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):

city view hike

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 1:24 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

This has been a great weekend. Between a Saturday morning hike, Saturday chores (not necessarily fun but the results make me happy), and a date to a food festival I definitely feel like I got the recharge that I talked about in my last post. I had been planning this Saturday morning hike all week and I mentioned it to the kids as an invitation rather than a demand, and they were all on board. The hike is really close by so I figured that we could just roll out of bed, put on some clothes and shoes, and make...

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into cheeriness

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 5:39 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

A couple days a week I go for a walk/jog and right now the weather is perfect for it. Not too hot. Not too chilly. While jogging on the path today I had to stop for a moment to take a picture. What a beautiful day! I listen to Power of Moms podcasts while I wa-og and today there was an interesting quote that I wanted to jot down. By Richard Paul Evans: "Out of the dreariness, and into it's cheeriness, come we into weariness home." This podcast was titled Plain and Simple Fun this Fall and it made me...

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Monthly Memories

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 1:40 AM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

This homeschool year, instead of trying to post every 2 weeks,  I’ve decided to share what we’ve been up to just once a month. I’ll call it our “Monthly Memories.” HOMESCHOOL: We’ve enjoyed the themes D. has been learning in Kindergarten.  A favorite this month was apples–we made homemade applesauce from our own apple tree […]

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Night Owl Party // invitations and decorations

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

To celebrate Anna's 9th birthday we had a Night Owl party for a handful of her friends at our house. September had been a busy month and I finally had a moment to think about it, oh just about 2 1/2 weeks before the actual party. Ack!! Anna and I scoured Pinterest for theme ideas and she quickly latched onto the Night Owl theme. It is almost the same idea we used for her 6th birthday party - Pajama Glam. There were still pajamas and even feathers, but this time there was a little less Glam and a little more...

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fall memory // apple cider press

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

This is a post that I intended to share years ago, but it slipped through the cracks of my to-do list. It is a great fall memory and tradition so I thought I would dust off the photos and share today. Our ward in Oregon had a tradition each fall of making homemade apple cider. It always began with a Wednesday night youth activity to pick apples at a member's orchard. Scott seemed to go every year because he always had a calling in Young Men's or Scouts. Then a few days later we would meet as a ward --...

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Cross Country

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 12:43 AM by Mark and Karen Ray RSS feed for Mark and Karen Ray

The only sport they have for 6th grade girls is cross country and track.  We kind of pushed Carley into doing cross country this year.  She had fun and really enjoyed the games during practices and the social part of it, but if you ask her, she'll say she doesn't like to run at all.  We were proud that she saw the whole thing through...even through 1 1/2 weeks where she was sick.  She improved quite a bit from the beginning to the end.  She always finish in the middle of the pack, which I thought was amazing since she had never run long distance before.  They run 1 1/2 miles for the meets.

   Way to go Carley!!!

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Posted on October 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM by Mark and Karen Ray RSS feed for Mark and Karen Ray

The Ray family had visitors. Grandpa and Grandma Ray are going on another mission.  They came for a quick visit first. We also had Aunt Jen (Jennifer) and baby Benson (9 mo.) come!  This was the first time we got to meet him.  Boy is he a cutie!!!

Some of the fun things we did while they were here were, go to Powell's books, Big Al's (Aunt Jen took just the kids), ate at Pine State Biscuits.  We also ate at Philly Bilmo's where Lauren became a sandwich!

We celebrated Carley's birthday too! Gotta love Grandma's birthday bag!!!

And since Grandpa and Grandpa were going to be gone during Lauren's birthday, she got a birthday bag as well.

It was so fun to have a baby in the house again.  Bensen was VERY entertaining.  Lauren couldn't get enough of him.  Well, we all couldn't, but she was beyond excited to help take care of the little man.

It was hard to see them leave but, we couldn't be too sad because we had an exciting day ahead of us...the first day of school! Kenny started 9th grade at the big High School. Carley also started at a new school...middle school, as a 6th grader.  And Lauren started her last year of Elementary School. 

