Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Idahoans are pretty universal in celebrating Easter.  But I was surprised to discover a fair number of friends and coworkers (non-LDS) who don't recognize any eggs, bunnies, candy, etc. and stick to completely religious traditions.  Surprised and impressed.  Not that I could do that myself - I'd have a mini revolution on my hands.  But the faith of these people in my newly adopted town is impressive - it's greater than I had assumed.  

The other realization I came to (after the fact) was that BSU stadium has a massive Easter egg hunt the Saturday before Easter.  Dang!  I always learn about these things after it's over and have to mentally remember them for next year.  My goal is to eventually get my children to the blue-field stadium.    

This Easter I got to help Bubbs' school with hiding eggs.  Our oldest got hand, throat and mouth disease the week before and was pretty much out of commission until Sunday night when he crawled out of bed to roll a few eggs.  We joined some of our favorite families for a neighborhood egg hunt.  We grilled kabobs and spent Easter night laughing way too hard playing Scategories and 5-Second Rule.  

And truly, we did our best to remember and worship Jesus Christ.  He's the reason we're all here, the reason we hope and the reason we rejoice.       

We tried 3 different variations of dye this year - gold, tie-dyed and marbled cream streaks.  Surprisingly, they all came out looking exactly the same.
The marbled cream streaks were the kids favorite and also the biggest mess.  When placed on the paper towels to dry, they looked like the evil eggs in the movie Gremlins.  Shudder.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Occasionally, I find a few hidden gems while scrolling though the photo album on my phone.  Oh, how I adore my children, their darling sense of humor and their love for each other.   

My favorite part about this one was the Little Man and how he kept carefully running away so he wouldn't be in the shot.  Made me laugh several times.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Be Still My Heart...

I think we've already watched this several hundred times since yesterday.

And what's with this, "time for the Jedi to end" nonsense?!   Am I dying?  Is the world concluding?


There will always be light and there will always be opposition.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Break 2017


We spent 9 days between Salt Lake City and St. George.  Lots of grandparent loves, including LDS Conference with crepes and cousins.  Spent evenings and afternoons with much-missed friends.  We brought our bikes, spent time hiking, swimming and even bowling.  Prepare yourself for photo overload with a few organizational highlights in between. 


The Little Man with his great, great, great, great, great grandfather (and said grandfather's chair).

Mom & Dad McKinnon sold their St. George home and bought another one 3 doors down.  It's bigger, has a fantastic backyard and keeps the lovely view I fell in love with 5 years ago.

#1 - Hiking Our Favorite Slot Canyon

Turns out one of our favorite families from Eagle (the Eliasons) were in St. George at the same time as us!  So of course we had to get together for a few favorite activities. 

#2 - Scout Caves

One of our cherished arch hikes was closed for reforestation.  So we took the path less traveled by (and longer - 4 miles!) to explore the Scout Caves.  They were amazing!  I thought them very similar to Solomon's Pillars in Israel.  Definitely a repeat visit is needed.  

#3 - Biking

Of course we went biking.  We're McKinnons. And I don't know what's been up with us flexing in all our pictures lately, but here we are.

And then the very funny seesaw of uncomfortablness that the kids just kept enduring...