Thursday, December 31, 2015

Farewell 2015

2015 has been a blur.  Even my son noticed that the year went by too fast.
I don't remember all that happened this year, but I can say that nothing too exciting happened either.
I am still at my job, my husband stays home with the kids and works very part-time, and the kids have transitioned from one school year to another. 

Farewell have been good to our family.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Advent Day 24

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Advent Day 23

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalms 100:4-5

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Advent Day 22

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. ~ Psalms 100:1-2

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent Day 20 and Day 21 combined

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. ~ Matthew 2:11

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Advent Day 19

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. ~ Matthew 2:9

Friday, December 18, 2015

Advent Day 18

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. ~ Matthew 2:3

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Advent Day 17

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. ~ Matthew 2:2

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Advent Day 16

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came  wise men from the east to Jerusalem. ~ Matthew 2:1

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Advent Day 15

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. ~ Luke 2:20

Monday, December 14, 2015

Advent Day 14

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. ~ Luke 2:15

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Advent Day 13

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." ~ Luke 2:13-14

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Advent Day 12

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. ~ Luke 2:8

Friday, December 11, 2015

Advent Day 11

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:7

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Advent Day 10

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. ~ Luke 2:4-5

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Advent Day 9

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. ~ Luke 2:3

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Advent Day 8

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. ~ Luke 2:1

Monday, December 7, 2015

Advent Day 7

Sing forth the honour of his name; make his praise glorious. ~ Psalms 66:2

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Advent Day 6

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be call the Son of God. ~ Luke 1:35

Advent Day 5

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. ~ Luke 1:31

Advent Day 4

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou has found favour with God. ~ Luke 1:30

Advent Day 3

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. ~ Luke 1:28

Advent Day 2

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. ~ Luke 1:26-27

Advent Day 1

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. ~ Isaiah 9:2

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day Seven: I am Grateful

...for the following places on Earth:

The Rocky Mountains



Scenic New England in the Fall


Mom and Dad's house

Our House

Little Streams in the Woods

Our Backyard Forest

Anywhere with my Family

What places on Earth are you grateful for?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day Six: I am Grateful...

...for the following gifts from today:


Feeling better (finally got rid of a 3+ day headache)


My Husband

My Son

My Daughter


Sweet kisses on the cheek

Hugs from my family

Being able to put food on the table


Vehicles that work

Della - wonderful postmaster :)

My full-time job


What are you grateful for today?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank You

(picture from Facebook about 4 years ago)

Thank you to all of my family and friends that have served or are still serving. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Day Five: I am Grateful...

...for these things about nature:

Color Leaves

Blue Sky with Fluffy White Clouds

Being able to see a Night Sky full of Stars


A Light Breeze


The First Snow Fall

Snow Glistening on the Trees

New Growth in Spring


Blue Jays

The Noisy Woodpecker

These are but a few things about nature that I am grateful about you?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Day Four: I am Grateful...

...for the following material possessions:










Tote Bags





What material possessions are you grateful for?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Day Three: I am Grateful...

... for the following physical abilities:




Use of my arms

Hugging my family

Playing with my kids

Carrying things


Cooking meals



What physical abilities are you grateful for?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Day Two: I am Grateful for...

...the following people that have touched my life but are no longer living:

Grandpa Quinn - I am grateful for you being a father figure to me while dad was serving overseas made our bond so special.   I can still hear your laughter and fingers tickling the piano keys.  You are missed.

Grandma Quinn - The love story between you and Grandpa is priceless.  I hope to emulate your love and kindness to others.

Grandpa and Grandma Skinner - I have fond memories of fudge ripple ice-cream, pepsi and playing in the irrigation.  The orchards I will always remember...fresh peaches, cherries, apples...YUM

Florence - for allowing me to adopt you as a grandmother.  I enjoyed hearing your stories.

Carol - the way you fought to see your family grow.

Uncle Larry - Love of your family.  You raised wonderful sons and I am so happy that I have them for cousins.  You fought a hard battle and I know that you are at peace.

Great Uncle Allen - Your sense of humor. Your love of genealogy.  I will always remember you working in your orchard and your delicious bread.

President Gordon B. Hinkley - You touched my life for the better.

All of the soldiers that have died to keep us free - you are my heroes.

Who are you grateful for that have touched your life but are no longer living?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Day One: I'm Grateful for...

(disclaimer:  I meant to start my own Gratitude Challenge on November 1st, but as they say...there is not time like the present :) )

...the following living people who have touched my life:

Leonard and Ruthanne - my parents. Their love, encouragement, and support have helped me throughout the years.

Phyllis - my sister.  We may not see eye to eye on things, but I do love her and admire her.

Dan - my brother.  The best big brother anyone could have.

Scott - my husband.  He is not only my husband, he is one of my best friends.  I am grateful that he answered my email :)

Nickolas - my son.  He enjoys sketching and can be quite imaginative.  I am grateful to be his mother.

Samantha - my daughter.  She enjoys arts and crafts and loves to get her brother involved in projects.   I am grateful to be her mother.

Trisha - my best friend.  I love my friend.  She is amazing.  I admire her and her family.

Annekke - My best friend's daughter.  If she had not gone on a mission, I probably would not have made an effort to talk to missionaries.

Miss Amy and Miss Nancy - librarians.  I am so grateful for the Canaan Town Library.  The librarians are wonderful, helpful, and welcoming to all.

Hailey (Sister Mayle) and Alee (Sister Crook) - sister missionaries.   These ladies are wonderful.  They have touched many lives, including our family's.

Janine - friend.  She has been able to fulfill a dream and I admire her strength and fortitude to carry out her dream.

Nephew, Nieces, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins...all extended family.  There are so many to list.  I am grateful for all of them.  I love them and miss them.

Who are you grateful for?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Scripture to Ponderize Week of 11/2

"Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest." ~ Joshua 1:9

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all me liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." ~ James 1:5-6

Saturday, October 10, 2015

185th Semiannual General Conference ~ Day 2

I meant to post this earlier in the week but alas, time slipped away...Below is the summary of the Sunday sessions...

Sunday Morning:

President Thomas S. Monson - Let your light shine with the following attributes: Bee good examples in word and conversation, charity = pure love of Christ, example in spirit = kindness, gratitude, forgiveness, and good will  (radiate light of Christ), example of faith = faith and doubt cannot exist at the same time (communicate with Heavenly Father by reading, studying and pondering the scriptures), be pure in body, mind and spirit.

Ronald A. Rasband - (newly called apostle).  The Lord has said Love one another as I have love you.

Gary E. Stevenson (newly called apostle) Testimony

Dale G. Renlund - (newly called apostle) To help/serve others, we must see them through Heavenly Father's eyes.

Russell M. Nelson - Impact of covenant keeping women of the Church.  Women of LDS Church are distinct and different from other women of the world.  Virtue, life love and knowledge will draw good women and families to church.  Kingdom of God cannot be complete without women.

