This week in pictures

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We love the duck pond by our apartment. It’s so lovely. It’s a great walk and a mellow family activity (well… as mellow as things get around which actually isn’t very mellow). But it’s a pleasant atmosphere.

Autumn leaves falling! It’s arrived. The weather is perfectly lovely. And we’re enjoying it since we know summer at 110° might be a hard season. We’ve had plenty of rain over the past month which I guess has been welcomed by the people of Dallas as they had a dry summer. I don’t love driving in the pouring rain on The President George Bush Turnpike (yes, that’s the name posted everywhere… so long!). My anxiety picks up after those long drives especially if kiddos are restless and fighting.

Our Utah home was supposed to close Last Monday but for some reason it was delayed … paperwork-smaperwork.
But everything closed properly and we received the $ from the sale. Wahoo!
The unfortunate thing is that I was disappointed that the buyers weren’t a darling little family who would add joys and laughter and friendship to Oak Crest. But perhaps the Spirit of our home and the love of neighbors will touch these men in a positive way. Oak Crest will be so quiet without our noisy family. The Lakes and Condies will have to carry on and make more noise to make up for us being gone… And seriously… I’m still so grateful for the quick sale of our home. What a blessing for our family. I guess there is good that comes of it all.

Let’s see – what else. Hannah is doing great at violin. She has been allowed out of seclusion (sounds horrible… but really she had private lessons to catch up to the rest of the class). She’s musically inclined and catches on fast. Love that! She did a fund-raiser for their end-of-school-year field trip.

Best school news of the week is that Hannah made the basketball team. She missed the first day of tryouts because we went to Houston for Patricia’s funeral. The 2nd and 3rd days she missed because she had the nasty stomach bug from me and scotty. The school secretary helped us get in touch with the coach who was willing to have her come Friday during Girl’s Athletics… and then allowed her to use the first few days of practice as her tryouts. Coach Lee let her know on Thursday that she was on the team. Wahoo. She likes many of the girls and a few girls from the ward are on the team.

Also this week, Abe joined the Chess Club at school. A new friend, Jake, is also on the chess club. Abe said he’s a nice kid who seems respectful (a rarity for 11-year-old boys apparently). He’s excited to be involved in something and make more friends. He has had some interesting introductions to many types of people. He met a boy who is an atheist and thus we’ve had many conversations about religions and sharing personal testimony about what you believe.

Max is enjoying having a friend Jackson from the ward who is in his grade. He was able to go play at his house. He was so excited to play some football. Though he jammed his finger which was quite a big deal to him. We told him it was a good experience for him to deal with that. Our friends the Binns have been so kind and welcoming and helpful. Liza thinks Annie is her only friend, though she is Truman’s age. I’m grateful for Amy who has answered all my annoying ‘new person’ questions. Plus, she is nice to sit by me in Relief Society.

Eliza asks all the time if she can play with a friend. It’s sad to tell her we don’t have any friends yet and maybe when we move into our home, we can meet some new people her age. But I am doing preschool with her at home. We use The Moffatt Girls downloads that are so cute. Eliza mostly loves to paint. But she practices her letters and especially her name. I was proud of myself for letting her use scissors. That’s a big deal around here! She also has loved having the Disney Channel in our apartment which is new for our family. The kids are into PJ-Masks and Miles. Liza always loves Sophia the First and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She still gets on Youtube to find Peppa Pig though. haha. That peppa pig and her ice lollies and swim costumes.

Ok – I’ll stop with our daily random news. But as evidenced in the photos… isn’t it lovely here in Plano!

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