A little look at what we've been up to this week. It's been a full one!
Payton went in for an ortho consultation and he has an appointment to get braces on this week! He is very excited about braces. Well, not really about getting braces, but knowing he will have the opportunity to play arcade games & get free frozen yogurt & slushies when he visits the orthodontist every 6 weeks!
Purple Penguin opened for the season and all is right in the world again! I ordered my favorite - Tiger's Blood. We stood in line for our Family Home Evening treat and it really made it feel like summer is just around the corner.
We are beginning BIG landscaping project at our house. We are completely redoing the front & back landscaping and I am SO EXCITED!!! We've been working on the plans since January, talking to landscapers, picking out plants at the nursery, getting HOA approval . . . and now it is finally here! Each time I think about what this yard is going to become I am just overjoyed. I have sooooooooo missed having a pretty yard. So much. And while rock isn't my 1st choice for landscaping material, we make the best of what we can work with in the desert. I'm just so happy knowing that I am going to have plants, and trees, and it is going to be neat, clean, and new!
Here are just a few of the before pics. Oy.
Anna received Student of the Month! I volunteer at the Student of the Month Lunch every month (serving pizza & taking pics of the kids) so it was fun to have her there to participate in it.
The yard demo began on Wednesday which brought trucks, trailers, noisy equipment, workers, wheelbarrows, and a giant dumpster container that wouldn't fit in front of our house (we're in the circle of our culdesac) so it had to live in front of a neighbor's yard for 3 days. I thought that a plate of cookies to our neighbors might be a nice peace offering during the commotion!
Here's a peek at what they were able to accomplish in 2 days. Our landscape proposal estimated that they would haul out 3 tons of soil and 13 tons of rock.
Friday morning I escaped to an early session at the temple while Scott got Anna to school. So nice to start my day & the weekend like that.
After the temple I went in for a haircut. It was a pretty big deal for me because it had been 7 months since my last cut and this was my first color in over 2 years!
I'm also so so so happy because I was able to purchase a new camera! I got my first full frame camera (Canon 6D) and my first L lens (35mm f/1.4). I'm so excited to bust out these beauties and have fun taking pictures again!
On Friday night the school held a Father/Daughter 50's sock hop! It sounds like they had a GREAT time! First, dinner at Lucille's BBQ and then on to the school where they danced all night. I think they ate too much at dinner because Scott was going to dip Anna but she refused because she was too full and couldn't bend that way. Haha! Anna thinks that her dad was pretty crazy -- dancing funny, making funny faces, and singing loud along with the songs. I think he was pretty awesome for getting in there and making her night!
While they were away I took the boys to dinner at Blaze Pizza and then made our way to Downtown Summerlin. I had a errand to do there but we mostly just spent time walking around and checking out shops (Apple & LoveSac were definite highlights). I just loved spending the evening with my boys and hanging out with them! They truly are SUCH good boys - easy going, fun, helpful, and kind. I'm so happy that they don't ever play the part of annoyed-teenager or too-cool-for-my-family-teenager.
Or too-cool-for-mom's-photo-ops. They happily jumped into the one above and created the two below.
Saturday morning I was back at Downtown Summerlin for a fun photoshoot! My longtime scrapbooking/blog friend Katie was in town from Minnesota so I hired her to take pics for my LuLaRoe business. I also invited 2 of my local team members to come get their pictures as they are just starting out their businesses. How often do you get to have great headshots as an adult? Never! So this was a real treat. Afterwards Katie and I went to lunch at Cafe Rio. Always so good to catch up with her - she is so easy to talk to and I love that faith in life, trials, & blessings is woven through all that she shares.
I also made sure that she went home with her first pair of LuLaRoe leggings, because everyone needs to partake of the buttery softness! It was a great photoshoot -- so incredibly thankful that the rain held off for us! -- and I can't wait to see the results!
Saturday evening we cleaned the church and grabbed dinner at Carl's Junior. Not my favorite, but it was close. I fell asleep last night watching Fixer Upper in bed (love that show) and was up bright & early for a 7am meeting at church. Luckily, the church is less than 10 minutes away. :)
We made baked potatoes, sausage gravy, and steak for dinner today. The meal of champions! Anna has plans for us to celebrate her fish's 1 month birthday. Last night she made brownies, she has purchased & wrapped gifts for her fish, and I believe she has planned some fish themed games. Oh my, she cracks me up! But I love her flair for themed parties! A girl after mine own heart!