Gregory A Schwitzer - True disciples represent the Lord, even when it is not convenient or comfortable.  Iron rod = word of God.  Tree of Life = Love of God.

Claudio R. M. Costa - Teaching about Christ.  Studying stories about Christ. 3John 1:4.  Teaching to children about Christ

Henry B. Eyring - Claim the gift of Holy Ghost.  Constant influence of Spirit of Truth.  Constant quest to have Spirit with us.  Need constant companionship of Holy Ghost.  Hearts need to be full of charity.  Act on promptings - seeds of faith will grow.

Sunday Afternoon:

D. Todd Christofferson - Jesus is chief cornerstone of Church.  Jesus established Church with prophets, apostles, etc.  Preach good news of Jesus Christ and administer ordinance of salvation.  Church - community of saints to encourage one another.  Jesus Christ is author and finisher of faith. Learn divine doctrine as well as experience it.  We are all on the same journey.  Repentance is individual, fellowship is in Church.  Church and family work with each other.  Gospel path and Gospel covenants essential.  Church is kingdom of God on the earth.

Devin G. Durrant - Spiritual principles.  Two things to do each week:  save money and ponder one scripture per week.  Ponderize the scripture (ponder 80% memorize 20%) as this will give deeper understanding of gospel principles.  Exercise faith, discipline yourself.

Von G. Keetch - Commands and loving guidance given to use from God to keep us from danger.  Exercise faith and put trust in God.  Obey commandments.  We become more of what God wants us to become.  God wants us to have joy, peace and to be safe.

Carole M. Stephens - Get back on road to obedience to God. If ye love me, keep my commandments, trust God, trust Jesus, trust whisperings of Spirit, and trust the council of Living Prophets.

Allen D. Haynie - We have to be clean to enter the kingdom.  Confess our sins and repent.  He understands all perfectly.  Hope to live with Heavenly Father depends on atonement of Jesus Christ.

Kim B. Clark - Live plain and simple truths of Gospel.  We need greater spiritual power.  Open hearts and truly receive Jesus Christ and His doctrine into our lives.  Simple obedience brings the Spirit into our hearts.

Koichi Aoyagi - Why are we given trials?  Plan of Salvation, put God first, Faith in Christ.

David A. Bednar - Lessons of a lifetime from authorities (prophets and apostles).

All four sessions, Saturday and Sunday, were spectacular.  I learned many wonderful lessons and enjoyed every talk.  I am looking forward to receiving the Ensign (church magazine) next month so I can re-read the talks and learn more.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

185th Semiannual General Conference - Day 1

This weekend is the 185th Semi-annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The conference is broadcast live from the conference center in Salt Lake City, UT. Today were the first 2 sessions and they were wonderful.  Below is a summary of what I took away from each of the talks...

Morning Session:

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf -  Are we making our discipleship too complicated?  Avoid putting unnecessary burdens on ourselves.  Keep to the gospel and simplify.  "Exaltation is our goal.  Discipleship is our journey"

Elder M. Russell Ballard - Key truths:  Plan of Salvation; without the first apostles, we cannot know or understand the atonement of Christ.  Keeping the commandments and covenants = priceless truths.  Observe the Sabbath Day and make Sabbath Day a delight.  Exaltation is the goal of our mortal journey.

Elder Richard J. Maynes - True joy comes from living a Christ centered life.  Follow Christ's example and teachings with exactness.  Christ can successfully mold us to how we are to be.  As the clay on a potters wheel needs to be centered, our lives also need to be centered with Christ.

Sister Neill F. Marriott - Yielding to the Lord's way is the only way to happiness

Elder Larry R. Lawrence - Must be humble and teachable on journey of discipleship.  Must be willing to act when you receive an answer from the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost is our most honest companion.

Elder Francisco J. Vinas - In Jesus Christ our joy is full.  Having companionship with the Holy Ghost is a good thing.

Elder Quentin L. Cook - No Righteousness = No Happiness.  Divine Goals:  Exercise self control and live righteously, honor the Sabbath Day, Gift of the Holy Ghost (Fruit of the Spirit).

Afternoon Session:

Elder Robert D. Hales - Hold fast to the iron rod and tighten the grip that lead back to Him.  Righteous choices keep you on the right course.  Put trust in the Spirit.  "Never deliberately fly into a thunderstorm".  Exercise Faith in all areas of your life.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - Mother's love = Christ's love.

Elder Bradley D.  Foster - Parents, be engaged in intentional parenting.  Behold means to look and see.  There is a difference between hearing and understanding.  Hearing words are not enough, children need to understand as well..  "Children learn when they are ready to learn!"  Never too late to lead, guide, and walk beside.

Elder Hugo Montoya:  Go the extra mile, smile, express words of encouragement, invite others.  The Good Shepherd is there for us.

Elder Vern Stanfill - Prepare ourselves with powerful light (Faith).  Jesus is the light of the world.  Trust in the Lord for spiritual strength.  No darkness so dense or think that cannot be overcome by light. The gift of the Holy Ghost is a brighter light.  You have the power to choose:  Belief over doubt.

Elder James B. Martino - God does answer our prayers when we have a sincere heart and intent.  Mortal life is not easy for any of us:  Keep the commandments of the Lord, hold fast to rod of iron, daily scripture study, prayer and fasting.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks - The Savior's atonement helps us to overcom sin and death.  The Savior willingly experienced all mortal challenges so that He may help those who suffer also. This was the essential part of the atonement.  Mortal challenges are not just sins.  Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.

I am looking forward to tomorrow's sessions.  I invite you to watch via

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." ~ 3 Nephi 22:13

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Happy Constitution Day ~ September 17, 1787

(photos of U.S. Constitution from "The Charters of Freedom" website)

"All of us have an obligation to study the Constitution and participate actively in the system of self-government it establishes." ~ Ronald Reagan

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Scripture Sunday

Today's talks were about 1) Trust and Faith in God, and 2) Living a Christ Centered Life.  Both talks referenced the following scripture:

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weaknesses.  I give unto men weaknesses that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." ~ Ether 12:27

Sunday, September 6, 2015


"Obedience is a choice.  It is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and God's unlimited wisdom and omnipotence." ~ L. Tom Perry

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Summer ending
Perfect weather
Eating cake

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Sister Crook and Sister Mayle's first visit with us...last year.

