Friday, August 22, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What to do the Summer? Scrub-a-Mutt

photo by V. Dahlgren

Never mind my get-up, focus on Bono.  He is getting a doggy massage!  Say what?

Yes, Bono was pampered last Saturday at the Strawberry Fields Scrubb-a-Mutt day.  It's kind of like a street fair for dogs. The organization that puts this event on is raising money for dog shelters and the like.  

For a small fee (small, as in $10) Bono got a bath with warm water and his nails clipped, with the flashy bandana to top off his coiffe.

There were booths to buy dog paraphanalia and companies offering free doggie gifts.  Oh, and raffles with really awesome dog goodies going on all the time.

There was so much going on- the gawking at other dogs, pooches getting tangled up in leashes, and not to mention the LARGE breeds.  We saw a St. Barnard so big they had a ramp on the back of their truck so the Big Dog could get himself up to his seat.  That's a big, heavy dog!

So near the end of the summer, if you're a local, look for ads in the paper for the Scrubb-a-Mutt festival.  It's like a little fair day for your dog and you'll have some fun too.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Music Moment Monday


Have you ever watched the Sing Off?  It's one of my favorite shows.

A Cappella groups are getting very famous these days, as the genre is gaining popularity.  Pentatonix and Peter Hollens are a couple of our family favorites.  We also thoroughly enjoy the talented Vocal Point, from the campus of BYU.  They were highly favored on the show a few years ago.

As a Monday treat to you, enjoy this hymn:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Garden 2014

photo by SMW
Here is my garden so far...a lot smaller than last year.  But I'm happy that I even got a garden in this spring.  So.much.going.on.

photo by SMW
In the planter box that huge monster of a plant was really only 2 little tomato starts that decided to overtake all the other plants I had growing there.  I had my first tomato yesterday.  Nummy....with sea salt.  Heaven!

How is your garden?  
Check out some photos of last years garden here and here

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trek 2014

photo by Niki Roskelley

What is Trek?  Good question.  Since I've been talking about it with friends lately they think I'm saying 'track'.  Nope, it's Trek.  Like trekking, having a good time.  But in this case, it's a good time with your friends re-inacting what the pioneers went through to travel from Illinois to Utah during the 1800's.

You can read more about the history of the pioneers here.  The short story is the mormons had  built a beautiful city in Illinois.  They were murdered and robbed for their land and city.  With hardly any belongings they went west to Winter Quarters, IA.  The next year they travelled to Utah.  For the next 40+ years immigrants and converts to Mormonism traveled by boat then wagon or train or handcart (for the poorist of travellers) to the Salt Lake Valley.  Many died.

I have many ancestors that made this Trek.  I'm proud of the heritage they left for me and I hope that I'm living my life to honor them.  My children are learning a bit of the sacrifices that their ancestors went through by participating in Trek.  My children can be proud of themselves for being a 'different' kind of teenager and standing up for truth and righteousness.

Friday, August 8, 2014

What to do ..... in the Summer? Can Apples or other produce!

photo by SMW

Sometimes there are long days at home during the summer with nothing (for the kids!) to do and the entertainment budget is running low. 

If you have a free source of produce or know a u-pick farm go get some of that fruit!  It's a fun outing.  Then you have a second option for something to keep everyone occupied- canning, freezing, or dehydrating.  Let's get in the kitchen.

We had a free apple source.  They were on the 'worn' side and needed to be put-up right away.  We made applesauce and dehydrated apples!  Yum!

Pierce loved turning the apple/peeler/corer/slicer.

We used to do this as a family for years and would do about 40-50 quarts of applesauce, pie apples, and dehydrated apples, but now that my kids are older they don't prefer applesauce and the like as much.  So, it's more of a novelty activity for us, and it's still fun.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Music Video- Lindsay Sterling

I've featured Lindsay Sterling before, but this is one for the books- she will be on "America's Got Talent" tonight, even though she was kicked off 4 years ago.  That shows some hutspa if you ask me!  Way to go Lindsay!  if you can hear me!

Here is one of my favorite songs below!  

In harmony,