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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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So sweet! I so loved interacting and visiting with the older ladies when I served in Relief Society. I definitely miss them!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Priest and Laurel Activity- at whatever
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That 5:30am alarm came early on Monday morning. But everyone got up, showered, dressed, packed lunches, and even practiced the piano without any nagging by Scott or I. They fell right back into the routine very nicely and that makes me very happy. Cinnamon rolls for breakfast. A chapter of the scriptures. And pictures outside the front door before it was time for the middle school run. When we stepped outside the sun was just coming up, directly down the street. The golden light silhouetting the palm trees was just beautiful! It was a sign that this was going to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at find joy in the journey
Just lovely! I'm sure your mom so appreciates having a daughter like you!
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That is so cool! Congrats! There is a junk/antique show in Washington but on by the Farm Chicks (bloggers) and I'm planning to go next year. I love being surrounded by that kind of stuff.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Flea Market Style at Creole Wisdom
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Earlier this month I received an email from "an overwhelmed wife and mom". I have been thinking about her ever since. And other women (and men) who feel like her. At different moments & seasons in our life I think we are all susceptible to feeling under-appreciated & ignored, wondering where to find purpose in the monotony of life, wishing there was more spark in our relationships, and burdened by influences out of our control. And beyond all that, sometimes we just have really, really hard things on our plates. I worry for, and my heart saddens when people begin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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We just wrapped up the last week of summer vacation. Classes start on Monday and I am ready. Last night after a particularly hairy post-dinner clean up I called it, "ok! it's time for everyone to go back to school!" While they won't admit it, I think the kids are ready to go back to school as well. Here are some of the bits and pieces of what we have been up to . . . . I made some Utah-style scones with honey butter for dinner on Sunday night and they were ah-mazing. Recipe from Our Best Bites. Anna... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at find joy in the journey
The book we are using is called The Care and Keeping of You (for younger girls). It is under the American Girls brand. It came recommended to me by other moms of girls and I think it is a great introductory book for girls 8 and up. Lots of info about taking care of your body (skin, hair, teeth, healthy eating, exercise) and it also goes into body changes (breasts, hair, period). I think it is very well written for the age group they are targeting. http://tinyurl.com/l2fwu9t
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2014 on the cabin at find joy in the journey
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Kids love to create. Right?! Give Anna a box of paper, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, ribbon, and bells and she will create a masterpiece. My friend Danielle came up with this fabulous idea to put on a kids' craft fair. This was actually the second time that she pulled one off. The first was held in December (think handmade Christmas gifts) but I wasn't able to go. The idea is very simple: Kids work on crafty creations at home -- rubberband bracelets, clay art, magnets, paper airplanes, bath salts, bookmarks, homemade treats, bean bags, perler bead creations, manicure/massage station, etc.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at find joy in the journey
This is fantastic! I love how you share all the reasons you blog, what you blog about, and honesty about who you are. I think you should incorporate this into an "About Me" page.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on Five things I love most in Life- at whatever
We stayed in the Sheraton on the marina (Harbor Island Drive, I believe). That was cool to be close to all the boats in the harbor. And there is a beautiful walkway that people used for walking/running in the morning - that would be a fantastic view! We liked it because it felt somewhat centrally located -- La Jolla was just north of us, and Coronado was just south. If you're going for an anniversary, staying at the Hotel Del Coronado would also be amazing! It is such a beautiful hotel with a lot of history.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on 25 hours in San Diego at find joy in the journey
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Yes, I know! - I was telling Scott about your honeymoon. (Because he doesn't remember things like that). I have always wanted to stay there. It is so beautiful!
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on 25 hours in San Diego at find joy in the journey
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I love my friends. And I love that I can easily say they are family. We often comment that our kids are like cousins and I do feel an aunt-like love and watch-care over their kids. So it only makes sense that we watch out for one another, text each other late at night for parenting advice, play the cheerleader, the sounding board, and help each other during transitions. Last week I felt so lucky - SO LUCKY! - to be able to help out Jenn with one of these transitions. Her oldest daughter Alyna just graduated from high school... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Thursday afternoon the kids swam while Scott and I sat by the pool. I began going through my calendar for the upcoming week -- just trying to be mentally aware of what is going on during our last week of summer vacation and making sure that Scott is on the same page. I realized that we had nothing scheduled for Friday. And Saturday. Just saying it out loud gave me little butterflies of excitement - two whole days with nothing on the calendar? Yes! Then Scott said, "You want to go to the beach?" And 30 minutes later we had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Oh my gosh, that grin! Those eyes! What a doll baby! These images are fantastic!
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Just beautiful! I love that you rode bikes through the city. What a great way to explore.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Europe trip 2014: Vienna, Austria at Creole Wisdom
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So beautiful! I'd love to visit Salzburg someday (plus I'm a big fan of the Sound of Music). Scott also says that Salzburg was one his favorite stops on his 6 city European tour a few years ago.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Europe trip 2014: Salzburg, Austria at Creole Wisdom
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Last week I took my TWO middle-schoolers back to school shopping. Yep. This year I am going to have two kids in middle school - 6th and 8th grades! Craziness. After a lunch date we made our way over to the outlets. At one store I walked up to the register with my purchase and the sales girl's eyes went big, "Oh my gosh you look just like Rachel! She works here. Ya, you could totally be her mom!" Ouch. Her mom? Really? Thankfully, the sales girl at the next register who had been pulled into the conversation back-pedaled to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Amazing! I love the bike shot. I don't know how in the world you narrow down all the photos you take to just a handful for your blog post. That must take a lot of self-restraint! Are you going to make a photo book with the rest of your images?
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on Europe trip 2014: Germany at Creole Wisdom
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What beautiful places! I have to laugh, though, because that Best Western at the top of your post is NOT like the Best Westerns here in the states! :) I've always thought it would be wonderful to travel through Europe and stay at wonderful boutique hotels. But I wouldn't know where to start! Did you girls use some kind of travel agent, or locate & book the hotels on your own or rely on advice from friends?
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on Europe trip 2014: where we stayed at Creole Wisdom
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Katie - I totally agree with you about sometimes not having "fun" in the moment on vacation. Love your honesty! And that is why after writing two very idyllic posts about San Francisco I just shook a finger at myself and said, "no, that is not how it happened" and wrote the truth. In good conscience I couldn't leave the sugar-coated bits as the only record on this blog. :)
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Oh my. My parents and some of my married siblings went on a boat trip that sounds very similar to yours. We didn't go, but just hearing about all the details of taking care of the boat, racing to stay on schedule and make it to the next lock, etc. . . . had me stressing out! That would not be a happy trip for me. I'm glad you survived! Twice!
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trip vs vacation . . . . so true!
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Yes, I find that I constantly have to change my thinking. I just assume that as they grow older they have it all figured out and can act appropriately ALL the time. But no. Their brains are still growing, making mistakes, and figuring things out.
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Said like a true Grammar. :)
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Yep, my first time! It is such a great place - I love it! If only it wasn't a 10 hour drive we would definitely visit more often.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on the cabin at find joy in the journey
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