Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

This year for Christmas we (Brian, Sydney, Gretchen, Julia & I) are missing Samantha. We are so thrilled with what she is doing and so happy to share her with the people of Mexico City. We miss her just as much as we love who she is serving. I thought I'd share some pictures from our photo shoot this past summer because these people make me happy.

Hug those you love and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Thanks & More Pots

Thanks much for the support at my open house. I always look forward to this day, mainly to see how you feel about what I've made. It's nice to get some feedback since everything I make is my "favorite". I found myself telling almost everyone that I saw Saturday that what they were looking at was my favorite. I had to stop myself from saying that when I realized how many times I had repeated that phrase.

I updated the pottery page with some more pots that are available. It's not a completely comprehensive list, but should give you an idea if you are looking for a gift for someone this Christmas.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A few new bowls

 This bowl and the bottom picture are serving bowls, with about a 12" diameter. 

The other bowls in between are the bowls I've had the most fun making this past month or so. They are little dessert bowls, with about a 4" diameter. I never know what you will like versus what I like so I guess we'll see how you feel about these soon. 
I can't wait to see you on December 12 between 1:00-4:00pm!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The "B" Bowls

My three most used bowls are my "B" bowls - breakfast, batter, and berry.

I've gone on and on about my breakfast bowls before. I still feel the same about them. I love them. I'm upset when there is not one in the cupboard waiting for me because the girls have used them all. I have to rethink my breakfast, which causes me grief, until I remember I can actually take one out of the dirty dishwasher and hand wash it so I can use it. The drama! I can't take it!
The breakfast bowl
The batter bowl waits patiently for me in my cupboard. It is rarely used by the girls so it's generally clean when I want it. I'm not sure that's the best thing for my girls since they need to figure out the whole baking thing before they grow up and leave me. However, because I enjoy baking (except when I HAVE to every day) I'm pleased that this bowl is there. I do need to state that I enjoy baking more when I'm using dishes that I love.

The batter bowl
Here it is, full of dry ingredients for corn bread. I love the handle except it needs to be a bit bigger. The batter bowls I've worked on this year have a bigger handle for a better grip when pouring batter out of the bowl. Brownie and muffin mixes fit very nicely in these.

The berry bowl sits on my countertop and rejoices in the produce of summer and fall. Brian grows a lot of berries and I do my best to eat all of them. I try to share with my family but it's hard. I'll run out to the garden before I eat breakfast & fill up my berry bowl with whatever is ripe. Once inside I'll rinse off the berries and transfer as many as will fit into my breakfast bowl. Since I'm picking berries frequently there aren't many days that I'm able to leave any berries in the berry bowl for someone else to eat. If someone happens to be around when I'm ready for breakfast they usually luck out and get a few. I would feel bad about this but everyone has access to the garden and can go pick berries whenever they want. I can't help it if they don't want to do that - it's the little red hen in me coming out. Just for the record. On the day I took this picture of all those yummy raspberries in the the berry bowl, I shared with my family. The berry bowl is bigger than my breakfast bowl and they couldn't all fit.

The berry bowl

Sunday, November 8, 2015

It's a bit of a blur

Things are the same here. Busy, fun, exciting, tiring, normal. There are dramas here and there but we do a pretty good job of keeping them under control. We try to run a drama free life, that's not to say we are 100% successful, but for the most part the drama is kept to a minimum. 

Sydney and Gretchen participated in the state Ultimate Frisbee tournament. I'm unclear as to what state actually means, it seems like there were only a few (3-5) schools represented. That doesn't really matter, what matters is the girls played and had a great time. They are both gimping around the house today because 6 60-100 minute games of constant running in two days makes a body sore and tired. I was only able to see 2 1/2 games since Julia had a swim meet Friday and Saturday too. Brian had to miss out on all of it, but we appreciate his working so they can all do these fabulous activities.

Julia's swim meet was super long. She did better in her events on the second day than on the first. She has been working hard on her technique and we both love this picture her friend took of her during the 200 IM. She does not love the butterfly like Gretchen does, but she sure looked good and strong doing it!

Jordan High School's girls choice dance was Saturday night. Sydney and her date dressed in late 1960's attire. Those platform shoes were killing me. I swear Syd was 6 feet tall in them. It was hard to recognize my generally makeup free daughter all decked out with '60's style eyes. I guess that style is kind of worn today, just not by her.

Halloween brought 3 different parties, one worker and me at home passing out candy. I thought my scarecrow, Piper (from The Lost Heroes), and robber looked fabulous.

I'm sure you are wondering if there will ever by any more pottery on this blog. I've been wondering the same thing too. I am working on it. Later this week I'll post about the 2 pieces I have used the most this year. And then I'll put up some pictures of what I've been working on. My studio open house will be Saturday Dec. 12. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Enjoying Fall

The weather this fall has been unseasonably warm. I have no problem with that. It's been so fun being outside and not sweating or freezing to death. Brian and I have been happy to go mountain biking every week. There are so many awesome trails around us. We live in a pretty incredible place.

Have you seen this bridge? It's in the oddest spot. 5ish years ago Brian and I took the girls biking along the Bonneville Shoreline trail starting at the Corner Canyon road in Draper. We rode the trail north until we reached a section that was way too steep and dangerous for us to attempt, we turned around and rode back. It was a nice introduction to mountain biking for the girls. This past spring Sandy/Draper constructed a bridge that spans the steep and dangerous section along the trail. Brian and I had a fun time riding back and forth on it. It was pretty neat. 

