Friday FIVE for September 9, 2011

Friday FIVE today is a celebration of something I just realized about myself in the last week.
Are you ready?

I have a child in college
A child in high school
A child at the junior high
One in elementary school and  …
One enrolled in pre-school — hello?

This has to be somewhat unique.
I mean you have to have at least 5 kids and they have to be spread out just a tad! Anyway … here’s to the fact that it’s back to school week at our house …

ONE.

Clark on Skype eating cold cereal out of his .49 Walmart bowl.
Clark started college back in June, was home for a 10 day break and is now back at BYU. He called the first day to report that he has 900 students in his statistics class! He is doing well, living with 5 other freshman (four of whom he knows well) and loving campus life.

Great pic of Clark getting in as much PLAY as possible the last week and half of August.

TWO.

Chase is a junior this year at Central Valley High School.
He is most looking forward to his 2nd year of French, which has thus far come pretty easily to him. He also works hard as a courtesy clerk at Safeway and saves up to buy Hollister cologne (he smells SO GOOD.)

Chase is one who lives in the moment, as evidenced by this recent photo. We had one of those afternoon downpours and he told me to grab my camera and come take a picture! He has taught me so much about living and loving well. He is an amazingly kind and generous boy!

THREE.

Trey, my ever-posing and always-singing boy is in the 7th grade at Greenacres Middle School. He decided the night before school started that he needed a pair of moccasins. We didn’t find them until the next evening, but he wore them yesterday and was obviously pleased with his early-adapter trend-setting ways.  I forgot to take a picture, so I’ll have to report back!

Here’s Trey giving his bus driver a pack of “apple pie” dessert gum!

FOUR.

This is Taft who is wrapping up his elementary school years as a 5th grader at Greenacres Elementary School. Taft bought his entire back-to-school wardrobe at the Life is Good store. Interestingly enough, he is the one that often reminds me that life is not good and completely unfair. He has proved to me that there are glass half-empty people. He intentionally takes an “expect the worse and then be pleasantly surprised when nothing horrible happens” view of life. Even on his most pessimistic days, I adore this boy and his she’s-making-me-smile-again-grin.

The best thing that happened to Taft this summer is Jared, who moved in right across the street. Other than the fact that Jared loves sports (and especially football) and Taft is self-proclaimed non-athlete they are very much alike and ended up getting the same teacher (along with Damen who also moved onto our street this summer.) They are quickly becoming 3 peas in a pod!

FIVE.

Little Miss Addie starts school on Monday at The Liberty Lake Children’s Academy. She is a prolific artist, adding several watercolor paintings a day to her collection. Addie is officially growing her hair long like Mulan and Ariel and Rapunzel, although I’ve tried my best to explain that hair as long as the latter isn’t likely to happen in this lifetime!


Just before Clark left, I had Randi Brunt take some new family pictures one morning before a hike. I’m fond of this one that emphasizes the little in our big family!

Here’s the top half of us.
I’ll post a few more of my favorites in a few days.

Now I’m off to get caught up at work. I’m preparing my presentation and class for The Creative Connection. I’m so excited to go to MN and hang out with Kayce, Wendy and Allison and see Cathy and others that I’ve heard from will be going. I need a cute new outfit though — might work on that this afternoon!

Happy Friday.

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