Tuesday, August 1, 2017


For Father's Day I made a sign for Andy that included a few of the many sayings of which he likes to remind us, his family.

I debated which technique to use to transfer the words.  After experimenting a bit I ended up rubbing pencil lead on the back of the printed paper and lightly tracing the outline of the words onto the boards.
Then I just used a paint pen/marker to draw directly on top of the pencil marks and fill in the letters on the boards.

The guys of the family on Father's Day.
Love them all SO much!

Abby experienced her first Girls Camp this summer!
Wow was she excited and wow did she have a great time.

And speaking of Fathers...
Andy was asked to speak at a devotional one day so we were both able to go up and hang out with the girls for a bit.
The idea or theme of the devotional was how we can each beat our own Goliaths.
Their cute leader Katie had made 4 large Goliaths

After Andy spoke for 20-30 minutes about how, through our Savior we can overcome our trials and
problems in life (he did a great job by the way)...

...the girls were split up into different groups...

...and using slingshots, chucked paintballs at the Goliaths.
It was such a cool idea and girls had a lot of fun with it!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Abby's Ho'ike 2017

Abby's hula recital was lots of fun as always...

Sheba...their fearless leader

Abs got to perform on stage with the poi balls this year, which was nice since her first dance was on the sidelines.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Cello and Quilts

Late in May Josh had a cello recital.  This one was super fun because I was able to accompany him.
We played The Piano Guys Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends.
I love playing with him!  I hope this is just the first of many duets to come!
He did a fantastic job by the way :)

A few days later I was able to go with Andy's secretary to the Utah shop hop!
I had never really done one before and was only able to do one day this time but we were still able to hit 6 shops over the course of the day.

It was super fun!  Dawn is a blast to hang out with :)

Just a few of my favorite things I saw in the shops...

This is my loot I brought home...
There was too much fabric that just called to me :)
Maybe she and I should make a tradition out of this...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Birthday Boys

We arrived home from our Hawaii stint the night before Andy's birthday.
Nancy had helped the kids decorate our house before they left to take the kids to their house where we joined them after our trip.  It was really decked out!
It was a low key kind of a day and I wish I had more pictures but we did celebrate and Andy even made sure the kids had treats even though he couldn't eat any.
It was the big 4-0!

This was my favorite gift I gave him...'With a body like this who needs hair?'

 Ben's big day was two days later...
The last day of school.

This is his favorite part of birthdays...blowing out the candles.
Since he doesn't do sugar, he couldn't eat his treats either but honestly, he doesn't even seem aware anymore.

He seemed less aware that it was his birthday (he calls it 'me day') than he has in past years.

Usually he gets into the unwrapping of gifts but we had to do some serious helping along with every single one.

He wasn't interested in getting his picture taken either so out came the tickle monster and we got a blurry smile.

I can't believe Ben is 8!
What a blessing he has been in our home.
We all love him to pieces!

Catching up with Matt

Matt's been a busy bee with soccer lately.

They participated in the Cache Cup last week and earned second place.


This game was while we were in Hawaii...he had a lot of support from extended family.

Matt likes to be creative.  I should let him get out the paints more often... 

I can always count on Matt to want to come with me to visit Grandma O. in the rest home.
He's a good little companion!

While driving to Oregon (which I will post about later) we listened to the first Michael Vey book.
When we got back from our vacation he found the second book in Josh's library and has been voraciously reading the series since.
He's always been a good reader but never really chose to read during his spare time until now...I love it!