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Posted on March 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM by Life in General
I love these piano playing boys. Last weekend they both played in the Junior Piano Festival and did fantastic! This was Payton's first year participating and Conner's second. They have been practicing their pieces since November -- a lot of work, repetition, and memorization. So I was so pleased when they both received a rating of Superior! Some of the judges written comments for Payton: Strong legato & staccatos! Beautiful touch throughout. and for Conner: Your accurate tempo & dynamics were rereshing! Great continuity between hands. Here is a video of them playing their songs for me at home: Like...
Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:59 PM by Life in General
Kristi, Erin, Kari, Shannon, Garrettson, Angelina, Kenzy The title of this post should really be "sugar & shopping weekend". Because that's about all that we did. Shop. Cupcakes. Shop. Sugar cookies. Shop. Toss in a pedicure and a few late nights for good measure. I had the chance this weekend to getaway with a few girls from church which was really great -- not only because it meant no laundry, cleaning, dishes, or cooking -- but mostly because it gave me the opportunity to get to know everyone better. Which was so nice. Before leaving for the weekend I realized...
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 4:54 AM by Mark and Karen Ray
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 4:10 AM by Mark and Karen Ray
When we returned from Arizona, we came back to freezing temperatures and snow. We get a good dusting every other year and this was the year. FUN!!!! Until it turned to freezing rain and made EVERY road/ground surface an ice rink.
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 3:00 AM by Inspiration Station
I can’t believe D. turns 5 at the end of the month, so I wanted to capture what it’s like having a 4 year old in our house before it’s a thing of the past: D.’s favorite word these days is a made up one–”unpadicable” that he repeats over and over all day after hearing […]
Posted on March 1, 2014 at 4:13 AM by Vernon
Note: I like to have this as a birthday cake. To do this, we bake it as instructed in a jelly roll pan and then cut that in half to make two smaller rectangles. Then we make a two-layer cake out of it with frosting in the middle and all around. So yummy.
Posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM by Life in General
After a 5 1/2 year run, we recently closed the Cub Scout chapter in our family. Payton turned 11 which means he is officially in Boy Scouts. And with Scott as the Scoutmaster I couldn't be more excited for the 3 of them and the fun things they will get to do together. Part of me was a little sad to say good-bye to Cub Scouts. Just look at those sweet boys ready to cheer on their cars at the pinewood derby! I really enjoyed the program and I was even a Den Leader over a group of 12 Bears...
Posted on February 26, 2014 at 3:14 AM by Life in General
. . . . woke up at 5:30am. I was supposed to wake up at 5:15 and get on the elliptical machine for 20 minutes. But instead I ignored my alarm, and finally after Scott's prodding I dressed in my workout clothes, a sweater (we've turned off the heater), and crept downstairs to take care of emails and such. . . . . walked the kids to school. We found a teeny tiny baby scorpion on our way. And then I continued on a walk/jog by myself while listening to a Power of Moms podcast. Total distance: 3.34 miles. ....
Posted on February 25, 2014 at 1:39 AM by Life in General
For this spread I decided to combine two little trips that happened on the same weekend, but with our family split in half. Scott and I were enjoying our layover in Portland with friends. And the kids were off exploring the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and Bearizona with my parents. Because I was not part of the kids' trip, I asked each of them to write about one of the places they visited. I handed over my Jade core kit and they each got to choose a card and write whatever they wanted. (Penmanship and spelling are not among our...
Posted on February 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM by Life in General
I posted this photo on instagram a few weeks ago with the caption: "Through these doors we gain a window to heaven." I truly felt that way when I walked out of the temple that day. It was a special day -- I felt touched by the Spirit, I felt like I had been taught, I felt the immense love of my Heavenly Father and Savior. And then I was reminded of those feelings when I read this quote in our lesson that Sunday: "The gratitude of our hearts should be filled to overflowing in love and obedience for [the...
Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM by Life in General
Have you ever watched Studio C? It's a sketch comedy show on BYUTV -- very clean humor, very silly. And my kids think it is hilarious. They love the Awkward Viking, the Shoulder Angel, and so much more. There was a sketch called Photobombing 101 (watch it HERE) and they have since taken it upon themselves to photobomb whenever and however possible. I have to say that Payton's most recent execution of photobombing is by far the most creative. And pretty epic. When I later pulled up this photo on my phone I could not stop laughing. Little stinker! So...
Posted on February 20, 2014 at 5:39 AM by Life in General
1. At least 10 times a day we can count on you saying, "I know, right?" It's kind of your phrase and every time you say it dad and I just look at each other and try not to laugh. Especially after recently reading an article about current slang and "I know right??" was number 2. 2. You love ferrets and your dream is to own 10 ferrets when you are a grown up. Last week you told us that you plan to have 5 boy ferrets and 5 girl ferrets to which dad replied, "Well I guess that means...
Posted on February 19, 2014 at 4:09 AM by Life in General
When we saw a 4 day weekend on the February school calendar it didn't take long for us to decide that we needed to spend it skiing in Utah. And eating waffles. THURSDAY: I pulled the kids out of school at lunch time so we could get a head start on the road. Can you believe that I have never pulled my kids out of school early? I had a hard time believing it. They thought it was pretty awesome. Anna said that when they called her name over the classroom intercom her entire class erupted into a choir of...
Posted on February 18, 2014 at 4:50 AM by Inspiration Station
I usually try to post every two weeks, but wow, it’s been a month and a week since my last recap. Here’s a look at weeks 18-22! What we’re reading…we just finished reading aloud The Golden Goblet. It is definitely a book for older kids, but it got really exciting toward the end that we […]
Posted on February 16, 2014 at 4:28 AM by Mark and Karen Ray
We were gifted a trip to Arizona for Christmas. With the Gilbert Temple being opened for tours, we just had to go in Jan/Feb.
We happened to choose to go on one of the windiest day. It was a good thing we didn't have to wait in line long. The Temple was breathtakingly beautiful. I wish we could take pictures of the inside. One of my favorite "themes" throughout was the stained glass, which you can see from the outside.
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