Akayla and Dex got engaged the end of January. They will be married in the Salt Lake temple on April 15th....next Friday. The reception is the next day and 2 weeks later in Vegas. My whole room has exploded in wedding stuff, but it has been soooo fun planning another wedding (though a tiny bit stressful)! Akayla has a great job at the Black Swan Inn. She works at the front desk and she also does housekeeping so she's keeping really busy along with online classes. Dex is at BYU I until today's finals are over and then he's going home to Vegas to spend a week with his family before the wedding! So they've only been able to see each other on the weekends, but he comes to stay and we love getting to have him here.
|cooking together -- making wontons|
|they took a trip to Vegas together|
so Akayla could meet Dex's family
|we have all enjoyed having Akayla home for |
awhile until she gets married
|sneak peak - trying on wedding dresses|
Engagement pictures taken by my
Corina & Daniel came for a visit a little bit ago. They're in the thick of school and work. They're still cute newlyweds and we sure wish we could see them more! Daniel works full time at DOMO, and takes night classes. Corina takes a full load of classes at BYU and will be finished with all her generals this semester! She decided to change her major to Psychology, so that's a new thing. We're all hoping they'll have time for us this summer! Daniel celebrated his birthday in February so Corina posted this silly picture on facebook. They're so goofy and Daniel fits perfectly into our crazy family!
Tanner went to LA for a week for a work trip. It's great that he has such a good job and that they appreciate what a hard worker he is! He puts 90% of his earnings into his mission fund. He just started his last trimester of his senior year, and he started his mission papers a couple weeks ago! We just have a few more things to take care of before they're submitted. Now that the weather is getting so nice he spends as much time as possible outside training with his parkour buddies. They're pretty amazing.....and crazy! Adri talked him into joining choir this last trimester so they can have one class together. They are still best friends, and she will probably have the hardest time when he leaves for his mission.
|look at this cute little boy.....|
hard to believe he graduates in 2 months!
Adriana has had several exciting things happen.... Licensed to drive, Trouveres choir tour to California, Trouveres auditions for next year (her #1 dream! She's worked so hard and wanted this sooooo much!) SHE MADE IT!! Her 16th birthday, first date, PROM and EFY. She spends most of her free time with friends and a certain cute boy, but she still managed to get amazing grades this trimester. She found out that she will be for sure working at Zions National Park Ponderosa Resort for the summer. She will be gone most of the summer, but she'll be able to get a huge chunk of money in the bank.
|so happy to finally be driving!!|
|new baby cousin Evelyn|
|these 2 girls really do love each other!|
Elora is loving clogging this year, and she is doing really well at piano! Violin isn't her favorite, but she's getting better and better every day! She has tons of natural talent with music. She loves to sing, talks a ton and is super dramatic -- so we think she's Adri's twin. She is also a big tease and loves playing jokes on us. Little stinker!
|Elli presenting her big project about the water cycle|
|Elli and her clogging duet partner at the Idaho State competition|
|they both got super sick at the same time, poor babies!|
|Mars & Libbs|
|her Aztec city for school|
I have been pretty wrapped up in planning a wedding. I'm afraid until my list is completely crossed off it consumes my mind most of the time. There are lots of little details to finish up with, and then I can breathe easy! I've also been getting all my students ready for AIM (similar to festival but they also have a theory, technic & ear training exam to pass along with performing for a judge). I have an amazing group of students and I love them! Right now I'm teaching 37 students - and you'd think I would be crazy, but I really do like doing it. I also love that my kids can come in and see me while I'm working, and that I'm still at home with them!
|a fancy tea party to celebrate Mozart's birthday|
with a few of my students
Dave has nearly finished a wedding video to be shown at the reception next weekend. It makes me cry every single time I watch it and I can't wait for Akayla and Dex to see the finished product! He is so talented! He is going to start teaching an online religion class for BYU-I starting this summer, and he will continue teaching seminary (his very favorite thing to do). We used to think he'd want to teach institute (college aged) eventually, but he just really loves being where his own kids are and teaching high school kids to love the gospel! He also joined a community band and has rehearsals just once a week. It's been fun for him to get his t-bone skills back up!
A few snapshots of the whole family.......
|This is what happens when everyone has an electronic device out.....|
luckily it's not like this very often!
|when Studio C is turned on my kitchen computer-|
everyone has to stop and watch
|just missing Adri (she was partying with her friends) and Mason|
|We love to have fancy tea parties where everyone "dresses up".|
The only requirement is that we put our pinkies up!
|my recent project -- just have a couple more pictures to put up!|
Life is grand. We just keep plugging right along, and we're happy.
regular every-day life