We spent spring break and part of the following week in Maui. Oh my goodness, it was seriously so divine.  It was so awesome to spend time with my family. Everyone in the family relaxed and enjoyed. A few things that I want to remember about Maui:

  • Mackena beach was my favorite. We watched spinner dolphins and whales from the shore. We swam for hours.
  • Sofia reminded me so much of myself as a little girl. She never wanted to get out of the water.
  • Whale watching. Seriously.. is it too later for me to switch careers? Studying whales would be so awesome.
  • Snorkeling!
  • Hiking with the fam
  • Spending good quality time with my dear friend Meredith and her family. Meredith and Ryan are such lovely people.
  • Playing like a kid. I literally kept feel like doing cartwheels I was so giddy. The last time I felt like spontaneously doing cartwheels… um.. never.
  • Feeling so happy watching Chris play.
  • Watching my kids play in the sunsets.
  • Eating fruit fresh from trees.


C Martin - April 10, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Lovely, I hope you got some pictures of Chris. You need to take the camera from him once in awhile. I want to hear more details about the trip when the day comes that we see each other in person. I think we live in the same city right?

Kara - April 11, 2014 - 10:36 am

We did get some pics of Chris, but it looks like they ended up only on facebook. But… I definitely should get more. We got a few cute family shots that also didn’t end up on here I just noticed. You probably are more aware of this than the average person being the one behind the camera :). Life has a funny way these days that keeps me pretty busy, so I am so excited to see you tonight!!


Sofia really loves the show “Chopped.” I had never heard of it until I watched it with her, but it is a cooking competition where the contestants are all given certain ingredients that they have to use creatively. The food is judged by fancy chef judges, and the loser of each round gets “chopped” until it ends with one winner. Last week we had the craziest snow I have ever experienced in my almost 10 years living here. We were getting pretty stir crazy after days of being stuck at home, so I decided that the kids would play chopped. I gave each kid the same ingredients to work with which were: blueberries, plain yogurt,almonds, and carrots. I told them that they could each choose an additional ingredient from the kitchen, and they also had access to any spices that they wanted. I had no idea of how into it the kids could get, and it was pretty adorable. We will for sure be playing this game again!

Sofia decided to juice her carrots and make a smoothie. Gabe wanted make a beautiful bread arrangement, and Miriam just wanted to combine all of her ingredients in a food processor and throw a piece of bread into all :).

sharon - February 13, 2014 - 5:37 pm

what a great idea!

God’s Love!

Today has been a sweet day. We switched to 1:00 church, so our mornings are really nice and mellow. My kids were being so sweet and fun this morning. I felt like I had extra patience this morning as well. I’m not sure if I had extra patience because the kids were being cute and sweet or if they were being cute and sweet because I had extra patience. In between reading the kids books this morning, I spent time preparing a talk for church and also a lesson to be taught in Relief Society (the women’s organization). I feel like almost any time I prepare a talk or lesson, the topics or themes are things that I really need to learn more about at that particular point in my life.  Everything went well with the talk and then during the lesson, we spent a lot of time discussing characteristics of God, how to draw nearer to him, and how He knows us each individually. I felt the spirit so strong and felt a burning inside of me as I discussed and pondered God’s love for me and all of my brothers and sisters. My children’s faces kept flashing into my head as I though about His love for them. As much as I love my own children, I know that Heavenly loves each of us even more than a parent loves her child. That is just so hard for me to comprehend. And if Heavenly Father loves us that much and all of my brothers and sisters in the world this much, then it got me thinking about how amazing it would be if we all tried harder to view people more as God would. If we could see people with all of their goodness and with all of their flaws and still see the great potential that lies within them. God sees great potential in every single one of us. He doesn’t think, “Oh.. this person will probably be quite average, and I’ll give all of the talents to that person.” He has given each of us such great potential, and I am going to try harder to live up to my own and to help people I know in their journey to understand and live up to their own potential.

None of what I heard today was brand new information, but my testimony of God’s love for me and each of us was strengthened today. No matter where you are at in your life, I hope you know how much you are loved by our Heavenly Father and how much good he sees in you!

Anita Warnick - January 13, 2014 - 6:38 am

Thanks for sharing this Kara! It’s what I needed to hear :)

Cami - January 14, 2014 - 1:52 pm

So glad you shared this. Thanks for the reminder.


Check out these pictures Chris took today. Chris and I grew up around some of the best bird watching in the country. I just thought it was normal to see bald eagles on a regular basis, but apparently that is not the norm. Enjoy! (p.s…. I enjoyed making silly captions/impersonations of the birds… particularly the picture where the eagle looks all googly eyed and angry.. maybe you will enjoy doing the same :).

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas everyone! We had a great day today. My parents joined us at the Becerra’s for breakfast. There was tons of eating (too much), playing, napping, Christmas music singing, walks, and game playing. The weather was beautiful today, which is pretty special for Christmas day. We got plenty of good old fashioned vitamin D as well. We sure miss the sun in Corvallis most days!

Sarabeth - December 27, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Sofia looks more and more like you all the time, I think!

kara - December 28, 2013 - 9:16 pm

That’s the word on the street :)