The Life of Duncan

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Archive for the month “June, 2014”

Joanna Oshida babysitting

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” 

David Bailey


Marrcrest, do we live in paradise?…pretty close:

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Crayon shavings:
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Joanna Oshida babysitting the girls – they all had a blast:
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We did too (Bombay House):
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Chloe’s the Statue of Liberty:
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Partay at the Brown’s

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Molly is into the dog thing…!

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Cleaning house & Swimming

Spent all morning doing quite a thorough clean around the house – dusting, the fireplace, the girls chiffarobe, the garage – things that just don’t usually get done.

Then we went swimming at the Pleasant Grove Pool – Chloe began swimming without any floaties today!

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Charlotte had a blast playing with Molly!

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And oh what a sunburn I came home with…Gina smothered aloe from our aloe plant all over me. 

Zupas…mmm

Spencer Glende on Princeton in SLC:

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Lunch at Zupas (honey bacon club sandwich with chocolate hazelnut creme brulée and cream of mushroom soup).  One of the fruits of scrimping and saving throughout the month 🙂 :
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Hey new way for Charlotte to ride the bike with Gina:
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Roofing day 3

“To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will. Falling down is part of life. Getting backup is living.” 

Sugar Ray Robinson


 
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I think my car is dirtier inside the garage than it was outside the garage! All shall be complete soon.
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I was able to shovel the last bit of mulch into Mr. Dumpster. What a miracle!

Roofing, Ember’s 7th B-day Party, Granny’s

Roofing day 2:

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Gina’s pics of us at Ember’s 7th birthday party swimming at the Kamas Pool.
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My treat to Granny’s in Heber:
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Donkey Burger:

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Roofing day 1

Chloe’s slug:

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Roofers started today:

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Voted today – our D.A. of choice won! Yay! Congratulations Jeff Buhman:

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Neighborhood Carnival

Girls learning to play the bugle!

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Action work at home (Young Chang action brackets replacement/regulation). 

Girls got bold and VACUUMED out the action!

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  Silver colored = old.  Gold colored = new.

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Neighborhood Carnival:

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Chloe’s Organization

The Golden Goblet:

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Chloe’s way cool organization – she totally color coordinated these sewing pins on her own!

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Way home from church:

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Way to Grammy and Papa’s:

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Integrity – Story of the Emperor & the Seed

Here’s a snippet from a Jeffrey R. Holland talk called Integrity (https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/integrity-holland) that a young girl (Jessica Nielson) shared in our sacrament meeting today.  It was really inspiring to me:

“May I share with you a little story that I remember from my childhood which helps make the case for integrity in little things so that the big things may then take care of themselves.

A storybook emperor called all the young people in his kingdom together one day. He said, “It has come time for me to step down and to choose the next emperor. It will be one of you. In making that selection, I am going to give each one of you a seed today. Come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed.”

A young boy named Ling was in the crowd of children. He went home and excitedly told his mother the whole story. She helped him get a pot and some planting soil. He planted the seed given him. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.

After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept checking his pot, but nothing ever grew in it.

Eventually all the others were talking about their plants. Ling was apparently the only failure. Everyone else spoke of small trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Finally a year went by, and all the youths brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she encouraged him to go, report how hard he had tried, and be honest about what happened. Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace.

Ling put his empty pot on the floor amidst beautiful plants and flowers of all shapes and sizes. When the emperor arrived, Ling tried to hide in the back of the room. But the emperor spotted Ling—empty pot and all. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front, where the leader said, “Behold your new emperor!”

To a now very quiet audience, the older man said, “One year ago today I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. Yet all of you, except one, have brought me magnificent trees and plants and flowers. Obviously, when you found that the seed I gave you would not grow, you substituted another. Apparently only one young man among you had the integrity to abide by the rules I gave you. I can trust him to take my place and lead my people.”

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