Monday, March 31, 2014

Huaraz, Peru

Wikahuain Ruins, Huaraz, Peru

Wilkahuain National Monument – is a small Wari ruin located north of Huaraz.  It dates from AD 600 to 900.  It is an imitation of the temple Chavin done.  Wilkahuain means ‘grandson’s house.’  The rooms were originally filled with bundles of mummies.  

Ruins, Peru

Huaraz, Peru with HuascarĂ¡n Mountain In The Background

My son, Elder Hackleman, sent these pictures to me today from his mission in Huaraz, Peru.  Huaraz is such a beautiful place and the weather is much cooler than in Lima, since the altitude is so much higher.  It rains a lot, but that is what makes everything so green.

My husband and I plan in visiting next year.  It will be fun to actually see all these fabulous places.  Huaraz is one of Peru's top tourist destinations and I can see why.

Studio C - Facebook Friends Song

BYU - Studio C Is Like Saturday Night Live Only CLEAN:)  Yeah!
The Spoof on Facebook Friends is so Funny

Studio C - Five Day Weather Forecast

BYU Studio C - Clean Funny Humor

We sit around as a family and watch Studio C.  It is so much fun and you don't have to worry something inappropriate will be thrown in the mix.  Last night as we were watching the Five Day weather forecast, we all started laughing so hard.  It is not very often you can get a 14 year old boy to laugh out loud, but this one did it for sure.

14 Year Old, Nathan, Loves BYU Studio C
I guess we will start recording it.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thinking of Peru

View Outside Elder Hackleman's Window

Elder Hackleman Exploring on his Preparation Day

The beauty is Unbelievable 

Huaraz, Peru

My oldest son is currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It is for 2 years.  He just passed his one year mark so we have one more year to go.  While he is on his mission we get to talk to him via "Skype" 3 times and we got one phone call, so in all we talk to him 4 times in 2 years.

Elder Hackleman Skyping us on Christmas Day 2013

He does email us once a week, and we get a lot of pictures.  I have to say, I have had brothers and friends who have gone on missions, but I never understood how hard it would be to send a son out.  I am not regretting it at all, because I know the work he is doing is worth it, but that is not to say that it isn't hard on me.

Seth Visit's Peru State College Located In Nebraska

This morning, I saw my second son, Seth, run down the stairs, and it caused me to get a huge lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.  He is always on the run, since it is the end of his senior year of high school.  He has been recruited to play football by many schools and he finally settled on Peru State.  I'm sure his brother serving in the country of Peru had a lot to do with his decision.  He has been offered a full ride scholarship.  He recently had surgery on his shoulder because of an injury he got while playing football.  He had the surgery so he would be ready to play at the next level in college.  There is only one thing stopping him now from joining in the fast paced world of college and football, that is his desire to serve a full time mission.  Seth petitioned Peru State to inquire if they would hold his scholarship offer while he served a two year mission.  I am pleased to announce that they have granted him his request.  So now, my second son is preparing to serve a 2 year full time mission as well.

As he trotted down the stairs this morning, I knew that my days of seeing his happy smiling face are numbered.  Within the next month he will send his papers off to church headquarters and wait to see where in the world he will serve his mission. 

I can't believe in a few short months I will have 2 sons on a mission at the same time.  My heart aches to think of the hole that will be left in our home, but I have great faith in the process and I am so proud of my boys for choosing this path.

Definition of Missionary - Someone who leaves their family for a short time, so that others may be with their families for eternity.

Friday, March 28, 2014


DIY Eyelash Extensions

I am all about saving money, but I love the look of eyelash extensions.  I checked into the cost of extensions done at a beauty salon and I was amazed at how much it cost.  I decided to see if I could do my own DIY eyelash extensions.  I talked my 17 year old son into applying them for me.  I bought an eyelash kit form the drugstore for $10.  As it turns out, the glue that comes with the kits is only semi-permanent.  It lasts for 2 to 3 weeks.  I have found some permanent eyelash glue online but I won't use it until I get the hang of the process a little more and I'm sure I want to be that committed to the eyelashes.

I will say, I have really enjoyed the eyelashes.  I hate putting on mascara, although next time around I am not going to do my eyelashes as long.  I want the look to be a bit more subtle.

Over all I was very pleased with the results and plan on continuing adding my false lashes.  This is the best DIY I have done in a long time.

DIY Lip Stain Tutorial

DIY Lip Stain

This lip stain tutorial is so much fun.  You can change the color of your lips just by selecting a different color of Kool-aid.  Keep applying layers of Kool-aid until you get the amount of darkness you prefer.  It lasts for 3 or 4 hours.  I added lip gloss over the top to give it a shiny appearance, then went on a date night out on the town which included dinner and hanging out with friends.  The next morning some of the lip stain had still not faded away, so it really is fairly permanent.

