Imagination Imagined { 9-15 January}

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“Imaginations have been running wild this week! Sword fighting between the oldest and youngest, open face sandwiches in all their creative glory & computers being created out of paper in the middle of church. Curious George cookies designing by Autumn & Hyrum, Katey posing herself for cape photos in her beautiful crocheted gift from Melissa Johnston and beastly conversations with Dad.

Reach for the Stars began on Tuesday and imaginations have been fueled by books all week long. Meri began with a stack of books and I kept catching groups of children clustered around books throughout the following days. I got to get my creative on during a live training for Usborne Books – with a disco theme. 🙂 The Ladie’s Literary Club had their annual Mid-Winter Social on Thursday. The theme was “Delve into the Past” and we learned about the club in the early days as well as the 1950s. Fascinating! A lunch date at Main Street Pizza resulted in two extra free pizzas when a location error occurred. No one at home complained! 9-15 January”

Honorable Mention photos. 😉

Glanced over and saw this little creature playing on the computer. Ha!

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Bubbles always make moments better.

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A little help from a big brother…

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leads to a much more “balanced” photo. :)

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Close-ups of the Literary Club Ladies – so thankful for Jacque Sorensen & Sabona Eddy for leading this year – they do a marvelous job!

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A fabulous portrait from Meri & an art break shared by Caleb and Meri.

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Game Time! These little ones loooove the new Christmas game – Share a Berry. <3 It reminds me very much of Heigh Ho Cherry-O! but with a sharing aspect I cannot deny is a good thing to practice over & over. 😉

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A look at one of my favorite Christmas gifts to reveal this last year (comes with a trip to Disney World in July!! 😀 ):

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I received the chance to “babysit” Hyrum’s water bottle & book light (two different occasions)

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and then I shall leave you with a few of my favorite moments featured in the Project Life layout. <3 Reading all day…

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and all night. 😉

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Weak Knees {September 5-11}

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Pretty normal, every-day things happening this week. Lots of outdoor time in the gorgeous weather and creative minds in full splendor. <3

A few more pics from the Labor Day BBQ with grandma.

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More parade action:

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A close-up of our food at Cubby’s – because, honestly, so yummy!! Weak knees. 😉

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And a happy celebration of the 24 in 24 Usborne Challenge. The idea is to schedule 24 book parties in 24 hours. This was my fourth year doing it and the first time to schedule 24 – and beyond!

The kids were so sweet to make dinner while I was working on the challenge. Katey (8) made a fruit salad and Josh (13) made the blueberry muffins. Serious win!

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An ouchy hand on Jim Bob – and my first metal splinter pulled.

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Finally, the cutest little guy that looooves books:

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And gets so scared at a paper pop-out tiger. 😀 <3 His faces slay me.

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Stars Aligning {May 9-15}

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The Mother Daughter Tea was a delight! Brynlee stayed the day with us and got to attend as well. We read Stargirl together before going and the book was fresh on their minds for the discussion.

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The girls especially enjoyed the treats and put together a plate to take to Jim Bob as well. Chocolates from Candies on Main, deviled eggs, Black Forest cake and a variety of sandwiches were all hits!

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Meri loved that the little glass trays had “cupcake holders” and her teacup sat elsewhere. 😉

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At the end, after the girls helped clean up, they let them take home extra chocolates and mints. Brynlee found a handy pocket in the bow on her dress. 😉

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A fun week of Stars aligning as we went out on a movie date that weekend. :)

Multiple Versions {23-29 November 2015}

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A week filled with “multiple versions”. Starting with Aslan masks from our Chronicles of Narnia studies:

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The lionesses:

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And Katey-Lion is all her glory:

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Thankful to have help from our oldest boys for the Thanksgiving pies. Caramel Pecan Pumpkin and Lemon Meringue with graham cracker crust. Meringue pie – and hair! 😉 As well as multiple paper airplanes from Katey for her invented game:

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Gorgeous snow in the mountains and only one version of our favorite Subway sandwich Christmas-tree cutting tradition. Oven Roasted Chicken with bacon and *lots* of veggies – on Italian Herb and Cheese bread. The cookie can vary though – White Chocolate Macademia Nut, Sugar Cookies and Raspberry Cheesecake topping the list. 😉

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And one happy p.s.: So thankful that when Andrew’s cable for his receiver stopped working we were able to use the juice box earned as a home office challenge prize from Usborne to re-charge it. Lifesaver!

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These are the Days {16-22 November 2015}

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Hyrum’s set-up for hours of enjoyment:

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One car, one train set piece and one orange…

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And then there was no orange. 😉

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Storytime with Daddy is the best! It started out with this story…

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And then quickly others gathered around to hear a couple of new Christmas-y stories.

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Little, insistent hands crack me up. This way Daddy! :) November-33 November-32

A little directing of the music from Meri.

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And then all snuggling in to enjoy. :)

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Tender Mercies {9-15 November 2015}

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I cannot get enough of this mini photo-shoot with Meri. We had so much fun! Her loving on the first snow of the season – and perhaps posing just a tad. 😉

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Here’s the up-close photo of the parts for the Primary Program too. :)

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Such a wonderful week full of reminders that Someone is looking out for us, knows us and loves us!

August Days, pt. 2

We were running around playing a few days ago and I realized Meri had band-aid art.

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*Love* my man and his ways.

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Tonight is the final performance of the Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant!! :)

Thankful for summer nights full of scriptural truth and hope.

A few pics from last night – love these little Nephites!

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One of my favorite parts? Walking around barefoot everywhere and Meri’s cute observation that the warm asphalt “feels like cookie”. She seriously mentioned it every night! :)

And the ninjas behind the scenes – Jacob and Josh – helped their Grandma Pipes this year with props and sets. Their favorite part? Shooting off the fire in the storm scenes right before Christ comes to America.

 

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Stage crew has it’s advantages! Those down times when you’re not moving stuff, there is usually just enough light somewhere to read by. 😉

Jim Bob captured this moment last night:

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Makes me smile. Those would be my boys!!

{Ha! I’ll work on getting it facing the right way. 😉 There it is for now though. :) }

Miss Katey

This creative chica keeps me smiling.

Here she is showing off her new hair accessory from my cousin and good friend Veralyn. :)  Katey's_Thank-you_Veralyn-2

She decided that her outfit was simply not fancy enough to go with it – so she added a skirt she made out of a napkin. 😉

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Later that day she decided it was time to freshen up her belt wardrobe…

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with material cut from an old shirt and a fresh rose growing by the clothesline in our backyard. Katey's_flower_belt-2

Yep, that’s how this chica rolls… and I dig it. :)

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