J.J. has the amazing opportunity to go to a new school this year. Spectrum Academy has a brand new campus in Pleasant Grove and its all for kids on the Autism Spectrum. I was so nervous about sending J.J. off to middle school (7th grade), but after he got accepted into SA, I was relieved. It is still a little nerve racking and I think it’s going to be a hard year, but much better now that I know he will be getting what he needs with the right teachers and programs. It’s all new for him with having a locker and going to different classes during the day. I hope he progresses this year. His new advisory teacher is Mr. Phelps and he seems like a great guy.
Beth is off to Spring Creek Elementary again as a 4th grader. She has Ms. Rossiter as her teacher and when she heard that her teacher is all about reading, art, and music – she was so excited! All three of the things she really enjoys! I think its going to be a really fun year for her.
– August 19, 2014 –
Melanie was so kind and loved everyone. She loved all things Disney and it was a big part of who she was. I will never forget being with her and the whole Baker Family in 2009, when we went to Disneyland. Melanie planned it for us and it was such a great trip. Even though, she was several years older than me and we actually didn’t get to see that side of the family that often, I still felt a little close to her and I’m so grateful she was my cousin. I’m so happy that she is out of pain and I’m sure she has a great mission in store for her on the other side.Until we meet again, Melanie!
In my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), we have sacred ordinances that we do in temples. When a young man or woman reaches the age of 12, they have the opportunity (if they live worthily), to attend the temple and do an ordinance that we call, Baptisms for the Dead. This ordinance gives people who have died the opportunity to be baptized and receive the gospel on the other side. This is the only ordinance in the temple that the youth can participate in. Once they are older (usually after the age of 18), they are able to go through the temple for other ordinances.
I used my Scripture HeroeZ and a template from Simple Scrapper
Beth had the opportunity to participate in a Princess Summer Camp. She’s getting older and this Princess stage is not going to last forever, so it was really nice to see her still enjoying dress-up and play with the Disney Princesses! She got to spend three days with various princesses and got to do SO many fun activities! She had a blast and it will definitely be something she will always remember!
Beth’s first session was a Frozen party and she got to be with her favorite princess, Anna and her sister, Elsa. She was so excited to wear her Anna dress. She got to make a wand, had ice cream, had a snowball fight with cotton balls, and was crowned a princess!
Next session was the Adventure camp with Merida and Rapunzel. She got to paint a lizard, shoot a target with arrows, stuff a bear, make a wish with balloons and danced with ribbons!
Then came a Luau with Jasmine and Ariel. She got to paint a treasure box, taught Jasmine to hula,made sand necklaces, and made headbands to go with the hula skirt and lei!
The last session was a Spa Day with Belle (her 2nd favorite) and Aurora. Belle did Beth’s hair and nails and Aurora did her makeup. They got a butterfly treasure box with beauty supplies.
Beth is fascinated with different cultures and history, especially with the American Indians. It actually runs in the family, coming from Grandpa Sorensen. Growing up, Grandpa always took his kids to Indian ruins and special historic places. So, for Beth’s Birthday trip, she really wanted to go see Indian Ruins and Drawings. Grandpa obliged her and took us on two days of adventures near Orderville. We hiked and saw lots of Indian Drawings on cliff walls, we hunted arrowheads and pottery, and we even hiked down to see awesome Indian ruins! Beth’s cousin Whitnee joined us for one day and we had a lot of fun hiking and playing in the dirt. We also roasted hot dogs and just enjoyed being together. Beth will remember this forever!