Monday, September 24, 2018

The PERFECT Weekend!

Yep!  I had the MOST PERFECT weekend!  Carlie came home from BYU to see Kayleah in her latest lead in a play--"First Date" at MCC.  We have been planning this for awhile now and actually bought her ticket before she moved--so I had been counting down the days:)

The small airport in Mesa flies directly into the small airport in Provo--which I LOVE!  Since the boys have Fridays off from school, they of course had to come with me to pick her up from the airport.  But we couldn't just PICK HER UP!  How boring!  Max had been kicking around ideas for weeks and he finally settled in on his favorite Pennywise costume--but Rocco HAD to have a raincoat so that he could be "Georgie" (like in the movie).  I ended up finding a returned yellow dog raincoat on Amazon for $9 so I decided I could spend that to go along with Max's plan:)

Well Carlie is totally immune to Max and his Halloween obsession so her reaction was quite boring--you can hear her in the video saying, "Max, there's something wrong with you" and then she went right for the dog.  The BEST part was all the airport employees and passengers--Max was A HIT!!!  Everyone was either wanting pictures of him OR wanting to stay far from him:)  I was inside watching for Carlie as Max stayed outside--because I wasn't 100% sure if this was even allowed or legal:)

Funny Side Story #1:  I went into Party City to buy the single red balloon.  Nobody buys just one balloon so naturally they were curious as to what I was doing.  I explained the whole situation to them and they thought it was hilarious and gave me the balloon for FREE!

Funny Side Story #2:  Some good friends of ours--the Brooks family--just happened to be at the airport picking up their Grandma.  This family has been extremely supportive of all of Max's plays and have been out to see him several times.  So I was actually kinda embarrassed to see them because I feel like they think all we do is costumes and acting 24/7!  But they are so kind/supportive/and tolerant and had a great laugh seeing Max there dressed up.  Andrew was more excited to see Max than he was his own mother:)

Max waving goodbye to all his
new found fans!

Ethan's one job was the poster.  It's hard to read but Ethan said he meant to make it "abstract" and it says, "Welcome Home Carlie!"  (Oh!  He also sat in the driver seat of my running van while I looked for Carlie at the airport.  So he had 2 jobs:)

We enjoyed a family dinner and movie night--Pet Semetary--on Friday.  On Saturday, we all went to Tatum's softball game.  Tatum has be ROCKING IT this season and for the 2nd game in a row, this girl has hit the game-winning RBI!!!  So it was a super close and exciting game and the Diamond Queens won--they have a perfect record so far this season!  We then went out to lunch to celebrate and hit our most favorite store--Spirit Halloween!!!   We have big plans for our front yard this Halloween and needed some supplies--full-size skeletons to be exact:)

Carlie then got to go to dinner and the show with her closest friends--Lois & Tayte.  Then after the show she got ice cream with Lois, Tayte, Kayleah, & Noah.  
Noah, Tayte, Lois, Kayleah, & Carlie

Since Carlie was coming home late, we had to squeeze in one more joke.  Max & I set up the new skeletons in her room and bathroom for a nice late-night surprise for Carlie and WE GOT HER GOOD!!!  Poor Carlie:)  This was what was waiting for her in her dark bathroom & bedroom:
In Carlie's bathroom

"Skeleton Porn"--Max's idea:)

Max has been sleeping in Carlie's room since she's moved out.  It's not officially HIS room--he looses it every time she comes home or if anyone comes to visit.  But it bugs her a lot so Max just had to rub it in a little more:

In her room

Despite having Carlie fly out on Sunday late morning, it was still a great day.  We got her to the airport and then I had to pull myself together because Tatum was playing organ for the first time today and I had to help with the Primary Program.  Tatum ROCKED it once again and the Program ran without a hitch.  

I think I fell asleep at 8:30 on Sunday because I was EXHAUSTED but HAPPY!  What an incredible weekend we had!  Can't wait to get my baby back home at Thanksgiving!!!  Max is already making plans for Carlie's next trip home at Thanksgiving--heaven forbid we just show up at the airport...

