There are certain joys of having a teenager in your home. For instance, this is what our front yard looked like this morning: Melanie: "Why do you assume it's one of my friends? Maybe it's one of your friends!"
Well, Miss Melanie, . . . I could to some sleuthing around and see what Lezlee was doing late last night, but I doubt I'd come up with much hard evidence against any of my friends.
Fortunately, this was a job using high quality toilet paper which didn't tear as it was pulled out of the trees. The last time this happened in our yard, there was massive amount of cheap paper over 12 feet high that stayed in the trees for much longer than our neighbors could possibly appreciate our landscaping decor.
Speaking of landscaping, Roxanne is re-working her front yard. It was full of unkept, scraggly trees and unkept cactus and gravel. She has removed it all, added a couple of trees, an irrigation system, a truckload of dirt and it's almost ready to plant a lawn. Too bad the summer temperatures aren't conducive to enjoying yardwork. This picture was taken at about 6:45 am and it was almost too hot to work already. I'll bet the neighbors loved the day the dirt was dumped. Every car for 2 blocks had a thick coat of dust on it. Hopefully, they will ultimately love having a nicer looking house on the block.In other happenings around town, my adorable niece just got home from her mission in Florida. Her family orchestrated a huge reception area outside of the security checkpoint at the airport. It was a very entertaining hour as my nephews loudly welcomed complete strangers off the various flights as we waited for Kelsie. Isn't this a happy dad? Speaking of missionaries, I got a text from an unfamiliar out of town number, and look what I got on my phone:Some friends from Idaho are working at the Nauvoo Pageant for the summer and ran into these two fine missionaries. Brady is working at the Pageant 2 nights a week this summer. Aren't they handsome?
I saw another unexpected picture of Brady this week. We pulled out some old half-used water cameras when we went to the river last week. When I developed the film, I found a picture of Brady with his sisters and cousins at the beach two years ago. Sadly he has really grown up in a world of girls. I asked him one time if his life would have been different if he had a brother. He didn't even hesitate -- "YES!!" I miss that kid. Only 5 months left !!