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Hello! My name is Shannon. I live in the desert with my husband Scott and 3 kids (Conner, Payton, Anna). I have been blogging since 2005 and I love to write about my family, everyday life, dating my husband, projects and parties, Project Life, being a mom, faith, setting and working towards goals, and finding joy in the journey.
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Thomas S. Monson - I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey -- now.
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Saturday I entered a store where the employees were happy and more than willing to help me out . . . . the customers smiled at each other . . . people commented on how good (and cute) Anna was . . . I was complimented on my parenting . . . pleasant women with names like "Joy" cut my fabric and rang me up . . . a general air of happiness permeated the place. A crafter's utopia. Ahhh . . . Like Pres. Uchtdorf says, creativity brings happiness. :)
This weekend I crafted a bit . . .
I found the tutorial for the necklaces here. If you click, be careful, she has lots of fun projects to share and it just might eat up your afternoon. And I purchased the glass tiles, bails, and chains from Candy Tiles's etsy shop. She has a plethora of great combo packs if you'd like to make a bunch of them. Trust me, you will.
And trust me, you'll want to make this dessert.
My mom's friend, Sandi, made it for lunch after Mason's mission farewell. When she brought it out, everyone seriously hovered over the counter, vying for position to ensure they got a slice. Sooo good.
Crust: 2 cups ground gingersnap cookies (about 38 cookies), 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1/3 cup butter
In a medium bowl combine ground cookies & sugar with a pastry blender. Add butter and mix until moist clumps form. Press mixture into bottom and sides of 10" removable bottom tart pan. Bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool.
Filling: 8 oz. cream cheese (softened), 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup whipping cream
Combine cream cheese, sugar & lemon juice with electric mixer. Add whipping cream & beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Spread in tart shell and chill several hours.
Arrange fruit (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, oranges, red or green grapes, raspberries, blackberries, etc.) on top of chilled filling. Combine 1/4 cup Smuckers apricot preserves with 1 Tbsp water and brush over top. (Makes it look shiny & scrumptious).
1 - red sunset maple
1 - bradford flowering pear
2 - newport flowering plum
2 - himalayn birch
3 - el dorado california liac
4 - green mountain boxwood
1 - zuni crape myrtle
3 - double knock out rose, red
1 - miss kim lilac
1 - corkscrew willow
3 - daylily, 2 pink, 1 yellow
3 - autumn fire sedum
1 - stellar pink dogwood
4 - aurinia capacta "basket of gold"
3 - provence lavender
2 - hydrangea - nikko blue and sister theresa (white)
3 - scabiosa - pincushion flower
1 - lady orchid peony
1 - midknight blue agapanthus
sunday afternoon I sat on the couch chatting with my mom and comparing notes on how mother's day had gone. I found out that she had spent the day alone, my dad was out on the fires, and had a simple lunch of radishes and strawberries from the garden. Mine was filled with the busy-ness of baking (see previous post), doing sharing time and conducting in Primary both hours, and other commitments. Not my usual mo-day routine, which usually includes banishing myself from the kitchen, a nap, and maybe reading. But that was okay. And she was okay. We concluded that not all mother's days get to be perfect.
Is it mufers day? NO! It's mothers day!
So how do you celebrate a 33rd birthday, when said birthday also happens to land on Mother's Day? Turn it into a 3-day long birthday party!
This is part one in, hopefully, a 3-part bathroom rejuvenation project. Why? Well,
So I'm slowly learning the ropes of my new iMac. I really haven't had the time I would like to devote to the transfer of power. I've set up my internet bookmarks, installed Adobe PSE6, and that's about it. Right now I'm in dual computer mode, sitting here with both of them on, going back and forth. The Mac is definitely more fun to use. But the old computer still has all my files and it's the one hooked up to the printer.
a few things to remember:
Road-trip mode. After lunch we threw all 3 kids in the back seat and let them play Nintendo 64 - they were in heaven.
Anna was in love with the wide open spaces. Each time she ran to the treehouse, and back, her arms were outstretched at her sides like she was flying. "the hills are alive . . ." And don't you love the huge solar panels.
speaking of the treehouse
For me, it was the first year I felt comfortable enough for the kids to run back & forth between the treehouse and the house-house without an adult chaperone (as long as Conner was there). The boys loved this freedom and spent many hours in the Coyote House playing Nintendo 64. Anna couldn't get enough of the swing.
The boys both got to ride the quad solo. On Conner's practice drive with Papa he pulled on the throttle a little too quickly and sent both front tires into the air. It was very exciting.
Easter egg hunt: Carlee intensely coloring her bag; Anna with her loot; all the cousins. I just love how all the Oregon kids are squinting in pain from the sunlight in their eyes. And Carlee (a california girl) is looking at them like, "what is your problem?"
Grammer arranging the girls for a little picture. I have a feeling that there will be many, many, many photo-ops like this over the years. (Carlee and Anna are 7 months apart)
We celebrated Carlee's 3rd birthday a few days early with a pinata & the egg hunt & presents & cake. Thankfully Heidi had made 2 cakes because the ants decided to take one of them hostage. Here's Sam with Preston, and Carlee wearing her party ribbon (the girls wanted party hats, so we had to improvise).
Swimming in april. More like hypothermia shock in april. Mason made sure to impress the boys with his diving (big splash) skills, Anna & Payton just got their feet wet, Conner tried swimming but soon learned that was a mistake, and Scott decided that I needed to try out the water. Good thing I was wearing a swimsuit under my clothes (we had just returned from another kayak race).
And no that's not child abuse. Just one of those fun games dad invents to
torture play with the kids. He swings them around in circles and allows the top of their heads to graze the water. I love that Payton's hands are plastered to his face.
One evening we cooked dinner at the firepit - hamburgers, hot dogs, and marshmallows. The men are doing the roasting while the women sit back and partake of their chilvalry. Conner has gotten really good at roasting marshmallows - he was my go-to man.
And trying to assemble the cousins for a picture on Sunday . . . . a daunting task.
the best I could get - definitely not lacking in personality.