First Day of Summer!

The first day of summer in Phoenix broke a heat record for the day.  We have been having "summer" for a while and will continue to have "summer" into October.  Heat is just part of the living in the desert.
We have become accustom to the heat but over 110 it is just hard to do much of anything.  Even walking from air conditioned car to air conditioned store takes it out of you.  It is as if your body is fighting a fever.  I thought the best way to ring in the heat wave was to go visit my Grandpa and take him to an ice cream treat.  We had a nice afternoon chatting with him.  The kids want to go see him every week!  I think we might try different ice cream shops around him.  Sweet sweet summer time!

It's good To Be Alive

Over the weekend Kaitlin had her dance recital.  She has been in a Hip Hop class all year and she got to show us her moves!
Every Tuesday she would go to dance class with 3 of her best friends.  We changed dance companies and were so happy with the change.  This is was a recreational, non slutty kids dancing class.  Their outfits were appropriate for their age and the hip gyrations were at a minimum.  Max use to joke that the other company was preparing girls to be the future strippers of Phoenix.  Kaitlin and her friends had so much fun learning to dance.  In the same way that Hailey didn't get her artistic abilities from Max or me, Kaitlin certainly didn't get her rhythm from us.  Girl can bust a move!

Happy 16th Birthday Hailey!!

 Happy 16th Birthday Hailey!!
We were so worried about you when I was pregnant.  You were not growing and the doctors had a list of reasons why you might not be growing.  Many of the reasons were various birth defects with the leading one being Down Syndrome.  When you were born premature we were again worried about all the things that can go wrong with a premie.  But look how wonderfully you have grown.  You are a creative soul that is beautiful from the inside out.  A few people are lucky enough to be artistic and smart!  Most of us just get one strong side of the the brain, but you were blessed with both.  You are an old soul that swims in the deep waters of contemplating the meaning of life and His word.  You are a horse loving, desert mountain biking chick that plays in the church band, is a student leader, creates art, finds beauty in the ordinary, and still manages to get a 4.0 in school while taking college Spanish and AP world history.  I guess it is clear there are no lingering effects of your rough pregnancy and early delivery.  But I am not sure we will ever stop worrying about our kids. :)
We love you so very much and are very proud of the young woman you have become.  We know your future is bright and can't wait to see what you accomplish but oh, how I wish for just one night I could hold you tight like you were my 5 pound peanut again.  Love you HJ!

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the 3 greatest fathers!  
You each bring so much joy and love to my life.  Thank you for being strong, hard working, trustworthy, loving, supportive, able to fix anything, and putting your family above all else.  You are true examples of what it means to be a father.  I am blessed to be your daughter Snork and grateful everyday you chose to be my dad.  Most dads just get stuck with the kids that come out but you chose to raise four girls that you didn't have to.  Your humor and steadfast love are some of the things I treasure most about you.  I flew because you gave me wings and confidence to fly.

Monty, I thank God everyday he put Max in my path.  The man he is speaks volumes to the father you were to him.  I feel so lucky that our relationship goes back to when I was still a new teenager and you managed to still find a way to love me like a daughter of your own.  You have influenced my relationship with Christ and for that I am eternally grateful.  You both have guided me and loved me into the woman I am today.
Max, thank you for loving our babies with everything you have.  You give a hundred percent all the time and always put us before yourself.  Hank will have massive shoes to fill and I am so grateful the girls are growing up with such an wonderful example of what to find in their future husbands and father for their children.  I love you.