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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Let me just tell you that I cannot believe that it is March 1st already. !! February was a busy month. Not CRAZY busy, but busy enough with my head in other projects & assignments that I knew I needed to take blogging off my to-do list to maintain some balance. I'm feeling a little bit rusty, if I'm being honest. And before my "break" I was starting to feel like my blogging was a little blegh. It felt very informational to me - reports of date nights, parties, FHE outlines, etc -- alllll great stuff which I love, but... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at find joy in the journey
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For the past few years we have done this activity for Family Home Evening in the month of February. And each year I am reminded just how much I LOVE it! The lesson plan is simple: Cut out a bunch of paper hearts. Everyone writes a note for each member of the family. Something they love about that person. Little or big or random. Go around the table and read the notes to each other. Tape the hearts on the kitchen cupboards and leave them up all month long! It is always interesting to see what the kids write down.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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One evening Scott's brother was in town for a convention so Scott and Conner decided to go visit him at his hotel. The plan was to hang out and maybe get some food. About an hour later I got a text message with this photo. And I knew EXACTLY where they were. The top of the Stratosphere Tower about to go on some of the craziest thrill rides, 900 feet above The Strip! My response, "Ack!! Have fun, but please let me know when Conner is back on solid ground!" Craziness! With our Nevada resident discount they paid just $27.99... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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So this year I am the room mom for Anna's class. While I have volunteered in the classroom and helped at parties for years, this is my first time being in charge of these holiday parties. The Halloween party last fall went SO well, and I can't believe I never blogged about - I need to fix that. The Christmas party was all about gingerbread houses (the teacher planned that one). And today we had the Valentine's day party and it went great! I did a lot of delegating and it made it sooooo nice! I need to remind myself... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Sometimes you just need to branch out and do something different on date night. We are not art buffs, we don't draw, I can probably count the number of famous artists I know on one hand . . . So the idea of a date night spent painting is something totally outside of our norm! We knew it would be fun whether our paintings turned out beautifully or whether they ended up in disaster. Low expectations. But you know what? We ended up loving it! For one, the paint night was held in a restaurant so we got to order... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at find joy in the journey
We're so glad you could come! You guys are wonderful grandparents. Now go take a nap! :)
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on Payton- Priesthood Ordination at whatever
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The Monday before our anniversary last month, I realized that it would be a great opportunity to celebrate our family's birthday for Family Home Evening. Throughout the day I started telling the kids, "You know, our family's birthday is this week -- it's the day that mom and dad were married!" At first they looked at me kind of strange. But then they got it and thought it was a cool idea. I pulled out our wedding video (originally on VHS and converted to DVD by my mom - thanks!) and we watched that. Holy cow, we were so young!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at find joy in the journey
Yay!!! I'm so happy for you! I'm so glad that things are falling into place and you are finding home. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2015 on so, I'm going to work at a church at Creole Wisdom
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On January 1st the kids were excited to fish some ice shards out of the pool. But my favorite part of this photo is Payton's attire: winter coat, shorts, and house slippers. And the random stuff scattered around the backyard -- true to life. When Kent came to film the promo video for A Life Story he stayed overnight and left Sunday morning before any of us were up. Later I found the bag of licorice he left behind and had to text him a photo of thanks. // Anna decided enough was enough and pulled out her sewing machine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at find joy in the journey
Love PicTapGo, TimerCam, and Little Moments! I use them all! And thanks for the tip about Dropbox - I would have never thought to use that for transferring photos.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2015 on seven favorite camera apps! at Creole Wisdom
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1. Today is Payton's 12th birthday! This is a big milestone because he is now old enough to join the Young Mens organization and receive the Aaronic Priesthood. He had his interview with the bishop on Sunday. And both sets of grandparents are coming to visit next weekend for his ordination. I can't wait to see him passing the sacrament with Conner very soon! 2. Sunday was his last day in Primary. For the past month he has been milking the "this-is-my-last-month-in-Primary" plea and getting to do LOTS of volunteer gigs in sharing time and singing time. As we drove... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at find joy in the journey
