Tuesday, August 6, 2013

July 2013

 I LOVE summer and the laid back life style that goes along with it. Staying up late, sleeping in, watching a lot of movies and enjoying the sunshine are just a few of the pleasures we enjoyed in July. Below is a more detailed run down of the month in pictures.

We painted our annual Canada flag on the driveway to celebrate CANADA DAY.

I made and gave this quilt to my sweet friend Jacqui who got married at the end of June. I was only a few days late!

MARK worked so hard and built this beautiful flagstone patio in the back yard! Didn't he do a great job?!!

SAM reading the Tale of Despereaux

JULIE heading up a rock painting art project.

DALLIN and SAM slippin n sliddin!

HARLEY and I got up early one morning and picked Saskatoon berries in the ravine, then came home and made a few pies. They were really good!!

I started a quilt for my nephew John. He's getting married in August. This one isn't going to be late!

The two little boys and I went to Fort Edmonton one afternoon.

These four went to a "Harry Potter" party.

DALLIN and SAM did this several times each day!!

Some of us went down to Cardston to a Sloan Family Reunion. It was fun to see family and oh man, we love those two cute little people in the yellow vests! They are the sweetest grandparents on the planet!!

We spent the last few days of July and the beginning of August at the cabin down at Echo lake.

It is a never ending good time there. We love to play in the water and soak up the rays.

I got a good start on my granny square blanket while I worked on my tan!

The kids played in the water every chance they got.

They even played on a cold rainy day! 

While we were in Montana, Maryn went to Peru and Bolivia. 

Here she is in the Amazon with monkeys crawling all over her. Let's just say she was realizing her wildest dreams and she had the time of her life!

Poor Russell, all he did in July was WORK! I guess I should go snap some pics of him so he won't feel so left out!

That wraps up July, I sure wish that the days would slow down... 

I know it's been a couple of  years since I blogged, but I've decided not to apologize or try to play "catch-up", I'm just going to begin from now and do the best I can. Hopefully I will be back soon!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I am not a quiter...

This challenge has gone on way to long (I knew it would) so this might get a bit long but I'm going to try to finish it in one post...

Day 9 Put your ipod on shuffle, first ten songs.
EASY... I don't have an ipod!
We have a few hanging around our house and I guess I could count my phone, but really I don't use it for that very often and for the sake of getting this done I'm just going to leave it there!
Day 10  Something I'm afraid of.
SPEED... this never used to be a big deal but the older I get the worse its become. 
Here are a few examples of things that I really like to do but am secretly (ok not really secretly, my whole family knows I'm a total wimp!) afraid of!

I don't like to be out of control and I guess excess speed makes me feel that way. 

Day 11 My favorite TV show...
EASY again! I really don't watch t.v
Seriously I'm not just trying to speed this up, I don't watch enough to say I have a favorite.

Day 12 What I believe.

I believe in the Savior Jesus Christ. I believe that by living his commandments and having faith in Him we can find true happiness in this life and joy in the eternities with our families.

I believe that being kind and showing unconditional love is the key to solving most of lives difficult situations. 

I believe in the restoration of the gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I believe that he saw our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that they gave him the keys to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth again. I believe that Joseph Smith was given ancient plates and translated the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. I believe that reading the Book of Mormon daily with real intent brings access to revelation as we ponder and pray. I love the scriptures and I know they are true.

I believe in a living prophet on the earth today and that these great men are here to instruct, guide and help keep us safe. I believe that the words the prophets speak are Gods message to us today and that as we read and follow their council will will always be on the right track. I love President Monson and his unwavering example of caring for and showing love to those around us.

I believe in families and that they are the "fundamental unit of society" as stated in this inspired and God given document. I believe that families are what matter the most and that the time we spend nurturing and strengthening them is critically connected to our happiness. My family means everything to me and I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of their lives!

Day 13 - Goals
I have a few goals but will just share one: Be healthy and free of back pain!
I have had to be creative in my attempts to accomplish this goal because simply put, I can't exercise the way I used to. I love to run and be active but right now it's just not an option. SO, I made the decision to EAT CLEAN! This can mean a lot of different things, but for me it's just this--eating whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. It also means staying away from the junk which includes man-made sugar, bad fats (hydrogenated, trans-fat), preservatives, white flour, and any other ingredients that are unnecessary. An easy way to remember if a food is clean is: "if man made it, don't eat it."...
So far it is going well and I feel like the changes I have made are making a difference in my energy levels and as an added bonus I feel like my clothes are fitting better too!

Day 14 - Some pictures I love-
in no particular order... just some of the good ones!

Dallin checkin out the crawdad

Baby Sam all decked out in Nike!  


