Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Seventeen

Happy Birthday Baby!
(And no. We are not giving you a car.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Random. No Rhyme Nor Reason.

I've been neglectful of my blog. 
I guess I've run out of steam or don't feel I have much to share.
But here are a few recent photos for the five fans that follow me:)


Hopped on a plane in May to tag along with my husband
to a university conference he was attending.
We stayed in beautiful Broomfield, Colorado.
Rocky Mountain High.
 I did a lot of walking.


Attended the wedding of my lovely niece Hannah and her sweetheart Benjamin
in the beautiful new Provo City Center Temple.
It was a rainy, but glorious day.
(I am also loving the opportunity of serving as an organist in this temple.)


 Kicked off another season of Provo's Rooftop Concert Series where I work on staff.


 Our Greenroom.
Both Courtney and Cammy are huge helps to me in preparing and making this happen.
(Cammy, who just got her driver's license, has put in 100's of volunteer hours over the years,
with not only this event, but several other service opportunities.)


 All-girl band The Aces rocked the stage.
(My friend, photographer Justin Hackworth let me into the press pit to grab some of my own photos.)
Fantastic concert.
The crowds loved it.


Here I am with 1/4 of THE STR!KE.
This band is one of my favorites!
They know how to entertain with a modern twist on the 'big band' sound.
That's lead singer Chris Crabb, the ginger to my left.
And Chase Baker, one of the best go-to guitarists in the business.


The crowd went wild when THE STR!KE took the stage.
These guys are also a favorite band of our Provo Mayor Curtis.


 This is Mimi Knowles.
I've been a fan for years.
Such a kind and fun person and a heck of a performer and a new daddy.
(And you don't pass up an opportunity to take a photo with Beyonce's cousin.)


 My daughter Courtney was a bridesmaid for one of her best friends, Mira.
Court hates to wear dresses, so this was a true sign of friendship.
(Seen here with her life-long friend Dustin.)


 Our June show was the annual Tribute Concert where the best local singers/musicians
are selected to perform in a show curated by Paul Jacobsen.
This is always an outstanding show.
And this year was no exception.
THE SONGS OF DAVID BOWIE.


Courtney masterminded a terrific greenroom decor
centered around Bowie's 'Major Tom' and sprinkled with his last album, 'Black Star.'
The musicians and their guests loved it!



 It was great to catch up with singers I have followed since the beginning of their careers.
This is Scott Vance, lead singer of The New Electric Sound, a band with a 60's vibe.
They performed in the early days of Rooftop and since then have moved to LA.
My daughter, Caitlyn actually met and became friends with Scott and his new wife in LA.

 Here's a shot I captured of my favorite Robbie Connolly (of Fictionist),
and the talented Megan of Westward the Tide doing Bowie proud.


A few weeks ago I attended Disney's The Little Mermaid to support my former vocal student and friend, Alexandra Agle. She was fabulous as always.
While sitting there I realized that the first time I had performed on that same stage
was exactly 30 years before that same week in the musical Brigadoon.
Wow! Where did the time go?



And this past week I said farewell for the next three years
to my dearest friend of 32 years, Claudia.
She and her husband are leaving to lead the Washington Kennewick Mission
for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I will miss her so, but I am happy for those lucky missionaries.


Latest photo of my daughter Coryn and her husband at a formal dinner for the medical students.


And latest photo from daughter Caitlyn (w/ boyfriend Jeremy) enjoying the west coast sunshine.

Life is good. I am blessed.

And in the words of Ferris Bueller:
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while,
you could miss it."
~from Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Family Celebrations in DC

photo credit: Tom Balfour
Another quick trip to the Washington DC area.
This time with the entire family in tow.
And quite the timely calendar for us!
It was school spring break for our youngest daughter Cammy.
We came to support our son-in-law Scott as he received his white coat
at the conclusion of his first year of medical school.


Such an impressive ceremony!
It was a cold, sunny and windy day in Bethesda.
Associate Dean COL Jeffrey Hutchinson MC,USA gave these words to the future doctors:
"Knowledge without caring is wasted."
It was neat hearing the students recite the Oath of Hippocrates.






Our daughter Coryn works for the Office for Student Affairs 
at the university
and helped put the ceremony together.
It was wonderful for us as her parents to see her in action,
as well as meet those she works with.

CORYN


The week was also a triple celebration of sorts as both our middle daughters had birthdays.
Coryn on April 6th
Caitlyn on April 9th.
 CAITLYN
 I love Lincoln AND these girls!


 We enjoyed a lovely day visiting The Mall and the beautiful memorials.



 Shed a few tears here at the Vietnam Memorial.
The war during my childhood.







 We visited a few of our favorite Smithsonian Museums.
Too many to see in just a few short days.
Future trips must be planned.


 Familiar faces in the American History Museum.




 Coryn and Caitlyn took opportunities to practice their photo talents on each other.
(Here in the courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery.)
 We took the metro to the lovely town of Alexandria, Virginia.
Rode the trolley down to the wharf of the Potomac.


 Spent the afternoon walking the quaint streets.




(photo by Caitlyn)

And of course a visit to the exquisite Washington DC Temple.
This was Cait's first time visiting and she couldn't take enough photos.
 The blossoms were in full force and everything was stunning to see.



We stayed in Silver Spring and had fun visiting some shops like this clever
record store with vinyls gracing the floors.
A wonderful whirlwind trip.
The best part?
Spending time together as a family.