Flight Activities for Kids

I shared some fun flight activities to do with the kids over at Arizona Mama. Is it just me, or is life more fun with a theme? The best part of this theme is we create, we exercise and we learn. You can’t ask for more!

Flight activities Ring Glider

While you’re there you can also take a peek at my review of Frost Gelato in Gilbert, Arizona and our Princess Academy Family Book Club. While you’re there, be sure to say so I don’t get lonely!

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Bloggy Boot Camp – Vegas

I had an amazing Saturday at Bloggy Boot Camp! After a couple of evo‘s, this was my third blog conference. Did I mention it was amazing? I took 12 pages of notes! I wish I took more pictures. (I wish that after every conference! This time I even forgot my camera; fortunately I borrowed my daughters and still didn’t take many pictures.) I have a huge list of things to learn more about and do.Bloggy Boot Camp cheese tray

My lame attempt at capturing some kind of picture. Once again, I’m all about the food!

Oddly enough, I’m not overwhelmed. I’m totally invigorated. Sometimes life is hard (or is that just me?). Sometimes I get overwhelmed and I don’t know which way to turn and it’s hard to listen to my heart because of all the haters. (Elizabeth Jayne Liu shared a great quote. “Don’t try to win over the haters; you’re not the jack*** whisperer” – Scott Stratten) Maybe they aren’t haters, they are just telling me what they think I should do and it leaves my head spinning.

I had time to go over my notes and start letting the conference sink in, I’m hoping that will help keep my enthusiasm going. On that note, here’s to nourishing my spirit, shaking things up and making my dreams come true!

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Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory

Lowell ObservatoryWe’ve been spending time in Flagstaff recently. It’s a beautiful place to escape the heat in the summer and play in the snow in the winter. One of the trademark tourist spots is the Lowell Observatory. I shared the juicy details of what to see and a highlight of the tours available over at Arizona Mama.

The Pluto Discovery tour was my favorite. The walk up to the telescope really puts the distances between planets in perspective! I also love the story of how Pluto was discovered. (I do still feel sorry for Pluto being downgraded from a planet. On this tour we also learned that the moon is getting further away and eventually it will just slip out of the Earth’s gravitational pull.  When that happens, the oceans will no longer have tides. Weird!

Have you ever been to the Lowell Observatory? Please stop by, read my post and share your experience. Leave a comment and say hi, even if you’ve never been there!

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Friday Favorites: September 7

With the dark clouds and rain, it actually feels like fall here in Arizona. The cooler weather is one of this week’s favorites!Field Trip favorites

  • We had Family Photography Club. I’m hoping to get our challenge pictures up next week.
  • One of the kid’s wanted to participate in a fundraiser at Frost. I’m always up for an excuse to eat gelato, even if the scale is mean to me the next day.
  • I’m almost finished with the third Ranger’s Apprentice book, The Icebound Land.
  • I was able to chaperone my favorite field trip to Junior Achievement’s BizTown!

Of coarse I wasn’t the only one having fun this week. Here’s some favorites from around the web.

  • The Gunny Sack shared a recipe for baked mozzarella sticks. I love mozzarella sticks and these ones might love my waistline a little bit more than the fried version.
  • Want to be a better writer? Rachel Gardener shares 10 tips.
  • I found another book I want to read from Booking Mama. I’m never going to catch up if I keep finding them faster than I can read them!

Don’t be shy; share your favorites from the week!

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Look at the Sky: 8 Lessons from George Durrant

Early in my marriage, we listened to talks from LDS speakers on cassette tapes. (Anyone else remember those?)  One of our favorite speakers was George Durrant. I especially loved the one called “Look to the Sky” where he Watercolor tree for Art Campshared an experience he had in an art class. He had to present his painting to the class for critique.

The first person who spoke up was a young woman, “I like how George painted the sky.” A wave of relief washed over George and he looked at the sky and agreed with his classmate, it was good.

Then a second person said, “Yeah, but the foreground is all messed up.”

With his typical humor, George thought, “Why can’t you just look at the sky.”

There are so many lessons in this short little story!

  1. We all have our skies – the things we are good at.
  2. We all have our foregrounds – things where we have room for improvement.
  3. There will be people who notice what we do right.
  4. There will be people who point out what, when and where we messed up. These voices always seem the loudest to me.
  5. We need to surround ourselves with good friends, those who encourage us.
  6. George was in a class, striving to improve. We need to be constantly learning and improving.
  7. Listen to the voices and access if there is any merit in their statements. Our critics can have lessons to teach, and our cheerleaders sometimes have their own motives.
  8. The trick is to balance our focus on the areas we excel, while continuing to work on the areas that need improvement.

It’s interesting how some of the most powerful lessons come from seemingly small experiences. So where are you looking today?

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