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Independence Day 2015

July 4th became my second favorite holiday last year, once I saw how amazing it is in a small town. I love everything about it. I love the history (of course). I love the sense of camaraderie. I love the Red, White, and Blue. I love the food. I love the fireworks. This year there was even more to love!

Thursday after work, we drove out to the Wilkins for a cookout. It was a blast! The food was delicious and Kelly had organized a game of Water Balloon Volleyball. It was so fun! I definitely want to play again as soon as possible!

Friday was a day off for the clinic and hospital staff. It was also the day of the parade! I participated in the Steele Memorial float. I have to say, it was gorgeous! All I did was hand out Otter Pops and necklaces, but it was a blast!

The rest of the day on Friday we crashed.

Saturday, Trey was planning on firing up the grill and cooking up some meat for us to eat for a while. Ellen and Adam and the Adkins ended up joining in on the fun and we just made an impromptu party of it!

Last year, I missed the Demolition Derby. But, not this year! And I’m so happy I went. It was crazy, wild, funny, and about a hundred other emotions!

After the Derby, we came home and got ready for bed. Then we sat on the trampoline and watched the fireworks. It was a perfect day!



More Summer

It’s been pretty great, so far. Can’t believe how fast it’s going!


So, Trey and his college-buddy Tony came up with this crazy idea for all six of us to visit Spokane (6 hour drive from Salmon) and stay with he and his lovely family. I have to say I think it was brave for them to take us all in. I can’t say enough how much fun we had. They were amazing and generous hosts and spoiled us rotten!

Madeline’s Tea Party!

Okay, I just have to brag on this one. I threw Madeline the most amazing 11th birthday party ever! Totally stole the idea from our next door neighbors to have a tea party at the Rose House. She had done that for her baby shower and I completely fell in love with the house and knew Madeline would love to do her birthday party there. It was just as lovely as I had imagined!

Spring and Summer Pictures

Between me working full-time, Trey working full-time and having Daddy-duty, visiting family, birthdays, holidays, life, school, church we’ve been a little busy. Our cup runneth over.

A Productive Weekend

It started with a trip to Ace Hardware.

Trey had his own projects that weekend and I had a couple of pieces of furniture in desperate need of help! Trey was so awesome and stopped periodically to help me with my projects.

Here’s the first piece. It’s a vanity that I wanted turned into a desk. I paid $24 for it at The Pack Rat.

One of the perks of living in Idaho is the dry air. Comes in super-handy when you’re painting furniture. In Georgia, you have to give things a couple hours to dry, but not here!

The second piece I did was the girls’ dresser.

Life Lately

Dentist Trip

Going to the dentist is a bit more of an ordeal than it was in Marietta. For the kids, anyway. There’s a perfectly fine dentist in town, but we wanted the kids to go to a pediatric dentist. Fortunately, we found a brother team in Idaho Falls: pediatric dentist and orthodontist in one office. We’re going to need both.

The office is so cool. It’s set up like an old-timey train station. So, while they had to wait, they had fun playing. They all did great, but Trey and I walked out of the office and just held each other in the parking lot for a few minutes. Madeline had five baby teeth pulled to make room for her ginormous adult teeth that are already coming in. Sean had three cavities and David had eight. EIGHT. I’ve never felt like such a failure! We have really cracked down since then. We help them floss every day now. And we’re making sure that they’re actually brushing twice a day, which I’m pretty sure they weren’t doing before. Ahem!

Girl Scouts

Madeline joined the Girl Scouts back in September! She has been loving it. She just finished her first year selling cookies. She is a natural sales-woman! With virtually no help from her mom, she did amazing! I took this picture when I was putting her badges on her sash. It really took me back.


Our TWELTH Anniversary!

It kind of went by in a blur this year! Trey got me some beautiful purple tulips (my favorite and we had them in our wedding!), we got fish and chips from Bertrams, and I baked a pound cake. Pretty exciting stuff! Not to sound too cheesy, but it really just keeps getting better and better. There’s nobody that makes me laugh like he does. We’ve had plenty of ups and downs, but I really think our marriage is stronger than ever. I’m very thankful for such a man. These are the only two pictures I took on our anniversary: the cake and a car selfie on our way to church. We are so glamorous!

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Church Stuff

We love both of our churches. Well, all three! They are all spoiling us. There’s lots of exciting things happening in our ministry. Here’s David and his buddy Dallen at church a few weeks ago. The second picture I took this morning. Shaking my head.

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I’m still enjoying teaching the kids’ Sunday School class. Trey preached this morning. We genuinely love these people.

Recently, the Men’s Ministry of SVBC hosted the church’s biggest outreach event of the year: The Beast Feast. Which is exactly what it sounds like! The men and boys had a great time, which gave the girls’ and I time to ourselves.

