Monday, November 29, 2010

And So It Begins...

One of our Christmas Season Traditions: Cosmo with Cammy.
(The ONLY time you will see him in red...)
The turkey is cold, the carols are playing, the snow is here.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


"If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most."
~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MTC Flashback: 1981

Doesn't my district look cozy? I don't think this" close contact" would be allowed today. I don't think it was allowed then?!

Having Coryn share with us in her weekly letters about how much she is loving her MTC experience has made me think back on my own time at that amazing Academy of the Spirit. There is no place on earth like it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Missionary Service is Not Easy, But It Is Infinitely Worth It." ~Elder Ballard

"Fundamental to becoming good teachers is serious study of the word of the Lord, that we are able to impart our acquired knowledge to others."
~Elder L. Tom Perry

Thanks to Court for my fancy new header!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taking Classes Without Grades, Tests, or Stress

This week I attended the Mormon Media Symposium at BYU. I love symposiums. It is like going to college and not having to take tests:) For the many I have participated in over the past 20 years, I could probably have earned another degree. This particular symposium was a first. (Having taught Communications/Journalism, this is an area of interest.) In fact, one of my former 8th grade Communication students was a presenter (I blogged about him a few years back HERE) speaking on: "Entered at Stationers' Hall: The 1841 Copyright of the Book of Mormon."

The subjects ranged from: "Mormon Media Studies: Across Web Time, Cyberspace, and Blogging Disciplines" to "Fraud, Philanderers, and Football: Negotiating the Mormon Image" to "Joining the Conversation: The Evolution of Public Relations and Public Affairs in the LDS Church."

There was a diversity of presenters such as:
Terryl Givens: Prof. of Literature and Religion at University of Richmond
Sterling Van Wagenen: Academy Award winning director; Exec. Producer Audio Visual Department LDS Church
Trudy L. Hanson: Chair, Dept. of Communications at West Texas A&M University
Courtney J. Kendrick: author of
Dennis Agle, Jr.: Writer-Director, Lightstone Pictures LLC
Larry Richman: Author of and Director of Product Awareness LDS Church Curriculum Department
Kathryn Lynard Soper: Editor in Chief of Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Women
Michael R. Otterson: Managing Director of Public Affairs for the LDS Church

A few tidbits I learned:
*As blogs have become more popular, the ability to become offended has gone way up.
*The LDS Church loves the ability to communicate on YouTube and Twitter.
*Blogging can be considered a frivolous pursuit, yet can also be considered a sacred one.
* will be launching it's new site on November 30th.

I got a kick out of this statement from Terryl Givens: "America will let Mormons sing and all the slots on 'So You Think You Can Dance?,' keep the NFL supplied with a steady stream of quarterbacks, and they're pretty good in a disaster too. But as Charles Dickens once said, 'What Mormons do seems to be excellent...but what they say is mostly nonsense."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JAZZ in the Treble Clef

Paul Milsap shooting over Labron James and Chris Bosh in the JAZZ victory over the Miami HEAT Tuesday night.

I just had to post about my beloved team with the musical note on their jerseys. (If Coryn were home she would most definitely be blogging about the Utah JAZZ. )

Tuesday evening after teaching my last vocal student I ran into check the score of the game and saw that the JAZZ were behind 22 points. My husband said: "Miami is going to be pretty hard to beat this year." Since I was already late for our Young Women Activity (a panel of young 'Stripling Warriors', which was very nice), I rushed over to the church. After the closing prayer I hurried home to help Cammy with her homework. I turned on the TV to see if by some miracle the Jazz had made the score closer or to see how badly bruised they might be. OH MY HECK!! They were tied and had just started into overtime. It was so amazing to watch them beat the Miami Heat. And even more exciting to see the shocked faces of "King" Labron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Can't be beaten? Ha!!

They totally rocked!! Paul Milsap scored an unbelievable 46 points. Three 3-pointers within a minute! (I think he's only had two 3-pointers in his entire career!) Deron Williams had even fouled out. Their teamwork was so tight. Loved it! No star egos here. And they did it again tonight beating the very hot-shooting Orlando Magic. Both of these games were in those team's arenas. AWESOME! I hope they can keep it going.

Did I mention I love the JAZZ? Been a fan for over 30 years:)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Yes...I Did Wear a Costume...Sort of...

Every Halloween my girls declare me a "party poop" when I don't put on a costume. My usual is a black ensemble and a traditional orange lapel button which reads: "Please don't scream I always look like this." I think my aversion to costumes is because I wore many in my former life:) Well, this year I decided to shake things up and tried to be a bit festive.

Court always creates something unusual. This year she was Totoro, a character from one of our favorite Miyazaki animations.

Caitlyn dressed as Shawn White, Olympic Snowboarding Gold-Medalist. You know the red-headed dude. She had a blast celebrating with her roommates and student ward.

And Cammy took the simple route this year by donning one of her sister's graduation gowns.

*We assume that Coryn dressed like a missionary. We're still waiting for photos:)

Our dad took Cammy trick-or-treating only to be drenched by a 'slurpee' dumped from the sky (mixed with wild winds) after only 15 minutes into their walk. What a good sport!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dan the Man

The girls with Dan, two years ago, after his CD Release Concert in SLC.

I've blogged about our friend, Daniel Beck before, but after hearing him sing again live I had to mention him again. Not only does he have a glorious voice, but he is a genuinely great guy. If you don't own his CD, you should.
Go HERE to find out more.

A producer heard Dan's CD this past year and contacted him about being part of a new classical crossover/pop trio. Their CD was released internationally this month and on November 9th will be available in the USA. They are hoping everyone will purchase it on that day so they can chart on Billboard. Their sound is beautiful. Go HERE for info.