Friday, July 25, 2014

Road Trippin



We took a long Weekend and went up to Page, Arizona 
where our son Zach is working and living for the summer. 


Our girls enjoying the car trip, with their Books! :) 


My Niece, Alarie came along for the ride as well. 


Arizona is such a Beautiful State!
You need to see it for yourself, if you haven't!


We surprised Zach! He didn't know we were coming,
though his Girlfriend & her family helped plan it! :) 


Though I realized when I got there I'd left my make-up bag at home,
this was all I had in my purse! 
Can you say Emergency trip to Wal-mart?! :) 


Page is really Beautiful!


Beautiful Scenery! 
There is so much to see and do there!


We did some Hiking and Sight Seeing!
Here's John, Erica, Lexi, Kendra & Alarie on top of the World!


We saw Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River,
It is the most photographed spot in the nation!


And as always when we get together, things get silly!
That's Lexi on the bottom of Erica, Alarie, Kendra & Zach! :) 


They had a VHS player & we found this great old movie The Net! 
I had told my kids about it before,
and It was fun to watch it together!


We saw the Glen Canyon Dam on Lake Powell


And took the Tour
It's actually very interesting!


The Glen Canyon Dam Bridge


Just us girls on the Dam!


Kendra's Dad Pastors a Church in Page and asked John to lead Worship.
So we had a "Family Band" with John on Keys, John & Kendra singing, 
Zach on Guitar and Alarie playing the Djembe!


We spent a Beautiful Sunday Afternoon on Lake Powell!
It was perfect!
It was so nice to get away!
We had a great trip! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Miracle Worker

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. 
They must be felt with the heart” 

My Daughters and I went to see The Miracle Worker at Hale Theater. It's the play based on the Book written about Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. 

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world." 

This is the 3rd play we've see at The Hale. It's an Intimate, local Theater that really puts on a great show! And it was so good! Probably our Favorite! 

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; 
but often we look so long at the closed door
 that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” 

Deaf and Blind, Helen must learn to communicate and make her way in the world. But in order for her to do that, Anne must first find a way to enter her world and reach her. 

 "Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it."

My Daughter Erica has been taking American Sign Language in High School and my other daughter, Lexi, will start ASL this year as well.


"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."

Erica wants to become a Sign Language Interpreter. She has her life all planned out; after High School she will go to College to get her Interpreter's Degree, then become a Nanny for a family with a hearing impaired child or parent (and travel the world with them!) :) Then when she's ready to settle down and start her own family, she will start Interpreting! Pretty great plan if you ask me!


"Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all."

Back in Elementary School, Erica had to do a project on a Woman in History, and she chose Hellen Keller. She dressed up as Hellen, played the part & did a great report. Little did we know back then that Sign Language would become such a big part of her life!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” 

We had a great Mother/Daughter night out! And if you ever get the opportunity to see The Miracle Worker, we'd highly recommend that you do! All the captions under my pictures, are quotes by Hellen Keller, so inspiring.

Friday, July 11, 2014

24!


My First child was born 24 years ago today!


His due date was the 4th of July :) but, he was a week late! :(


Kyle was always a fun kid! 


We've been through a lot of firsts together, including our first Tattoos!


Though this is his last Birthday at home, since he will be getting Married latter this year!


Happy Birthday Kyle! 
We Love You
and are so proud of the Man you have become!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The 4th Of July


I just wanted to show you are finished T-shirts my Daughters and I made for the 4th of July! We painted Fireworks on cheep white T-shirts! They looked really cute! 


My girls also made Patriotic Chocolate dipped Strawberries! They just melted White Chocolate, dipped the strawberries in & then rolled the ends in blue sprinkles. It's just the sugar crystal kind of sprinkles, like you would use for Christmas Cookies! They were so good and a big hit at our 4th party!



My girls, always fun and festive, (don't know where they get that from?!) :) got creative with their nails!


I even managed to appear crafty for a day! :) We had a great time with our Family and Hope you had a very Happy and Safe 4th of July as well, celebrating Freedom! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cause Baby, You're A Firework!

I consider myself to be Creative, but I am by no means Crafty! But lucky for me, my Daughters are! :) They wanted to make T-shirts for the 4th of July. So, they found some things on Pinterest. Gotta Love Pinterest for all the cool ideas you can find on there!


Since we Love Resale shopping, we picked up some plain White T-shirts at our local Goodwill on their 50% off day! We paid like $2 bucks a shirt! Both girls cut their shirts up, like Teen Girls like to do these days. :)


Then we needed little rubber fuzzy balls to paint Fireworks on our T-shirts. We found them in the Dollar Section at Target! Score! And we picked up some fabric paint at Joann's!



And this project was easy enough, even I could do it! :) We poured some Red, Blue and Silver paint onto paper plates and then you just dip one side of the ball in the paint and touch it to the shirt. And the effect is Fireworks on your shirt!



It was fun and easy! And the end result is really cute Shirts to wear on the 4th of July! To show off the Fireworks that we are! :) (I'll post pictures of us wearing them on the 4th later!) Have a Happy Day Celebrating the Great Country of our! And remember Freedom does not come free! 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Reading


I'm one of those that like to read certain kinds of Books at certain times of the year! I like to read books set in the Summer time, in the Summer time! Just like I read Christmas books at Christmas time! Weird huh?! :) So here is some of what I'm reading this Summer . . .


I started the Summer off with The Mermaids Singing by: Lisa Carey. It's about 3 generations of Women & the choices they've made. It's set mostly on an Island in Ireland. I liked the premise of the Book, but not so much the actual book. :( It was touching, I love Mother/Daughter Books, but I wouldn't let my Daughters read this one due to some content.


Now I'm reading Nicholas Sparks' The Best Of Me! I love his books even though they don't always have a "Happily Ever After" ending! I have not cried yet in this one though, but I don't know how it will end. :) They are also making it into a Movie, soon to be released. Which you know will be good. 




Elin Hilderbrand is the Queen of Beach Reads! Her Books are always set on the Beach in the Summer! I read her book Barefoot a couple summers ago and really liked it! So this year I'll be diving into The Castaways! Should be good!


Then I'll move on to Sisterhood Everlasting by; Ann Brashares. You know Ann Brashares from the Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Series, that was set each Summer of 4 Friends' High School years. This Book is actually the same 4 girls, years later as they reunite. I'm excited to read it!


So, how are you doing on our 2014 Bookshelf Challenge? I've read 15 Books so far this year. You can see what I've read here on Goodreads! And more importantly, what are you Reading this Summer?