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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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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. :)
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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!
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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
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Saint Emilion is a charming medeival village located in the heart of the Bordeaux area. Surrounded by vineyards & wineries and the hub of the village is rich with amazing architecture and history dating back to the 9th century. Going into the excursion all we knew was that Saint Emilion was a cool historic village (bring your cameras!), there would be opportunities for shopping (yay!), and a special picnic was planned for us (ooh!). How is this little teaser? In the morning we met by our cars and found these simply adorable lunches packed, prepared, & all prettied for us!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Our second field trip during The Academy took us to the town of Perigueux. Our purpose was to attend the market and practice our photography skills. As we approached the city from the highways the first thing you spotted was this enormous church - Cathedral Saint-Fronte. Built in the 1600's with 5 domes and turrets - it's pretty impressive! And at the foot of the cathedral there is a town square or opening where the market is held. When we got into town we parked in an underground parking garage. That was an adventure! The parking spaces are so so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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photo credit : @heatherbullard When I received the schedule for our week at The Academy and read "Dinner en blanc" on Monday night, my interest was piqued, and I had a feeling this was going to be something special. The only information we received ahead of time was to wear something white. After a morning of classes on Monday and an afternoon of free time we dressed in white and gathered behind the cottage for head shots. Just another gift of our stay. Jaci was the photographer and she made it quick and easy. The boot is always a nice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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As I mentioned in my first post about The Academy, one of the purposes of this event was to learn about creative & editorial styling. I've always loved taking pictures and learning all I can about taking better pictures. There was a lot that I took away from Heather's classes to help me in this skill. Here is a little overview/synopsis of what class at The Academy looked like! DAY 1 - CREATIVE STYLING 101 We were told to come to the farmhouse for class on Monday morning and we arrived to find this amazing space for learning. Little cafe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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After my visit to France with The Academy, I've decided that the best way to see a foreign country is to visit its markets. On our first full day in France we woke up early, enjoyed a breakfast of warm croissants, were gifted the most darling straw market bags, and we were on our way to experience our very first French Brocante. photo credit: @heatherbullard This particular brocante (flea market) was a special one - so special that Heather actually chose the dates for The Academy so that it would coincide with this brocante in Eymet (pronounced Ee-may). We knew... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Okay, here is the first installment of stories about my time at The Academy! Before we get any further I need to tell you about the place that we stayed. Chateau de Mondesir It is a 13th century chateau in Villefranche-de-Longchapt. The population is TINY because anytime we walked or drove through the village it felt like a ghost town. Seriously, where are the people?? There are parts of the Chateau that are original to it's 13th century heritage while other parts were add-ons in the 15th century, as well as the gite which was added in the 1800's I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Bonjour! In May I had the amazing opportunity to join my mom on a once in a lifetime trip to France. Yes, France! I have NEVER been to Europe, or really outside of the U.S. at all (to me, Mexico & Canada don't count). Several months ago my dad called me up and said, hey mom really wants to go on this trip with Heather Bullard to France - will you go with her? I have to admit that I hesitated, because my mind is always full of logistics & reality -- May is like the busiest month of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at find joy in the journey