Monday, August 17, 2015


"Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers." ~ D & C 112:10

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Shine Through Night ~ review

"Senior Marci Hartley's normal high school life is upended when she witnesses violence next door and steps in to protect a little girl named Annie from her stepfather.  Confused and frightened, Marci is at first only vaguely aware of a greater danger that awakens to engulf the lives of her friends, her family, and Annie.  Complicating matters are her growing feelings for Jeff, a rebellious skater boy from the classy part of town, in whom she places her trust."  (taken from the back cover of the book)

Shine Through Night takes the reader on a paranormal journey that takes place in the mid 1980's. Roller skates, skateboards, roller rinks, 80's fashion and movies from that genre was fun to re-visit.  The main character, Marci, happens upon a domestic violence scene that involves a young girl named Annie.  Throughout the book, Marci has strange and sometimes frightening visions that help guide her to find strength to come to terms with what happened in Marci's past and to save Annie again.
IF you grew up in the 80's, or if you ever wanted to know what it was like in the 80's, I recommend you read this book.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Mike McElhaney is a new author and this is his first book. Mike has also written a short story that is amazing.  I do hope he publishes it soon!  He is also my friend's husband. 

(Disclaimer:  I purchased this book for my own personal library.  The opinions are my own and the author has not asked me to give this review.  I am not being compensated either)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

He is Merciful

“On this upward and sometimes hazardous journey, each of us meets our share of daily challenges. If we are not careful, as we peer through the narrow lens of self-interest, we may feel that life is bringing us more than our fair share of trials--that somehow others seem to be getting off more lightly.
But the tests of life are tailored for our own best interests, and all will face the burdens best suited to their own mortal experience. In the end we will realize that God is merciful as well as just and that all the rules are fair. We can be reassured that our challenges will be the ones we needed, and conquering them will bring blessings we could have received in no other way.” ~ Jeffrey R. Holland, "For Greater Things"

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good - yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit. 
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy." ~ Doctrine And Covenants 11:12-13

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

21 Day Fix

For the last week, I have been working out (with my children joining me) using the 21 Day Fix.  Each day is something different:  Day 1  Total Body Cardio, Day 2 Upper Fix, Day 3 Lower Fix, Day 4 Pilates, Day 5 Cardio, Day 6 Dirty 30 and Day 7 Yoga and repeat this schedule until you hit the 21 day mark.  There is also a meal plan as well as a product called shakeology that goes along with the 21 Day Fix program.

Right now, I am just doing the workouts.  I do have the meal plan but because of picky eaters I am doing one step at a time.

What I like about the workouts...I can do them in my own home, at anytime during the day, and my kids are joining in the fun.

A big shout out to my wonderful niece that inspired me to change my lifestyle into a more healthy one.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name; and whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name , which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall  be given unto you.  Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children  may be blessed."  ~ 3 Nephi 18:19-21

Thursday, July 23, 2015


In honor of his birthday a few days ago, here is a picture of Blackie when he was a kitten.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday, Blackie


Happy Birthday to the best cat in the world.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow’r thru-out the universe displayed;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee,
How great thou art! How great thou art!

~ Carl Gustav Boberg

Friday, July 17, 2015

Swim Lessons - Update

Today was the last day of swimming lessons for Nick and Sam. 
Two weeks ago, Sam was signed up for Level 1 to start swimming lessons and Nick was unsure if he wanted to join in on the fun.  The first day of lessons, Nick decided to conquer his fear of drowning and joined the class.
From hesitation to conquering fears, both Nick and Sam completed Level 1 with pure awesomeness.
I am very proud of my children and I know they are quite pleased with themselves as well.

Great job, Kiddos :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will  the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost." ~ 3 Nephi 11:35

Friday, July 10, 2015


I am thankful for...

Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ

My Family

Having a Job..even on bad days

Small hugs and nuzzles from Blackie

The entertainment of our chickens

Nick and Sam loving their swimming lessons

The ability to call across the country to talk to my parents


The Bible and Book of Mormon


What are you thankful for?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Swimming Lessons

Another first on their list...Nick and Sam started swimming lessons today.  They are excited and look forward to learning about water safety, kicking, blowing bubbles, holding their breath, forward strokes, back strokes, etc.

The lessons are for 2 weeks, 1/2 hour each day.  If all goes well, both Nick and Sam might sign up for the second session that begins on July 20th.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks which ye have kindled" ~ 2 Nephi 7:11

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Hello July!!!
Independence Day Celebrations
Declaration of Independence
'Under God'

Friday, June 26, 2015

It's Friday

It's also the last Friday in June.  Can you believe this year is half over?  Neither can I.  But with work, lessons and running errands, the days fly by in a blink of an eye.
The kids have just finished up their 4th week of lessons.  They have done pretty darn good and have learned a lot.  Here is a look back at what they have learned:
  • Reading daily for 1/2 hour of their choice.  Both Nick and Sam are reading chapter books now and I love how they are challenging themselves.
  • Reading daily from the Book of Mormon.  They read a 1/2 chapter to a full chapter daily.  Right now they are in Alma 18
  • Daily Grams - Each day, Nick and Sam, work on about 5 different grammar exercises.  They are doing a great job.  They are on Day 19.
  • Science/Zoology - Nick is working on Lesson 3 in Land Animals and Sam is finishing up Lesson 2 in Swimming Creatures.
  • Jump-in - The kids have been writing about inventions.  They chose a specific invention, why they think it is either good or bad and are now trying to convince the reader why they should or should not try the invention.  Their papers should be wrapped up by next week.
  • Foreign Language:  Nick is learning Latin via Lively Latin.  So far, so good.  Sam is learning French via and through a workbook and game via
  • Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents - The kids have done great with this book so far.  They have already crossed two bridges and are now on chapter 13.  (Mom is learning a few things too)
  • Mystery of History Vol 1 - We picked up where we left off last school year and are now working in the 3rd Qtr.  We try to do 3 lessons a week and so far we have been on track.
  • Reading a loud - I have started to read a loud to the kids right before bedtime.  I heard about J. Scott Savage via a facebook/blogger friend.  One of the series by this author is called "Case File 13".  We have already read the first book in the series, 'Zombie Kid' and it was a hit.  We are now working on the second book, 'Making the Team'.  
  • Delight Directed/Free Time - The kids have been busy with Lego creations, painting, baking, reading, playing games (both video and board) and tending to the chickens.
It has been a pretty good and busy month.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Colds

Our family has welcomed summer 2015 with colds.  Each member, excluding me, has different child has a sore throat and runny nose, another child has a cough, sore throat and fever, and my husband has the headache, blah feeling.  Hopefully everyone will feel better when they wake up in a few hours. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015


First attempt to grow a garden in NH. Notice the date on the picture.  We haven't tried since.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scripture Sunday

...well, not exactly.

Instead of sharing a scripture today, the kids and I watched "The 10 Commandments".  A good Sunday morning/afternoon movie. 

Friday, June 12, 2015


I didn't realize that it had been just over a week since I last blogged.  The last two weeks of school have been great!!!  Both Nick and Sam are working diligently and are completing their morning lessons before noon.  The evening lessons are going well.  The kids have already had a couple of pre and post tests in history and a math quiz to be able to go on to the next 5 chapters in their math book.

