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Throwback Thursday (23)

Posted November 2, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

When Mormon kids are in high school, they attend early morning bible and BOM study that we call Seminary. It’s a pretty big deal because if you wanted to go out with your friends on the weekend, you better not miss any days of Seminary or you can count your weekend plans out. At least that’s how it was when I was growing up and it was the same deal with Brenna. It’s especially hard to want to go to Seminary because class starts every morning at 5:55AM and lets out at 6:45AM. What teenager do you know that wants to get up that early every morning to read the scriptures?

Brenna graduated from high school this past year and I was cleaning out my emails when I came across an old email from her Seminary teacher. Here’s what it said.

Hi parents. I have a couple of quick questions for you that will help with our lesson tomorrow. Is there a specific meaning to your child’s name? And, was there a specific reason you chose your child’s name?

So, of course, I had to forward that email to all of my friends and my sisters while I pondered how I was going to tell Brenna’s Seminary teacher that Brenna was named after a heroine in one of my romance novels.

The heroine from this book in particular:

The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancee’s #2) by Julie Garwood

It’s a classic plot: a marriage of convenience that lays the groundwork for true love.

1119. Journeying from England to Scotland to wed a highlander, Lady Brenna had resigned herself to the arranged match. But when a band of fierce, painted warriors captured her en route, she fearlessly met their demand to marry their leader — the quick-tempered laird Connor MacAlister. She couldn’t know that her capture was merely the first act of vengeance against her betrothed, Connor’s sworn enemy.

Brenna harbored no illusions that her husband was in love with her; after a hasty forest wedding, MacAlister assured her she could return home once she had borne him a son. But she could not deny that she had once proposed to MacAlister — ten years ago, when she was just a child, and the visitor to her father’s castle charmed her with his dazzling, unexpected smile. Now, as she sets out to win the brave chieftain whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war — and only her faith in her gallant hero can save her….

Hahaha, can you imagine what was going through Brenna’s Seminary teacher’s head as I told her that I named my daughter after a girl in one of my smutty romance novels?

The exact romance where my most memorable scene is this one:

She let him know how much she liked what he was doing by scoring his back with her nails and crying out with pleasure.

“Oh, God.”

“Nay, lass. Connor.”

Hahahaha, I had a good laugh at that. Oh, the good ol’ days.


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Monthly Recap: June & July 2017

Posted August 23, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 0 Comments

I have been sorely lacking in getting any posts written for this blog. I’ve been busy, lazy, not in the mood…you name it, I was it. I’m slowly starting to get back in the thick of things so wish me luck. I missed my June monthly recap so I’ll just add the jist of things here. It’s not like I have much to report, book wise for June anyway.

What I Did

 Bren, Ken, & Cher graduated from High School and Makaela was promoted from middle school to High School. Bren and Ken will be attending our local junior college while Cher leaves for Utah this coming Friday to start her freshman year of college at BYU, Provo. Makaela has joined the North High Volleyball team and I’m sure she’s going to do great things.

We met Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma in Las Vegas. In July, we traveled to Las Vegas for the girls last Club tournament with the Mustangs. It was hot as hell and the girls played game after game after game and on our first night of games, we had dinner at Raising Caines and one of the newest Lakers ate right next to us so of course we welcomed him to Los Angeles and got a picture with him. Fun times!

What I Read

1. The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
2. The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5
3. Wired by Julie Garwood | 3.5 out of 5
4. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (re-read) | 4 out of 5
6. I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
7. Dating You, Hating You by Christine Lauren | 4 out of 5
8. Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
9. Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
10. Some Kind of Hero by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.5 out of 5
11. Lucky in Love by Kasie West | 3.25 out of 5
12. How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3 out of 5
13. Ready to Run by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
14. When It’s Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5
15. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
16. The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley | 3.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
True Love and Other Disasters (Chinooks Hockey Team #4) by Rachel Gibson
Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood
Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Fair Play by Deirdre Martin
Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally
I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne
Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
Second Chance Season (Grand Valley #2) by Liora Blake
Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean
Black Tie Optional (Wild Weddings #1) by Ann Marie Walker
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
Shadow Readper (Shadows #2) by Christine Feehan
Revenge (Lawless #3) by Lexi Blake
Silver Silence (Psy/Changelings Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4) by Lorraine Heath

What I Bought Or was Gifted

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
My Roommates Girl by Julianna Keyes
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
When It’s Real by Erin Watt

What I Got for Review

The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare
A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon

What I Listened To


Perfect by Ed Sheeran

This has gotten some major play on my Apple Music. I still love the hell out of this song…in August.

