Tuesday, February 24, 2015


BRRRR......we woke up one more to lots and lots of snow!  So much snow but mostly ice that they cancelled school.  The kids were so hoping this would happen, as the rumor was going on at school the day before that it just may be a snow day!

The kids couldn't gear up fast enough to get out there and play!

It was seriously so cold that my phone wouldn't even take a decent picture!

Good thing I had some simple crafts on hand to keep us busy.....we weren't going anywhere, it was SOOO icy!

The bummer deal of this whole snow storm was the way Boise handled the snow removal on the roads.  They weren't prepared for it and driving in it was a complete nightmare for over a week!

A Girls Weekend Away to Montana

Glen was kind enough to let me run away for a quick 3 day weekend away to visit my family in Missoula, Montana. 

I was so excited when I hopped on the plane in Boise to find I had the whole row all to myself.....this trip was shaping up nicely. 

My mom picked up at the airport in Salt Lake.  We had a couple of hours before our flight out.  It was fun to see a few familiar faces and get some Cafe Rio for dinner.
We had a late night flight so by the time we actually got on the plane we were ready to sleep!

I love going to my Aunt Sheila's house.  It's so beautiful.  Her house overlooks the beautiful Missoula valley.  It's always so peaceful there and she's a very awesome host.  

We had a great weekend relaxing, shopping, going to the movies, eating, and helping my cousin Abby move into her new home!  

Sisters!  These two remind me of my girls, they have always looked different from one another! One dark/one light!

It was a perfect weekend to spend with family.  I really look forward to these times and really appreciate Glen giving me the opportunity to do it!

Visiting Santa Early

As quickly as Halloween went down Christmas stuff went up!  Maggie thought it was so fun to run into this Santa!  
She does a good job of making her siblings laugh!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Play Date

I think Maggie was very wise in her friend selection!  She got invited to go play at her friend Kenley's after preschool one day.  
I kept getting sent pictures of them riding on Kenley's horses. 
Maggie loves going to her house because it's full of animals, it's the best!

Maria (Kenley's mom) also happens to be Uncle Paul's really good friend from high school.  It was fun to make the connection.  Not only that, Maria's dad was Glen's scout leader growing up.....I have heard all sorts of stories for years from all the boys on Elray Hendricks!  It was fun to finally put some faces to those stories!

We are lucky to have these friends here!

Halloween 2014

The weather was just too perfect this year to carve our pumpkins outside.  Mom was really happy about that too because the mess was easy clean up out there!

And the finished products....we were pretty traditional this year!
Glen and the kids grew those big orange pumpkins, they were awesome!

And here were are!  Ready to go score some candy!  Bess was Alice from Alice in Wonderland (grandma Berger sewed her costume YET Again! lucky lucky girl). 
Maggie was Cinderella and Carter was.....we aren't so sure? But it's what he wanted and it made him happy!

We walked around as a family down in the neighborhood below us.  Normally one of us will stay home to hand out candy but since there is only 7 houses up here we knew we wouldn't be hit too hard! We left some candy on the porch with the pumpkins lit hoping people would still feel welcome.

It was a beautiful evening out.  It was fun to visit with friends and enjoy watching the kids get excited about all the craziness that was going on!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Middle School Choir

In middle school, your 6th grade year, you have to pick choir or band as an elective.  When Carter couldn't decide what instrument he would play his dad convinced him that choir was really awesome and he should take choir instead. 

Carter complains off and on about not liking choir but his body language speaks differently at those concerts!  You would think he enjoys it somewhat from his facial expressions.....he gets into character!  

It's weird to think I have a middle schooler and to go to his choir concerts makes it even more strange!  I'd like to say I don't fit in....but reality is I DO and I have to accept getting old(er) and my kids growing!

Lucky for him his good friend Josh chose choir too, everything is better with a friend!

