Saturday, May 21, 2016

Downtown Splash Pad

I took the 4 younger ones to the splash pad after camping... To make up for the cold camping trip and to give Jesse time to prepare his lesson. I love when they all play like little buddies. 

Camping Trip

We went camping in Pinto, Utah (near Pine Valley) on Jesse's dad's property with Jon & Jenn. We tried to plan it so the weather would be perfect, since we both have kids 6 and under. Temperatures looked great, a bit  chilly (upper 60's and mid-40's), so we continued with our plans. We didn't realize until after we got up there that there was a wind-advisory warning for southern Utah...
Setting up the tent was a bit of a pain in the wind, but doable. But it got interesting when a whole side of our tent ripped free from its stakes... So we improvised with staking directly into the bottom layer...
And then one of the poles (hollow but sturdy metal) bent, and eventually broke. So we tried tethering the tent to the van...
And after a lot of frustration, thinking we may have to pack up and go home, 2 hours of persistence and ingenuity from this handsome hunk, we (okay... Jesse) came up with this:
... which held through the night. After a lovely, peaceful night's rest [read as "no sleep whatsoever" ๐Ÿ˜ฃ], we woke up and packed up immediately after breakfast. I did a lot of praying for that tent!!!
And as we finished packing, the sun came out and the wind was very gentle. ๐Ÿ˜’ Lincoln didn't even get to use his new fishing pole. Another time... 

D.I. Finds

We went to Deseret Industries (D.I.) to find some second-hand shoes for Parker for camping. Lincoln begged and begged for these shoes, and finally decided to buy them with his own money (he just barely got new shoes, so I wasn't going to buy more). They are very gently used Air Jordans... which new go for quite a bit of money. Nice find, Lincoln!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Club

I hosted this month, which I decided to have at my house (we usually meet at a restaurant). My book of choice, Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, had a lot of fancy food and clothing, so I served Hors d'voeuvres and wore my fancy flows dress. It was a lot of (fun) work, and turned out really well! Here is what I served:
  • Bacon-Wrapped Dates by Martha Stewart (Here)
  • Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple by Nom Nom Paleo (Here)
  • Mango Shrimp in Endive Leaves by RealSimple (Here)
  • Queso Verde by Our Best Bites (white cheese dip - Here)
  • Restaurant-Style Salsa by Pioneer Woman (Here)
  • Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber & Mint Infused Water by Back to Her Roots (Here)
  • Harvest Apple Salad by McCormick Gourmet (Here)
  • Rustic No-Knead Artisan Bread by Anna's Table (I used 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/2 white flour found Here)
Yum! Also, for dessert we had chocolate bowls with berries and whipped cream. ( - surprisingly really simple & easy to make... Not so easy to eat, however... But delicious nonetheless.)


Lincoln and Flora (and I'm sure help from the others) built this fort in the backyard... They are always building things. It is awesome to see their creativity at work! And... after I saw it, I said, "Ok, let me get a picture so you can clean it up!" Haha... But it actually worked. Sometimes they listen!

And yes, that is a screen door off to the side. ๐Ÿ˜’


They are starting to form their chrysalides... Exciting times! 3-4 more days and we will have butterflies!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Perk of Parenthood

I love my little massagers... They do good work and accept little pay (...actually none). 

 Charity can't help but notice when I am taking pictures and loves posing for pictures and seeing herself in the screen. Not camera shy at all!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday Dress

I love this sweet little lady. We call her so many names... Bug. Bug-bug. Little lady Lou. Sweet pea. Charity Bug. She is such a girly girl and wanted to pose so I would take her "pih-cha". She loves pink, flowers, combing her hair to make it "pih-tee", and wearing sparkly shoes with dresses. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shower Time!

Front left: Oliver (3)
Front right: Charity (2)
Back right: Griffin (3)
Back left (looking at camera): Parker (5)
Back middle: Lincoln (6 - & not amused I was taking a shower picture!)

They barely fit... Probably the last time they take one communal shower! My babies are growing up! This has been our Sunday morning for the past couple years. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Girls Night

On May 6, the boys went to "Fathers and Sons" to celebrate the restoration of the priesthood (more on this at, so we joined with Audrey and her girls and went to Benja's. Charity loved my chicken, wouldn't touch the edamame I ordered for her, loved the pellet ice from my water cup, and also managed to sneak my water glass and drop it on the floor resulting in the bus-girl cutting her finger on the shards while trying to clean it up off the floor. Lots of fun having a girls night... I thank God everyday for my baby girl, Charity, my little miracle. I am so blessed!

Scary story- a few weeks ago, we were playing at a park for the neighborhood play group. Griffin kept wanting to go in and out of the van, so I finally closed the door and locked the van. A minute later Charity wanted to play on the sidewalk by the van, which happened to be parked on the street. WHAT WAS I THINKING not retrieving her immediately? Of course a car comes and Charity heads around the van right for the oblivious oncoming car (in between my van and another car, so the oncoming car could have never even seen her). I hop up and sprint towards her and start screaming at her, scaring her further into traffic. My heart racing I finally got to her and picked her up, just a few feet away from the 30mph car. First cradling her in my arms, and then a little spank for going on the street... Angels were there keeping her safe and I am so grateful to my Father in Heaven for her safety. 

Cup of Caterpillars

We got these "Cups of Caterpillars" along with a butterfly pop-up tent-like garden. In 7-10 days, we will have painted lady butterflies! I love teaching homeschool! 

This school year we prayed about the decision to homeschool, and it is what we are currently supposed to be doing! So overwhelming at first, but so gratifying and rewarding, now that my head is (in part) wrapped around the idea. 

This fall, however, our kids "won" the lottery to get into a local charter school. We prayed about this, too, thinking we would continue to homeschool. Quite shockingly, the answer we all received (Lincoln and Parker also prayed about it with us) was to finish enrollment at the charter school for admittance fall 2016. Another year, another change. God has me on my tiptoes! 

Track Meet

  Great job, Lincoln! 6-8 yr age group
200m time: 00:48 (4th place)
400m time: 02:03 (7th place)
Softball throw: 48' 4" (9th place)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog is Broke!

Well... I guess our blog has come to an end. I ran out of space on my Google+ account (which is one reason I stopped posting... I was trying to figure out how to increase storage or delete non-necessary stuff...), and so I deleted my back-up of my photos, which in turn deleted every picture from my blog. Boo. I didn't use Google+ to upload my pictures to my blog... so I didn't think this would happen. I was warned, but I ignored the warning. So it's my own dang fault. Boo again. Maybe at another time in my life I will start up again. I will let you know if I do. Until then... adieu.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Trip to Idaho - Day 2 - Farm & Ice Cream

Expressive Matthew

The kids & adults looking in at the animals

Parker & the pig

Lincoln & the chicken

Parker & the baby calf

Rachel with Logan & Parker

Angela with Rose & Parker & the goat


Bennett (& Angela's toned arm)
Lincoln daring to pet the calf

Watching the big cows

Finally! What we really came for... the ice cream!

See??! Happiness is around this ice cream store.

...unless it's too hot for ice cream and it melts all over...

Parker with the cone

Rose... beautiful even covered with pink ice cream!

Looking at Mom's iPad of pictures of herself...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Trip to Idaho - Day 1 - Bowling & Playing Outside


Parker (back), Lincoln, Logan, Rose (l to r)

Logan & Parker

Doggy door is always a hit!

Race Time! (Matthew in the middle)

Bowling... Grandpa in charge

Rachel & Darrin

Aunt Mindy with Logan

(L to R) Matthew, Lincoln, Parker, Rose

Grandpa helping Lincoln



The most popular activity... eating the pretzels!