Expert Advice

Expert Advice

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sidney House Projects

The Wind In Nebraska Took Our Trampoline for A Ride
So We Put it In the Ground

One day while living in Sidney, Nebraska, I found my trampoline across the road hooked on my neighbors truck because the wind had carried it there.  This is when I knew it was time to bury the trampoline.  We didn't want it to cave in, so we decided to make a secure home for it.  We hired a backhoe driver to dig out the hole for us, but we did the rest of the work ourselves.  We used deck grade wood  to build up the interior walls.  We cemented the 8 posts into the ground and then screwed the walls onto the posts.

After the walls were up, we put a weed barrier down and then covered it with rock.  Then we placed the trampoline into the hole.  I can't even begin to tell you how happy we have been with the finished product.  Initially our trampoline had the pad along the edges, but the crazy wind tore it to pieces and as our children got older the need for the pad went away.  I'm sure if we still had very young children we would have replaced it.

It is Nice Because You Can Just Walk Right Onto It

When You Work at Cabela's You Do Crazy Things With Your Bedrooms

I love Stripes, I have a Perfect No Fail Way To Paint Stripes

Stripes Are So Fun

Perfectly painted stripes are not as hard as you think they are.  You just need to do one extra step while painting, and trust me when I tell you, it is worth it.  No matter how good you tape off an area, the paint always seeps through underneath the tape and leaves an uneven looking line.  If you follow these instructions, you will never have that problem again.

After you tape off an area, paint over the line of paint with the same color of paint.  If your wall is white, tape off the area, then paint the edge of the tape with the white paint.  This will enable all the seeping paint to take place with the same color of paint.  Let it dry, then proceed to paint with the other color.  When you remove the tape, the line will be absolutely perfect every time.

If you are painting over a wall that you do not have the original paint color, do not fear, there is a solution.  Tape off the area you want to stripe, and then paint with a clear paint.  This will allow clear paint to seep under the tape and it works just as good.  After it drys, paint your striped color.  Perfection.

I Glued Tissue Paper to the Wall to Give it a Texture, Then Painted Over It
It Looks Like Leather

Quote of the Day - A Little Extra Weight Study

DIY Vinyl Letter Blocks

Vinyl Letter Blocks

This is so easy to do.  The letters are made with vinyl.  Choose your favorite paper with colors that look good together.  We did this project for a Relief Society super Saturday.  We got the paper from Michaels and Oriental Trading.  It is scrap book paper.  The wood is cut from 2 by 4's.

After you cut the 2 by 4's to desired length, lightly sand the rough edges off.  Paint the blocks black.  Craft paint works great because it is cheap and it dries fast.  Cut the paper to fit the blocks.  Glue the paper on the blocks using a light coat of Modge Podge.  Flatten the paper out with a sharp flat object.  A credit card works great.

Add the vinyl letters, then Modge Podge over the entire block.  I used the non-glare Modge Podge for this project.

That's all there is to it!

Write a Missionary Today

Proverbs 25:25, Old Testament
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Keep a missionary posted.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

About Me

My Family

I am a mother of 4 wonderful boys and I am married to a wonderful husband. My oldest son is serving as a missionary in Lima Peru.  My second son is getting ready to go on a mission as well.  I started a blog over a year ago for my son Jaren while he was on his mission so all of our family and friends could keep up with all his comings and goings.  I also post what is going on with his family while he is away.  The plan is to make a book for him when he gets back.  He has been gone for almost a year and he has had over 7,000 views to his blog.  I didn't want to put ads on a mission blog, but it did get me thinking.  Maybe I could do a blog, put ads on it, and try to make a little extra income to subsidize two boys on a mission.  I am currently a stay at home mom who stays active chasing my boys and doing church service and could certainly use a little extra cash from time to time.  I started this blog just over a month ago and have already started to make some money.  Yeah!  I am up to 2,500 views in one month.  Thank you so much for checking out my blog!

I really believe that you can have nice things for very little money, if you are willing to work for them.  For this reason, I have come to enjoy DIY projects.  I cut my boys hair, bake from scratch, build, paint, fix, and beautify.  I remember an old saying that even an old barn looks better with a fresh coat of paint.  I love to take something that is old and worn out and fix it up and make it look new and modern.  My house is somewhat dated and in need of some upgrades.  My furniture is also old and worn out, so I have the perfect canvas to try some DIY projects.  I plan on documenting them and posting them on my blog.  I started with my kitchen, and now I need to move from room to room upgrading.  I love remodeling so this should be fun.
Please check back often and see how my projects are coming along:)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Update Today

Sometimes I end up adding recipes, pictures, posters, videos etc but forget to add my personal touch, so I am going to do better in the future.  I love writing this blog.  I can't believe it has been just over a month now and I am up to over 2,000 views.  Thank you all for taking a look at.

