Monday, February 8, 2016


(Caution some Spoilers)
The main character’s name is Blaise and he is an outcast from the Sorcerer's Council after the Council was responsible for his brothers death. He is dead set on making it so even the lowliest person in the kingdom will be able to do magic and help improve their lives. He set out to accomplish this by creating a magic artifact that would allow anyone to wield the magical powers that he is able to wield. The outcome of his project ended up being more complicated than he could have ever imagined. There was not an artifact in the middle of his room there was a completely Nude young women in the middle of his room where the artifact should have been.

The Sorcery Code is a great mash up of Magic and computer coding from my gatherings after reading this book over the weekend. My Family and I were going out of town and being the book junkie that I am, I needed to get a new book to read/Listen to for the drive to go see family. The first thing that caught my attention is how the sorcerers had to make cards that were basically a shorthand of the magic spell. They referred to this as “Coding” and it reminded me of website coding for making web pages

 I love fantasy and Sci-Fi books and this one had been on my list to read when I had finished a few other series on my wish list. I was able to get the #SorceryCode for free in exchange for my honest opinion, so I decided to move it to the front of my list for my weekend trip. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the story caught my attention and kept it up until the end of the book, leaving me wanting to hurry and get the second one to find out what was going to happen.

There could have been some more time spent on developing the characters a little more but over all it was not a complete downfall of the book. I imagine that in the 2nd book there will be some more character development to get to know them better. Gala after all was just created so there is not a lot to her character yet. I am excited to see how her magic progresses and expands and be able to see all the things she might be able to do.

Over all I am very happy with this book and the author's writing style. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great book that is not very hard to read. I used the narration on it so I could listen to it and drive at the same time. I personally love listening to books more than reading but then again I am always driving it seems so it makes it nice to be able to listen to books. You can get this book from this link #SorceryCode

Friday, January 1, 2016



January 3rdKate said (7), "I just want to know if I can have two or three friends for my birthday for ice cream, or a facial... Or to get our nails done or something." I hope her husband is prepared. My kids think that going to the spa is a "normal" part of life!


February 1st
Kate just got out of the bathtub and said, "I'm prunier than a grandma!" So funny!


March 1st 
Spoken from our 8 year old, Kate. "I don't know why, but I'll I've had today is ice cream and cinnamon rolls. I'm going to eat chips now because they are healthy!" Lol.

March 20th
Kate said, "If mom died, Faith would have to drive. And She would get arrested and kill everybody!"


April 23rd Conversation this morning with Faith and geography. Then, I ask Brandon if he knows why we have haze. He says the fires in Siberia and then asks Faith if she knows where that is. She says, "Yeah. Isn't it in Africa?" I think she needs more geography.

April 26thIn case you can't enough of the funny Jolley kids, Kate says tonight, "I think I cleaned too much, so my stomach hurts."

April 26th Dawson tonight for the dinner prayer, "Please bless that we will have a good night and awesome lives!" I want an awesome life!

April 26thYesterday, Faith messed up on making cake mix cookies so she asked if she could make "cake muffins." Brandon said, "You mean cupcakes?" Lol!


May 2ndFaith tonight, "I'm getting to the stage where I'm going to college." Hehe! High school Faith, it's just high school. Don't grow up any faster please!

May 9thMy eyes were getting tired so I pulled over to have Brandon drive. Kate asked what we were doing and we explained that we were switching off. She said, "Does Dad know how to drive?" I do most of the driving, but Brandon and I were cracking up!

May 9thKate had a bad dream last night. She is worried about sleeping in her room tonight. As she looks at the mess, she says, "Maybe it's karma telling me to clean my room!" Rofl! I can't make this stuff up I tell ya!

May 14th Kate on Tuesday asked F, "Is it the 12th of 'Merica today?" (America)

May 16th Dawson today after we got out of church noticed that I had cleaned up the car. "Holy crap! This feels like I'm 16 and have a first car smell! Though I don't know what that would really be like. Do new cars really have a new car smell?"


August 5thKate tonight, "I need Sister Fa'aga'i to tune my guitar when she comes. It sounds like a dead bird!"

August 23rdTrying to convince Dawson to play the piano for his grandparents. And he wants to make up something. I'm begging him and he says,"Please let me play my masterpiece first! I composed with my own two brains!"

August 23rdDawson, "I really think that I need to get one of those skipper binders." He wants to be organized this year!

August 25th So I'm trying to be more in the loop of bill paying and everything. Tonight I asked Brandon if he had a plan for our money. He said, "Yeah! Watch it go bye-bye!"

August 30thFaith, "We talked about the sabbath day. I sat by Sister Poppins and Bailey..." (aka Sister Poppleton)


September 12th A couple days ago, Kate randomly says (8 yrs old), "I hope you know I am going to live with you for a long time. Are you okay with that?" Laughed so hard. She changed her mind from until she's engaged, until she gets married. I love our little girl!

