Thursday, March 26, 2009

If You Didn't Know How Old You Were, How Old Would You Think You Were?

Today I am 50 YEARS OLD. And tonight I will be 16 YEARS OLD again as my daughters and I attend the David Archuleta Concert.

"But it's harder to hold on to your hands and the hands of time..." Yeah, on the inside I'm 16 or maybe 21. What happened to the outside?!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Taking Responsibility

This past week our family had an experience that renewed our faith in good old-fashioned values. Our backyard borders a development of townhomes. A few years back we put in a beautiful white vinyl fence. It was quite expensive and we paid for it entirely. Anyway, our youngest daughter came to us and told us she had noticed a huge hole in the fence. My husband went out to investigate and walked around the backside and sure enough it appeared that rocks had been thrown quite vigorously at the fence causing severe damage to at least nine panels. Because we weren't sure who was responsible we took a few days to discuss the best way to handle this. It would undoubtedly cost a lot of money to repair. Then, the phone rang and a man whom my husband had only met once said: "Hi. My name is......and it has come to my attention that my son has damaged your fence by throwing rocks. I would like to bring him over to talk with you and apologize and also to work out the details of paying for the repairs." Wow! I was so impressed. In today's world where so many people try to place blame on others or not own up to personal mistakes, here was a man willing to do so and to teach his son a lesson that will hopefully stick for life. Refreshing.

A fence can be repaired, but a lost teaching moment cannot. What a great dad!

Monday, March 16, 2009

5 Little Known Facts About Moi

My daughter, Coryn, tagged me on her blog. (I've never been tagged!) Anyway, she wanted me to list five facts that others might not know about me. So here goes:

1. In college I dated a former child movie/tv star. (No, that is not me kissing him. It's actually Jodie Foster.)

2. I've always wanted to be a casting director.

3. Robert Redford used to sign my paychecks. He was, of course, the boss at Sundance Summer Theatre. One time I tried to cash my check and the bank wouldn't cash it because they didn't believe it was a real.

4. I had a secret crush on a cute redheaded guy from 7th grade through 12th grade. (What is this pattern with "redheads"?)

5. I met one of my favorite actors, shook his hand and he told me he liked my unusual name. His name was Jimmy Stewart.

I was informed that I'm supposed to tag others now:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Bit of Heaven

Our family visited the Draper Temple Openhouse today. As one of my daughters put it, "I wish I could have stayed in there all day." Glorious.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Bit of Earth

March is here and as it says in "The Secret Garden" it is time to 'clear away the dead parts so the tender leaves will grow.' I am not a gardener. I wish I could snap my fingers and all would appear beautiful. But alas, I must do the work to reap the rewards. There is much pruning to be done and even more weeding to tackle. Every year I dream my back yard will look like this.