Sunday, May 21, 2017

3rd (and final for this school year) Week of May Madness

We made it through all of the concerts, recitals, school open house, and awards programs!  Whew!

First up was Andrew's band concert on Tuesday night. 

The day before he casually said, "Oh, yeah, by the way Mom, I'm doing a song with some of my friends from band."  He was nervous but he did an amazing job!

There was a Celebration of Learning open house at the boys' school on Thursday night.  The kids all got to show off their projects they've been working on. 

Jonny's Japan project

Daniel's Invention project

Andrew's Wax Museum project--Wilbur Wright

Here he is giving his speech.  All the kids are giving their speeches at various times, so it is hard to hear but he did a great job.

He did this project board all by himself!  All I did was buy him the letters and help him find a few pictures on the internet.

Great job, boys!

Michael accepted an award on Friday at the Sun Corridor EDGE (Economic Development for the Global Economy) event. The award was given to Wisdom Natural Brands for Overall Achievement as a Proficient Exporter.

Here he is with the Mayors of the cities of Phoenix and Eloy, Town of Oro Valley, and former Gilbert Mayor John Lewis (who is now President and CEO of the East Valley Partnership).

He also did a wonderful job on the panel, answering questions about how Wisdom Natural Brands got started with exporting and giving advice to companies who wish to do the same.

Emily's middle school awards ceremony was on Friday night.  She received a certificate for having a 4.0 for the first three semesters of middle school (and will probably have a fourth semester of all As)

Every time I said, "Let me get a picture of you," she was immediately surrounded by her sweet friends.

Finally got one of just her

Saturday night was Mormon Prom.  They all had a good time!  Nathaniel's date Veronica is so sweet.  He has such a great group of friends!

Nathaniel, Veronica, Makenzy, and Cole

Here they are at dinner before the dance

After Prom they came over to our house to play games for a while.  I think they all had a great time!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

More May Madness

High School Awards night
Great job on getting over a 4.0, Nathaniel!!!

Here he is with two of his sweet friends.  The girl on the left will be Nathaniel's date for MoPro.

Emily's last middle school band concert!  First chair, front row, baby!

This song is super long, but it's her favorite.  It's called "Among the Clouds."

Andrew is playing baseball this spring.  He loves it! 

Finally finished with her project!

Here are the boys with their spoils of victory, lol!  Michael took all the kids shopping for groceries and to get my Mother's Day gifts.  They sweet-talked him into a lot of goodies--36 count Hershey bars (!?!), Gatorade, cheeseballs, etc.!  Look how happy they are!  They all helped him make a delicious steak and shrimp dinner for me for Mother's Day.  We also played a fun game of Monopoly--Andrew won!

Finally done with all dance recitals and competitions for this school year!  Next year she will just dance at school.  I love watching her dance!!!

Here is another version of Play that Sax where I got a better view.

Ballet routine
Emily is in the back on the right in this one.  She said she was absent they day the did formations so she got stuck in the back.  Tragic, I know!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

May Madness

I named the blog "May Madness" because we are the Mays and life is crazy sometimes.  However, the month of May is especially crazy around here.  A few of these are from April, but now that May has started we are deep into the concert/recital/award ceremony season.  It's crazy, but we love it!
Nathaniel invited his date to MoPro (short for Mormon Prom) and she accepted!  He set out a bunch of Solo cups on her doorstep along with this poster.

Here is her response:

Here is Jonny being silly.  I heard some noises coming from the playroom and found this:

Nathaniel and Emily both took the ACT a few weeks ago.  Here they are studying together.  Can't you tell how excited she is?

Carol was accepting an award for the ASU Top 100 Alumni, and Michael and I attended the ceremony.  I thought the kids would get a kick out of me posing with the ASU Sun Devil!

Jonathan's 2nd grade program

Emily had so much fun on her Disneyland trip!  The 8th graders from band, dance, color guard, drama, and orchestra all went on the trip and took special classes at Disneyland.  Emily participated in the classes for band and dance, but, of course, had plenty of time for rides, too!

More dancing--Middle School dance recital

Her last dance competition!  Woo hoo!

Wish me luck for the rest of the month!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

In10sity Dance Competition

Wow, those dance competitions are long!  Emily had a dance at 10am and another at 12:30pm, but between driving time, waiting time, and a super long awards ceremony we were gone for nine hours!  Whew!  She did great, though, and I'm so proud of her. 

Getting ready back stage

This is the production number with the Strut Club girls from all age groups, "Shake the Room."  Watch for Emily in front and on the box in back.

Junior Strut, "Play that Sax."  Emily is in front most of the time (where she belongs, of course)! ;-)

Emily accepting the High Gold medal for "Shake the Room."  Her teachers appointed her to be the representative for the whole group to accept the award.

Finally done and ready to go home!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Nathaniel's Birthday

I can't believe he is 17!!  He just wanted a low-key birthday.  We had Olive Garden take out and cake and ice cream on Thursday. 

He got money and clothes.  I guess I did well picking out the shirts because he has worn three of the four already.

On Friday night, Michael and I took him to P. F. Chang's for dinner.  It was delicious, as usual, and we had a great time. 
On Saturday night, he went bowling and out to dinner at In and Out Burger with his friends. 
Happy Birthday, son!

Spring Break Misc

Emily had already seen Beauty and the Beast with her friends, so she stayed home with Jonathan (he doesn't like to go to movies--crazy, right?) and Michael and I took the other boys.  We loved it!

Betsy invited us to meet them at Peter Piper Pizza for an afternoon of fun!  The kids had a great time!

Here are the boys at Makutu's Island.  It's an indoor play park.  So fun!

Nathaniel and I went to the University of Arizona for the day to take tours and learn about the programs they offer.  It was a really nice campus and it seems like a great school.  It's not his first choice, but it's definitely a possibility.

The kids finally got their Christmas gift of a PlayStation VR (virtual reality).  It had been out of stock for a long time and we were able to get it toward the end of Spring Break.  They love it!
The boys kept begging me to go in the pool, no matter how many times I told them how cold it would be.  They didn't care.  Daniel got out first, then Andrew.  I had a hard time getting Jonathan out!  Crazy boys!

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Like I always tell the kids, when there is a funeral the silver lining is that we get to see family.  It was so hard to say goodbye to Jim, but it was very nice to see Shannon and Jay and their girls.

The day after the funeral, we had everyone over for dinner.  Chloe loved drawing with Emily.

Uncle Jay was excellent at making balloon animals.  It was a huge hit!

It was Julia's third birthday that day.  The kids had a great time celebrating with her.

All the May cousins