Office 2010

I've been playing with office starter 2010, so I know the basic's with it. I have heard some people who love it and some who hate it. I'm still new enough that it is mixed but I'm leaning very heavily to loving it!!! Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

New Computer!!!

I got a new computer!!! I’m having to get used to Windows 7, but so far I love it. So much more and so much faster than my last two computers!! It will really get used good come this January when I head of to school.

Mirror, Mirror By: Judy Baer

This book was so cute!!! I couldn't believe how fast I finished it. Can't wait to read more of her books!

"A new reality show plans to answer that old question with on-air makeovers. Even though it isn't her idea of reality, model Quinn Hunter reluctantly agrees to host the show. That way, she can help a needy friend and follow her true calling--teaching children with special needs.

Her latest student is very special, and so is his father. Widower Jack Harmon is as far from the shallow fashion world as Quinn could imagine. But he and his little boy are teaching her more about beauty--and reality--than any TV show ever would!"


Washrag 2!!!

I finished my second washrag, green and white mix!! Plus I learned the shell stitch which I will try on the next washrag and on my embroidered pillow cases!! I'll let you know how it goes.


This was my first crocheting project! I'm very proud of myself. I'm working on my second one which is a cute green and white.


As of this Tuesday I am a full time student!! I'll move to Rexburg in January, and will be taking 16 credits. One will be online so I'm excited to see how that will be! I'm still majoring in Accounting but instead of a minor I will have two clusters, Web Design and General Business for Accounting Majors.

Cold as Ice By: Stephanie Black

This book was so good. I was right from the beginning but didn't expect it to go quiet like that.

After five patient years, Abigail Wyatt's sisterly care is finally paying off: her younger brother, Derek, is abandoning his self-destructive lifestyle and seeking his parents' forgiveness, thus ending the painful estrangement that wounded the whole family. But just as the pieces are falling into place for the prodigal's return, a woman named Karen Brodie is murdered in a local park-and police name Derek as the prime suspect. Rather than standing firm and cementing the positive changes in his life, Derek succumbs to his cynical fears and runs from the law, leaving Abigail with her hands tied. Literally.
Derek's raw panic convinces everyone that he's the killer-everyone except Abigail, who doggedly maintains her brother's innocence. With the help of Kyle, a charismatic new friend she might be falling for, Abigail digs deep into Karen Brodie's troubled past in hopes of clearing Derek's name. But as she uncovers a sinister plot of greed, envy, and vengeance, this loyal sister must face the painful truth that things-and people-are not always as they seem.

Chocolate Therapy By: Dianne Crabtree

This book was so cute. It was a fast read!!

Joan Spencer has a secret. Hidden in her kitchen cupboard, behind the pots and pans, lives a box of candy bars. Milk chocolate, no almonds.
Joan considers the chocolate her secret weapon in her life full of stressful situations-her teenage children are becoming harder to understand, and her next door neighbor, Lila, seems to find pleasure in making Joan miserable. Plus, her divorced sister Marilyn has a new boyfriend that she refuses to introduce to the family until the time is right.
And now, Joan and Marilyn's father, who disappeared from their lives thirty years ago, suddenly reappears, wanting to be a part of their lives-a big part of their lives.
Armed with an endless supply of chocolate bars, Joan is ready to face life head on, and she just might come out a winner!

Evidence By: Clair M Poulson

This book was amazing. We started it on a trip to Island Park. We all thought that it was a different person. As I neared the end of the book I was happy to have guessed the right person, but then there was the twist that you would never suspect! It was fast paced and had you going clear till the end.
Cody Lind has just finished the perfect date with the most beautiful girl in town. As the seventeen-year-old slips the key into the car ignition, cold steel touches the back of his neck. "Don't look back or you'll die," says a muffled voice. "Just start it up and drive. I'll tell you where to go."
Soon, the disappearance of one of Harrisville's favorite sons and the arrival of an ominous ransom note send ripples of terror throughout the small town. Now it's up to Sheriff Vince Hanks and his deputy, Peggy Smith, to unravel the mystery. But as they encounter unremitting obstacles in the investigation, they realize that no one is above suspicion. It seems Cody wasn't popular with everyone. Especially not with the five major suspects-each with his own dark motives. When one of the suspects ends up being murdered, the duo knows that Cody's kidnapper is deadly serious, and that time may be running out.

