Sunday, January 4, 2015

Snow and Fun and Family... oh, and Christmas

Been awhile... obviously :)

Our whole family on Christmas Day-
fun time sledding and shooting after the presents and naps were over :)

December saw the little boys performing in their hip hop dance recital
and some fun Christmas songs at school...

and our classic throw-together style nativity at the family party :) This year we also added a talent show as part of the party and it was so fun! Cooper did a joke routine and Ryder did and little bit of dancing- cute, cute cute! Everyone's part was just fun :)

We loved having Taron and Keaton with us over the Christmas break- actually for both holidays.

New Christmas eve jammies- the older are much too cool to be included in pics like this these days ;)

More of Christmas Day 

Then we paid a few dollars to be able to shoot at the range for the rest of the month- we went twice and it was a great way to break up our lazy days! Love these boys :)


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fun Fall Festivities

These last few days things have turned seriously cold (like, middle of the winter, for real, below freezing cold), but it's still technically Fall, so I thought I'd share some of the fun we've been having lately. :)

Fall is hunting season in large part for this house full of boys. We've most recently been going after pheasants on Saturday mornings- obviously in this trip above it wasn't below freezing yet! This year Stephen got me a shotgun of my own that is a bit smaller and lighter- it's been fun honestly. I really want some cool rooster tail feathers to decorate with, but we've only come home empty handed so far.

This year Stephen and Taron tried harder than they ever have before to get Taron his first kill. Cooper got to go out with them some and obviously couldn't have been much more thrilled about it! :) Dad and Taron had general deer tags and went out twice to no avail. Then Stephen picked Taron up from school one day on his way to clean a tank in Aramo, thinking they could just look around briefly in the process...

... and, of course, that'd be the winning go. I love the look on his face in this picture. So proud of him! and Cooper's been including being thankful for the deer Taron shot in just about every prayer since... :)

Fall calls for pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting! That recipe is HERE if you should like- easiest thing ever that Lundyn shared with our family several years ago. They are Ryder's favorite... I just love pics of kiddos licking beaters :)

Went to lunch with Mom and everyone just before Halloween- Brylee and Ryder got a big kick out of the all the great decorations. I told them to try and look like the skeletons did :) 

Family fun at the U Pick Pumpkin Patch. This year they had these cool go carts and a track around the patch to ride them on. They were even big enough for adults- the boys all loved that part!

And Halloween! This year we got to trick or treat around Moore and Mackay since we were there for Stephen's Idaho Falconer's meet. It really was fun- Halloween just like I remember.

More than anything, though, this Halloween will be remembered as the Year of the Dog Bite... Stephen's dog Rocky didn't like seeing Cooper in that fur hat and all the leather fringe all over his moutain man costume! When he stepped up on the step above Stephen, he latched right into Cooper's leg- yikes! So we doctored poor Cooper's crummy dog bit on his thigh for the next two days :/ Bummer but it all worked out in the end.

And just for the fun of it I thought I'd share these simple little gifts the boys gave to their teachers at the end of their first week of school at Ucon. A Fanta pop with a striped stick of hard candy I got at Zurchers! "Thanks for helping us have a fanta.stick first week!" Kinda fun, eh? :) Here's some tags you can right click and save to print if you should have a use for a quick easy little gift too. I thought they might be good for aides and front office ladies and such for Christmas, so I whipped one up quick for that too- enjoy! :)


Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Post that's a Bottle

... as in a bottle for time, Time in a Bottle. :)

I know, I know, summer is long over. We actually really are enjoying some fall fun, but I've not been great at blogging lately, even the things that really are important to me to share here. So, I wanted to post some of my favorite pics from the summer and earlier Fall... the ones that just need to be included in this little online story of our life :)

Waiting with Mom at swim lessons. Ry is sure my trooper boy- he gets to tag along with me more than the older brothers by nature and is such a joy! He begs whenever we are away, "Can we go home?" But is still cool about what we are doing out and about too :) I'm so grateful for half day kindergarten!

This one of Taron and Stephen was actually taken the day Taron was ordained a Priest. Can I just say that it's pretty wonderful to hear my own son's voice over the speaker blessing the sacrament? :)  So proud of the strong young man he is!