It's time to put the garden to bed for the winter. Brian has been working diligently to get it all cleaned out, tilled up, and ready for next spring. It's a lot of work. These are the gourds he grew this year. I love looking at them. I have no idea what we will do with all of them but they make me smile.

Sydney went to her school's college day and she listened to a presentation from a school called Colorado Mesa University. She was very intrigued. It's located in Grand Junction, Colorado a mere 4 hours and 15 minutes from our home. Brian had time off during fall break so we decided to go visit Grand Junction. It was a great trip. We took the mountain bikes and enjoyed that. We stopped for lunch at a place call the Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita, Co. I highly recommend eating there if you happen to be in the area. We all loved this pizza place. I could see it as being a fantastic college hangout. Syd wondered if she could get a job there if she ends up going to school at CMU.

One of the rides we did was called Horse Thief. It was a beautiful and challenging ride. We did a bit of b-hiking and a bit of riding. 

We spent one morning doing a campus tour at CMU. They have amazing facilities and an outstanding outdoor recreation program. So many opportunities to try new things. Still, it's not a done deal. Sydney really doesn't know where she wants to go for school. Fortunately she has time to decide. Unfortunately for me that time is going to pass way too quickly. I love these peeps of mine.

Monday, September 21, 2015

I think we have a routine now

School has been in session since August 19. That's about 4 1/2 weeks. 2 of those weeks school was held all 5 weekdays. High school has late start on Thursday, middle school has late start on Friday. Julia's swim practice started just after school did, Sydney & Gretchen started last week. Lacrosse and Ultimate have started and I am back on track for making dinner. (The girls were very saddened by my lack of dinner skills in the summer.) Harvesting the garden is in full swing as is trying to fit as many bike rides in before the weather turns.

 We cut corn off the cob and froze just over 6 full gallon bags. We are really going to enjoy that for the next few months.

 7's lacrosse is a faster version of regular lacrosse that Sydney and Gretchen are playing this fall. I like this version better than the original.

 Julia swam in a meet called the "Cookie Kickoff". Each swimmer got a cookie as big as their head.

Homecoming was a blast for these two. Senior year is proving to be awesome.

Samantha is doing so well. She loves where she is and especially loves the food. So many new salsas!

I've gotten in a bit of reading while waiting during practices and curfews and I just finished a book that really resonated with me. I get so frustrated by the lack of personal responsiblity that is so common I fear for where we, as a people, are headed. My girls get a little tired of my going on and on about choices and consequences. You get to make your choice but you don't get to choose the consequence. Anyway, this book is not a serious read, it was one that was sitting on a shelf at the library and it just sounded like an interesting premise. It's the story of a woman who makes a choice and then the chapters of the book alternate between 2 results of that choice. Here is my favorite quote from the main character:
"It doesn't matter if we don't mean to do the things we do. It doesn't matter if it was an accident or a mistake. It doesn't even matter if we think this is all up to fate. Because regardless of our destiny, we still have to answer for our actions. We make choices, big and small, every day of our lives, and those choices have consequences. We have to face those consequences head-on, for better or worse. We don't get to erase them just by saying we didn't mean to. Fate or not, our lives are still the results of our choices. I'm starting to think that whem we don't own them, we don't own ourselves."
Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I would not have felt as strongly about this book if the main character had reached a different conclusion. I'm most excited by the fact that this author is someone I know nothing about - her faith, her choices, her life - nothing. It's just another person who makes sense to me. There are so many books out there and I love to read a variety and explore ideas different from mine, but I am happy in this one that the main character figured out what I think is most important.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


We took a trip to Orlando recently. This was not an amusement park trip. We did that 18 months ago. We explored a few areas previously unknown to us. And, of course, it almost goes without saying, we went to Typhoon Lagoon. It is amazing how much our family loves that water park. I can't imagine traveling all the way to Orlando and not going to there. That would be a sad and incomplete trip. Some of my family came with us on this trip and that was great!

The girls worked diligently on a sand castle and I enjoyed the warm bath water on the Gulf of Mexico. What a treat! There were no waves so that was a no bueno for the girls and body surfing. 

 Kennedy Space Center was fantastic. We visited this 11 years ago and the girls remember none of it. This visit to KSC was a bit different than the last one since one of the buildings we had previously toured was not open to the public any more and they added the Atlantis space shuttle exhibit. I have a hard time grasping the vast world of space and what it takes to get there. I'm grateful there are others who are willing to figure that all out.

 What would trip to the beach (or anywhere for that matter) be without a jumping picture. Brian indulged me and participated for a jump. The waves at this beach were better for us. The water was ever so slightly cooler and body surfing was fun.

 The waves at the third beach we went to were the best of all. The water was even cooler than the 2nd beach but still a great temperature. 

 The whole gang at Typhoon Lagoon

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Water, Dirt and Rocks

Boating is awesome. Boating with friends is awesome. And boating with a dog that rides on the tubes is pretty entertaining. We had a fabulous day up at Echo.

Brian's family had a day at the farm. It was lovely to see all of them that could make it out there. My dirt title could have been mud but fortunately the sun came out and dried up all the rain.

Not just any rocks mind you, City of Rocks rocks. It doesn't get any better than this for granite. Our annual trip to City with our friends was superb. It did feel a bit odd to not have Sam and Sara (our friend's daughter) there. Those missionaries were missed! We were able to explore an area called Castle Rocks that Brian has been looking at for about 25 years so that made him happy. We had Gretchen carry lots of gear, Sydney show us her mad skills at frisbee golf, and Julia show us how dirty repelling without gloves can make our hands. There was talk about a day trip in the fall. I'll keep you posted.