~My Reason For Our Blog~
"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experiences." — Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Love Notes

Last year the girls had been asking for dry
eraser boards but they wanted them on the HUGE
scale for their walls to play school easier. Well, that
wasn't going to happen so we found these cute
smaller ones. Jolene uses her all the time. She will write
her "to do list" on it, do math, practice her spelling and
anything else she can come up with. Last week I made
my own "to do list" for her to take care of in her room, she wrote
back that she was done and what else did I need for her to do.
Then of course I wrote my note back and it has gone on and on.
She leaves me a note to read when I come check on her before I
go to bed, I leave her a note to read when she gets up, she leaves me one
to read after she goes to school, I leave her one to read after school, and of
course the one before bed. It has been fun leaving and receiving notes, I
look forward to the next one. Then one night when we went to bed
we found the one on our bed. I love the sneaky idea behind leaving
love notes to be found.
How can you not smile when you receive a love note?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Photo

Another great Sunday, today is the
first Sunday for Fall.
It was a beautiful day!
We all had a nice time at church, came home and
spent some great time together.
Jolene couldn't get enough outside time and found a
safe place to watch Ward and Drake in the yard.
Raychel wanted to write a story so she sat on
her bed in front of her window writing out her
characters for her story.
Even the animals found Sunday to be a great day.


What a great Sunday.
We came home from church and snacked on great snack food,
hung out, watched a movie together and them made
homemade chocolate chip cookies with mini M&M's
for our refreshment after FHE which Raychel was in charge of.
Raychel did an amazing job on her FHE.
When she went to Achievement Days they
talked about the Apostasy
(turning away from the gospel principals)
and the restored gospel. She had great visuals on
how the church is set up, without one you can't have the other
and how important it is to have the priesthood on the earth
(Authority to act in Gods name).
That the church is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ
when he was on the earth. When she ended she closed
with her testimony.
It was so beautiful, sweet and real.
It was touching to hear how she feels about our
Savior and his church.

Friday, September 24, 2010


I love Fall!!
The cool mornings, the warm afternoons, sweaters,
the bright wonderful colors all around. And of
course canning!! I have been canning for only
a few years, but from the first time I did it a I loved it!!
There is something so rewarding about the whole
process. From buying the fruit, washing it, peeling,
placing in jars and then pulling them out of the
hot boiling bath.
I get so caught up in how beautiful they look the
girls remind me of how great they taste!!
They taste like Fall!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Homemade Salsa

We love salsa in our home.
We eat it all the time!
My wonderful neighbor has a beautiful
garden and has helped me learn how to do
mine better for next year.
Can't wait!!
She does a great deal of canning and had
mentioned her salsa that wins ribbons at the
county fair ever year. So I got to thinking,
you can can salsa!!???
Well, we used our favorite recipe
and canned our own salsa this past weekend.

Sunday Photo

Don't you just love a good book?
Well, I think these two found their good books.
All weekend long this is how I would find them.
We watched the movie to Raychel's book and now she is reading it.
She finds it quit interesting how different the movie and book really are.
Jolene has been blessed with a great teacher this year who
read them Ramona and Beezus which perked her interest in
reading more about this silly little girl, Ramona.
Saturday morning when I went in the spare room to check on
the girls they were propped up in the bed reading!!!

More reading while they waited on us to play a family game.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Garden

I learned a lesson this year.
This is our first garden ever.
We have talked and planned where in the yard
we would plant a little garden for years.
This year we did it, finally. Just enough for our needs,
plenty to eat and can, but not over doing it.
Well, you really shouldn't plant your
3 squash plants,
3 zucchini plants and
1 lonely tomato plant
all in the same spot, or
if you do make sure it's a
bigger spot.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Photo

Starting something new.
I love to watch the girls interact with each other.
I was afraid by these ages they may not want to be
around each other very much.
Boy was I wrong!!
As I sat reading today and listened to them laugh,
giggle, scream and play I wanted to catch the moment.
I am going to take and post pictures of the girls
every Sunday doing what ever it is they do!
I love the memories they are creating together.
Always make a memory.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Picture Day

While we were in Utah we did some back to school shopping
with the girls. It was great fun, not only was it us girls but
we were lucky enough to beable to have my sister-in-law,
Katie and her son Jimmy with us.
In and out of shops we went, looking, and trying on
different outfits. It was so fun to watch the girls try on
different outfits and strike a pose and ask
"how do I look?"
We laughed so hard.

Last night Raychel asked me to get her up a
little bit earlier so we would
have time to do her hair, and she could make the
final choice in her outfit.
She made a great choice, she looks beautiful.

After we finished her hair she went in to get dressed and
then came downstairs. I just
looked at her and could only smile.
She looked beautiful.
She looked so grown up, she looked
so confident and ready for the day. She is
more then just a girl, she is becoming a
young woman more and more every day.

Every day I look at
her and think "I want to be like her!"
Kind, loving, compassionate,
sincere, friendly, happy, smart, beautiful,
and wise beyond her years.