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2015 KOA & Horseshoe Bend

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Man looking at these pictures has me excited to pull the trailer out again this summer! The other day Van went outside and eventually I realized I didn’t see him anywhere out there. After walking around the whole yard yelling his name, I found him in the trailer. Neck deep cleaning it. Ha ha! I told him dinner was ready, “mom, I just have to sweep though.” That kid LOVES to organize and clean…I was the same as a kid. :)

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Gotta love a sun, swimming and fun hangover. Or maybe it was just too much Taco John’s. Ha ha! He out slept us all this day don’t ask me how! Not sure if I miss Target or Taco John’s more. :( Can whoever comes back through Browning next just please bring me a super potato oles all ready???wattsykoa

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Isn’t this jean quilt my mom made me just the best? That woman loves to make quilts! Just like her mom. :) hottubIMG_2707These bright shorts were the best for keeping track of Baker. Though he pretty much camped out in the hot tub the entire time. He loves being inside with me…where it’s, “always nice and warm mom.” I feel ya Bakes!

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I’m still mad that the first day in school was in August this year! Worst.idea.ever! AFTER the long weekend guys!! As if our summer isn’t short enough in this country! There’s something so sentimental about first day of school pictures though. I just love them. Boss’s arm on Van’s shoulder just melts me. IMG_2773

It’s my favourite how much Boston loves his banana shirt…and how big his older brother’s hand-me-down shoes look on him. And how Van really did kill it on his first day of school which hasn’t always been the case. Not my favourite how Boston lost the new jeans he’s wearing. The best softest little jogger jeans. Who loses their PANTS? Lol. Other than the lego guy of course on the lego movie…anyone?
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Man I love Baker with longer hair. I don’t love it when he gets tired of it in his eyes and cuts it himself…like three times. Or when Derick cuts it and he may as well have let Baker cut it. Ha! We let him get all ready for school, even though he didn’t go anywhere but stay home with his mom all day long this year. Right where he should be. :)
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Anyone who doesn’t own a bouncing inflatable donkey needs one this second. From Amazon. It’s pretty much the best free entertainment around to watch toddlers bouncy bounce their way around the house!
septemberI refused to give in to summer being over, so we squoze two more little camping trips in after school started. This is right before we hiked Wall Lake, first time ever really hiking as a family. It was hard for those boys and COLD! But we did it…good thing cute matching grandma and grandpa were there. The bikes got ditched like 1k in.
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We almost couldn’t come because the heater wouldn’t turn on. (It was snowing all ready!) Nothing worse than being all packed up ready to go and then you realize something is broken. Good thing Derick is super dad who can fix anything!

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Love having this little bar in the trailer…everyone needs to make one. :)IMG_2837

And true to southern Alberta form, the next weekend was sunshiny and hot. Where do you camp when it’s the end of summer and you’re out of money and mom still has to work on Saturday? Horseshoe Bend of course, 15 minutes from your house up the river! Perks of being friends with a guy who knows a guy. Ha. I loved this little trip…hoping to squeeze in another low-key one like this again. Nothing beats free and your own little private beach…even if there’s fresh bear tracks in the morning? Yikes.

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Wattsy, I want to squish your face to smitherines.

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The countdown to more camping is on! Who’s brave enough to pack their snow pants away all ready with me? Lol. Ya, me either.

March 21, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Karley Lilburn - Pam!! You have the most adorable family and the BEST taste in decor…my house needs you in it’s life!! ;) Summer pictures are by far the best and it’s always the largest section in my scrabpooks and the most fun to go through!!…I took all the winter coats and snowpants out of the closet on the weekend, I hope I didn’t jinx us…but they are easily acessable for when we get our “spring dump”.

March 21, 2016 - 9:52 pm

Leah Lacey - OH my gosh this makes me so excited for summer!! It also makes me SO excited for another baby!!!

March 21, 2016 - 10:38 pm

Tara Oler-Easthope - Haha the Lego guy. That made me laugh. Your family is the cutest.

Scripture Reading Chart

My sister asked me to make this little printable to use for a scripture reading chart for her primary, so I figured I’d share it here too so others could enjoy. :) The cactus paper was a free digital download from here, and the chart part was all ready shared by a lovely lady on the fb primary group. (I messaged her so I could hopefully link back to her website somewhere.) Some had the idea to glue it to 2X4 blocks so it was more substantial, but I think we’ll just have it printed double sided, laminated, and let the parents help tick off the chart with a permanent marker when it’s time. Enjoy!

 

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Happy Three Years

This year to celebrate Shepard and Deacon’s big day they debuted on earth, I’m using the lyrics from my most very favourite hymn from the LDS Hymnbook. We sang it to them in the hospital by their little beds and we sang it at their sweet gravesite  service (a cappella, my favourite way to sing it). Be Still, My Soul, by Katherine von Schlegel. (Click the link for full lyrics.)

I’m sure one of the reasons I love it is because I sing alto, and it has an especially beautiful alto part. It’s got the perfect dissonance to it which has always been a favourite of mine to play on the piano. But the words! The words are so powerful, and hundreds of years old. Grief has not changed, not since the creation of the earth. I often feel a strong connection to mothers from past times, when no one was untouched by grief, especially the unique grief of losing a little brand new baby. To know that mothers just like me have been singing this same hymn for comfort for hundreds of years is beyond resonating. It’s near impossible to choose the most powerful lyric to frame, but truly, the first line is hard to beat.

