Blogs of Our Friends

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25 hours in San Diego

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:58 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Thursday afternoon the kids swam while Scott and I sat by the pool. I began going through my calendar for the upcoming week -- just trying to be mentally aware of what is going on during our last week of summer vacation and making sure that Scott is on the same page. I realized that we had nothing scheduled for Friday. And Saturday. Just saying it out loud gave me little butterflies of excitement - two whole days with nothing on the calendar? Yes! Then Scott said, "You want to go to the beach?" And 30 minutes later we had...

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back to school shopping

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Last week I took my TWO middle-schoolers back to school shopping. Yep. This year I am going to have two kids in middle school - 6th and 8th grades! Craziness. After a lunch date we made our way over to the outlets. At one store I walked up to the register with my purchase and the sales girl's eyes went big, "Oh my gosh you look just like Rachel! She works here. Ya, you could totally be her mom!" Ouch. Her mom? Really? Thankfully, the sales girl at the next register who had been pulled into the conversation back-pedaled to...

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hike big trees

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

I remember hiking at Big Trees when I was in high school. My mom had taken all 5 of us kids camping in the state park. By herself. All in the name of making memories. This park is absolutely beautiful and I was really looking forward to this part of our cabin stay. The North Grove trail is perfect - an easy 1.5 mile loop. These trees are just so big you can hardly wrap your head around it. It is an amazing thing to look up, up, up, and still not see the very top of the tree! Though,...

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End of summer and school curriculum

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:48 AM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

Inspiration Station is mostly a place to record our homeschool days and since I take a summer break, this blog gets awfully quiet.  Now it’s time to start up again.  In little over a week, we’ll be back to more of a schedule.  We’ve had a great summer full of house projects, day trips, a […]

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A look at Joy school

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

Before we start the new school year, I wanted to post about Joy School.  I’ve really enjoyed teaching Joy School to all 4 of my children.  It is a preschool program with a focus on teaching the values and “joys” of life.  Some years we did Joy school as a mom’s co-op and other years […]

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the cabin

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 1:17 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Last summer, after cousin camp, my parents went on the hunt for a cabin of their own and found one. For the past year they have been decorating, roofing, chopping, remodeling, building, hot-tubbing, and doing so much to make it a comfortable place for family and friends (but mostly family) to gather and just get away from the world. I was so glad to finally see the cabin on this trip! I thought the antique doorbell was fantastic. It is from an old firehouse in San Francisco. Notice what's at the end of the chain? A cable car! So cute....

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the reality of exploring the big city with an 8 year old

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 3:32 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

So my trip with Anna was pretty great. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend some time together and explore and experience so many things. We had fun and I loved watching her when she was happy. But then there were the times when she was not. And I wanted to pull my hair or spank her right there on the city streets. (Yes, I spank my children.) She pouted because I ordered water for her instead of lemonade. When papa was the hero and got her the $3 drink she took one sip and was done. She sulked because...

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End of School before Start of School

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM by Mark and Karen Ray RSS feed for Mark and Karen Ray

With school starting in less than a month, I should probably blog about the end of school, right?  I always put it off because the end of school is so overwhelmingly busy.  Who wants to organize and write about all the pictures.  Not me!

First up, 4th and 5th grade track.

Love Carley's smile!






 Lauren running the last leg of her relay race.



Carley's 100

Lauren's 100
Kenny had a band concert the same night as track.  Mark wasn't as diligent in getting pictures.

The girls had a piano recital while Kenny had a bassoon recital.  Again, no pictures of Kenny. :(



Lauren had a music informance.




Carley performed on the marimbas, trumpet and drums at Pride Night.  These pictures and video were taken on my phone, hence the poor quality.






Field day was in here somewhere as well.  It was wet and cold that day.  I was also too busy with the event I was helping at that I didn't get pictures of Carley and Lauren.

Kenny celebrated finishing middle school by going to a luau, which was a party at night full of food and games.  He also had a BBQ the last day of school.

Here is a picture from Kenny's last day of school.


Carley also had a special 5th grade lunch to celebrate ending her elementary school years.  Luckily parents were invited so I could get some pictures.



 Carley with her 5th grade class.
 All of 5th Grade

After the last day of school we had to have some fun with water shooters.  Especially when they came home in tears.  Carley had a hard time saying goodbye to the school and most of all to her 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Schoefer.  Lauren came home in tears because all her good friends will be in different classes next year.  :(





There was probably more that I missed, but that's what happens when you wait a couple of months to post.  Oh well, enjoy!

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san francisco // day 2

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 6:28 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Aren't cable cars just the cutest? First thing in the morning we walked down to the Powell & Market turntable to get in line for the cable cars. Yep, a rather large line, on a Tuesday morning. But we waited through it because when you're in San Francisco you MUST ride on the cable cars! Loved our ride through town and getting the chance to see so many homes and neighborhoods as we made our way down to the pier. Doesn't this girl look right at home? Taking the whole city experience in stride. What a cutie. We started things...

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san francisco // day 1

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 12:13 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Helloooooo San Francisco! The last time I visited San Francisco was on our honeymoon - 15 years ago - so I was very excited for the opportunity to come back! Anna and I made the 8 hour drive to my parent's house, spent the weekend there, and then drove into the city on Monday morning. My parents treated us to a wonderful trip -- a few days in the city before heading to their cabin in the mountains. We were pretty darn spoiled. (At the end of the week when I was thanking my parents for spoiling us Anna was...

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pioneer day parade

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

This is our 3rd summer in Vegas and our 3rd year attending the tri-stake Pioneer Day celebration and parade. I can always count on the event being a fun opportunity to get out, celebrate the pioneers, play some fun games, and show our Mormon to the community as we take over a park and half of a city street. I can also count on being drenched in sweat because, hello, it's July 24th. I was in charge of putting together the Primary float. With the bishop's trailer away at girl's camp, busy summer vacations, and being a novice at float...

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from the city to the mountains

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

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San Francisco

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Just finished up a couple days in San Francisco. Thanks for treating us well.

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everyday browns // vol. 3

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:22 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

This has been one of those weeks that was stuffed to the brim. But full of so many wonderful things that I will not complain. Actually, I do give myself permission to complain about my 4th crown replacement in as many months -- ugh. But at the same time I also have to celebrate that one because it means all of my outstanding dental work is now complete! playing . . . . we finally visited the Discovery Children's Museum this week and it is fantastic. The kids played and played and played for hours - five hours to be...

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story sunday // pioneer ancestors - Rebecca Christiana Friis

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Pioneer Day is coming up this week (July 24th) and I already mentioned that we had a chance to celebrate yesterday with the parade. Today I hopped onto FamilySearch.org and clicked back through the generations on my pedigree chart until I reached a few of my pioneer ancestors that came across the plains to Utah in the mid-1800's. I love that Family Search provides a place for the sharing of photos, histories, and stories. I snagged one of those histories and thought I would share it today. I've never read about Rebecca and I have to say that she has...

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