Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lee with one of their 9 grandkids that was born while they were gone

The LaPierres are home!!!

President & Sister LaPierre at Logan Airport

TBT: the day I met Matt Damon

I think it looks OK here until I get a frame.  #is16by20bigenough #imetthemartian #icareaboutmattdamonnotthemattdamondiet #ihaventwashedthathand

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

National Camera Day

My friend Morgan tells me it's National Camera Day and I should post something.  Here are some cameras that are just for decoration.  #epphotography

For the record...

...these were not easy to find!  #dontwasteyourtimegoingtotwodollartrees #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cookie Club

This is batch #2 of the Cookie Club I donated to the YW girls camp fundraiser (4 batches of cookies over 4 weeks).  #ilovetobake #madeatmidnight

My neighborhood

I got off the bus one stop early, just because, and noticed this beautiful house that is basically next door (we have a soccer field between us).  We see different things -- more things -- when we aren't driving.  #ilovewhereilive #lexingtonma

Monday, June 27, 2016

For a friend

I have a dear friend who has been home bound because of an illness and a recent fall.  I've been visiting her each week and tonight I made her this 8 foot long garland for the window across from her couch.  I love this fabric that @bonniecottonway and @thimbleblossoms designed and I hope it brings some cheer to my friend.  #ilovetosew

Newest Beehive

This is Elisa.  She turned 12 last week and is our newest Beehive.  She's been counting down the days to her 12th birthday and we are thrilled to have her in Young Women.  #nowwehave11girls #arlingtonwardyoungwomenareawesome

I have no idea what this is...

...but it's something.  #iamnotnerdy #MIT

Sunday, June 26, 2016

More people moving

This is a sad time of year in the AW.  Jake and Rosie are genuine, wise beyond their years Latter-day Saints.  They served and opened our eyes to ways we can serve.  They will be missed.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #jakelookslikejesus #godspeedtothewildwildwest #ihopeyoureturntobostonsomeday

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ice cream buddies

#dairyjoyforthewin #creamsiclesoftserve

Thursday, June 23, 2016

TBT: matching swimsuits

Robby and me enjoying some backyard summer fun.  #pattonmemories #18monthsapart #matchingsuimsuits

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Muzzey High

I just attended the least contentious condo meeting I've been to in the 11 years I've lived here.  It's about time!  On a different note, the town Senior Center used to be on the 1st floor of our building.  They moved out earlier this year but left their BINGO board (they played every Friday afternoon).  I want it for my wall!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My other window

This window has a brick wall behind it.  #Ecollection #thebigredEisfromadailyquEEnsign #epcondo2016

Monday, June 20, 2016


I saw the elders today on their way home from Revere Beach.  #arlingtonwardmissionaries


My friend Autumn gave me this thoughtful gift. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day

Enough about me.  On to the next holiday.  It's Father's Day and I'm thankful for my dad.  When my brothers and I were 2, 3, and 4 my dad was on a sabbatical from teaching and went to night school and my mom taught elementary school for a year.  I remember lots of peanut butter sandwiches.  One day the three of us (or maybe just me) got ahold of some scissors and cut all the curtains in the living room and dining room on his watch.  Nan was not happy and asked him where he had been when the shenanigans were going on.  His reply, "I was on the phone."  #rolereversal #pattonmemories #originalmrmom

27 drawers to fill

I love this file cabinet I found in upstate New York.  Thank you @aallyson and @dan_lefevre_ for helping me dislodge it from my trunk. #antiquinginupstateNY #eproadtrips2016 #iaminlovewithafilecabinet

New York state wildflowers

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A perfect ending to a great day

Thank you, Margaret for the yummy cake.  #cuteboysatmyparty

Back at Tanglewood

I'm back for Earth, Wind & Fire.  I just heard a teenager say to his parents, "they're called Earth, Wind & Fire?"  #nowifeelold #tanglewood2016 #oneofmyfavoritebands

Like I said...

Massachusetts is patriotic too!

Patriotic state

So many of the houses I saw today had flags!  #patrioticupstateNY #eproadtrips2016

I don't mind a little yellow mixed in

I love antiquing!

 Especially in upstate New York.  #eproadtrips2016

Red barn overload

There are so many red barns in Upstate NY.  I've photographed this one before.  #eproadtrips2016


#eproadtrips2016 #upstateNY

Starting a road trip

Upstate New York I'm heading your way.  #eproadtrips2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I love living in New England.  However...when you're in the middle of making Amish Macaroni Salad at 11:30 at night and you realize you have no yellow mustard and no grocery store within 20+ minutes is open, it's a problem.  We have 7-11 in Woburn for the win.  #poorplanning #timeforafoodinventory #madeatalmostmidnight #theendresultisdelicious


Sometimes it's dinner and sometimes it's dessert.  #kimballfarm #heathbarcrunch #almostalwaysheathbarcrunch

Concord Library

I made a quick stop at the Concord Library to pick up a book ("Keep Me Posted").  Seriously, New England?  I love living here.  #californiagirlturnednewenglandler #ihadtopayafinetoo #oops

TBT: 9th grade graduation

This was taken the day of my 9th grade graduation from Mulholland Jr. High in Van Nuys, CA.  #nanmademydress #hellobigoldhat #parentsinpolyester #pattonmemories #ihavenophotosofhighschoolgraduation #ididgraduate

TBT: 6th grade graduation

This was taken the day I graduated from Gault Street School in Van Nuys, CA.  #iwantthoselegsback #firstpairofnylons #pattonmemories

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

YW/YM Activity

The Arlington Ward youth after water balloon volleyball and before capture the flag.  #arlingtonwardyouthareawesome

Lunch spot

I know nothing about physics but my favorite lunch spot for reading (and he's be real, catching up on Instagram) is in the MIT Physics Library.  That's my chair on the right.  #eplunchspot

Cookies for Karla

Her swearing in ceremony is tomorrow! #theAmerican

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lunch buddies

Amber and her family have been in Boston for almost a year and have kept busy seeing the sights and having lots of fun experiences.  I'm so glad I met them!  They are heading back to Albuquerque on July 5th.  #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends #albuquerqueisgoingtoseemboring