Sunday, August 26, 2012


We have had a busy (and by busy I mean assiduously on the go) two weeks.  When putting this post together in my head, I wasn't sure where to begin.  But then I remembered Maria's wise words, "let's start at the very beginning... a very good place to start!"

On Wednesday, August 15th, my husband and I flew to Utah.  We thought we were going on vacation (but vacations are relaxing and this trip was anything but...)  Despite the crazy schedule, we did have a fabulous time visiting with our family and seeing all of the people we love and miss.  The purpose of our excursion was to help celebrate the weddings of our two beautiful nieces.  The weddings were gorgeous (and so were the brides!)

The first wedding was Kaylee and Braden.  They were sealed in the Logan temple.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  They looked so happy.  (And the cake reminded me of my daughter, Kotten Kandy.  She loves green too!)  Braden seems like a great guy.  He really loves Kaylee which is what really matters!  :-)  He wants to be a doctor when he grows up.  :-)

The second wedding was for Courtney and Henry.  It was gorgeous too!  (Her white cake and antique colors reminded me of Key Lime Pie!)  I loved talking with Henry for a bit.  He caught on really quick that I was the favorite aunt!  That definitely earned him bonus points with me!  :-)  He wants to be a podiatrist when he grows up.  :-)

On our foray to Utah we were also able to catch up with Scott's cousin, Michael, who also tied the knot the same weekend.  :-)  And we got to see our nephew, Davis, who just returned from Nicaragua.  He has grown into such an AWESOME kid!  He'll be making someone a GREAT husband soon as he's headed off to BYUI and I'm sure he'll fall in love with someone wonderful!  We also got to see all of our amazing nephews and nieces.  And I love getting photos of the original DeGooyer family:  Kevin, Dad DeGooyer, Mom DeGooyer, Kerri, Stacey, Scott and Brett!

Scott and I decided that we enjoy traveling together... although we did miss our daughters.  They stayed with our good friends, the Bettenhausens.  At least we knew they were with people who love them (almost as much as we do!)

While we were flying and waiting for flights, etc. I was able to read 5 books.  :-)  They were all good.

I finished reading "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I love "The Lord of the Ring" series, but "The Hobbit" is probably my least favorite if you include it with the other books.  I had read it as a young adult, but not recently so it was a fun review.

I also read "The Children of Hamelin" by Danny Lasko.  It was a fun, easy-read, futuristic novel.  I had read it because it was a free download to my Kindle.

I also read the second book in the Michael Vey series "Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen" by Richard Paul Evans.  I LOVED the first book.  The second book was great - until the end.  I hated the ending because it left you hanging... and we have to wait a whole year until the next book in the series.  That is so frustrating!

I also read "Winners never Cheat" by Jon Huntsman.  He is an amazing philanthropist and entrepreneur.  He reminded me A LOT of my own husband who's values are every bit as wonderful and as strong as Brother Huntsman.

The last book was a book I had sitting on my shelf - like for forever.  It's called "Sunshine for the Latter-Day Saint Child's Soul".  It was a lot like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  It was a cute and extremely quick read.

We "officially" started home-schooling this week.  The girls actually started about two weeks ago - but we just got around to taking back-to-school pics and a set schedule.  We are all excited to be back into the swing of things!  :-)

My 40th birthday was Friday.  I celebrated by spending most of the day in the hospital with one of my best friends, Amy, who gave me the best gift of all: she gave birth to her son on my birthday!  :-)  Jelly Bean is ADORABLE!  He only weighed 6 lbs. 1/2 oz.  and was 19 inches long.  He has LOTS of hair and Elvis Presley sideburns.  I LOVE my birthday buddy!!!!!!!!!

Well, that's the news from Shelbyville, Kentucky; where the women are strong, the men are good looking and the kids are way above average!

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