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!

Around May or June Mom stopped buying eggs from the store and we started getting them from our neighbor. We can't keep eggs in the house anymore. Yesterday I boiled two pans of eggs. I had always just watched Mom do it. Then today I decided I wanted to try my hand at poaching an egg. It was delicious, though the yolk could have stood to be a little more solid. I also made my first omelet. It turned out amazing. This is all thanks to What'

A Time To Die By: Jeffrey S. Savage

I loved this book. It had me listening and listening. I just couldn't stop!! This is book three in the Sandra Covington mystery.

When reporter Shandra Covington finds her best friend, Bobby Richter, close to death on Shandra's apartment floor, she knows the bullet was meant for her. Making matters worse, Bobby's fiance is making sure Shandra gets nowhere near the hospital room where Bobby lies in a coma. With her apartment in shambles and possibly still dangerous, Shandra is forced to stay with her tough-as-nails Harley-riding private investigator friend. In an attempt to clear her mind, Shandra agrees to do a newspaper story on the death of a prominent politician's daughter. But what she thought was a simple overdose story soon grows into something much more sinister when she finds a common thread with the recent deaths of several young women-all thought to be overdose victims. What do the clues mean? The only person who knows for sure is the Time Keeper-a self-proclaimed true romantic who devotedly tapes a picture of each new love to the bedside wall of his ailing sister. However, the pictures are obituaries spreading across the wall like macabre wallpaper. Time to unravel the mystery is quickly ticking away as Bobby's life hangs by a thread-and the next "girlfriend" on the Time Keeper's list is Shandra.

Loved Like That By: Julie Wright

This book was so cute. I loved it!

Love had simply escaped him-at least that's what James-a 32-year-old police officer-had decided. He would have given up on dating altogether were it not for the fact that friends and family kept setting him up. Then he meets Katherine, and he immediately is smitten. James is certain he will spend the rest of his life with her. Convincing her of that, however, proves to be a monumental task.
When he finds out she is already engaged, he must struggle with his personal code of honor. Is it fair for him to pursue Katherine when she apparently loves someone else? Or is it his only chance to be Loved Like That?

Epicenter By: Sonia O'Brien

This book was fantastic!! I was hooked from the begining. We listened to it on a trip and I didn't have a hard time staying awake at all I was so rivited.

When attorney McKenna Bradford enters the top floor of Lincoln Tower, she expects an uncomfortable business lunch with an unwelcome client-but she doesn't expect him to confess murder. And she certainly doesn't expect a massive earthquake to hit downtown Los Angeles, trapping her in a crumbling high-rise with a cold-blooded killer. As McKenna struggles to elude her enemy amidst the massive destruction, others in the building fight their own battles. Payson Griggs takes on a perilous search for his former girlfriend, while his friends find themselves in dire circumstances in the tower's parking garage. Anna Stevens faces the prospect of childbirth in an elevator shaft as her firefighter husband combats the raging blazes that are headed straight for Lincoln Tower. And all the while, McKenna's father and her best friend race to find her before death does.

Bright Blue Miracle By: Becca Wilhite

I loved this book. It's a great story about teenage struggles to fit into family and social situations.

Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she is ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy. And she's definitely not ready to share her best friend, who happens to be a boy! Coping with a blended family is not easy for either Leigh or Betsy, especially during their senior year in high school. Each step brings them nearer to a crisis that will either send them running in different directions or bind them firmly together (which, let s face it, would take a miracle). Bright Blue Miracle is a new young adult novel that has everything a girl wants: a hero (more specifically, a really cute boy), a villain (who happens to be a stepsister), comedy, despair, pedicures, ice cream, love, hate, tennis, revenge, and, of course, a couple of surprises that might send you for some tissues.

My Not-So-Fairy-Tale Life By: Julie Wright

This book was a great story of adoption done right. It can be a hard decision for some people to adopt or put their child up for adoption. I thank all those who do what is right for their child and at the same time to what is right for themselves.

