Monday, July 21, 2014

Children Will Listen

Courtney sent me this You Tube clip in my email today.
I had told her about the time when I was 20 years old
and went on a road trip to California with Nancy, one of my college friends.
We spent an evening in Las Vegas and attended a concert of Glen Campbell.
But the revelation of that evening was a young singer who opened the show.
Bernadette Peters.
She was incredible.
She came into the audience and sang directly to those of us
 who were lucky enough to have seats close to the stage.
After her set she actually came into the audience to shake hands and meet us.
I remember thinking how stunningly beautiful she was
 with her flawless porcelain skin and her tiny petite figure.
But that voice!
All these years later she is still one of my all-time favorite singers.
And THIS is one of my all-time favorite songs by the brilliant Stephen Sondheim.
From his musical 'Into the Woods' in which Bernadette created the role of The Witch.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nemo found

This past weekend we visited the
Loveless Living Aquarium 
in Draper, Utah.
It has recently relocated to a brand new beautiful facility.
We had visited the old temporary building years ago and enjoyed it.
Court and Coryn had missed our previous visit so we all decided to see the new digs.
It was well worth the cost and a lovely time was had by all.

 Nemo has friends.

 Stroking the Stingrays

 Who doesn't love penguins?

 Hi Dori!

 Strange-looking fish.

 Sea Turtle

 Loud Talking Parrot.

 Look at these friendly creatures.

Bridge across the Amazon.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wisdom Lost

Cammy is the last of our girls to have her wisdom teeth removed.
She has had a bit of a rough recovery this week,
but is improving each day.
The day after her surgery a florist truck drove up to our house
 and delivered this beautiful bouquet from her doctor and his staff.
Seriously, does your doctor send flowers?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lady in the Water

We always thought Caitlyn was a mermaid.
(Growing up she was always teased about being 'Ariel.')
I guess she had to move to California to prove it.
This is not trick photography or photoshopped.
Yes, that is a 'real' mermaid fin.
Caitlyn told me she had a fun 'girls night' out with friends this week.
One of the girls had worked on a film shoot where this was used.
Cait said she actually swam in it and it was quite hard to maneuver.
"Flippin' your fins you don't get too far..."

Monday, July 7, 2014

The National Anthem

These harmonies and the respectful way this is sung gives me chills.
The Star Spangled Banner should always be sung with reverence and joy
and with very little 'vocal gymnastics' or unnecessary embellishments.
I am always saddened when I hear singers take the anthem 
out of it's traditional context and style and make it about themselves
and not the piece.
These gentlemen do it right.
( I have always loved 'barbershop style' harmony.)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Of Family, the Fourth, Food, Festivities, and a Friendly Giant

I didn't take many photos this year of our 4th of July doings.
Suffice it to say we had a nice relaxing holiday
 in our home and out of the 100 degree heat.
We did take some time, however, to ponder and discuss
 how blessed we are to live in this great country.

 Enjoying every minute we can with this couple.
We actually had brunch on our back deck.
It was very pleasant in the morning with a slight breeze.
(We opted to pass on the big parade which we have attended at least 25 times.)

 Caitlyn had her own fun California 4th of July.
This was her delicious contribution to the 
B-B-que/swimming party she attended.
Our daughter has developed some pretty impressive 
domestic skills away from the nest.
She went with a a group of friends from her ward to watch the fireworks at the Rose Bowl.

 Court and Cammy put on their own firework show.
 The safest option in our firework restricted area.

On Saturday we attended a reunion
 with my husband's side of the family.
We hadn't seen Bill's younger brother and his wife for years
as he is a retired military veteran and they reside in Germany.
It was nice to reconnect.

Had to throw in a photo of Cammy and her birthday brownie cake.
(Cammy was actually due to be born on the 4th of July,
however it became necessary to deliver her on June 29th.
And we are so grateful she arrived safely.)

 A couple of weeks ago we attended a play at BYU.
"The Selfish Giant" based on the lovely children's book
by Oscar Wilde.
There were lots of children in attendance.
(This is our little friend Gabe meeting The Giant.
We happened to run into his family and I captured this moment.)

Did I mention there were a lot of children present?
Court took some puppetry classes while at BYU and was excited
to see the amazing puppets that the Reeds had created for this play.
In fact, her storytelling professor, Teresa Love Dayley, adapted and directed the play.

