Posted in Family Corner

Spring in the Air

DSC00833

The weather has been so lovely lately. Marcus and I have been getting out in the mornings and going for a walk. Today we drove to a nearby park and discovered it has a nature trail we didn’t even know existed. That was a fun exploration. There was even a bridge over water to cross.

DSC00823

My tulips have finally made an appearance along with the other flowers in my little flower garden. More are preparing to bloom soon. It just makes me happy to look out my craft room window or walk outside and see them. I keep thinking I need to get my fairy garden set up, but I haven’t made time for that yet.

DSC00822

I’ve come up with this crazy idea to host a meet ‘n greet between a few homeschool moms and any curious parents who want to know more about homeschooling. I’m hoping this will take place next month. So far I’ve started typing up a little informational packet with Utah’s homeschool laws, and a short list of curriculum and resources, plus I’ve contacted two co-ops to see if they would join us and present their offerings. One declined, saying they are full, but the other agreed to participate as they will have openings. I’ve got more planning and inviting to do, but suddenly this idea out-of-nowhere seems possible.

Untitled

The Sweetest Missionary Ever has been touring Cusco and learning some of its history. I can’t believe she’s been out for 15 weeks now. She is struggling a bit with the language (Spanish), but otherwise she loves it. I’ve told her to give herself time to get the language down. I have a feeling she’s being a little too hard on herself. She’s always had an aptitude for languages and she’s lived in Peru, twice before.

Untitled

I’m busy preparing for my little girl spring craft party this coming Saturday. I will be hosting 10 darling neighbor girls in my craft room and they will be making their own tulip gardens and a Mother’s day gift for their mamas (sugar scrubs). One of the moms (of three of the girls who are in this group) has sweetly offered to provide lunch. I usually provide a lunch or dinner, depending on the time we hold our party. These parties are a lot of fun!

Untitled

My oldest daughter, Darcie, finishes her semester this week, and then starts three summer courses in a couple of weeks. One of the courses will qualify her to teach English in another country. She will then have one final semester left (this coming fall) before she graduates as an English major. She will be our second college graduate (her dad being our first) in our family.

DSC03551
This was taken last May at a tulip festival. I’m dreaming of going again, but we will see. It’s a three hour drive away and we’re so busy!

My oldest son, Zach, recently went through his regular MRI check for his MS. It’s a long MRI for him, nearly two hours! I know because I waited for him and in that time I finished a book, started another, and watched some HGTV on the waiting room TV. Then he had a follow up appointment shortly afterwards with his neurologist, so it felt like I was in waiting rooms all day, but the people-watching was interesting. There was this one lanky guy who mumbled aloud as he filled out a questionnaire. He couldn’t stop moving and talking his entire wait time. He talked to me (I was sitting next to him), the receptionist, and made several quick calls to friends and, I’m guessing, his mom, to chat about horses and feeding the dogs. He seemed like a nice guy. I’m not sure why he was in for an MRI that day. He mumbled something about his condition being “terminal, but not really”. (I wonder what that means?) Anyway, everything looks good for my son at this time- no lesion activity. Breathing a sigh of relief. You just never know with MS. He will stay on his current medication (Copaxone).

♥ Thank you so much for stopping by! I try to get to all your blogs as my time allows. My next post will be about the craft party so stay tuned. Hope you’re having a beautiful spring (or whatever season it is where you live) day. ♥

Advertisements
Posted in Blessings Corner

Spring Ramblings

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t found time to post, and I don’t have anything earth shattering to say now, except that there are people around us- neighbors, strangers, friends, extended family, our own family members, who need us, and we never know how our influence or random acts of kindness will touch other lives for the better. It’s good to be aware of others and the trials they are going through. It’s good to pray for them and reach out to them. It’s good for our souls!

DSC00807
One of my lovely flowers in my spring garden

Have you ever watched the movie, The Thrill of It All, with Doris Day and James Garner? My daughters and I love Doris Day movies, and this is one of our favorites. The suds scene… 😀

DSC00795

It snowed earlier this week, and the temps were quite cool, but now we’re back to sunshine and green lawns. I feel blessed to live in this beautiful valley. I’m crazy about the mountains here, and I adore the little farms scattered about.

DSCF1543

We were happy to hear that our sweet missionary received her first care package from us. We were very pleased with the private delivery service we discovered because the mail system is often unreliable in Peru.

For those who read my last post, I enjoyed my first county convention, even though it lasted four hours. We have several candidates running for U.S. Senate, to fill a seat which will soon be vacated. It was interesting to listen to their three-minute speeches giving us an idea of their values and stances. I’ve also seen some progress with treating my KP, and if anyone is interested in hearing about that, leave a comment below. I’m just glad something is finally working!

♥ Are there any other Doris Day fans out there? If so, what is your favorite Doris Day movie? ♥

Posted in Family Corner

One Spring Day (an update on my life)

DSC00758

It seems as though this valley I call home is still waking up from winter. There are a few signs of spring, but most are only visible when you look up close.

DSC00771

Almost every day I check my tulip/crocus bed for new developments. I just need to be patient a little longer!

DSC00782
My first wreath I’ve ever made. I like how it turned out.

I am enjoying warmer weather here this week. The sun is hiding today, but the skies are blue and the grass lush and green.

I am wondering if any of my readers have experienced KP (keratosis pilaris) and if so, what products and/or diet recommendations work for you? I’d appreciate any advice! Mine is on my face so it’s particularly bothersome to me. It showed up last fall and has plagued me ever since. I went completely off dairy for most of March, but didn’t notice any difference. That was disappointing, but I’m still proud of my efforts.