I love to make DIY crafts and projects.  My favorite thing is to either re-purpose something that is free or find something for a real good price like at Oriental Trading Company and make it look like a million bucks.  I don't believe you have to spend a lot of money to have nice things and to make fun projects.  Sometimes you do have to be a little more creative and willing to work, but that is half the fun.

I love photography as well, so documenting my projects with pictures just comes naturally to me.

I have neglected to update my cousin portion of my blog.  I have so many fun memories swimming around in my head, so hopefully tomorrow I will get back to updating that page of my blog.

Have a Nice Day!

High School Graduation

I didn't realize Oriental Trading Company
Did Canvas Photos
It's Time I Scope It Out


I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French-Toast

My friend told me about a great recipe she makes and I tried it out.  It turned out so delicious I knew I needed to share it on my blog.  I used homemade whole grain bread, but you can use any bread.  It really is easy to make as well.  Just slap some cream cheese and raspberry jam on the bread like a sandwich, then dip it in egg mixture and fry it up.  It is so yummy.  We added fresh strawberries and syrup for a perfect breakfast which we actually ate for Sunday dinner.

Feel free to save the recipe on your computer.

Teenage Humor

I live in a house with 3 teenagers so I know exactly what I'm talking about. If you can relate to any of these silly jokes, let me know in a comment below. Have a nice day!

1.      They used to be happy until their BFF moved to a different state.
2.      They watched 2 hours of QVC because the cat sat in front of the TV Sensor.
3.      You know where they are because you can follow a trail of clothes dropped on the floor.
4.      They download a movie instead of going across the room to find the DVD.
5.      They “Gently” toss their phone on the bed and it bounces off 3 walls, flattens 2 pictures and knocks out the cat which happens to be the same cat who yesterday sat in front of the TV.
6.      They shoot 10 nerf darts at the light switch from bed, all of them miss, so they sleep with the light on.
7.      They say they want to be an individual, but must look like everyone else.
8.      They text you K and you’re not in the mood to talk about Potassium.
9.      They say they will be ready in 5 minutes and you know the time scale is the same as when a man says there is only 5 minutes left in the football game.
10.  You think they have an urge to get up and clean the house but then you realize it’s a false alarm.
11.  They program clapping sounds as a key stroke on the computer so they don’t have to clap to turn the “Clap On Clap Off” light off, which is the silly contraption they bought when they were watching QVC.
12.  They drive to school and find out the escalators to the second floor are broken so they drive back home.
13.  They only heat things in the microwave with 1:11 or 2:22 because they are too lazy to move their fingers to the 0 button before hitting start.
14.  In the course of a day, one teenager will go through 29 cups because they never use the same one twice.
15.  They wash their bed sheets, but don’t bother putting them on the bed for2 months.
16.  They walk past the bowl of fruit on the table, look in the fridge past the vegetables, eggs, and milk, look in the cupboard past the whole grain breads, cereals, and nuts, then they complain that there is nothing to eat in the house.
17.  They say they are too tired to get off the couch to do anything, until their friend calls to go play basketball which transforms them into an Olympic athlete who jumps over the coach, leaps across the coffee table and runs out the door.
18.  They believe if you don’t pretend to use the force to open automatic doors, you are wasting your time on the earth.
19.  They call the restaurant to ask them to send a waiter back to their table.

20.  They really believe that Steve from “Blues Clues,” actually went off to college.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

General Conference

I am looking forward to General Conference for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is held twice a year. We always plan some fun foods, clear our schedules and enjoy being filled spiritually. I can't wait:)

Pants on Fire

No Junk

I know I'm somebody, cuz God Don't Make No Junk. My mom had a picture with this quote on it taped to the kitchen cabinet when I was growing up. I can't believe how simple it is, but yet in some weird way, it made me feel good about myself. Thanks Mom!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Missionary Quotes

We have had some great missionaries come into our home. For fun we made some Mormon Ad posters for them to send home to their families. Here are a few of my favorites.

I also took some pictures of my son just a few days before he left on his mission, then I made some Mormon Ad type posters with some of the pictures.  

Catch The Wave of Missionary Work

Don't Pick and Choose Which Commandments You Will Keep

Do Things the Savior Would Do

Doubt Your Doubt's Before You Doubt Your Faith

Mormon Pioneer Trail Center, Omaha, Ne.

When It Comes to Hating, Gossiping Etc. Stop It

In Moments of Doubt Or Fear, Hold Fast to What You Do Know

Fishing License

Be a Force for Good

This Isn't Missionary Work, This is Missionary Fun!

Without Hard Work, Nothing Grows But Weeds

He Who Gives of Himself, Gives All

I Hope They Call Me On A Mission, When I Have Grown a Foot or Two

Your Life Is Your Own Message

Light Drives Out Darkness

Keep a Missionary Posted

The Hearts Shall Turn

We Are Never Alone

Ponder, Feel More Love

Missions Have Eternal Consequences