Saturday, June 29, 2013


My baby is fourteen!
How did that happen?
Happy Birthday, my sweetness.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Unlikely Friends

 This weekend we attended the beautiful wedding 
of Andrea and Tom.
Andrea is one of our daughter Caitlyn's best friends.
The way they met and became friends is the perfect plot
 for a 'made-for-TV-movie.'
In a nutshell:
They were both dating the same guy, at the same time,
unbeknownst to each other.
He was whispering the same sweet-nothings into their ears.
Not the ideal set-up for a soon-to-be close friendship.
But yes, indeed they clicked and have had many great 
adventures together and even spent a year as college roommates.
Andrea is a genuine and wonderful gal and we love her
and are so happy she has found Tom, the man of her dreams.

Here are a few shots from the day:

 Caitlyn sang for the Daddy/Daughter dance as well as the Bride & Groom's first dance.

 Andrea with her dad. Tom with his mom.

 Cait had fun catching up with her longtime friends Cal and Nick.

 With Kevin, one of Cait's and Andrea's close college friends.

Back in the early days of their friendship.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Birdie back in nest...

For two weeks...
Happy to have her home.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened ~ Jennifer Yane

This is me on the inside:)

There is a fountain of youth:
it is in your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life
and the lives of people you love.
When you learn to tap this source,
you will truly have defeated age.
~Sophia Loren

Monday, June 17, 2013

Chalk it up to a fun afternoon

 Saturday our family attended this fun event in Salt Lake City.
Chalk artists from all over came to share their talents in support
of the Utah Foster Care Program.
I was blown away by the art.
Just chalk sticks and sidewalk.
Professionals to amateur teens and children.
And the day was beautiful and breezy.
Too many amazing pieces to fit on this post.
But here are some of my favorites:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Season

All photos by Coryn
 Another wonderful season of Book Group has concluded.

As has become tradition our wrap-up was hosted
by our lovely friend Jan 
on her comfortable patio.

 And once again we were treated to the lilting sounds
 of Ashley's harp playing.

 I love a good book, good conversation and yummy treats.

The core of us have been together for a long time.
I love these ladies.
Here's to more great reads next season.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Firecracker of a Lady

In her campus studio.
 Yesterday I attended the funeral of the fabulous Janie Thompson.
And it was a wonderful celebration of a life that impacted thousands.
I was one of those.
Janie was our mentor and teacher.
Though she never married, she always said she had hundreds of children.
She called us "Janie's Kids."
Janie was the pioneer and founder of all the touring groups at BYU.
Among these she created the Young Ambassadors
(of which I was a member)
and the Living Legends
(formerly known as The Lamanite Generation.)

Janie with the legendary singer Tony Bennett,
with whom she sang and toured in the
U.S. Defense Department Big Band.

I first met Janie the summer before my freshman year at BYU.
I was working as a counselor for BYU Academy for Girls
and made friends with some girls who had sung in a production of hers.
I had always wanted to meet her as I grew up hearing stories of her talents
from my parents. 
(Back in the day when she started the BYU Program Bureau, my dad had
been invited to be a member of a a popular campus trio and had declined
the offer as he was busy working on his master's degree.
That trio went on to become the famous group
The Lettermen.)

 Janie Thompson collection

I still remember walking into her studio in the old Social Hall
and seeing wall-to-wall and ceiling black and white photos
of all the performers and students she had worked with
throughout her life.
I immediately liked her warmth and dynamic personality. 
During my college years I had the opportunity to learn from her in classes,
workshops and even some one-on-one coaching while I sang
with BYU Vocal Jazz and the YA's.
She was a fabulous pop singer and master show director.
A bundle of energy who never seemed to wear out.
In fact, she was working on a show and even accompanying a program
the week she had her accident and died at age 91.

James Roh/Daily Herald

One of the many valuable lessons I learned from Janie was that we should be unselfish
and willing to share the gifts and talents we have been given from God.
We were given them for a reason.
(Sometimes, I let my shyness and insecurities take over
and I forget that.)

I greatly admire her example and especially her service and unwavering 
faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

I have no doubt she is already directing a grand production in heaven
with thousands lined up to audition.

to read a nice article about Janie.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Free Concert Friday

With singer/songwriter Joshua James in 2011.
(He and wife Emma are proud new parents of a baby son.)

Joshua James is headlining this Friday's
Provo Rooftop Concert Series
If you can get there early enough to stake your claim on a spot
you are in for a mellow, enjoyable evening of indie music.
Roof opens at 6:00 pm
100 North 100 West