A Man and His Horse

I picked up my phone not long ago to find this picture in my text messages from my dad.
This is my 95 year old grandpa and his 41 year old horse named Sage.  
It's not very often that you find a horse that lives to be 41 and it's amazing to think of the memories that these two have together!
(Sage passed away in January 2015)

I will always cherish this simple picture.  It brings back so many memories from those days out on my grandparents ranch....what I wouldn't give to go back and enjoy those childhood days of running free out on those plains of the Montana/Canadian border!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Primary Program 2014

This years primary program was one that will go down in history.  It is Carter's last & Maggie's first!

They all did awesome!  It's my very favorite sacrament meeting of the whole year!

Long Live the Naps

Maggie has long ago given up her naps.....but some days are either just too dang boring or exhausting and she will crash!
Now why don't I stop and lay down with her?  That's the next plan!

I am pretty positive that she exhausts herself most of the time, she goes and goes!
Here she is showing me her "punching bag" in the back of her throat!


One day I got on facebook and noticed I was being tagged in a picture.  
This little nursery class of Carter's from WAY back in the days.  We sure miss our Grandview ward and all the memories that went with those 10+years in that ward!  
These kids are all big and old now, and that's just depressing, but this picture sure made me smile remembering this great group!

Work Trip to San Diego

Glen had a work trip planned for Southern California the first week in October and he suggested that I come along. 
It was perfect because they kids had the days off of school so we drove them to Salt Lake to be taken care of by relatives and we flew out from there.  

It's always so calming to go to the beach.  It was the first place we hit up as soon as our plane landed! We were both happy to hear the waves crashing and feel the sun!

Of course one of our very favorite beaches is in Laguna so we made sure to have some time to stop there too. 

We have lots of memories here with the kids, it made us kind of sad (for a couple mins) that they weren't with us. 

We got a good laugh out of this family affair photo shoot that was going on.  It looked like a teenage "couple" be photographed by a father and mother team.  But the positions they had them getting in were rather inappropriate!  & extremely awkward!
Then we were glad our kids weren't there!

The company that Glen was working with treated us to a nice dinner one evening.  It was so fun to sit outside in October, in short and t-shirts, and enjoy each others company with no interruptions!

The sunset at the beach happens to be one of my very favorite things!

We had to take a picture of Rapunzel's castle for Maggie!

Also we spent one day canoeing the ocean, no pictures as I was scared to bring a camera along for that! We had a good time watching for pretty fish and sea lions. We both agreed we couldn't do it for too long because we were getting a little sea sick.  

We flew home on a really early morning flight after being away for 3 days and 3 nights.  We picked up the kids and drove home.  It was a very fast trip but relaxing and that's what we both needed!

Preparing For Halloween

Maggie and I were so happy when the stores brought in all their fun Halloween masks and costumes!  We got good laughs out of trying things on.  

Spirit week at school also happened in the month of October.  Bess and her friend Sara were ready for mustache day!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Football Season 2014

Carter had a great football season this year with his same team from last year.  It was a bit more fun to watch this year too as we finally are getting to know more of the boys he plays with.  
We did way more traveling this year which was a little harder....the farthest game we played was in Hailey, which is right by Sun Valley.  That was FAR!

I love that Carter has bright blue cleats!  I never really watched for his number on the back of his jersey like I did those bright blue Nike cleats!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Being a Missionary Now

My Dad and Stepmother Susan just returned home from a church mission to Boston, Massachusetts.  I'm so proud of and inspired by them as I've read their blog posts each week.  I don't think I've ever seen my Dad happier as he has lost himself in the service of others.  Kendi and I have talked about going on a service mission when we're older, but after watching these two, I'm more committed to doing it than ever.  

Here are a couple of my favorite pictures.  Well done Papa and Nana Sue!

