Author: smilesinthetrials

Family Photo Shoot on the Homestead

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Bobby Pins & Bullets / Funny Farm Stuff / Hold My Gatorade and Watch This / Uncategorized

I’m just gonna tell you right now that I won’t show all the pictures here now because I’ll send some on Christmas cards this year and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. We had a perfect plan, but spoiler alert it didn’t go as planned. Photo Credit for all of these lovely photos, including some outtakes, is Empire Studios.  I highly recommend her because 1) She wasn’t scared of Tom’s cranky moments. 2) She wasn’t afraid to […]

My Little Etsy Store

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Hold my Gatorade and watch this!  I made a little Etsy store with all of my handmade jewelry.  No, I’m never gonna make money or anything cool like that, but I really enjoy being creative with styles and ideas.  If you follow me on Facebook, you already know about this, but if not it still counts as news to you. Hey, maybe be a pal and jump onto Etsy and favorite my shop.  If you […]

Heroes Come in All Shapes & Sizes

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Big Medical Words / Deep Thoughts About POTS / Uncategorized

My POTS has been rough lately.  I am sure the change of seasons is not helping a bunch, but isn’t fully to blame.  Probably me having POTS is mostly to blame. I was at Costco the other day.  I mostly had to get dog food and a few other little things.  If we’re being honest, I look forward to slipper season at Costco every year.  I love to splurge on new slippers each Fall. As […]

Checking In

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Hey all.  I’m still here and alive.  I’ve been busy/distracted lately so I haven’t blogged in a bit. So what’s new?  Here’s what kind of stuff is going on lately: As of yesterday, NHL is officially back and for that we are all thankful.  Love me some hockey. Tom and I watched Arsenic and Old Lace on October 1st to kick off the month.  It was my first time seeing it, but I certainly enjoyed […]

Hello 32!

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Another year of life has passed. It makes me feel happy and organized to catalogue what kind of cool things happened in the year.  Plus, it’s always a good exercise in review.  Sometimes I get confused and think I just sat on the couch for a year so I need to put it all together and then I’m proud of myself.  Ha. Year 31: Conquered Vegas at Christmas time to see George Strait in concert […]

X-Ray Vision

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My doctor appointments are generally scheduled well in advance, but of course if any little thing comes up I can do the old ‘same-day’ appointment.  Yesterday was one of those days.  Nothing much going on, really, but any little thing can so easily turn into a big thing quickly. Over the weekend I had started coughing a bit.  Of course our air quality is currently hazardous due to the wildfires everywhere so I figured that […]

Treasure Hunting

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It’s summertime.  I’m always trying to find fun family activities that include learning and not sitting and watching TV.  We informed Carter that we were taking him to hunt for treasure, Star Garnets to be exact. You see Star Garnets are only found in two places in the whole world: Idaho and India.  They are also the state gem of Idaho, which is in fact known as the gem state.  Garnets are created from six […]

The Bachelorette: Men Tell All

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Bachelorette Recaps / Uncategorized

If we’re being honest, I’m mostly just excited for Jordan quotes.  I doubt they’ll be any big revelations of interest, but I do hope Jordan will talk a bunch. The show starts off with a lengthy preview for Bachelor in Paradise.  It looks fantastic and trashy and I can’t wait. Chris introduces the guys and then it’s time to do a review of the season.  I didn’t really need the review because I watched the […]

Boats, Trains, & Automobiles

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Last week we had a day filled with transportation and I thought I would share about it. Around 11:30 we loaded up on my parent’s boat for some fun, which means that I started preparing and packing around 8:45.  I made a picnic lunch of tuna sandwiches, veggies and dip, crackers and two kinds of spread, and potato chips.  The night before Carter and I made a big pan of caramel chocolate chip cookie bars.  […]

Bachelorette Becca: Fantasy Suites

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Welcome to Chang Mai, Thailand!  Becca tells us all about the culture this city has available.  Temples throughout the city, bright colors, and food trucks everywhere.  She tells us that she is in love with two men and falling for a third.  Yikes!  She says that with Jason he would be not only her husband, but her would truly be her best friend.  Hmm. Blake’s Date We start with Blake meeting up with her to […]