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Posted on May 23, 2013 at 4:51 AM by Life in General
A few weeks ago I had my mom come visit so we could fit in some mother/daughter time. It's our tradition. Last year was a pretty fancy affair -- like, band-aids on a silver platter kind of fancy. This year was a little more low key. But wonderful as well. DAY 1 - Breakfast at Bread and Butter (my favorite), exploring the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, some window shopping in Caesar's Emporium (Max Brenner chocolates), lunch & Frrrozen Hot Chocolates at Serendipity 3, and later a movie night at home (Les Miserables). DAY 2 - Pedicures and chocolate chip...
Posted on May 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM by Life in General
March 2012 // May 2013 Growth . . . - my hair is longer. - the mid-section muffin is rounder. I affectionately refer to it as my "Nevada weight". - the craving / desire to create and share time with others is fuller. Looks like it's time to be the hostess. - my heart is bigger. I find myself empathizing with people much more than I used to. - I am happier. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I'm linking up with One Word...
Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM by Inspiration Station
I read this quote yesterday and can’t stop thinking about it. It feels so good to give in to simplifying my life and looking at what is most important. Just wanted to share: The average woman today, I believe, would do well to appraise her interests, evaluate the activities in which she is engaged, and then take steps […]
Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:23 AM by Inspiration Station
We have enjoyed using Nancy Larson Science 1 this year. I thought I would share the highlights for those looking for a good elementary age science program. MY THOUGHTS & TIPS USING THE PROGRAM: The lessons are scripted. For me, if I can read the lesson over ahead of time, then we can go at […]
Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:02 AM by Life in General
This is what Scott and I did for our date last week I was thoroughly entertained by the small scream -- "ahh!" -- that came from Scott when the threading began. Haha. As for me, I loved it! The process was not painful, in my opinion. In fact, in a weird way I rather liked the ripping feeling and sound. And I loved the results. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing this again! They want me to come back in 2 weeks, but maybe I'll try again in a month. And for 10 bucks . . . not too bad....
Posted on May 18, 2013 at 4:19 AM by Inspiration Station
It’s that time of year! We’re almost done with our 2012-2013 school year. I am definitely feeling tired and burned out from teaching. I look back on our weeks and think, how did we get to all these activities? I am so ready for summer. At our homeschool park day, one mom joked that her […]
Posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:33 AM by Life in General
Sunday . . . rain Monday . . . rain Tuesday . . . rain Wednesday . . . We woke up to this view out our window and, oh man, I was just plain giddy! It's a pool day! Yes! We ate breakfast, gathered up our things and made our way to the pool where we claimed our spot . . . . (at 8am) And didn't move for 7 hours. There were books to read, lava flows to drink, and relaxation to be had. We ordered lunch from the poolside waitress and just acted like bums all day...
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM by Life in General
Each photo represents something related to my one little word for this year . . . thrive. Something that I did in the month of April. It sure is cool to see it all together on one page. Dang! April was a good month! I also wrote action statements on each photo to remind myself how I was feeling in that moment. As I look at each photo and each statement I think to myself over and over again, "yes, I'm thriving, I'm doing this, keep moving forward, one step in front of the other." This one little word really...
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM by Life in General
When all the world is spinning round like a red balloon way up in the clouds and my feet will not stay on the ground you anchor me back down Anna had a chance to perform in a talent show last night. And she sang Anchor by Mindy Gledhill. She did so amazing. She was beautiful on stage. She sang sweetly. We were just so proud! The 2 days before the performance she went through her usual "stage fright" phase -- constantly nervous and worried that she's going to mess up and forget the words. I just need to plan...
Posted on May 13, 2013 at 1:35 AM by Life in General
I originally posted the recipe for Banana Cake way back in 2006, when this blog was just a baby. On Friday I made some Banana Cake and posted a picture on instagram. I got a lot of requests for the recipe, so here goes. Banana Cake recipe from my mother-in-law, Valerie Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a 9x13 pan. Cream together: 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 cup mashed bananas 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla Mix together & add: 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 1 1/3 cup...
Posted on May 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM by Life in General
I made plans to get out and get to work on the yard as soon as we were awake, to beat the heat. The kids were reluctant to get started on the job (I had to send someone to fetch Anna when she disappeared into the house a few times), but they were good workers -- weeding, picking up sticks and branches and leaves. Payton and I worked on the side yard together, pulling weeds from the massive rock bed. He began complaining about how dirty (un-pretty) our yard was. Payton is my boy who really takes notice and appreciates...
Posted on May 12, 2013 at 9:34 PM by Mark and Karen Ray
It's that time of year again...performance time to show off all the things we been working on this year. The piano recital is first on the list.
Kenny's piano instructor has really pushed him since the day he started 4 years ago and this year's recital piece was no exception. We are so proud of him.
Carley and Lauren performed well too.
Posted on May 12, 2013 at 5:33 AM by Inspiration Station
Motherhood is no easy or ordinary calling. To the mothers in my life, this is for you: words below based on a blog by Lisa-Jo Baker: There are those who say that this is ordinary. But don’t let that fool you. “Mother” will always be the bravest, least ordinary, most difficult, utterly challenging career that anyone […]
Posted on May 12, 2013 at 5:22 AM by Geekily Ever After
Found a fun helmet at a garage sale and all of the sudden he can ride by himself? Before we were always having to hold on to the back of the seat.
(Bonus: Now I don't get dirty looks from the neighbors for letting my child ride his bike helmet-less. :)
Posted on May 12, 2013 at 5:20 AM by Life in General
As you can see, we have had a great weekend. Scott and I went on a date tonight. And you'll never guess what we did. Like, literally -- you. will. never. guess. Ah, but I'm good sport. I'll give you a few clues. It's something from my 101 in 1001 list. And Scott planned it. I will send some happy mail to the first person who can correctly guess what we did on our date. Just leave a comment on this post. (I'll close the comments right before I post about our date. This is kind of a random one...
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