Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mortarboards and Tassels

So, Caitlyn graduated. Yippee! And we all survived. Barely. What a senior year... Congrats Cait! And now move forward to the next adventure.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Old" friends

Today I went to lunch with my dear friend, Marci. We celebrated our 50th birthdays. (Yes, I guess I just keep celebrating:)) I have known Marci the longest of any of my friends. We met when we were 8 years old. She moved to another state not long after that. We met up again when she moved back in junior high, though we went to rival schools. Then in high school we reconnected and became close friends.

We had a lot in common: parents who were educators; being only girls with brothers; we took ballet lessons together; loved singing and acting. In 3rd grade we had a crush on the same boy. And later in high school we once again had eyes for another boy. We wore the same size and sometimes borrowed each other's clothes.We had a lot of fun and crazy times together. We had differences though too. She had Donny Osmond on her walls, I had David Cassidy. She was on drill team and I was in Student Government. She had a cool car with mag wheels; I didn't. We even auditioned for the same parts in the school musicals. One year we got double-cast in the same role.

Marci was the "Streisand" singer in school. She has a GORGEOUS voice. We started a "garage band" and for a few years sang Top-40 hits for various venues and dances. We thought we were pretty cool. I believe we both "dreamed big" of the time we would have our name in lights on Broadway, and perhaps even pick up a Grammy or two. After graduation she went off to nanny in New York and I headed to BYU. Then we both served LDS missions and continued on with our lives. We sang together again at the 10 year reunion and again at the 20. Husbands came along and 4 children a piece. And though we live in the same town and only see each other a few times a year, our friendship is always there and in a way feels like a pair of comfortable old tennis shoes. It's a nice feeling.

"Old. Young. Just Words." ~George Burns

*The photo is of us singing the theme song "Evergreen" at Junior Prom (1977) at Hotel Utah. We were seniors.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Read-Aloud




Over the past few weeks Cammy and I have had a blast reading these books aloud to each other. Delightful, real, and funny. Perfect for girls between ages 7-10. I highly recommend.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lovely Lilacs

I absolutely love lilacs. They are my favorite flower. Ever since I was a little girl I have adored their smell and their colors. I always know that spring has truly arrived once the lilacs bloom. I am always a bit sad that they don't bloom for very long. My heaven will be filled with lilacs.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Words of Wisdom

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently received an Honorary Doctorate of International Leadership from Brigham Young University. In his address to graduating students he shared some important counsel for all:
Use Time Wisely- He advised students to evaluate what they are spending their time doing and to take inventory of the things that really matter. He spoke of the commonality of time, that every person has the same time allotment each day, but the difference is how the time is used. "Continue to set and work toward temporal and spiritual goals. These may include goals to give of your talents, of your time, and of your means for the weightier matters in life. Such goals will guide your decisions about how best to use your time."
Continue to learn- "Never stop learning, and never stop using what you learn to serve God and your fellow men," he urged. "Walk through life with open eyes and ears," he said. "You and I cannot know everything. There is, however, One who does know all, who understands all, who created all," President Uchtdorf said. "Because He is our Father, He has intense interest in our education. He knows what we need to learn to fulfill our mission in life. Let us always be His students."
Seek the Spirit always- "As you know, there are plenty of winds and storms in the world today that attempt to blow you off course," he noted. "In order to to continue the course you have begun here (at BYU), you need a spiritual polar star in your life. You need a point of reference that has eternal consistency and reliability." " The companionship of the Holy Ghost is that stable and dependable guide," President Uchtdorf said. "Always be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost." Further he admonished, "Do nothing without the Spirit of God. The presence of the Spirit of God will bring focus, certainty and confidence into your life."
(credit to Marianne Holman of the Church News, May 2. 2009)