Thursday, July 24, 2014

if your friend jumped off a bridge, would you?

 Jumping off the Grover bridge is a longstanding Star Valley tradition. Well, when you live in a rural area, and you're young...

So, Kiki had this on her list of things to do with Kaylee. Only, Kaylee could not be convinced that it was way fun and worth getting her hair wet.

But the boys liked the sound of it and the very first to do it was Konnor. He is now our bridge jumping champion having jumped six times!
 Next was Morgan. You could tell he was afraid but he did it! Twice!
 Don't be deceived by the beautiful weather. That water is cold.
 Fortunately, you swim in with the current, not against.
 Our next jumper took many, many minutes to motivate.
 I don't know how he finally made peace with it. No, not peace, really, everyone was pretty much yelling at him.
 But he did it. Even if he never does it again he can say he did it.

 Our youngest jumper was little Kenna. I can't believe her spunk. She had to swim with all her might,too.
 Finally, Kiki couldn't fight the urge any longer. She decided that if Kenna would, she would, clothing and all.
I'm proud of all of them for facing their fears. Some day I'm going to do it. Harris said next year he is doing it. My baby!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Double the Fun at Bear Lake

First trip to Bear Lake 2014. 
After running a bunch of errands that I was not planning on, we finally get to the beach at one in the afternoon. Ugh!
I lather up the kids and let them loose, then settle down under my 'brella with a new book when a foreign couple walking by start talking to me: Do you know you have a...? (He points.)
No! I didn't know I have a... ! Thanks to Hubby lovingly running home from work to research how to get to the spare, and the *coincidence* that Derek the Napa guy was in the group of beachers right next to us, the very hardy donut was put on and we made it home.
Second trip to Bear Lake 2014.

Great way to spend the day with our visiting friends, the Johnsons.

Sand and sun equals fun. Well, it's better with water as these New Mexico residents well know.

Jen said I could only take her picture if no one could actually identify her. Here ya go.

I told her this was going on my blog. She didn't believe me.

Don't you love sand castles? Then we drive down the beach to go home and we see a couple of extremely elaborate castles; five feet tall with spires. How do they DO that!?
These boys are on a cruise. Complete with food. (Which they put in large ziplock bags.)

These two were born one week apart and that's how Jen and I became friends. Misery loves company.

Designer clothing.
On the way home, at the top of South End, I pulled in to the scenic look-out to ask if Jen wanted a picture there, and she said my tire was low. WHAT! I tried to change it myself, having learned how to access the spare LAST time. But then, I couldn't figure out where to put the jack. Thankfully, Jake was just finishing the 9th hole of his golf game and came to rescue us. We had everything ready for him. Rylee even got the lug nuts loosened. Back on with the hardy donut.(Double the fun!)
In the end we were rewarded with this bright red bulb illuminating the beauty of Star Valley.
WilL the 3Rd TiMe bE a CHarM?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Le Cotage~ Tiny House Gets Moved Into

Kiki mans the saw for the carpenter.

Pine tongue and groove is installed on the interior walls. (I'm so lingo savvy. Ha)

Measure twice, cut once.

Four hammocks for the tree squirrels.

Getting into one of these takes some finesse.

There is even a ceiling light and an electrical outlet.

It's not very sound-proofed. They kept me up all night.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

1/2 of 16 candles make a lovely light

"When surrounded by darkness, seek the light."~ Tiana

Notice that I said "when". For everyone, it's gonna be when and not if. Sometimes a person can get so lost that they feel like they're surrounded by darkness. Whether it's self-inflicted or not does not matter.

Notice I used the word "seek". That denotes that the person must actively do something to find light. One cannot sit around in despair, fear, unhappiness, or disappointment and just expect something to come along and change things.  That person must SEEK light.

And, it doesn't take a genius to know what light is. Light warms the soul, elevates the heart, causes a smile to stretch out. Light reassures, uplifts, and causes us to want to spread the light to others.

We all know what it is. What we don't all know is how to find it. A lot of us tumbling around on this earth didn't have anyone to show us how to find light. A sad truth, yes, but guess what? That doesn't matter! The mere fact that one knows WHAT light is,  means that one CAN find it!

So, what is the difference between those who replace darkness with light and those who don't?

Action. They actively seek the light.

And, anyone can do it. No matter what. Anyone can seek the light and find it.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Memo of My Missionary~ Isaiah 54:13

Abram Gallup is awesome! he is a sporty kids and he is very smart. he is a member and like the rest of the Gallup family he is rock solid in his testimony.

We Be Ninja's!

This is Anya Gallup. she and i are pretty good friends. she has a good testimony. she is a basketball star and is just a ton of fun.

This is Elisa Reeves baptism. she is 34. she was a golden investigator. we found her while we were helping a member move. she was actually there to help. as we started talking to her she told us she had investigated before but felt pressured by the missionaries so she backed out. then she told us "but im ready now" she got baptized two weeks later...if you're doing what you're supposed to be doing, and you pray for miracles...they usually happen :)

this is me with President and Sister Young and Elder Ellsworth after an interview i had with them.

yay! so happy for them!

making a hat! funner than i thought it would be.

President and Sister Young have completed their three year mission and returned home. Thanks so much for all your hard work and heart work!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Le Cotage~ Wimpy Gardening

Our upside-down tomatoes are doing great!

Lots of blooms and some infant toms.

Radishes are thriving.

We get to eat a strawberry or two every day.

Eventually, we'd like to put gravel just in this corner to keep weeds down and to hold heat longer.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sometimes You Have to Excuse the Mess While Memories Are Made~ Avoid Mosquito Bites

Hubby has been aging... so has his cheese.

We were on a family walk... the boys had just bought butterfly nets.

Harris became a mosquito... never seen a child do this before.

Not only have the children seen the movie several times... they know all the words to every song.

Porter loves to draw beauty... you know Ella was going to make the cut.

Some friends invited us to go bowling. Jake hadn't bowled since he was 13... first throw was a strike.

On the left is Shay's wedding gift from Jake and Ron... on the right is our finished privacy fence.
Morgan's first time to put knobs and pulls on cabinets...will he take over the business?
Making a bonnet for the Martin's Cove trek...only my second time to use a pattern.

I was so happy we had enough for matching skirt and bonnet...she was not happy about wearing a skirt for three days.
Porter did this to my hair and then HAD to take a picture...ugh.