Dorm Quilts Finished

I finally got Necia and Libby’s quilts done for their dorm room–a week after they moved in! Necia’s has the turquoise squares and border, and Libby’s has the green. They were fun to put together.


New Book Club List!

Well. So the photo thing didn’t go so well . . . . I keep taking photos but somehow the step of actually posting them apparently requires far more self-discipline than I can muster.

However, I did want to post the book list for the upcoming year of book club. There were 7 people making suggestions, and we ended up with quite a diverse list:

The Windup Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami

The Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds
Charles MacKay

The Antiquities of the Jews
Flavius Josephus

Til We Have Faces
CS Lewis

The Disappearing Spoon
Sam Kean

Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Mormonism and the Magic World View
D. Michael Quinn

North and South
Elizabeth Gaskell

Paul Johnson

The Curse of Chalion
Lois McMaster Bujold

Annals of the Former World
John McPhee

The Last Town on Earth
Thomas Mullen

Books that didn’t make the cut: To Have or To Be, The Sweet Hereafter, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Lonely Polygamist, The French LT’s Woman, Mormon Enigma, The Hiding Place, Rebecca, Warriors Don’t Cry

It’s going to be a great year!


Dinner is Served

This summer I handed out cooking assignments to the teenagers: Necia will cook on Tuesday nights, and Kira will cook on Thursday nights. Tonight was Necia’s first night, and Josh helped her make Lemon-Pepper Chicken and Caesar salad. It was delicious!


Barbie Village
It was a nice day out, and when Tia came over the girls spent several hours outside using bricks to create a whole village of homes and stables and stores for the Barbies. Cute and creative!


Sunday Sittin’

Kess enjoyed a quiet afternoon sitting in the chaise in my bedroom with books and blankies. A fine way to spend some time, if you ask me!


Kessie’s First Lost Tooth

Kess has been wiggling and wiggling that tooth until she finally let me pull it out today. She is looking forward to a visit from the Tooth Fairy tonight!


Devony’s Eye View

I let Devony shoot some pictures this evening and this was my favorite of Ayla, Gavin, Kess, and Tia doing “Monkey Face.”


Dance Recital
Ayla’s dance studio held a recital tonight–Ayla’s team did a great job with both of their numbers. Ayla herself is quite a dancer with a wonderful sense of rhythm and timing.


Graduation Party

We had a graduation party for Necia tonight; several of her friends and family and supporters came for a BBQ and cake-and-ice cream. Sometimes it is all I can do to keep from just picking her up and running off with her so she can’t leave me, but I know she is ready to fly the coop. Isn’t she beautiful?

More pics from the party:


Rice Crispies Treats

This is one of my favorite desserts in the world. I could eat the whole pan!

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