blatantly bragging blog post

Last week I giggled in a tent at girls camp, Hans and Xander created havoc at scout camp and Erik flew off to Texas on a business trip. All of which left Stefan at home in charge of Gabriel and Mary.

Arriving home on Saturday, I left the tents and dutch ovens and sleeping bags in the driveway while I sat on the couch as listened to their week’s adventures. Mary perched on Stefan’s lap while I asked her about her days with Stefan.

“We played ring around the rosie a hundred times a day!” she boasted, “But (wrinkling her little nose) he did make me practice and do chores and math worksheets. And on Friday we went on a picnic!”

“A picnic?” I was impressed.

“Yes, to Sugarhouse Park. With Sarah! And he made sandwiches and we fed ducks and walked by the river.”


And I can’t decide which makes me more proud: the picnic in the park or Stefan’s newly arrived ACT score. Thirty-six. 36. A perfect score. His first time taking the test. The score of less than one tenth of one percent of all test takers. Only one student in Utah scored 36 on his first attempt in 2010.

Yep, I’m busting a few buttons.

p.s. And if you think I’m proud, watch out for Ben. He’ll be spreading the word to the entire Italian mission.

p.p.s. Stefan would like you to know that he opened the cereal box from the bottom this morning– so he’s not really all that.

June 17, 2011
July 6, 2011



  1. Annie

    June 28, 2011

    Wow, well done all around! That Stefan’s a keeper, that’s for sure.

  2. Claudia

    June 28, 2011

    Stefan you are such a stud on SOOO many levels!

    Brag on my dear, he is an angel!

  3. jen

    June 28, 2011

    he is indeed an amazing young man (though i think the picnic trumps the act score). raising such an amazing young man, however, takes a pretty amazing mom. 🙂

    i hope that daniel is as good a big brother to any of his future siblings as stefan is to mary.

  4. michelle

    June 28, 2011

    To quote Po:

    “Pure awesomeness.”

  5. Selwyn

    June 28, 2011

    I’m guessing the score is important, so congratulations and well done Stefan!

    And congratulations and well done Stefan on surviving little girls for that long too 😉

  6. cristie

    June 28, 2011

    so so much joy here.
    and,! how would it be?!

  7. Ginnie

    June 28, 2011

    36?! That is truly amazing! You sure do know how to grow ’em.

  8. Melissa M

    June 28, 2011

    Knowing what it takes to score a 36–Shane scored a 35 on his 2nd try and we thought that was impressive–I am truly gaping with admiration! I’m sure you realize that Stefan can go to college anywhere he wants–including Harvard. Well done, Stefan!

    And taking Mary on a picnic and taking such good care of her speaks volumes about Stefan’s character. You have every reason to be bursting your buttons.

  9. Kerri

    June 28, 2011

    Wow wow wow. On every point. You are definitely allowed to brag blatantly with a son like that.

    And another connection…Kate’s piano teacher also teaches Claudia’s kids. Salt Lake is such a small world, isn’t it?

  10. HeaRow

    June 28, 2011

    Every mother has the right to brag, especially in light of such noteworthy deeds. Well done, on all counts!

  11. Linn

    June 29, 2011

    I honestly think that it is unnatural how proud I am of that boy of yours! Thirty stinkin’ six–wowee! I just told my husband and he about fainted. And this coming from Mr. Genuis who got a 32 himself. Nice Stefan boy. You are fantastic!

  12. Tracy

    June 29, 2011

    Oh my word – You should all burst some MAJOR buttons!!!! So awesome. All of it. xoxoxoxo

  13. Cath

    June 29, 2011

    Glad you were home. For a second. And I’m still mulling that 36. WOW!! You ought to see Cristie’s post here – her random thoughts.

    love you. can’t wait to catch up when you’re home home.

  14. Chelle

    June 29, 2011

    wow, wow, wow! so cool! : )

  15. Sharlee

    June 29, 2011

    Oh, my GLORY, Michelle! A 36 on the first try!!??!! AND a picnic with Miss Mary and friend! My favorite part though is about him opening up the cereal box from the wrong end. He sounds a lot like my Erica. Too bad there’s an eight year age gap! 🙂

  16. Kristin

    June 30, 2011

    Well done Stefan! A perfect score AND fabulous big-brothering. What more could a mother ask? (She doesn’t mind if you open the cereal from the wrong end.)

  17. Judi

    July 1, 2011

    WoW!! 36, that is amazing and fantastic. Congratulations to him on that. But I agree, I think the big brother picnic in the park is just as amazing.
    You are blessed with a wonderful family and you have every right to brag about your children.

  18. richard

    July 5, 2011

    Hi, Linda and Richard Eyre here. You may know us from our parenting book bestsellers or the blogs of our daughters…..or perhaps you have seen our weekly columns in the Deseret News.

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  19. Jeanelle

    July 5, 2011

    So amazing – what a feat! And I want to come visit and have you take my picture under those gorgeous pink flowers someday. Hope camp was as wonderful for you as trek was for me last week.

  20. Tifani

    July 11, 2011

    Sorry I’m just now getting to this post. WOWZA!!! I’m so impressed and happy for him. This is a score that opens doors.

    One of the admins at Morgan’s new school has a signature he adds to every email. It reads, “”No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care,” and I believe it was from Teddy Roosevelt. I think about your great Stefan and know that he could satisfy Teddy on both accounts.

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