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fall bucket list

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Photos of fall colors & leaves, pumpkins, and foggy mornings have been popping up more and more on my social media feeds. I love seeing these photos, but there is definitely a disconnect for those of us living in the desert. Wait, whoa . . . . fall? That's a thing right now? As I'm sitting here in shorts and a forecast of 90, fall is not in sight quite yet. But it's the month of Halloween and soon to be Thanksgiving and I don't want the "season" to pass me by. As we roll into our 3rd fall in...

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conference notes

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 12:29 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Wanted to take a moment to jot down some of my notes & impressions from General conference this weekend. We got to watch all 4 sessions with the exception of President Uchtdorf's talk -- we had to leave for Anna's soccer game -- so we will watch his message tomorrow for FHE. He is always a fantastic speaker. I snapped this photo on Saturday night and thought it paired well with one of his quotes that is floating around social media. The overall themes and impressions that stuck out to me: personal revelation - it is for everyone - seek...

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Halloween Memories Album

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 11:34 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

I'm so excited to share Halloween Memories Album today! This idea has been sitting in my brain for a long time. I was so excited when I was invited to share a project for Eighteen25's Spooktacular September because it gave me just the push I needed to make this happen. Can I just tell you in advance how much I love this album? I can already see it being enjoyed for many fall seasons in years and years to come. Alrighty, it is time to gather your supplies. Here is what you will need (supply links can be found at...

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everyday browns // vol. 6

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Highs : Conner made the District Honors Choir! The Primary program was a success! It's cool enough in the morning to open our windows and doors! Lows : While doing touch-up I spilled a can of paint in Anna's room. Purple Penguin closed up for the season. Stuff of life: Ward potluck/picnic. Women's Meeting. Volunteering at the Student of the Month luncheon. Classroom volunteering. Anna made frozen meals at Activity Days. The boys are learning computer programming at Scouts. I was asked to be the room mom for Anna's 3rd grade class. Girls Night Out / Witches Soiree. Cleaning the...

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9th birthday and a bedroom surprise

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:09 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

On Monday we got to celebrate this girl's birthday. She was sooo excited. When she fell asleep on Sunday night I hung streamers from her bedroom door and went off to bed. At 2am I felt someone poking my arm and I opened my eyes to see a dark shadow standing perfectly still right by my bedside. Creepy! It was Anna and she had had a nightmare. As we walked back to her bedroom she said, "And the worst part is the surprise is ruined!" Oh the trauma. I sent her to school with a basket full of pumpkin muffins...

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spooktacular september

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

I am over the moon excited to share with you that I am guest posting today over at Eighteen25! Check out my Halloween Memories Album I am thrilled to be a part of their Spooktacular September. For the entire month of September guest posters have been lined up sharing all their best Halloween ideas and treats. Considering this is my first guest post EVER, I was just a wee bit intimidated by all the creativity that happens over there. But also incredibly thankful for this opportunity. And if you are coming to my blog today because of Eighteen25 . ....

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35 deserves a photo

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Please tell me I'm not the only one who sets up the self-timer on the camera and takes pictures of themselves in varied poses and expressions on their birthday because it's also a good hair day and you've decided that you need a decent picture of yourself and sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. Just me? Oh. Well, that's kind of what I did on my birthday. And now I'm second guessing sharing these photos -- especially the one below with the super excited/surprised expression -- but as silly or staged as they may be,...

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polaroid museum and sprinkles

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

This week I had the chance to go to the Polaroid Museum at the Linq. A while back ago I had mentioned to Scott that this would make a great date. His enthusiasm didn't really match mine so I was excited when I learned that this would be the spot for our second Art Group outing. While I don't always "get" the who/what/why behind art, photography is right up my alley! We showed up and had a docent take us down a Polaroid memory lane. I loved this instagram color collage. I guess you could call instagram the new era...

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