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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just Stuff

Today I thought I'd share a plethora of things and photos. Enjoy!

First off: spider web cupcakes. I was in charge of a little activity for the teenage girls at church. We did an activity to illustrate to 'webs we weave' with the words we say, whether good or bad. I used the book, "Charlotte's Web" as an example of how through "weaving a web of good words" Charlotte was able to not only raise Wilbur's confidence, but save his life. After the little lesson, we wove our own web. We all sat in a large circle. I had a big ball of yarn and I started. I held on to the end of the yarn and said something I liked or admired about another person in the circle. Then I tossed them the ball of yarn to that person, while still holding on to my end. Everyone did the same until everyone in the circle had been "talked about" and we had woven our own web of love. Cheesy? Maybe...but I thought it made a point. I baked cupcakes for the girls to decorate like spider webs. I totally forgot to take a photo of them, but I've included a photo I found online that looks like what we did. Instead of the gumdrop spider, I just had spider rings they could poke down in the middle of their webs Here's a link to show you how to frost your own. The photo is also from their site since I was a goober and forgot to take photos of my own. These little cupcakes are so simple and easy to make, and kiddos and grown ups alike seem to get a kick out of them.

Next, I thought I'd share a fun photo that was taken by our newspaper, The Deseret News last week at Dawson's game. I love it! Doesn't he look studly?
I loved this photo too. It was taken by team photographer, Mark Spencer. He does such a great job!
Here are a few more photos I thought I'd share. Kori (my sweet daughter) is pregnant with babies #2 and #3, a little girl and boy. We are so excited. She and her family live in Chicago. Her sister-in-law, Carly threw her a beautiful shower this past weekend. I just love the colors and decor. Kori made the "twins" banner to later hang in the nursery, and also made the labels on the food to help Carly out a little bit. Ahhh, a girl after my own heart...a paper crafter! lol.
Tannon had a great week too. He baptized 3 people in San Fernando, Spain this past week. I'm so proud of him and his decision to serve a 2-year mission for the Lord in Spain. He's over half-way done. I can't believe it. I get to see this kid of ours again in less than one year. YIPEEEE!
I am feeling a little bit bad that I don't have any great photos or news to share about Easton and Daysha this week. As I read over this post before posting, I realized that they are the only ones of our kiddos I didn't share photos of this week. E and D, if you are reading, I love you just as much as those who are pictured today. Send me some photos! lol.

Lastly, I just finished a really great book. If you are at all interested in Civil War history, specifically the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, you will love this book. I am a BIG fan of fiction but this book is not fiction at all. It's written to feel like fiction, but everything inside is factual and totally non-fiction. That's the best way I can think of to learn a little bit about history and be entertained at the same time. It is co-written by Bill O'Reilly (yes, that Bill O'Reilly...the political pundit) and Martin Dugard. It's called Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America. It doesn't matter whether you love Bill O'Reilly or hate him. The book does not share political views or ideas. It's simply the story of what happened leading up to and during the week of Abraham Lincoln's death. I learned a TON and enjoyed reading it so much. I would highly recommend it (photo courtesy of

That's more than enough for today, don't you think? If you're still reading, have a GREAT day! If you're not, have a great day anyway. :)


Brenda said...

I love this post and so many things about it. First of all, the activity you did with the girls was fabulous! Teenage girls need to hear good things - and often. And look at that baby shower!! Kori is definitely taking after you in the paper crafting department! Those pictures of Dawson - wowie! Tannon sure looks happy. Like he's doing exactly what God intended! Soudns like you're having a great week!

Kate W. said...

Kori looks so beautiful!! I've been wondering how her pregnancy was coming along. How fun -- 2 for 1!! :) I'll bet grandma can't wait.

On the E & D front, we did go down last weekend (Oct. 8th) and got to see Cha Cha! She was SO stinkin' cute in that role, and I stopped her upstairs after the play, and said hi and introduced myself. I wanted to ask for a pic together, but felt silly, so I didn't ! So, no picture to share, but you sure have a beautiful DIL! And she said E was at home, playing hard for the team! You must be so proud of all your kiddos.

Hugs, my friend!!

Rick and Kori said...

I love the photos of Daws and Tannon! Thanks for sharing my fun shower too :)

Laurel said...

Wow, this post is so full of great stuff! Love the cupcakes you made, the photos of your gorgeous family and all the party decorations, very inspirational!

cnelson said...

Fab post! I happen to love cheesy and so I thought the spider web cupcakes and theme were perfect! LOVE all your photos!!! What a beautiful family you have! I ALMOST bought that book at the bookstore yesterday...I will have to pick it up now that I have a recommendation.

p-inks said...

I so enjoy reading about your life and art Karen. Kori looks absolutely glowing and must be so excited to welcome two more babes into their family (and yours)
The shower pics look like something out of a magazine they are so stunning.
Thank you for taking the time to share what you love most....

Bestrass said...

I found a very nice website call which provide plenty of scrap-booking.

Nicole Norris said...

Kori - the decorations at your shower are so ADORABLE!! Good luck with the twins. I hope all goes smoothly for you.

Shari Froemming said...

TWINS!! WOWSA!! Congrats grandma!!!! I am so excited for you!


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