Monday, January 30, 2017

Lake Powell 2016

Lake Powell, is beautiful!  I had never been down to Lake Powell until I got married to my husband.  I didn't grow up in a family that loved the water, or had boats, so this was all new to me!    I am not a water person, myself, but it's something my husband loves.  He grew up going to Lake Powell with his cousins and extended family so it's a tradition that we are trying to keep for our children!  In years past his family had a house boat for their Lake Powell trip, and let me tell you, this was not my favorite thing!  I was terrified with my kids on a house boat running around and playing and sleeping on the water.  Needless to say we only took our little kids once because it was too much for their mom!  Starting in 2015 the family decided to try bringing their motorhomes down to the beach and try Lake Powell that way, this is what convinced me to try it again!  It was so much better(for me)!  I loved it so much more!  The trip was a little bit further then before, I think it took us 6 or 7 h1ours to get down there(when before it was only 3 or 4ish), but it was totally work it in my opinion!  Not having my little kids sleep on the water, having space to run and play, it was so great!

The first morning there my husband woke me up to see the beautiful sunset one the beach!  It was truly breathtaking (but getting up at 5 in the morning was a little rough on me and I was kind of a grouch the whole day).  I am so glad he got me up because every time I look at these pictures of the sunrise it reminds me of summer, warmth and playfulness.  It was worth it to get up but sleep is something that I love!

This is what our camp looked like on Tuesday when most of the family got there.  By the weekend there were people on all sides of us!  The beach get super crowded at the week goes on, so weekends are not the best time to go!  If you want a good camping spot right by the water then make sure to get there early in the week!  

The water, the sun and the family, it doesn't get much better then this!  I actually had a lot of fun!  It was beautiful and seeing my kids playing all day in the water with family!  it is something that I wouldn't want to deprive them of!  

One of the things that made me reconsider the Lake Powell trip again(because I hated the house boat!) was when my little girl and I were shopping at Costco and she wanted to use her money to buy a lifejacket.  I reminded her that we didn't have a boat and probably wouldn't use a life jacket very often this summer, and that's when she informed me that she would need one for the Lake Powell trip!  It reminded me that even though it isn't something that I love, my children need to be given the chance to know both sides of their family and choose the traditions that will be important to them!  I'm trying to make a better effort to get out of my comfort zone and try new things so that my children can choose for themselves and their future families!
Family traditions beautiful!  I am so glad that my husbands grandma and grandpa loved to get outside and explore, and try new things!  These traditions and carrying on through the grandkids and great grandkids!  Family is such a wonderful thing to have and I want to make sure my kids are given the chance to enjoy each other and just play together!

Yay for family vacations and photography to capture these moments and memories!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

New Blog

I've started a new blog over at I'm going to try to incorporate a lot of the same things from this blog, and then I'm going to shut this blog down. Come check me out over at the Kryspphotography website, I'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easiest Bag Ever!

I made this bag for my little girl, for her church bag. She loves it and I loved it because it was so easy!

Here is how you do it, are you ready?

Materials: A Fabric Place Mat, Ribbon, and a Sewing Machine.

First thing I did was sew the ribbon on, there really isn't any rhyme or reason to my sewing so I don't know how many inches apart, I pinned it and sewed where I thought it looked good and copied it on the other side.

You can use as much or as little ribbon as you want to use for the handles, I just put as much as I thought looked good, but you can use as much or as little as you think looks good for the look your going for.

Second: I just sewed up the sides of the Place Mat, and WA-la that's it!

This is what it looks like from the inside. I also burnt the edge of the ribbon so it wouldn't fray.

I wish there was a little more to this tutorial but I love how easy it was! We made these in my church a long time ago and I always wanted to do them again. I'm so glad that it was as easy as I remember!

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think everyone has their favorite recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies, and here is mine.

I love it, because my husband loves it, and he's pretty hard to please. :)

This is also the best recipe I've found for making lots and then freezing it so you can have a batch whenever you want! I love it!

It says to add nuts, but we're not nut fans so we don't add those and they still are wonderful!

Here is the recipe:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

  1. 1 Heat oven to 375ºF
  2. 2 Mix sugars, butter and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  3. 3 Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. 4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.
I got this recipe off the Betty Crocker Web site, here's the link if you want it:

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Picture Hanger

So my little sister is going to the college by our house, and she lives in this great little house with 7 other girls(that's a lot of girls in one house!). She doesn't have a whole lot of space, and she loves having pictures everywhere! She just found this cute little picture hanger at IKEA in the picture section and put it over her window.

It didn't have enough little hang-y down things(yes, that's the technical term:)) so she just took some mardi-gras beads and made her own hang-y things from them. I thought this was a great addition to her little crazy room!

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My little sister and I just put some striped curtains up in her room and I think they turned out pretty darn good, being the first time we've ever tried something like this!

We got the material at IKEA and just sewed the edge on all sides except for one(because she really like the natural fringe), and then we hung them with these great circle hang-y things that they sell at IKEA for super cheap, so we didn't have to worry about sewing the holes for the rod to go through.

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I Love Weddings!

My cute cousin just got married last week, and it is always so fun to share the day with the two lovebirds! To see how happy and excited they are to start this new part of their life, it's always a lot of fun!

The colors of their wedding were yellow and blue, because that's the color of their personality(from the color code book). I thought that was a really cute way of personalizing it!

My cousin said that he had been in love with this girl since he was in grade school, he said he had always been partial to red-heads(that's her hair color:)) so that's why he always loved "The Little Mermaid." It was really cute, and I always love all the little romantic stuff(I'm a sap!).

I made these wedding glasses for them as a present.

My little sister draws the pictures and I transfer them so that I can cut them out using the cricut.

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