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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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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Pancake training began for Conner today. Scott was going to make pancakes and Conner asked if he could learn. With hesitation he conceded the spatula to the boy with plenty of wise cracks at every move. We are not one of those families that is all love & rainbows & positivity, and "great job you deserve a medal!" with every mediocre attempt. You gotta have a sense of humor and the ability to let the criticism roll off your back & laugh at your failures. Because that's what the rest of us are doing. Luckily our kids do well in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at find joy in the journey
Gosh I don't know. When I made these we lived in Oregon, which has light humidity. But I would think that mixing starch into glue is probably a good idea. Try it!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2015 on yarn bowls at find joy in the journey
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Oh my goodness I LOVE your idea, Michelle! What a great way to celebrate. And I love the idea to spread it out over 50 days. Have so much fun with this!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2015 on 33 RAKs for 33 years at find joy in the journey
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You have a beautiful home! The floor plan on the main floor is almost identical to our house in Oregon. :) And I loved that space too. I'm so glad things moved so quickly for you guys and you don't have the worry of selling your home anymore. Now onto the next adventure of where to go! :) I'm sure something great will come up for Kevin and will be an answer to all of your prayers and your family will end up exactly where you are supposed to be. Good luck packing!
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2015 on Home Sweet Home - Sold at It's all good . . .
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Do you ever have those moments -- happy moments, calm, where everything feels right in the world -- and while experiencing them you become acutely aware of the very goodness of that moment. And in an effort to keep that moment you heighten your senses, taking it all in . . . sounds, sight, smells, warmth, taste, heart . . . creating a snapshot for yourself, freezing that moment in time. We spent a few days at my parent's family cabin during spring break and I had quite a few of those moments. Something about those few days at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at find joy in the journey
I think everyone has a bit a trial in their life - we just don't openly share those trials - and for that reason it's important to be careful when judging others' motives, efforts, actions, etc. So much can be going on behind the scenes that you don't know about and maybe they are just trying their best to put on a happy face for the day. Thanks for your concern and I hope you guys are doing ok too!
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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Thanks Kim. It is so easy to have good intentions & plans & goals and then it is so HARD to make them happen - especially when you are tired. I have to keep reminding myself that this time, this life, these moments -- they don't happen again and I need to give it my best.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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Thanks so much Lisa! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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"It will all work out" - Yes, I know it will. Just gotta keep enduring, and enduring WELL (as the VT message states this month). ;)
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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That is SO funny! :) Yep, they are all pretty much the same.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on payton's best week ever at find joy in the journey
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We stayed at the La Quinta Inn right outside the park. It was great!
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This week my Aunt posted a few photos of my grandfather on Facebook with the note that this would have been his 100th birthday. He passed away in December 1982 at age 67 when I was just 3 years old. I have just 1 or 2 small glimmers of a memory of him, but stories of Grandpa Rene have always been a part of our extended family's narrative. He had a dynamic personality and everyone talks about him with a smile. In addition to how much he was loved and being the patriarch of the family . . . that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Back when both of our parents came for Payton's priesthood ordination weekend we had a big breakfast at our house before church. Sausage, bacon, fruit, pancakes. Scott makes THE best pancakes! Seriously, so good. And he looks pretty great in an apron too. :) He also grew his hair out to epic lengths and achieved this pretty amazing flip on the back. It was a pretty big topic of conversation in our house in February. Payton referenced this hair flip on his love note to Scott -- "I love dad's hair . . . from the side." And Scott apologized... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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"The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life." -Julie B. Beck This has long been a favorite quote of mine and has just stuck in my brain for many years. I believe that we can pray to a loving Heavenly Father, he hears our prayers, and he will answer them. I know that those answers come in many ways and on the Lord's timetable so we have to be prepared, still, and sensitive to the spirit so that we can receive them. There have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Payton celebrated his 12th birthday in early February and after reviewing the events of that week it would be easy to conclude that he was having the best week ever. It all started on MONDAY with his actual birthday and, hello? This brand new spankin' bow! I mentioned in another post that he joined the Archery Club at school and was really really enjoying it. And Scott was taking him to an indoor archery range each Saturday so we thought he would love to have a bow of his own. Blue, of course. He requested an ice cream cake for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Let me just tell you that I cannot believe that it is March 1st already. !! February was a busy month. Not CRAZY busy, but busy enough with my head in other projects & assignments that I knew I needed to take blogging off my to-do list to maintain some balance. I'm feeling a little bit rusty, if I'm being honest. And before my "break" I was starting to feel like my blogging was a little blegh. It felt very informational to me - reports of date nights, parties, FHE outlines, etc -- alllll great stuff which I love, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at find joy in the journey