Category: Life

  • "I'm leaving today. . ."

    So I guess by the clock I am officially leaving today for a week at home. I couldn’t be more excited. I think it was “Bridge to Taribithia” a movie that Tom and I just watched, and that I highly recommend to all you families with kids out there, or just those wanting to relive […]

  • Photoshop, How I love thee!

    This month I wanted to work on learning Photo shop and expanding my knowledge of photography. I have been checking out the Popular Photography magazines from the public library, perusing photographers galleries on line, and taking on line Photo shop tutorials. I have learned a ton. Here are some of my before and afters! Bridal […]


    I’m a failure. I didn’t call or send cards to Landen, Dantzel, Trevor, or my Dad. Sorry! I was so excited about going home to celebrate with Dad and Dantz, that I totally forgot that I wasn’t leaving until AFTER everyone’s birthday’s had passed. And somehow I didn’t write them down on my new calendar […]

  • Primary, Running, and War

    We had our first primary meeting with our complete presidency. Or 1st counselor was recently released and replaced with my friend and mentor Maimi Crawford. She is a much needed edition. She has been in a primary presidency before and is very organized, informed, and strong. The meeting was productive and efficient, and I came […]

  • 65 Degrees!

    Today it was so warm I opened up the windows and went for a run with shorts!

  • Girl with the Pearl Earring

    I recently finished “Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. I enjoyed the book as a follow up to my art history class. We often talked about the lives of artists and I was intrigued to learn more about the life of the Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. The story is fictional, but set around […]

  • Be a kid again!

    I found this on another blog, and loved it. Enjoy! Be A Kid Again Do a cartwheel. Sing into your hairbrush. Walk barefoot in wet grass. Play a song you like really loud, over and over. Dot all your “i”’s with smiley faces. Read the funnies. Throw the rest of the paper away. Dunk your […]

  • Petes in Phoenix!

    After the reception on Saturday, which was beautiful, well-attended and enjoyable, I traveled up to Phoenix with Derek and Audrey to spend New Years with them. Tom joined me on Monday. We had a wonderful time. I enjoyed seeing their house and playing with the kids. Ryanna was kind enough to give up her bed […]

  • Chef Stan and his cookies!

    Tom and I safely arrived home from Phoenix tonight. Somehow we were blessed with a very short flight, and I am happy to report that I didn’t get antsy or claustrophobic! Rather I finished, “Girl with the Pearl Earring” and made a lot of progress on my scarf. I haven’t blogged in a while, as […]

  • "Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. . ."

    Swaddling Bands While the groom built their new home, the bride also made preparations, including the embroidery of the swaddling bands with which the couple’s hands would be wrapped under the wedding canopy. Later these bands would also be used to secure blankets or swaddling clothes around the couple’s infant children. The symbols on the […]