We finished the book of Alma last week. And to me that feels like summiting the Matterhorn while carrying five babies in packs upon my back. The air is fresh, and the views fantastic, and my legs and my lungs just might give out.

We set out on our Book of Mormon family scripture study quest at the beginning of the school year . . . two and a half years ago. That’s less than half a page a day. Now let’s be honest, we don’t read every day. We don’t even attempt to read every day. Just school days. And of those school days, if you take out the days we’re running late, or sick, or slept to late, and you have the result we are at now: reading wonderfully well in spurts, with sometimes-long dry spells in between.

But as we closed in on those final pages of Alma (we’ve been reading Alma this entire school year), I felt excitement grow. If you can get through Alma, you can get through anything! And now we are through, and surely that means finishing the Book of Mormon is in our future!

The future is looking BRIGHT!

Onward to Helaman!

The Building of the Shed




In the September of 2014 Wyatt decided, almost on a whim, to build a shed. I say almost on a whim because while we had discussed the need for a shed since we bought the cabin, we were there on our “romantic anniversary getaway” when Wyatt decided to call his brother up, and invite him up for the weekend to hurry and frame in a shed. After all, it would only take a couple days ;) It was finished in October.

But it has been nice to have a place to put everything. We joke that the shed is as big as the cabin. It’s not. But because of how it’s built into the hill, it looks almost as big.

I took this time lapse video of the guys that first weekend (of what turned out to be about a month project) getting the initial framing done. It’s fun to have little videos of things like this to see how far the cabin has come since we first bought it. We’ve added a bathroom, completely gutted and remodeled the kitchen, and built the shed. We still have lots of big plans for our little place – this year it’s the tree house and maybe a summer kitchen!

Everett is the Star Student of the Month




Everett won yet another award (the third this year, by my count) and is the student of the month. This month’s focus is Safety and Everett was described by his teacher as a student who listens attentively and follows rules exactly. He is courteous and uses playground equipment correctly and encourages others to be safe as well.

I’m sure glad he behaves so well at school! ;)

My Favorite Winter Activity




Calvin and Everett

My favorite Winter Activity has fast become sledding at the cabin. We went this year on New Years Day in spite of the below freezing temperatures. And guess what? Santa came! He set up a tree for us, and even had presents waiting for us when we came in. He brought two bow & arrow sets and a Red Rider BB Gun!

IMG_1592We lit a fire in the franklin stove, and in no time flat the cabin was warm and cozy. Outside the sky was blue and the shadows long as the light filtered through the trees. We had so much fun sledding, eating yummy cozy food, and watching movies all afternoon.


The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.



The cabin at night.