Bon Voyage!

This will be the very brief & simplified version of our cruise from this weekend. I realized I have at least 500 photos and it takes time for those to download (and correct imperfections lol!) etc. Unfortunately, I have come down with a urinary tract infection & so I’m dizzy. :( This makes it difficult to devote the time I would like to this very special trip commemorating my 40th Birthday. I chose a few photos to share now & I promise you will see more in the future.

There are definite benefits to having a daughter who wants to be a photographer! =)

Me on the deck, on my Birthday

Top of the Ship

The front of the ship :)

The family at Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay

It was not long enough!
Need to get to bed. Hopefully I will feel better enough tomorrow to write more of our adventures aboard our “Fantasy” cruise.

Dreams really do come true,
Shan

235th Blog Post


Do you hear what I hear? It’s called silence.

This morning we continued our First Day of School tradition of visiting the Donut Shop for breakfast. “A” must have been a little nervous because she didn’t finish her little bag of donut holes. That has never happened before. Photos were taken & DH took the two oldest to their respective schools while I took our youngest to hers. (They are each at a different school…yeah, it’s a bummer!)

I went by our old place to check on things there on my way home. After that, I came home made beds, straightened up, did two loads of laundry, watered the plants, shocked the pool, paid some bills, made some phone calls while listening to the audio version of Proverbs. WOW! Look what I can do when there are no interruptions. Yay! School is good for Mommies and Kids! lol

Now, I got my music playing while writing this blog and plan on working on some photo sorting afterward. Looking forward to having lunch with my sweet DH. It’s a beautiful day! Feeling grateful and happy. Hope you are too. :)

Happy 1st day of the rest of your life,
Shan

I CAN do it!!!


I am so excited to complete my very first digital scrapbook page with my complex photoshop elements software. I want to thank Jessica Sprague for her FREE online tutorial for beginners. It was super easy to follow along. This made my day to be able to do this!!

Scrap On,
Shan

Teacher Mini Clipboard Gifts

{This is a re-post from last year.}





Lately, whenever I do a project or change something up in my house, I hear from my children, “where did you get that idea?” My answer seems to always be, “on a blog.” So much that the last time my son asked me, I didn’t even have to answer. He immediately said, “I know, on a BLOG!”

I have gotten so many great ideas from blogs.  It literally has made a huge impact on my life, apparently.

So here is my latest inspiration project due to fellow blogger Marta Writes.  She is extremely creative and I used her mini clipboards idea to give to my kid’s teachers this week for Teacher Appreciation Week. She has great instructions on how to make them with wonderful photos. You can see them here. Thanks Marta!

Blogs are awesome,

"I am not my body"

This morning I began my routine upon arriving home from dropping off my daughter to school. DH is wonderful and takes the two older ones on his way to work. I took my medicine and turned on the computer. I like to listen to the Mormon Channel while getting ready & doing chores to keep me spiritually minded. I pulled up the site to find a new video. I noticed it was about Stephanie Nielson. Her & her husband were in a terrible plane crash not too long ago and were severely burned. She is famous in the blogging world. She had many readers or “followers” before the crash occurred. Unfortunately, I was not one of them. I only was made aware of her amazing blog because of her accident.

My heart is over bursting with gratitude for her. She has taken something so incredibly horrible and made it into something beautiful & wonderful. I feel sadness when I see how much her appearance has changed. It doesn’t last long as I hear her speak of this trial and see her inner strength and beauty. God loves each and every one of us, no matter what we look like on the outside. Furthermore, I am certain he looks at our inside the most. What are we thinking? Is our heart in the right place? Watching this video and reading her blog will answer these questions with a resounding “YES!” for Stephanie Nielson.

I am thankful our Church spotlighted Stephanie during this Mother’s Day week. She is a wonderful mother and a phenomenal example of triumphing life’s struggles & trials. Her life has touched me. How can you NOT reevaluate your own life and blessings while learning about hers?

Count your blessings,
Shan

Friday’s Friend Football Themed Birthday Party

The previous post shows a slideshow of our family celebration on my Son’s actual birthday. This one has pictures from his friend birthday party. He hasn’t had a friend birthday party in a LONG time. We ordered pizza, ate his cookie cake (shaped like a football, by the way) and opened gifts before heading out to the High School Homecoming Football Game. I think the boys had a really good time. We enjoyed seeing my oldest daughter in the pre-game show. She is a member of the color guard. My wonderful friend Sara came with her Son, Asher. It was a super game. We are on a roll…undefeated!

Go BUFFS,
Shan

P.S.: The music is the High School’s fight song. I’m so glad I found it. I think it adds a lot to the show. :)

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