Raising Memories

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Smoke Saga - Part 1

The first two weeks of March have been like nothing I've ever experienced before. As a result of chicken left simmering unattended, we came home one evening to fire alarms blaring and a house full of smoke. That evening I held my breath as I hurried through the house gathering pajamas and a change of clothes for each of us so we could spend the night at Ken's parents' house. It hadn't occurred to us that we might be moving out of our home for weeks or that we would soon lose many of our belongings to the smoke and soot from this protein fire (without flames).

Our experience with Burnt Chicken and a house full of smoke

It's been a full month since I've posted here (if you don't count the link party). The last 2 weeks of February we were in Florida for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I have plenty to share with you from that experience, but haven't had any time to write about it yet. Today I have another story to tell you.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

March 2018 Sharing Time Link Party

Welcome to the March Link Party!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Couple's Getaway to Ste. Anne's Spa in Winter

The first time I visited Ste. Anne's Spa, I went for a mother's day getaway with my mom. The weather was beautiful, the grounds were in full bloom, and there was plenty to do both inside and out. It was heavenly! How would a visit with my husband, in winter, compare to that? We visited last week and I'm ready to tell you all about it!

Sainte Annes Spa Winter experience blog review

The scene upon arrival was like a winter wonderland!

Monday, February 12, 2018

1st Week of February Journal

Our first week of February was a good one. We were quite busy, but it was with lots of good things.  I'm glad I'm doing this journal on the blog because I'll have all of it documented and because I've been a bit better about getting photos of things, for this purpose. I think the 2nd week of February is going to be pretty busy with trip prep. and getting things wrapped up for the blog before our trip, so we don't really have any events planned. I can't wait for the last 2 weeks of the month!

February 4th

Today was Talia's first day in Young Women at church. She went to Primary (for kids up to age 11) as usual and the Young Women (girls aged 12-17) came to "steal her away". The Primary kids & Young Women all sang a happy birthday song and the YW gave her a bouquet of flowers and a little Beehive mug gift (the classes in Young Women have names and the class she's entering is called Beehives). I'm so glad she has a good group of girls and leaders to welcome her into YW!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentine's Day Fun & A Build-A-Bear Giveaway!

With Valentine's Day less than a week away, we had such a fun opportunity to visit Build-A-Bear last night and to check out their new collection of Valentine's Day gifts for 2018! Not only do they provide a great experience for you as you choose and build your furry friend, but you also get a unique Valentine's gift, to remind you of the fun memories you made together while creating it (and you all know how much I love an experience-based gift)!

Stay with me to the end of the post because I've got a giveaway for you, from Build-A-Bear, that you won't want to miss!

Valentines Day Build A Bear Couple

Monday, February 5, 2018

Last Week of January Journal

It's time for another 2-week family journal!  This is a combination of the last week and a half of January & the first few days of February:

January 20th

While Talia was at her Beauty & the Beast play practice, Ken & I had an idea. We had been folding laundry while Katrina watched a video on a tablet in her room. Ken & I went to put our snow clothes on, then we crawled into her room and when she looked at us, we sang "Do you want to build a snowman?". Her face lit right up and she said "Yes!". It turned out not to be packing snow, so we brought out the GT and had some fun on the hill instead. This was such a fun, spontaneous thing to do together, I'm so glad we did it!

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