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    I'm glad you're here in my little corner of the web. Just a little to introduce me: I'm a married stay at home momma of 5 kids from 11-1. My family is very important to me. I love them. My hubby and I are raising our kids in a small southern Alberta town. I love to cook and bake for my family and anyone else. I love to document our lives through my lens because I think it helps me to be a better mother and wife. It helps me see the beauty in my everyday life and in the world around me. I love to craft with my kids and on my own too. I hope you'll stay a while. And that you'll come back again and again. I'd love to hear your thoughts so send me an email or comment on a post.

    And... if you haven't noticed, I'm changing things up a bit right now so there maybe a few funny gaps here and there.... excuse the dust as I tinker around! :)

Grandma and Grandpa Steed have a  boat. And one evening we all went out to the lake. And we invited two Davis cousins around Alden’s age who were down visiting so that Alden would enjoy it all more. And he did. We also had two neighborhood kids staying with us for the week. So there were lots and lots of kids! Now I’m not a fan of waterskiing (I’m not a good swimmer and actually most of my biggest fears involve water!) but I do like riding in the boat. And capturing it with my camera too.

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I think S’mores are lovely. Really, really lovely. Really they are one of my favorite things about summer. I was thinking about S’mores and I was thinking about trifle and so then I came up with the two of these things together.

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These are easy and quick and that’s part of the reason they are great!

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Mini S’more Trifles

Ingredients

  • One Bite Brownies
  • Graham Crackers, broken up
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • For the Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 pound semi sweet chocolate, chopped (You can also just use chocolate chips!)

Instructions

  1. Combine the chopped chocolate and heavy cream into a clean microwaveable bowl.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute at a time, taking it out to stir well. Continue doing this until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Allow the ganache to cool slightly.
  4. Layer trifles in clean pint jars.
  5. Start with ganache on bottom.
  6. Then break up two one bite brownies and slightly press down into ganache.
  7. Layer more ganache, then layer marshmallows on top, slightly pressing down.
  8. If you have a kitchen torch, toast the top of the marshmallows.
  9. Then sprinkle broken pieces of graham crackers.
  10. Break up two more one bite brownies and slightly press down.
  11. Layer more ganache, sprinkle broken pieces of graham crackers and finish with marshmallows.
  12. Torch top marshmallows.
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The best part is that you don’t have to turn the stove on once!

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When my husband ate his, he warmed it up for about 10 seconds in the microwave and it made the marshmallows all gory and yummy.

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If you attach a plastic spoon, you can drop off a treat to a friend.

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An easy, quick chocolately treat!

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  • July 30, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Charmaine Puzey - Those look really good, but I am most impressed every time I see a picture you take. You have such a great talent. Just the simple way you set it all out looks amazing.

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We just got back from a ten day trip to Utah. It was lots of fun and lots of work! We’ve never taken our kids on that far of a car trip. But it worked out. Mostly because we let them watch movies the whole way;)Well everyone but Norah who wouldn’t really watch movies anyways! I thought I just give an overview of my kids favorite things. Our kids are 11,8,6,2,18 months. That’s a wide range of ages and it makes it a bit tricky to keep everyone happy at the same thing!  Here we are all at the Conference Center. (I wish Norah was in focus too…)

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While in SLC we stayed at a hotel with two rooms beside each other. That was … okay. In St. George we stayed at a great condo where the kids really enjoyed the pool! v

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These are the 5 favorite things of our kids.

1. Thanksgiving Point: We did two different things in Thanksgiving Point. And the kids loved both of them! We didn’t know for sure how busy it would be because it ended up being Pioneer Day . But it worked out just fine. There were a TON of people at the museum and not that many at farm country.

  • Museum of Curiosity: This was probably all of our kids very favorite thing we did in Utah. They loved it! There were so very many neat exhibits and I think the kids could have played there all day. Norah got really tired and finally fell asleep in the stroller (which made me happy). The whole museum is filled with fun interactive displays that teach. Really really awesome!

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  • Farm Country:  Our kids also loved this. Alden wasn’t as into it as the rest of them. He seemed almost a little old for it. Norah and Oliver LOVED the animals especially. And all the kids loved riding the ponies!

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2. The Living Planet Aquarium : My kids loved this too. We actually ended up doing this whole place in one and a half hours. Mostly because Eli. He was all over the place. But they all had fun!

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3. Jump on It: Basically a big place filled with trampolines! The kids loved it! Especially the older ones.

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4. The Little Mermaid Play  I took the older two kids to this. It started later in the evening and no kids under 3 are even allowed in the place. It was an outdoor theater. It was so so so good. The acting, singing, the effects, the fireworks. All of it. Amazing.

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5. Zion’s National Park:  We love to explore nature as a family!!! This whole place was amazing and so different from anything in Alberta. We loved it! So many beautiful things to see!

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It was a lot of driving but such a fun place to go. We also stopped at a lot of temples and took a lot of pictures. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more of our trip sometime in the future. But for now these are the 5 things our kids loved the most!

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  • July 29, 2014 - 7:56 am

    Tisha - I’m sooooo jealous! I love Utah. Isn’t tuachan amazing?! I worked there for a while when I lived down there and it was so fun!

  • July 29, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Kelly - I LOVE the B and W picture of Alden and Norah! Norah looks so happy and Alden looks so caring, so sweet!!

  • July 29, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Kinsey - Looks so fun! :)

  • July 29, 2014 - 10:05 pm

    Kristin - Trips give me stress, but they are always worth doing.
    The pictures are wonderful and i LOVE the B and W close up
    one of Norah.
    Great memories for all of you!

