craftykirsten This woman is one of the greatest women I know. She's 95, she is a woman of faith, she's beautiful today because she has lived a great life to be proud of, she has a young and vibrant mind and remembers details to stories better than anyone in the family. She has an obsession with clipping recipes out of magazines and newspapers and you can find them in drawers around her house. She has always valued family and has always gathered us around her. For better or worse, she always speaks her mind. She has built a foundation of faith with my grandpa that will affect generations. She had an insanely fast and thorough recovery from a fall she had a handful of months ago because she wouldn't give up. And to top it off, she has a glowing testimony of Jesus Christ. I love her so...I've been seeing her weekly for awhile now as my cousins and I are extracting her amazing stories and recipes from her, so we can preserve that part of our heritage....stories untold, die with people you know. It's been over a year ago that I felt a strong pull to start this project with grandma and I am to the point where I can start designing the book now. It's actually one of the reasons I stopped blogging. There were only so many hours in the day and more important things were calling. I've been amused that she thinks it's funny that we are doing cookbook/family history book...she says her recipes aren't special or worthy of the project. When we come, she answers our questions and giggles at us and we hang on every word...my phone recording every last bit. Grandma knows what's most important in life and reminds me of that just by the way she lives. She always has a tear in her eye when we leave. She helps me remember that the only thing my kids want from me is me, without all the bells and whistles because one day those kids won't care about or remember the bells and whistles. Grandma you are a queen and I hope we have many more moments together.

I'll be sharing more about this project in my class at Roots Tech next month along with other ways to "create and capture the moments" so they can be enjoyed TODAY. Join me! @chatterooapps #familyheirlooms #createandcapture #familystrong
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  •   klaws1979 I love you! I'm so PROUD of you for listening to that intuition to get this project completed. What a family treasure! xoxo 22h
  •   andreapdavis Best grandma on earth! 22h
  •   janisnrowser Sweet story. My sister's and I are enjoying my mom's 99th bday with her right now. She sounds so much like your grandma! Mom was chosen to be on The Price Is Right...watch it on March 26! 20h
  •   lyndseyjohnson20 This is one of the sweetest things I've ever heard! Someone in my family recorded my grandma singing lullabies and telling children's stories and I love hearing her voice. This book you are creating will definitely be a priceless treasure for many, many generations! 20h
  •   tntnichols Such a great thing for you to do 18h
  •   belbel21 How fun would that be. I love her stories...just amazing! 17h
  •   jerilarsen 10h
  •   juliedansie This picture is perfect! Love our time spent with grandma and an added bonus I get to hang out with you more! 7h

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craftykirsten I loooooove doing "field research" for my tv segments even if it means that I'm bowling and making a complete fool out of myself. #wrightfamilyfun #lovethislight 1d

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craftykirsten These are so funny and true... #realmomstuff 1w

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craftykirsten Cleaning the guinea pig cage is a complete ordeal every week, trust me when I say that. We are trying a new method today, smile the whole entire time and it will be more fun. So far it's been working, weird forced smiles make people laugh. #saturdayjobs #80sbangs 2w

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craftykirsten Last one for the Chatbooks....it was overcast but when a smart Utahn gets near the beach in January, you have a beach day, period! #needtoreturnsoon 2w

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craftykirsten ....and this is when I go in another room.... #boys #sliceofreallife @briterpaige 2w

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craftykirsten At the beach today as I was sitting and enjoying the scenery of frolicking, happy kids, I couldn't help but think that it wasn't too long ago that the last thing I could do was sit and enjoy myself when my kids were anywhere near water. My oldest three were all in diapers at one time and being near water was downright terrifying. In fact, vacations were completely exhausting and life in general was completely exhausting. It didn't help that I got postpartum depression after my last who is now 6. Life was really exhausting for a long period of time...I'm talkin' years here. After some reminiscing as I sat calmly in my chair and watched my kids play in the waves, I couldn't help but think of this..."To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"-Ecclesiastes 3:1 For so long, it wasn't my season to travel easily or to not be completely emotionally, physically, mentally and even spiritually exhausted, it just wasn't. That was a time to build and to create an extremely important foundation for my family, a foundation that looked a whole lot like life had sprinkled a million dirty diapers and toddler tantrums on me, and even so, it was a very important, beautiful and necessary foundation. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"-Ecclesiastes 3:1 The hardest and most exhausting times are so necessary to build what needs to be and to recognize the better times for what they are. I'm so grateful He knows you and I perfectly. #humbledgrateful #family #Godisgood 2w

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craftykirsten #overgrammingwarning those girls...those houses...those girls! Q has loved playing with her girl cousins!! These girls look like sisters, love them!!! #coronadelmar #familyfun #family 2w
  •   juliedansie What an amazing last minute getaway!! 2w
  •   britomama I can't wait!!!!!!!!!! These girls are amazingly beautiful! I remember your one cute niece sat on my lap that one night at the drive in movies!!! 2w
  •   hyvonnec That's our favorite beach!!!! Glad Ryan told you to go there!!!! 2w
  •   jillbmorris So fun! 2w
  •   craftykirsten @hyvonnec best advice ever!!!! Seriously magical...those houses 2w
  •   craftyjamie I love all these pics!!!!!!!!! 2w
  •   jerilarsen Love that beach. My uncle lives up the street. 2w
  •   jerilarsen Have fun, by the way! :) 2w

