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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Sharing 34 favorite moments that helped make the past year great! * * * * * * * * * * hiking Zions hiking Red Rock canyon hiking Big Trees hiking Park City hiking through the bamboo forest in Maui watching a live broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word in the Salt Lake Tabernacle that day when Conner jumped in the car after school saying he was about to faint - a girl he likes complimented his school project when I gave a talking Darth Vader doll to Scott for his birthday, and watching him revert to a 10... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at find joy in the journey
Love this post Katie! It is so true that we have to plan time to create and be intentional about it. Life is busy! But when I take the time to do those things it really does help me feel more . . . me. Good luck with managing your new normal - work, home, etc. The fall always seems to coincide with the need for new routines and goals - which, in my opinion, is a good thing! :)
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I'm sure whatever you design will be great! To answer your question, I would go with a porcelain layer inside the bowl. That's me.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Garden Fountain- at whatever
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As I scrolled through my instagram feed yesterday I came across Becky Higgins' latest Cultivate a Good Life message. I love love these short thoughts. So often they re-remind of things that are essential for good/happy/healthy living that either get forgotten or lost in my busy brain. The message (found HERE) reads: Part of cultivating a good life is appreciating where you live. Sure, there are other places you could be happy, but be happy where you are. If you followed my blog in 2012 you'll know that Vegas was hard for me. I struggled for a while, but I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at find joy in the journey
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When we visited the Mesa temple visitor's center we made our way through the displays and presentations to find the Christus. We sat down on the benches and one of the senior missionaries played the audio track for us -- a short compilation of scriptures from the New Testament, all Christ's words as if he was speaking to you. When it finished she asked Scott where he had served his mission. Melbourne Australia, Vietnamese speaking. So then, we had the rare opportunity of listening to the audio track again, but this time in Vietnamese. As we listened it struck me... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at find joy in the journey
What a precious little baby girl! Great photos!
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A list of things that made 34 great! In no particular order . . . . Waffle Love // Making the list for the 2nd year in a row. Seriously, if one of these trucks were located in my town I would be in trouble! mason jar mug // I've got a pink one with a lid & straw and I refill it all day long Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson // Talk about a tear-jerker! But overall it left me with such a feeling of gratitude and appreciation for this wonderful job of motherhood that I get to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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It is Payton's turn, and I've been meaning to write this post all summer but it just never happened. Luckily, Payton just wrote a paper for English this week titled "Who Am I?" So from his own words, here's a glimpse into who Payton is right now. Along with a few pictures of him from the summer. Hi my name is Positive Payton, and I like to laugh. My dad is from Idaho, and my mom is from California. So my entire family loves potatoes and the beach. Except for me. I have an older brother named Conner who is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at find joy in the journey
So much fun! I love this idea!
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Gorgeous photos! What a great family outing! I did this years ago when Scott and I were dating and would love to again someday.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2014 on A Morning with the Balloons at It's all good . . .
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We've had a few people ask us why in the world we would leave Las Vegas to visit some place even hotter. Good question! Well, once you're in the hundreds what's two more degrees, right? But in truth, it's all about a change of scenery and the opportunity to visit some place new. And the 4 1/2 hour drive makes it totally doable. One observation we made about Phoenix and the Arizona desert . . . . it is so much greener! Our desert is just brown - lots of dirt. But across the Arizona desert there are so many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Yet again, the Browns escaped on a very short, last-minute getaway. I wonder what it looks like from the outside -- jetting away to San Diego one weekend, and then Arizona 2 weeks later. Just because we want to. Well, two things have been making these spontaneous trips possible -- hotel points & some freedom in Scott's schedule. And the fact that the kids were out of school. So we're going to take advantage of it as much as possible! Because once school sets in, we aren't going anywhere. :) This trip to Scottsdale was great because our rooms included... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Currently: digging out of the first two weeks of school, lots of stuff happening with my calling at church, a special blog feature coming up later this month, giving my Silhouette a workout with bulletin board projects, and an impromptu family trip to Scottsdale, Arizona over the holiday weekend. And I nearly forgot that it is September! My blog & personal birthday month. Hello?! In years past I have written a few special posts here to celebrate all month long. I still want to do that, it will just be coming a little bit late. Soccer is in full swing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Sweetest comment ever!
Hey! I've been following your blog since day one! :) This is a fantastic giveaway!! whoever wins will be one lucky lady!
So sweet! I so loved interacting and visiting with the older ladies when I served in Relief Society. I definitely miss them!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 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 Aug 27, 2014 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 Aug 26, 2014 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
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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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