The production was beautifully done.
It was wonderful to see the teamwork of the puppeteers
so skillfully animate The Giant's movements.
The Giant's voice was acted by Professor David Morgan,
 a fellow actor from my undergrad days.
I loved watching him move in tandem with all the puppeteers
as he 'became' The Giant. 
During the play I forgot he was a puppet.
If you have not read the picture book,
I highly recommend. 
It is a touching allegory about Jesus.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

And she's fifteen...

When did that happen?
Happy Birthday, my sweetness!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Let them eat waffles...

This is how the almost 15-year-old chose to
 kick-off  her birthday weekend.
She wanted Belgian Waffles smothered in Nutella and bananas.
And she requested that we not sing
 'Happy Birthday' to her in public.
Done and Done.
Fun celebrating this awesome gal!!
(Not sure if her dad was pulling that face because he had to pay the bill?)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Everything you do is based on the choices you make...

My Sunday School class~40 years ago~ June 1974.
(Back: Kent, Steven, Robby
Front: Alison, Teresa, Me, Laura, Sandy, Paula)

I found this old photo in a box the other day.
(Check out my hair...and what was this fashion statement??
Must have been my tribute to the pioneers.
If my memory is correct I made that skirt in a home economics class.
It was purple (of course) and white gingham.)
I was the same age as my youngest daughter is now.
She and I talk a lot and discuss her interests, passions, joys 
and future plans.
The year I was 15 was what I would call 
a 'defining year.'
Many of the decisions and goals I made back then 
set the course for my life.
And I am very happy with that life.

I like this quote:
"Everything you do is based on the choices you make.
It's not your parents, your past relationships,
your job, the economy, the weather,
an argument or your age that is to blame.
You and only you are responsible for every decision
and choice you make.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Would you like to sit through our family vacation 'slides'...or not?

Suffice it to say that I blog for myself.
It is therapeutic and my way of scrapbooking I guess.
I heard recently that not many people are reading 
or writing blogs anymore.
Oh well...
 On the hike to Delicate Arch at Arches National Park.

We decided to go on a sort of 'ancestor connection' trip.
Some of my roots are in the beautiful red rock country of Southeastern Utah.
My mother grew up in Monticello 
and we spent lots of wonderful time there.
 God's Masterpieces.

 The 3 Gossips

 We couldn't have picked a more gorgeous day to visit 
Arches in Moab.
The temperatures were not unbearable
 and there was a slight breeze.
As you can see the blue skies were gorgeous!

We enjoyed our time visiting the 'Windows' section.

 I took this photo while on my back
underneath an arch.

 My 4th great-grandfather, Lemuel Hardison Redd
was one of the original leaders of the harrowing
Hole-in-the-Rock expedition.

 We ventured out to Bluff, Utah where my Grandpa John was born.
Bluff Fort has the original cabins and items from those families 
who settled there after they arrived.

 Lemuel H. Redd

 We enjoyed our visit there.
It was neat to talk with the LDS missionaries 
who were assigned there.
They told us that several tour buses arrive weekly
mainly filled with visitors from Europe and other parts of the world.
Most are emotionally moved by the film that is shown
which tells the story of that dangerous
Hole-in-the-Rock journey of faith.

 The Relief Society Building was filled with lovely memorabilia.
This particular quilt was made by several women who were descendants of these pioneers.
 I loved the hollyhocks everywhere.
My Grandma Helen used to sit on her porch and teach me
to make little hollyhock dolls.
 (I took this cool photo with a fisheye lense that my friend Ashley gifted me for my birthday.)

 We visited this little spot called Newspaper Rock.
It was full of Native American petroglyphs.

 We stopped by my Grandma and Grandma's former home.
After they passed away a family bought it and turned it into a
 Bed & Breakfast.
 We had a peaceful visit at the Monticello Cemetery
where several of my relatives were laid to rest.

And we visited the beautiful Monticello Temple.

 My cousins and I used to cross the street from 
my grandparent's home
to buy penny candy at this grocery store.
We crossed the border into Colorado to visit
Mesa Verde National Park.
 Court especially loved this spot.
It was awesome to see all the amazing Pueblo cliff dwellings.

Our journey was excellent and we learned a lot.
We are filled with gratitude for the lives
 of those who went before us.
We live in a magnificent place!