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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Hehe! Yes they did!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Nashville, TN at Creole Wisdom
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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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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!
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This is a post that I intended to share years ago, but it slipped through the cracks of my to-do list. It is a great fall memory and tradition so I thought I would dust off the photos and share today. Our ward in Oregon had a tradition each fall of making homemade apple cider. It always began with a Wednesday night youth activity to pick apples at a member's orchard. Scott seemed to go every year because he always had a calling in Young Men's or Scouts. Then a few days later we would meet as a ward --... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at find joy in the journey
I don't mind at all! I hope it can help more Cub Scout moms!
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Way to go!! I'm so impressed that you have stayed on top of printing your blog books. I'm stalled somewhere around 2010 and I need to make it happen!
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2014 on My 1000th Post! at It's all good . . .
What a BEAUTIFUL September!! The fair, pie!, trips with friends, and an apple orchards . . . . what a beautiful life! :)
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2014 on my september at Creole Wisdom
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Katie, what a beautiful yet heart-wrenching experience. I know the family called on you not only because of your talents, but because they knew you carried a spirit of peace and reverence and would understand the sacredness of that moment. And thank you for the challenge/reminder at the end of your post to have faith to do hard things. We all need that!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2014 on sweet baby. at Creole Wisdom
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Photos of fall colors & leaves, pumpkins, and foggy mornings have been popping up more and more on my social media feeds. I love seeing these photos, but there is definitely a disconnect for those of us living in the desert. Wait, whoa . . . . fall? That's a thing right now? As I'm sitting here in shorts and a forecast of 90, fall is not in sight quite yet. But it's the month of Halloween and soon to be Thanksgiving and I don't want the "season" to pass me by. As we roll into our 3rd fall in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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I'm so excited to share Halloween Memories Album today! This idea has been sitting in my brain for a long time. I was so excited when I was invited to share a project for Eighteen25's Spooktacular September because it gave me just the push I needed to make this happen. Can I just tell you in advance how much I love this album? I can already see it being enjoyed for many fall seasons in years and years to come. Alrighty, it is time to gather your supplies. Here is what you will need (supply links can be found at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Wanted to take a moment to jot down some of my notes & impressions from General conference this weekend. We got to watch all 4 sessions with the exception of President Uchtdorf's talk -- we had to leave for Anna's soccer game -- so we will watch his message tomorrow for FHE. He is always a fantastic speaker. I snapped this photo on Saturday night and thought it paired well with one of his quotes that is floating around social media. The overall themes and impressions that stuck out to me: personal revelation - it is for everyone - seek... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Lizzie, I picked up the angel wings at Party City. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2014 on halloween 2012 at find joy in the journey
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Thanks for your comment, April! I know that I do plenty of "human" things every day and the paint can episode was a perfect opportunity to show that! :)
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I hope she always remembers nine, too. And I'm so glad I got that video so we can relive that moment over and over again! :)
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Haha, yes it was a lot of busy work on a busy day but I made it! :)
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Thanks Heidi! Yep, I think the phrase "Best Day Ever" definitely applies to her 9th birthday.
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Thank you Lisa! It was a lot of fun to put together!
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I don't mind at all! I'm sure your daughter loved her bedroom too. Anna just has a very vibrant/loud/silly way of showing her emotions. :)
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Yay Katie! When you told me in person that you were putting together your Halloween album I was stunned for a moment - wait, is she talking about my album? I feel so honored that you would jump into a paper scrapbooking project using my templates! :)
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2014 on spooktacular september at find joy in the journey
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Highs : Conner made the District Honors Choir! The Primary program was a success! It's cool enough in the morning to open our windows and doors! Lows : While doing touch-up I spilled a can of paint in Anna's room. Purple Penguin closed up for the season. Stuff of life: Ward potluck/picnic. Women's Meeting. Volunteering at the Student of the Month luncheon. Classroom volunteering. Anna made frozen meals at Activity Days. The boys are learning computer programming at Scouts. I was asked to be the room mom for Anna's 3rd grade class. Girls Night Out / Witches Soiree. Cleaning the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at find joy in the journey