September 25thDawson telling me about his day and the fight during recess. "I stood back and watched the drama unfold!" Lol


October 1stI forgot to post my conversation with my sweet 8 year old Tuesday. It went something like this. She started talking about school and a particular situation. Then she said karma was going to bite! I asked her what karma was. She said it was like a ghost that follows you around. When you do something wrong, it just bites you!
She definitely does not want get bit by karma! Glad that my children know what you put out to others should always be good intentions with love. Thanks Kate!

October 25thMom: "Why don't you like curls Kate?"Kate: "Because curls are evil!"

October 29thGoing to help Dawson practice piano before school. He says, "I wanted to experiment with different octaves to see if it will sound better. I'm just not feeling it with this octave."


November 30thKate tonight, "Dad, isn't the most important part of a marriage honesty?" I love my 8 year old!!!


December 2ndI love my kisses from Kate so I asked for one tonight. She politely gave me one AND THEN said, "I'm sick! You don't want to kiss me!" It's ok baby girl. I will still take your kisses any day! Love her!

December 16thAs I was leaving, I hollered out to Echo (my dog) to make good choices today! Haha! I guess she really is a chog!

December 25thKate talking to Grandma Kathy, "If you got one for F and D, then you had to get one for me because I'm too cute to be forgotten!"

Quotes"When we pray, God hears more than we say, answers more than we ask, gives us more than we can imagine, in His own time, and in His own way."

"Don't be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and fully enjoy the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. 'Accentuate the positive.' Look a little deeper for the good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye, and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life." -Gordon B. Hinckley

"When you feel like you're drowning in life, don't worry. Your lifeguard walks on water."

"God doesn't GIVE us what we can handle. God HELPS us handle what we are given."

"Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold." Proverbs 11:27

"We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It is up to us to make it good or bad."

"God has placed you where you're at in this very moment for a reason, remember that and trust that He is working everything out."

"If you're lonely, please know that you can find comfort.If you are discouraged, please know that you can find hope.
If you are poor in spirit, please know that you can be strengthened.
If you feel you are broken, please know that you can be mended." - Jeffrey R. Holland

"Your value does not decreased based on someone's inability to see your worth."

"If we look with our spiritual eyes and hear with our spiritual ears, we will see and hear miracles in our lives and in other lives around us."

"Marriage and children are not part of the plan of happiness, it IS the plan." - Boyd K. Packer

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful & magical person that you are."

"If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can't just wait to see the kind of day you'll have. You have to decide what kind of day you'll have." - Joel Osteen

"Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life and said, "I'm here for you." And proved it."

"One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to in life. And with that she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So she made the decision to survive using courage, humor and grace. She was the queen of her own life and the choice was hers."

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy."

"With God on our side we cannot fail." - Thomas S. Monson

"Real friends say bad things to your face and the good things behind your back." - Steven Aitchison

"If for awhile the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived." - Jeffrey R. Holland

"Marriage does not guarantee you will be together forever, it's only paper. It takes love respect, trust, understanding, friendship and faith in your relationship to make it last."

"If someone has offended you, insulted you, or disappointed you, let it go! If you are remembering all the ways you have been hurt or forgotten, let it go! Ask yourself, what good does it do for me to hold on to this?' - Iyanla Vanzant

"A negative mind will never give you a positive life."

"You have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy." - Dumbledore

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." 

"You set the tone for your home. If you will slow down and enjoy the moment instead of getting mad at the world, it will be a much nicer day and week," - Flylady

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens

"Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life ... you make it." - Thomas S. Monson

Friday, November 27, 2015


This year was with Brandon's family. We were excited that we would be able to go down to Utah and spend time with Amy and Justin and the kids. And then about 2 weeks before, we figured to out that Brandon was on call. It was a pretty big blow to our plans. Since we couldn't leave the area, we made different plans. We invited the Fa'aga'i's to join, Kathy & Jerry if they didn't go down to Utah, the missionaries, and my parents.

The night before prepping...  Pie shell for the coconut cream pie

Rainbow jello

Blessing mix

That morning, we woke up to fresh powder! They said we got over 4 inches. So glad that we didn't have to drive on slick roads for the holidays.

I put on comfy clothes, a facial mask, and the Macey's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My idea of a great morning!!! I also stuffed all of the Christmas cards too. I know, overachiever.

Faith split a cup of water...

Brandon taking out the turkey...

We enjoyed a super moist turkey, mash potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, rainbow jello, and homemade rolls! It was delicious! We had planned to eat at 1:00 pm. The hardest part of Thanksgiving dinner is the timing. As I pulled out the last tray of rolls and called the family to the table, the clock turned 1:00 pm. That was my absolute favorite part!

Grandpa and Grandma

Faith, Dawson, and Dad

Mom and Kate

And while we were enjoying dinner, these two decided to start talking to their jello. It was really funny!!!

For dessert, we had the choice of coconut cream, pumpkin, and apple pie. It was delicious!!!

We visited with my mom and dad early in the evening. And I ate some super good cherry pie!

