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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Today closes a chapter in our life. Elementary school. And a little piece of my heart is breaking. Our last child just finished her last day of elementary school. And you can bet I'm a little verklempt about it. I tell everyone that I am not the mom who cries on the first day of school. But the last? That's a different story. And the last day of school at the end of an era? Don't get me started. For real. I'm barely holding it together folks! The same thing happened when we ended the preschool chapter. We had an... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at find joy in the journey
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This is one of those weeks when I'm feeling super sentimental and wondering where the heck time has gone. Anna is finishing up 5th grade (we are in year round school) and today they held a promotion ceremony at the school. The program was held at 12:30pm so we sent her off to school all dressed & ready to go. Doesn't she look lovely? And a little too grown up? I'm not sure what this model pose is all about! On Monday we tried to quickly pull together an outfit -- grabbed a skirt from my LuLaRoe stash, found a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at find joy in the journey
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On the last night of Girls Camp I laid all snug in my sleeping bag. I was so glad to be asleep -- the girls in the camp next to us had finally settled down after partying well until midnight. Thankfully, the deer which had kept me up the previous night decided to take the night off from wandering in our camp. But at 1:30am I suddenly awoke. And had to go to the bathroom. Shoot! I tried to will myself to go back to sleep but I just could not shake the urge and so I carefully unzipped my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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Girls Camp happened this week. It was Anna's first year. And she ROCKED it. She had the best attitude about everything. She was excited about all of the activities and chants and skits and hikes. I know people will say that is pretty typical for first year campers. But she went above & beyond and did some pretty amazing/brave things for an 11.5 year old girl. She was the youngest girl at camp this year! The cut-off for camp is September 30th, and her 12th birthday is on September 29th When there was work to do -- a service project... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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We just returned from our Andersen family reunion. We do this every 3 years. My parents have planned and executed the last 2 reunions and at the conclusion of our event in 2014 they asked me to plan the next one. After much planning & preparation we were able to spend a memorable 3 days near Zion National Park. This reunion has been in the works for the past year. It has been on my mind as I've made lists, mental notes, browsed everything reunion-related on Pinterest, and decided on a theme. The fall came and it was time to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at find joy in the journey
You are my hero!
I want to call jinx! I posted a photo on instagram today with that exact quote about JOY at the exact time that you shared this blog post! We love you so much and want to help, lift, cheer, and serve in any way we can. Although you may think that you can't do a lot right now (physically), I've seen you in action and you ARE using your talents and doing so much for others. You don't recognize it all because it's simply who you are!
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Our BIG house project of 2016 was to completely gut, redesign, and install a brand new yard. I spent months thinking about it and planning what I wanted it to look & feel like, what plants to include . . . I drew sketches and spent time googling plants that could live in the desert while giving me that green, lush look I was craving and missing from the Pacific Northwest. In January I got together with our friend and landscaper to really plan things out and set it all into motion. Come April it was demo time and this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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So you may or may not know this about my husband, but he can be a little obsessive. Case in point. Last summer Chipotle was offering a rewards program . . . something like every 10th meal for free, etc. along with some even bigger rewards. Scott is an economist so he is all about maximizing value vs. effort and when he saw the BIG reward and what it took to get there, he did his mental calculations and determined that he was IN. And this is where the obsessive part of his personality comes in because when he sets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at find joy in the journey
Thanks Jamie! I'm slowly working on it. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2017 on at home at find joy in the journey
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I've made it no secret that feeling at home in the desert has been tough for me. It was a tough transition to come here and there are so many things that are so different. And many of the things that make ME feel at home aren't available here. But, This week I felt that change for me. I know, I know, it only took me 5 YEARS! I found myself on several occasions looking around my surroundings and feeling genuinely happy to be here. As I drove around my neighborhood streets, to & from school, I would think to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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It's February, which means it is pretty much spring in the desert! The weather has been beautiful the last few days - mid-60's. Yesterday we met our friends at Valley of Fire for a day of hiking, scaling rocks, and exploring and the day was just beautiful! I love that Jenn & her kids are just 2 hours away and we can plan little adventures like this from time to time. It makes life in the desert all the more sweet. Thanks to the kids for coordinating your clothing - it was almost like family pictures! These views are just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at find joy in the journey
First off, we love you! Secondly, the wig looks fantastic!! The way your friends are supporting, cheering you up, and bringing all things delicious & beautiful to your home is simply reciprocal to what you have always done for them. I'm so glad you have these "sisters" to be there for you! Enjoy your weekend off!