On a side note:  we spotted another critter in our yard this week, that has visited a couple of days in a row...a deer.  Unfortunately I did not have our camera nearby to take a picture.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Beautiful Day

Today has turned out to be beautiful!  The sun is shining, there is a cool breeze (which keeps the bugs at bay) and the pollen is not bothering me today.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1: A New Year

A new year??? Yes, a new year for Nick and Sam...the 2015/2016 Homeschool Year!!!  Today was their first day and they were excited to get back into the learning groove.  A few more subjects were added this year:  Daily Grams, Vocabulary, Latin, and French.  Carried over from last year:  Math (Life of Fred), Science (Zoology), Jump-In, Mystery of History Vol 1 and Spelling.   Everyday, even on break:  Reading and Scriptures.

It is going to be a good year of learning :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Farewell May

The last 31 days have been filled with a lot of playing, reading, cleaning, planning a new school year and work.  Oh and the siding started to go up on the house :)

We had hot days, cool days and not so many in between days.  Rain, sun and wind.

I think we are all ready to say 'good-bye' to our break and say 'hello' to a new school year. 

May has been a good month for all.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Thank You For Your Service

"The only way to find lasting peace is to look to Him."  ~ Elder L. Tom Perry (1922 - 2015)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wicked Awesome!

The temperature the last few days have been in the upper 80's. A bit hot this time of year.  Along with the heat, we get the humidity which equals...blah!
This evening we got a nice reprieve...A thunderstorm.  Or as Sam would say, "Wicked Awesome!!!"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is That Pollen I see???

You mean that yellow dust all over the vehicles, desks, anything that is stationary?

Why, Yes it is!!!

The enthusiasm I have this time of year is not what I would call exciting.  The pollen has made its presence known and I can feel it.  Itchy eyes, sinus headaches, stuffy nose, scratchy throat kind of pollen everywhere.

Did I ever mention that this time of year,(seasonal allergy time of year) in New England is not my favorite?  

Monday, May 25, 2015

In Remembrance

(photographer unknown)

Thank you to all who have served and died to protect our freedom.  You will never be forgotten.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

I listened and watched this on facebook and wanted to share with you.  Let us remember those who fought and died to keep us free.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Plans for 2015/2016... part 2

Yesterday I wrote about our curriculum choices for the 2015/2016 homeschool year.  Today's post is a tentative schedule.  Tentative because the schedule could change depending on how things are going.

For Morning Lessons:  anytime between 8am and 11am

Reading Time - 1/2 hour.  This is anything that Nick and Sam want to read.  They will have to read at least 1 chapter book per month, possibly 2 if the books are not too lengthy.

Scriptures - They read a chapter a day from the Book of Mormon, if the chapter is not too long.

Spelling/Vocabulary - The words will be taken from their daily readings, science, history or from daily conversations.  Nick and Sam will be using the dictionary, thesaurus and their imaginations.

Science - Both Nick and Sam will work at their own pace and will have daily reading and journal pages to fill. 

Jump-In (writing) - this curriculum will be used 2 to 3 mornings a week, depending on how well they do their assignments.

Language (Latin and French) - only if needed for review

For Evening Lessons: anytime after 4:30pm or when mom gets home from work ;)

History - 3 nights a week

Language - (Latin and French) 4-5 nights a week, depending if mom has any work or church related meetings.

Math - 5 nights a week, depending if mom has any work or church related meetings.

This pretty much is our plans for the 2015/2016 year.  The year starts June 1st and our schedule runs 6 weeks on, 1 week off, with 3 weeks off for Christmas Vacation.  We will then start back up in January and will end the year around April 30th.

I will try to keep posting updates throughout the upcoming year, so stay tuned...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Plans for 2015/2016...part 1

In a couple of weeks, the kids will begin the 2015/2016 homeschool year.  I have been reviewing curriculum, made a few purchases and now it's time to put it all together. 

During the 'May' break, I asked the kids if they wanted to learn a foreign language.  Surprisingly they both answered yes.  Another surprise...Nick asked to learn Latin and Sam asked to learn French. So what is a mama to do?  Honor both requests. 

After some research and asking around, Nick will be using the Lively Latin curriculum.  From what I have read, this one seems to be the right fit for him. 

For Samantha, I purchased Spot-It: Basic French and Kloo games.  I also purchased this workbook as well. 

Both Nick and Sam are looking forward to the challenges of learning a new language and honestly, so am I. 

For Science, we will stay with Apologia and Nick has decided to study Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day and Sam has decided to study Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day

For Math, the kids will continue with Life of Fred and will begin the year with Decimals and Percents.

For History, the kids will continue with Mystery of History Volume 1.  They will start with the 2nd Semester (3rd quarter).

Spelling and Vocabulary will be taken from their history, science and daily reading.

My next post will be the schedule of all the above.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end." ~ Moroni 6:3

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Foster Parents to Chickens

A friend of ours has hatched quite a few chicken eggs and we are fostering 12 chicks.  They are about 2 weeks old and growing fast.  We are doing this for two reasons...One, helping out friends is always a good thing and Two...we need a new rooster.  The one we had was getting a bit mean and Nick and Sam would not go outside. 

Our friend said that we could have a few of the chicks and our kids have already picked out at least 3.  2 of them are already named... You can see them here on my daughter's blog

Oh the fun of raising chicks :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Forward and Backward

Did you notice that the dates this week had something pretty unique about them?
Take a look at them...


I do not know the technical term, but this past week, with the dates mentioned above, you can read them both forwards and backwards and the numbers stay the same.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Favorite Magazine

(picture, a few years old, from

This is my all time favorite magazine.  I especially love the May and November issues.  These issues have all the talks from General Conference. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in they youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God." ~ Alma 37: 35

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Good, Busy Saturday

Saturdays are pretty busy around here.  Errands are usually an all day Saturday affair.  By the time evening comes around, I am exhausted.  Today was one of those days...but it was a good one.

This is how our day played out...

We left the house around 10am.  First errand stop of the day...Grafton Library.  Nick wanted to check out 'Incredible Hulk: Season 1'

After our stop at Grafton Library, we traveled to the Canaan.  We stopped in at the library,dropped off books, checked out a couple and then we walked around downtown Canaan because of the town wide yard sale.  We all purchased items that caught our eyes...I purchased 5 3-ring binders, Sam purchased a movie and 3 cookie cutters, Nick purchased a game for the PC and Scott purchased a new mouse for the computer and some ammo stuff.

Lunch was a family size of fries and soft drinks at the park.  The kids played at the park for a bit and then we headed back to the car and on to our next errand.

As we were driving to the grocery store, we happened upon an antique car show.  This unexpected find was a nice break to get out, walk around and see these amazing vehicles from time past.  From a 1908 Lomobile Dayrunner to a 1960ish VW Bug.  Guess what impressed the kids the most...the VW Bug. 