What I Watched on TV

Loving all of these shows, except Suits. I love the show but this season is pretty boring.

What Movies I Watched

John Wick (2014) (re-watch) | 4 out of 5
The Art of Us (2017) | DNF
Wonder Woman (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
Life As We Know It (2010) | 4.5 out of 5
Something Borrowed (2011) | 4 out of 5
Bad Date Chronicles (2017) | 3 out of 5
Bound & Babysitting (2015) | 4.25 out of 5
My Favorite Wedding (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
The Russell Girl (2008) | 4.5 out of 5
Loving Leah (2009) | 4 out of 5
Portrait of Love (2015) | 3 out of 5
A Wish for Christmas (2015) | 3.5 out of 5
Chance at Romance (2013) | 3 out of 5
Sand Castle (2017) | 4 out of 5

There you have it…all of the things that I did in June and July. Did you do any fun things?Read any good books? Watch any fab movies?


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Graduations, Vegas & Future Planning

Posted July 13, 2017 by Rowena in Family | 4 Comments

As of June 21st, my kid is a high school graduate.

It’s so weird to have registered for her college classes for the fall and to be dealing with grown folks business where she’s concerned because she’s my baby and yet this week, we’ve knocked out some pretty big things to get her ready for school next month. She’s off to Colorado for a few weeks to live it up until she has to come back home and buckle down. She’s got plans and I’m glad to see that she’s taking her future a lot more serious than I did when I was her age. Her to-do list is a mile long but she’s making it work. I’m doing a lot of hand-holding but I don’t mind because this is all new to her.

Her graduation was nice, short and simple with not a lot of speakers that spoke for days and it kicked off with her Principal being a complete savage, making me laugh. He opened up the ceremony with, “For those of you who brought big balloons after we told you not to, tuck them in and keep them out of the way.” LOL!

There was a good turnout, as always and I’m fortunate to have such a great family surrounding Brenna with such love and support, no matter how long we go without seeing each other. It’s always love when we’re together.

Here’s a bunch of pictures from Bren’s graduation…

My Graduate

Team Wilson Gang

Bren, Me and Brenna’s boyfriend RJ

My biggest headaches J Hong, Bren and Yusei (missing Kenna)

So Cal Mustangs Crew

The cutest little girls, Logan, Genna and Hunter

Brenna, all lei’d up

On top of Brenna’s graduation, we had her cousins Kenna’s graduation from Redondo Union and her other cousin Makaela’s 8th grade promotion. So we were hecka busy making candy lei’s and trying not to lose any kids…ha! We did eat lots of tacos that week.

This past weekend, we played in our final club team basketball tournament and while I was thrilled that we went undefeated in the tournament, a small part of me found the whole thing bittersweet because I didn’t want the weekend to end. The end of the weekend meant that we played in our last tournament as Mustangs. I’m still low key sad over that.

Here are some pictures from our mini vacation for basketball purposes:

Ran into Lakers Rookie Kyle Kuzma at dinner on Friday night. Here’s the girls picture with him.

Kainoa wanted in on this action so here’s his picture with Mr. Kuzma, who was in Vegas playing in the NBA Summer League

Ran into some family in Vegas right after Kuzma left. Here we are with Jacob!

Right before the Colorado crew went home after spending two weeks in California with us

Turn up picture!

Our last team picture together before everyone goes off to college. We finished out strong as only Mustangs can.

I’m going to miss this team. Brenna played for the same club since she first started playing basketball seriously. Only 5 girls from our original team played in this tournament but we’re planning on getting together one last time before the girls head off in different directions in the fall. Our coach was emotional at our team dinner Saturday night at the M Buffet (so good but so expensive) and it was just a lot of fun reminiscing over days long gone. Remembering games and players and practices and seeing the girls laugh and have fun playing the game they chose to play as kids. A lot of the girls had issues during their time playing for their high schools and this tournament was a reminder tournament for them. A tournament that gave them back the love of the game that was missing in the last four years, playing for different schools and different coaches.

It was so good to see Brenna having fun playing basketball with her friends again. It was great to visit with old friends and chat with them over our kids future. Of the bunch that came to Vegas, only 3 are playing basketball in college. Some are going out of state to universities, some are going to state schools and hoping to walk on at their schools while some are staying home, attending the community college with plans to transfer. Brenna’s plans include playing basketball at the community college and then serving a mission when she turns 19.

Ugh, I’m so freaking old.


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