One day I received a phone call from my brother Kent in Utah. Hey, Shannon how's it going? Great! How's the kids? Good. Hey, I'm working on an app for a competition and it's all about family history and I was wondering if me and my buddy could drive down to Vegas and film you talking about family history & blogging for our promo video. Oh, and if we win the competition we get to present the app and this video at RootsTech. Wow, sure! That sounds great! (and my mind instantly shifts to the real possibility of stuttering over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Scott and I had our first date at T.G.I. Friday's. It was a lunch date. We were just getting to know each other and he asked me what kind of things I liked to do. I listed a couple things which are now forgotten but I clearly remember saying "I like to play the piano and I like to go hiking." Which is somewhat funny, because I wasn't a big hiker. This is not something I did on a regular or semi-regular basis. But anytime I got a chance to do it I just LOVED being outdoors and stomping up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Every month I get to be a visiting teacher. What is Visiting Teaching? A visiting teacher is a woman assigned to watch over and help another woman in her Latter-day Saint ward or branch. Two visiting teachers are assigned to each woman; they contact her at least once a month and encourage her efforts to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Included in this regular visit is a message of spiritual instruction that is adapted to meet the needs and concerns of the individual woman. In addition to the spiritual aspect of their calling, visiting teachers also help with the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Have you seen those cute photos when people, as adults, try to reinact a photo and pose from their childhood? I think they are hilarious. Well, when our kids put on their striped pajamas on Christmas Eve I KNEW that we had to reinact a photo from a Christmas Eve, 7 years ago, also with striped pajamas. Four observations: 1. Legs!! So many legs. 2. If only we had some cheetah, dinosaur, and monkey slippers today. 3. Love that red couch (almost 13 yo) and it still sits in our living room, 3 houses later. 4. I thought my kids... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at find joy in the journey
What a great list, Katie. And I love what you said about authenticity AND practicing joy. :) Number Six is just so special. It reminds me of a prayer moment I had with my girlfriends before my big move. Love and tears, for sure. So glad you have special woman in your life who help and support you in that way.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on My top ten moments of 2014 at Creole Wisdom
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Wonderful Katie! I love your bracelet -- it is my favorite thing to have a piece of jewelry to wear and help me feel empowered by my word.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on my one-little-word for 2015 at Creole Wisdom
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Oh man! I'm so sorry you guys were SO sick! Yuck! At least Kevin was healthy to keep things running. And the kids did look great in their Christmas Sunday clothes. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on The Last Week of Christmas at It's all good . . .
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At church I have a calling as the first counselor in the Primary Presidency. I have served in Primary many times over the years (teacher, pianist, music leader, den leader, president) and it is such a great place to be! One of the things I love about Primary is the way that the gospel is taught and shared in it's most basic form. Faith, obedience, repentance, family, baptism, the Holy Ghost, prophets, temples, etc. And to see those teachings come alive in the eyes of these small children . . . it is just magic. The most basic truth that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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And Christmas morning came! The kids woke up around 5 am and paced around their rooms until 6:30 when we showed mercy on them. Typically we establish 7am as the time for presents. Santa came through big and gave everyone just what they wanted. A blue 24" bike for Anna. A white basket for the front of her bike was wrapped under the tree. A blue, black, and silver bike for Payton. Those were his specific instructions. And completely unexpected there was a Nintendo 3DS for Conner. We had told him there was no way he was getting one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at find joy in the journey
EMILY! This is so fantastic! I'm going to share it with my primary teachers and everyone I know. You are awesome!
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Christmas Eve is the party day of the Christmas week. Am I right? We fill it with activities, traditions, and food and over the years and years of building these traditions with our family it is a well-oiled machine. Good thing we take Christmas Day off to just RELAX! :) As always, we start out by bowling on Christmas Eve. This was our 11th year of Christmas Eve bowling! For all 3 of our Christmas Eves in Vegas we have bowled at the same local casino. The bowling alley has 64 lanes and it's a great facility. My parents joined... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at find joy in the journey
What a wonderful gift! And because you focused on "Listen" this year you were able to find the deeper meaning in the gift -- just another tender mercy and reminder that He hears you.
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Happy Birthday! You crack me up with your love for cheese! :) Don't get me wrong, I'm right there with you. I can't wait to see what 28 brings for you! I'm glad that through the trials and uncertainty you faced earlier this year you have found some wonderful blessings!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on turning 28! at Creole Wisdom
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I am in the same boat as you! I left off with my album about mid-April and I am determined to get "caught up". Your pages look lovely! Love those Studio Calico products.
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