blogtember| day 12: Read, reading, to read

I definitely go through phases with reading. I'll binge read 5 books in a couple of weeks and then go months without reading anything. I'm currently in a non-reading phase so to be honest I haven't finished a book in quite a while.

I read In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick a while ago, but I thought I would include it because it was SO GOOD. I don't usually read nonfiction, but I really enjoyed this book.  This is the first nonfiction book I've ever read that I was unable to put down. It's the tragic story of the whaleship Essex, that inspired the climax of Moby Dick. The author's historical retelling of the story was amazing. While I was reading the book I could not stop talking about it to Jensen. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes an exciting story nonfiction or not.

I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan so I was excited and slightly skeptical for this book. So far I'm enjoying it, but I'm not a huge fan of the play format.

Up next on my reading list is The Selection. My sister recently read it and enjoyed it. It sound like a fun quick read, so I'm excited! I also haven't read a series in quite a while, so that will be fun.

blogtember | day 7: JOY!

Today I'll be sharing 5 things that bring me joy.  I won't be sharing the obvious (like my family, children, and friends) because you already know they bring me the most joy!

Sewing and Crafting 
I don't sew or make things nearly enough lately, but I do really enjoy making things when I have time.  I haven't made much since we moved, or really since Quinn was born. I have some projects in mind for Quinn's birthday coming up that I'm hoping will get me back into the groove!

Ingrid Michaelson
She just came out with a new album and I love it!

Rainy Days
It doesn't rain very often in Utah, especially in the summer, so I love it even more when it does. I love cozy rainy days where I can just stay inside and bake or watch movies with my kids.

I've been wanting some artwork of the Savior in my home, but I'm been waiting for the perfect piece before I buy anything. I went to Swiss Days in Midway and got a beautiful wooden silhouette of Christ.  Mine is painted white and looks so pretty on my grey walls. They also sell custom silhouettes, so you can get your family done. They're so amazing! Maybe one day I'll be able to get some of my whole family.

Beautiful Design
I don't know much about graphic design, but I wish I did. I love looking at beautiful blogs and other design things. I'm slowly learning how to customize my own blog, but I have a long way to go!

blogtember | day 5: most memorable birthday

I love birthdays! I try to celebrate my "birthday week", but Jensen doesn't usually let me get away with it. I have a summer birthday, so I've never been in school for my birthday, and growing up between the ages of 12 and 18 I had a lot of my birthdays at Girl's Camp for my church.

One of my most memorable birthdays was probably my 6th. My mom threw a huge luau themed party for Suzanne and me.  We invited a ton of our friends, and even rented out the gazebo behind our house.  We had those cheap plastic grass skirts for everyone and plastic leis. I loved all of the Hawaiian decorations. Those little paper mini umbrellas really stand out in my mind. I remember using them in any drink I had for months afterwards. We even had pin the flower on the hula girl! Suzanne and I also each got our own cake that year that we were able to help my mom decorate. I'll have to update this post with a picture when I can find one.
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Until then here's some pictures of inspiration for Quinn's birthday that's coming up. It's just a few weeks away! I don't have any specifics planned yet, but I know I want lots of flower decorations and different shades of pink.

blogtember | day 4: currently

Jensen has been out of town helping in the pit at an off-road race since Thursday, and he gets home tonight! I'm so excited!!! Here's what I'm currently up to.
Reading... Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildWatching... Pretty Little Liars. I wasn't sure how I felt at first, but now I'm hooked!
Trying... to be patient. It's hard being home alone with no breaks from my children or company!
Cooking... not much while dad is out of town.

Eating... too much junk food. With Jensen out of town I've been eating out and eating too much junk.
Drinking... lots of ice cold water.
Pinning... home inspiration.
Loving... my sweet kids
Thinking... about plans for this fall!
Feeling... tired. Hurry home Jensen!
Hoping ... for cooler weather to come and stay!
Listening ... to Dunken talk non stop. His vocabulary has exploded recently!
Celebrating... Jensen coming home tonight! new fall candles from Bath and Body Works! My favorite!