Beach combing


I had the chance to go on a vacation with my parents, siblings and their families for a week to the Oregon Coast. It was just what I needed.  Quality time with family, some down time, the wonderful ocean, and a chance to pull out the pencils and paint. Nothing beat the early morning walks along the beach. I could get up and exercise in the wee early hours every day if I just have an ocean to walk along.  Continue reading


Continuing the Tradition

Every year around Thanksgiving my mother would spend a day baking pies, or making some other yummy treat.  That evening for our Family Home Evening we would all take the time to pick someone in our life that we were grateful for, and write a letter or card expressing our gratitude. It could be a friend, a primary teacher, anyone. Continue reading

Finally Some Snow!

It was beginning to look as if we would not have a white Christmas as the weather has been warm and beautiful. Weather that was warm enough for flip-flops and jackets.  We were excited to have a snow storm blow in Christmas eve, leaving us a beautiful white Christmas. It’s been freezing ever since, and the snow seems to be sticking around for a bit. Continue reading

A day at the zoo

This last week we had the opportunity to go to the zoo for free. There’s nothing like getting in the whole family for free.  It seems that we tend to make it to the zoo about every 3-4 years and usually in the dead of summer when it’s a killer hot day. This time we went in the fall which was awesome. No one was there. The animals were all out moving and wandering. The temperature was perfect! We also finally got to see the new exhibits and changes they have made over the last few years that have really improved it.  Continue reading

Learning on the Go – Yellowstone 2

If you are planning on going to Yellowstone make sure you give yourself plenty of time to see all of it. We were only able to see the west side in the couple of days that we were there. On our second day we got away a little bit later since were taking our Old West picture in the morning. But we saw enough for the day, and was able to end a little early so we could go back and have s’mores. Which were on the top of the kids list of items to do on vacation. Continue reading

Learning on the Go – Yellowstone 1

On our first full day we decided to hit Yellowstone. We had ambitions of hitting the upper loop of Yellowstone the first day, and the lower loop the second day. We soon realized that was too ambitious. We were basically only able to see the West side of Yellowstone on this trip. We will have to return a second time and see the east side. It has been  years since I personally have been on the west side. Continue reading

Learning on the Go – West Yellowstone

Recently we had the opportunity to combine 2 different family events into a 10 day family trip by planning our summer vacation in the middle of them. It seemed to be the best time to go. Things weren’t crazy with Beau’s work yet, and it would help us avoid making 2 trips home to Star Valley in less than a week. Our kids haven’t been to Yellowstone National Park yet and since it was a short drive from Star Valley we thought it would be a great option for our family vacation this year.  We also needed to it to be as cheap as possible for the full five days we would be gone. Continue reading