Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Last Day of School!

May 17th 2017 marks the end of the 2016-2017 school year.  What a year it has been!  To say it has been trying is an understatement.  This has, hands down, been the most difficult year of my life and I know that my children and Michael have also faced a lot of difficulty throughout the year.

However, there has been a lot of good too!  The kids have been successful in their schooling and other activities.  We have stuck together and made the most of each crazy and difficult situation.  We have been blessed with many wonderful friends who have stood by us offering prayers and hugs as needed (and the necessary Diet Coke or Dr. Pepper). 

Our days have been filled with school, sports, church, FFA, and singing.  Olivia played volleyball and basketball this year.  She also participated in an honors choir and our C25K program.  She finished 27th in the C25K.  Zeke participated in football and basketball.  He also did our C25K program coming in at 9th place.  Dillon participated in football, basketball and track.  Zane did basketball, track and FFA.  Makenna did cross country.  She and her team went to state this year!  She started basketball but her season was cut short with knee surgery.  She is getting her strength built up again for cross country season.  She sang the National Anthem at some of our home games for volleyball and football.  She also sang at some district and regional basketball games and ended with singing twice at the Boys Basketball State A finals.  She was in All State Chorus this year and also a Women's Choir at SDSU.  Maddi had to sit out cross country because of a track injury but was ready to play basketball this winter.  She also participated in FFA.  Maddi and Makenna also did early morning seminary throughout the school year.  The four youngest kids and I also ran a 5k for a church fundraiser. 

Now summer is here!  It will still be crazy busy but I look forward to some down time to clean, sort and recover.  Camps start in a couple of weeks.  Rock picking starts soon too.  We will see some family this summer, some of whom we haven't seen in four years.  We are really looking forward to that!  We will also hopefully fit in some trips to the pool, the lake and the fire pit ☺

Here are our last day of school pictures!
Just finished 4th grade

Just finished 5th grade

Just finished 7th grade (and got a haircut 10 minutes before we left for school this morning because he thought that would be easier than combing it)

Gets to do 8th grade again!  JK He passed ☺ and he can drive so watch out locals your safety cannot be guaranteed!

Just finished her freshman year

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