Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011!!

Photo by Roie Galitz from DeviantArt

"Make Each Day a Masterpiece."
~John Wooden

Monday, December 27, 2010

Oh, Those Frenchmen!

Soeur Cope with her companion and flatmate Soeurs and some French Firefighters at the ice rink.

Coryn has enjoyed a wonderful week in the City of Lights! Her first area assignment is right in the heart of Paris! She expressed extreme excitement over this fact. I will post her words and some photos on her blog by tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Who Are These People??

Do any of these faces look familiar to you?

I love to receive the traditional Christmas Cards. I enjoy the family photos and the newsy letters. I fear, though that they are becoming a lost tradition with the advent of FACEBOOK and other social networks.

Regarding these family photo Christmas Cards, our family has had a funny thing happen. We have received at least one card each year over the past several years from a family we don't recognize. In fact, we don't know who they are. It is a different family every year. It is the most baffling thing. Not only don't we recognize anyone in the photo, we don't recognize their names. Are we really getting that old and confused? Seriously, it is the weirdest thing. We just laugh and laugh and then we hang the card up with the rest.

Has this happened to you?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Beautiful Building Burns

My heart is heavy to see this happen to the Historic Provo Tabernacle. Such an exquisite structure built in the late 1880's. So many memories for me in that building. My husband, my girls and I have all performed there for many different occasions and our stake conferences have always been held there as well. For ten years our home was a block east of the Tabernacle. My favorite thing was to watch the light stream through the glorious stained glass windows. I am so sad.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

"These are a few of my favorite {Christmas} things..."

When I was 18 years old I had the opportunity to sing in a professional performance of this glorious work. It moved me deeply. Later I was honored to sing in another production. Two favorites I performed were "He Shall Feed His Flock" and "He was Despised." If you ever get a chance to see Tim Slover's marvelous play, "A Joyful Noise," I recommend it highly. This recounts the story behind Handel's masterpiece.

My parents took me to my first Nutcracker when I was 8 years old, the same year I started Ballet study with Rocky Spoelstra, one of Ballet West's (formerly Utah Civic Ballet) featured dancers. I fell in love with it! It became an annual tradition. And no company does it better than Ballet West!

What can I say? A true classic. My Christmas season isn't complete if I miss it.

This music is Christmas. In our home we refer to Karen Carpenter's voice as "The Angel Voice." My all-time favorite singer, hands down!

Every year we decorate our Christmas tree to the strains of this Donny Osmond CD. The minute we hear his voice the season has begun. An awesome collection. Love him!

The traditional Fry-pan Date Balls. I make them every Christmas. may not have this secret recipe:)

I started collecting Angel Ornaments when we were first married. Each year I add a new one to the tree. Usually I have my eye on one and pick it up at the after-Christmas sales. The past few years my sweet friend, Jan, has presented me with a Waterford Crystal Angel before Christmas. So lovely in the lights.

I got my first snow globe the year after we were married. A beautiful nativity scene. My collection had begun. I have actually run out of spaces to display them at Christmas.

LOVE this movie! It wraps me up every time. It never grows old. I love Jimmy Stewart! I had the honor to meet him 30 years ago. (He liked my name.) Mr. Stewart was a true gentleman. An honorable human-being. One of the classy old-time actors.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Guilty Pleasure

My girls and I have this weird activity we enjoy. We have a list of movies to watch when we need a good laugh or a stress release. Now these movies are by no means 4 -Star films. In fact some might be lucky to earn 1- Star. These movies are sometimes bad enough to be good. We quote the same lines, we laugh at the same spots...You get the picture. Total entertainment. Does that make sense?

Well, for the past 13 years we have watched this particular holiday movie (GO HERE TO READ THE PLOT) that originally aired as a CBS made-for-television movie. We always watch our old video recording on the old VCR. This year I splurged $4.99 on the DVD! It should arrive this week. I can't wait!

If this is one of your favorite Christmas time movies, please don't be offended:) It is cheesy, predictable, and the acting is weak. There are no sparks whatsoever between the romantic leads. The interesting thing is, however, that this could actually be an excellent big screen holiday feature movie. If the script were reworked and it was recast with better actors who actually have chemistry together, I seriously think it would be terrific. We enjoy recasting movies, and this one is no exception. Here is our recasting of the main characters:
Click each name to see a photo.

Old Cast
Eric McCormick (Sam Field)
Roma Downey (Kathleen)
Shawn Alex Thompson (Dave Hebert)
Sarah Rosen Fruitman (Zoey)
Hector Elizondo (Javier Del Campo)
*I do have to say that I always like Hector Elizondo and he does well in this role, but, an excuse to see Antonio Banderes in a film is hard to pass up:)
New Cast
Patrick Dempsey (or George Clooney) (Sam Field)
Reese Witherspoon (Kathleen)
Dan Aykroyd (Dave Hebert)
Elle Fanning (Zoey)
Antonio Banderas (Javier Del Campo)