help a college student out (her name is Elle:)

Yesterday Elle joined us up at the lake....more

a surprise at Pickleville

Every year at least part of our huge group heads over from our side of the lake to the other side to see the "Bandito" plays that are performed at the Pickleville Playhouse. I talked about how much we love Juanito Bandito back HERE (and also lots of other places I can't find right now). ...more

pre-reunion Bear Lake

Man alive, I'm coming back to the present for a minute so I can write about being right here, right now. So much has happened this summer. ...more

May little things

April ended with my nephew and niece-in-law's beautiful wedding back HERE. So May began with still a whole slew of cousins in town...and a couple birthdays to be celebrated. ...and new babies to teach to smile: Oh man I am related to a whole bunch of baby lovers I tell you! I got to go on Lucy's last field trip of the year with her and the rest of the third grade ....more

art masterpiece wrap-up

In all that end-of-school hoopla I spaced it on including the end of art masterpiece for the year. And I can't forget that because it's one of my favorite things I get to do in the school. ...more

the trek 2016

Every four years our stake (group of ward congregations) goes on a "trek." I wrote all about what in the world that is back HERE when I got to go last time, but just real quick (and this is gonna sound weird to those who have never heard of it before), all the youth ...more


Graduation came and went and all seemed to be well. Elle and I both survived even with a lot of emotions swirling around. I mean, I had sent my first off the year before and survived, and we were heading out to spend some serious time with Elle on a family trip in the next week so I figured the emotions might hold out a little bit. least until we sent her off to begin her college life right after our trip ....more

our system for filing away school treasures

We haven't gotten to our nifty post-school-filing yet for most kids, but Claire was on-the-job even before school wrapped up. Each year we sit and sift through the mountains of work the kids drag home in their backpacks.Art projects and reports spilling out of well-worn folders from months of being carried around in heavy backpacks. ...more

baby steps to being a gardener

After years and years of thinking, "it would be so awesome to plant a garden" we went for it this spring. ...more

Elle's high school graduation

We looked for a "just right" graduation dress for Elle but couldn't find one.Instead of getting mopey about it, Elle heeded my suggestion to use the same graduation dress I wore all those years ago. I mean, that is a wing-dinger of a dress right? So when Elle came out wearing it (AS A JOKE) she sure made me smile ....more