So thankful that these two have each other! They are blessed, indeed.

The 2015 Plague

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It came on all of a sudden. It included vomiting, high fevers, and upper respiratory stuff. It hit Charli and David. It lasted six days. Six. I’ve never had a kid have a fever for that long! It was a nasty bug, but we are all on the mend. Thankful for good doctors and nurse friends that can give us advice!

Jackson, Montana

For Sean’s birthday he requested a day at the BIG hot springs in Jackson, MT. It’s a couple hours from Salmon (near Big Hole and Bannack, for you geography fans). It was a lovely, relaxing day. We were even able to stop at Dairy Queen and the fancy Safeway grocery store (complete with a Starbucks) in Dillon.

I didn’t take a ton of pictures, but I did get a few. These were taken outside of the lodge where the hot springs are, in Jackson.

Je suis Charli(e)

And finally, Je suis Charlie! We just had to stop and take this picture outside of Bertram’s today, after lunch.


Hope this post finds you and yours well and happy! We sure are enjoying this Salmon Spring. We’re looking forward to Easter, more family visits, and a crazy busy summer!


Butters’ Shenanigans

Not long after Buttercup came to live with us (just a little over a year ago), I read an article on the laziest dogs and French Bulldogs were at the top of the list. I had to chuckle, because I had found this to be true. Bless her heart, she probably sleeps 20 hours a day. I think she might actually be part cat. She does love a sunny day and to be outside. But, if she had her druthers she would sleep all day, every day.

When we first got her we tried to interest her in some dog toys. She never showed any interest. The squeaky sounds never seemed to grab her attention. She has, over the past year, grabbed one of the kids’ stuffed animals here or there, but we always discouraged that, since they were the kids. Recently, though, we had to purge a bunch of those after deciding they were probably not helping all of the allergy problems around here. So, we gave a couple to Buttercup.

Now, we’ve seen a side of her we never saw before! She has played with these little guys until they’re unrecognizable.

Idaho Falls

Every couple of months we like to get the heck out of dodge. On a day to day basis we don’t miss all of the restaurants and shopping, but ever so often we just get that urge to be around people! It’s also what I asked for, for my birthday. Before Christmas Trey had booked us a suite at a hotel right on the Snake River in Idaho Falls and we all loved it! Pool, breakfast, our own room! Perfection. So, that’s what he and my parents gave me for my birthday.

So, Friday afternoon right after work we headed out of town. Like, Trey had the van packed, everyone bucked, and it was facing south when I pulled in the driveway! Haha! We dropped off Buttercup at the Doggy hotel and then we hit the open road.

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We drove through Wendy’s that night, which was a special treat for the kids!

The next morning, Trey let me rest and he took the kids down to the pool and to breakfast. It was so nice to be lazy! After we all got ready, we headed out to do some shopping and Chick-fil-A eating!

First, we walked around a little park right next to the hotel. I can’t wait to see it in Spring. You can tell it will be beautiful.

We hit up a Starbucks, which still had some Christmas Blend in stock! And then it was on to Target!

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Everywhere we went on Friday, David wanted to find the Legos. Because he doesn’t already have a million…


I take pictures of books I want (but can’t necessarily justify buying at the moment when I have a million on my shelves waiting to be read). Who knew Mary Poppins was a series?!

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We hit up several other stores that day, but my favorite was Hastings! This was a store my friend and coworker Jennifer told me I would love. And she was so right! Books, music, movies, comics, coffee! It was amazing. I could’ve spent hours in there!

Saturday we tied up a few loose ends, ate at Chick-fil-A one more time and headed back to Salmon. It was a beautiful drive. I love that you can see the Tetons when you first leave Idaho Falls. And Trey and I just love road trips. It’s when we seem to have those big “couple” conversations. And the kids even got along! Win win!

Trey had some work on the plumbing to do when we got home and I unpacked. We had done a Winco run, so had a ton of groceries. Here’s some of the things we got this weekend.

We hadn’t been back in Salmon for five minutes when David lost something very important! A TOOTH! It’s his first top one and he looks even cuter and more mischievous than usual!


And Buttercup was very happy to be home with us.


It was a great weekend, but there’s definitely no place like home!

Valentine’s Decor <3

My Valentine’s Decor collection has grown over the years. Discovering Hobby Lobby’s outrageous sales the day after any holiday was really helpful (and fun)! So, last year I stocked up (apparently, I’d honestly forgotten). I also got a couple of things from Zulily this year. If you’ve never done Zulily, you should check it out. Cute things at good prices.

My absolute favorite, though, is a gift that Madeline made for me this year at school! Like, it’s LEGIT pretty… not just I love it because she made it! It’s this beautiful coffee filter wreath.

I love love! Happy Valentine’s Day (belatedly) to you and yours!