We will start out with the 24th of July.

This is what Bekkett was entertained by the whole parade…not the candy, not the crazy people in weird costumes, but the fence.  And a stick.  You will not be surprised by that, I am sure.  Notice the stick in the next photo.

Gregor didn’t get the 24th off, so after he went to work, we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to have a water party and BBQ.  It was quite a beautiful day.  We experienced a little bit of a rain shower and then look at that beautiful sunset on the way home.

The 25th was Shandi’s birthday and I was privileged to spend part of her birthday with her.  First of all I went on a bike ride and got this beauty for a souvenir.

And then Bekkett and I got ready and we went to the DownEast tent sale together.  Did I buy anything?  No…for the first time, probably, EVER!  Haha!  And on our way home, we took this adorable snapshot of B and N together.

Next was the Munns Family Reunion.  We camped up about Bear Lake and Bekkett LOVED camping.  We are going up there again with the Mac Munns Family over the weekend of August 17-20 and we can’t wait!  Here is a slew of pictures that are just too priceless not to post.

  Sleeping on the way up.    Our view when we got there.  

Getting acquainted with the dirt.  He would spend MUCH time with the dirt over the next day and a half.

I wish I could say that was chocolate.. it most certainly is not.  At least it is dirt, though, if you catch my drift! 😉

  Lunch with Nik.     Walks with Nik.  

We stayed until Friday afternoon and came home to get ready for our next adventure, as soon as Greg got off of work.  We went down to Salt Lake to spend time with Greg’s family, cause his brother, Peter and his family, were in town from Ohio.  Here are some highlights from the rest of the weekend.

Bekkett chowing down on his grilled cheese from Mack’s Drive-In.  Mmmm….

Greg reading one of his favorite books to his nieces.  “My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch.”  Very cute book, I must say!

Greg and I were able to go on a little date and we decided to go to “Color Me Mine.”  My BFF, Heidi, told me about it when I got home from my mission and I still hadn’t ever gone.  So, we went and chose to design a hot cocoa mug for one another.  Hot cocoa is our FAVORITE and these will be put to MUCH use, I am sure!  Next on the “Color Me Mine” project list, a Happy Birthday plate that all of us will get to eat on, ONLY on our birthday!  I can’t wait for next time!

Bekkett playing with his cousins Elsie and Paul Ephraim.  So fun to have Paul Ephraim and Bekkett together!  They are only 5 months apart and this was the first time they actually got to PLAY! 🙂 It was so much fun!

And, of course, the zoo.  Rarely is there a time that we go to Salt Lake that we don’t get to go to the Hogle Zoo.  This weekend was especially fun, because it was our first time that we got to see the new Rocky Shores exhibit.  On Saturday, the polar bear was in his air conditioned cage sleeping.  But, Monday, he was out swimming and this was seriously the highlight of all of my zoo experiences, I think.  We were right up by the glass watching him come in and go out and in and out of the water.  It was so delightful!  Bekkett kept clapping his hands and was so excited throughout his whole zoo experience!

All in all, it has been a busy month, full of fun and great times!  I can not complain!



Fun in the sun…and rain.


At the beginning of the summer, I promised Kaylee, my beautiful niece, that we could have a sleepover.  Randomly, last night at Grandma’s, I decided we had better just do this, before summer ran out and I disappointed that cute girly girl! 🙂  I didn’t even think what I had going and said, TOMORROW, let’s do it tomorrow.  And I am sure glad I did.  

Here are a few things we did.  Played at Willow Park with Sydney and Braden.  Got shocked A LOT because she took Bekkett down the slide a few times.  Walked to and from the park, came home for lunch.  Relaxed while Bekkett took a nap.  Made pizza dough, to try out our new pizza stone.  Went on a walk/hike up Stokes Nature Trail.  Ate yogurt and cheese sticks.  Got rained on for half of our walk/hike.  Made pizza.  Took pizza to Greg.  Ate the pizza.  {I do have to say that it was quite the success for a first time on the pizza stone.  Less garlic next time, but all in all, delish.}  Had a tour of Thermo-Fisher to see what Uncle Greg did for work.  Got POURED on coming home.  Made brownies for Greg. {We substituted the oil for coconut oil.  Kaylee said they were delicious that way.  We will see what Greg thinks.  Maybe I will have a small piece tomorrow, but having just started “Fit In Six” today, I wanted to start out SUCCESSFUL!}  Had a little FHE, sharing scriptures that we liked that we had learned about this week {Thanks to Shandi and Eric, who were having their own FHE when I dropped off her stuff for her Norwex catalog party, and reminded me that Kaylee and I should have our own little devo.}


And while I finished up the night getting everything prepared for tomorrow, {Norwex party orders from Saturday, prepping for another party tomorrow, fixing my computer settings to start transcription TOMORROW MORNING, 9 AM, blogging for The PieDump, blogging here, and then finishing the night with a much needed scripture study}, Kaylee watched a show, which I was SURE she would fall asleep to, but she watched it all the way through.  And then, came up to tell me she loved me and to have a good night.  What a SWEET girl!  I sure love her!  

