Just Camp!

Each summer I am reminded of the healing power of nature-of mother Earth.  There is no season I love more…the heat, the sweat and salt, the greens and blues.  Nothing does more for my soul than sleeping in a tiny tent with my little family, surrounded by scurrying critters, and the dark blue sheath of Continue Reading…

Everybody’s Favorite Potluck Salad

About nine out of ten times that I’m asked to bring something to a potluck and I ask what the host would like me to bring, this is the request I hear, “Wouldya mind making that one salad?”  This is the salad people do not forget.  It doesn’t matter if they had it years ago Continue Reading…

A Diva’s Dash to Zion’s National Park

I make a lot of confessions on this blog, but most of them are already well-known facts, so they only carry so much shock value.  Here’s another one:  I am no outdoorsy kinda gal. I’d heard about the pure majesty of Zion’s National Park, but I’d dismissed the possibility of going because I thought it Continue Reading…

Low Country Boil

Chad and I have always talked about going to the east coast, finding a little fish house on the water, and ordering up a big old bucket of seafood and all the fixins.  We aren’t even big on seafood, but somehow the experience of rolling up your sleeves, tying on a bib, and  eating off Continue Reading…

Girls Night

When I stop to think about the reasons I’m blessed in this life, one of the real meaningful reasons-my friends make that short list.   I choose friends that I don’t have to be someone else around.  Ones that do not care one iota how much money I make, how much I weigh, or what I Continue Reading…

A Trip to the Local Zoo

My sons are eleven and six now and they probably have, for all intents and purposes, grown out of visiting the local zoo.  Their father and I, however, cling to their childhoods with a white knuckle grip and make them visit Hogle Zoo with us every spring. And yes, I make them pose for pics Continue Reading…

A Night Out with the Boys

My boys are growing up fast.  I remember when I used to tell people how many weeks old they were when they were babies.  Now I find that I am counting the summers that we have left to camp out and take trips to Disneyland before Mason goes off to college.  Very soon I will Continue Reading…

A Taste of New England Gift Basket

On Christmas day this year, my husband’s parents came over to our house and visited with us.  We got to talking about where my father-in-law Raymond Havey grew up and what his childhood was like.  He’s from New Hampshire and if you listen really close, you can hear a little bit of that unmistakable New Continue Reading…

Go Utes!

I’ve never believed in telling my children they have to go to college.  Yes, I do want them to go, but I think if we want to grow up and find ourselves to be well adjusted humans, we have to set out to find our own way, even if that means making different choices than Continue Reading…

By a Narrow Margin

Have I mentioned my complete lack of athletic ability yet?  If not, let it be noted now for the first time of many times.  I have often said that when I attempt to perform any athletic feat, I not only injure myself but others and I have proven this many times over in my life. Despite this Continue Reading…