In early April, our ward went on a youth trip to Nauvoo and Carthage - they all had a great time!!!
Then, Blair and I flew out to Utah to pick up Lauren after completing her first year of college. She had amazing experiences and is really happy!
We met many of her new friends, most of whom are leaving to go on missions.
Here is her new home - off-campus housing.
This is a view from the alumni center on BYU campus. I love seeing the big Y with the mountains right next to it. I don't think there is a more picturesque college campus anywhere.
So, Lauren was home long enough to do a bit of shopping, hang out with the other kids, watch one of The Sound of Music performances and then leave again. She is staying in Utah for Spring and Summer terms - taking a class and working at an on-campus job. She will be home again in August. She just had her annual heart cath and biopsy and all the results are fabulous - what a blessing!!!
Below is the Mother's Day Menu that was delivered to me in bed early that morning.
May is the time of all the end of year concerts. Megan's band played a number featuring the clarinet section. She just loved having to stand up there in front of everyone.... I tried to include a video clip but couldn't get it to work. Just use your imagination
Rachel always loves the music her director chooses. She is standing for us to clap for her solo section - we couldn't actually see her play because of the position of the piano.
Lake Zurich has a Memorial Day Parade and program - here is Megan marching in the band.
This gives you a taste of what May is really all about - studying, finals, huge school projects, late nights, stress and the joy of having the school year finally end! This is a replica of the Washington Monument for a history presentation.