This year Tanner and Sydney were put in the same pod (group of teachers) and Connor was put in another. So after a few phone calls we finally spoke to someone in charge and got them all in the same pod. Whew! Good thing, because it is not uncommon for one of them to forget that an assignment is due the next day or forget to bring home a particular text book. It's nice to have them be able to help each other out. They have Mrs. Brock, a teacher that Trey had, so they are automatically her favorite students now :)
Whenever people would ask how to tell Connor and Tanner apart we would say 2 things: his off-centered dimple (due to a soft tissue mass on one side of his chin) and a little scar to the side of his eyebrow (he got this when he was just a toddler and fell and hit a window sill at the gym). As he grew older the soft tissue mass seemed to look more obvious, which gave him a crooked pointy chin look. When he was in kindergarden we decided to have the soft tissue removed. His surgeon made the incision under the chin so as to not have a noticeable scar. When the swelling went down after surgery we were disappointed to see NO difference. A few years later we sought out a different surgeon who took pictures and watched it for a a couple of years until we decided to try one more time. The only thing he remembered about his first surgery was that he got to have a Sprite afterwards. Being older and wiser this time around he asked many questions, repeatedly, obviously nervous about what exactly things were going to feel like, how much pain was involved, etc. It was just he and I the day of surgery. He was quiet on the ride to the hospital, which is normal, asking just a few questions. He was very brave getting his IV in and asked me to take a picture of it to show Tanner and Sydney. When he came out of the anesthesia he was groggily excited. "Wow, surgery is awesome! That didn't hurt one bit!" He was more chatty than I've ever seen him as he came fully out of his anesthesia. He loved getting his jello and sprite and didn't have any trouble pain tolerance. In the next few days I kept asking him if he needed his medicine for the pain and he would reply "no, if just feels like "ow" but not bad". He loved the attention he got from his family and grandparents. I think he would do it again if it was required :) We are hoping this does it for his chin repair. Other than a tough looking scar things look great.
Ok, I have a few more Allie posts to do....maybe I'm just excited that she comes home between semesters this week....
Trey got to take his 3 best friends to the Beach House in Oak Island his senior year without any adults. Somehow we didn't really want to let a daughter go with girls and stay by themselves, so I unselfishly agreed to go with Allie, her three friends and their moms :)
And so we had 4 days filled with sun, beach, and bakery items.
Allie is beautiful. This is about the 5th post in a row about Allie - sorry triplets, there is just a lot going on when you are a senior! We had Lindsay McCormick take Allie's senior pictures and man oh man was it amazing. Lindsay has a talent. She is REALLY good with her subject, coaxing just the right amount of smile, placing limbs in just the right manner. Allie, who does not like getting her picture taken, felt like a million bucks when Lindsay was all done with her. Lindsay makes you feel like you are a model and the most beautiful person in the world. Thanks to Amber Harrison for letting us do the photo shoot on her property. I might actually suffer through a family photo shoot with her when Trey gets home from his mission.
Even though Allie decided to graduate in December, we didn't officially celebrate until she walked with her class in the spring. It was wonderful to have such good church friends graduating with her and to have both sets of grandparents there to help us celebrate. Allie graduated with honors and ended up with a 3.8. That's hard to do with AP and honors classes! And so another of our children put mine and David's high school GPA's to shame :) She also got to participate in many service clubs, serve as her Sophomore class vice president, play JV basketball and start a girls lacrosse team. Way to go Allie, Happy graduation :)
Allie and her friends planned an awesome alternative to their high school prom this year. They decided they wanted a prom with clean music, clean dancing and a modest environment. The night was action packed: pictures, dinner, dancing, swimming, and a waffle/ice cream bar. I'm so proud of these amazing youth and the wonderful night they created.... Memories they will never forget.