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craftykirsten The beach was awesome today, the kids loved playing in the sand, it was finally sunny and birds are weird. Have you ever been attacked on the beach, yup it happened. #couldntstoplaughing @bpics1 @liljenpack @craftydiane #coronadelmar 2w

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craftykirsten Last night we made these wooden/mod podged cameras from @caravanshoppe and oh my were they a hit!!! I bought them to make for Christmas and it sorta didn't happen. They have all sorts of designs that you just print out and mod podge onto 2"x 4" wooden blocks and there you have it, a pretend play toy that provides hours of fun. She keeps saying before we go out the door, "mom I can't forget my camera!" I'm dying over how cute they turned out. Also...stripes on stripes, she's not afraid.... @livandhope maybe our girls could start their own line of clothing. #woodencameras #huntingtonbeach #stripesonstripes 2w

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craftykirsten My mom @craftydiane is so awesome. She is the best person to take along on trips, she has fun doing anything, she always buys candy at the store and I don't because I'm "bring healthy" then she lets me eat it all, she doesn't mind sharing a bed with me, she lets me bug her at night, she loves being with her grandkids, she'll watch the kids at the pool while i'm on Instagram, she always has bandaids in her purse, she's soft spoken, she's always up for an adventure...always and will always leave town with me on a moment's notice if Dave has to work, she loves to play games, she doesn't get offended when I try to convince her she has sleep apnea, she sews her own makeup travel bags and they are awesome, she is incredibly sweet and I'm so thankful for her. #huntingtonbeach #love #mysweetmom 2w

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craftykirsten Selfies are only fun when you have 80's bangs...my poor mom has to deal with my nighttime spaz surges since Mr Dwright had to stay at home! Love you @craftydiane #bedmate #newportbeach 3w

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craftykirsten There's nothing better than bathing with your cousin! @brookekemp @heatherpridge @juliedansie #cousinpower #newportbeach 3w

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craftykirsten Winter, I know I'm one of your biggest advocates this year but...uncle D called and had a vacancy in a rental in CA and we couldn't help ourselves, even with 24 hours notice. #whynot #goodbyewinterfun #wrightfam2015 3w

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craftykirsten Remember when these Frozen-Esque pictures blew up all over Instagram last year?! It's back as outing #2 out of 5, the Midway Ice Castles are bigger and better this year...new location and its twice as large! There's some other awesome details that are new this year...(link in profile) #love #familyfunideas @studio5ksl 3w

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craftykirsten Every month I have the fun opportunity to report about five family activities that families can do. There are some really great things to do this month to do here. If you're looking for something fun to do tonight and you are in or near Utah, the World Cup freestyle aerial and mogul competition is at Deer Valley. It's free and it starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday, with opening ceremonies tonight. They have fireworks at the end of each night. It's an awesome family activity that lends to a lot of good family conversation about working hard and towards your goals.#deervalley #fisworldcup (link in profile, it's at the end) #kidchatterooapps #familyfunideas 3w
  •   petit_elefant We went a few years ago and it was absolutely stunning. So cool to watch from underneath!! 3w
  •   kristindirkmaat Love this!!! Thanks for posting! I'm going to add it to my December planning calendar for next year. Not sure if we will make it up there this year. 3w
  •   tntnichols Looks fun 3w
  •   makellw Love this idea!! 3w
  •   craftykirsten @petit_elefant I'm so glad you got to go, I can only imagine that it would be unreal! 3w
  •   craftykirsten @makellw sounds fun huh! 3w
  •   roseanneyoung How fun! Thanks Kirsten! 3w

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craftykirsten Perfect sledding situation over New Years up in Cache Valley. I love that they live above the inversion! #sledding #cachevalley 3w

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craftykirsten My darling neighbor collects antiques and I'm dying over this quilt from the 1800's that's so modern-ish. Beautiful design and detail those pioneers had! 3w

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craftykirsten This was one of the sweetest moments on Saturday when we were getting ready. I turned around and Quincie while in her Lalaloopsi curlers, was helping Bennett button up his jacket. They have such a sweet relationship that I love. #brothersister #bigbrothersarethebest @bpics1 @apack89 3w

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craftykirsten One really amazing boy is choosing to get baptized this Saturday. Last night we spent our family home evening discussing more about baptism and what it means. One of my favorite parts of the baptismal covenant is when you promise to comfort those that stand in need of comfort just like Jesus...it's so important and so beautiful! I'm trying really hard to cut out the fluff and focus on the most important thing which is the baptism itself. I simply can't wait!!!! #proudmom #lastboy #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon 4w
  •   estoone24 Congrats to Bennett! If you feather his bangs he'd be a twinner to the photo you sent me:-). 4w
  •   lauraall Good for you for focusing on what's important. It's such a special covenant. We are all so lucky to be able to Renew it each week. 4w
  •   klaws1979 Sweet lil Benny 4w
  •   britomama Love this pic of Bennett! Oh so excited for his baptism! I love the spirit that's always present at a special day that will come on sat!!! Wahoo 4w
  •   jillbmorris You are a great mom! 4w
  •   jerilarsen Oh, so sad we'll miss it :( Go Bennett!!! 4w
  •   brookekemp This is so awesome. What a great kid! 3w

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