Sunday, August 20, 2017

Almost 17 Pictures for the 17 of June 2017

We have incredible dads in our family.  Calvin and I often discuss what deliberate and conscientious fathers they are.  This quote by Reed Markham explains part of it:  "The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family."

June's 17 on 17 theme is "With my dad . . ."

Jane:  Agreed, Calvin isn't my father, but he is an incredible father
to our children -- all of them.  He cares.  He loves.  He serves.

Cali:  A few weeks ago Dad and I found Flower's kittens in the haystack.

Levin:  Dad, Atlas, and I went salmon fishing in Alaska this month.

Atlas:  I like to dress up with Dad.

Henry:  Helping my Dad pick Grandma's strawberries.

Hazel:  Telling my dad and mom good-bye so they can go to
Georgia to find us a new house.

Ty: Dates with the girls today made me think
about great times with my dad.
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect example
of fatherhood or a better friend.

Michelle:  Grateful for my dad this weekend. He's always been my biggest fan and advocate,
and his children and grandchildren are his pride and joy.
He's a great example to me of putting family first.

Afton: I got to go on my dream date tonight.
A fancy dinner and a dance with my number one man.
I'm so blessed to have an amazing dad!

Eliza: I got to go on a swimming date with Dad again!
After swimming like a fish, Dad had to wake me up from my nap.

Kathryn: Grocery shopping prior to slushies and the park. A fun date with Dad!

Joe taught the kids how to make rice balls.
And then cleaned up after.
He's a good dad. He's a good husband.

Zeph and Ezra: Dog pile on Dad.

Joe and Winnie waving and smiling at each other through the window.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

17 (or so) Pictures for the 17th of August 2017

With the solar eclipse coming next week, August's 17 on 17 theme is "In the sun . . ."

“Some people are so much 
sunshine to the square inch.”
― Walt Whitman

Ray:  A picture with some sun in the background and some bedhead
in the foreground . . . Medusa incarnate.  My lovely sister-in-law is here
visiting from South Carolina.  Wish she were with us all month!

Cali: Ande and I had a day of no kids that included the temple, pedicures, and sushi.
Certainly brought sunshine.

Levin and Atlas:  Hiking with Dad.

Abe - nothing brightens your day like your
favorite cereal returning after 10 years.

Grace- today I took Henry and Hazel to an indoor trampoline park.
Paw Patrol was there visiting during toddler time
and the kids were thrilled!

Henry - enjoying my new trampoline in the hot Georgia sun.

Hazel - enjoying our new yard despite the sunshine.

Ty:  Enjoying a brief glimpse of the sun before my 4th flight of the day.

Michelle: The one playground this exhausted pregnant lady
will let her kids play in during this hot, sunny,
and humid Mississippi summer.

Afton: I like to go out in the sun to pretend our backyard is a jungle and I'm an explorer.

Eliza: I have cute brown curly hair with a hint of blonde
from being out in the sun for a lot of the summer.

Kathryn: I love pretending to be mom.
Even down to her usual outfit of late: pajamas.
But don't tell her I told you.
 (With rays of sunshine behind me).

Ande:  No sun, just the house of the Son.

Zeph:  I practiced climbing the trees today at Grandpa and Grandma's.

Ezra:  Practiced shooting bad guys today at Grandpa and Grandma's.

Winnie:  A walk in the sun always feels good whether in SC or WA.

Calvin:  Taught the boys how to catch a fish, then clean and eat it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

17 Pictures for the 17th day of May of 2017

Ty:  I became a flight commander today.
This is a corner of my new office.

Michelle: I didn't get a picture of myself on this crazy day
(see Kathryn's picture for one of many examples why),
but this picture is about how I felt. And not just at the end of the day.

Afton: Just some light reading before bed

Eliza: I've decided not to sleep during nap time anymore,
even though I'm usually asleep by the time
Mom or Dad leave the room at night.

Kathryn: Today Mom learned that shaving cream is
the best method for getting nail polish out of carpet.
Abe: Our house is officially on the market.

Grace: At Mc D's while people look at our house!

Henry:  Getting out of the house while a potential buyer visits

Hazel:  Playing at the park with dad.

Joe: Ande is leaving for mutual.
Clothes are optional while we watch a movie.

Ande: Our theme for camp is Be of Good Courage.
We chose this (something I drew a couple years ago
for a lesson on the armor of God) to be our ward flag.

Zeph: waiting for mom's help with Legos.

Ezra: playing with Winnie through the window.

Winnie:  She can officially crawl and is now aware of just how many
toys she didn't have access to before she became mobile.

Jane:  Reminding my students they must not only know (head) and feel (heart)
the truth of the Doctrine of Christ, but also apply it or do something with it (feet).

Calvin:  Anchoring Jane's Mother's Day present
so it won't blow over in the wind.

Another month of family living has come and gone and I recognize that so much of what I have is because of the efforts of others.  I'm grateful to my family today and the family that came before me for giving me so many opportunities and people to love.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Meet Henry.

Henry is Abe and Grace's oldest son.  He is three-years-old.  Grace wrote this fitting description of Henry:

"Henry is one of the happiest and most pleasant little boys you'll ever come to know. He's extremely smart, observant, and loves to learn about everything. He is very macho and is a boy in every way. His favorite colors are blue and brown. When he grows up he wants to be a monster truck driver or a police man. He loves one on one time and loves snuggling with anyone who will take the time to do so. He's very clean and tidy. He'll stop eating when his hands get dirty and he eats most things with a fork...including toast. Henry is extremely obedient and sensitive. He wants nothing more than to please his mom and dad. He loves his little sister, Hazel, and refers to her as his "little sweetie." He also is very attached to Brucey, his beloved teddy bear. Henry's sweetness is enough to make our hearts break everyday. He wants nothing more than to please and does it in the sweetest way."

Henry loves to come to our house and one of the main reasons is he thinks his cousins live here. If he comes alone or with just his family, he anxiously wonders where the cousins are.  Henry makes a great third wheel because he adapts to anyone and everyone very easily.

Henry loves his family intensely; he also loves chocolate.  One day when they were visiting, Abe and Grace left Henry to go to the temple.  Henry was happily riding scooters in the yard until they pulled out of the driveway.  He began to wail. I went to soothe and distract him by offering candy.  He cried, "I just need some chocolate."  And that was all it took.  He gave up his parents for chocolate.

I'm so grateful for families, obedience, chocolate . . . and Henry Calvin.