Thanks for a wonderful day Kaylee!  And THANK YOU for loving Bekkett so much!  He sure loves you!  We can tell when he always wants to come to you!  WE LOVE YOU!  

Road bikes and fitness.


Last night I almost bought a beach cruiser for $25.  I wasn’t able to get it, but today, we were walking at the sidewalk sale on main street and The Sportsman had all of their bikes for 30% off.  30% off!  REALLY?  We had just been talking about how we should maybe wait til the spring to get a bike, and then this came up.  


My knees have been killing, and my whole body has been objecting to me signing up for another half marathon.  I have been thinking that road biking was a solution for me for quite a while now and I am excited to get started.  I have already had a friend invite me to do a 100 mile race with her in September, and I couldn’t be more excited!  

As I started on my weight loss journey, I never knew how exhausting it would be some days.  I know that every day, it is totally worth the exercise and the pain, but some days are harder than others.  Some have asked me how I have gotten the weight off and what I eat in a day.  Well, The Skinny Rules, by Bob Harper has been AWESOME for me!  

-DRINK lots of water…before bed, as soon as you wake up, to keep your metabolism going throughout the night and to kickstart it in the morning.  

-Eat LEAN protein in every meal.

-Eat berries and apples EVERY DAY.  

-Eat 30-50 grams(I think) of fiber a day.  

And that is just the beginning.  I really need to finish the book, but with trying to get all of my stuff up and going with my new job, and everything else in life, I don’t do much leisure reading.  I am going to try and do more and will keep you updated when I do!  But, good luck for now!  The book is worth the price, FOR SURE!  Especially if you love Bob Harper as much as I do!  I can just HEAR his voice telling me everything I read…it is like he is my own personal trainer, for a MUCH CHEAPER price!  Thanks, Bob Harper, for the motivation, and THANKS Gregor John, who supports me in EVERY WAY on this journey!  I am so blessed!  Until next time, happy biking.  


Slow down.


Each day is different, and today was one of those days.  A different kind of day.  Just when you think you have things figured out, things change.  BUT, tonight I was reminded to slow down and enjoy the moment.  

Bekkett and I had gotten to Greg’s work for our nightly picnic, and as we were waiting, I was laying on the grass.  Bekkett had gotten into the bag and found his bread and started munching on it.  I looked up in the sky and thought, “Look how beautiful the sky is.  I wish I had my camera, but it is in the car.  I don’t want to get up and go get it.”  Right at that moment, I felt Bekkett’s cute hand on my leg.  I look up at him, without moving, and see my little buddy, sitting right next to me with his hand on my leg.  Occasionally he would pat my leg, seemingly saying, “I love you, mom.”  

A while back, I remember reading on a {PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG} that it is not always the most important thing to take photos.  Sometimes we need to put the camera down and enjoy the moment.  

AT THAT MOMENT, with BZ’s hand on my leg, life seemed to SLOW DOWN and actually STAND STILL, as I closed my mind and let that memory sink into my brain, so that I will never forget it.  If any of you watch The Office, Jim and Pam would take “mental photos” of special times like these.  That is what I did.  And as I close my eyes now, I can still see the negative in my mind of that moment, and that memory will not soon go away.  

Moments like these remind me that I need to SLOW DOWN, and take more “mental photos” of my life.  I can either let life run me over, or choose to make the most of every moment that is given me.  I hope that I will, more often than not, choose the latter.


North Carolina, I love you.


After an AMAZING week in North Carolina, I can’t wait for the next opportunity to return.  I wanted to share a few photos to SHOW you how great it was!  A picture is worth a thousand words, ya know?  And I have about 22(or so) pictures to share.

A few shots of our family by the lake.

I FELL IN LOVE with these two dogs while in NC! Next dogs?  Maybe, someday.

Friday, we went on a double date with Jeff and Johanna to a DELICIOUS Italian restaurant, Marco’s, in Brevard, NC.  It was an absolute delight and I loved every bite!  Thanks to SUE and GRAHAM for the lovely recommendation.