For Christmas, my Dad sent us a book from Clayton Christensen called "The Power of Everyday Missionaries".  I highly recommend this book.  Clayton Christensen is Harvard professor a world-renown businessman.  I studied his Harvard Business Review case studies in business school.  He is not only a brilliant mind, but he is a humble disciple of Christ that finds joy through sharing the good news of the gospel with others, one-on-one as the Savior did.

While watching my dad on his mission and reading this book, I realized that I haven't been the kind of member missionary that I should be.  I've been praying for chances to share the gospel and feel the joy of missionary work.

This past Sunday, I fasted, prayed and set a date.  I asked the Lord to help be find someone not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with whom I could have a gospel conversation in the next week.  I believe that there are many people that the Lord wants us to help, but He wants to see our commitment and know that we can be trusted.  I was all in and had faith that He would provide the way.

As a side note, I think Satan has a foothold in the workplace.  It's okay to talk sports, our families and politics, but it can be taboo to discuss church or religion.  Some companies have policies against it.  It's easy to understand why the adversary works this way.  We work 10-12 hours a day, get home and try to spend the balance of our time with family.  You add the extra time for community and church service, and it's easy to justify to ourselves that we simply don't have the time.

Hogwash!  Why should the most central part of our lives get squeezed out of day-to-day conversation?  I've found recently that there are tons of opportunities to talk about church, scouts, and church service.  I don't need to give the 1st missionary discussion.  I can talk about my boy in scouts, how the church gives me a chance to service, what I learned from a speaker at church Sunday.  You get the idea.  It's not threatening and if they want to know more, they ask.  I just need to be open and share how the gospel impacts my life day-to-day, and avoid deflecting a gospel conversation into something else when it may be tempting to do so.

This past Thursday, a friend of mine that I've done business with for 5 years asked me if I could give her a letter of recommendation.  She told me that just before Christmas, her company closed down and that she was out of a job, looking for work.  I finished the letter of recommendation and then a peaceful, brilliant feeling entered my mind and heart.  I knew this was an answer to my prayer from last Sunday.  I thought about what I could say that wouldn't be threatening but that could help her.  I told her that I had been out of work before myself and could empathize with her.  I told her, “ You can take it for what it’s worth, but prayer and my faith really helped me through that tough time when I was going through it myself.  Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.”    

This is what I got back from her:
Thank you! That means a lot to me.  

I don't  know if I ever told you but my daughter was baptized into the LDS faith about 9 months ago and has never been happier. With the missionaries coming and going from house constantly, my faith has become stronger recently and my admiration for these young people is incredible. (I come from a history of 13 years of Catholic school.) The Church and its members have been so kind to us and has welcomed us warmly even though we are not members. We actually live less than a mile from the Glenview, IL temple.  

I hope that wasn't TMI!

Her email brought tears to my eyes and I had to close the door to my office.  It really touched me.  I told her so and asked her a couple questions about her daughter.  I also remembered Clayton Christensen's book and asked her if she had any questions that I could help her with.  She gave me a short list, mostly about the temple.  She also told me that she hadn't yet taken the lessons from the missionaries but that her newly baptized daughter was preparing to be married in the temple soon.  Some of her questions had to do with the temple.  She also shared some positive interactions she has had with members of the church in her area over the past 13 years, and the special spirit she feels when she sees the temple.

We’ve been going back and forth with emails.  I'm not sure how things will turn out.  Regardless, i'm sure we'll stay in touch.  It's her personal journey to find truth and I respect the decisions she makes.  I've shared a few scriptures from the Book of Mormon and videos from Mormons.org.  For those new to our faith, leaning how to pray and how God answers prayers is really important because it is something very different from memorized prayers.  But the personal relationship and communication with God is how truth is revealed and testimonies are built.

Having this experience and watching the faithful service of others is strengthening my faith in the gospel.  What happened with my work friend is not coincidence – I’m sure of that.  Sharing the happiness the gospel brings is something that I hope I can openly share.  It brings tremendous joy.  It's a little gem I've recently rediscovered and one that I hope not to forget.