There’s nothing more fun than being smashed into the craziness of the chaotic life of a family of seven when you’re not in charge. Especially when you’ve been there sweating it out so many times in a former life! What a joy to just….watch!
Last weekend I flew from Ogden to Mesa, AZ where it was 110 degrees when I landed. That nice new little airport that is only 12 minutes from Shawni’s house! I came for almost 12-year-old Grace’s dance concert. Since Charity is the dancer of the family and it was her birthday within a few days she joined us for the fun! Grace didn’t know she was coming so here is her reaction when she saw Charity walk in!
The other girls were pretty excited too!
The dance concert was so fun and Grace had a beautiful lyrical dance that we all loved!
As it turned out, about a hundred other things happened while we were there! Saturday morning Shawni had a speech for the wonderful organization called “Let’s Make Music”. It’s a wonderful way to give little children a love for and a headstart in music. Sort of a Joy School for music! Poor Shawni was just a bit stressed about speaking for a whole hour on the power of mothers and teachers but she was simply spectacular! She called Charity and I out of the audience to tell a couple of stories which was fun but she just took that challenge and lifted it to a higher realm. She was terrific!
Here we are with the founder of the organization (in the green skirt), her mother and her daughter. This women was the wife of a guy who had three brothers and nine sisters, all of whom did Joy School. All the sisters were there and had done Joy School. What a stellar family!
How lucky am I to have these wonderful daughters?
Shawni and Dave are also building a new home. With a thousand decisions to make every week, we took a few minutes to walk through the house. I’m quite sure it was 120 degrees in that house which is framed but is still a long way from air conditioning! It’s going to be fabulous and we spent a little time going through decisions on the house.
In addition to the million house details and the dance concert there was the huge surprise party that they threw for their oldest son Max who just turned 16 just before we got there. He is a gentle giant who just grew past his dad in height and weight in the past few months. He’s 6’5” and 200 pounds. Too bad Dave. He’s leaving you in the dust!
There were also swimming parties, sparklers, crazy dress-up parties with Elle’s high school friends, a birthday party for Nana (Dave’s mom) and a nephew who just returned from a mission.
Jamison in the red shirt just returned from Argentina and gave his homecoming talk on Sunday.
In addition there was the piano teacher who was going to show up at 8 a.m. on Monday morning after a three week hiatus on piano lessons. I was glad to be there to help just a bit to help them get ready late the night before!
Lots of this going on at our house in the “olden days”!
On Monday morning, in addition to the piano lessons, Claire had swim team at 7 a.m., Max took off for work just before 7 too, Elle was ready for summer school by 7:15 and Lucy’s swim team was at 8:50. In the middle of that hurricane, Shawni dropped me off at the airport at 7:20. Whew!
I took a breath of fresh air as I stepped off the plane in the balmy 97 degrees in Ogden on Monday morning. It’s a weekend I won’t soon forget! Go Pothiers!