Hammock at Grandpa and Grandma's :)

Snagged this one quick the night before school started... I was a little watery over sending my baby to school :)

Beautiful night out flying with Stephen earlier in September. He rarely gets the opportunity to fly when we can tag along (or at all, really), so this was a fun night. Cooper happened to have a really loose tooth at the time and they tried to see if they could pull it falconry style...

...not so much... shocker ;)

Yay- our annual girls trip to Logan! For the past two years we've gotten to take a quick day and let the men handle the kids while we browse Hobby Lobby, get HuHot for lunch and grab desserts at Kneaders in Logan- a really great day! I love these sisters and Mom of mine- they are my dearest friends :)

And there's the bottle of time lately. Planning on more, better, genuine sharing to come from here :)


Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet THESE Mormons...

Today I'm pretty honored to be among this impressive group here...

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All of us belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or "The Mormons". And we're all proud of this part of who we are! This group of more than 65 of us strong are coming together today to share our testimonies and extend to you an invitation to see a movie... A feature film coming into theaters today called "Meet The Mormons".

This film isn't something you'll find to be pushy. It's simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire, sharing six stories of those of our faith who have listened to promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross!

All of the bloggers seen above have decided today to share personal testimonies, conversion stories, and just various experiences of the hope and peace that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I often say "to each their own," and I do truly feel that way. I also feel the joy of having the awesome gift of the source of true happiness, so I really want to share it! I'm especially motivated by this movie and these fellow bloggers to share more of my testimony here today... :)

That handsome crew I'm with above... THEY are the biggest reason I'm so grateful to be a Mormon. I know that the family is of God, that He has sent us to earth in these sacred units, making it possible for this life to be wonderful and full, rather than lonely and lacking.

I know that this Gospel is the same church that our Savior, Jesus Christ, brought to the Earth during His mortal ministry, restored again in this day. And one of the most significant blessings included in that restoration is the sealing power that allows families to be together through eternity.

I know that families can be together forever, that death is not the end. Though our Savior's Atonement, we have the promise of being Resurrected and returning to live with Him, and that this family unit will be in tact there through our faithfulness.

I know that our Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us, He truly is in the details of our lives! Recently I was having a really hectic morning and was keyed up even more than usual. In the process of completing a final errand, I ran across a man digging through a garbage can for food. My heart was torn away from the focus on myself and I was able to give to him as part of my errand. Silly and small, but I truly believe our Father coordinates small moments like these to help and lift us. I am better when I'm looking outward instead of inward... and He knew I needed a reminder of that that day.

I know that God is our Heavenly Father, that He knows us. He will never leave us comfortless- we can always repent and turn again to Him! He hears our prayers, His desires and plan for us is truly the path to real happiness :)

I hope you'll click around below and learn more about the strength of these other Mormons. We are normal people, accepting and giving and deeply aware. I know you'll be uplifted in some way as you Meet These Mormons!

I'm A Mormon #1

Katie | Clarks Condensed, Larissa | Just Another Day In Paradise , Camille | My Mommy Style ,
Candice | She's Crafty, Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu 
Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter , Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Adell | Baked in Arizona

I'm a Mormon #2

Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R &R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts ,
Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain, Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By,
Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra &Camille | Six Sisters Stuff , Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Amberly | Life With Amberly & Joe , Taralyn | Keep Moving Forward With Me ,
Jessica | What Does The Cox Say? , Lisa | Mabey She Made It , Kiki | Kiki & Company
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired,
Danielle | Today's The Best Day

I'm a Mormon #3


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Upcycle, Build and Create with Help from the Online Target Toy Emporium

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Don't you wish sometimes that we lived in a time gone by? When apps and screens and processed food wasn't any concern?

I sure crave that some days... but the reality is that we Moms have to be pretty convincing and have some pretty sweet resources (let alone a random burst of energy :P) on our side in order to entice our kiddos toward real, true play.

And I think I've found another one of those resources. For this post I got to check out some great #TargetToys through the new Target Toy Emporium, found only online. Six categories- Build, Create, Explore, Imagine, Discover and Move- each include toys and brands that fit into that particular kind of play.

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We chose some fun and colorful build and create items that were right up the boys' alley. In the past, we've really enjoyed upcycling- creating crazy works of kid art from stuff that was otherwise going in the garbage. Tired of screens sucking the personality out of your kiddos? These simple, inexpensive ideas are doable for anyone, even those of us that struggle with that whole "burst of energy" thing ;)


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