Saturday, March 24, 2018


We got to go to a Brad Paisley concert last night!  We had a blast!  We laughed.  We sang.  We danced.  It was wonderful!  What a fun evening!  Brad was amazing!  And he even gave Kotten Kandy a high-five!  We also really enjoyed the warm-up bands - especially Dustin Lynch.  (Dustin had a great smile!)
Brad Paisley
I discovered that Brad Paisley is the guy who sings the
song Kiara and I laughed at on the radio over 2 years ago:
I'd Like To Check You For Ticks
This song is super stupid... but funny.
Waiting for the concert!
Getting excited!
I love this guy!
Between performances we got a little silly....
I love my crazy family!
We REALLY missed Kiara.
We actually had an extra ticket for her, but....
And speaking of fun... We got a snow day on Wednesday. 
I love Amy's property...  And I loved the sun peaking through on this pic.
It was nice to have a break from my job.  I've been working a LOT!  And I was able to catch up on some housework, etc.  Licorice and Banana Cream Pie used the occasion to build a snow man!  I thought he turned out cute!
Licorice and Banana Cream Pie starting...
I love these boys!
And I love Mr. Snowman...  His life span was only a day though.  :-(

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Yesterday I snapped this photo of beautiful, yellow daffodils around the Shelbyville statue...
Today I took this picture of my backyard.
Can you believe today is the first day of Spring?
And speaking of spring...  Jelly Bean and Apple Jacks really enjoyed the good weather (yesterday) in my tree.
And Kiara and Cody got haircuts.
And my baby girl has been spending a lot of time with these two dogs, and doing her schoolwork for Pathway.

And Kiara finished crocheting a hat.
And I finished reading a really good book:  The Once and Future King by T.H. White
I really enjoyed this version of the King Arthur story.  It is by far one of my favorites.  It is actually several books in one: The Sword and the Stone, The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlin.  And I definitely recognized the source for Disney's The Sword and the Stone animated movie and Broadway's musical Camelot.  But this book is good on it's own merits!
This book is a book about being human.  It is about misery and joy that comes with being human.  This book is about innocence and learning - surrounded by love, nurture and nature.  This book is about war and tragedy - morality and consequences.  This book is about philosophy and governments.  It deals with simplistic ideas as well as very difficult moral problems.  It's not an easy book to read, but if you love Arthur as much as I do, this book will make you love him even more!

Thursday, March 15, 2018


I have been MIA for the past two weeks... because I have been working about 50 hours per week.  I love blogging... but I haven't had a moment in which to do it.  So I'm excited to be "back!"  I'm still working like crazy, and I'll try to keep posting.
My dad turned 73 this year!  He is one of my heroes!  And I love and miss him.  My sister and I got him a gift card to IHOP and a new t-shirt.  His latest saying is that he doesn't buy green bananas anymore - hence: #nogreenbananas.  Hee hee hee!
My hero!
My dad!
My "boy" is growing up way too fast.  Look at the snowman he made:
And Kiara got a really cute haircut:
Isn't she beautiful?!
These two pictures made me smile this week:
Lemonbalm and Raisin
Aren't they adorable?!
And isn't Kotten Kandy gorgeous?!
She's so wonderful - inside and out!
And here are a few pictures that I never got around to posting from Kiara and Cody's engagement pictures:
Such funny kids!

Saturday, February 24, 2018


I've started working again... so my time is spent taking pictures of school kids instead of blogging.  I've missed blogging.  And I have a lot to catch up on.
My Sweetheart! And me!
February has been a super fun month for me because Scott made it a goal to take me on weekly dates.  And I've loved having something to look forward to every week!  Last week we got to go to the annual stake Valentine's Dance.  It was so fun to dance with my cute, sweet, wonderful husband!  He's got moves!
I sent this picture to my daughters with the caption "THIS IS ME!"
If you get the reference, we can be friends!  (JK)
It was also fun to go out to dinner with some of my bestest friends before hand.  I love my "tribe!" 
Amy and Mark
Teresa and Tony
Sheila and Mike
These guys always crack me up!
And I love that we all support each other, and love each other and help each other grow!  I'm blessed with good friends!
While Scott and I were gettin' down on the dance floor, Kiara was in Texas meeting Cody's family.  She reported that they were "awesome!"  She really enjoyed them and loved getting to know them.  And she got lots of pictures for her mom!  (I'm only bummed that she didn't take a picture WITH his parents.)
They got to eat dinner on the boardwalk at the aquarium.
And they got to play in the ocean....
Kiara is arresting Cody for "looking too good!"
And Cody is protecting his fiance!
This is the first time Kiara is tall enough to ride...
And Cody is too short!
I think they kinda like each other!
Happy Together!
Crazy and In Love!
And earlier last week, we had enough good weather to go to Berkley Park.  So Amy, Kristie and I took the kids and enjoyed some sunshine.  (Of course, the good weather only lasted two days... it's raining/flooding right now.)  I got some cute pictures.  I wish I had taken more.
Marmalade, Banana Cream Pie, Apple Pie, Licorice and Bubblegum
I love this picture!
Apple Jacks loved her hair blowing in the wind!
And Jelly Bean is "pure boy!"
Apple Pie is one of the sweetest boys I know!
And Juice is awesome with his sister, Raisin!
Kotten Kandy's YW basketball is winning all their games again this year...
Kotten Kandy is on the bottom, left!
Her coach is also her boss at work!  She really thinks he's cool!
And Scott and I are enjoying the little girls....  It reminds us of being young parents.  Although I joke that I'm practicing for being a grandma!  (Hint.  Hint.  Kiara and Cody - I'm hoping I'll be one in a couple of years?!)
Lemonbalm and Raisin love Scott!
Raisin's smile is my favorite!
And Lemonbalm has a much softer, but just as sweet, smile!
I'm spoiled with little girls!
Lemonbalm is sporting new, pipe-cleaner glasses!
And for Family Home Evening... these boys did not eat their treat in the living room (per rules of carpet) and the big kid conducted music - sorta?!  Ha ha ha!
Banana Cream Pie and Licorice - at the edge of the carpet - but still in the kitchen!
Jawbreaker didn't want to waste too much energy on his music direction