Blogs of Our Friends

Blogs are a great way to keep up with friends and family. We have been collecting links to blogs and other websites owned by people we'd like to keep in touch with. You can click these links to visit the sites themselves …

… or, read them right here (the ones that provide feeds):

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 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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everyday browns // vol. 2

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Payton brought his blanket to Anna's indoor soccer game. Don't be fooled by the word "indoor" - the air conditioning is adequate at best. Hey - they like their cantaloupe. No rind goes to waste. The boys negotiate a trade with Scott. X number of french fries for one of his Nom-Noms (fried macaroni & cheese) at I {Heart} Burgers. We killed the biggest scorpion I have ever seen. In our house. {{shiver}} And the next day I picked up the library bag and out crawled a 5 inch long centipede. And the next day I killed a giant scorpion...

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giveaway // The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:17 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Today is July 16th and we are exactly half-way through summer vacation. At this mid-point I like to stop and assess . . . . Is the summer chore chart still working for us? Have we done enough fun things together? What projects do I still need to accomplish? Am I being a fun mom or a crabby mom? When was the last time the boys showered? In the middle of my mental assessment I had the chance to pick up and read, The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting: 18 Principles that Can Change Everything by Brad Wilcox (love everything he...

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hike park city

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:39 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Each time I take the kids hiking I love it even more. Being out in nature, pointing out all the amazing creations around us, feeling my body work with each step forward, spending time together without distractions . . . it just fills me up! While the men played golf one morning, I took the kids hiking on the mountain right behind our resort in Park City. It was beautiful and so so so GREEN!! Like really, really green. I could hardly believe it. And the wildflowers . . . I just couldn't get enough! Although, wildflowers and bees are...

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everyday browns // vol. 1

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Payton and Anna started swimming lessons this week. They are great swimmers, but I'm insistent that they know how to do proper swim strokes. Well. Scott picked up a giant inflatable Orca from the store. Anna has named it Sparkles and pretends to be a whale trainer. Anna rearranged the furniture in her bedroom again. Monsoon season is here. Lots of ominous looking clouds that roll in and out during the day, lightning at night, and a little more humidity than normal. Scott and Payton went on a Scout campout for 11 year olds. Payton had the best time and...

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super summer theatre & a picnic

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Red Rock Canyon. Outdoor theater. Monty Python jokes. Picnic. And a cool summer night (thanks to being in the canyon). This was the recipe for one perfect date! I've known about the Super Summer Theatre for quite sometime and always thought it would be fun to go. When I saw that they were showing Spamalot, and knowing my husband's appreciation of all things Monty Python (he does own a set of coconut shells), I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. So we packed up a picnic and headed into the desert No, this is not...

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friends first

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

On Saturday we took the kids to see Maleficent. The kids brought their own money for popcorn & snacks and stood in front of the counter debating this important decision for quite some time. Conner and Payton decided to pool their money together and were in serious talks about the most cost-effective options. I loved how Conner wrapped his arm around Payton, and then pulled him close as he pointed to items on the menu. Most of all I loved observing this simple, tender gesture which demonstrated the brotherly kindness, friendship, and trust that they have for each other. Seeing...

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Favorite picture books for children

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 2:37 AM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

Click image below for a list of our favorite picture books for children: More books found in our favorite books section.Filed under: Children's Book Nook

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andersen family reunion // talent show

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

One of my favorite activities at the family reunion (aside from the beach) was the talent show. I think I loved it so much this year because everyone had so many great things to share! I was fully entertained and smiling / clapping / cheering at all the creative, cute, and even simple things that people had to share. For example: There was Audrey's adorable bunny dance Anna played the piano while Carlee did a little ballet Denver & Bree did a hilarious French cooking skit in the kitchen Becca played a beautiful piece on the piano Alene & her...

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celebrating the 4th

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

posing with the flag . . . . I just love the looks on the kids' faces! They are cracking up simply because the wind was blowing the flag back and forth over their heads. I continue to be delighted as I see them growing older and still taking joy in the simplest things. battling with tanks . . . an essential part of our 4th of July celebrations. So important, in fact, that we ran around to 4 different fireworks stands just to find them! eating our red, white, & blue . . . . we made these cool...

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july 1st

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Welcome to July! Yesterday we stayed home all day and did a little 4th of July crafting. I love the 4th of July but it always sneaks up on me and I miss out on my opportunity to decorate with red, white & blue. And that makes me sad. But not this year! First we made some tissue tassel garlands. Say that 5 times fast. (I found a tutorial here) The 1776 hoop is a little embroidery project I did at the Andersen family reunion. And I made the God Bless America canvas last year at my Pinterest party. Yesterday...

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BrownCon 2014 // our version of Comic-Con

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

I'm not even sure how to describe the event I'm about to share or the reason behind. Was there really a reason?? I guess I'll just state the facts. We had a pizza party at a park And we all dressed up as movie / tv / video game characters. Have you heard of Comic Con? Well, this is Brown Con. The call went out a few months ago to come in costume and each family came up with their own theme. Here is the goodness that came out of it . . . First up, our family. I'll give...

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Grammar Avengers

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Our costumes were pretty awesome (just ask me) so I just have to show them off one more time. As a reminder, here is the reason why we did this. All of our characters come from the sketch comedy show, Studio C. The kids love it, they memorize the sketches, quote them daily, and eagerly anticipate each new episode. So it seemed only fitting that we should base our BrownCon costumes off of the show. Here's the cast of characters along with their catch-phrases: Oh my goodness we are such dorks! Haha! But hey, sometimes you build the best memories...

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