Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcome 2012!

We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Little Ditty from Zooey and Joseph

A little song for New Year's Eve
performed by two of my favs!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Major Media Covers Archie Announcement

Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic
David Archuleta performs during the Hollywood Christmas Celebration at The Grove

The recent announcement of David's decision to
serve an LDS mission
was covered by many media outlets
from CNN to the Washington Post
from Rolling Stone
to the Christian Science Monitor.
For a list of articles go HERE.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Joy to the World!

Some Children See Him
by my daughter, Court.

A Happy Christmas
from my family
to yours!

Friday, December 23, 2011

"Mankind should have been my business..."

Our Christmas is not complete without this.

Best Gift This Christmas

Coryn skyped with us from France today!
We sure miss that gal.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Other Side of Down
David's musical gift will continue to bless lives
in a different arena for 2 years.
What a guy!
What a great example of goodness.

Winter Solstice

Have you ever pulled over to the side of the road
just to take a photo because there was a great background?
Never mind that it is 10 degrees outside
and you are not dressed for the occasion.
That's us.

Friday, December 16, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different

For your consideration
A new, yet old style of Christmas music.
Years ago I wouldn't have cared for this type of music.
However, it has grown on me
And now it feels like an old favorite sweater.
Warm, cozy and comfortable.
(Info HERE.)

Angels We Have Heard on High

This set represents my four daughters

I collect Christmas Angels.
Every year I add to the collection.
There are angels everywhere in my house.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Photo Fail

If I get around to our annual
Christmas card
I will not be using this photo:)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Now That's What I Call a Cool Recital...

photo by Jed Wells

Having just wrapped up my fall vocal recital with my students
I got a kick out of THIS POST today from my friends
Hue and Hum.
Caitlin is an artist and Robbie is lead guitarist for Fictionist.Link

Both of them are guitar teachers.
They are talented, creative, artsy, and very fun people.
Their blog is a favorite!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

70 Years Ago

My daughter and some fellow missionaries visiting WWII sites in Normandy a few weeks ago.

Remembering that fateful day in
earl Harbor.
WWII forever altered the political alignment
and social structure of the world.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Beehive is Back

December 8, 9, 10

If you live in the Provo area
and have never attended the
then this is the year.
My friend VaLene introduced us to this some years ago.
Local artists and crafters display and sell their wares.
My girls and I always attend.
New venue this year:
The lovely new Bell Room
on the corner of University and Center
owned by my friend Richard Gregory.
(After attending you could eat at his
delicious Station 22 next door.)
More info HERE.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Muppet Love

Thanks Jason Segel for bringing them back to us
And keeping them 'true to form!"
I loved it!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

All Good Gifts Around Us...

We can only be said to be alive
in those moments when our hearts
are conscious of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cousins Connect

CoriLyn and Caitlyn pose for an "official" shot
at UVU's Best Dance Crew.

This past week Caitlyn attended a really fun event at UVU.
It was the most well-attended event of the Homecoming Week.
UVU's Best Dance Crew Final Face-off.
Caitlyn said there was some amazing talent.
The event was organized and MC'd by my niece Cori Fox.
She is the UVUSA Fine Arts Chair.
Way to go, Cori!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Love to get those missionary e-mails

Coryn and Cait a few moments after the mission call was opened.

Today is Coryn's weekly
Preparation Day in the mission field.
We did not get our regular e-mail from her.
That has never happened before.
I'm guessing she just didn't get to a computer
before the day's activities were through.

It is surprising how much we look forward
to those letters....


Photo by Caitlyn
Sunday our family spoke and sang at church in the
Young Single Adult ward where my husband serves.
On our way out of the campus building where we met
Cammy starting laughing loudly and said:
"Look at that!"
Ha! Ha!
Good old Massasoit is once again the object of
college students' creativity.
(I remember over 30 years ago
someone putting a toga on him.)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Haunting Harps

Today our family attended an absolutely awesome recital!
Imagine 40 harps on the same stage all playing together.
My talented friend Ashley, along with other harp teachers
and their respective students present this
traditional recital each year.

Harps covered in cobwebs.
Harpists disguised as goblins, devils, pirates and the like.
And how could it be any more festive with pieces titled:
Zombie, The Adams Family, Bella's Lullabye,
Cruella De Ville, Skeleton Song, and Harry Potter Theme?
And a special treat:
We May Not Be Vampires, But We're Still Men
sung by Ashley's husband Mat. and his brothers.
(Also fun to watch Marilyn, one of my new vocal students
playing her harp on the front row.)

