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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Yes, they are crazy blue! I do love my readers. If you ever come across great books in the Sci-Fi or Fantasy category let me know. My boys are always looking for something new to read.
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That is one of my favorites too!
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a) Thank you! I've had that skirt ever since we moved to Vegas and it is my fave. b) It is so ingrained in our routine at this point that I think the kids would have some issues getting through the day if we every forgot or ran out of time! Ha! c) Just doin' what a mom and dad gotta do. :)
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Thanks! You could do it too! Start small and just pick one day to document. Easy, right? :)
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Yes, a lot of work. But totally worth it. I just love seeing the everyday, real-life photos of my family!
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These everyday documenting projects really are my favorite -- although sometimes they require a lot of work in the moment. I also think it would be fun to document one child for one day -- "A Day in the Life of Olive" would be pretty cute!
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Yes! Buying the BIG Cub Scout shirt is the only way to go!! And thank you for sharing this on your FB page! I hope the moms in your pack enjoy it!
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Hi Sarah! I'm so glad this has helped you out! Cub Scouts is a great program - I hope you enjoy it!
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Day 3 of this project. By the time I get to wednesday, all the picture taking of our everyday life starts to feel repetitive. How many times - and from how many different angles - can I take a picture of someone practicing the piano? But this is where I know I have to power through. A peek at our wonderfully ordinary, everyday life. 6:10 AM - Making lunch for school. Which can be a tricky thing for Payton. He doesn't really like traditional sandwiches, so we have to get creative. PB&J on a mini bagel was a slam dunk... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at find joy in the journey
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Welcome to Tuesday! Here's a small peek at our everyday 6:38 AM - Before school we read a chapter of the Book of Mormon as a family. We go around the circle and everyone takes a turn reading 4 verses until the end of the chapter. 7:50 AM - standing on the asphalt outside Anna's classroom, watching the flurry of activity on the playground & at morning drop-off, ready for my volunteering gig to start.. 1:15 PM - Our pumpkins from Winco. And I think that I subconsciously ignore the need to sweep my front porch because the handful of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at find joy in the journey
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This week I am documenting our everyday lives along with Ali Edwards and her project Week in the Life. This is such a great project. I did it for the first time in 2005 and oh my, our everyday lives are so much different 9 years later! I love this opportunity to focus on our everyday -- our routines, the things we wear, see, do, participate in, the food we eat, what our house looks like, the places we go -- it all makes up one wonderful story. I know that years from now I will look back on this... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at find joy in the journey
Totally adorable! I bet your cousin was so so happy! That birthday hat banner just cracks me up! Do you think it would fly for my husband's next birthday? I kinda want to do it just for the reaction! Haha!
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This is my very favorite Halloween crafty project! I make cheesecloth ghosts just about every year. I love the spooky gauzy texture and the faceless form. For me it is my favorite Halloween decor project because it is simple, clean, and not too cutesy. This year I made 10 of these ghosts as table decorations for our ward's Trunk or Treat. I had a lot of people ask me how to make them so I thought I would share the details. I devised my own little system and it works well for me! First, supplies: cheesecloth - this package gave... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at find joy in the journey
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I don't know what it is, but this October has felt jam-packed full of Halloween parties. And there is more to come! Don't get me wrong, I love Halloween. But when you've had a hand in planning or helping at 4 out of 6 activites, in one month, it can verge on Halloween overkill. Although, getting to see and participate in the creativity that went into each event has definitely made it a fun and we have really enjoyed each one. FATHER-DAUGHTER HALLOWEEN PARTY As part of my calling as 1st counselor in the Primary Presidency I am over the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at find joy in the journey
What a fantastic getaway! Glad you got to do something fun while the men are working hard.
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I'm glad you had a great visit with your parents! And what a smart idea to get individual pics of them with your kids. I tried to think back and I don't think I have any one-on-one pics with my grandparents. Maybe, but probably just one. I'm remembering you and your dad in my prayers! I hope his CT scan went well.
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It is time for part 2 of Anna's Night Owl Party. Last time I shared all about the invitations and decorations. Today I want to talk about the favors and food! Favors are one of my very favorite things about a throwing a party. Pulling together a few small items around a theme is always a fun, creative challenge. When I have guests over for a party I want to make sure they go away with a small token that lets them know I truly appreciated them for coming. I also want the favors to be as meaningful and useful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Hehe! Yes they did!
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2014 on into cheeriness at find joy in the journey
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That is great that you find time to read here and there in your busy schedule. And yep, I know all about that 5:30am alarm. :) The thing I try to remember is to not focus too much on doing it all - because there is a lot I would LOVE to do and the reality of motherhood dictates that that is not going to happen! - but to be excited about that ONE thing I can fit in that day (or that week, in some cases). :)
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2014 on into cheeriness at find joy in the journey
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Yep, good idea! Once baby comes SO much time is dedicated to taking care of that little person. BUT the trade-off of being "trapped" is all those wonderful baby snuggles!!!
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2014 on into cheeriness at find joy in the journey
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This has been a great weekend. Between a Saturday morning hike, Saturday chores (not necessarily fun but the results make me happy), and a date to a food festival I definitely feel like I got the recharge that I talked about in my last post. I had been planning this Saturday morning hike all week and I mentioned it to the kids as an invitation rather than a demand, and they were all on board. The hike is really close by so I figured that we could just roll out of bed, put on some clothes and shoes, and make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at find joy in the journey
You and your mom take the most fun trips! You must travel well together, which means you must have a good relationship. :) That print shop looks like so much fun and I love the idea of shopping for jewelry while on vacation. I usually try to do that too.
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A couple days a week I go for a walk/jog and right now the weather is perfect for it. Not too hot. Not too chilly. While jogging on the path today I had to stop for a moment to take a picture. What a beautiful day! I listen to Power of Moms podcasts while I wa-og and today there was an interesting quote that I wanted to jot down. By Richard Paul Evans: "Out of the dreariness, and into it's cheeriness, come we into weariness home." This podcast was titled Plain and Simple Fun this Fall and it made me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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To celebrate Anna's 9th birthday we had a Night Owl party for a handful of her friends at our house. September had been a busy month and I finally had a moment to think about it, oh just about 2 1/2 weeks before the actual party. Ack!! Anna and I scoured Pinterest for theme ideas and she quickly latched onto the Night Owl theme. It is almost the same idea we used for her 6th birthday party - Pajama Glam. There were still pajamas and even feathers, but this time there was a little less Glam and a little more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Andrea, I just added a PDF file that includes labels for the 1990s and 2020s as I've had requests for both. The download link is located just under the supply list photo. :) Let me know if you have any other questions!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2014 on Halloween Memories Album at find joy in the journey
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