Category Archive:Sunshine

Camping at Tony Grove

Your #1 Fan post on February 20th, 2017
Posted in Camping, Cousins, Family, Hiking, Sunshine, Swimming

My older sister and I decided to take our kids on an overnight camping trip. I was feeling great and ready to get out and LIVE. Having cancer and being out of commission for 6 weeks sure makes you motivated to get out and feel alive. I love camping. I love just sitting and soaking up God’s beautiful earth. It was healing. Anytime Novalie can hang out with her cousins, she is a happy girl. We went to Tony Grove, which I camped at with my Grandma and Grandpa when I was a kid and Kevin and I camped there once in our early years. It felt familiar and I was happy to make new memories there. We went to the lake, played games, walked the campsite, ate yummy food and treats.

Novalie loves camping and the outdoors just as much as I do. We feel at home.

Started out being careful on rocks…

To being drenched. 

So happy to be in the sunshine in the mountains.

The morning after. I did not sleep. Maybe 30 mins total in 5 minute increments here and there. I was convinced that bears were going to attack us….”did we put all the food away good enough” went through my head every 5 seconds. Sleeping on a hard ground 7 weeks after having a double mastectomy was not a brilliant idea. I later learned that my tissue expander that was in for temporary reconstruction work turned 90 degrees that night. Whoops. I don’t regret it though. One night in the mountain air did wonders for my soul.

A goodbye selfie with Novalie and Sophie.

~Happy Tony Grove Camping Trip!~

Bear Lake

One of my favorite parts of summer is going to my sister’s cabin in Bear Lake.  Good family time and Bear Lake is beautiful and perfect for the kids.  My sister and her family moved to France for a year and we were so happy to have these 2 days together at one of my favorite (and Novalie’s favorite) places before they left.  Even though I was super tired from taking care of a new puppy and her not having anywhere to run around freely, it was still relaxing and fun.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA



Dogs are not allowed on the beach at Bear Lake, but they said I could bring her because she was just a puppy and if she stayed in her kennel.  I set up a little shade for her because it was hot!


I had to let her out to go to the bathroom and boy oh boy did she LOVE digging in the sand.  It made me sad that she couldn’t be loose.  She would have loved the beach and water.


Austin really loved Olive.


All the cousins that came.  They all had so much fun with each other.


Our Bear Lake trip wasn’t complete until we stopped at LaBeau’s for shakes!  Marcus’ face cracks me up.  I love shakes…yummy!


This is my new favorite picture of Novalie.  Have you ever seen a picture as cute as this?!  Happiness.  Joy.  Summertime.


Memorial Day Weekend

Your #1 Fan post on May 28th, 2014
Posted in Camping, Friends, Fun Activities, Novalie, Sunshine

Novalie had herself a fun three days.

slip n slide

An alllllllll day playdate.  The slip n’ slide is back in business.


Another alllllll day playdate.  They made $38.

Sunday we went to my sister’s ward to hear my nephew play the piano in sacrament.  It was awesome and he is talented.  It made Novalie want to keep up with piano and practice more.


We set up the tent in the backyard to have our own little camp out.

clue camping

We played Clue.



We had smores.


Waking up in the morning.  We survived the night.  I didn’t sleep much, but it was fun.

Monday we ran some errands and had operation clean the living room.  Then Novalie had an afternoon playdate.  It made me really excited that summer vacation is just days away.  I love that girl.

She slept really really well all weekend.  And she has rosy cheeks that are turning very tan.  Love it.

Life in Pictures

 There are too many little things that make it onto Instagram that I would normally blog about.  So here is a post of pictures of happenings around here the last couple of months.

wouldyouratherWe got the game, Would You Rather?, and it is a lot of fun.  Some of the questions really make you think, some are silly and outrageous and some are just funny.  We play it a lot.

trophyWhatever it takes to make you feel like a winner.  Novalie’s friend got this for free at a yard sale to give to Novalie.  It was super funny.

trainingtableNight out to The Training Table.  They were proud of their jackets.

tennisNice days to start the outdoor tennis season.

surfnswimSeveral trips to swim to beat the cabin fever.

sunshinePulling out the summer toys on sunny, warmish days.

president5th grade field trip.  They have studied the American presidents and the states this year.  They went to the Treehouse Museum were they have a whole floor dedicated to American history.  Novalie is sitting behind a replica of the desk in the oval office.

plaayThey also put on a play during their fieldtrip.  Novalie was chosen to be in it.  She was Slue-foot Sue.

obamaCover for her president’s report.  The whole class groaned, including Novalie, when she pulled President Obama for her president.  She got a 200/200 on her report and learned a lot about the current president which was a good experience.

lemonadeLemonade stand.  This is their most favorite thing to do and would do one every single day if I let them.  They are not shy at all and flag down cars.  They are going places, these two.

lambCute spring baby lambs!  This baby was lying on its mama’s back.  It was super cute.  You are never too old to stop and admire baby animals.

IMG_20140220_122346_982Good Luck Charlie ended.  We were sad.  We had a little party.  We miss the Duncan’s.

drivewaytennisWhen tennis balls are worn out, we send them to their death.  Past our house is a big steep hill and somewhere down there a dog has a collection of our tennis balls.  Or a sewer drain has a collection.  Where ever they end up, we hit them as hard as we can from our driveway down that hill.  Even in our Sunday best.

cookieNovalie and I went to a cookie convention.  We thought it was going to be a big, huge thing, but really it was a small room with probably around 200 cookies decorated.  They had some beautiful cookies that were much too pretty to eat.  And they had a bunch of fun ones like this dragon.

bookreportLate night book report.  I have to say this was Novalie’s first night before forgotten school project.  Having one child, I usually stay pretty well on top of things, but this thing just snuck up on us.  She got it done and got a 100%.

beachThese two really wanted it to be warm enough to swim outside, but it just wasn’t.  They set up a beach inside.  Problem solved.

LegoWe have seen the Lego movie twice.  It is a cute and funny movie.  Novalie has always wanted Legos, but besides some as gifts, I have never wanted her to have them because I wanted them to be something special she looked forward to doing at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  Kevin and Novalie both wanted her to have some being inspired by the movie and have you seen the girl Lego collection now?  Super cute.  We got her her first kit and they had so much fun putting it together.

Sunshine and Friends

Your #1 Fan post on May 11th, 2013
Posted in Friends, Novalie, Sunshine


Three of Novalie’s favorite things (and blessings):


2. WATER &