Another busy week as we transition from school schedule to summer schedule. Here's an update on where everyone's at these days.
Chase is quickly becoming very independent and feels he needs his parents less and less. We are glad that he's such a good and responsible young man and he continues to make good choices in his life. He just completed the 11th grade and was able to attend Prom with a young lady from our ward. He enjoys singing in the choir and was accepted into the Chorale Choir for next year (nice job Chase!). We were able to attend the Rock 'N Roll concert that the music department held a few weeks back and all the choirs did a great job. It was a fun evening with lots of fun music and dancing. Chase is currently occupied with studying for the ACT test which he will take in a week. He starts training this week for his lifeguard job at Big Surf water park (the job starts the following week so long as he passes the training). He was also recently called to serve as the 1st assistant in the Priest's Quorum at church.
Jordan has started early morning football practice as he prepares for his first year playing for the high school team. He has practice every day at 5:30 am and then he had an additional football camp that he attended at another high school for 3 evenings. He has been pretty sore from lifting weights and doing lots of cardio work but he seems to be enjoying being a part of the team. As a sophomore, Jordan was in choir for the first time this year and learned a lot about singing. He was reluctant to take choir but I think he really enjoyed it (not sure he will admit it though). So much so that he decided to take choir again next year! He participated in the Rock 'N Roll concert as well and did a great job. Jordan continues to be a voracious reader, devouring books whenever he can. He is a very attentive older brother to Ryder and loves to spend time tending to his every need (explains why Ryder is spoiled beyond belief).
Since completing the 7th grade in Jr. High, Tanner has been very busy with friends and parties. Seems like he is always off going somewhere with some group of kids. Fortunately, he runs with a good group of kids and they all keep each other in line. He continues to grow like a weed and we have trouble keeping him in clothes and shoes that fit him. He is now taller than Camille and Chase with no sign of stopping. Tanner just completed his first season of Juniors baseball in Little League. This was his first time playing on a regulation size field and he adjusted well. His team had a great season although they didn't fare well in the end of season tournament. This week, Tanner is beginning a 2 week baseball hitting camp with one of his friends and he has been exploring the option of club baseball. Tanner has continued his creative ways - some of his creations rival McGyver. He received several different styles of duct tape as a present and has found many different things to make including wallets and shoes. He also is starting a Junior Lifeguarding program next week with the city pools.
Trevor is a unique spirit who loves to play with his toys and his friends. Fortunately, two of his good friends live just around the corner. These 3 guys can usually be found together at one of their homes playing with toys, swimming, playing video games, legos, or doing something else that they dream up. Having friends close by at this age has been a real blessing for Trevor since he is sometimes "too little" for his bigger brothers. Trevor just finished the 3rd grade which included the infamous Rain Forest program. This involves Trevor making a hand puppet to resemble one of the animals that reside in the rain forest. Camille loves (not!) this part of the 3rd grade curriculum. It involves a lot of time and effort mostly from the parent(s). However, when all was said and done, the puppet turned out great and the program was a success. Trevor was one of the narrators for the program and he did an excellent job (as did all the kids). Trevor just finished his first season of Minors Little League baseball. He showed steady improvement and his team had a successful year. This summer Trevor has been taking swim lessons, attending basketball camp and will go to cub scout day camp at the end of this week.
Ryder is such a joy and a blessing to our family. He is adored by his brothers and as mentioned before, completely spoiled. He is finally starting to get some teeth which has slowed his appetite somewhat but he continues to be a happy, loving toddler. He LOVES to be outside - just mention the word "outside" and he lights up. He loves shooting hoops, feeding rocks to the dogs, playing in his car and on his slide, splashing in the dog's water dish, anything outside! Sometimes he will press his face up to the back door like he wants to come in but if you open the door, he squeals and runs away inviting you to follow and play. He will spend hours outside pausing only for a few moments to get a drink of water.
He sometimes get confused when feeding the dogs a bisquit - "Do I eat this?"
Here's his basketball shooting form. We're going to have to work on this!
Camille and I spend most of our time just trying to keep up with all the events mentioned above. Camille is an angel to put up with all the testosterone in our home. She is great at teaching our kids about the details that I often forget (like that tan and gray don't match). She is the chorister in Primary and does a fabulous job. Her love for music and for the children is very evident as she teaches songs each week. She rarely misses a day at the gym, she loves her book clubs and her bunko group, but she always puts us first and we would certainly be lost without her. She was able to attend Women's Conference at BYU this year with some friends and with Suzanne. She had a great time and I'm sure it was a nice break from the boys.