Time for new shirts

Andrew has been in the mission field just over a year and its time for a few new shirts…I hope he loves these, I do!!  I wanted him to know every day that he is supported, loved and thought of as he is buttoning his shirt or pressing it.

 

This is where I got the words to say on the shirts, The Missionary Commission by Bruce R. McConkie…
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A Day at the Park

We thought going to the park is the perfect place to get some great photo’s of the kids together…funny how it never turns out quite how you picture it in your mind…we did get a few shots that are worth printing!!

 

Mother’s Day Week

Its been a wonderful week leading up to Mother’s Day and then Mother’s Day weekend…its been wonderful because I have spent it with a couple of my children!! 


To start the week off right Hillary and Quentin came to visit on Thursday…we had such a fun fun time.  Spent the weekend in Monterey at the aquarium, Q seemed very uncomfortable with most if not all of the sea creatures.

From the aquarium we went to the beach…windy, cool but sunny and the kids loved it!!
 
 
Saturday we went to San Francisco to a Giants game…AWESOME seats and perfect weather!
 
 
During the week we went to a park called Happy Hallow…Q wasn’t too happy most of the time as again, there were animals that he wasn’t really interested in getting to know better!!
 
 
 
Friday the doorbell rang and a HUGE surprise was smiling back at me….Haylie!!  What a wonderful wonderful surprise!!!  Don and Haylie planned this weeks ago and what a nice surprise for me!!!
 
We drove down to Santa Cruz on Saturday…sunny, cool and windy…but beautiful for sure!!!
Sunday was Mother’s Day Which means my missionary gets to call home!  Doesn’t he look great and he sounded just as great!  I miss him so much but I am so proud of him and he is loving being in Guatemala!!  Tomorrow are transfers, his companion is going home, so changes are in his future!
 
Mom, mother, mommy, grandma….those are my favorite words in the whole english language!!

SMILE…

These things make me smile….
   
   The smell of spring
   A rainy day and a good book
   A text that says, “I love you”
   Monday morning emails from Andrew
   Looking at my fabric
   Turning on my sewing machine
   Walking out of the gym
   Yummy tacos
   A bike ride along the ocean
   Visits from my kids
   Weekends with Don
   Going to bed
   Walking into a massage
   Birds chirping outside my window
   Shopping
 Holding my grand babies
   Reading my scriptures
   Walking into the temple
   A movie that makes me cry
   A book that I can’t put down
   Taking pictures
   Flying
   A yummy salad
   Lunch with friends
   Facetiming
   An afternoon at the hair salon
   A clean house
   The sound of laundry in the machine
   Spending time on FamilySearch.org
  Our family text group
   Ice Cream
   Cute shoes
   Oranges hanging from our tree
 INSTAGRAM
 When all kids are happy…
   PINK PEONIES 

I could go on and on!  My favorite saying is “Look for the good in everyday”…as we do this a smile should be on all our faces!
   
   
   
   

Cookies from Home

I have been googling the best way to keep cookies fresh when sending through the mail and also, what cookies stay fresh the longest…well, there was no good answers.  Mostly, the articles talked about how to keep them from breaking…well that wasn’t even a concern yet, which just added to my frustration.  Then it came to me, he can bake them there, I just need to send him the ingredients!!!!  So that is what I have done.  Step #1 cream the pre-measured brown sugar and white sugar with the butter and shortening (btw, I measured the vanilla and stuck it in the middle of the brown sugar).  Once creamed,  add 2 eggs (you must find your own eggs).  #3 add dry ingredients, bag 3 mix well.  Add bag #4 and then BAKE 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.  I hope they taste like home!!!  I can’t wait to hear how they turned out!!
$87 later and tada…you have cookies!!
Just so you know, I double packaged everything just for added safety!!
Yesterday, May 11th, I got these pictures from Andrew and the final result of his cookie package….

SUCCESS!!!!
side note…the backpack (Northface) was stolen and only the contents of the backpack were sent to Andrew.

Forever Friends & Family

Every one needs a best friend and when that best friend is your shopping buddy it’s an added bonus!  We vacation together and every year attend BYU Education Week…it is a wonderful experience and one that I look forward to and cherish!
What’s really unbelievable is that we are sister in-laws and we share the same birthday.  When people make comments and ask if we are sisters my response is, “sisters from different mothers”!!  (of course I always say she’s older, but clearly you can tell that is not true).  Cyndy will be in many of my post because she is one styling’ woman!!
Meet Cyndy from St. George Utah




 

 

 

 

Merry & Bright??

This photo shoot didn’t turn out quite like Hillary and I imagined…besides the fact that Q loved the lights and started swinging them…surprise, they broke, we just couldn’t get him to stop moving.  Why is it that pinterest makes it look sooooo easy??  We need to do a take two, and then use lights that won’t brake!