Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chasing Butterflies



at nearby Cascade Springs


a fun day hike with the family~ we saw German Trout in the streams, colorful birds and butterflies


surrounded by some beautiful mountains & wilderness areas



I heart_dig this place in the summer, heart_digmy family

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Got Talent? plus a few pics…

“Sundials in the shade” is what Benjamin Franklin called wasted strengths.

I gave a lesson a few weeks ago on developing talents, it’s such a good topic and fun to teach, I want to share it here as a reference, mainly for me. But it’s beneficial for all, religious or not. So here it is in a nutshell… a little long but worth the read.

“Only Those Who Risk Going Too Far Can Possibly Find Out How Far They Can Go” ~T.S. Elliot

We were all born with special gifts, talents, and abilities. In Exodus, Moses was a great leader, but he needed Aaron, his brother, to help as a spokesman. Some of us are leaders like Moses or good speakers like Aaron. Some of us can sing well or play an instrument. Others may be good at sports or able to work well with our hands. Other talents we might have are understanding others, patience, cheerfulness, or the ability to teach others.

We have the responsibility to develop the talents we have been given. Don’t hide them, use them. Matthew 5:16- let others see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.

I had each lady write down 1 or 2 talents that they enjoy, then write down a talent they want to develop. Go ahead, do it. As we go through these 6 steps on developing our talents, focus on the talent you want to work on. Writing it down helps it become a goal and a plan to work on, not just an idea.

1. Discover our talents. Evaluate ourselves to find our strengths and abilities. Our family and friends can help us do this, ask in prayer, personality/aptitude tests, patriarchal blessings…

2. Be willing to spend the time and effort to develop the talent we are seeking.

3. Have faith that God will help us, and we must have faith in ourselves. Remember the message from the Little Engine that Could, “if you think you can, you’re right, if you think you can’t, you’re right”.

4. Learn the skills necessary for us to develop our talents. Taking a class, reading a book, asking a friend or professional to teach you. Research.

5. Practice using your talent. Every talent takes effort and work to develop. The master of a talent must be earned.

6. Share our talents with others. It is by using our talents that they grow. See Matthew 25:29- parable of the talents. If we don’t use it, we lose it.

Each person’s talents are enduring and unique.

“The real tragedy of life is not that each of us doesn’t have enough strengths, it’s that we fail to use the ones we have”. ~Marcus Buckingham

Then we discussed the fact we aren’t going to be great at everything we try or want to do, we should discover and develop our natural talents, and our weaknesses will become stronger or less pertinent.

“Some people believe that their greatest improvement will come from overcoming their weaknesses. Buckingham says, No! Your greatest improvement will come from identifying your natural talents and strengthening them”.

We are all mortal and have weaknesses. With the Lord’s help, our weaknesses can be overcome. Beethoven composed his greatest music after he was deaf. Enoch overcame his slowness of speech to become a powerful teacher.

In Matthew 16:27 we are told we will be judged according to our works. By developing and using our talents for other people, we perform good works. The Lord is pleased when we use our talents wisely. He will bless us if we use them to benefit others as we gain joy and love from serving and sharing with others.

Main part of lesson from Gospel Principles manual

can’t have a post without a few pictures…


Surfer girls, doing what the big boys do


Outtakes, this is much harder then it looks, I tried it at the girls request. once.  :)


these two hit it off

DSC_7510Playtime with some fun school friends, one of Sage’s BFF and her sweet sister, already planning their next get together :)

DSC_7516Josh getting home from a Pioneer Trek, ahh, what a cute cowboy, don’t tell him I said that. He had a great time roughing it with the youth, pulling a handcart each day for miles as they traveled in assigned families in the wilderness. These kids were totally out of their element- away from civilization, no cell phones, internet, or normal clothing (the girls had to wear pioneer dresses and bonnets), away from all the distractions of the world, getting a feel for what the pioneers experienced. What a neat experience Josh and what strength each youth brought as they endured! Josh loved it but couldn’t wait to shower when he got home.


Trevor, not excited at all for football. it doesn’t start until next week, but he had to wear his pads this morning at breakfast. Says he’s breaking them in. :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer is the bomb diggity!

DSC_6986Swimming with friends


awesome Playdoh model magic by Crayola- Trevor’s creation


Grooming Bruno, he’s become our neighborhoods favorite dog


monogrammed water bottles- Hobby Lobby


making a goal in front of big brothers :)

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and Propel

Sage ran up to me the other night and said in her cute voice- “Mom, please put Propel on your list, it’s P-R-O-P-E-L (spelled out), Propel. It’s the bomb diggity!” She had one at her friends house and apparently likes it. a lot!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

“Bounce Back” at Lagoon

Don’t mind if I do
took the girls suggestion and headed straight to the Roller Coasters
Nick had to work this time :(, but Josh’s bud Spencer joined us.
We heart the swings!  Sophie left, Sage rt.
Holy Cow, they talked me into letting them get double scoops, and said they would eat it all.  The worker thought they were cute and gave them enough to feed our whole family! 
Saved by the cup.
Trevor jealous of their big cones, he had a different scooper :)  Well, the girls tried, but I'm happy to say they couldn't eat it all
Boys and their ice-cream.
A good day indeed!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Getting our ocean fix…

at the Living Aquarium, since we don’t live near an ocean, next best thing.  pics from my small purse camera

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Sophie left, Sage right, straight from work for me

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Trevor’s frog is a bullfrog, ha

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Entertaining Puffer Fish right

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the cool Jelly Fish- Sea Nettles on left, Moon Jelly on right, pictures don’t capture their mystical glow

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Beautiful Coral Reef

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the Sea Horses, Trevor teaching his sisters

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Petting the Sting Rays, the girls weren’t so sure about touching them- so slimy and thought they’d get stung,  wanted proof their stingers were really clipped, lol.  We were there at feeding time, man were they hungry.

DSC02605 Leopard Shark

DSC02609 a Penguin came to say hi to Sophie


measuring up to the largest penguin, the Emperor Penguin

Fun outing, they also enjoyed the Parana’s, Octopus, Crocodiles, & Lobsters.  I’m planning some fun hands on summer fieldtrips and service projects each week until the end of summer, the kids love it.  To keep their writing up over the summer, they write about their excursions.

What are your favorite summertime activities?