Glacier climbing
Maryn and Grandpa D

Classic Jules
A few years ago but still my favorite!

Snow dog
Best buds!
So pretty

Very cool!
Handsome missionary

So lush and green


In looking quickly through iphoto, I realized that i really need to make a concerted effort to take more pictures of MAX!!

Day 15! Pictures of my dream house

I know I'm not very original... this is exactly what Maryn put up as her "dream house" it's here for two reasons- 1. I am soo tired of this challenge and I really want to be done with it and 2. I really do love my house!  It is everything I need and so much of what I want. Of course their are things I would change and maybe in time I will but for now it is perfect and  I really do love it. One of my favorite things to do is make our "HOUSE a HOME"- it always feels better when my house is clean and a nice candle is burning and of course when it is full of happy kids!!

"The most important of the Lord's work you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home." 
— Harold B. Lee

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A place I have travelled


The Redwoods August 2008

I'm not a world wide traveller. I've been to a few places near and far but this one is at the top of my list of recommended places to visit and if you live anywhere close to me you can even do this as a road trip! (My kids and I did it a few summers ago)

The Redwood National Park is found along the beautiful rugged coast of California. The park headquarters are located in Cresent City, Calif.
It is home to the world's tallest trees and is in the running for a place in the 7 natural wonders of North America. In fact if you really want you can visit this site and vote for what you think are the top 7 yourself!

Speaking of Natural Wonders- being able to see first hand something so amazing that I know was made by God's hand has an awe inspiring effect. I've seen the Aurora Borealis and it really is nature at its finest. I'd love to see all of these wonders someday!

Here is a fun list of "US Wonders"
How many have you seen?

17 Mile Drive
49 Mile Scenic Drive
Albany City Hall
Alcatraz Island
American Museum of Natural History
Angel Island State Park
Aquarium of the Bay
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
AT&T Baseball Park
Balboa Park Miniature Train
Bayou’s of Louisiana
Beach Blanket Babylon
Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Parks
Brooklyn Historical Society
Bryce Canyon
Cable Cars of San Francisco
Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma
California Auto Museum
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
California State Capitol Building
California State Capitol Museum
California State Indian Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Casa del Herrero
Coit Tower
Crocker Art Museum
Devils Tower
Discovery Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park
DL Bliss State Park
Echo Park
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara
Fairytale Town Sacramento
Getty Villa
Golden Vine Winery
Governors Mansion State Park
Grace Cathedral
Grand Canyon in Arizona
Grand Tetons
Griffith Observatory
Guggenheim Museum
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Iolani Palace
K Street Mall
Kailua Kona Makalawena – Pu’u Ali’i Bay
Kawai Nui Marsh
Kennedy Space Center
La Brea Tar Pits

Six of my very "little" children surrounded by giant sequoias!

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Favorite Movie-

I'm not going to go as far as to say this is my favorite, because to have a favorite I would need a comprehensive list of movies from which to choose from and for me that just isn't the case. Like I've said before I have an incredibly hard time staying awake for movies and have spent more than a few dollars on uncomfortable "naps" at the movie theatre. It's not that I don't like movies, in fact I'm very easily entertained and the movie that I am listing today as my "favorite" proves that!


I don't really know why, but for me this movie just doesn't get old. I laugh even thinking about parts of this movie and honestly if you want to judge/evaluate my personality based on this choice, I'm ok with that because I already know that my sense of humor is a little warped. I do have seven kids remember!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Songs that make me cry...

I first heard this song at Woman's conference in Utah, probably about 10-12 years ago. Although I can be a very emotional person, sharing my feeling about being adopted has never really been an overly emotional subject. So, I was totally taken back by the very strong feelings that this song brought out in me. Michael McLean wrote this song and although he doesn't have the best singing voice in the world he sure knows how to write very touching and meaningful lyrics.
I have never met my birth mother and most likely won't in this life by choice, but I am, and will always be, very grateful to her for the sacrifice that she made by giving me up and sending me to my family. Someday when life's complications are over and our Savior and loving Father in heaven have sorted everything out, I hope to have a chance to thank her and tell her that I love her for being such a strong woman and providing me with an incredible opportunity to be part of an eternal family.
I don't listen to this song very often but when I do it gets me every time!
So, here it is...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pictures of things that make me happy! - day 5

Ok- so here are some pictures that make me happy...

These handsome young men.
These lovely ladies

Sam and Harley... just makes me smile!
G and G Davidson- Every time we leave their house they come out and wave goodbye until we're down at the end of the road. I love these two, they are the best!
Double rainbow!!!
Babies make me happy!

Logan's pass- a very "Happy" place
Christmas time!!

Skiing with my family!

Running makes me happy especially with Mark!