Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waters of Joy

My companion, Sister H. with our first baptism, Lee, and me.

Last week Coryn experienced another conversion and baptism
as a missionary.
It made me remember that experience as a missionary
30 years ago this summer.
There is not a feeling quite like it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day Trippin'

Cammy and her artistic mug at Color Me Mine.

This summer Cammy and I are doing our traditional "Day Trips."
Each week we choose a day to spend together visiting a fun place.
One of the advantages of being the youngest child at home.
Our list includes: Picnic at Botany Pond, Dollar Movies, Color Me Mine, Thanksgiving Point, Gardner Village, Springville Art Museum, Birkenstaffs Toy Emporium, IKEA'S, and The Living Aquarium.
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Wish summer didn't have to end so soon...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Final Installment: HP7:Part 2

Coryn and Court in London (2010) at King's Cross Station
attempting to get to the Hogwart's Express.

Tickets for Saturday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Awesome Authors/Artists and Beautiful Books!

Court with author Rebecca Stead,
winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal for
"When You Reach Me."
The Newbery Award is the most prestigious
honor given in Children's Literature.
We loved our conversation with Rebecca.
She loved Provo and plans to return next February
To speak at the Provo Library.
We loved her book also.

Where did we meet Rebecca?
We attended the annual BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers.
This is a much anticipated annual tradition in our family.
I have attended for 20 years.
Both for pleasure and to earn contact hours for my teaching certificate.
Since my girls were quite young they have taken turns attending with me.

This is David Wiesner.
He has won the Caldecott Medal 3 times.
It is the highest honor for illustration in Children's Literature.

He autographed this book for Cammy.
She was born on June 29, 1999.
He said he had signed several "birthday" books over the years,
But this was the first for the actual birth date and year.
Very cool!!

This is Gennady Spirin.
He looks like Santa Claus.
He was born on December 25th!
He is an exquisite artist!
Born and raised in Russia, he came to the USA
With his wife and three sons 20 years ago at the invitation
Of a book publisher.
He has illustrated many books.
Though he can speak English, he was nervous and had his son
Translate for him.
He was delightful.
His family are now US citizens.

Court gave me this beautiful book for Mother's Day.
I love this story.
Mr. Spirin personalized it for me.
His penmanship is gorgeous.

This is Mary Downing Hahn.
She writes historical fiction
And ghost stories.
She is fascinating to listen to.
I liked her.
She also has beautiful penmanship.

Court read this book in 5th grade.
She said to Ms. Hahn:
"This book terrified me when I was a kid."
She looked at Court, smiled, and said:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

White Lace and Promises...and Love Songs

Amber, a lovely friend of ours, married the man of her dreams, the handsome and kind-hearted Marcus,
in the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple last week.

Court acting as mic stand with Cammy wondering how much longer she has to stay in this dress and have good manners.

Caitlyn was honored to be asked to provide the music for the reception.
For two hours she covered songs requested by Amber.
I accompanied Cait on some old-time love songs from the American Songbook,
with a few Carpenters' classics thrown in for good measure.
"We've Only Just Begun" ...perfect.
Beautiful couple.
The evening was concluded with the guests lined up
for the send-off with lit sparklers in hand
as Amber and Marcus left to begin the adventure called marriage.

Friday, July 8, 2011

One of these things is not like the other...

Caitlin Connelly (wife of Robbie of "Fictionist"), Cjane, me,
and Justin Hackworth (caught off guard).

So, Courtney Jane sent me this photo today.
(Trevor captured this moment.)
Stage left jamming to the strains of
"Hey Jude" on the Rooftop.
Our main photographer, Justin Hackworth,
happened to be caught in front of the camera this time.

Justin is an amazing artist behind the camera.
His annual exhibit:
30 Strangers
Portraits of Mothers & Daughters
June 30-August 1st
Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium Gallery
Read the details HERE

*Justin does this project to benefit the
Women and Children's Justice Center.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rooftop Rock n' Roll

Stu, lead singer for "Fictionist" with the Greenroom Mama.

(click all photos for larger images)

Some of the "Fictionist" guys were back as part of the
Abbey Road Show.
It was fun to hang out with them again.
Such nice and polite gentlemen.

Stu singing "Octopus's Garden"

The band, composed of 20 terrific musicians from around the state
sang The Beatles' Abbey Road album start to finish.

Courtney (CJane) and Christopher Kendrick with yours truly.

Courtney, along with Mindy Gledhill, Justin Hackworth and Sarah Willey
started the Rooftop Concert Series last year
to encourage folks to come downtown,
create some positive energy,
and enjoy some local art galleries
and restaurants.

Courtney and Justin kicking off the concert and thanking sponsors.
*If you look closely you will see me next to the guy placing the guitar:)

With Robbie Connelly, lead guitarist for "Fictionist".
He rocked the house with his smokin' guitar solos.
I had fun talking with his darling wife
at stage side during some of those numbers.

My photo and view of stage.
Robbie on lead guitar with Mark Smith singing
"I Want You."

My photo and view of the stage.

The show was opened by the lovely Sarah Sample.
Her warm vocals were perfect to start it all as the sun went down.

my photo

Justin Hackworth got this great shot of the encore "Hey Jude"
with the entire band (complete with horns) on the stage.

Trevor Christensen caught this unexpected firework.

The audiences just keep getting bigger for each concert!
Such a great setting.
I am having a blast working with such talented and fun people!

Monday, July 4, 2011

I Love a Parade...

Happy Independence Day!

We are so blessed!!

(And a big thanks to the Peers for letting us enjoy the parade for the past 20+ years on their front lawn!)