Suzanne Quincy was raised by an abusive mother and an apathetic father. In an effort to escape her upbringing, Suzie chooses the numbing effects of drugs and alcohol-and the accompanying lifestyle. She reaches a crossroad when she discovers she is pregnant. Will she listen to the world and abort the baby, or will she listen to the conscience she has ignored her entire life? The choice she makes sends her down a path of self-discovery. This story is about choices and consequences, laughter and tears, and finding the truth in the midst of it all.

Shudder By: Jennie Hansen

This book was really good. I loved the suspense and the romance in it.
Darcy and Clare grew up as best friends, sharing trials and triumphs from preschool through college graduation. Now they're sharing an apartment in Boise, Idaho, where Clare just landed a great job and Darcy is pursuing a teaching certificate. There's only one problem: Blaine, Clare's boyfriend. His chauvinistic, know-it-all ways set Darcy's teeth on edge. Darcy vows not to let Blaine ruin her lifelong friendship with Clare, but when Blaine insists on moving in, Darcy suddenly finds herself alone. The estranged friends forge ahead on seemingly separate paths. Engaged to Blaine, Clare becomes trapped in ugly family politics and vicious treatment from her fianc. Darcy finds a temporary home with Karlene, an accident victim seeking live-in help, but a twisted plot soon threatens their safety. Clare's wedding briefly reunites her with Darcy, yet the friends have never been farther apart. And when Clare finds herself in mortal peril and finally calls on Darcy to help, it might be too late.

Between the Lines By: Erin Klingler

This book was really cute. I really enjoyed listening to it on CD. To learn more about books and other work feel free to visit Erin.

Sydney Hallam, hard-line journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, is poised for action after receiving a tip from a mysterious source that criminally implicates several influential power brokers—but her source is gunned down before he can disclose any details. Days later, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Justin Mickelsen receives a letter from a childhood friend — the murder victim — written just prior to his death, leading the two reporters to team up in San Francisco to expose the scandal.In the intensity of the investigation, the pair’s attraction quickly grows, along with proof of money laundering, drug trafficking, and grand theft. But as the evidence builds, so do the tempers of certain billionaires and heavy-hitting politicians — soon it seems the dangerous career path chosen by the two ace reporters can only lead to a very dead end.

How to Stuff a Wild Zucchini By: Heather Horrocks

This book was amazing. It kept me laughing the whole time with some unexpected twists. To learn more about visit Heather at her website.

Sophisticated New York playwright Lori Scott feels like a failure when her producer boyfriend calls it quits on both their relationship and her first play. On a dare, she throws a dart at a map and ends up moving to Brigham City, Utah, where she plans to set aside writing, religion, and men to focus on her new career substituting as The Garden Guru for the local paper. But fate has something else in mind. When she accidentally lights her house on fire, Lori has no idea of the sparks that lie ahead. Will she be able to resist the charm and persistence of local firefighting hero John Wayne Walker? Will old hurts and fears cause her to turn her back on the best thing that's ever happened to her? Author Heather Horrocks brings a fresh, fun voice to this delightful contemporary romance about following your heart, finding true love, and wrestling with a basket full of zucchini!

Driftwood Lane By: Denise Hunter

This book was fabulous! I love the Nantucket Love Stories. A very special thanks to Denise Hunter for writing them so I could enjoy it!!

Meridith can handle anything: guardianship of three distant siblings, a dilapidated Bed-and-Breakfast, even an ever-present handyman who's dismantling more than her fireplace--or can she? When the death of Meridith's estranged father leaves her with custody of three siblings she's never met, she reluctantly goes to Nantucket to care for them--but only until their uncle returns from his trip. Little does she know, the uncle is already there under the guise of her friendly handyman, with plans of his own. Will the love that grows between them be strong enough to overcome the secrets that brought them both to Driftwood Lane?

Sworn to Protect By: DiAnn Mills

This book was amazing. Can't wait to read the call of duty book!!

