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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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One day I received a phone call from my brother Kent in Utah. Hey, Shannon how's it going? Great! How's the kids? Good. Hey, I'm working on an app for a competition and it's all about family history and I was wondering if me and my buddy could drive down to Vegas and film you talking about family history & blogging for our promo video. Oh, and if we win the competition we get to present the app and this video at RootsTech. Wow, sure! That sounds great! (and my mind instantly shifts to the real possibility of stuttering over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Scott and I had our first date at T.G.I. Friday's. It was a lunch date. We were just getting to know each other and he asked me what kind of things I liked to do. I listed a couple things which are now forgotten but I clearly remember saying "I like to play the piano and I like to go hiking." Which is somewhat funny, because I wasn't a big hiker. This is not something I did on a regular or semi-regular basis. But anytime I got a chance to do it I just LOVED being outdoors and stomping up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Every month I get to be a visiting teacher. What is Visiting Teaching? A visiting teacher is a woman assigned to watch over and help another woman in her Latter-day Saint ward or branch. Two visiting teachers are assigned to each woman; they contact her at least once a month and encourage her efforts to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Included in this regular visit is a message of spiritual instruction that is adapted to meet the needs and concerns of the individual woman. In addition to the spiritual aspect of their calling, visiting teachers also help with the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Have you seen those cute photos when people, as adults, try to reinact a photo and pose from their childhood? I think they are hilarious. Well, when our kids put on their striped pajamas on Christmas Eve I KNEW that we had to reinact a photo from a Christmas Eve, 7 years ago, also with striped pajamas. Four observations: 1. Legs!! So many legs. 2. If only we had some cheetah, dinosaur, and monkey slippers today. 3. Love that red couch (almost 13 yo) and it still sits in our living room, 3 houses later. 4. I thought my kids... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at find joy in the journey
What a great list, Katie. And I love what you said about authenticity AND practicing joy. :) Number Six is just so special. It reminds me of a prayer moment I had with my girlfriends before my big move. Love and tears, for sure. So glad you have special woman in your life who help and support you in that way.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on My top ten moments of 2014 at Creole Wisdom
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Wonderful Katie! I love your bracelet -- it is my favorite thing to have a piece of jewelry to wear and help me feel empowered by my word.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on my one-little-word for 2015 at Creole Wisdom
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Oh man! I'm so sorry you guys were SO sick! Yuck! At least Kevin was healthy to keep things running. And the kids did look great in their Christmas Sunday clothes. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on The Last Week of Christmas at It's all good . . .
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At church I have a calling as the first counselor in the Primary Presidency. I have served in Primary many times over the years (teacher, pianist, music leader, den leader, president) and it is such a great place to be! One of the things I love about Primary is the way that the gospel is taught and shared in it's most basic form. Faith, obedience, repentance, family, baptism, the Holy Ghost, prophets, temples, etc. And to see those teachings come alive in the eyes of these small children . . . it is just magic. The most basic truth that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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And Christmas morning came! The kids woke up around 5 am and paced around their rooms until 6:30 when we showed mercy on them. Typically we establish 7am as the time for presents. Santa came through big and gave everyone just what they wanted. A blue 24" bike for Anna. A white basket for the front of her bike was wrapped under the tree. A blue, black, and silver bike for Payton. Those were his specific instructions. And completely unexpected there was a Nintendo 3DS for Conner. We had told him there was no way he was getting one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at find joy in the journey
EMILY! This is so fantastic! I'm going to share it with my primary teachers and everyone I know. You are awesome!
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Christmas Eve is the party day of the Christmas week. Am I right? We fill it with activities, traditions, and food and over the years and years of building these traditions with our family it is a well-oiled machine. Good thing we take Christmas Day off to just RELAX! :) As always, we start out by bowling on Christmas Eve. This was our 11th year of Christmas Eve bowling! For all 3 of our Christmas Eves in Vegas we have bowled at the same local casino. The bowling alley has 64 lanes and it's a great facility. My parents joined... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at find joy in the journey
What a wonderful gift! And because you focused on "Listen" this year you were able to find the deeper meaning in the gift -- just another tender mercy and reminder that He hears you.
