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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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
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Also on our schedule this spring has been high school track. And for those of you who know Conner you might be surprised to see him playing a high school sport. Your surprise is partly warranted -- he played soccer K-5 and basketball 1-5 but his athletic pursuits didn't go any further. He's not an sports kid and he is 100% comfortable admitting that. So here are the reasons for embarking into high school track 1 - If you play any sport your freshman year, the school allows you to opt out of P.E. for your sophomore year. Pretty sweet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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We're winding down another spring soccer season -- just 2 more games to go. And then a tournament. Anna has reprised her position as goalie. And man, she is GOOD. Over the last few seasons Scott has spent a lot of time with her working on technique, skills, strategy, and adopting a tough goalie mindset - that ball is MINE! She's a pretty cute goalie. Saturday's game was at 8:45am and we arrived an hour early (like we always do) so that Anna can warm up. The morning light was perfect for some picture taking and my new camera was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Back in March the boys participated in the annual Junior Piano Festival held at UNLV. We do this every year. With their teacher their choose two songs and over a couple months they polish & perfect the piece for a performance on which they are judged. Their performances weren't as good as they would have wanted, but they still played beautifully and pulled out Superior rankings. This was Payton's 3rd year performing at festival and his 3rd year getting Superior which means that he will get his gold trophy! (You have to earn 15 points to get the gold trophy.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at find joy in the journey
Beautiful words and beautiful insight. I'm so glad your trip to the desert helped nourish you and give you some clarity.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2016 on rain in the desert at Creole Wisdom
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Over spring break last month we escaped for a few days to Ocean Beach. I found a swanky little beach house through Airbnb that was just 1.5 blocks from the beach. We had restaurants in walking distance, a beach at our disposal, and a house with comfy patio couches that I may have taken a few naps on. It was just the change of pace that I/we needed. We relaxed, we ate, we visited the beach. It was so nice to unplug, get away from distractions at home, and just be. I posted quite a bit on instagram about our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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A little look at what we've been up to this week. It's been a full one! Payton went in for an ortho consultation and he has an appointment to get braces on this week! He is very excited about braces. Well, not really about getting braces, but knowing he will have the opportunity to play arcade games & get free frozen yogurt & slushies when he visits the orthodontist every 6 weeks! Purple Penguin opened for the season and all is right in the world again! I ordered my favorite - Tiger's Blood. We stood in line for our Family... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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President's Day meant no school and no work and the weather was beautiful so it was pretty much our responsibility as good human beings to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, blue skies, and see what adventures we could find. It started with a trip to our (Scott's) favorite donut shop in Henderson - Friendly's. Despite the distance (10-15 minutes away) there are many Saturday mornings when Scott will get up and drive past 4-5 grocery stores with bakeries just so he can pick up a dozen donuts for the family's breakfast enjoyment. We thought this would be a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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One of my favorite family traditions is our Love Day breakfast. Sitting down as a family for a yummy breakfast with gifts and love notes on the table. In reality, this tradition is ALL me. I set the table the night before, plan the menu, write notes, buy chocolates & gifts . . . It's my gift of love to my family on this fun day. :) Now, Valentine's Day fell on a Sunday with 9am church and a Primary lesson on my plate - but we still made sure to breakfast in style. On the Menu: Chocolate Chip Muffins... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Yes, I am now the mother of TWO teenagers! Payton turned 13 this week and we celebrated it to the fullest. Leading up to his birthday I gave him little gifts each day - I call it "13 days of 13". The gifts included things like candy, deodorant, his favorite mechanical pencils, a new book, silly pirate toys, a 12 pack of rootbeer cream soda (his favorite), an inflatable slice of pizza for the pool, a giant tub of cheese puffs, etc. On his birthday I had Scott pick up Krispy Kreme doughnuts after taking Conner to seminary. I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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. . . the girls will play Scott & the boys went on a ski trip with the scouts this weekend. Which meant it was the perfect opportunity for Anna and I to spend some girl time together! It started with an afternoon marathon of Fixer Upper. Oh my goodness. We love this show! Nearly every woman I know has talked about this show but I have been waaayyyyy out of the loop. We only operate on Roku which means no HGTV. BUT, I discovered that season 1 of Fixer of Upper is on Netflix so . . . boom!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Scott and I just celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this weekend. We typically do a little something to celebrate but every couple of years Scott decides that he is really going to do something. On Monday he took my request . . . a nice dinner, maybe on the Strip . . . and took it from there. He did a great job of planning and I just wanted to share some of my favorite parts! The "surprise" // Life was busy BUSY this week so I hardly had time to think about our Friday night date other than a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at find joy in the journey
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Christmas came and went this week and it was pretty great. But, I have to admit that I had a hard time catching the Christmas spirit this month and feeling the magic of the season. Our traditions were rushed, ill-planned, and some didn't happen at all. Blame it on being busy, too many activities, too much to do, flying by the seat of my pants . . . whatever. But really I just did not take the time to slow down and let myself ponder on the season and feel the peace it brings. I regretted that all month. Ugh.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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"Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration." -Joseph B Wirthlin More than ever I feel like there is much to be thankful for this year. Good health . . . . Watching medical miracles and hardships happen around us which reminds me just how precious & fragile life can be. SO thankful for employment (thank you, thank you, thank you) . . . . An eternal family... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Last year when Anna's teacher sent home papers about running for class representative Anna threw it in the trash. When I discovered that they were in the middle of presentations & elections I asked her about it and her response was a panicked, no way mom. I am NOT doing that. Anna has a tendency to shy away from and resist anything that puts her in the spotlight. Which totally makes me scratch my head because she has the brightest, goofiest, hey-watch-me-while-I-make-a-crazy-face personality every single day of the week! I told her right then that next year, in 4th grade,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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around here I'm getting back into the meal planning and cooking groove. That kind of goes out the window during summer when it's just too hot to think and life is irregular with our travels. This was potato salad for Labor Day. around here carpool is going great! And I'm loving these early mornings when the sun is golden and it feels good to be outside. around here we walk to elementary school and Anna holds my hand the whole way. This past week we saw lots of lizards and bunnies. around here I'm trying to eat well. Let's just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at find joy in the journey
This summer we had the amazing opportunity to take our entire family to Maui! Scott and I have been there several times ourselves (Maui 2006 - Maui 2009 - Kauai 2013 - Maui 2014) and we absolutely love it. It is just so relaxing, peaceful, beautiful . . . paradise. On our last trip to Maui we sat on our lanai one day taking in the ocean breezes, sweet smells, and sounds of the waves rolling in. Enjoying a Melona bar too, I'm sure. Ahhh. And we talked about how amazing these vacations are. Wonderful. So fulfilling. The break from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Grade: 9 Height : 5 ft. 5 in. What's for lunch : Bologna sandwich Yes, we have a high schooler! For many years every time I looked ahead to high school I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Being a high school mom. Having a high schooler. Preparing for college. SATs. Driving. Dating. Ack!! It's one of those things that you know is coming but you put it out of your mind because in some irrational way you think that it will never happen to you. But you know what? His 8th grade year ended and all of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at find joy in the journey