Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Wait is Over

I love this picture of Sadie waiting for her friend to come over and play. She sat in this chair, patiently staring out the window, until their car turned into our driveway. So cute!

Savannah, on the other hand, has not been nearly as patient. She thought she'd find out by Thursday whether or not she'd been accepted to BYU. After all, Sam found out on February 26 last year so certainly she'd know by then, right?


But finally the wait is over. If you were up Friday night, right around 10:30 p.m., you probably heard her scream.

Watch out BYU. Savannah's on her way!

(And she couldn't be happier!)

Monday, March 2, 2015


Soren and I got this Saturday evening with dinner:

And we got this for dessert:

From BYUCougars.com: BYU broke Gonzaga's nation's longest home win streak at 41 games, as well as their 36-game WCC home win streak and their 22-game overall win streak. BYU's 73 points are the most allowed by Gonzaga in a home game this season, the previous being 66 in an 81-66 win against Washington State.

That's our team. :) Go Cougars!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Staying In

No church for us today!

Maybe if our meetings started later in the day or if we didn't have to drive ~12 miles to church it would have worked out. But six to eight inches of snow made it tricky to even get out of the driveway so church was canceled.

Instead, Jeff and Spencer spent the morning shoveling the driveways of their home teaching families and we all enjoyed a nice late-afternoon meal with the missionaries.

It was a good day!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Doodles and Designs

I've always wanted to try my hand at graphic design. I finally got myself a tablet that hooks to my computer and lets me draw and write with much more control than I could get with a mouse or touch pad. It's awesome!

I used it (along with Photoshop Elements) to design our Christmas card and Sadie's Valentines.  But most of the time I just doodle.

I'm planning to teach myself how to use a vector graphics program so I can do even more, but for now I'm having a ball!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Isle of Lewis

My friend, Karey, wrote the squeaky clean and super fun Husband Maker trilogy. In the second book, the main character, Charlotte, heads to Scotland, specifically the Isle of Lewis which happens to be one of my favorite places on the planet. I got to be Karey's consultant and loved reminiscing about the time I spent on the Island. (I spent 4 amazing months there in 1993.) In a fit of nostalgia, I wanted to post a few photos of the Island just to give a glimpse of how beautiful and quaint it is.

Hopefully I'll make it back there someday!

Lewis Castle at dusk.

A beautiful stormy day. The water and sky are so gray, but look at those rocky hills. 

Harris is connected to and south of Lewis. (Have you heard of Harris Tweed? The Isle of Harris is where it's made.) This little 9-hole golf course was in the most picturesque location, right on the Atlantic Ocean. My missionary companion and I golfed here one day. We were literally dodging sheep poop the whole time! A quick search shows that this course is now a much bigger deal than it was in 1993. 

This shepherd was just walking down the road and happily posed when we asked for a photo. A right happy fella.
Cead mile failte (Kee-ut mee-la Fall-cha) is Gaelic for one hundred thousand welcomes. That's how they treat you on the island. You won't want to leave!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Saying Goodbye

One of the members in Mesa posted this on her Facebook page (it made me cry a little bit...):

Oh, how we miss that boy! Today he's onto his next big adventure.

{Love you, Sam!}

Don't Eat Me!

What is your cereal telling you? :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wild Horses

Hard to believe, it's been over seven months since we said goodbye to Sam. He's over a quarter of the way through his mission! He's been in his first area this whole time - it's rare to stay in one area this long - but the time has come for his first transfer. I made him a card with a little help from Gary Larson. It's so perfect that I cut the cartoon right out of the book. :)

{He's going to love it!}

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dear Jeff,

Dear Jeff,

Thanks for the saw. No, I'm serious. I really like it and I'm excited about the cool things you can cut out for me! It was just a passing comment -- "Look at all these wooden shapes people are selling. I think we should get a scroll saw so you can cut cute things out for me when I want to make something." And then, Voila! a scroll saw appeared. I know it's used and didn't cost much, but that makes it even better. You must have gone out of your way to find it for me. This isn't the first time this has happened, of course. It happened with that used MINI Cooper we saw back in 2009 that now looks so at home in our garage. It happens when I'm overwhelmed with housework and the next thing I know, the dishes and laundry are done and the floors are mopped. It happens a lot. Kind of makes me feel like my wish is your command. :)

I really am excited about the saw.


Saturday, February 21, 2015


In cleaning out some neglected nooks and crannies around here and I came across a note card where I'd jotted down an exchange between the girls a while back. It totally made me laugh! I don't know how long ago this was, but my guess would put Savannah around age 13 and Sadie about 5 or 6. For the record, they've mellowed out since then, which is the only reason I've been given permission to post it here. :)

Sadie was trying on some clothes. When she tried on a certain sweater, I told her it looked preppy. Savannah chimed in, "No, it doesn't, mom. I know what preppy means. I'm a prep."

Sadie's immediate reply was, "What does 'prep' mean? Does it mean you're mean? Does it mean you fight with your parents a lot?" 

Ah, out of the mouths of babes.