Here is another question for my readers- Have any of you ever been a county delegate? I was voted in as a county delegate and my first convention to attend is this Saturday evening. I’d love any advice! I feel like the little packet of info. given me was not very informative. I guess I’ll roll with it on Saturday and go from there. I think I’ll be meeting potential candidates for state senate and our state school board. Should be interesting.

I’ve been babysitting a lot for a friend in my neighborhood and church. I work with her four-year old son at church, as well. He has some special needs and I am his one-on-one teacher. It’s a lot of fun and I think watching him at home once or twice a week has increased his progress with me. Plus, his little sister is adorable! She loves to watercolor at my house.

Last night, my husband and I supported our son, who is 15, by attending a service auction fundraising dinner. The youth in our ward (church congregation) were raising money to pay for camps and other activities. I got a little carried away on the bidding! I ended up with three heaping plates of brownies (they were all one bid; I gave two plates away in the parking lot), an expensive plate of chocolate covered strawberries ($35), one jug of fresh apple cider, five dog walks, and window washing for our entire house. All, but the window washing was on a silent auction. I just couldn’t put my paddle down bidding for the window washing! I have to say though, the strawberries are delicious!

DSCF1390
Here Marissa is with her companion and a little boy named, Miguel, with a Cusco village in the background

Here is a recent snapshot of my missionary daughter in Cusco. She has been out for three months now (her mission is for eighteen months). She told me that when Peruvians hear her singing in English, they ask her to continue. They will also ask her to translate songs on the radio that are in English. She sometimes volunteers in a pizzeria and bakery. You can read more of her mission adventures at Our Inspired Quest.

♥  I just counted and we have 49 windows. Thanks for spending some time visiting my blog today. ♥

Posted in Blessings Corner

Hopeful

DSC00629

I have never had my own tulip bed before, but last fall, my youngest son and I planted I don’t know how many tulip and crocus bulbs into one of the front yard flowerbeds. We spent hours clearing the bed of weeds and then meticulously planted bulb after bulb, spacing each just right, and hopefully in the right direction!

DSC00627

In a way it was a bittersweet task because we were planning to sell our house this spring. I couldn’t help reflecting that I was doing this more for potential buyers than for myself. Or so I thought…

DSC00625

Long story short, something happened in January which changed the plans we had already put into motion (we’d been looking at potential land to build on, had a professional designing our dream home, etc.), and now we are not selling and not moving. A couple of days ago, my oldest son called me outside to show me these first yellow buds. I was thrilled to see the hopeful beginnings of my first tulip garden. These aren’t the tulips, though. I think they are the crocuses. They are what we planted on the border around the tulips.

DSC00630
All these photos were taken on the same day. My poor baby crocuses!

But I digress- I felt guilty at first for being relieved. We’re not selling! We’re not moving! We get to stay in our lovely home here, in a beautiful valley I’ve come to love. It took me several years to feel at home here, but now I feel completely at home. Suddenly, staying seems meant-to-be. And I feel… hopeful.

DSC00621

I think life poking through the ground, after sleeping for months under a blanket of snow, is hopeful. Springtime, with it’s renewed life, is hopeful. (Now, if it would just stop snowing here!) But, most of all, Easter is upon us, and that is as hopeful as life gets because it’s about the only being who could give us true hope. I’m looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the start of Holy Week. It’s snowing here today on Palm Sunday, but little yellow buds are sprouting also.

♥ Have you been getting snow as well? Do you have a tulip/flower garden? Do you feel hopeful when you see signs of spring? Are you preparing for an Easter celebration? I’d love to hear your thoughts. ♥

Posted in Photography Corner

Hello May!

DSC03767

Happy May to my readers. Here are more photos from the tulip festival.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”

-Luther Burbank

“I love spring anywhere but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”

-Ruth Stout

Untitled

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

-Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

DSC03772 (2)

DSC03565

DSC03552

I’m continuing my 100 day walk challenge (to walk 1 mile per day). May 1st marks day 27 and so far I have logged 32 miles. ♥ This homeschool year is still going strong. We’re in the middle of an early state history unit which includes an awesome timeline. ♥ I’m looking forward to the end of this month when my two boys and I will take a week long history trip to New York City, Philadelphia and Boston. We watched National Treasure last night and that made me excited to see things such as the Liberty Bell. ♥ How about you? Any fun plans for May?

Posted in Photography Corner

Tulip Festival

On Saturday our family visited Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah, for their tulip festival. I was thrilled because we hadn’t been to a tulip festival in years. It was a beautiful day and all the more fun to be there with favorite cousins. Here are a some of my best photos-

DSC03507

DSC03505

DSC03503

DSC03750

DSC03732

DSC03604

DSC03587

DSC03584

DSC03601

DSC03591

DSC03790

DSC03506

♥ Which photo is your favorite? Have you been to a tulip festival? ♥

Posted in Photography Corner

Welcome Spring!

DSC02987

DSC02986

I love this time of year! It’s still a bit chilly outside, but nice enough to go for a sunset walk in my neighborhood (wearing a light coat and a hat to cover my sensitive ears).

geese in puddle

Last Sunday I took a solitary walk in the rain (with an umbrella or I would’ve been soaked). About half way around the block, my husband picked me up in the car and we went for a drive in the rain. That’s when we spotted these two geese enjoying their own private puddle. 

geese in puddle2 

tree trunk2

Isn’t this rotting tree stump cool? And you can see some of our run-off in the ditch behind it. The water running through our neighborhood ditches is fast and furious, not to mention loud! I hope parents have warned their children to keep their distance.

tree trunk

On a side note, I am participating in The Great Walk Challenge which starts today. The challenge is to walk one mile every day for the next 100 days. I love walking with Leslie Sansone! This morning I walked 3 miles to one of her walking workouts.