Just as promised in the title, I have no picture proof of our wonderful, fabulous weekend in the mountains.
When we moved, it was only 2 blocks away from our previous home, friends, and ward (congregation). This small geographic change has brought many new experiences and lots of fun and learning.
When I had the chance to host our previous ward's Youth Conference for 3 days in lovely Pinetop, AZ, I jumped at the chance. My babes and I went up on Wednesday to make sure everything was in order. All of the youth and their leaders arrived Thursday at noon(ish).
I had time to assemble 994 pieces of a puzzle which ended up in the trash because of the missing 6. I soaked up the evening chill and let my babes drink all the hot chocolate they wanted. I enjoyed catching up with old friends and making some new ones. I didn't cook a single meal, as that part of the trip was assigned out. I watched and listened as my 2 older boys learned of life and spirit and mind and agency and accountability and then testified of what it all meant to them. I applied sunscreen and bug spray on the children and then did it again and again. I let my boys canoe and fish and even told them I would cook whatever they caught. (Un)fortunately they came back empty handed.
It was a wonderful weekend and I am ready to go back. Unfortunately, tomorrow starts 3 weeks of summer school (10 hrs daily) for L and summer band for J on trumpet and L starting trombone. They will be directed by the brilliant Mr. Kelly Higgins. Yahoo! 3 busy weeks and then we will relax, again and get ready for family reunions. I can hardly wait!