Sunday, January 29, 2017

Spirals of Love

When i forget my friend's birthday....

Felt like doodoo for forgetting a lunch date with Robyn.... so I hurried to the store to buy I'm-sorry-and-still-love-you gifts, then went straight to her house and hung out for a bit!  Still awkward.  Ugh. Gotta work on not committing myself to more than I can actually remember to DO!

This is Courtney

Friday, January 27, 2017

In the Mead HS "Pit"

I took my kids to see one of my YW's drama performances at Mead High School last night. By some miracle, they all behaved pretty great! And I think Lynnzee and her mom were very touched that we made the effort to come. It was good for my kids too, to see what high school theater is all about! Hopefully the adult themes went over their heads... :/
After the show they ran around in "The Pit", basically a historical landmark here. I'm glad they've kept it, despite all the major renovations this school has had. 
It was a definite trip down memory lane for me to be here!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Fun to find these two playing games together first thing in the morning! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mormon mouthful game with the missionaries

Outing with Aunt Meg

Bethany couldn't possibly go to Chuck E Cheese alone, so Courtney was the lucky cousin that got to join her!   

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fire Cider

I feel like I should get an award for finally finishing this bottle, 1 teaspoon a day. It better actually be good for me, because it was naaaasty

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Look what I found!

While going through my box of old stuff, looking for some YW items, I came across this lovely form :-) It's a good thing they specified that no one is allowed to get serious because obviously with a personality like this I would have been irresistible to whomever my assigned date was. It's a good thing I specified I disliked Swahilians, so I wouldn't get one of the many of them around as my date.  

I'm glad I'm not a throw-away-er

Found this from 1999! "Missionary Month" coming again to the Greenbluff ward in 2017 with cool nametags :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

This is how we VT!

Loved treating my VT comp and a couple of the girls we get to visit to lunch at Twigs!
We got our favorite waitress, of course ;)  Which obligated me to tip extra well... 

Shields of faith

"Dads and donuts day" at school

Still not a fan, and never will be, of celebrating with nothing but junk food. But I do love seeing them spend QT together and making memories. Plus, Brian couldn't dare be the lame-o dad who didn't show up to Dads&Donuts. Our kids would feel basically like orphans, since I didn't go to Moms&Donuts a few months ago (honestly forgot!)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reality check?

"Mommy, I wanna eat what Mermaids eat!"
"Oh really?  What do you think they eat?"
"Umm, probably fish and seaweed.  Do we have any?"
"Actually, yes Mermaid Courtney, I have seaweed right here!"
[shock and amazement]

Celebrating Mereditydoo!



When the furnace goes out in the middle of the night, it's really nice to have an electric fireplace! And a space heater. And an electric blanket.
Our house is 52 degrees right now. Got as low as 47 last night. Super awesome.
But what I'm not being sarcastic about is how grateful I am for my Ward family! The Mormon Network is awesome. I have a testimony of that :-) We couldn't find any heating companies available to come work on our furnace today....But a guy at church works for one, and he was able to squeeze us in. Hallelujah
Can't wait to be warm!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


So grateful for my neighbor with a serious plow, taking care of the mess on our roads! Now I won't have to gun it and hope momentum gets me in and out of here.

Surprise note from Bennett to daddy

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Night Snowshoeing double date!

2017 BriannaGoals

I gave her the idea to write something positive everyday and put it in a jar. I told her I'd give her 10 bucks at the end of the year if her jar was totally full and she did at least one paper a week. So far, she's done one paper every day! This girl is motivated, and easily sees the positive things that happen everyday ❤
PS - does she not look more grown up here?! And ridiculously gorgeous. Oh my heart.

Family Unbirthday Party

I accidentally made a cake... Not trying to be cute here, it really was an accident. It started off as an idea to bake pancakes, and things just snowballed from there. 
So why not make a memory out of it! They loved busting out the candles, party hats, and singing! Here's the video:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Because I'm a little loco...

We hosted a kindergarten playdate and invited everyone in the class! Fortunately for my sanity, only 8 came. Brianna helped organize and orchestrate our games and activities. Turned out to be a lot of fun!

Bye freaky dude

After too many years of listening to this elf's crazy jingle bell tune he sings when you press his belly, we are finally getting rid of it. I've been thinking I'll just get rid of it when the batteries die out, but unfortunately these batteries are possessed by the devil and never die. It's probably healthy for me to practice getting rid of things anyway, since I'm not very good at that. As evidenced by the fact that I do an entire blog post justifying my decision to get rid of something.

The Christmas art wall

Quick picture before it comes down!

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   NewYearsEve outing with my ladies! Pedis, shopping at Jema Lane Boutique, lunch at Main Market, then Lululemon,  where I chased Savana around and we became besties.   

We be instagrammin


Love my littlest niece!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

My parents are amazing

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   It's challenging enough to raise normal children.  I'm just in awe of how my parents have raised their special needs daughter.  Plus seven other children, a few of which have special needs as well;) Seriously though.  The love , dedication , and tireless sacrifice they offer for our Sammy is so beautiful and inspiring.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017