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Every summer I put my kids into swimming lessons. I’m not a great swimmer (I’m actually quite scared of deep water and drowning.) I want my kids to be safer and better at it than me. So I put them in every year and hope that they’ll be better at it than me. The more kids we have had, the more time it takes. But I think it’s worth it. Last year it was difficult in the fact that Norah was quite small and Oliver wanted to get into the water too. So a lot of the time was me chasing him with a baby. In the past my other kids have also handled swimming lessons quite differently. For his first year Eli literally clung to the teacher. I don’t know if he was actually scared or if he was just doing that. Sometimes with him it’s hard to know. So the next year we debated even putting him in. But then again I want my kids to learn to swim, so we did it.

One of the days I was sitting on the sides with both littles and I looked over to check on Eli in his swimming class. And I saw him far away from the teacher, almost hiding. I immediately got up (carrying Norah) and went over and told him to get back to his teacher and listen. He stopped and looked up at me with sad eyes and said “Mom, we are playing hide and seek and I’m hiding.” I said sorry to him and the teacher and went and sat back down. I felt foolish.

I had assumed he was misbehaving. Too often I assume that’s what’s happening with him. I assume he’s the one who’s caused the problem or made the mess or started the fight or been disobedient. It was my lesson that day. Assume the good. 

Do you give your kids the benefit of the doubt? I definitely think that we can swing to far the other way and think our kids can never do anything wrong. In my mind that is just as harmful. All of our kids can do bad things. My mom likes to joke that you should never say “My child will never….” because that’s just asking for your child to do that;)As parents we need to accept that our children do make bad choices, but we need to hope and expect them to make good choices.

Children live up to what you believe of them.

In a world that will fight against our kids, they need us to be our their side. I remember knowing my parents would go to bat for me whenever I was in a situation where I needed help. But I also knew just as strongly that when I did wrong they expected me to fix it and I knew what was expected of me.  I knew where the boundaries were but I knew I could fall back on a safe place where I was always loved and supported. Really that is how Heavenly Father takes care of us too. No matter our terrible choices or what we have chosen, He loves us unconditionally and sees our true potential that we sometimes miss seeing. I am sure He is disappointed when we make bad choices but those wrong decisions never affect the level of His love for us. The perfect model for our own parenting.

So with an open mind and heart, let’s assume the good of these lovely little people we have in our homes.

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  • July 28, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Jackie - I needed to read this today and I need to assume the good more often…. thank you :)

  • July 28, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Mary-Rose McMullin - Love this! It’s such an important attitude to learn– and not just with our kids! Dr. Neufeld phrases it as “Assume good intentions”. I know my intentions are usually good, but I still forget or mess up. I appreciate that Heavenly Father knows the desires of my heart and always loves me and wants to help me.

  • July 28, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Kristin - So true – I try to apply this to adults as well.
    It’s ok to feel foolish every once in a while. Those are usually the times that we learn the most important lessons.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • July 29, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    HeatherV - I needed to hear that.

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Last Friday I talked a little bit about why I want to memory keep. My friend Kristen Duke had a guess post by the fabulous Heather Walker where she talked about how photos increase our happiness. Sometimes the idea of memory keeping can seem overwhelming. I hear lots of people talk about being “behind” on their scrapbooking or feeling bad about not writing in their journals for a long time. We all get busy and life moves quickly. And I don’t know about you, but I am SO forgetful!!! I don’t think I am alone. Every time I talk to other moms about when something happened with their kids, it takes time to figure it out. And if you didn’t write it down… good luck!! That is just one of the reasons I think memory keeping is important.

I don’t think that it has to be hard. I think you can use easy strategies to work memory keeping into your life. Here are 5 that I use:

1. Project Life. I have been a long time scrapbooker. And every week I try and share a spread in my 2014 album. It’s a great and quick way to record the memories in our family. I love using mini albums and the baby albums and a regular yearly Project Life album!

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2. Blurb Books and other random journals. I have done a few of these. They are not my primary way of memory keeping but we still have some made. We’ve a few different ones. I like to give ones to the grandparents for christmas and get one printed for us too. These are a few of the ones we’ve gotten printed.

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3. Using Facebook to write down funny things your kids say. It’s easy and quick and other people get to enjoy it too! And you now have a written down copy of those little things you will forget.

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4. Apps on your Phone. There are some great Apps you can use now for your phone where you can keep both photos and journalling. And since most people have their phones with them most of the time, you can easily add in a memory here and there. I’ve used Momento, Wunderlust, Twitter and  Collect. Momento is a great little app where you can write down little moments on a calendar and record when they happened. You can add pictures and tags so that you can search for them later. Collect is similar only with collect you can have them printed with Persnickety Prints and have them printed to fit right into your Project Life Album. How cool is that?! Wunderlist is a list making app that you can certainly add lists of memories too. It can use iCloud and so you can coordinate with all your mobile devices and your computer. Of course you could use Twitter to write down funny things your kid say.

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5. Photo Projects. I try to do lots of them. 15 on the 15th. 5 on the 5th and other photo link ups with friends. 5 Minutes. Our Year in Photos. Family Photos once a month. Do I keep up on all of them? NO! But some of them I am consistent on. And some of them I do here and there. But when you add them all up you get a whole lot of pictures taken of everyday things of our family. And I get these types of moments captured, memories in our lives. 

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So many memories and more than these have been captured with using my camera. I think it’s important too that you can start capturing your family no matter your level of photography! Just start taking pictures of your life and your kids.

Do you use any strategies to record your family memories? What works for you?

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