Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ten Things to Smile About

Join me the last Tuesday of every month to look back over the month and find 10 things that made you smile.

10 Things to Smile About in March

1. Celebrating my husband's birthday
birthday cake

2. My kids are all doing great in school
awards assembly

3. Spring flowers

4. Cute 1st grade performances
1st grade performance

5. Continuing to "eat the alphabet" - best date idea ever!

6. Watching my kids learn and grow and do some awesome things
ferris wheel

7. Spring break and the fun we had
Picnic in park

8. Donuts- as come on- they are donuts!

9. Having time to sit and read several great books

10. Girls night-- watching an amazing Women's session of Conference then going out to dinner
Girls night

What made you smile this month?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Five: Donuts, donuts and more donuts

So apparently I have become a once a week blogger lately...  I would love to get back into the swing of things.  Is there something you would like to know about me?  Something I could help you learn?  if so let me know!

5 Thoughts

1. The kids are back in school after spring break and I am totally ready for summer now.  We will see halfway through summer if I am still feeling that way, but I am ready for easy mornings.

2. Twice this week, I pulled into my driveway only to either be dropping off kids or hurrying to something only to leave a few minutes later again.  My days with my kids in school might be more easy and slow but my afternoons filled with activities/sports and running kids places are so crazy busy.  I am not sure which is better.

3. This weekend is the first session of General Conference or the Women's session. I am so excited and so ready for some good inspiration and hope.  You can watch it online this Saturday here.

4. It got cold and rainy again this week.  I am just glad we had good weather for spring break... and I didn't miss having one night off when soccer got canceled.

5. In some ways I am "all caught up" on things right now... there are so many things I want to do or could be doing, but sometimes when I don't have as much on my plate I seem to do less... am I the only one?

5 Pictures
Cake Among Us Donuts
When a local donut shop makes a Buzz Feed list for one of the best in the country- well you have to go
no boundries
class of 2028
Finally remembered to take this picture for 1st grade! 
the donut man donuts
These Donuts are from the Donut Man

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Five: Spring Break, St. Patricks Day, Pink Drink

Did you realize it's Friday?  I didn't until a couple of hours ago, Spring Break has totally thrown me off apparently!  Not only is it Friday, it's St. Patrick's Day!  So Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I grew up near Chicago where they celebrate in full force, even dying the river green.

My Friday five--

5 Thoughts

1. Ryder had his last soccer game of the season; they had not won any games this year-- but this final last game, they won 6-0!   He was so happy to end with a win.  Alex's team also won 2-1, she even took a shot on the goal, didn't score but exciting to see.

2. Spring break has been fun, we started the week with me editing pictures from recent photo shoots and the kids helping get Ryder's room all clean.  I told them if they did this and gave me this day to get work done, then the rest of the week we could have fun.

3.  They each picked something fun to do each day, we went to Sky High trampoline place, had a picnic lunch at the park and got some ice-cream and went bowling.  Tomorrow we are going to go to the driving range, we waited for that one for Saturday when Eric could go with us.

4. I am still taking my Pink Drink and still totally happy with it.  The energy I have is so much better throughout the day.

5. I am currently all caught up on photoshoots. I have another booked in April and sure I will soon have more, but it feels good to be all caught up for the minute, I was even able to finish a book I had been reading today after I finished the pictures.

5 Pictures

soccer team


Selfie with glasses

Wind machine

Picnic in park

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Courting Carrie in Wonderland

If you love being transported in time with a good clean story and some romance, then I highly recommend Courting Carrie in Wonderland by Carla Kelly, read my full review below.  

The Book:
Struggling through college and balancing her summer job in Yellowstone Park with the Wylie Camping Company, Carrie McKay simply doesn't have time to consider romance. Spanish American War Veteran Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles also isn't looking for love, busy with his own complicated affairs. But as the magic of Yellowstone starts making its way into their hearts, both begin to see love move up their priority list.

My Review:
Carla Kelly did it again, her writing style truly transports you in time- this time to Yellowstone in the early 1900's.  Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles survived and became a hero during his deployment in the Philippines, now he has returned to duty helping protect the natural wonders and the tourists who come to see Yellowstone.  When his commander jokingly commands him to get married, he wonders how that will be possible.  This book made me long to return to Yellowstone to see the "Wonderland" as it was nicknamed back then.  Carla does a great job of painting the picture of what Yellowstone was like back at the turn of the century.  The story is fast paced and heart warming and really just an enjoyable fun easy read.  I have read several of Carla Kelly's books and have loved them all, I love how she transports you in time and shares a fun clean story that leaves you smiling.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Five: Newlywed Game, Chaperone, a birthday

Happy Friday everyone!  Next week is spring break for us.  We don't have any definitive plans, but hoping we have some fun.

5 Thoughts

1. Friday night we had a fun dinner with the Bishopric members from my ward, or congregation.  We played the Newlywed Game and Eric and I won.. I am pretty sure we have won every time we have played that game.

2. I chaperoned Alex's field trip to the LA Science Center this week.  It was fun and I managed not to lose any of the kids in my group, so a win!

3. The weather finally got so nice again this week.  I ate my lunch outside on the porch swing the other day as it was just so nice I couldn't be inside the whole day.

4. We had fun celebrating Eric's birthday, he opened his presents, we went out to dinner to Dickey's and then came home for cake.  It was a simple but nice night.

5. Ryder had his 1st grade performance last night; it is the same performance my older two kids did, but still so fun and cute to watch.  I did not take one picture during it though... we were in the back and I didn't bring my "real" camera, as I was a genius who thought it would be a good idea to get a bunch of pictures off of it 5 minutes before we had to leave.  It wasn't done, so cell phone it was. I did take one video though.

5 Pictures
Our dinner Friday night
photo shoot
Photo shoot time! And wow I need to clean my view finder
Sister Missionary
This Sister Missionary is about to head home, we will miss her
girl scout cookie cereal
Anyone else try these?
birthday cake
Birthday Cake

What are your weekend plans?