Tuesday, May 24, 2016


We are currently looking for a good story to go with my husband's new fashion statement.  The real adventure is rather lacking:  He was mowing a lawn for a friend in need when a rock flew up and missed his eye by less than a centimeter.  Poor man!  I really do love this service-oriented, hard working and cute (even with a shiner!) guy of mine!

Sunday, May 22, 2016


I really do like to laugh.  I don't laugh out loud as much as my husband and daughters (mostly because I'm usually rolling my eyes at them in silent laughter).  My humor is usually a bit more simple - I really laugh at the things kids say!  I wanted to document a few of my favorite funny stories before I forget them.  (I know I've already forgotten a lot of things....)  Some of these stories are about my own daughters but I also have a couple of friends who have shared some of their stories with me.  So...  Enjoy!
When Kotten Kandy was in Primary, I was the music leader.  I was teaching them the song "Praise to the Man."  It's a catchy song and Kotten Kandy enthusiastically went about the house singing it.  Unfortunately, it has a LOT of big words.  So I heard her singing, "Praise to the man who CONDEMNED with Jehovah!"  I explained that the word was communed.  So a few hours later she sang again, "Praise to the man who CONSUMED Jehovah!"  She really changed the meaning.
I whispered: I love you, Jelly Bean!
3 year old, Jelly Bean (whispering also):  Hail Hydra!
Another friend's son was learning about plants.  His brother asked him where chocolate comes from. 
He answered:  "It comes from Sister DeGooyer!"
On a road trip, we often make Pit Stops for treats and bathroom breaks.  Key Lime Pie affectionately calls them "PIG Stops," because we "PIG" out!
Jelly Bean:  I want to go live with Sundy because she has a cooler van and tractor!
Amy (his mom):  Sundy doesn't have a van or a tractor.
Jelly Bean (accusingly):  Did Scott take them?
I was teaching the song "The Thinks You Can Think... (when you think about Seuss)" from the musical Seussical to my show choir.  One of the young boys was also learning about Greek mythology.  He began singing, "Oh the thinks you can think, when you think about... ZEUS!"
My daughters loved singing "That Don't Impress Me Much" when they were young girls.  One day we were jamming to the tune for the millionth time when Shania Twain sang, "So you're Brad Pitt?  That don't impress me much!" Kotten Kandy begged me to pause it and asked, "What's a Brad Pitt?"
One a walk with Jelly Bean he explained, "Half moons fly higher!"

Friday, May 20, 2016


I LOVE teaching music!  I LOVE these awesome kids!  Last night was my semi-annual Spring Recital.  My students knocked it out of the park!  Every single one of them was fantastic and I am one proud music teacher!
Not only did all of my "kids" do GREAT, my own daughter was truly AMAZING!  She sang "On My Own" from Les Miserables and "My Strongest Suit" from Aida.  She made everyone cry one moment and smile the next.  What talent!  She is really a natural performer - and I'm not being prejudice....
"On my own
Pretending he's beside me
All alone
I walk with him till morning
Without him
I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me."
"Oh now I believe in looking
Like my time on earth is cooking
Whether polka dotted,
Striped or even checked."
"With some glamour guaranteeing 
Every fiber of my being
Is displayed to quite remarkable effect...
For dress has always been
My strongest suit!"
I'm blessed to be involved with these fantastic kids!

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Well... it's official...  Key Lime Pie is graduating in less than a month.  And she wanted senior pictures.  She got the best photographer around to give her a good price quote (free) - Soooo I took the pictures!  She also wanted to have others in the photo shoot with her.  We had a fun day, Friday taking pictures of these lovely ladies!  Sorry in advance that this post is photo heavy.  Here are some of my favorite group and individual shots:
Beautiful Girls!
Key Lime Pie
Kotten Kandy
Rice Krispie Treat
The Graduate!
A pleasant day... for friends!
Key Lime Pie
Kotten Kandy
Rice Krispie Treat
Cute girls!
Key Lime Pie
Kotten Kandy
Rice Krispie Treat
The girls are trying to teach Marmalade how to use her "girl powers" as Mark likes to say...
Funny kids!
We had a wonderful day!  (Yes, we included a trip to DQ!)

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Nothing says "my Heavenly Father loves me" more than the beautiful blooms I see all around me.  I LOVE flowers!  I love smelling them!  I love looking at them!  And I love taking pictures of them!  Here are a few of God's mater pieces that I have managed to capture on film:
I think my mail box is the prettiest on the block!
These flowers are so amazing!
They sprung up over night....
My two favorite colors:  yellow and purple!
A weed is but an unloved flower!
I love dandelions!
Purple pansies remind me of my grandmother!
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower is a spiritual exercise!
The color yellow makes me smile!
Purple, hanging flowers?  Yes, please!
Pure and perfect - and not associated with President Snow's white roses....
I think I may take some of my flower photos and make a mural for my bedroom.  (I actually have a LOT more than what is in this post....)
What do y'all think?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


The Gang!
The old Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts, has an additional verse about friendships:
     'Tis a gift to have friends and a true friend to be.
     'Tis a gift to think of others not to only think of "me."
     And we hear what others really think and really feel,
     Then we'll all live together with a love that is real.
This song is especially appropriate today because not only did we go on a field tri
p to Shaker Village, but we went with our great friends!  We are so blessed with these families in our life!  And we are truly grateful for their gift of friendship and love! I love our little group!
Shaker Village was fascinating.  They chose a peaceful way of life.  They were celibate, and they believed in equality.  They strove for simplicity and perfection.  Shakers believe we are living in the millennial period already and that Christ has already returned (in the form of a woman they called Mother Ann.)  Only 4 Shakers live in the entire world now.  (two women and two men)
BTW Did you know that Shaker practices are mentioned in the Doctrine and Covenants?  Apparently Leman Copley was a Shaker before he joined the Church.  He had a hard time letting go of some of his former beliefs and was instructed in section 49 to repent.  Cool!  Eh?
As usual, I took lots of pictures....  Here are the best:
Key Lime Pie, Almond, Juice, Asparagus and Kotten Kandy
Feeding the chickens...
Jelly Bean, Apple Pie, Nuts, Marmalade and Amy
and the pigs.
My statuesque boy - Jelly Bean
In the acoustic meeting house....
Listening to Shaker music.
Yes, she sang "Simple Gifts"!
Interpretive Dance by Mark - 
He'd fit right in with the Shaker community.  JK
Kotten Kandy and Key Lime Pie thought the singer's job was awesome!
She was very talented!
In the attic....
Almond, Apple Muffin, Rice Krispie Treat, Maple and Marmalade
Taffy, Nuts, Apple Muffin, Key Lime Pie and Kotten Kandy
"She ain't heavy.  She's my sister!"
Maple and I are Shaker Sisters!
Why?  Because we "confessed" secrets.....
Tic Tac Toe in the dirt.
Clever Girls!
Aren't they cute?
And these guys are too cool for words!
I LOVE my Bettenhausens!
And I LOVE my own daughters!
The role of Shrek is being played by Toffy!
And Maple is our resident Toucan!
If I could adopt sons - these boys would by my first choice!
Almond, Asparagus and Taffy
Standing and listening about Shakers...
I really, really, really like these two girls!
It's a good thing... they're mine!
Teenagers walking in-step!
We are truly blessed by our simple gifts of friendship, love and fellowship!  I'm glad for this great group... I'm glad we can take field trips once in awhile... and I'm glad we homeschool!