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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Happy Thanksgiving! It has been another wonderful Thanksgiving day with delicious food, relaxing around the house, and slowing down enough to really pay attention to each other and the things we are most thankful for. We watched a couple movies this afternoon and evening and Anna said that I belonged to her and made me her pillow. I asked her why she was so cuddly today. "It's because I don't get to cuddle with you very often." Which is true. And this is another reason I am so grateful for these holidays and days off of school when I can... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at find joy in the journey
Okay, I just checked out Jane . . . it is so great! Thanks for sharing! *interstellar is on my movie-going list. I keep hearing good things from so many people. *i think I saw a sneak peek of your card design in Instagram - totally cute! What a great, idea.
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Love this! It's like a little Friendsgiving, minus the turkey. :)
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What fun! Cole's face cracks me up!
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Here are a couple stories and tidbits from the month of October that I wanted to throw in before they end up too far in the past. And I may or may not have one more Halloween post. And the promised 3rd installment of Anna's Night Owl Party. {sigh} My hope was to get it all in before Thanksgiving. We'll see how it goes! One of our good friends from Oregon happened to be in town and popped in for a visit! The Cluffs moved away from St. Helens about 5 years before we did (2007), but there is something... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at find joy in the journey
Jennifer, I'm so glad that this message helped you. You know, sometimes I hesitate when write these things out, but I try to remind myself that someone, somewhere might need to hear it too. Hugs!
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I sure hope she remembers this stuff. She is so much more thoughtful, intuitive, deep-thinking, and conversational than I was at that age! It makes it pretty fun for me.
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Thanks mom! :)
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Thanks Heidi! You guys know all about home improvements too! It sure takes time and PATIENCE!
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Thanks Katie! Sometimes it doesn't seem like we have done a lot, but this was a good reminder that we have been busy and putting good $$ into the place! Each project (big and small) sure helps!
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Oh my goodness! This house is 20 years old and it makes me nervous sometimes -- I can't even imagine a 100 year old home! But I'm sure it is a beautiful space - good luck with all your projects!
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Yep, two years! You were here when the house was pretty much in shambles! haha! It's much better now. But still lots more progress to be made.
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Thanks! It turned out really well. And you'll get to see it next month!
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Jen - Hello! I just loved reading your comment and your connection to Rollo! We were really impressed with him. Rollo conducted the high school choir while another woman did the middle school choir, and then he led them together for the final number. Conner was actually disappointed that he didn't get to have Rollo direct ALL of his numbers. :) Such great experiences for these kids!
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The weather this month has been beautiful! Barefoot weather for most of the month, although at this moment I am wearing slippers and my feet are chilly. I always say that November is my favorite month here. We're looking at a forecast of 70 for Thanksgiving day! Fall finally showed up too! Love! There aren't a ton of trees like this around town but the ones that do turn red get a lot of local love. Anna wrapped up her fall soccer season. At the final game she played goalie for the first half and pitched a shutout. She even... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at find joy in the journey
Getting together with dear friends who live faraway is simply the BEST! Glad you had an opportunity to do this!
On Wednesday morning Anna and I walked to school as we usually do. We noticed that several of the trees on the path had been pruned extensively since the last time we walked, on Monday. "Ugh, I don't like it when they cut the trees back so much. It makes them look strange." I said. "Mom! That's just like that video I watched on the Mormon Channel! Where the farmer has a bush and he cuts it back and the bush is not happy about it. But the bush grows back even more beautiful." Yes, that's exactly right. Here is... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at find joy in the journey
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Believe it or not we have now lived in our home for 2 years and one month! It's crazy to think that the whole house-hunting, short-sale waiting, apartment living fiasco, and finally signing the papers and getting the keys was over two years ago. Because of all that, I am so thankful for the home that we now own and get to enjoy. We know our neighbors. We really enjoy the proximity to school and how that enables us to walk there each day. The neighborhood is safe (and gated) which means I feel just fine when the kids ride... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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For the second year in a row Conner auditioned and make the cut for the school district's middle school honors choir! For the past 6 weeks they have been practicing weekly and last week was the big performance, along with the high school honors choir. What made this year's performance ah-mazing was the fact that they got to perform inside The Smith Center. This building is gorgeous!! And the acoustics are crazy good. Just a beautiful performing hall. I can only imagine the shaky knees and thumping hearts of those 6-8th graders as they stood on this massive stage and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at find joy in the journey
You girls are so cute! I'm glad you're able to have these fun gatherings with your dear friends!
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There was just too much to squeeze into the last post! Here are a few more spots that we visited in the Valley of Fire state park. Rainbow Vista Beautiful vistas. And awkward poses. At this point the kids were starving so we walked across the street and found a picnic table in the shade of this hill to eat our picnic lunch. After lunch we checked out the Rainbow Vista trailhead and decided rather than taking the hike we would just wander around and explore the area. It was a good choice. Fire Canyon The Cabins I was really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Another month, another opportunity for a great hike and exploring outdoors! The kids had a 4 day weekend, and now that we are in November and the temperatures have cooled off a little bit, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go check out Valley of Fire. This has been on my list for the longest time. But as the name implies, this is a place you DO NOT want to visit in the summer. It is hot, hot, hot! I missed my chance in the winter/spring and I have waited for the summer months to tick by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Sure, I'd be happy to share! You'll probably want to reference the photo on my blog as I describe this. It isn't highly technical so there is plenty of room for your own interpretation & creativity! Okay, first we started by making the core out of a no-bake cookie recipe (oats, cocoa, peanut butter) and shaped it into a ball. While that is hardening, make a batch of Rice Krispie treats. To create the half circle/dome we pressed the warm Rice Krispie treats into a large bowl and then pressed a smaller bowl into the center to create an indentation for the earth's core. Make sure to spray both of your bowls with cooking spray so you can remove the Rice Krispie later. Once the Rice Krispie was set you can remove it from the bowl. From there we used pink frosting for one of the inner layers and set the no-bake cookie ball in the center. For the outside we rolled out blue and brown fondant for the oceans and continents. Again, this isn't super technical so you can be creative with it! Those are just the basic steps & supplies that we used. Have fun!
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I'm so glad when I get comments from other Cub Scout parents who give a thumbs up to this little list! So, thank you! These are things that I have thought/felt for a long time so it feels good to know that others feel the same.
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Wow, what wonderful experiences your boys have had. That is pretty remarkable that they were able to form such solid friendships with boys of high character and values. Yay for Scouts!
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