The grocery store was our last errand stop.  We shopped, loaded the car with our various munchies and drove home.  When we got home (around 3:30pm), the car was unloaded, the groceries put away and cleaning house commenced.

I started preparing dinner around 5:30pm and around 6pm we sat down to eat.  The dinner dishes were cleaned up, the table wiped down and our visitors arrived at 7pm.

Elder Jensen and Elder Iverson visited with use for about 1 1/2 hours.  We chatted about everyday stuff and then they gave a lesson that involved water, black pepper, dish detergent and 2 bowls.  The lesson was as follows:  The bowls were filled with water.  In one bowl, Elder Jensen poured some black pepper into the water.  The bowl with pepper represented the world with sin.  Nick and Sam were asked to stick one of their finger's into the bowl and lift that finger out.  Now their fingers had pepper on them.  The second bowl represent baptism.  The kids were then told to place their 'peppered' fingers into the second bowl.  When they lifted their fingers out of the bowl, their fingers were cleaned.  This represents what happens when you get baptized.  After baptism, you receive the holy ghost to help with keeping our ways from sin.  Elder Jensen then placed some soap on Nick and Sam's fingers that were 'baptized'.  Nick and Sam rubbed the soap around their fingers and then were asked to place those fingers in the pepper bowl and then lift their fingers out.  When Nick and Sam did this, their fingers were still clean and no pepper was seen on their fingers. 
This was a great lesson for them to see and understand how the holy ghost helps us in our lives.

The Elders left around 8:30pm and we got ready for bed.
The kids are now tucked in bed and I am finishing up this post.

Today was a good, busy Saturday :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Activity Days/Family History Center

Last night, I took Samantha to Activity Days.  Activity Days is for girls ages 10 -12, that meet twice a month at the LDS Church.  (You do not need to be a member to participate).  The girls do activities, hence the name, that help them grow and develop spiritually. 

While Activity Days was going on, I was learning more about the Family History Center and Indexing.  (Note to self:  don't forget your username and password for the next visit).  Bishop Garland was on hand to answer some of my questions and during our conversation, we found out that we are distant cousins...I'll have to save that connection for another post.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring Break

For the whole month of May, the kids take 'spring break'. During this break, I plan out the next school year and wait patiently for curriculum to arrive.  I also replenish our supplies which include paper, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, 3-ring binders, etc. 

Once I receive all the curriculum that will be used, I read through it and start making mental plans.  Those mental plans will then be sorted out into a schedule of sorts.  Do I stick to the schedule?  Sometimes.  I usually tweak the schedule once the Nick and Sam have worked on lessons for about 3 -4 weeks. 

Having a soon-to-be 7th and 5th grader is a bit daunting, but worth every minute I take making sure they get a great education.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."  ~ Proverbs 17:22

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Hear America Singing

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  I am not a huge poetry fan but I do have some favorites. Here is one that I would like to share:

I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day - at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

By Walt Whitman

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Finishing Up 2014/2015 Year

This week is the final week of Nick and Sam's 2014/2015 homeschool year. The kids are finishing up a few things and then year end testing will take place.  We are all looking forward to having the Month of May off to recharge and relax.

 Here is a recap of what Nick and Sam worked on/learned:

Life of Fred Math:  The kids finished up the elementary series, intermediate series and Fractions.  They did a fantastic job!

Mystery of History Vol 1:  The book is broken into 4 quarters (2 quarters per semester).  The kids completed the first two quarters about a month ago.

Science:  In January, the kids started with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures (Nick) and Zoology 3: Land Animals (Sam).  Nick has completed the first 10 chapters in his book and Sam completed the first 8 chapters in her book. 

Spelling: We started the year with Sequential Spelling 1.  This was a carry over from the previous year.  Once Sequential Spelling 1 was completed, the kids started and completed Sequential Spelling 2 this year.

Cover Story:  This is a writing program for middle-school aged students. I was hoping this would be a good curriculum for the kids but after about 6 weeks, the kids were not into it and became turned off with writing.  

Jump In:  This is another writing curriculum that we started in January.  Good News... both Nick and Sam enjoy this curriculum and are able to understand the instructions.  They completed two chapters and I am very pleased with the results.

Copy Work:  This school year, the kids worked on different passages from books, scriptures, etc.  I found most of the exercises on line and from their science journals.

Book of Mormon:  Nick and Sam have been reading daily from the Book of Mormon.  They started reading it back in October and have done a great job. 

Reading:  Each day, I require Nick and Sam to read at least 1/2 hour.  Each month, during the school year, I challenged them to read at least one chapter book.  Both Nick and Sam have met this challenge and ended up reading more than I expected.

Field Trips: We don't take too many field trips.  But this school year, the kids went on a couple of them.  The first field trip was to Wyoming (cousins wedding) and Oregon (visit grandma and grandpa.  The second field trip was to a sheep farm to visit new born lambs.  The third field trip, which is tomorrow, will be re-visiting the sheep farm to watch the mama's get sheared.

Library:  Every Saturday is library day where the kids visit friends, the librarians and have fun.

Free Time:  The kids had fun with Lego's, baking, cooking, playing with the chickens, knitting, playing games, reading, helping around the house, visiting friends, making new friends, and spending time with family.

2014/2015 has been a good year for all of us.  We learned a lot, had a few squabbles here and there, helped each other through difficult days and jumped with joy when 'a ha' moments came to fruition.  Thank you Nick and Sam for a great year!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Little Closer...

Look who is a little bit closer to us. 
Sister Crook (right) is a little bit closer.  She is about 45 minutes to an hour away from us.  We may have to visit the Joseph Smith Memorial to get a glimpse of her :)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

First Critter Spotted

This morning, while getting ready for the day, a huge turkey was in our front yard.  Usually turkeys roam around in groups, but this guy was all my his lonesome.  Unfortunately I did not have a camera near by to take his picture.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Critter Watch

The above pictures have been taken over the years. It is so cool to see these critters in their natural habitat.  It won't be long before we see them again.
Critter watch has officially begun...

Monday, April 20, 2015


It's April.
It's Monday.
It's refreshing.
It's wet
It's fun to stomp in the puddles (not the muddy ones)
It's RAIN!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Piano Guys - Bring Him Home

Love this song "Bring Him Home".  I've loved it ever since I heard the Les Miserables soundtrack.  The Piano Guys make this song even more beautiful.  Enjoy.

Friday, April 17, 2015


It is finally Friday!!! The kids are almost done with their school year, the weather is nice and springy (rain included) and the chickens are scratching the ground for buggies. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And now as I said concerning faith - faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." ~ Alma 32:21

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pick-Me-Up Snack

Every afternoon, well...almost, I have a sweet snack to keep me going.  Right now, in my purse/handbag, I have a bag of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips and a package of graham crackers.  When I need that sweet pick-me-up, I get a handful of the chocolate chips and a couple of crackers and snack, snack, snack away.  I make a non-melted, open faced s'more (without the marshmallows). Mmmmm, I think I'll have some now ;)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Typical Day

What does a typical day look like in your house?  Well, in ours this is how most of our days look like:

The alarm goes off at 6:20am.  I stay in bed for about 10 more minutes and then get up for the day.  I feed Blackie, because he waits patiently for me during those 10 minutes. Then I get ready for work.  Scott is making his coffee at this time.

