Friday, November 20, 2015


Yesterday we celebrated our final Hunger Games tradition.  It was bitter sweet.  Amy, Key Lime Pie, Kotten Kandy and I have spent the last 4+ years celebrating the release of the Hunger Games movies by watching them together and eating Steak and Shake afterwards while discussing our love of Peeta, our disgust for the Capitol and the implications of the out of control government in Panem.  This year we shared our tradition with Lollipop.  She loved it too!  The movie was BEAUTIFUL!  None of us were disappointed with the final installment in this franchise.  We laughed, cried, screamed and fell in love with Peeta AGAIN....  The only true sadness about last night's activity is that this is the last one.  Afterwards we went to Stake 'n Shake again.  Mmmmmm!   Lollipop was soooo cute when she saw this restaurant.  She said, "It looks SO American!  It's how I imagined all American restaurants to look like!"  She took lots of photos of the fast foot place....

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Two weeks ago we got our family pictures taken.  They turned out wonderful!!!!  (Thanks, Becca Clary!  She does awesome work!)  Unfortunately, I'm not sure which pictures I like the best to have up on the walls.....  So I need y'alls help!  I'll number the pictures below and you let me know which ones you think should be up in our front room.  I'm willing to put up more than one, but I don't want to put up too many.  Please get a pencil to help you remember which # you like in each category.  Please only choose one print for each category.  Thank you!

CATEGORY 1 = Family of 5

CATEGORY 2 = Sisters

CATEGORY 3 = Dad and Daughters 

CATEGORY 4 = Mom and Daughters

CATEGORY 5 = Three Sisters

CATEGORY 6 = Family of 4 (You can choose more than one in this category!)


CATEGORY 8 = Lollipop

CATEGORY 9 = Kotten Kandy

CATEGORY 10 = Key Lime Pie

Thanks for you help!!!!!!  Please comment numbers below.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


It has really been a fun weekend.  And unfortunately, my camera wasn't working so well....
Friday started with a homeschool temple trip and activity for the teenagers.  The temple is ALWAYS wonderful!  And my daughters LOVE attending!
After the baptisms, we came home for the activity.  Amy taught an amazing class about journal writing.  She was truly inspiring.  After the short mini-lesson, we decorated journal jars.  I had made a LOT of journal prompts for the kids to cut up and put into jars.  Scott donated jars from work that were un-sellable for the kids to decorate.  The teens really seemed to enjoy the project and each one looked so awesome.  (Here is where I would have loved to have taken a picture - but once again, I don't have one right now and my phone was acting up.)  You'll have to imagine how cute they were.
Friday night, Scott took all three daughters and Asparagus to the movies.  (Actually, Key Lime Pie took them since she can get them in for free.)  They went to see the new James Bond movie.  I wasn't interested in seeing it so I stayed home.  But they had a great time.  Lollipop was a bit annoyed by the planes in the movie.  Apparently it is IMPOSSIBLE to fly a plane without wings.  And the hydraulics were all wrong.  She makes me laugh!  I never would have even thought about the possibility of the planes movements, etc.  
Saturday was a TOTAL BLAST!  The girls decided they needed a new experience so they met Asparagus and other homeschool faves to play paintball in Elizabethtown.  They had a blast shooting one another.  Crazy kids!  We were there for over 3 hours and they came home exhausted, but truly happy!  While they were out in the field doing there thing, I got to visit with Teressa Pina.  She's an amazing lady and good friend!  I'm blessed with some great friends and I'm proud to call her one of mine!
When we got home, we all got ready to go our separate ways.  Stake Conference was last night and so Key Lime Pie was babysitting for the Clarys, Kotten Kandy babysat for the Bettenhausens, Lollipop stayed home to do school work, and Scott and I went to conference.  Our traditional dinner afterwards at Chuys with the Bettenhausens we even more fun this year.  We invited two more couples.  And it was great!  We LOVE the Schmids and the Pinas.  I wish I had taken a selfie then too....  I'd love for my family to "meet"/see our great friends!  And of course dinner was amazing!
What a fun, busy weekend.  I really need to sleep now.  But instead I am going to write some more poetry.  It's still November so it's still NaNoWriMo.  And I'm a couple of poems behind.....

Sunday, November 8, 2015


November is NUTS around here.  Why?  NaNoWriMo
Yup, every eleventh month, we write and write and write.  It's tradition!  And it's tradition to start it off with a grand kick-off!  We stay up late.  We drink lots of caffeine and eat lots of junk food.  We write a lot.  We laugh a lot.  And we make wonderful memories.
Yes, I'm writing old school.
I'm also being a rebel - I'm NOT writing a novel.
I'm writing 60 poems.  I'm having a blast doing it.
Poetry is definitely more my style than novel writing.
Amy is writing a novel.  She's a machine!
She always "wins" - which means she always writes 50,000 words+!
She's amazing and an inspiration!
Key Lime Pie's goal is to write every day!  And she's keeping up with it too!
She is writing short stories about some of her favorite songs.
She bought herself a new laptop for the occasion (and also to use next year for Pathway).
This girl is on FIRE!
She's determined to finish her Sci-Fi novel this year.
And I'm sure she'll do it.
She is a natural born author.
She'll be published someday!  I know it!
I'm hoping she'll write best sellers so she can support her father and me.
Yesterday I got to go to a painting party.  It was loads of fun.  I really enjoy learning new things.  And I loved the women who were there too.  I love the Tim Burton style paintings we made.  Here's mine:
Yesterday was also "Light Up Shelbyville" to kick off the holiday season.  Kotten Kandy and Lollipop went with Marmalade and Nuts.  They loved it.  I think they especially liked the funnel cake.
Happy writing!