Monday, September 15, 2014


1. Our beach getaway was wonderful and refreshing! It was so nice to spend some time with Ty. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner, slept in, ran on the beach, took in the views, and loved every minute! I can't wait for next year!

2. A Tennessee friend posted about how she was enjoying a beautiful fall morning. It was 58 degrees. It was 110 degrees here. I was more than a little bit jealous.

3. Monday mornings are hard. I was so relieved when the boys wanted cold cereal and bananas for breakfast. 

4. I am listening to THIS CES fireside this morning. I wanted to watch it live last night, but we were too busy singing Disney songs and playing. It was a very nice Sunday afternoon!

5. THESE muffins look delicious.
So do THESE.
We need cooler weather for a baking day!

6. These are pictures from the other day. We were waiting to pick up Max and Mia after school.

I am so blessed to be a mom. It has been such a wonderful learning experience for me. I am sure it will continue to be so!

Happy Monday!
Friday, September 12, 2014


1. Today is our 11 year anniversary!
11 years ago we were getting married in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple.
Best decision ever :)

2. I am listening to THIS talk this morning.
A wonderful reminder to live in thanksgiving daily!

3. Weather is heating up again. I am starting to adjust to the idea that it will never cool down and we live in eternal summer. It's like the opposite of "Frozen" here in Southern California!

4. Speaking of "Frozen", Zoey and I watched the entire movie yesterday while the older kids were at school. She can pretty much quote her way through the entire movie and sing every song. I can remember getting the soundtracks to each Disney movie when I was little and singing my way all the way through them! It makes me happy that Zoey loves singing too!

5. Max has joined the elementary school band! A couple of his friends are playing instruments as well. Max will be playing the coronet (it's just like a trumpet!).
Maybe this experience will spark a lifelong love of music and encourage musical talents.

6. Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls....Happening this weekend! (As soon as I come home from the beach!)

Happy Friday!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Embracing "Fall"

1. I recently decided that even if the weather was not going to cooperate with my desire for fall to arrive; I was going to embrace it anyway!

2. We took a trip to the mountains over the weekend. We came home with bunches of apples and on Sunday I made caramel. We dipped apple slices and I poured a big pan for wrapping.
A big bowl full of caramel candies makes everyone happy.

3. Today I lit pumpkin scented candles and sprayed pumpkin spice air freshener throughout the house. It smells like fall inside the house!

4. I have found lots of fun fall recipes that need to be made and eaten!
THESE bars
THIS bread
THIS apple crisp

5. Lots of boots that need to be bought and worn....

It has been a few years since I bought a new pair of boots. I would love to find a perfect pair.

6. The kids and I saw mini decorative pumpkins at the grocery store yesterday. I didn't buy any and now I am wishing that I had. I will go back and stock up soon!

7. Ty and I are celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary this weekend.
We will be leaving the kiddos with my parents and heading to the beach for a quick getaway. We are really looking forward to it!
I am excited to sleep, and walk in the sand, and sleep, and run in the sand, and sleep, and eat at nice restaurants, and sleep....

Have a great week!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This and That

 1. We spent Monday evening with friends enjoying some pool time. The kids had a blast in the water.

 2. Zoey is looking so grown up.
 She will be a little lady before we know it.

3. I am planning a pumpkin bake day for next week. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cookies. Just because pumpkin is fun and we are pretending it is fall.

4. I am so glad tomorrow is Friday. I was really wishing that yesterday was Friday. We had Monday off, so I don't know what the problem is! Just one of those weeks.

5. Part of Max's homework this week involved planning for a lemonade stand. We found recipes online and looked at different stand ideas. I love this one....

Looking forward to the weekend! Happy Thursday!