Between 7 and 7:30am, the kids start waking up.  Nick asks for his morning chocolate milk and is non-stop talking.  Sam is usually laying down on my bed, snuggled under the blanket. 

I leave for work a little before 8am.  From 8am to 4:30pm, the kids are working on their lessons, reading, playing on the computer, playing with their toys (Lego), playing outside and doing chores.  Scott is with the kids during the day and oversees the kids lessons.

I get home a little after 4:30pm and the kids can't wait to tell me about their day.  While I am trying to relax from work, listening to the kids, saying 'hello' to Scott and petting the cat, dinner is either just getting started or we are trying to figure out what to eat.

Once dinner is made and eaten, usually by 5:30pm, the kids and I do some lessons together.  Lately it has just been Life of Fred.

After lessons with mom, the kids are either watching a movie, playing games and reading.

Around 8:30pm, the kids start getting ready for bed.  By 9:30pm, the kids are in bed and ready for prayers.  After prayers, I tuck them in and say 'Good Night'. 

Scott and I stay up a few hours longer and go to be between 11pm and 12am. 

This is what a typical day looks like at our house. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

(Not sure where I got this picture from or who took it, but wanted to share)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Believing Christ

Back in September of last year, my very best friend sent a package of gifts to our family.  In the package was the book "Believing Christ".  Along with the book was a note from my friend saying that she and her husband read it together and thought that I would enjoy it too.

I started reading this book in October of last year and finished it today.  I read it during my lunch break and that is why it took me so long.  The book is 125 pages and is very thought provoking.  The chapters are as follows:

  • The Great Dilemma
  • Good News
  • The Covenant
  • Saved By Grace
  • Misunderstanding Grace
  • "Lord, How Is It Done?"
There are scriptures from the Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants throughout the book.  You do not need to be a Mormon to read this.  I think if you have questions about Grace, Faith, Believing, etc., this book is for you.

A big THANK YOU to my wonderful friend.

(I was not asked to do this review and the above is my own opinion.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Out Like a Lamb...

Here it is, the end of March and as the saying goes...March is "going out like a lamb". 

Instead of looking back on my goals, I thought I would post an update of our homeschool and what the kids have been up to...

Reading ~ Both Nick and Sam have been reading chapter books the last couple of months.  Nick is on book 4 in the Harry Potter series and Sam has read book 1, 3 and a little of 4 in the same series.  Sam has also read a few 'Little House on the Prairie' chapter books and a new chapter book, suggested by our awesome librarians, 'Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library'.  Sam loves this book and is reading it again.  She highly recommends it to everyone :)

Math ~ Towards the end of February, the kids started Life of Fred: Fractions.  They have 8 more chapters left until they finish.  I have to admit that I was unsure about teaching them fractions but 'Fred' does an awesome job with helping me.  (I fear fractions!!!)

Spelling ~ Nick has completed Sequential Spelling 2 (SS2) and is working on 'spelling word practice' that I have made for him.  Sam is almost finished with  SS2. 

Science ~ Both Nick and Sam are enjoying their science.  Nick is learning from Zoology 1: Flying Creatures and Sam is learning from Zoology 3: Land Animals.  I love that they have journals that have great learning exercises to help them.  Also, they have copy work with every chapter...a plus for me!

Language Arts ~ Both Nick and Sam are working in 'Jump In' and have almost completed the second chapter.  So far, I haven't heard any complaints and they love this curriculum because it is easy for them to understand.  They work in this curriculum 2 to 3 days a week. 

History ~ We finished the 2nd Quarter in Mystery of History Vol.1.  We decided to stop with MOH for the remainder of the 2014/2015 year. 

Book of Mormon ~ Everyday, Nick and Sam read at least a chapter, or a portion of a chapter, from the Book of Mormon.  Sometimes Sam reads a bit more, but not too often.  Nick and Sam are doing very well with their reading.

Free Time ~ During this time, the kids are working on the computer, making lego projects, reading, baking, playing outside with the chickens, doing arts and crafts, etc.

We are on the home stretch of the 2014/2015 homeschool year.  I am planning on April 30th as the last day.  May is our summer break and during that time, I will be researching and planning the next year.  Here's to the final stretch :)

Friday, March 27, 2015


I try to keep job related things away from this blog, but today...that is not the case.  I am so frustrated with my job outside of the home.  I just want to SCREAM!!!  I have felt this way for some time now and it seems to be getting worse.  I don't know what to do.  Do I quit and stay home with my children? (which is what I really want to do) or Do I look for another job?  Right now, I am the only one who is working a steady job.  I am grateful for my husband who has stayed home with the kids to oversee their homeschool lessons, take care of them and the house.  I know that Scott is ready to go back to work and I am ready to stay home.  What to do?!?!?  I feel a change needs to happen...SOON.

Venting over.

Now back to regular blog posts of family, homeschool, cats and chickens :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015


These are 'Egypt' salt maps.  In 2009, the kids learned about Ancient Egypt and this was one of their activities.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Puzzled Breakfast

I love putting puzzles together.  So do my children. 
Here is the newest puzzle in our collection:

(picture from

This is a 'White Mountain Puzzle', 500 pieces and fun to put together.  The pieces came in large, medium, and small so that the whole family can work on it.  The kids and I put this together tonight in about 3 hours.  Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgement which I shall give unto you, which shall be just.  Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be?  Verily I say unto you, even as I am" ~ 3 Nephi 27:27   (this scripture was referenced from Hymn#131 "More Holiness Give Me")

"But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right." ~ Doctrine and Covenants 9:8  

The above scripture was given as a reference during the first talk at Sacrament this morning.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring

There maybe snow on the ground or falling from the sky...but it is now officially SPRING!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Nick drew this picture a few years ago.  This is the Carpathia that rescued the survivors of Titanic.

Monday, March 16, 2015

That Time of Year...

Gathering forms, instruction booklets (from the internet), W2's, copies of last year's forms, and a lot of patience and time. is that time of year...TAXES!  I am happy to say that we have the penciled in forms completed.  Now it is just transferring all that information to the finalized forms (ink).  I am so glad we only have to do this once a year.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

3.1415 (Pi Day)

Last night we went to a 'Pi Night' at church.  Lots of pizza (for dinner) and yummy pies!  Also, the kids were able to have fun with hands-on science activities.  Everyone had a great time :)

Happy Pi Day!

