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  1. royal wedding

    May 1, 2011 by sholdren

    Well, as you all know, the wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton took place two days ago! I’m pretty interested in the royal family, especially Charles and Diana and their kids. So, of course, on the day of the wedding I got up at around 4:00am to stream it live on CNN’s website. I sat on the lazyboy in the livingroom, wearing Brian’s cozy red hoodie, with a blanket and a bowl of cheerios, and watched it! Eventually, I realized that I actually didn’t need to get up that early, because it wasn’t till around 5:30am that the important people were starting to arrive. But, it was fun checking out what people were wearing, and seeing a few people I recognized and some celebrities.

    As I was watching the wedding happen LIVE, I had this urge to start taking pictures of my monitor, so I took a few with my iPod. Yes, I know that’s crazy!

    Here are some of the pics:

    Kate with her Dad, walking up the aisle.

    William & Kate waving from the balcony after the wedding.

    I really love Kate’s dress. I thought it was totally her style, and was also traditional mixed with modern, as well as romantic and timeless. I loved the bridesmaid dress too. There were also some really cool hats worn by some of the guests.

    I thought the wedding was beautiful, and you can really tell that William & Kate love each other. I wish them all the best!

  2. Happy Easter

    April 27, 2011 by sholdren

    Hope you all had a wonderful Easter this year! Here are a few pics of the kids on Easter:

    Brianna and Silas dancing around, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

  3. Blogging

    April 20, 2011 by sholdren

    Sorry I haven’t done a blog in over a month!!! I will try to do two blogs a week from now on!

    The kids on their makeshift slide in the living room.

  4. Little Scribes

    March 15, 2011 by sholdren

    I am so excited to announce that “Little Scribes”, the app my brother, Andrew Hoyer, and I have been working on for the last few weeks, is now available on the iTunes App Store! It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

    Little Scribes is a delightful flashcard app for kids, with a biblical theme. Each and every flashcard relates to a story in the Bible, which gives parents a great opportunity to teach their young children about the Bible, in a fun and exciting way! Kids who have used this app have shown great enthusiasm, and are interested in seeing the flashcards over and over.

    Andrew Hoyer is the app developer, and I did the artwork. It was a lot of fun to create, and I hope you really enjoy it!

    Click below to view the App in the iTunes App Store:

    Here are a few links related to the App:

    Little Scribes
    iTunes App Page

    Artist: Susanna Holdren
    (This is my business website,

    Developer: Andrew Hoyer

  5. keepsakes

    March 9, 2011 by sholdren

    Sorry I haven’t made a post in a long time! I’ve been busy for over a month, working on the artwork for an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch App that my brother, Andrew Hoyer, programmed. Also, I’ve been updating my business website, since there will be a link to it from the App. So, I haven’t had a whole lot of free time. But the app should be out on the iTunes Store this week, and I’ll let you know all about it then, and you can check it out for yourself!

    But for now, here is a picture of Brianna holding my old Cabbage Patch doll! I was going through her closet and getting out all the old baby stuff, and I had my Cabbage Patch on the closet shelf. She thought it was neat. 🙂

  6. v-day awesomeness

    February 14, 2011 by sholdren

    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

    We didn’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, but we had a fun day.

    The kids opening their Valentine’s Day stuff from Opa & Omsie.

    The ring Brian got me. Love it!

    Silas made this Valentine for Brian and I, in Sunday School. The words were written by one of the Sunday School teachers, and instead of writing Mommy and Daddy, Silas told them to write our real names, and he told them what our full names were.

    The kids helped me make this Valentine’s cake!

    Brian also got me 4 different types of gummies (my favorite junk food), and I got him a “Ronald Reagen at 100” magazine, put out by LIFE.

    That’s it for now! Happy V-day, all you love birds!

  7. ipod touch

    February 6, 2011 by sholdren

    Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while! The biggest thing that’s happened to me lately is that I got an iPod Touch for our anniversary! I love it. It is awesome because it can help you be much more organized, video conference easily with people, you can download tons of apps, it has a camera and you can immediately send the pics over Twitter, you can surf the net on it, etc. I would say this is easily one of our best purchases. Get one!

  8. silas’ 4th birthday

    January 18, 2011 by sholdren

    We had a little birthday party for Silas yesterday, and we also had a little celebration on his real birthday, a few days ago. Here are some pics and video of it:

    Kids at Silas’ birthday party!

    Silas opening presents.

    Silas cupcakes with the number 4 on them.

    The food!

    The streamers we put up!

    The “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” cake I made for Silas, on his actual birthday.

    We had a great time at Silas’ party yesterday! It is always fun having people over, and I think the kids had a fun time too!

  9. arizona shootings, pre-amble

    January 11, 2011 by tbholdren

    I don’t have time to make a full posting on this yet, but I would like to pre-empt myself by making two quick points:

    1. My prayers for a speedy and full recovery go out for Representative Gabrielle Giffords. My condolences and prayers also go out to the families of the other victims of this terrible incident. God bless and help them all.
    2. The following words need to be heretofore removed from all political discussion: “hateful,” “toxic/poison/bile,” “spew/vomit”, and “rhetoric.” Especially “rhetoric.” For example, the sentence:

    “Sarah Palin is so hateful, all she does is spew her hateful, toxic rhetoric!”

    would necessarily be changed to:

    “Sarah Palin is someone I strongly disagree with, and I really wish that she would stop expressing her point of view in a way that effectively resonates with a vast number of Americans, which lessens the political impact of my own arguments!”

    See what I did there? That second sentence is an awful lot more honest and makes one sound more like a rational, sensible adult and less like a opportunistic, cliched drone repeating whatever you just heard on MSNBC or read on the Huffington Post.

    More to come.

  10. kitchen hideout

    January 10, 2011 by sholdren

    While working around the kitchen, I sometimes notice Brianna in her little makeshift secret hideout, made from the doors of two cabinets. It’s funny to see what kids come up with!