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I LOVE MY FAMILY August 16, 2012

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We have had an amazing summer! We went to Utah for Scott’s marathon (yeah Scotty!) then did a tour-de-Colorado, then later we did Reno/Tahoe/Yosemite/Beach Reunion, and then spent a “relaxing” week in St. George. I am so blessed to have these incredible individuals eternally linked to me!


Welcome Zoe! (ok it’s a 5th child thing, I’m a year late)

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So our sweet baby angel little momma was born July23.  We were in California packing up to come home when we got the call, so it was a frantic ride home but we were so excited!  She was the happiest, most easy going little baby and she just made us laugh.  She looks so much like her uncle and reminds me so much of her great grandma.  The poor little thing was thrown in the van at 2 weeks for a road trip to Idaho and it’s been craziness ever since being the youngest of five – but she continues to be so sweet and happy and a source of sunshine for all of us.  We LOVE our little Zoe baby!







I AM A READER April 13, 2011

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ok, so that’s my affirmation. Can I say it’s completely truthful right now? Not really. But it will be. In the past 3 years I have read a ton of classical children’s literature and it’s been an amazing gift to share with my kids. In the past 3 months I’ve read more literature for myself than I have since high school and I’m excited for that trend to continue. Anyway, I came across a BBC List of books and I think it’ll be a fun challenge, in addition to the TJED classic book list I’m working on.

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone JK Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

The Bible

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

1984 George Orwell

Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) Philip Pullman

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

Little Women Louisa M Alcott

Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

Catch 22 Joseph Heller

Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit JRR Tolkien

Birdsong Sebastian Faulk

Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger

The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch George Eliot

Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenin Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield Charles Dickens

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

Emma Jane Austen

Persuasion Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh AA Milne

Animal Farm George Orwell

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving

The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery

Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies William Golding

Atonement Ian McEwan

Life of Pi Yann Martel

Dune Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon

Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas

On The Road Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding

Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick Herman Melville

Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

Dracula Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson

Ulysses James Joyce

The Inferno Dante

Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransom

Germinal Emile Zol

Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackera

Possession AS Byatt

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas David Mitchel

The Color Purple Alice Walker

The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte’s Web EB White

The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton

Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The Wasp Factory Iain Banks

Watership Down Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet William Shakespeare

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

Les Miserables Victor Hugo

Bleak House Charles Dickens

Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh


I’m just average January 17, 2011

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So a couple years back I came to the realization that I am the queen of average. I’m not smart, I’m not stupid… I’m average. I’m not skinny, I’m not fat… I’m average. I’m not really talented, I’m not completely lame… I’m average. I’m not really a good, good person, I’m not evil… I’m average. I’m not beautiful, I’m not ugly… I’m average (I could go on and on, but I think I’m made my case).

A friend of mine was saddened by the self analysis – perhaps she thought I was downing myself, but to me it was kind of liberating. Maybe it’s the type A personality in me, but I’m always thinking I gotta be better, do better blah blah blah blah blah!!! So coming to the realization that I am who I am and that’s just gonna have to be good enough was a relief! Now obviously I’m still me and I’m always gonna push myself to improve, so I’m not buying into the “well that’s just how I am and I can’t change it” bogus thinking. I guess the shift is, I’ll make myself the best queen of average that I can be and that’ll be good enough for me!


Welcome to the Family Benson!

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I’m not really sure why I didn’t finish this post months ago, but I’ll go ahead and post it now.

We picked up our little Benson on Oct 22 – it was a bitter-sweet affair. We love the Barney’s and appreciate them more than I can say – so it was sad to know that they were sad. But what a joy and relief to have our little guy home with us. From start to finish it was an eight month journey – like of like a pregnancy – and now he’s here.

Although it was already planned, the timing worked out such that we welcomed Benson to our family by taking an amazing family vacation. We did Disneyland one day, then Sea World the next, camped four nights on the beach in San Elijo during the Halloween weekend, and then hit Legoland on the way home. I was a little worried how Benson would do with such chaos but he was an absolute champ!

Anyhow, here’s some photos…enjoy!

what I saw as we drove away from the "good-bye" - it was a good sight!

The hand-off

Disneyland Magic

I love my kids...I love the beach...I love sunsets...I love this photo

My scarry crew

good times, good friends

By June well be a forever family!


Me and my kids love this song September 4, 2010

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Just an Update August 7, 2010

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I’m not feeling particularly creative at the moment, but I do feel like writing… so I will.

In June we packed up our house, put our stuff in storage, crowded into my parent’s home and went on vacation – all the while thinking our house had sold – only to find out the buyers backed out and left us in a sticky situation.  So our summer thus far has been a rollercoaster of vacation bliss and real estate blues.  The balance comes only when I choose to be faith-filled – when I choose not to be upset even when life is upsetting and when I choose to be grateful instead of demanding.  Overall I think I’m doing an o.k. job, Scott, however, may disagree.

Anyway, here’s some photos of the summer so far…

Saying our "good-byes"

A Perfect Day at Sea World

Tman boating in Big Bear

Summer Voyage Pit stop Number 1 - Utah

Summer Voyage Pit Stop Number 2 - Oregon

Thanks Kearby’s Crew for putting up with your crazy cousins

Loved the Oregon Coast (notice Savi's sand face)

Summer Voyage Pit Stop Number 3 – San Francisco

Good times in Santa Cruz

Mazie in Golden Gate Park

Savannah's 8th Birthday on the road

First time boogie boarding

Mazie with Grandma and Grandpa

Summer Voyage Pit Stop Number 4 - The Reunion