Thursday, March 12, 2015


This pretty much looks like our driveway right now.  The temps have been warming up which means melting snow and the beginning of 'mud season'

Monday, March 2, 2015


"And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul." ~ 2 Nephi 32:8-9

Last Saturday, the Elders came over for a visit and gave a lesson on prayer.  A couple of days prior to that evening, Nick asked me about prayer and if they are really answered.  This lesson couldn't have been more timely.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Well....I can honestly say that I didn't work on some of my goals this month.  Why?  Too tired, never got around to working on them, did other things, etc.  In other words, too many excuses and not enough determination.

My Goals:

Read Scriptures Daily:  I didn't read them everyday, but I did read them.  Reading mostly takes place during the evening hours and on the weekends.  Sometimes I read a few chapters at a time and only a chapter other times.

Keep a Journal:  I did not write once in my journal this month.

Work on Stress and Anxiety:  Wasn't as stressed this month.  The only time anxiety really hit was on meeting nights and a few other times during February.  I would say that February was a good month.

New Interests:  Didn't work on any.

Crochet:  Never picked up a hook.

Blog More:  11 posts this month

Family Goals:

Better Eating Habits:   A little bit better this month.  Samantha has actually fixed dinner a couple of times and it was very good.  (Chicken and Rice with vegetables).  We had healthy meals  and not so healthy meals but it seems to be swinging more to the healthy side.

Outdoor Activities:  Too cold for most of the month.  Nick actually went outside almost everyday this past week.

Read Scriptures Together:  We don't read as a family, but we do read individually.

Clean House:  Much better this month.  Sam attacked the bedroom and you can actually see the floor :)

Work on Construction of House:  This is on hold until the weather breaks.

What goals will be met and what will not in March?  I'll let you know in a month.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


A wee bit of humor and no, this is not photo-shopped!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday Scriptures (on Monday)

Due to the snowy weather we have had lately....well every weekend for the past 4 weeks...we have stayed home from church.  Until yesterday!!!  It wasn't snowing and the roads were so-so, especially here in town.  It felt really good to get back to church.  Below are a couple of scriptures that were quoted from talks during Sacrament Meeting:

"Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest." ~ Alma 13:29

"And now, my sons, remember , remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when  the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build  they cannot fail." ~ Helaman 5:12

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sweet Music

Have you ever heard of 'The Piano Guys'?  Well, if you haven't, you are missing out.  I was introduced to them a couple of years ago and fell in love with their music.  So have my children :)

The above video is one of my favorites.  Check out the Piano Guys on YouTube or even go buy one of their CD's.  Enjoy :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Snowed in...again

I wonder if we will ever get to church this year!  With the kids and I having the nasty cold and the crazy winter weather we are having, church seems to have been put on the back burner.  Today is the 3rd snow Sunday in a row.  Ever since I had a spin-out, I have not been wanting to drive on snow covered roads.  I feel I am safer off the roads than trying to drive them.  Scott agrees with me.  He has been a great sport in being my chauffeur when I need to get to the store or have other errands to do.  I have more confidence with his driving abilities and feel safer with him behind the wheel.

Happy Sunday to all!  Stay safe wherever you are :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015


This picture was taken about 5 years ago, possibly 6. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Not a Typical Saturday

A typical Saturday for our household is the following:  Grocery Shopping, Library Visits, Other Errands and Clean House.  Today was not a typical Saturday.  Why?  Well our town had its annual deliberative session.  This is a time for all town residents who are registered voters to come together to deliberate and possibly amend warrant articles that will be on the Ballot for the March vote.  This year's warrant has 36 articles.  To say that everything went smooth and orderly would be incorrect.  There was a lot of grandstanding, 'points of order', emotions, a lot of wasted time on most of the articles, and craziness.  The meeting started at 9am and ended at 7:15pm.  We left at 5:30pm (8 1/2 hour mark). 

While Scott and I were in the session, Nick and Sam volunteered to help with the Recreation Committee in the kitchen.  They helped to sell food and drinks.  They worked well with each other and with those on the Committee.   They got a first glimpse on how to run a food business.   A lot of washing hands and keeping the dining area clean.

If you ever want to find out who the people are that live in your town, have a deliberative session. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Homeschool Update

It has been a while since I last blogged about homeschool and what the kids have been working on.  With some sickness in the house, there were a few days that books were not opened.  Here is what Nick and Sam have been working on/learning about:
  • Copy Work - Cursive on handouts and copy work from their science journals
  • Science - Both Nick and Sam have completed the first three lessons in their books.  Nick is learning about Flying Creatures and Sam is learning about Land Animals.  
  • Writing - So far, I have not had any complaints from the kids regarding 'Jump-In'.  A very good writing curriculum that I feel was a good choice.  The kids are working on their assignments independently during the day and I will help them at night after work.
  • Math - Life of Fred: Fractions, so far, has been very good.  The kids just took their 2nd Bridge Review and are now able to move on to Chapter 11.  So thankful for Life of Fred!
  • Book of Mormon - Each day the kids read a chapter or half a chapter from the Book of Mormon. 
  • Spelling - There have been a few complaints but I think they have been worked out.  Nick was having a difficult time spelling a few words but when I advised him to say the word out loud and slowly, he could hear how the word is spelled.  It worked!
  • History - Just about finished with Qtr 2 in MOH, Vol 1.  I have a feeling that this will carry over to the new year.  I don't think we will finish volume 1 by the end of April.
  • Reading - I love seeing the kids read books, especially chapter books.  Nick read the first Harry Potter book and is now working on the 2nd one.  Sam started reading 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens but found it to be difficult for her. Now she is reading the first Harry Potter book.
That's what Nick and Sam have been up to.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Grandpa Quinn

It has been so long since I last heard your voice, kissed your cheek or was embraced by your loving arms.  You used to call me your 'little angel'.  I am so thankful that you my angel looking over me and cheering me on.  These last 26 years have been filled with ups and downs, joys and heartbreaks, stress and calm.  O how I wish my children could have met you and known you.  They only know you through me.  This is what I tell them about you...

God -fearing
Family man
Loved grandma with all his heart
Sings with joy
Plays the piano like no other...could not read music but could play by ear
Gargled everyday with Listerine -
Always whistling a different tune
Joyful laugh
Would stay up with me to watch the end of Sound of Music
Loved to take walks
Spoiled his grandchildren with love, not material things
Irish all the way
My Hero

I love and miss you Grandpa.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


It has been very cold here in the northeast.  Below zero temps in the morning, in fact it was -15 yesterday at 8am when I left for work.  This morning, I didn't even look at the temps.  Sitting in my office, as I am making this post, my hands are freezing to the point that all the scars from Blackie are turning purple.  That is cold!!! 

Speaking of cold...both Nick and Sam are battling another one.  They are getting better each day.  Just wish we could air out the house without freezing....oh it would be nice to see the temps in the 30's again.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello February!!!

