Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving at Home with One Away

 photos by Coryn
My Thanksgiving Table.
I may not be the greatest cook
but I sure can set a table.
Don't be jealous Martha...

 Court did the name place cards.

 Pulled out the china, crystal and sterling
for Grandma's delight.

 Kneaders rolls made me look good.
(Wish I could bake them like Brenda or Margot.)

 Pomegranate seeds for Court.
Cashews for Uncle Matt.
Sweet pickles for me.
Crackers with Spinach Artichoke Dip for Coryn.

 And Bill's favorite Sweet Potato Casserole.
Coryn and Cammy like it too.

 And of course, Bill and Grandma
have to check out the football games
after the feast.

 And we all enjoyed some 'facetime' with Caitlyn
via Court's iPhone.
(She had to work 'Retail Black Friday'.)
Happy she could enjoy her own feast in her new
with some of her new friends.

Besties Chris Osmond and Nick Saguibo arrive in LA.
 As Caitlyn was missing her family 
and her friends from home,
we were grateful to hear that two of her 
best friends, Chris and Nick, hopped in
the car after their own Thanksgiving feasts
and drove 10 hours to California to spend
a few days visiting with her.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Be Grateful for your Miracles No Matter How Small

"It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season--like  all the other seasons--is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them."

~Lemony Snicket, The Lump of Coal

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bangles and Baubles at the Bijou

photos courtesy of Coryn

This is becoming a tradition for us.
I enjoy supporting local artisans. 
It is great to run into new and old friends.
Even some band members from the Rooftop.
Also great to see some new booths.
One this time by my friend Olivia. 
Always like seeing my friend, Caitlin,
who was doing quite the business
with her portraits. 
I came upon a find.
A vintage Osmond vinyl album:
"Songs we Sang on the Andy Williams Show."
I paid $3.
A few women approached me 
when they saw me carrying it
and offered me three times as much.
Sorry's mine:)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Playing Pretend

Caitlyn on the set of CBS' new series "Vegas", set in the 1960s,
starring Dennis Quaid as a former rodeo cowboy turned sheriff.

For the past few weeks in Los Angeles,
 Caitlyn has been spending each day
at a different location
on a different TV series set
being a different person.
Long 12 hour+ days.
Perhaps that is why it 's called
Seriously, she is working hard and having quite the adventure.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cool Mom or Crazy Mom

A few weeks ago I took Cammy to her first "real" concert.
She was so excited and felt like a teenager. 
I guess she wasn't embarrassed to be with her mother. 
She kept thanking me and we had a fun time.
Even with ear plugs in I couldn't hear too well for a few days:)
I will say though, this venue had nothing on 
I guess I'm a bit biased.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winter Wonderland

 Outside my front window

I have lived in this state my entire life
And I am always in awe
When the first big snowstorm arrives.

Outside my back window

And I am always in awe of my husband who 
Without fail is up at the crack of dawn
Shoveling the neighbors

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tiny Piece of Heaven

Some dear friends of ours were recently
 blessed with their third son.
And we have been blessed to have some sweet
moments with him over the past few weeks.
He loves to be held and so we love holding him.
It has been fun to play pretend grandparents.
Time truly stands still when you are holding a baby.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My View

 Caitlyn and Coryn circa 1996.
Caitlyn's face expresses what many of us are feeling
with the overload of political ads.

I rarely discuss politics outside my home.
My reason being, I've never cared too much for contention,
and I find it hard to discuss this topic with those
whose mentality is
"my way or the highway."
Yes, we are entitled to our opinions,
and thankfully we live in a great country that allows us
to freely express them. 
However, because our opinions and values may vary significantly
from person to person,
discussions can become heated at best.
As human beings we have the responsibility to respect others' 
opinions and beliefs whether we agree with them or not.
It is not a matter of who is right, as much as it is what is right.

My first experience with the political process was when I was a young girl in the 1960's.
My mother was an election judge and in those days the voting locations were
generally hosted in homes.
I remember the day before an election people would show up to set up voting booths 
in our living room.
On voting day my mom would hang out the flag and people would begin arriving
early in the morning until late at night.
I was blessed with patriotic parents who value the political process
and honor the privilege and obligation we have as citizens to vote. 
One of my dad's published books for Desert Book was titled
"Our Freedom, Our Liberty."
His essay on Lincoln was awarded the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge
and read into the Congressional Record by Utah Senator Wallace Bennett.
My grandpa and aunt were both elected and served as representatives in our state legislature.
My uncle was a county commissioner.
In fact, one of the first friends I made when we moved to our neighborhood
nineteen years ago, is now the first female Speaker of the House in my state.
I have many stories I could share regarding my involvements in the political process.
(Perhaps another day.)

I remember as a 6th grader being very caught up in the excitement of the elections.
I recall wearing a Richard Nixon button to school.
(And we all know how that turned out.)

I believe one of the great problems in our country today is people who are uninformed.
You would think this would not be the case given the many forms of communication
and technology we have access to.
But it never ceases to amaze me how so many individuals are clueless about the important
issues facing our country. 
People get caught up in supporting their favorite candidate or party
but fail to do their homework:
reading and researching and understanding
what those candidates and parties represent and stand for.

I have never voted a straight party ticket in my life.
It is a lazy way to vote.
When I step into that booth I want to look at each individual candidate's name
knowing that I have done my part in finding out what they will do for 
me as a citizen.

The year I turned 21 (the voting age at the time) was an election year.
I remember how excited I was.
I vividly remember the sunny day I walked from my college apartment several blocks
away to the home in my voting precinct.
I proudly cast my ballot for Ronald Reagan.

Here are my feelings in a nutshell:
We need to elect "statesmen" and not politicians.
We need to elect those who are willing to LISTEN to another's point of view,
though it may differ from their own.
We need someone who is willing to reach across the aisle and compromise
if necessary to accomplish what is in the best interest of this country.
It is ridiculous when someone thinks they are always right 
and others are always wrong.
Compromise is NOT a weakness and is in fact a strength in a democracy.
Our founding fathers would never have succeeded in their great work
had they not compromised.
If the USA is to move forward we must realize that it is necessary
to give a little
while still maintaining our core values.
We cannot change course in America if we keep up the infighting.

In a dictatorship
only one opinion counts and that is
the one at the top.
Heaven forbid we revert to that model.
Lack of cooperation and compromise is the great problem
with our Congress and the administration.
It has been this way for a long time.
If there is no give and take we will never accomplish the good this great nation
is capable of.

VOTE your conscience. 

P.S. All five registered voters in our home
voted two weeks ago.
No long lines.

Friday, November 2, 2012

More Costumes

 Coryn dressed as Marty McFly's girlfriend Jennifer.
(Such awful fashion in the 80's.)
She was shocked at how many people in her office
had never seen "Back to the Future."
That's a crime.

If you are not familiar with BBC's DOCTOR WHO
You will not understand these characters. 
They are from an episode titled "The Empty Child."
Court had a Halloween party
And her friend Dustin showed up in the same costume.
She swore they did not plan it.