Sunday, July 9, 2017

London Town Take 3

A friend asked me recently why I keep going back to London
when there were so many other places I could visit.
My answer: 
Because I've still never seen it all.
 My two oldest daughters and I flew over to London once again at the end of May.
(Last two visits were 2010 and 2013)
It was an all-around fantastic trip!
Hard to explain but we just have a love-affair with this place.
And  it was amazingly sunshiny the entire time which is quite unusual.
We had only one day and one night of rain.
Thus, the very bright photos...
These are my proof that I was really there:)
And, I'll admit, I took so many photos that I have been overwhelmed at the thought
of downloading them to save and to post for this blog. time allows I will make an effort to get them on here.
So many beautiful sights to share.
After this shameless post of selfies and poses I will plan to share some gorgeous scenery
that will make you also want to head on over across the pond.

 photo by Coryn

Inside Warwick Castle.

Exploring Oxford

Will Shakespeare's home in Stratford Upon Avon
 Of course!
 Some big rocks in a big field.
 Windsor Castle.
The Queen did not invite us for tea.
(Sneak peek of photos to come.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fourth and Final

 Forty years after her parents
She walked the walk.
(Is it really our fortieth high school reunion this year?!)
 Cammy is a bright, talented and fun person filled with goodness.
We are so proud of her hard work and accomplishments.
Most especially her service and love for those around her.
She has a tender heart and is so accepting of all.

 It was great to hear from one of Cammy's best friends since kindergarten.
Patricia was the Valedictorian for the graduating class.
She gave an excellent speech.
Fun to hear audible gasps when she shared that she would be attending MIT this fall.
She's always been a smarty pants. But in the best of ways;)

 Busy week of events led up to graduation.
The advanced student Spring Art Salon.
And Senior Honor Night where Cammy was honored along with her classmates.
Cammy graduated from 4 years of LDS Seminary. 
(Religious instruction for the youth in our church.)
This graduation was extra special for us as Cammy's dad got to present her diploma.
 Cammy valued her seminary experiences.
She had some excellent teachers.
(She especially enjoyed serving and assisting in the 'special needs' Seminary class.)
*Thanks to the Chamberlains for letting us take this in front of your gorgeous rose hedge.

And wouldn't you know...
The year she graduates, the school decides to change the gown color!
Thanks for messing with my long-awaited collage Timpview High;)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Friendship Knows No Age

 Singin' and Dancin' in the rain...
3 generations. Each 20 years apart.
A lot of fun despite the weather.
(I've been friends with Ashley (front) for 9 years and Jan for almost 24)

 The tulips put on quite a show at Thanksgiving Point.

 Sweet Cora

 The Secret Garden

My favorite purples...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Prince of Peace

I believe that the most important invitation
that has ever been extended to our world
is the invitation to
come unto Christ.
We need to accept that invitation
now more than ever.

(My photo this week of Provo City Center Temple.)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tulips and Thanks

 Spent a relaxing day with my youngest daughter
celebrating spring, the end of a straight "A" term,
and giving thanks for the blessings in our lives.
We decided that Thanksgiving Point was just the ticket!
Strolling the beautiful Ashton Gardens was stress-free and lovely.
We highly recommend!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cammy and Cosmo

The fourth and final daughter will begin college at BYU this fall.
Congrats to you dear girl!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Old Man Winter Keeps on Giving

We got about another foot at our house the last few days.
I realize we need it.
Truly I do.
The older I get, however, the more I don't care for it.
Winter weary.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sir Con. One of the good ones.

Con Barlow Fox
Thinking of my baby brother on his 50th birthday.
He has been missed every day during the past 30 years.
(Photo taken in Brisbane, Australia where he was serving as an LDS missionary
and where he passed in a car accident shortly before his 20th birthday.)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I won't miss you January...You are a cold one.

 (Lone figure in the distance, the husband: neighborhood snow shoveler.)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Random Highlights

 The greatest delight for me this season was to have our entire family together.

And here was something we added to our new traditions list.
Attending the Utah Symphony's performance of the entire score of
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
which they played live along with the movie.
It was fantastic!
It was so amazing that at times I totally forgot the symphony was actually playing live.
I hope they will do more future performances like this.
Such fun!

We introduced Coryn and Caitlyn to Chomburger. 
One of our newest cool eateries in downtown Provo.
(Sad that Courtney missed while she was at work that day.)

 Finn wrapped in the afghan I made him.

And my newest 'pretend' grandbaby arrived a few weeks early!
His mother went into labor and since her own mother was unable to drive down from Idaho
because of a serious snowstorm, we were called into action (plan B).
Courtney and I went over to get the older children ready for bed 
while their parents headed to the hospital. 
All very exciting.

My Cammy meeting little Finn for the first time.
(Check out the 'side-eye' look he's giving her.)

A few days after he was born we got the chance to snuggle him at our home
while his mom and grandma did some last minute Christmas shopping.
Here is my husband holding him while I did some Christmas wrapping.
There is nothing like the feeling of peace a newborn child brings.
Photo of Princess Cora the morning we got the children fed, dressed and ready
 to go to the hospital to meet their new brother.
 And now she is no longer the baby, but a big sister.
 Fun serendipity moment for me!
Dallas Clayton, a favorite children's book author/illustrator came to Provo!
I've been an admirer for a long time.
So great to finally meet and talk with him.
Such a kind human.
He spreads a message of JOY throughout the world with his murals.
Local company Chatbooks had commissioned Dallas to come to town.
It was fabulous to watch him paint joined by children and their families.
As each child would come forward he would hand them the paint roller
and then ask them to close their eyes and think of someone they loved
and then he would tell them to paint that love onto the wall.
It was a cold day and he told me that his Los Angeles acclimated body was feeling it.
But he was thrilled to be in Utah during the beautiful winter.

Here is the finished product after four hours.
This is located on the parking garage where our original
Rooftop Concert Series began.

My girls had to model their 'winter onesies' in the new fallen snow.
Always a party having them home under one roof.

 And, of course, we love having our son-in-law here with his lovely wife:)

We loved visiting the Minverva Teichert show at the BYU Museum of Art.
I highly recommend.
It will be showing into April 2017.
Coryn and I have always adored her exquisite art and life.

I loved getting to play the beautiful Christmas hymns on the organ in the temple this month 
as well as getting to spend some time here with some of our family.

(Some Christmas photos in my next post.)