booster club activities.  She made the principal's list for all four quarters straight A's and is hoping to be a part of the National Junior Honors Society next year.  I video recorded her choir and advanced orchestra performances.  She was especially excited about the Beatles tribute and her solo on "All The Lonely People".   She has also been babysitting A LOT on the weekends and making money she's happy to save in her new checking/savings account at the credit union.  Next week she leaves for her first Young Women's Camp - an entire week at Northern Arizona University's Centennial Forest - camping, hiking, swimming, exploring caves and accomplishing obstacle courses.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Snap Happy {mobile monday}

Today is Freckle Face's last day of school!  No more middle school for her, next year she starts high school!! - which also means no more uniforms.  She's been a little 'snap happy' ever since she got her iphone (she was taking pictures of us this morning as we sorted through lunch party groceries and yearbook signing markers and all those last minute items needed for the last-day-of-school-fun).  Over the weekend she attended her first formal school dance... with a little nudging from her momma and some very persuasive friends - she said that she had a lot of fun and was glad we talked her into going.

This week is it!! Jam-packed with last minute photo editing, church activities, holiday weekend preparation, graduation ceremonies, end-of-school-year celebrations, field days, field trips, year book signings, friends and pool time, and pure craziness as this momma keeps it all organized and on the right track.  (wish me luck, it's at times difficult to manage).

xoxo - Jess

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nerds {favorite friday}

[October 2011]
Love this girl of mine.  She's SO nerdy, she's got an extra pair of frames in her overalls, lol!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Last Week's List {mobile monday}

Yes, yes!  Still crazy busy here at the Brunette house... but alas!! there's an end in sight - one more week before summer break begins.  May is the busiest month for school and these kids of mine are about ready for the two month long break... and SO AM I!!!  Here's a few noteworthy happenings from last week:

* Spirit Week at school for Monkey Boy - he let me snap a pic of him and best buddy Christopher on "twin day"

* Military Appreciation Month, with so much going on behind the scenes, it's nice to have some recognition. And I'm proud to have my nearest and dearest friends along side me in the "silent ranks" as military spouses.  I love and appreciate all their sacrifices, and they will forever be in my prayers.

* Mother's Day was more like a weekend full of pampering - which I took full advantage of.  Treats, gifts, yummy food which I did not have to cook or clean up after, and some much needed uninterrupted peace and rest.  I also got a new polka-dot swimsuit and a GB Packer's tee - which I cannot wait to get them in the mail!

* Buggy and her cute friend posed for this pic before their Spring Concert - orchestra, band and choir.  Buggy even sang a solo part of a Beatles song (more on that to come - with video this time YAY!)

* Freckle Face scoured the internet for days trying to find just the right phone case for her new iphone - a birthday gift she hasn't put down since it's arrival.  She wanted something with Divergent... these were the top four picks she had narrowed it down to.

* I read all three books in the Veronica Roth "Divergent" series (also gifts Freckle Face received for her birthday last month).  The girls are just about finished with books Insurgent and Allegiant, and Military Man took us to the movies to watch the film for family night.  Everyone enjoyed it, but of course it wasn't as good as the book.

Have a great week everybody!!
XO - Jess

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Timpanogos Caves {favorite friday}

[July 2009]
I just cannot believe my eyes when I look at photographs taken the summer we moved back to the US.  They seem SO little compared to where they are now - this teenage stage of their lives.  Craziness!

xo - Jess