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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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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.
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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
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Let's see if I remember how to blog. :) We made it through the first week of school. This is going to be an interesting year -- full of changes and new schedules. 3 kids at 3 school (elementary, middle, and high school) and one of those children is starting a year round schedule. Like I said, it should be interesting. Anna is a 4th grader. And Payton is a 7th grader. More on the first week of school in another post. Because of their odd schedules I couldn't get a first day of school photo of all 3 of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at find joy in the journey
Thanks Katie! I hear ya loud and clear about being out of the blogging loop! I haven't sat down and read blogs in the longest time. Instagram seems to be filling in the gaps for now. :) But it's not the same thing. It has been a fun journey, pushing me and helping me grow all along the way. And prayer has definitely been a part of it. I'm just thankful for what a great experience this convention was - I needed it!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2015 on LuLaRoe // Dare to Dream at find joy in the journey
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In January I embarked on a new little adventure. At that time I mentioned briefly in this space that I joined LuLaRoe as a fashion consultant, but I haven't talked about it much since then. Life has been busy! Basically it's a clothing company that makes wonderful modest, on trend, affordable, comfortable clothes for women and girls -- skirts, dresses, tops, and leggings. I have a huge inventory of those clothes in my house now (thank goodness for a spare bedroom!) and I bring it to ladies' homes where we have fun parties trying on the clothes and shopping. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Last summer my boys had the rare and special opportunity to attend Scout Camp in Idaho with their dad and their grandpa. Both Scott and Dennis were (and still are) Scoutmasters and Scott thought it would be such a great experience to join Dennis' troop and attend Camp Bradley which is the same scout camp that Scott attended as a boy. Wow! One of the things I have loved most about my boys' experiences through Boy Scouts is seeing the memories and bonds that are built through the campouts and activities. Especially when those activities are done with a brother,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
So cool! I love the idea of barn hung doors into the master bath. Would love to do something like that in ours. In fact, I was just looking at laundry organization solutions yesterday (our tiny laundry needs help) and barn doors popped up on my pinterest search. You are definitely on trend!
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We had a wonderful day at church. Glad to be back in our congregation after a couple weeks on the road. The topics and messages touched me today and I just left with an overall feeling of wanting to do better, and strive to follow my Savior and be more like him. To cease from judging others. (this talk) To more readily forgive and let past grievances (or annoyances) slide away. (this video) To do more good. (this song) To take to heart the Savior's words "Come, follow me." The children sang Come, Follow Me in Primary and their voices... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Made our way to the cabin and I am so happy to be here. Ready to enjoy the quiet, the beautiful scenery, the absence of cell service, and exploring the woods. We bought a homemade blackberry pie from a cute apple store on the highway and ate it after dinner with vanilla ice cream. We took a short walk after dinner and I have to point out several things about this photo: 1 - these beautiful sweet peas grow wild on the side of the road! 2 - Anna is nervous about the ONE bee that she THINKS she saw... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at find joy in the journey