Today Alie turned 9. She is an early bird, always has been. This morning, she came in for her morning cuddle and wanted to hear about the day she was born. She loves to hear me tell it every year. It is the story of how we gave her a middle name. Faith. It could be that she loves to picture herself as a tiny baby. She does love a baby:) But as she has grown, so has her testimony. She loves to hear stories of faith, miracles, and strength. Did you know that Taylor Swift's full name is Taylor Alison Swift, spelled with one "L" just like hers? She loves to advertise this:) We love this sweet, feisty, spirited little girl. She brings so much joy to our family. Happy Birthday Alison Faith! We love you!!
With her new doll, Kanani.
At recess with friends, getting ready for treats!
A birthday sunset & wishes
She had a gymnastics party a few days before. Nana and Hoho were here and were able to watch volleyball and baseball games. The kids had fun doing relays, jumping, swinging, and ziplining. Fun stuff.
This weekend Ryan went to his first Youth Conference. Theme - Dare to be One. (One with Christ, Family, and Friends. Stand Strong together.) Food - Awesome. Testimony meeting - Sweet. Service project - Painting benches and Clearing trails. Classes - Strengthening. Dance - Neon. Slow dances - Four. Sleeping - A little, Boys (tents)/Girls (cabins). Showers - Swimming.
Friday after school, the other three were determined to find polywogs down by the creek. They have been asking and asking. We watched and waited only to find shells and flowers. Oh well, it was calming anyways. My nerves needed it.
Arizona Grand Resort. We spent a few days in the sunshine. (About 15 degrees warmer than home:) Just the six of us. I love this kind of time together, especially when it involves water. What a nice way to relax. The parents needed it. The kids ate it up.
Our splurge everyday, Ice Cream with Strawberry sauce.
To take a break from the water and sun, we visited a Music Museum. There were instruments from around the world to see, listen to, and watch on television screens. We listened with our headsets, and walked through different continent rooms, viewing instruments from countries around the world, and the people from those countries playing, dancing, and singing with them on the screen. Educational and interesting. The interactive room was great. We loved being able to play with some of the instruments we had seen.