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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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On Wednesday morning Anna and I walked to school as we usually do. We noticed that several of the trees on the path had been pruned extensively since the last time we walked, on Monday. "Ugh, I don't like it when they cut the trees back so much. It makes them look strange." I said. "Mom! That's just like that video I watched on the Mormon Channel! Where the farmer has a bush and he cuts it back and the bush is not happy about it. But the bush grows back even more beautiful." Yes, that's exactly right. Here is... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at find joy in the journey
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Believe it or not we have now lived in our home for 2 years and one month! It's crazy to think that the whole house-hunting, short-sale waiting, apartment living fiasco, and finally signing the papers and getting the keys was over two years ago. Because of all that, I am so thankful for the home that we now own and get to enjoy. We know our neighbors. We really enjoy the proximity to school and how that enables us to walk there each day. The neighborhood is safe (and gated) which means I feel just fine when the kids ride... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at find joy in the journey
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For the second year in a row Conner auditioned and make the cut for the school district's middle school honors choir! For the past 6 weeks they have been practicing weekly and last week was the big performance, along with the high school honors choir. What made this year's performance ah-mazing was the fact that they got to perform inside The Smith Center. This building is gorgeous!! And the acoustics are crazy good. Just a beautiful performing hall. I can only imagine the shaky knees and thumping hearts of those 6-8th graders as they stood on this massive stage and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at find joy in the journey
You girls are so cute! I'm glad you're able to have these fun gatherings with your dear friends!
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There was just too much to squeeze into the last post! Here are a few more spots that we visited in the Valley of Fire state park. Rainbow Vista Beautiful vistas. And awkward poses. At this point the kids were starving so we walked across the street and found a picnic table in the shade of this hill to eat our picnic lunch. After lunch we checked out the Rainbow Vista trailhead and decided rather than taking the hike we would just wander around and explore the area. It was a good choice. Fire Canyon The Cabins I was really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Another month, another opportunity for a great hike and exploring outdoors! The kids had a 4 day weekend, and now that we are in November and the temperatures have cooled off a little bit, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go check out Valley of Fire. This has been on my list for the longest time. But as the name implies, this is a place you DO NOT want to visit in the summer. It is hot, hot, hot! I missed my chance in the winter/spring and I have waited for the summer months to tick by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Sure, I'd be happy to share! You'll probably want to reference the photo on my blog as I describe this. It isn't highly technical so there is plenty of room for your own interpretation & creativity! Okay, first we started by making the core out of a no-bake cookie recipe (oats, cocoa, peanut butter) and shaped it into a ball. While that is hardening, make a batch of Rice Krispie treats. To create the half circle/dome we pressed the warm Rice Krispie treats into a large bowl and then pressed a smaller bowl into the center to create an indentation for the earth's core. Make sure to spray both of your bowls with cooking spray so you can remove the Rice Krispie later. Once the Rice Krispie was set you can remove it from the bowl. From there we used pink frosting for one of the inner layers and set the no-bake cookie ball in the center. For the outside we rolled out blue and brown fondant for the oceans and continents. Again, this isn't super technical so you can be creative with it! Those are just the basic steps & supplies that we used. Have fun!
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I'm so glad when I get comments from other Cub Scout parents who give a thumbs up to this little list! So, thank you! These are things that I have thought/felt for a long time so it feels good to know that others feel the same.
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Wow, what wonderful experiences your boys have had. That is pretty remarkable that they were able to form such solid friendships with boys of high character and values. Yay for Scouts!
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Oh you are such a good Scout mom! I'm glad to hear you're still involved through Scouts - way to go!
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Oh I'm SO glad your son loves the show! Yay! That makes me so happy. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on halloween 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Yep, they love Merlin and are still chugging through episodes every Saturday morning. :) Scott is usually not a fan of dressing up either so I felt SUPER LUCKY when he offered to fulfill my request.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on halloween 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Isn't that dress just the best?! Love the style. My prom dress - 1996 - doesn't come even close!
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Oh man, you are so on top of it! I still need to get my photos printed and added to the album. And yes, chasing the light on Halloween for pictures is always a challenge -- I usually find myself pretty frantic, "ok everybody outside NOW! go go go !" I'm sure they'll have great memories of their crazy mom and her camera.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on halloween 2014 at find joy in the journey
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You should just be happy that I didn't post the Saturday morning hair picture. Didn't want to tarnish your awesome hair reputation. :)
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Go for it! You will love the results.
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Thanks Kathy! There was a big sigh of relief on Sunday night, for sure. Thanks for your comment!
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Thanks Katie! It was a lot of work - the following week I took ZERO photos, I think because I was so worn out! ha! But I'm so glad I have these moments recorded.
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Heidi - they are SO easy, and cheap. I love them and then I don't feel bad about throwing it away at the end of October. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on cheesecloth ghosts at find joy in the journey
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Hey, your welcome Marie! Be sure to pin it on Pinterest so you don't forget!
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Well, of course she's on a card! I'm convinced that you have the most beautiful friends. :) So good to hear from you Leigh!
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I "think" that kids still go to the stake/regional dances. I hope so! I had so much fun at those throughout young womens. Ya, my kids love meatloaf SO much. When they hear jokes about kids not liking it they just don't understand. :)
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His first dance will actually be the New Years' Dance - so exciting! Now I just have to teach him how to dance with a girl. :)
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This will be the perfect thing for them! Yay!
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Oh, are you referring to the Country Crock on the table? My family never did real butter - just a tub of country crock. While on the other hand, Scott's family is all about the real butter. He has no problem with the CC so we have just stuck with that. Funny the little family habits/routines that you notice about other people! :)
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