What a way to start the month...SNOW, SNOW and more SNOW!!! (good for the wells)
I don't think Mr. Groundhog will be seeing his shadow today, but spring is just around the corner.

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Year Goals update

It is almost the end of January...this month has had its ups and downs, especially with sickies in  the house.  Nick, Sam and Scott are just getting over their colds and hoping that February will be a more healthy month for all.
This year I made some goals and at the end of each month, I will be giving updates on those goals.  Here is January's:

Read Scriptures on a daily basis - I have done pretty good with this one.  There were a couple of days that I didn't read due to being too tired, up with sick kids, etc.  I will try to do better next month.

Keep a journal for the year - I have been writing in a journal, just not on a daily basis.  This goal is one that I have, in the past, not been able to keep up with.  So far, so good.

Work on stress and anxiety - This time of year at work is a bit stressful.  Working on the Town Warrant, placing warrant articles in the correct order, working with new software to input the budget and default budget, generating W2's and 1099's, minutes and the everyday office work all in one week.  To say that I worked on decreasing my stress would not be accurate.  Next month shouldn't bee too bad.

I didn't put anytime aside to learn to crochet or on any of my interests.

Blog more - I did pretty good this month.  Sometimes it was difficult to come up with a subject to write about and on days that I didn't feel like blogging...hey, that's ok.

Goals for the Family:

Better eating habits - we tried.  That is all I can say.  I did make it a point to purchase healthy snacks this month but with the sickies, nothing tasted good and appetites were out of wack.

More outdoor activities - no outside activities this month.  Again, sickies and very cold outside.

Read Scriptures together - Each of us (Nick, Sam, and myself) read individually but not as a family.  This is a goal that hasn't even been worked on.  Will try better for February.

Working together to keep the house clean - A daily list is given to the kids on what they need to do.  Scott and I do our part.  We all can do better with this one.

Finishing the house - Nothing was done this month and I don't expect anything to really start up until spring.

So looking back on January, I did pretty good with my goals and the family did better than I expected.

Have you set any goals for 2015? 

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Our house project that started in 2008.  This picture is of one of the bathrooms that will hopefully be finished this year. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day

Today, a big snow storm hit the New England coast and inland.  The coastal areas received quite a bit of snow and the inland...well, we got some, not sure how much due to the wind, around 12" if that.
The office I work in closed down for the day and so our snow day consisted of...

Regular lesson day for the kids
Spent some quality time with Nick and Sam
Took care of Scott (nasty cold)
Took care of the chickens
Made some ginger snaps
Watched a lot of NCIS (love the DVD's)

Back to work tomorrow...

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Tonight, we had some visitors over.  They have actually been to our home a few times.  Our visitors are Elder Gassant and Elder Platt.  These missionaries are serving in our ward and are doing a great job.  It has been an adjustment from having the Sister's over.  The visits are going very well and the kids are having fun.
Tonight's lesson was about the 10 Commandments.  The kids ended up teaching the lesson :)  Thank you Elders for thinking of us and visiting us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's That Time of Year...

...Town political season.  Being an employee of my town, I don't post a lot about what I do nor do I get involved in the politics.  However, I do have to say a few things...

~ I do NOT like this season.  It is the least favorite part of my job.
~ Time-lines are too short.  Especially when you only have about a 5 day window to get everything pulled together.
~ It brings out the worst in people.  Tensions and emotions are running high.
~ Sleepless nights wondering if I filled out all the forms correctly.  This increases my anxiety to levels that I do not like to be in.
~ I stay neutral in all aspects that involve the town.  This is something I do year round.  I have to in order to protect myself and my job.  I am surprised that I do not have a hole in my tongue. 

All I can do is pray that this season passes smoothly without a lot of incidents.  One can only hope.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Last night, the kids and I had dinner and FHE with Bishop Jones and his family.  We all visited for a while, ate a great healthy dinner and then had FHE.

What is FHE?  Family Home Evening.  Every Monday, most families in the LDS church have a FHE.  It is a way for the family to come together to learn more about our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.  FHE starts with a song, then opening prayer.  A lesson is given and then a game is usually played. Ending FHE is with a good dessert. 

Last night's FHE was about judging/pre-judging people.  We read from the book of Matthew, played 'Family Charades and had brownies for dessert.  I think the kids liked the game the best.  Actually the game was incorporated into the lesson.  Fun all around.

When we left, I asked the kids if they had a great time.  They both said yes until we had to leave.

Glad to know that we are making some good friends and memories with our ward :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Scripture Sunday ~ The Great Commandment

"Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment."  ~ Matthew 22:36-38

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Wrap-up

It has been a while that a Friday Wrap-up has been done and so I thought...what a great way to start the year :)
The kids are back to lessons after taking 3 weeks off.  I have to say that this week went better than I anticipated.  Usually I hear grumbles and whining.  It is safe to say that Nick and Sam were ready to get back to the grindstone of lessons.

Morning Lessons:
  • Copy work - the kids have been practicing their cursive writing by using exercises that I downloaded from the internet.  They work on one sheet a day and I am very pleased with their progress.
  • Spelling - They are using a software program that I bought (Sequential Spelling 2) and working at their own pace.  Nick is starting to get challenged and it shows with his daily lessons.  He is getting a little frustrated but is taking it in stride.  Sam hasn't made any complaints, but I am sure once she gets to Nick's level, she might.  Other than that, all is good.
  • Book of Mormon - Nick and Sam are reading at their own pace and are doing a great job!
  • Reading - Everyday, the kids are to read 1/2 an hour of any book of their choosing.  They are each working on a chapter book.
  • Science - This is something new that started this week.  Both Nick and Sam had a voice in the decision and they are working in 'Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures' (Nick) and 'Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals' (Sam).  They worked on Lesson 1 in their perspective books and did a great job.  
  • Handwriting - Again, this is something new that started this week.  The curriculum that Nick and Sam are using is called 'Jump-In'.  So far, I am very pleased and I think the kids are enjoying this curriculum much better than 'Cover Story'. Less confusing and better to understand.
Evening Lessons:
  • Math - This week, Nick and Sam started Life of Fred: Fractions.  We all do the math together.  I know that the student is supposed to read the chapter and do the problem, but I have found that working together helps each other learn.  I am not that great with fractions, so this is a win-win for all of us.
  • History - we are still working in Mystery of History, Vol 1.  We are half way through quarter 2 and am hoping that we can finish this volume by the end of the 2014/2015 year (end of April).  The kids have been enjoying each lesson.
Besides doing lessons, Nick and Sam also had chores to work on each day.  Once everything was completed, lessons and chores, the kids had free time. They spent it separating legos by color, started building 'Hogwarts', played 'Harry Potter Lego Game', played a few board games ('10 Days through Europe' and 'Doodle Dice'), read, watched a few movies, helped with the chickens, errands with dad, and had fun.

A busy and fun week.  How was yours?