Mountain Biking in Fruita, Colorado

A few friends and I went on a mountain biking trip to Fruita, Colorado. We had a blast escaping the cold weather from Northern Utah.
Initially we had planned on going to Boulder City, Nevada but due to rainy weather switched up our plans at the last minute.

A good friend of mine purchased a Phantom 4 drone and shot some arial footage of us on the Horsethief Bench Trail.

This is the package he had bought off Amazon. A quick google search shows that this thing has awesome reviews.

Check it out the footage below: (Please note that there is loss to video quality to get it uploaded to Youtube)

 

Snow

I couldn’t think of anything for a blog post title except what has consumed our life lately . . snow!  So despite waking up to THIS everyday, there was plenty to smile about this week such as. . . .

My son wanting to wear a Yoda hat to bed every night. . .

Mommy daughter date. . .

My 5 year old doing one of my least favorite chores and LOVING it. . .

Beautiful baby smiles. . .

His hair. . need I say more? . . .

Getting to play the part of the tooth fairy for the first time. . .

Having a helper shovel snow everyday . . .

More baby smiles. . .can’t get enough!

And. . .this awesome guy suggested we start going out on more dates.  He probably has been sensing my cabin fever.  Love him!

I’m counting down the days till spring, but in the meantime I’m grateful for my kiddos and hubby that bring me joy everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 MORE Easy Ways to Keep a Journal

A couple months ago I wrote about Five Easy Ways to Keep a Journal.  I wanted to do a follow up post about Five MORE easy Ways to Keep a Journal.  As you can tell Journal writing is an important topic for me.  I want to remember facts, events, people, memories, the good, the bad and everything else.

Food Journal

Sometimes I wonder what in the world my family has eaten for dinner every night for the past 8 years.  I know I cook, but when it comes time to making dinner or meal prepping I always run out of ideas or am stumped.  Dinner isn’t something you can just forget about. . everyone needs to eat even if it is takeout or a granola bar.  I thought having a book with a picture of what we eat every night for dinner would be a fun idea.  I also think my kids would enjoy looking back later in life too to see what kinds of dinners were prepared or bought for them.  This isn’t a “foodie” picture for social media or a beautifully plated picture, but a real life quick snapshot just to have a record of what we ate that night.  Some nights are an extravagant meal and some nights it is just cold cereal or pizza.  Even when we go out to eat, I snap a picture so I remember that night I ate out instead of cooking.  I like having a record of what we ate to flip through later on when I need a meal idea.  I also think future posterity would enjoy seeing what types of foods their ancestors ate. . .I know I would!  I put the pictures I take each night in a Chatbook and call it “Daily Dinners.”  I wrote more about Chatbooks in a previous post here.  This way of journaling takes NO effort.  I snap a picture, upload it to the Chatbook app and its done.  I thought I would try to print out a book once a year.

Audio JournAl

I have saved voicemails from my hubby before because I smile when I hear his voice.  I am sure after a loved one passes on it would be a treasure to have an audio recording of their voice too.  This brings me to my next journal suggestion.  Record yourself talking.  You can do this anyway you like.  You could share personal stories or simply talk about your day to day life.  There are several apps that let you use this feature.  I am sure your kids or future posterity would love to hear stories from their mom, dad, grandma or grandpa.  This way of journaling also takes little to no effort.  Record. . talk. . .done!

Here are a few suggested apps to record yourself.

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smart voice recorder

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Gratitude Journal

When I was 8 years old, my parents gave each member of the family a blank journal.  My parents challenged us to write 5 things we were grateful for each day.  I still have that journal today and like looking at things I was grateful for when I was young.  As an adult, I notice when I try to see the great things about each day, it makes my outlook a lot better.  I want to do this same idea with my own kids so they can learn to look for the joys in each day too and appreciate the beauty and blessings around them.

The 52 List Project

This best seller book is an awesome super low pressure journal idea for anyone that loves to make lists.  This book gives you a prompt and then you make a list.  By the end of the year you have made 52 lists.  Some of the list questions are:  list your best qualities, list the things that always cheer you up, list the things that motivate you and list the things you want to add to your life.  After each list is a “take action” section.  I make lists all the time so I might as well make a journal out of it.

Autobiography

I took a class in college where one of my final assignments was to write an autobiography.  The minimum page requirement was 18 pages.  Mine ended up being close to 50 pages I think.  I am long winded I guess.  I was a little put out by the assignment but now I am grateful to have it.  I definitely need to add more since it has been about 10 years.  I know that writing an autobiography can seem daunting and time consuming.  A previous coworker of mine suggested for those that were overwhelmed by the task of writing an autobiography to just ask yourself personal history questions.  He has an amazing list of them on his blog here  He also suggested just googling personal history questions to get more ideas that work for you.

Here are also some other books too to help record your legacy

Memories for my Grandchild

This book is such a cute idea for grandparents to record their legacy.  There are prompts to tell grandchildren, great grandchildren and future grandchildren all about their childhood and teen years, marriage, religion military, family life, parenthood, service, etc.  There is also a pocket you can store some keepsakes and notes inside.  This is another journal where grandparents can write let

Craft a meaningful life story!

This book is really just a guide to record your life story.   There are 35 guided themes and extra exercises that help you write about milestones, relationships, career decisions, and life choices

Mom’s Five Second Memory Journal

This journal is my favorite because motherhood is so busy!  It really is perfect for a hectic lifestyle.  This journal give fun prompts to record memories of motherhood or children.  The author says:  “And best of all, since the journal isn’t chronological, you won’t feel guilty if you don’t fill it out for a week (or a month or three)!”  That is good for me.

Really I know how busy life can be. . .BUT how much time is spent on social media here and there.  Journal writing is feasible and something your posterity will be grateful to have so I suggest trying out something that works for you.  I would love to hear any other journal ideas to add to the list?

 

 

 

Celebrating Thanksgiving in January

January is probably my least favorite month of the year.  There are a lot of positive things about this month and I know it is important to live in the moment and enjoy life, However, I am STILL not a huge fan of this month.  I know January blues can be a common thing too for many people.

We usually try to escape to St. George for a bit every January but haven’t been able to do that so my hubby got the idea to have a Thanksgiving celebration in January.  We invited some friends over and called it “Friendsgiving.”  We had so much fun eating all the traditional Thanksgiving food, decorating with Thanksgiving decor and spending time with friends.  Who says you have to only celebrate holidays on their traditional day?  I am glad my hubs thought of this fun idea.

My hubby brined a turkey for 12 hours the night before the celebration and then put it on the smoker the next day.  The turkey was so delicious and the flavor was amazing.  If you have never eaten a smoked turkey before, I definitely recommend trying it sometime in your life.  If you want the recipe, comment below.

Maybe we will try celebrating my birthday twice a year next;)

Does anyone else get January blues?

What are some ways you beat the blues?

My Turn!

I have 10 minutes left on my lunch break at work and thought I would quickly blog about my funny little 3 year old.  His favorite phrase lately is

“My Turn!”

He likes to do EVERYTHING all by himself.  I am grateful for an independent toddler (sometimes.)  He does not like help, assistance, advice, or anything that involves him not fully doing a task by himself.  I can ruin his day quickly when I try to help him out.

Yesterday he took 10 minutes to put on his pajama shirt.  During that time there were screams, fits and frustration.  He would ask for help and when I tried to help, he would say:  “No, my turn!”  He FINALLY got the shirt on after quite the effort only to discover it was backwards.  I tried not to laugh out loud, but it was hilarious.  I will post a sped up video of his process later on.

I find this situation amusing because he is my own kid.  Does anyone else have a fiercely independent toddler?

Is it OK to get her a vacuum for Christmas?

Yes folks… I did it. I bought Kari a vacuum for Christmas. GASP. The good news is that she says she loves it. Kari is the type of gal that wouldn’t tell me if she were unhappy with it. Besides, this is not your typical vacuum. I went with the Dyson Cordless V8.

We have had so much fun using it. I have already cleaned all the vents, the cracks between our couch cushions, the kitchen floor, and our front room area. The charge is said to last about 40 minutes.

I received many comments that a vacuum is the cliche DON’T DO gift for her. I risked offending her, so I also got her a couple dresses, two blouses and two pencil skirts from Mikarose to stay out of the dog house.

I got to wondering, how do most people think about this? I created a survey below so I could find out.

Turn Photos into Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor Photos

I love admiring beautiful watercolor paintings.  I am amazed at the talent it takes to create these works of art.  I definitely do not have this artistic talent and since artwork can be pretty expensive, I tried to look around for other alternatives.

I found an app called:  Waterlogue.  This app can change any of the photos you upload into beautiful watercolor paintings in 30 seconds or less. There were several app options, but I personally liked this one the best and it had the best reviews.  Here are a few examples below.

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Frame it

I ended up deciding to frame one of the pictures I turned into a watercolor. I printed off the picture at Costco, framed it and had my hubby hang it up.  I love it!  I already had the frame, so the whole project cost me about five dollars.
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