My New & Blue Sunhat!


I found a lovely sunhat in an unlikely place- Lowes! We were looking for plantar boxes to hang off our balcony railings, when I found this little beauty sitting in a stack of hats on a box display. I picked it up, and it was love at first sight! I love sunhats, because they help protect my sensitive, pale skin. (Oh the woes of burning easily…) I also love sunhats because they seem super glamorous to me. Depending on how they are styled, they can add a hint of whimsy, or a dash of mystery. Bismarck has been throwing some delicious weather at us lately, and I am soaking it all up. I’m super excited that it’s going to be 77 degrees on my birthday, this Saturday. Woohoo!


Here’s me trying a bunch of “model” faces just for fun! :)

How’s my “smize”? :)


I guess that’s a better shot of my jewelry, and my hair flowing in the wind. :)

What do you think? Want to get a sunhat of your own? :)

Adventures with My CTR5 Class -#5


Today my lesson was on the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. We talked about the angel Moroni, the hill Cumorah, and how Joseph Smith translated the golden plates. We also talked about how Heavenly Father helps guide those who are striving to serve Him. I told the story of Moroni, of when after all of his people had died and he was the only one left, that he still had Jesus Christ as his Savior and Friend. We colored pictures, and played “popcorn” as usual. I have a bean bag that they can throw, or “pop” to someone else once they say something they are grateful for. I am trying to make gratitude a fun activity for my class.

In regards to reverence, today was a bit of a hard day. Only one of the four children present received their reverent star. It was a little sad, as I wasn’t able to give the beanbag to one of the students that had earned it.  But that said, some weeks are just better than others.

Next week is Stake Conference, so I won’t be teaching my Primary class this upcoming Sunday.

Adventures with My CTR 5 Class -#4

Word of Wisdom
As usual, feel free to print out and use these coloring sheets. Just please give me credit, and don’t post elsewhere online without my approval. Enjoy! :)

Between General Conference and a meeting for Relief Society (the priesthood leaders took over Primary so all women could attend), it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve taught my class. We talked about the Word of Wisdom, and why it is important to take good care of our bodies. I taught the story of Emma Smith, Joseph Smith, and how the word of wisdom came to pass. I also told the story of Daniel, and how he refused to eat and drink from the king’s table (and chose to eat only good things). I explained that this decision helped him to make good decisions later on. I then told them the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den, which they loved. We talked about the fact that caring for our bodies helps us to make better decisions spiritually. It was a good lesson. :) It was nice to see my students. :)


Also, here is the Easter coloring page that I promised! I hope you like it. :) It’s never too late to color a picture of the Savior and the Atonement. :)

Five New Rocks!


I now have 5 new lovely rocks to add to my rock/gemstone collection! I picked out some ones that have been on my list for a while. Whenever I go into our local rock shop, I never come out with what I expected to. That said, I always love what I end up bringing home!

It was a lovely day outside, so I decided to take pictures in the grass clearing near my apartment. The rocks are as follows: Black Kyanite, Angelite, Red Muscovite, Blue Aventurine and Crazy Lace Agate.

I think the Black Kyanite blade is really cool. It naturally grows in this fan or featherlike structure in nature. It is so neat. It looks kind of rough and gray, and yet it still shines in the light. You can see that better in the second picture. Angelite is a trade name for Blue Anhydrite and grows in the same environment as gypsum. It is a really pretty baby blue. Red Muscovite is a mica-based rock that often grows along side rubies. I have a ruby (not gem quality), and while they are similar colors they look way different. Rubies have this silver etching inside the stone, while the muscovite shines with an orangish glitter (that being the mica). Blue Aventurine, as I found out when I got home, is dyed. It’s still a really pretty rock though. It’s so deep of a blue that it almost looks black. Crazy Lace Agate is a type of agate that often shows up in yellows, oranges and browns and has those banded layers. Mine is mostly yellow with some clear layers. I can see why lace is in its name. It reminds me of yellowing lace on an old dress. :)


For me, rocks are so amazing. I learned that there are over 4000 types of rocks and minerals. How crazy is that? And each one is so different. It really is a testament to me that God lives, and that He created the earth. I am a big lover of beauty -especially beauty found in nature. I guess that’s part of why I love collecting these gorgeous treasures. Oh, and I found out that Open University has a free geology course. I am definitely going to take it. :)

My Little Blue Teapot


I love herbal tea, especially lemon and berry flavors. I also adore teapots! I have been looking for one these past few months. I knew that I wanted my teapot to be a beautiful blue. We found a couple of adorable antique stores at this mall nearby, and they had one similar to the picture above for $20. That was a decent price, but it wasn’t the exact blue I was looking for. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Ben and I stopped into this random Goodwill store. We typically don’t find anything we like at this particular location. As I looked through some shelves filled with dishware, this little beauty caught my eye. My heart pounded as I turned it over, to look at the price. I was shocked to see it for $4.99! So I quickly grabbed it and brought it home! I love thrift-store shopping, especially when I find deals like this one.

So the real question is -does anyone want to have an herbal tea party with me? :)