I really enjoyed the whole day. It was a different Thanksgiving than we have ever had, but it was a beautiful day. We have so much to be grateful for. Our homes, freedom, our religion, physical bodies and strength, our minds, family, friends... My list could go on and on. So grateful for this day to reflect and hope that we continue everyday to be grateful for all that we have. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving too! Love you all!

Monday, November 16, 2015


We are almost ready to have our 16th anniversary! For years, we used my parent's couch which we are most grateful for. It served it purpose and now we hope to find it another home where it can be useful!

We found this couch on a FaceBook group for a really great price! Brandon is so excited I told him, "Happy early anniversary!" I think he'll take it!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


This week was a missionary filled week. The missionaries happen to stop by on Sunday night. That was when Brandon told me that I was supposed to call the ward mission leader to sign up for a dinner.

Elder Earley played the guitar. (He is really good)

And we took a picture of the missionaries - Elder Kim, Elder Earley, Elder Holiday

That was Sunday. Making the phone call, we found out that we would have them over for dinner on Saturday, but that meant that we wouldn't have Elder Earley. Another call later, we invited them over for dinner on Monday night, which used to be a regular thing for the Jolley household.

We served breakfast for dinner so that they could try pumpkin french toast!

We played General Conference Jeopardy which was fun to stump all of us. Good times!

Thursday morning, we got to pick up on of "our" missionaries and bring her to the airport to go home. Sister Richins really touched our lives and we just loved getting to know and love her. It was sad to see her go, but I hope that she continues to stay in touch with us!!!

Seeing her through security at the Pocatello Airport.

Saturday, Elder Kim requested that we do a 'greenie' dinner for Elder Holiday who didn't get his greenie dinner yet (he's been out about 6 weeks now.) I did not want to disappoint.

Green beef pot pie

Green salad

Green pistachio fluff

It was fun to have them over again. They taught us the message of the Restoration for practice. And for practice, Brandon pretended to be Catholic. We will just have to follow up with them the next time that we see them to see how things are going.

We love having the missionaries over because it fills our home with the spirit. It's really like nothing else. They are young and full of life. Plus they have deep and growing testimonies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you Elder Earley, Elder Kim, Elder Holiday, and Sister Richins for filling our week with missionaries!

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Friday was the Halloween parade and classroom parties at Chubbuck Elementary. I was able to help in Kate's classroom and it was very fun!

Kate had decided Thursday night that she did not want to be Snow White anymore, but I was thrilled when Grandma Cindy helped us pull this off. She was the only Snow White that I saw (both at Chubbuck Elementary and out trick or treating). She was just beautiful

Pictures with friends!
Kate and Jacie

Jordy, Kate, Jacie

Emma, Kate, Jacie

Jacie, Sophie, Kate, Emily, Maddie

I ended up helping with a craft. It was crazy! Thursday night I found out that I had a craft (thanks to kids who had my phone when the room mom texted me back - that was Saturday!). I decided on a paper plate ghost but I couldn't find any white crate paper in town! So Friday, I changed my mind to do a bat silhouette with paints and pencil erasers. It was a messy project, but it worked out okay.

Saturday also ended up to be crazy, but a whole lot of fun! I did Faith's hair in a mohawk braid and then we spray painted it!!!

Snow White on Saturday

the Eskimo

Effie from the Capital

My 3 kiddos!

We did a neighborhood trunk or treat and then went to my mom's house. After the first stop, Kate, Dawson and Jordan did a little bit of trick or treating around their neighborhood.

Next stop! Visiting Grandma Zoey 

Final stop of the night! Visiting with Grandma Kathy

The kids enjoyed the time out and did really well this year! Dawson did get too hot so he kept taking off his costume! Haha!

Here are our other favorite peeps across the country!
Beauchats - NY
Grace, Olivia, Bryleigh

Bohneys - TX
Myah, Cambrie

Ethan, Kaden, Chase, Cambrie

Mr. Jordan

Royces' - Nampa
Hallee, Jadyn, Kaylor, Colt, Bristol

Petersons - UT

We hope you had a very fun and safe Halloween!!! Love you all!

Friday, October 30, 2015


This is a big moment at the Jolley home. Faith is (gulp) driving. That is, she started driver's training. It's going to be a wild ride, but I know that she can do this. I'm also excited that Idaho now has them drive with a licensed driver for 6 months (a certain amount of hours as well) before they can get their actual driver's license. She's already had her first class and first drive! Yippee!

Driving a couple months ago in a parking lot

Me making her take a picture at the time of getting her permit! We were trying to hurry because another couple was coming in the building. She said "I hate you!" and I said it back as the couple was laughing at us. It was great!

Driving to Morgan's house. She needs a lot of practice, so we are trying to make time for it!

I actually can't wait for another driver in the house. I know that this is a process, but hoping that by next fall, Brandon and I will have a little bit of help taking the kids everywhere they need to be! Yeah!!!