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Happy Birthday! You crack me up with your love for cheese! :) Don't get me wrong, I'm right there with you. I can't wait to see what 28 brings for you! I'm glad that through the trials and uncertainty you faced earlier this year you have found some wonderful blessings!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on turning 28! at Creole Wisdom
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I am in the same boat as you! I left off with my album about mid-April and I am determined to get "caught up". Your pages look lovely! Love those Studio Calico products.
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I was shopping in Target after Christmas and spied this zebra and thought of you! Love your style and sass! :)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on my Christmas wrap 2014 at Creole Wisdom
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A great list of daily goals! I like what you wrote about saying yes. That is so true! Here is a link to one of my VERY favorite podcasts at Power of Moms, "Our Deeper Yes". It is so so good! http://powerofmoms.com/2014/02/our-deeper-yes-radio-episode-9/
We're so glad you guys could come! The kids love having their grandparents for Christmas. :) How fun that you stopped at the Calico ghost town! I have considered stopping there so many times -- good to know that it is so close to the freeway.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on Christmas at Shannon's Home- at whatever
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Well hello 2015. And hello blog. :) It's been a nice winter break. It is New Years' Day. Also known as the Pig Out. Football, summer sausage, club crackers, shrimp cocktail, potato chips with ranch, and Scott's special 3-layer dip have been the theme of the day. The kids have been loving this lazy, no-responsibility day. Anna still has bedhead at 5pm and rosy cheeks from curling up on the couch with a blanket. They played with the fresh layer of ice in the pool, ran around upstairs like crazy hooligans, and grazed over the pig out spread. We all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Things that bring us J O Y soccer goals and goalie blocks, spontaneous weekend getaways, Diet Pepsi, the summer of dad, hiking among bamboo trees or redwoods or cactus, the fish stick challenge, honors choir and choir solos, Studio C, two boys & best friends now in middle school together, dressing up as the grammar avengers, boogie boarding, Maui, fresh paint and new doors on our house, snowcones, playing SCUM at scout camp, date night - from food trucks to art class to outdoor theater, dungeons and dragons, playing with cousins, iMac iPod iPad iPhone, morning walk/runs, each new letter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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True to form, this has been another December where blogging happens to fall by the wayside. Which is ok. Because this month is supposed to be all about family & traditions & celebrations & cozy nights with hot chocolate. I wanted to share a bit of what those traditions & celebrations & cozy nights have looked like around here. The Ward Christmas party was a breakfast on Saturday morning. Pajamas, ugly christmas sweaters, and mustaches were encouraged. Breakfast was catered by IHOP, the photobooth was super cute, and sweater and mustache awards were given. In an earlier post I hinted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Those studio calico kits look oh so pretty! Have fun playing with them! PL has also been put to the back burner around here, although I think about it often and wish for some magical extra hours to appear in my life. Sigh. Thanks for sharing your shutterfly experience, I have been printing photos at Costco - for convenience - but I am always, always disappointed with the color quality. Boo. I need to try something new!
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2014 on one week till Christmas at Creole Wisdom
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You two are so cute! Love seeing you so happy and getting a little mistletoe action. :)
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2014 on Huntley Christmas Party at Creole Wisdom
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I'm glad to finally take a moment to sit down at the computer and share my wonderful girls' weekend in Oregon. This is year number 3 that we have made this weekend happen. Three years! Three Decembers that I have now been in Las Vegas and I love having this weekend to look forward to. I know that it is something we ALL look forward too. The group texts usually start appearing in mid-October . . . I bought a few things today to wear on our girls weekend. Clearly I'm not excited at ALL. I'm ready to declare tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Oh, he's planning to wear some boxers alright! But I'm not sure that these "white elephant" boxers are going to make the outfit any more appropriate.
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The day after Thanksgiving we pulled out the Christmas trees (we have two fake trees) and the Christmas decorations. The kids decorated their tree - our super old 6 foot tree whose lights in the top section died this year. They have already been fixed multiple times in years past so we gave up and strung some blue lights on top. I love seeing these photos of ALL THREE KIDS decorating the tree together, because last year one child had a meltdown and had to be sent to her room and missed out on decorating the tree. The decorations have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at find joy in the journey