• More of Kauai

    The weather has been great and we are and just enjoying our time in Kauai.  It is hard not to love the most beautiful island in the chain! We have stayed at this Marriott Kauai Resort  a few times and we never get tired of it because the pools are big and beautiful and it is just… [Continue Reading]

    More of Kauai
  • A Quick Trip to Tokyo, Japan

    My guy made a trip to Japan last week for work…man alive, I was jealous. He lived there for two years as a missionary for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I lived in Osaka for 18 months….we met after. He works for a Japanese company headquartered in Salt Lake City… [Continue Reading]

    A Quick Trip to Tokyo, Japan
  • Aloha From Hawaii

    Long story short….we made a trip to Hawaii…… Maui and Kauai specifically, and it was all kind of at the last minute. 8 weeks ago, I had a one month Europe trip planned for Lizzy and I as the boys were supposed to be tied up at various camps and work engagements and at the… [Continue Reading]

    Aloha From Hawaii
  • “28 to Great” Clean Eating Program

    I am launching my own 28 to Great Clean Eating Program. I am not going to lie….cleaning eating is about the hardest thing I can do!  Ask me to do…oh about anything on your list, or go to the end of the earth or you name it and I can do it….but to eat well… [Continue Reading]

    “28 to Great” Clean Eating Program
  • Today We Lost a Friend

    I am so sad and distraught by the devastation of the news today!! Mark Openshaw was one of my colleagues/students when I taught at BYU as a grad student/adjunct professor and subsequently he and his wife, Amy became our good friends and my clients at our travel agency! He has been flying for years and… [Continue Reading]

    Today We Lost a Friend
  • Get Moving or Die

    It has been a terrible year for blogging and it is so funny because I blogged for about 5 years straight without barely missing a day and then one day I was out of the habit. I was flying home yesterday and I realized that journal writing is really a stress reliever and I needed… [Continue Reading]

    Get Moving or Die
  • How My Life Is Rolling- Kids and more Kids

    Just a couple of quick highlights about raising our kids….it is all about them right now! 1. Hillary is really enjoying her mission this far. The MTC was a huge challenge for her and the language kicked her butt. Now she is serving in Boise! This is such a blessing in disguise as she was… [Continue Reading]

    How My Life Is Rolling- Kids and more Kids
  • Highlights of the Weekend

    Labor day came and went and it wasn’t labor less. Brian’s boss was in town and Brian was busy entertaining him from Thursday until late Saturday. Since he brought his 11 year old, that involved putting one of our kids into the mix. We spent Thursday night out at the Wentworth By the Sea. Never… [Continue Reading]

    Highlights of the Weekend
  • 4 Talks 4 Powerful Ideas

    This morning I was reading my scriptures, pondering and thinking about some things from the Ensign magazine. This month’s Ensign (September) has some of the most important thoughts I think I have ever read. Here are a few of them and one nugget from Robert Gay, who I deeply admire. This story- Years ago some… [Continue Reading]

    4 Talks 4 Powerful Ideas
  • First World Problems

    I am looking forward to a fresh start today as the last week as been dominated by breakdowns and meltdowns at the house trying to put things together. Sunday, was one of them! I am feeding the missionaries a huge roast beef dinner and the next thing I know the dishwasher goes out…first world problems.… [Continue Reading]

    First World Problems
  • 5 Things to Know Today

    1. Brian and I freaked out and decided to get new carpet for our upstairs two days ago and it is being installed today. Um….we have needed carpet for about 8 years, but I didn’t realize what a monumental job that would be clearing out the top floor where we all live to have it… [Continue Reading]

    5 Things to Know Today
  • Rebuilding My Life

    I have taken a long vacation from blogging all because of technical reasons. As you know, at the beginning of the year, I lost a huge portion of my blog to a technical issue…that ripped my heart out as that was a big part of my journal.  I went back to handwriting in a journal… [Continue Reading]

    Rebuilding My Life
  • Favorite shots at the Garbage Dump

    This summer, I spent a couple of days in the Garbage Dump community of Chinandega, Nicaragua. People live off of the refuge from the dump. It is quite a site and almost unimaginable. But I find myself aching to be among “mi familia”!

    Favorite shots at the Garbage Dump
  • Picture Perfect Day in Rothenburg

    Today, we made a stop to the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. A popular stop on the romantic road in Germany. It is well-known for it’s middle age appeal and dates back to 950AD. “Rothenburg held a special significance for Nazi ideologists. For them, it was the epitome of the German ‘Home Town’,… [Continue Reading]

    Picture Perfect Day in Rothenburg
  • Salzburg and Lake Wolfgangsee

    Beautiful Salzburg is where we made our journey to today. “Salzburg’s “Old Town”  has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.  Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for… [Continue Reading]

    Salzburg and Lake Wolfgangsee