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Friday, August 10, 2018


Two Words:
Rexburg Rapids.

(That's in a country song).

There's really no better way to spend a day with friends then in the sunshine.  Or in the pool.  Or both.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Piano Playing

Our older kids started taking piano lessons years ago.  Because my mom is their teacher, quitting is not an option, even though they didn't practice much.  My mom claims that she loves the one on one time she gets with them.  I'm grateful she is as patient as she is, because my kids are learning music.  

There was a time or two I dappled in the piano playing business.  I took a piano class at college.  I never practiced (weird...I was wondering for a second where my kids picked up their bad habits...).  I always blamed my lack of motivation on the fact that I didn't have a real piano to practice on, unless I walked to campus--uphill both ways in a blustery snow storm, with no coat and only a thin pair of shoes--

My kids have used a similar excuse.  They don't like practicing on an electric keyboard.  It would be different if only they had a real piano to practice on.

Dreams come true.

We bought a piano.  The kids are actually loving it.  They really do open their piano books and practice a few times.  I've even found myself plunking out a few familiar tunes (don't get crazy.  I don't actually know how to play the piano, but open a simplified hymn book, or a simplified version of John Denver, and I can pick out a few notes to make it sound like a real song).  Ace has even sat down a few times to learn a thing or two about notes.  

The funny thing about this, is that it's a Kimball brand.  My kids all think it was named after my brother.  I'm letting them go with that.  We think about him much more often.  

Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July

I love the 4th of July.  It's my favorite holiday.  I even decorated for it this year.  #overachiever  We bought fireworks to light off in the neighborhood, a couple of days before the 4th, as warm up.  They were bigger than expected, but we lit them, and loved it.

With the "biggest fireworks show this side of the Mississippi", Independance Day is a big deal here.  I guess that's why I love it so much.  I kicked off the day with the Firecracker 5k.  I mostly ran to catch up with my sister.  As soon as I caught her, we crossed the finish line. 

After that, we took our kids to the parade.  It's been years since we've been to the local parade.  I loved it.  I was just as excited as my kids to watch the floats go by.  Plus, I got a huge wave of patriotism go through me when the scouts walked past with a huge American flag.  It was awesome.

We grilled burgers and hot dogs at my parents house, and basked in the beautiful sunshine and warm weather.  It was so perfect. 

Luckily, we found an awesome spot to watch the fireworks without getting into the big crowds at Snake River Landing.  It didn't take us nearly as long to get home this year as it did last year when we were in the thick of things.  My only regret this year is that we left Slice's binky home.  Yikes. 

We had such a fun day.  It's no wonder I love the 4th so much!!  I can't wait for next year!!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Family is Everything.

When you can't go to Brazil, let Brazil come to you.

Oh how we love the Brazil Harts! 

As usual, it was so great to have my neices and nephews come to visit from Brazil.  One more year and they'll be home for lots more frequent visits! 

Plus, as an added bonus, Tyler and Abby and my really great-niece came too.  Family is everything.

Saturday, June 30, 2018


Let us speak for just a moment about how old I am.  We'll only spend a moment because basically 40 is not a topic for long drawn out conversations.

I attended a portion of my high school reunion.  20 years is a long time to be out of high school, yet I started talking to my high school pals, and it started to seem like just yesterday we were out prowling around doing whatever it was we did.  Haha.

It's too bad I didn't get to see many of the other people I graduated with.  I am super grateful that I'm still such good friends with a few of the people I grew up with.  They are, and forever will be, blessings in my life.  #SRU  #grizznationunites  (Hahaha!  Candice and Erica, those hashtags are for you!)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Fashion Trends

Look.  Fashion sense has never come naturally to me.  I've been all about the t-shirt and jeans or hoodie and sweats, for as long as I can remember.  So, when my kids roam around looking like they do, and you happen to see them, and wonder, "Who got them dressed?"

Well, if it's not a t-shirt and jeans, they dressed themselves. (Or in Slice's case, her older siblings dressed her.  Big helpers they are.)

Thank goodness.  One less thing I have to worry about.  Haha.

Here are the latest fashion trends I happened to catch in a photo.

#OKCThunder fans Unite! 

The Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer look--

I told Bogey to go get ready for church.  This is what I got.  He was 100% on board, ready to head out, no shame.  I buckled under the pressure, and cared too much and made him change.  That is the suit he wore when he was like a year old.