Danika Morales, a widowed border patrol agent, finds out that she may be the target of a drug cartel. Her husband, a high school teacher and former immigration activist, was murdered in the desert two years earlier. Since then her brother-in-law, another border patrol agent, has been going off the deep end. With someone reporting sensor locations to the coyotes smuggling people and drugs over the border near McAllen, Texas, both of them become suspects. Then Danika’s partner is shot, and she meets Dr. Alex Price who treats agents and illegal immigrants the same. As Danika struggles with raising a four-year-old deaf daughter, family conflict, a missing niece, and the realization that her husband’s murder may have been part of a bigger conspiracy, she finds herself liking Alex more than she wants to.

The Pawn By: Steven James

This book was amazing!! I loved everything about it and I could honestly not put it down. Can't wait to find some place around here who has the rest of the series.
In this riveting thriller, the first of a planned trilogy, James (Story) introduces FBI agent Patrick Bowers. His professional specialty is environmental criminology, which attempts to track lawbreakers by analyzing the significance of the time and place at which the crime occurred. When corpses of young women start turning up near Asheville, N.C., Bowers is called in. The killer's MO is to tie a yellow ribbon in his victims' hair and leave a chess piece somewhere on the scene. Bowers begins to suspect that the governor of North Carolina, rumored to be the next Republican presidential contender, is somehow connected to the murders, and that a cult with links to Jonestown might also be involved. Making matters trickier, the special agent supervising Bowers turns out to be a longtime colleague with whom Bowers has some bad blood. Bowers, a recent widower with a surly teenage stepdaughter to raise, tries to keep his grief and parental confusion at bay so that he can focus on the case as the killer targets more innocent women. Christian faith makes a subtle appearance in the story and appears to be a theme that will be developed in future installments. A gripping plot and brisk pacing will win James some fans eager for his next offering.

Interior Motives By: Ginny Aiken

I loved this book! I figured it was him in the beginning but then she through in some twists that made it great.

Interior designer Haley Farrell and contractor Dutch Merrill argue over just about everything--even their rhyming last names. Could it be a budding romance, or is it business as usual for these creative cohorts? Unfortunately, they don't have time to figure it out. Marlene Weikert, their newest client in a renovation project, has just died, and Haley suspects it was not by natural causes. Who would have killed Marlene? Could it be the friendly nurse? One of Marlene's contentious sons? Or maybe the doctor who provided Marlene's medication? Armed with her designer's eye for detail, Haley sets out to solve the mystery. Written by a popular author, Interior Motives perfectly combines interior design, mystery, and chick lit to create a hot new hybrid genre readers will love.

Fender Bender

This afternoon I got into my first fender bender. I was taking Kenzie babysitting when I backed into the truck. Mom had been mowing the lawn and pulled it up just slightly up on the drive way. The outfits are totaled. But they aren't bad. Dad figures a $100 should cover both of them.

Decorating Schemes By: Ginny Aiken

This book was extremely good. I had my suspicions who I thought it was but not quite what I had imagined. I loved it and can't wait to finish Interior Motives.

Haley Farrell's life is back on track. Cleared of any involvement in the murder of her best friend, Haley has found loyal decorating clients and has taken over a successful auction house. Life is good--even if she does have to deal with good-looking but infuriating general contractor Dutch Merrill once again. But when another body is uncovered, it's clear that the death was no accident. What's worse, Dutch is implicated. Haley realizes it's up to her to help him prove his innocence. Can she clear him of the crime--and keep herself out of danger at the same time? Immediately engaging and full of humor and heart, the second book in the Deadly Décor Mystery series continues the fun and excitement readers found in Design on a Crime. They'll be dying for more from this fun series!

My Very Own

I currently do the family blog but decided to start my own so the family one won't be updated quite so often sorry. Jess, Mom and Kenzie may occasionally post but that will be up to them. This is just my life. Book's I've read, school happening's when I start, food that turns out good just everyday kinda stuff!


On April 1st I was accepted to BYU-Idaho. Today I recieved my track assigment and declared my major. I will be starting classes in January on the Winter/Summer track and will be majoring in Accounting. I haven't fully decided on a minor but I'm thinking Computer Information Technology.

