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):

lunar eclipse

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:58 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

When Conner was 4 or 5 he received a book that was all about space. He loved it. I would read it to him and he studied the pictures and pages. One day he wanted to demonstrate some of his knowledge and explained to us, "A solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the sun. A lunar eclipse is when the earth blocks the sun. And an aper eclipse (AY-per) is when the sun blocks the moon." He had come up with that last one all by himself. But we assured him that if an aper eclipse ever happened, we...

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the fish stick challenge

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Somehow, Conner got it into his head that given the chance he could eat an entire bag of fish sticks in one sitting. He loves fish sticks. And so it started, "Hey dad, I bet you $100 that I can eat an entire bag of fish sticks." He saw this as a potential opportunity to make some cash. But Scott wasn't buying in. That may have thwarted his plan for a moment, but he continued to talk about his goal to eat an entire bag of fish sticks. Even with no money on the table -- because he loves them...

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Steamed Whole Fish

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:50 AM by Vernon RSS feed for Vernon

Steamed Whole Fish

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

  1. Clean fish, remove scales, rinse, and pat dry.
  2. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl
  3. Place fish in a shallow baking dish and gently make 3 or 4 slices along the sides of the fish parallel to the bones.
  4. Spoon the vegetable sauce over and inside the fish.
  5. Place some inverted custard cups or a small grate in the bottom of a wok.
  6. Add very hot water to the wok, careful not to add it to the shallow baking dish, filling to about one inch deep.
  7. Cover the wok and bring water to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium and steam for 25 minutes or until fish is tender.
  8. Remove from heat and serve immediately with rice and vegetables.

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spring break is here!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

It is Day One of spring break! Even though I am finishing up the laundry from a sick child last night (she's feeling much better now), we are excited and ready for a week of freedom. I feel like it's been a long time coming as I've watched friends and family enjoy their breaks for the past month. And now it's finally our turn. Plans? Not much. We're staying home, enjoying the absence of a schedule, and making a list of activities to see/do around the area. This is kind of our last chance, you know. We are in the...

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family history // Overton, Nevada

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 7:08 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Hello blog! Life has been busy, but full of good busy things. This week especially has been a busy church week: a Relief Society presidency meeting, religion class, Compassionate Service committee meeting & 60th birthday lunch for our Relief Society president, a Stake Relief Society appreciation dinner (for all the RS presidencies - yummy Cafe Rio dinner and Better Than *** Cake), spending an afternoon with the sister missionaries, a Relief Society picnic in the park, and the opportunity to visit a homebound sister. Phew! And that's just Monday through Thursday. (If you're wondering what the heck is Relief Society?...

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10 Preschool letter of the week ideas

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 2:30 AM by Inspiration Station RSS feed for Inspiration Station

For preschool, we love learning a letter of the week at our house! Quite a few friends have asked me recently about homeschooling preschool, so I thought I would share all in one spot what we do for learning the alphabet. For ages 2-3, we’ve done the free letter of the week preparatory curriculum found […]

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women's meeting

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Last Saturday evening Anna and I got to attend a special Women's Meeting. This meeting is usually held in the spring (for 12-18 year old girls - the Young Women) and the fall (for women 18 and up - the Relief Society). But, this time . . . for the very first time . . . all girls and women ages 8 and up were invited to gather together to listen to inspiring talks, music, and message from leaders from our church. It was a historic evening and I'm so glad that Anna and I could share it together! There...

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10 things right now // conner

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 9:56 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

1. You play the piano for opening exercises of Priesthood each Sunday. We decided that the best route was for you to choose 4-5 songs and simply rotate through them each Sunday. (We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet, Ye Elders of Israel, How Firm A Foundation, Battle Hymn of the Republic . . . ) That way you can get really good at them and besides, there are only a few songs that the men like to sing anyways. 2. You spoke in church last month on temples. This is your 3rd talk in the past year and...

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the morning date

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

This is the second time that we have done a date like this (number one HERE) and I have to say that this is one of my very favorite recipes for a great date. Take one Saturday morning, add a morning walk/run together. Shower. And finish off with a delicious breakfast out. It was a beautiful morning out. Just the perfect temperature. We used my Couch to 5K app to run intervals around the neighborhood. We even passed another couple from our ward out for a morning walk. See, everybody's doing it! :) After a shower we left the kids...

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around here

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Playing cards most evenings. Scum and Skip-Bo. Assembling lasagna this morning. One for us. And one for the youth service project. They will be serving dinner to homeless/less-fortunate individuals. Drilling the states and capitals with Payton as we work on the Great American Challenge. He has to be able to locate them on the map and spell them all correctly. Next comes memorizing the Gettysburg Address and all U.S. Presidents in order. Promoting Motherhood Realized and purchasing 2 copies myself. I have enjoyed being a part of this Book Launch Team. And if you haven't purchased a copy yet, here...

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motherhood realized

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

I will admit that the last few days have included some less-than-stellar motherhood moments for me. The piano lesson that ended in tears (again), having a mom freak-out on our way out the door to school, and pushing a child through a last minute school project (which also ended in tears). But there have been good moments too: reading a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods to Anna at bedtime (and finding her drawing pictures of the scenes the next morning), celebrating straight A's with lots of encouragement, and staying up late to create an (optional) horsefly costume...

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saturday

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 1:51 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Saturday is just my favorite day of the week. Love it. We started the day off with a morning date (post on that later) and then we had time to work on projects, fold the mountain of laundry as a family, hang around the house, and finally go to Anna's soccer game in the evening. On the way home we picked up some pizzas from Little Caesars. As I carried the pizzas into the house I decided on the spot that we needed to take this meal outdoors. Why? Why not! We grabbed some paper plates, napkins, Scott's 2 Liter...

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project life 2014 // birthday and everyday

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Recently I had a few women over to my home for a craft night. Very fun. While they were here I took the opportunity to introduce them to Project Life. I love sharing Project Life with other people and showing them what a fun, simple way it is to document your family's story. In preparation for the night I pulled out 2 of my albums to share with the group. As I flipped through my 2012 album I kept thinking to myself, we have done some FUN stuff! And oh my goodness, Conner has grown into a young man! Jeez!...

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from the weekend

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:36 AM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

The weekend started off great with straight A report cards from Payton and Anna. I always let out a big sigh of relief when we reach the end of another trimester. Conner is on quarters so I will also be breathing a sigh of relief when the grade books close soon. Keeping up on everyone's assignments, projects, & tests is a lot of work! Friday night Scott and I went out on a much needed date. Life is busy, I tell ya. His work is demanding and stressful. Sometimes I feel like we don't really get to see/acknowledge each other...

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st. patrick's day

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM by Life in General RSS feed for Life in General

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This is what the kids found this morning when they came downstairs to make their lunches for school. It was a big hit. Last night Anna took it upon herself to create a leprechaun trap. Or something like that. She set out green M&M's and asked the leprechaun to leave his footprint. We have NEVER done anything like this before and I was at a total loss. So I reached out to my Facebook friends at 9pm for help. They knew just what to do. Phew! A green footprint and a little bit of green glitter....

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