 

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Be still, my soul. The Lord is on thy side. How wonderful! The all powerful, loving Lord is on MY side and YOUR side. Every time, he’s on OUR side. Even when you’re positive He’s not. I promise you that He is. When you’re physically shaking from sadness, distraught with crushing grief, and your thoughts are all consumed by tragedy, hear His words speaking to your soul. Even if you are so taken by grief that it can only be attempted through song. Calming your soul. Lovingly urging it to be still. He is on thy side. Believe it. Have patience and leave the rest to Him. He is faithfully our best friend. Do not let thy hope or confidence shake! All now mysterious shall be made bright and clear. Soon the time will be here that we will be forever with Him. Sorrow forgot. Love’s purest joy restored. When change and tears are past, safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

I love this version David Archuleta sings and strongly urge you take a listen. :) Click on the graphic for a free download of this beautiful song lyric in 8X10. Oh and I made my life easier this year and just bought the beautiful watercolour wreath and distribution license for this year’s gift, so don’t give me too much credit. ;) Happy three beautiful years since my celestially handsome twin boys Shepard Fred and Deacon Bennett became a part of our eternally-existent family!

 

January 14, 2016 - 12:34 pm

Ashley - Such a sweet post for two perfect boys! That is one of my favourite hymns and the print is darling! ❤️❤️❤️

January 14, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Amelia Crippen Low - Happy Birthday Boys! And beautiful words that made me cry Pam. I’m on my period so emotions are running wild these last couple days. Love you all!

January 14, 2016 - 8:58 pm

Marilee Halvorson - Have a wonderful day with your family!

January 14, 2016 - 11:47 pm

Jamie Green - That’s my favorite too when he is singing to the mo tab it brings me such peace. You are all lived and awesome, thank you for sharing

January 15, 2016 - 4:25 am

Rhonda Steed - Love it. Happy birthday to your sweet boys!!!

2015 First Half

Just trying to get my pictures ready to print and thought I’d share some favs again. Of course they’re all from summer. I sometimes wonder how many more pictures would I have to deal with sorting/editing/printing if I lived in the sunny pretty lighting of California? Ha ha.

IMG_1318Baker’s and Watson’s little relationship is the most adorable thing. Like what is so funny? Ha ha.  I’d probably just cleaned the back hall and they were probably plotting and laughing about how they were going to empty all the lockers the second I turned my back. Ya, that’s prob it. :)
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Haircuts! I avoid haircuts as long as possible, even taking the risk of certain grandmas (they are both guilty! Ha ha!) taking matters into their own hands and cutting some hair themselves! But come on, there’s FIVE boys with growing hair to cut. Lol. You’d put it off too. Plus it immediately makes them all look a year older which I hate. IMG_1318haircutKindergartener Boston and my breakdancing Van the night of his big show. Funny how proud a mom can be of her kids. Like seriously it’s out of hand. Ha! Like someone slap my I’m smiling so big.
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IMG_1318strapsVan the day of his baptism with his new scripture satchel bag and leather journal from Indigo that I loved. His 8th birthday ended up being very leathery. Ha ha. Besides his scriptures, case and journal, he also got a leather tool belt and leather fanny pack for his pellet gun bullets. So manly. :) Love the pic of Watson trying to talk in the walkie talkie…if only he could talk. Or even say mama. Come on Watson, you’re nearly 2! Ha.
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These donkeys at the Kalispell KOA were the nicest and cutest ever. So chill. For anyone wondering, the pool there is kind of half indoor/half outdoor, so most of it isn’t in the sun which isn’t as fun. And it isn’t as toddler friendly, but they have a delicious free yummy breakfast and free go karts which my boys thought was pretty much the greatest thing in the world. :) IMG_1318waterIMG_2419IMG_2428

Yes, the donkey ate the sucker. Stick and everything! Ha ha. IMG_2429

Donkeys so chill even Van man got brave enough to hop on! IMG_2436IMG_2439IMG_2476

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He’s so humble. Ha. IMG_2500

Oh they have a fun little free mini golf course too. :)
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We spent something like 24 nights in our trailer this summer and it was heavenly! I could definitely be a gypsy. IMG_2549
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Finishing off with some quiet moments between a donkey and a mason jar lid. I’ve mentioned I finally replaced our 9 year-old Lappy laptop (I still miss it, but it gave me the black screen of death.) Anyways, in the midst of learning Lightroom, I lost the entire month of July’s pictures. I can’t even think about it it makes me so mad and sad and mad. JULY! By far the month I take the very very most pictures. Every single picture from our trip to Sandpoint, Idaho with the Heggies and every pictures from our trip to Wasa with the Lacey fam. I’m most sad about Sandpoint though. Ha. I had the cutest group picture of the mostly the whole family going out on a family fun run. And some fun ones of Derick and Landon (Lanny better come back and flex some more k Sam?) Ha ha. And a perfect one of Derick and Baker in a canoe at sunset. And the best ones taken on timer of our little family on the huge bridge that spans miles of the lake! It was such a cool bridge and fun place to run and we spent a lot of time up there. Sad and mad and sad. Waaaaaaa.

January 5, 2016 - 9:51 pm

leah - MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE!!!!! MORE pictures and MORE kids please, oh please!

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