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The boys picked me up in Boise yesterday and we headed back to Hagerman. It’s been 3 years since we have been out here. Hard to believe Anthony was a newborn (3 weeks old) last time we were here.

We had a little BBQ at the house for the 4th, and planned to shoot some fireworks – but a storm rolled in.


Oh – and we played with the new marshmallow guns from Auntie Meg & Uncle Steve.





A little front-yard swinging too…


It was a fabulous 4th of July and I have to say, even after being married for almost 10 years and together for 15 years – reunions with my hubby are still as anticipated as they were years ago :)

One Special Dude

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My two boys are so incredibly blessed to have the Daddy that they do. I know it’s easy for them to take him for granted because they are so young — but one day, they will look back and they will be completely blown away by their Dad.

People have asked me before..”How did you know that Joe was ‘the one’?” I have a longer answer to that question, but the short and important answer is: “I could see him as the Father of my children and knew he would be great.” And….He is SO much better than I even thought he was going to be (way back then!)

❤ He loves our boys.
🏊 He TEACHES our boys.
😉 He cares for our boys.
⚡ He disciplines our boys.
🍴 He feeds our boys (and most of you know HOW amazing he is at this.)
🙏 He prays for our boys.
👏 He encourages our boys.
🎩 He is a great example for our boys.


And…he has a great job 🚕

For Father’s Day this year, we took my Dad & Joe to the Fair..after a fabulous breakfast at my sister’s place (I think we were her first guests!)





If my boys could blog, I know they they would say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU, Daddy. He is the BEST! 😀

Our Colander

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A silly name for a blog post, huh?

I was making dinner tonight and pulled out our colander to drain some pasta. I noticed that our 10 year old colander (one of the old school, green ones) was looking really old.

It’s not the first time I have thought that recently. We have been married almost 10 years, we have been in our house for almost 10 years, our mattress is almost 10 years old, our carpet, and all our stuff – nearing 10 years.

We need a new mattress…I don’t even look forward to my own bed anymore because I am sore every morning from the mattress. Our living room carpet is NASTY! Between the dogs, the kids and the parties — it’s GOT to GO! (And we will NOT make the same mistake twice — no more carpet for us!).

For some reason, I am shocked that our things have only lasted 10 years (or less). It doesn’t seem like that much time has passed. ‘Things’ only last so long….and another recent reminder…people only last ‘so long’, too.

My recent, very unexpected, trip to Connecticut was a rude & sad awakening that things could change within seconds. People say it all the time, right?

Enjoy the time you have.
Don’t ever assume anything.
Be grateful for the family & friends in your life.
Don’t take people for granted.

One Saturday night, you might be celebrating a milestone birthday….


And then you might get a phone call on Sunday morning with news you NEVER expected…


I don’t even know what to say or write. I have been home for almost a week now, and I still feel so heartbroken.

Going back to our colander — I was also reminded that I, too, am getting old(er). I have SO many gray hairs these days. It seemed ok when it was just one or two, every now and then…but now I have ‘a lot’. I try not to let it bother me — but really, I don’t like it one bit.

I am sorry this isn’t one of my normal, feel-good, oh-so-happy posts. Sometimes a girl just has to say what’s on her mind.

We will replace our mattress (soon!), we will find new flooring that we like, and I am sure they still sell the 1970’s green colanders at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Unfortunately, people are not replaced. We are left with memories & photos of time spent together.







Sweet Cousin Warren – you will not be forgotten but you WILL be greatly missed. 💛

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