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2016 on Ebb & Flow- ups and downs- at whatever
Love you so so so much. Again, I so wish this wasn't your reality.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2016 on Unexpected surgery- at whatever
I use iMovie on my Mac
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Ellie - Im glad this post was helpful to you! No I have not used any kind of adhesive for Cub Scout patches. Just a sewing machine and clear thread!
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Today I taught a lesson in Primary (the 3-11 year old children at church) and the topic was, "Dressing modestly shows respect for Heavenly Father and myself." This can be a touchy subject. It makes people nervous. I understand those feelings to a point, but I also believe strongly in sharing the gospel standards unapologetically. Our prophet has given us standards on modesty and I am so thankful for them! These standards protect us, they help us remember how precious our bodies are, they enable us to demonstrate that we follow & love Jesus Christ, and when we follow these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Hello cabin! Our visit to the cabin this year was filled with the usual cabin things -- playing at White Pines Lake, tin foil dinners, milkshakes at Giant Burger, an excursion to Alpine Lake, lounging & napping in the hammock, watching for deer at dusk, playing with sticks in the fire, movies at night, s'mores, sleeping in the bunkie (lasting 1 night - always), and pie from the apple shop. A few new things this year: exploring Natural Bridges, renting a motor boat at Alpine Lake, and chopping wood! I also spent one evening playing with my new camera and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Earlier this summer we took our annual summer trip to California and got to hang with the family for a bit. My parents were still waiting for their house to be finished so Sam and Heidi kindly took us in. Yay! We stayed with them for 2 nights and then headed up to the cabin, and then back again to celebrate the 4th of July. We got a cute picture of all the cousins present (missing Nick, Ellie, & Christian - but the family reunion is scheduled for summer 2017!) And our stay there included lots of hanging out, video... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at find joy in the journey
It was amazing! Our meals were lighter than American food, but more satisfying. :)
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You deserve all the praise! Thanks again for everything. It was so wonderful to get to know you!
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Hi Patti! It was a dream! And thanks so much for your long time support in this space. It's fun to know that people like you have followed our journey even after I went MIA for a while. :)
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Who doesn't love random desert art? On a recent trip to California we took a pit stop at the Seven Magic Mountains. It is located to the east of I-15 and you can see it from the freeway. Basically it is 7 rocks towers painted in neon/sherbert colors. All kinds of awesome! To get there from Las Vegas/Henderson: Take Las Vegas Blvd at St. Rose Pkwy and go south about 12 miles. It will be on your left. There is a small gravel parking lot and a short path to walk out to the rocks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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One of very favorite parts of visiting France was the food. It was all so so good! Fresh, beautiful, new flavors & textures, and thoughtful. I've saved this post for last. A sort of food-photo-dump. Check out all of these amazing dishes and you will understand why it was so hard to come back home! Seriously, the food was the hardest part of my re-entry. Nothing looked good to me. I would walk up and down the grocery store aisles and couldn't find anything appetizing. I pretty much ate cheese, crackers, yogurt, and protein shakes for the first week home.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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One more field trip to share from our trip to France! I've already shown you the markets in Perigueux, the history & architecture of Saint Emilion, and the brocante in Eymet. In Riberac we visited yet another market and found so many lovely things here! It is interesting how each market has it's own feel, and specialty. Riberac had a little bit of everything -- produce, plants, clothing & bags, soap, garden trinkets, and pottery. It was the smallest of the 3 markets we visited but it was not lacking on charm! The biggest tomatoes I've ever seen! I fell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at find joy in the journey