Design on a Crime By: Ginny Aiken

This book was really good. It kept me guessing for most of it. Can't wait to read Decorating Schemes and Interior Motives (books 2 & 3 respectively).

Haley Farrell is taking a chance on herself. After receiving her interior design certificate, she quits her job at the local furniture store and decides to open her own interior decorating business. But with all the advantages of her new career-meeting new people, and decorating new and old homes-comes a huge pitfall. Her new job allows her access into her clients' homes and their lives . . . but also their deaths. When Haley's mentor, Marge Norwalk, is murdered, Haley becomes the prime suspect. Armed only with the confidence that Marge instilled in her, Haley sets out to find the real murderer. But as she sets forth, she has no idea what twists and turns will bring her face-to-face with her long-hidden past. Book one in the Deadly Décor Mysteries will keep both Ginny Aiken's established readership and new fans coming back for more.

Never the Bride By: Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge

This book was so cute. It is a quick read and I can't wait for the movie. It does a great job at describing how God works his way into our lives when we don't realize it. To learn more visit Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge.

Since she was just a little girl, Jessie Stone dreamed up hundreds of marriage proposals, doodled the romantic ideas in her journal with her treasured purple pen, and fantasized about wedding dresses and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid nearly a dozen times, waved numerous couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember. But shopping for one key component of these countless proposals hasn't been quite as productive–a future husband. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that the Almighty has a better plan than one she’s already cooked up in her journals? Can she turn over her pen and trust someone else to craft a love story beyond her wildest dreams?

Blue Smoke By: Nora Roberts

This book caught my interest after watching the movie. It is extremely different from the movie some ways good others not so much. They changed the movie to much in some spots that it couldn't even be compared to the book. Click visit to learn more about Nora Roberts or her other side J.D. Robb

Romantic suspense queen Roberts (Blue Dahlia, etc.) lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson. Eleven-year-old Reena Hale, watching her family's restaurant go up in flames, decides to become an arson investigator. The fire shapes another child's destiny, too, as Joey Pastorelli sees his father go to prison for setting the blaze. Reena's close-knit Italian family rebuilds; Reena grows up and completes police and firefighter training. Despite inheriting her mother's good looks, Reena proves unlucky in love, mainly because her beaux tend to die in fires, but her fortunes look up after she meets hunky carpenter Bo Goodnight. Bo gets along with Reena's family, friends and co-workers, and handles the demands of her career with patient humor, so nothing stands in their way—except an obsessed, pyromaniac stalker determined to kill any man Reena loves. Although it does take Reena an inordinately long time to identify her nemesis, Roberts portrays investigative procedure more accurately than her many imitators. Well-sketched supporting characters with potential subplots of their own suggest that the prolific Roberts will put her feet to the fire again.

Murder By The Book By: Betsy Brannon Green

This book was so good! I would think that I had it figured out then something would happen and I would have to rethink it. To learn more feel free to visit Betsy.

Murder by the Book Betsy Brannon Green Small-town librarian Kennedy Killingsworth thought that Midway, Georgia, was the dullest place on earth until a fateful day that begins with a speeding ticket and ends with a suicide. The ticket comes from Kennedy's ex-husband, Deputy Cade Burrell, who seems desperate to find any reason to talk to Kennedy ever since his scandalous affair. And the suicide victim is Foster Scoggins, the leathery-faced resident who applied for a library card just hours before his gruesome death. Rumors fly that Foster took his life after being jilted by a mysterious love interest. But as the investigation unfolds, murder becomes the name of the game, and anyone might be a player including the four men who recently started competing for Kennedy's attention. Could the killer be Cade, who s been more interested in her since the divorce than he ever was when they were married? Drake Langston, the dazzling billionaire who needed Foster's cooperation to land a major development deal? Drake's construction boss, Sloan, whose powerful build makes him a perfect suspect for the crime? Or could it be Luke Scoggins Foster's hazel-eyed nephew, the charming ex-Marine whom Kennedy just might be falling for? In Murder by the Book, celebrated suspense novelist Betsy Brannon Green skillfully weaves a rich tale of intrigue and romance in a Southern town that, for the time being is anthing but dull.