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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Yes, I am now the mother of TWO teenagers! Payton turned 13 this week and we celebrated it to the fullest. Leading up to his birthday I gave him little gifts each day - I call it "13 days of 13". The gifts included things like candy, deodorant, his favorite mechanical pencils, a new book, silly pirate toys, a 12 pack of rootbeer cream soda (his favorite), an inflatable slice of pizza for the pool, a giant tub of cheese puffs, etc. On his birthday I had Scott pick up Krispy Kreme doughnuts after taking Conner to seminary. I was... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at find joy in the journey
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. . . the girls will play Scott & the boys went on a ski trip with the scouts this weekend. Which meant it was the perfect opportunity for Anna and I to spend some girl time together! It started with an afternoon marathon of Fixer Upper. Oh my goodness. We love this show! Nearly every woman I know has talked about this show but I have been waaayyyyy out of the loop. We only operate on Roku which means no HGTV. BUT, I discovered that season 1 of Fixer of Upper is on Netflix so . . . boom!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Scott and I just celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this weekend. We typically do a little something to celebrate but every couple of years Scott decides that he is really going to do something. On Monday he took my request . . . a nice dinner, maybe on the Strip . . . and took it from there. He did a great job of planning and I just wanted to share some of my favorite parts! The "surprise" // Life was busy BUSY this week so I hardly had time to think about our Friday night date other than a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Christmas came and went this week and it was pretty great. But, I have to admit that I had a hard time catching the Christmas spirit this month and feeling the magic of the season. Our traditions were rushed, ill-planned, and some didn't happen at all. Blame it on being busy, too many activities, too much to do, flying by the seat of my pants . . . whatever. But really I just did not take the time to slow down and let myself ponder on the season and feel the peace it brings. I regretted that all month. Ugh.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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"Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration." -Joseph B Wirthlin More than ever I feel like there is much to be thankful for this year. Good health . . . . Watching medical miracles and hardships happen around us which reminds me just how precious & fragile life can be. SO thankful for employment (thank you, thank you, thank you) . . . . An eternal family... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Last year when Anna's teacher sent home papers about running for class representative Anna threw it in the trash. When I discovered that they were in the middle of presentations & elections I asked her about it and her response was a panicked, no way mom. I am NOT doing that. Anna has a tendency to shy away from and resist anything that puts her in the spotlight. Which totally makes me scratch my head because she has the brightest, goofiest, hey-watch-me-while-I-make-a-crazy-face personality every single day of the week! I told her right then that next year, in 4th grade,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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around here I'm getting back into the meal planning and cooking groove. That kind of goes out the window during summer when it's just too hot to think and life is irregular with our travels. This was potato salad for Labor Day. around here carpool is going great! And I'm loving these early mornings when the sun is golden and it feels good to be outside. around here we walk to elementary school and Anna holds my hand the whole way. This past week we saw lots of lizards and bunnies. around here I'm trying to eat well. Let's just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at find joy in the journey
This summer we had the amazing opportunity to take our entire family to Maui! Scott and I have been there several times ourselves (Maui 2006 - Maui 2009 - Kauai 2013 - Maui 2014) and we absolutely love it. It is just so relaxing, peaceful, beautiful . . . paradise. On our last trip to Maui we sat on our lanai one day taking in the ocean breezes, sweet smells, and sounds of the waves rolling in. Enjoying a Melona bar too, I'm sure. Ahhh. And we talked about how amazing these vacations are. Wonderful. So fulfilling. The break from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Grade: 9 Height : 5 ft. 5 in. What's for lunch : Bologna sandwich Yes, we have a high schooler! For many years every time I looked ahead to high school I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Being a high school mom. Having a high schooler. Preparing for college. SATs. Driving. Dating. Ack!! It's one of those things that you know is coming but you put it out of your mind because in some irrational way you think that it will never happen to you. But you know what? His 8th grade year ended and all of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Let's see if I remember how to blog. :) We made it through the first week of school. This is going to be an interesting year -- full of changes and new schedules. 3 kids at 3 school (elementary, middle, and high school) and one of those children is starting a year round schedule. Like I said, it should be interesting. Anna is a 4th grader. And Payton is a 7th grader. More on the first week of school in another post. Because of their odd schedules I couldn't get a first day of school photo of all 3 of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at find joy in the journey
Thanks Katie! I hear ya loud and clear about being out of the blogging loop! I haven't sat down and read blogs in the longest time. Instagram seems to be filling in the gaps for now. :) But it's not the same thing. It has been a fun journey, pushing me and helping me grow all along the way. And prayer has definitely been a part of it. I'm just thankful for what a great experience this convention was - I needed it!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2015 on LuLaRoe // Dare to Dream at find joy in the journey
