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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Pioneer Day is coming up this week (July 24th) and I already mentioned that we had a chance to celebrate yesterday with the parade. Today I hopped onto FamilySearch.org and clicked back through the generations on my pedigree chart until I reached a few of my pioneer ancestors that came across the plains to Utah in the mid-1800's. I love that Family Search provides a place for the sharing of photos, histories, and stories. I snagged one of those histories and thought I would share it today. I've never read about Rebecca and I have to say that she has... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at find joy in the journey
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Payton brought his blanket to Anna's indoor soccer game. Don't be fooled by the word "indoor" - the air conditioning is adequate at best. Hey - they like their cantaloupe. No rind goes to waste. The boys negotiate a trade with Scott. X number of french fries for one of his Nom-Noms (fried macaroni & cheese) at I {Heart} Burgers. We killed the biggest scorpion I have ever seen. In our house. {{shiver}} And the next day I picked up the library bag and out crawled a 5 inch long centipede. And the next day I killed a giant scorpion... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at find joy in the journey
Great idea! I was just noticing that I have not ended up in many photos this summer. I want proof that I was there! P.s. You girls look so cute
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They are definitely treasures! Getting a few years of blog to book is also on my to do list. I'm a little bit scared at the thought of all that work. But, it could be a good excuse to hang out in my bed for a week with my laptop while watching movies. (In my dreams)
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I'm glad you are enjoying the new river bed! Evenings like this look so perfect! I can just imagine the cool grass, and pleasant evening weather, and your view of course. I have to smile though when I read your comment about playing outside in the summer - yes, that is what you should be doing in the summer! sadly, we spend much of ours cooped up indoors. Such is life in the desert. :)
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on five years at Big Sandy at Creole Wisdom
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Go, go, go! It is SO insanely beautiful there. I just couldn't get over all the green.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on hike park city at find joy in the journey
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That would be really fun! In 7 years - haha!!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on hike park city at find joy in the journey
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Yes, yes, and yes! I didn't do nearly enough hiking while we lived there - probably because our kids were so young. I've never even hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls. It's on my list!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on hike park city at find joy in the journey
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Oh my goodness, the wildflowers - Love! You are lucky to have mountains & forests & flowers surrounding you!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on hike park city at find joy in the journey
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I know! He is growing up! We'll have to fit in a hike when we come to the cabin, for sure.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on hike park city at find joy in the journey
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Oh my goodness - YES - the stars!! They were gorgeous! When the show ended Scott and I just stayed put on our blanket because we knew the parking lot was going to be a disaster. We waited and waited until one of the old-lady volunteers kicked us off the lawn ("we can't go home until you do") and by that time the crowds were gone and we could really enjoy the sky. Beautiful!
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Hey, I don't mind at all if you call us adorable! :) Thanks for the picnic stuff!
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Today is July 16th and we are exactly half-way through summer vacation. At this mid-point I like to stop and assess . . . . Is the summer chore chart still working for us? Have we done enough fun things together? What projects do I still need to accomplish? Am I being a fun mom or a crabby mom? When was the last time the boys showered? In the middle of my mental assessment I had the chance to pick up and read, The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting: 18 Principles that Can Change Everything by Brad Wilcox (love everything he... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at find joy in the journey
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Each time I take the kids hiking I love it even more. Being out in nature, pointing out all the amazing creations around us, feeling my body work with each step forward, spending time together without distractions . . . it just fills me up! While the men played golf one morning, I took the kids hiking on the mountain right behind our resort in Park City. It was beautiful and so so so GREEN!! Like really, really green. I could hardly believe it. And the wildflowers . . . I just couldn't get enough! Although, wildflowers and bees are... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at find joy in the journey
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Aww, thanks! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on friends first at find joy in the journey
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Thanks, Katie. There is a non-profit in our town that is set up at all the schools, the rec centers, everywhere and their message is BE KIND -- and I love it! I love seeing this message all around town and on the kids' school t-shirts and at city events. It really is so important. Maleficent was GREAT! We all loved it. I would definitely recommend it.
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Well, normal desert humidity is about 5%. When the monsoons come the humidity goes up to 50% or so. That's pretty humid for us! :) I will be sure to share a photo of the bonnets -- I sure have had fun making them!
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on everyday browns // vol. 1 at find joy in the journey
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You are not boring! You could even do a monthly post (if a week is too short) to share a list of just the normal stuff you are currently doing, working on, thinking about,
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on everyday browns // vol. 1 at find joy in the journey
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Red Rock Canyon. Outdoor theater. Monty Python jokes. Picnic. And a cool summer night (thanks to being in the canyon). This was the recipe for one perfect date! I've known about the Super Summer Theatre for quite sometime and always thought it would be fun to go. When I saw that they were showing Spamalot, and knowing my husband's appreciation of all things Monty Python (he does own a set of coconut shells), I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. So we packed up a picnic and headed into the desert No, this is not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Oh, it's so strange to think that someone else will be living in the house and sitting on your chairs and sleeping in your beds, and enjoying all the wonderful parts of the property! It was been a WONDERFUL house for the family and we are going to miss it. But I know that your new place will be full of many more celebrations and memories. Just don't move again! ;)
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Payton and Anna started swimming lessons this week. They are great swimmers, but I'm insistent that they know how to do proper swim strokes. Well. Scott picked up a giant inflatable Orca from the store. Anna has named it Sparkles and pretends to be a whale trainer. Anna rearranged the furniture in her bedroom again. Monsoon season is here. Lots of ominous looking clouds that roll in and out during the day, lightning at night, and a little more humidity than normal. Scott and Payton went on a Scout campout for 11 year olds. Payton had the best time and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at find joy in the journey
We are just getting into the bunches-of-cousins stage. My kids are the 3 oldest grandkids on my side, and we have the 2 oldest grandkids on the other. It has taken as a while to grow. But it's fun as well to see Conner (13) play with the 6 and 4 year old boys. They get along great.
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You better! It's not complete without you and dad! :)
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Yep, I agree - the talent show is definitely a family reunion keeper!
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Awesome - I can't wait to see it!
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