i love weekly temple trips. this is a tradition that is more than going to continue once i make it back out to utah! especially with cute little rachel olsen (remember her from here?).
also, dk was recognized at dublin scioto high school's annual "celebration of excellence" - aka the night where each faculty member chooses a student that has stood out to them for some awesome reason (note: i never got the award. but that's okay! i'm not bitter or anything! ;).
anyway. dk was recognized by one of the vice principals, who started the year as his science teacher. here's what she said:
"There are students that stand out, not only because of academic gifts, but also because of their charisma. Daniel has impressed me as one such student. Daily, Daniel inspires me with his enthusiasm for life, for school, for friends, and for pure excellence. He has a motivational smile that will light up any room and goes out of his way to turn any frown upside down. I truly admire Daniel and wanted to recognize him today as an inspiration!"
-Dr. Julie Blevins, DSHS Vice Principal
so, there you have it. dk's a winner! as though we didn't already know. (: ps can you spot him + his awesome swoopy hair in this awkwardly awesome close-up i tried to take?
or this one? where he looks just, so much like a musician, it's not even funny. it's just 100% real.
aaaaand the award goes to...!!!
how can you not love this kid!? someone, please try and explain that to me. kthxbye.
so proud of him. (: you deserve it, dk!!
and with his beautiful mama (is this not such a gorgeous photo of the two!?):
and...with me! in his natural state. (;
what did we do to celebrate, you ask? WELL. i think the next day (or sometime there after) we initiated our journey to whiter teeth together! what's better than that, right?!
our pre-whitening experience photos. you know, like, when you do a weight-loss program and you take before/after photos? well..this is kind of like that.
the siblings who use whitestrips and make incredibly awkward faces together, stay together. <3
also in the highlights of these few days - - skipping DAYSA from far, far away in meu querido camaragibe, pernambuco, BRASIL! so, so great to see her and
speak shout to each other in portuguese (according to daddy) via facetime! please let me tell you all the reasons why i love modern technology...oh, okay. maybe some other time. but being able to communicate so readily with my loved ones in brazil is definitely in the top 10!
also cool - realizing who my love for running came from! well, maybe! this little photo of my paternal grandaddy arthur kron was just too fun to find at my grandma's house. aka i had seen it so many times by her desk but i finally got a picture of it so now i can have it forever. :)
also exciting for this week...being crushed by my daddy in racquetball! thank you, lifetime fitness, for giving me a handful of free passes for people to workout with me...aka these next two weeks i hope are filled with at least a handful of racquetball adventures with my favorite super-sports daddy! he's seriously so talented with literally every sport he can get his hands on. just as much back in the day as today...it seriously never ceases to amaze me. but i have a goal to be able to beat him in at least one set before these two weeks are up! got it, daddy!? (;
and to round it all off - grandma asked me to dye her hair PURPLE for her, as a super-top-secret kinda deal. that was quite the adventure. (: and now that it's been a couple days, i have her permission to post it on the inter webs (at least i hope so ;). she just told me today that 5 random ladies stopped her at target the other day to compliment her hair! she rocks the purple. not surprised. way to go grandma! (: