Daisy delight

Art for art’s sake is one of those things that I gave up to become a mom. I’ve occasionally designed things for websites and lessons or logos or other applications, but designing is not the same as making art. Design usually has a practical reason, and while it is fun, usually someone told you what

Oops.

We went to a 13-hour movie marathon at the Alamo on Saturday. I went to the garden before we left and watered the carrot sprouts. We enjoyed watching the Lord of the Rings EXTENDED VERSION until about midnight with Sydney and four of her friends. The next morning I stopped by the garden before church

Hip thrust using a smith machine

I couldn’t really find anything online that shows how to set up to do hip thrusts with a smith machine. Several months ago Sydney and I messed around and figured out how to do this set up: We are short people, so we use the step platform to lift us up so that we can

The carrots sprouted!

The carrots have sprouted! I am thrilled! I thought maybe I had killed them by neglecting to water them at first. Both the carrot seed tape and the loose carrot seeds sprouted. Hooray! I planted put the first of the fall plants: kohlrabi, radish, onion, leeks, celery, and broccoli. I got some beans and a

Beautiful morning

It was stunning outside today! We finally got some rain last night, which was a big relief. This morning when I went to go pick up the girls from Seminary the dew and mist were coming up in the fields. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We are so beautifully situated here: I went out

Beautiful Zinnia!

I realize how silly I sound, but I just can’t get over how great this new phone is! Look at these pictures I took of a tiny zinnia blossom today:

Dry garden

The weather has been so dry lately! The soil in the garden is pulling away from the edges near the cinderblocks. I am trying to get back in the habit of being outside in it every day so that the plants don’t dry up. This oxheart tomato fruit was looking some kind of terrible yesterday.

Praying Mantis

Jared got me a new phone the week before last. He told me it would take better pictures than my old one, but wow!

Why I go to Church

I was able to go to Relief Society for the first time in ages today. It was just like the RS meeting you probably attended: women of different backgrounds sat listening to a teacher of firm faith but no training try with erratic success to engage the class on weightier topics. The sister who talks

I am a prophetess

Okay, I’m not really a prophetess. But I am a super good critic of Church programs, as I found the other day when reading some old blog posts. Back in 2012, I used the words “church-supported family gospel study” to describe my wish for a church-wide gospel study program for Seminary coordinated with Sunday School,

Thou whited wall

I have been trying to get with the Bishop to talk about changing up my callings. Primary is never a good place for me to serve, and right now, I just feel like I need Relief Society. I am so spiritually tired. I can’t remember the last time I went to church and came home