Sunday, September 2, 2018

I Left a Piece of My Heart & Soul at BYU

Holy say this has been a rough week is the biggest understatement in the world!  I have been dreading this week for 18 years and it finally came.  How incredibly blessed I have been to have been entrusted with this daughter of mine.  I know it's not a death, I know I can call/text/FaceTime her any and every day but STILL!!!  It's hard on this momma's heart!

In all honesty, there is NO other place I would rather her be at this point in her life.  I'm CRAZY proud of her and all her accomplishments and I can't wait to see what the next few years bring.  Go get 'em Carlie Mae. 
The Roommates:
Emily, Carlie, Britney, Kate, & Joi

I had this pillow made for her before she left.  I sent in a picture of Rocco to have made into a pillow.  Then I ordered a voice recorder to record Rocco howling at the piano (a daily occurrence in our home) and sewed the recorder into the pillow and BAM!  Sounds from home anytime she's homesick:

The Little Mermaid

So I'm totally embarrassed to admit that I did NOT want Carlie to do this show!  The show was originally supposed to run for 2 weekends and she would only be here for the first weekend as she would be off to BYU the second weekend.  I thought for sure she wouldn't be cast at all--there were over 100 people trying out and they cut that back to 38 total in the cast.  But apparently they loved her enough to double-cast her character so that she could be in the show.  And then long story short...the show ended up just being one weekend so she didn't miss a thing!

I can't think of a better way for Carlie to have spent her last week at home...doing what she LOVES!  AND she got to dress up like a mermaid every night--ALL the mermaids were celebrities!  Little girls literally flocked to them after the show for pictures.  And she just LOVED all of her "Mer-Sisters."  They developed such a tight knit/sister bond during this show. 

Aquata, Allana, Atina, Flounder, Andrina, Adela, & Arista
(Carlie, Kylie, Maddi, Charlie, Miranda, Katy, & Michala)

This is the scene where the Mer-Sisters all doubled
as human princesses trying to win Prince Eric's heart:)

Maddi & Carlie
Carlie & her "Sisters"



Fun Times/Friends:

Noah & Carlie

Scuttle & Aquata
(Ben & Carlie)

(Kayleah's Dad!)


They are each other's BIGGEST

Carlie & Kayleah

"Unicorn Poop!"

Carlie & Tayte

Chris & Kristin Bowler
SOOO CRAZY PROUD of my baby girl!  Way to go out on top of the world!!!  BYU has NO idea what an incredible human/musician they are getting!!!  LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK CARLIE MAE!!!

Legally Blonde Jr.

3 out of my 4 kids were involved in this show this summer!  Auditions were way back in June and I remember thinking that we should not participate because of our summer schedule.  And honestly, this was not one of my favorite shows I had ever seen BUT it worked best with our schedules and Tatum's softball schedule so we gave it a go.  At the end of this show run, this show has become one of my top favorites of all time!  

Carlie ended up being the head Music Director along side her best friend, Kayleah, who was the Director/Choreographer of the show.  Max was Emmett Forest--the lead guy who the lead girl, Elle, falls in love with.  And Tatum was the brainiac Delta Nu Sister, Kate, who helps Elle pass her big exam to get into Harvard Law School.

Director & Music Director

Tayte--the BFF

Kate & Emmett

Emmett & Elle
(Max & Sarah)

The Frat Boys:
Liam, Max, & Quincy

A few of the Delta Nu Girls:)

All together they spell:
Elle Woods

Bruiser, Pilar, & Kate
(Biff, DJ, & Tatum)

My cute Delta Nu Girl

Tatum & Hailey


Fun Times & Friends:


Marissa, Max, Sara, Remi, & Grant

Sooo cute in their matchy shirts:)

Ben played Max's dad in A Christmas Story:
"My son is all grown up & kissing girls!"

Maddi, Max, & Sarah
Funny Side Story:
Maddi is Sarah's older sister.  Sarah's character, Elle, proposes to Emmett (Max) in this play.  So here is Maddi stealing her sister's man:)