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In January I embarked on a new little adventure. At that time I mentioned briefly in this space that I joined LuLaRoe as a fashion consultant, but I haven't talked about it much since then. Life has been busy! Basically it's a clothing company that makes wonderful modest, on trend, affordable, comfortable clothes for women and girls -- skirts, dresses, tops, and leggings. I have a huge inventory of those clothes in my house now (thank goodness for a spare bedroom!) and I bring it to ladies' homes where we have fun parties trying on the clothes and shopping. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Last summer my boys had the rare and special opportunity to attend Scout Camp in Idaho with their dad and their grandpa. Both Scott and Dennis were (and still are) Scoutmasters and Scott thought it would be such a great experience to join Dennis' troop and attend Camp Bradley which is the same scout camp that Scott attended as a boy. Wow! One of the things I have loved most about my boys' experiences through Boy Scouts is seeing the memories and bonds that are built through the campouts and activities. Especially when those activities are done with a brother,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
So cool! I love the idea of barn hung doors into the master bath. Would love to do something like that in ours. In fact, I was just looking at laundry organization solutions yesterday (our tiny laundry needs help) and barn doors popped up on my pinterest search. You are definitely on trend!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2015 on Antique doors- Poppy Hill at whatever
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We had a wonderful day at church. Glad to be back in our congregation after a couple weeks on the road. The topics and messages touched me today and I just left with an overall feeling of wanting to do better, and strive to follow my Savior and be more like him. To cease from judging others. (this talk) To more readily forgive and let past grievances (or annoyances) slide away. (this video) To do more good. (this song) To take to heart the Savior's words "Come, follow me." The children sang Come, Follow Me in Primary and their voices... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Made our way to the cabin and I am so happy to be here. Ready to enjoy the quiet, the beautiful scenery, the absence of cell service, and exploring the woods. We bought a homemade blackberry pie from a cute apple store on the highway and ate it after dinner with vanilla ice cream. We took a short walk after dinner and I have to point out several things about this photo: 1 - these beautiful sweet peas grow wild on the side of the road! 2 - Anna is nervous about the ONE bee that she THINKS she saw... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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The boys were home from scout camp less than 48 hours when I packed the kids up and headed out on our summer roadtrip! It's going to be a busy summer - going here and there and not leaving too many normal/ lazy weeks at home. I'm guessing that this is a product of our kids growing up and I am planning on our summers looking like this from here on out. But first the road trip. It has felt like a busy couple weeks leading up the road trip. Much of my life feels like I'm flying by the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Scott just returned yesterday from 7 days at scout camp with Payton & Conner and 13 more boys in his troop. He is the Scoutmaster. (And sometimes we think he must be the eternal Scoutmaster as he's been doing Scout Camp for over 10 years!) They pulled in yesterday afternoon and I can't tell you just how GOOD they looked. Sun tan, relaxed, bearded (just Scott), and manly. I don't know what it is but the boys appeared to have grown leaps in the past week - more tough, rugged, confident. I loved seeing that. And I loved seeing them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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On Mother's Day the kids (and Scott) gave me a gift and it was wrapped in solid light blue paper over which the kids had written 35 things they like best about my 35 years of "momming." I carefully unwrapped the gift to preserve the paper, but I'm sure at some point it will be too hard to store so I want to record their sweet notes on in this place to keep them safe for remembering. (Their initials by each note indicates which kid wrote it. Conner wrote 14, Payton 12, and Anna 9 notes - one for each... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at find joy in the journey
You guys are always the adventurers/explorers! I'm so glad dad speaks spanish and can get you guys around there so safely.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2015 on Cancun Mexico- On the Street at whatever
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Payton turned 12 in February which meant he was now old enough to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. There are a few other milestones, privileges, experiences that come along with turning 12 in our church and he got to experience two big ones this week. NUMBER ONE. On Wednesday the youth of our ward went on a temple trip to the nearby Las Vegas temple to perform baptisms for the dead. Info here. At Family Home Evening a few days before we discussed what it would be like and answered all of Payton's questions. We explained what a blessing it is... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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For years people have been telling me how much Anna and I look alike. And I agree! She is my mini me! There have even been instances when speaking to school staff for the first time they do a double take and say, you must be Anna's mom. I thought it would be fun to do a little photo side-by-side comparison. I've been meaning to do this for the longest time. So I took a few minutes and sorted through the scanned pictures that were already on my computer and I had Anna assist me in deciding which photos went... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at find joy in the journey
This is such a sweet post! I'm sure that Sam and Heidi were soooo dang appreciative of you taking the time to watch their littles so they could get away. Those are busy years with busy little bodies! I feel like our years are getting busier, but not so much of the little busy bodies to get in the way. :) Enjoy your trip to Mexico!!!!
Toggle Commented May 3, 2015 on What I learned- at whatever
You know, we just use Krusteaz pancake mix! But my husband doesn't follow the directions on the bag -- he kinda eye balls the water added, and he mixes the batter A LOT until it is super smooth even though the bag says to mix a little and the batter will be slightly lumpy, and he is very careful about the griddle preparation and butter use and the amount of time the pancakes sit on the griddle before flipping . . . It's all in the technique and he's got it down to a science. His pancakes are pretty amazing. I'm so glad Sydnee loved the dress! Having seen pictures of her I just knew that the Julia dress would be perfect for her figure. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2015 on making pancakes at find joy in the journey
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