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What's Shakin' Bacon?

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Why is your fireplace on in the middle of May? Yesterday we had an unexpected snow storm and the temps have been miserable ever since. 😕

What movie are you watching at this moment? The Pajama Game, starring Doris Day. 😊

Who is watching the movie with you? Darcie Doll

What was the highlight of your day? Going out for lunch with my 4 kiddos. We wanted to support the youth council's hamburger stand. It's Black and White Days this week (which could explain the weather! 😉).

What is Black and White Days? It's an annual community event, which started as a Holstein show back in 1912. There's Little Miss pageant winners, a parade, a horse pull, a cow-a-bunga race, cattle show, etc. all week long.

Sounds fun! What else is happening at the moment? Let's see- David's in Toronto and will be back tomorrow night. He's traveling for work a lot these days. The kids and I have been busy decluttering our house. It feels so good to simplify our lives.

How's homeschooling goin…

I Just Feel Like Blogging!

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I'm so happy it's Spring! I'm loving having all of my college kids home. I adore my new Primary calling. Six years, people! That's how long I've been out of Primary. Until now. I am so thankful to a loving Father in Heaven for this calling. He answers prayers! I have missed Primary so much. I was in heaven on Sunday at church. I even braved bearing my testimony. Why do I always weep when I do so? Sigh. My three college kids, Zach, Darcie and Marissa are attending a singles ward. I miss having them sit by us in Sacrament meeting, but I'm glad there are singles wards. I think it's good for them, and how fun that they can attend church together!


Besides what I've already mentioned, I am grateful for...

The beautiful weather we're having. The green grass. Cows mooing across the street. This country setting and the lovely valley we call home. My Sony camera! I love taking pictures, even though I'm still pretty amateurish. I can't get enough of t…

Welcome 2017!

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I want to invite anyone who stumbles upon this to visit me at my new blog, Camie's Cozy Corner. I'd be honored if you followed me there.


This is one of my favorite gifts from this Christmas. This lovely quilt was made by my talented sister-in-law who wanted to do something special for us after our two families spent a magical vacation in Disney World together this past May. We will cherish this quilt for many years to come.

Another favorite gift is this beautiful rendering of the Logan temple at night. The lovely couple who had been living in our basement until just recently gave us this for Christmas and it means so much to me. There is a story behind this print. It's the print of an original painting made by an artist the wife knew personally from her childhood. The artist has since passed away from cancer. 

In case you hadn't heard, we have moved home! We hope to be here for the next year at least. This move has put so much joy in my heart. I finally feel like this …

Taking a Break

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I have a new macro lens for my camera and this was one of my first tries with it. I miss Autumn in Utah, but there is a quiet beauty in the Sonoran desert that I've come to appreciate as I take nature walks here.


This is our simple homeschool room this year. I framed the U.S. map in the center (it's a little too high on the wall, but I didn't want to create another nail hole and used what was already there). The bookcase is new and I love it. The fall centerpiece is from one of my closest friends who wanted to give me a bit of Autumn that I'm missing here.


I lovingly made the star-spangled paper border myself. It's our time-line border and hopefully Marcus and I will start making use of it next week when we begin our state history unit.


I've been giving this a lot of thought and since the purpose for this blog has yet to be realized (I had hoped that it would draw extended family and friends here, to take an interest in our adventurous life), I've decided …

Settling Back in AZ

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Well here we are, back in Tucson, adjusting to home life without our sweet Marissa girl, who is experiencing her first week of college life. I thought I'd share some of the pictures she sent to my iPhone yesterday. The first four are the horticulture gardens...





And this next one is a view of the Rexburg temple and a chapel.

So far, she seems to be enjoying her first days at BYU-I and she loves the classes she chose. One is a family history class so I'll be sending her pictures that I have from her life up 'til now, especially from when she was younger, as she compiles her life history for an assignment. She's been making some new friends as well. I think college life suits her!
As for Marcus and I, we haven't started our state history unit as I've been too busy unpacking and setting things up here, but we do have a service opportunity this morning that we are taking advantage of so I'm looking forward to that. :)
Hope you're having a fantastic week!




Summer's End (and an update)

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As summer comes to an end, I'm reflecting on my hopes, dreams, and goals for the near future...

* I'm looking forward to returning to Tucson where Marcus and I will begin a fabulous new homeschool year together and David will come home to us every evening after work.
* I am super excited for the state history unit study Marcus and I will be doing this year. I've designed a star spangled border for our time line (pictures coming in a later post). We are going to start with the thirteen colonies and then study each state's early history by its date of statehood. It's going to be So. Much. Fun!
* I am going to relish every text and phone conversation with my three college kids. I am so proud of each of them. I especially can't wait to hear from my Marissa girl. She is going to rock college life!
* I am going to become a morning person! My plan is to be in bed by 9:30 each night and be up around 7am. After my own morning routine, Marcus and I will have a special way of…

It's Almost Here!

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It's almost here! The start of a new homeschool year. I am so excited! If you'd like to read my planning post and more about our chosen scripture verse (above) and our inspiration word, please visit my Happy Heart's blog.

I'm not rushing time, however. I'm enjoying every last summer day I have with Marissa and Darcie (and the times we get to see Zach) before September comes and we move Marissa to her college apartment. I am so proud of my three college kids. They are so grown up! It's exciting to see them reach for their dreams. I love being a mom!

But I am looking forward to Marcus' eighth grade year. I'm excited for him to have another amazing year with Liahona Academy and I'm happy to have one more year to teach him English myself (we are going to start Shakespeare!). I have an awesome state history unit planned for us, as well. I'm even ready to go back to the Arizona desert, especially because we have established ourselves there and it'…