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Snapshots of Life

Nothing life-altering. Just a quick check in on life as we know it right now. :)
This quote that hangs on the wall in my classroom. It's a reminder to stay confident, and to not lose track of the fact that it's never too late to make a change. I have started a new school year, and I am nervous and excited to see how the year plays out.
One of our cute Primary girls has her finger nails painted like little minions from the movie Despicable Me. My Primary kids (and these nails) bring me all sorts of joy.
Not really playing the game, 
but being silly all the same.
Here are a few quick pictures from the family reunion last weekend. My mom and dad hosted this year, and my cute aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews and siblings and parents all played a few Minute-to-Win-It games. I love my family.

Three of my beautiful sisters 
eating snow cones.
Nieces (and Jace) trying to stack four dice 
on a popsicle stick.


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