Now, let’s start at the very beginning.  A very good place to start.  I won’t go through the specifics of every day, but here are a few things that I never want to forget about North Carolina:

We were privileged to take Sue and Graham’s paddle boards out on the water multiple times and I quite enjoyed that time.  On SYTYCD today(Episode #2), there was a guy who talked about going out surfing and just being by yourself with your thoughts…as soon as he said this, it made me think of the paddle boards and how much fun Greg and I had on them.  We would go out, standing up, but when we had the kids with us, we would sit and paddle them around.  It was great.


-One of the things I never want to forget is the sound of the water splashing against the front of the paddle board, as I paddled through the (mostly) calm water.

-Another is when Bekkett would bend over the side {over my legs} while on the paddle boards, to splash in the water or blow bubbles in the water with his mouth.

-The sound of Jack Johnson playing on someone else’s dock while paddling along…so relaxing.

I could put so many photos on here, but I am afraid it would be too many.  The next thing I loved was the nightly boat runs, whether it was for Greg to wakesurf, wakeboard, or for us to go tubing.  Cousin Linny has all of our tubing photos, but I hope she sends some soon.  It was a blast!  Bekkett would get so relaxed, and occasionally fall asleep while on the boat.  He loved turning so his face was against the wind.  He absolutely loved being on the boat, especially when Auntie SueSue would take the kids to the marina to get ice cream.


He obviously loved the life jacket at first.

3 words for you… Boomer and Lucy.  I love these dogs.  They are Golden Doodles and they have been trained SO WELL!  They are great with kids and absolutely LOVE to be snuggled.  It made me miss my Oscar boy, but gave me hope to have some sweet dogs in the future.


And YES, they love the boat!

One of the best parts about this whole trip was that Bekkett got to meet so many of his family that he has never met.  He got to meet Jeff and Johanna, Lily and Alex, and Graham.  He LOVED spending time on the backyard lawn, playing with his cousins, toys, and throwing balls around.  More often than not, he was climbing up the hill to get any flight of stairs he could find.



This is just a select few of the photos that we took.  I could post a thousand.

Although we had plenty of time to do other things, our favorite part of the trip was being with family and relaxing.  Bekkett had a few new experiences that included sleeping in mommy and daddy’s arms.  One of the days, he didn’t nap very well and was exhausted.  We took him to our room and watched “Master Chef” while he leaned on daddy’s chest while drinking his sippy.  All of a sudden, I look over and this is what I found.


My two handsome boys snuggling.  These are the moments that take my breath away.

There in NC, they have MASSIVE bugs.  Spiders(like Satan that I killed on my birthday in Thailand INSIDE of my house), small tarantula-esque spiders, etc.  BUT, they also have FIREFLIES, my favorite!  And when we were getting ready to hit the road, we found this little guy on the side of Aunt Sue’s car.

A REAL, LIVE stick bug.  The first one I have ever seen in real life.  SO COOL.

After we hit the road to head back to Charlotte, we went exploring.  We explored part of Hendersonville, NC, and then headed down to Greenville, SC to explore some delightful little boutiques.  We LOVED Greenville and said that one day we will own a cute little boutique somewhere out there!  Here is a picture of us at lunch at a cute little sandwich shop in Hendersonville.  Greg was getting ready to take the photo, and as he counted 1-2-3, right on 3, Bekkett gagged on his food!  It was so funny…caught it right on time! What a funny boy.

Well, I could post all day, but I am ready for some zzz’s, and Greg still needs help with studying for his anatomy test tomorrow. :/  So, I better get going.  Here are the last few to end the trip.  Tuckered out, and loving the plane.


And last but not least, me and my love enjoying our time together.  It was a wonderful experience and can’t wait to spend more time in the East again soon.


Day 1 and Day 2.


Day 1: My life.

Day 2: Backyard.


I am so in love with North Carolina. These two photos… I could get used to this life really quick. Being with my family on a boat, and living on a lake.

It is BEAUTIFUL! I know that I won’t have this life any day soon, but it sure is fun to play in it for a week and enjoy this beautiful part of the country! I think I would be way ok if G got accepted to UNC! What a fun vacation. More to come.




Well, we are in North Carolina for an Ostler family get together. We are thrilled to be with Jeff and Johanna and their adorable kids and then Miriam and Elsie! Aunt Sue brought her dogs over today and I am in love! She has two Golden Doodles and I LOVE THEM! Here is a picture of Bekkett with Boomer and then another of Alex and Boomer. I will get a picture of Lucy and lost it soon. These are the dogs that we will get when we have a large estate somewhere, someday.