Friday, November 11, 2011

I Salute You

My dad was a veteran.
He was also a writer.
This is one of his books about the
Navajo Code Talkers of World War II.
It is on several required reading lists
in high schools.
If you don't know their story,
you should.
Go here to read review.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Live it...

Simon Dewey

"I think part of the notion of having a testimony
is that you are expressing it all the time,
not just at the pulpit.
It comes out in your interactions,
your conversations,
your choices,
and your work."

~Chris Clark

Monday, October 31, 2011

Hallows Eve Costumes 2011 Edition

Princess Mononoke, The Raggedy Doctor Who, and Kim Possible

Friday, October 28, 2011

Once Upon a Time...

I sewed Halloween costumes.

Coryn liked storybook characters.
I'll have you know I made that wig myself:)

Caitlyn didn't care much for costumes when she was younger.
She disliked having make-up put on her face,
And she hated having her picture taken. Ha!

And Court, well...
She was always an animal of some sort.
(I believe she was a bat here...)

As they have grown up
they have gotten MUCH more clever
in their own creations
than I ever could be.

To listen to the perfect "love song"
for this Halloween season go HERE.

Sung by Stephanie Mabey
Who performed at our last
Rooftop Concert.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Autumn Don't Hurry Away...

Looked out my kitchen window this morning
and this is what greeted me.

(Click to enlarge)
Caitlyn took this gorgeous photo last week.
She captured all four seasons at once.
LOVE our mountains!

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Heart of Rock and Roll...

I like all kinds of music.
I like Rock and Roll.
My girls used to tease me about a song I like to sing
by this group called "The Killers."
Today I listened to a nice
"I Am a Mormon" spot from their
lead singer Brandon Flowers.
See it HERE.

Monday, October 17, 2011

"The Plays the Thing..."

Tatiana, Queen of the Fairies
from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Welcomes us to the Festival.

To celebrate our anniversary
My husband took me to one of my favorite venues
The Utah Shakespeare Festival.

And...we got to see one of our favorite plays.
Noises Off is one of the greatest farces ever written.
We have seen it on different stages.
This production didn't disappoint.
Lots of gut laughter.

And we even got a photo together...

Greg Charles Photography

Because THIS KIND GENTLEMAN offered to take it.
You recognize him, right?

(He's one of those actors I respect for holding true to his values.)

Excited for next season.
Several more favorites!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Black Cat Returns

One morning this past week as I came outside
to pick up the morning paper,
the black cat was sitting in my flower bed.

We never see him all year.
He shows up every October.
I kid you not!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Below the Rooftop or It's Just As Fun on the Lower Level

Mindy Gledhill and Sarah Sample feel the spirit during "This Little Light O' Mine."

I was a doubter.
I figured the concert would be cancelled.
It had rained for two days
and was SO COLD.

Mindy (with newborn in tow) sound checks with "For the Beauty of the Earth."
"The Lower Lights" had faith
that the show would go on.
And did it ever!
Mindy contacted us that morning and said:
"We're not wimps. We're going for it!"
So my husband and I showed up and honored our commitment.
The stage was set up from 12:00-4:00.
The rain/snow mix started up again just as all was finished.
So, the team made the decision to break it down
and move it below for shelter from the storm.
No small feat.

And people came!
Even Mayor Curtis came and thanked all who had made these
concerts happen.

And then the Mayor declared the day
and presented her with a tiara to wear as
Queen of Provo.
And if you know Courtney Jane,
she loved EVERY MINUTE of the spotlight.
She was so funny and played it to the hilt.

Paul Jacobsen solos.

The Lower Lights
were everything they were hyped to be.
The best of an old-time hymn revival.

Dustin Christensen opened.
He was fabulous.
Great country/folk sound.
And such a nice guy.

And our walk-in warm-up singer
Stephanie Mabey was quirky and terrific.
Her song called "Zombies" was a hit!

Even the amazing Ryan Shupe
Showed up unannounced and played his fiddle
With the Lights.
(Court is one of his biggest fans.)

And wow!
Can that Debra Fotheringham sing!

Ryan Tanner is so fun to listen to.
He brings the soul to his music.

Such a great experience to be part of this summer.
Can't wait for next season!

And for you "Archie" fans...
One more photo from our September concert.

All photos by our official/amazing photographer
Justin Hackworth.