Saturday, June 24, 2017

Happy Fourth of July! Have a happy Family fun day! 

How will you be celebrating this year? Family picnic, a barbecue? Boating, Camping? and last but not least...Fireworks!

Enjoy your holiday!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 New book Released!! Check out my fiction page . Click on the tabs above!

JUNE....

Summer time has started with strange weather and a AC that went on the blitz.
 This is the time to think of summer family fun...family reunions, swimming parties, picnics in the park and in the mountains...camping!!  We love camping!
    And of course, the most fun of all Fourth of July!
   What is your favorite summer fun activity?

But June has other holidays that are very important....June 14th is Flag Day. I love seeing the flags waving in the wind. I love what that flags represents. Our country and the freedoms that we have.
    I know there is a lot of political conflicts nowadays, but we need to not forgot the goal of this country. Freedom....if you have have forgotten what those freedoms, are spend time reading about it and be reminded. Though, I will say, you might have to go hunting for some of that information since people nowadays tend to try to destroy the stories of the founding fathers and all they represented.


The other great day of June is Father's Day.
I want to tell you about my dad. He was an amazing man. I learn so much from him. He had a very big heart. Always giving to others.
    I remember him getting up in the middle of the night to rescue broken down cars and fixing them in the middle of the night and then getting up to go to work.
     He served the community in 4-H  until he passed on! The kids loved him!
    He was active in the LDS church and involved in the scouting program for many years also. He loved the mountains and hiking with those boys!
    He took our family camping and hiking. He was always there at ever activity we were in. Always cheering us on.
  . He always had a smile and a hug. He had a great sense of humor.
   LaVon Max Johnston has been gone from this earth for 8 years now..but he is still with me. I miss him every day.  His birthday is also June 27th. A lot of reminders of him this month.

I love you, Daddy.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May....


May is a awkward month. It can be full of sunny, spring days or cold, windy, rainy days.We had three days last week that started out rainy and cold, and then ended in sunshine. Like Mother Nature couldn't make up her mind.    
      But for sure, the flowers are amazing! I love Spring flowers. It makes my day to see new flowers blooming.
       May is a transition month also. School is out, seniors graduate. Spring cleaning hits us. Out with the old and in with the new! It is a time for new paint in the living room. Everything gets a face lift and feels new again.
  
    

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April!....Spring! Spring! Spring!

I love spring time. Flowers are so beautiful. New green grass, fruit trees begin to bloom. Life is renewed!
   Sometimes we just need that renewal time for ourselves. I believe in new beginnings, but sometimes it isn't about starting over, but maybe a new look all together...new hairdo. New paint on the house, new nail color, plow up the old garden and change what you will do with it for once. Spring is about change for me! And as I said in the past...CHANGE IS GOOD!!
     SO let it happen! Give yourself permission to do something different. I am adopting an old habit....in the spring I used to get rid of everything in my house that I haven't used for 2 years. After I went through  my cancer-- 4 years ago-- my energy level to get stuff done was just gone. It is finally flowing in my veins again! So let the fun begin! Last week I burned all the old broken furniture in my house! It felt GREAT! Okay..maybe the chair wasn't broken..but it was ugly! So it had to go! I tried to give it away...no takers so it had to go. Now to continue my deep..and I mean DEEP spring cleaning! It is long over due! OVER HAUL TIME FOR MY HOUSE! Happy spring cleaning to all of you!



New Children's book released!

Check it out on  "non-fiction Author page"!

How to help teach your child to read! A book written from my 13 years of experience teaching Pre-school and 18 years of Homeschooling.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day!

March......

 Top of the mornin' to ye!

St Patrick's Day was always simple, a bit dreaded, but a fun holiday. Wear green or get pinched! In our home, it goes a little deeper! We keep trying to catch that pesky Leprechaun.
     Every March 17th...our milk turns green! It's been happening for years! My 6 children spent years trying to catch the tricky little man. My youngest is 15 and the tradition still goes strong.
    Along with trying to catch the Leprechaun in action, our meals for the day take on a green tint also. Green pancakes, lunch and dinner-- everything about the meals through out the day is green! ...Green salad, asparagus, green jello, green mashed potatoes, green rolls, lime green punch, etc. 
     One year the chicken was suppose to be green, but it turned out looking like yellow slimy chicken. It was difficult to eat at first for some. But it was a great family time! Since then we steer clear of trying to taint the meat--it is a little difficult.

    Family traditions are a great thing. They can be started at anytime. It is never too late to pull together a simple dinner, send out a few text to have your family members clear their calendar. 
      The time you spend with your family building memories is priceless. Just do it! It may take some time and energy to get the family all together in one place, but it is well worth it.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and yours!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February... The month of...LOVE.
What do you love? I love to Read! I love to listen to uplifting music as I work. I love to sit in a clean house...but that means I have to clean it too! I LOVE my family. I appreciate the great times they have shared with me! I love hearing them come home!

    I love friends and making new friends!

I love Chocolate! Makes me feel happy to share it with someone too!..with popcorn! Yummm!

    Just find a little happiness by loving the little things in your day.
The cat laying on the chair, the bird playing in the yard outside the window. That small piece of Chocolate melting in your mouth. The taste of a cool glass of water! The smile in someone's eyes as they greet you! I love my bed! My house!
   
     Every day is filled with loving blessings...count your blessings today!

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February...a new month. A new start to begin....again!
     This is a great time to reset those New Year's Resolutions you have already balled on...and START AGAIN!
      February...can you believe it? Here in Parma, Idaho we have spent our first month of the year covered in snow. Some New Year Resolutions may not have even had a chance to begin...so here is another opportunity.
      "Exercise? New Job? Diet? Spend more time with family?" Whatever the plan was.... Just  reset your goals and get back to work again.
     

Happy Valentine's Day!  Don't forget to plan that special date with your valentine.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year! 2017

As a kid, I never thought I would see the year 2000! It seemed so far away.    Well, I figured out a long time ago I was going to see a lot of the 2000++ years to come.
     SO here is to another new year!! What will your new year be like? Do you have great plans already? New uplifting goals? New hopes and dreams for this new year we are facing. I sure hope so. I love Christmas...but I love to see the New Year roll in. I love January.....
...my newest beginning!! I need my new beginnings. I need my 'start over' moments and my 'do overs'. But I also enjoy continuing the good things I've got going for me already. I hope you can find the good things worth keeping and look at your year in a positive way...I hope you find more then new years "Do overs!" 
     I am grateful for many things in my life...Lets make this year a year of "Counting our blessings" and to find more blessings to add to the list!
     SO Happy New Year and hope you are counting your many blessings!