Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Marvelous Mindy

 photo credit: Jafra Starr Linn
My lovely friend Mindy Gledhill was featured on 
Anthropologie's blog today.
I love that store even though it's out of my price range.
( My sweet husband bought me some perfume
from their San Francisco store years ago.)

Mindy will be headlining the Rooftop Concert Series
this Friday. 
It will be magical.
Her new album will be released September 10th.
To listen to her title song,
"Pocketful of Poetry"
go HERE.

Not only is Mindy a gifted singer/songwriter,
she is a genuinely wonderful human being
and one of my favorite people.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked...

This gem circa 1995 is of our 3 oldest girls with the Bonnett children
 while we were visiting Brigham Young's winter home in St. George.
 I am from proud pioneer stock. Since this is "Pioneer Week" here in Utah, I am thinking about those brave men, women, and children who suffered great hardships to cross the plains in search of a better life near the beautiful mountains of the Salt Lake Valley.
My 4th great-grandpa was Erastus Snow who along with Orson Pratt 
was the first to enter the Salt Lake Valley
a few days before Brigham Young,
who was ill and could not travel.
On July 24, 1847
Brigham Young saw the valley for the first time
and declared,
"This is the right place."

When Courtney was 15 she and her dad went on a grueling Pioneer Trek together.

I love Utah. I love the mountains. And I love the pioneers.
Blessed, honored Pioneer.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Books, Books, Books...and Yada, Yada, Yada

As tradition dictates I attended the annual BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers this past week along with Court and Cammy. We had such a great time listening to amazing award-winning authors and illustrators. It is always nice to see people I've met over the years at this event. And, I had a very fun serendipity moment when I met a new friend who actually reads this blog! Such a surprise as I only thought my family and a handful of friends followed my blog. I certainly hope the 'real me' as opposed to the 'cyber me' was not a huge disappointment:)

 This is the lovely & talented Yara (pronounced Yada). I liked her immediately and we learned we have several interests in common. I'm afraid I talked her ears off (yada, yada, yada...my poor friends know about this) but she was so kind and patient. She shared some fascinating tidbits with me and I am so looking forward to future conversations. (E-mail me Yara!)

 For the past few years the Symposium has been held at our gorgeous Provo Library.

 Apparently the photographer caught me at registration and posted this on the BFYR facebook.

 The children's library always does fabulous window displays of the featured presenter's books.

 Photo by Court
 This is Tony DiTerlizzi. Author and illustrator of The Spiderwick Chronicles and others.
He was so hysterically funny I hurt myself laughing.

 Photo by Court
I was excited to meet Sara Pennypacker.
I read her darling Clementine series to Cammy
when she was 9 years old.


This cute couple is Philip and Erin Stead.
Phillip is a writer and illustrator
and his wife is an illustrator.
They live in a 100 year old barn in Michigan.
 photo by Court
Their book won the Caldecott medal, the highest honor for illustration.
Erin is the youngest recipient of that honor and it was also her FIRST book!

 We all enjoyed a delicious dinner in the BYU Ballroom and listened to an awesome speech
by author and Newbery winner Karen Cushman.

She says she was a late-bloomer, not starting her writing career until her 50's.
So I guess there is hope for me to find something to do with the rest of my life:)
I have enjoyed several of her historical fiction books such as
Catherine, Called Birdy and The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
as well as this:

 photo by Jeff Nielsen
 And I was introduced to a writer I was not familiar with.
Jennifer Nielsen is from my hometown and has made a big splash in the national publishing world.
After hearing her speak I am anxious to read her novels/series.

 Author/illustrator Steve Jenkins is prolific with a huge collection of books to his credit.
Neat to learn about how he creates his art.
He is well-known for his beautiful illustrations of animals.

And last, but certainly not least, it is always great to see my old acting buddy, Mark Pulham.
Mark is a retired elementary teacher, part-time librarian and master puppeteer.
He is a host/assistant to an author each year and always gives the most entertaining introductions.
(Many years ago on stage he was Charlie Brown to my Patty and my husband's Schroeder.
In fact, to this day whenever he sees me he still calls me Patty:)  Such fun!)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Smell the Lavender

 Our family spent Saturday down in beautiful Mona, Utah
at the annual Lavender Days Festival.
Coryn was running the 5K.
It was a beautiful sunny day with just enough
cloud cover and a breeze to make it pleasant.
 When I did this 5K three summers ago,
I was not smiling like Coryn.
Pretty sure I came in last across the finish line.
No, that was probably Court who walked behind me
to make sure I didn't have a heart attack:) 
I couldn't be convinced to do it this year.
I came for the lavender ice cream.
 Coryn did great!

 Scott is a cross country runner
but sat this one out and cheered for Coryn.
 The smell of lavender permeated the air.
I love that smell!

 Court and Cammy enjoyed the paddle boats.
 Court rode a bull...sort of.
 And Cammy told a moose where to go.
 Bill was a great sport and tagged along.

 The jousting arena.

Summer fun.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Vive le France

Scott Whitecar instagram
In honor of Bastille Day
Coryn and Scott cooked a delicious French meal for our family.
It was served in courses and we enjoyed a long leisurely dinner.
Julia Childs would be impressed.
(I even got to take a Sunday nap which seldom happens.)
 Bon Appetit!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Waffles and Art

 Today Cammy and I hung out together.
She has been begging to find the Waffle Love truck
ever since she ate their Belgium Waffles at The Rooftop Concerts.
So we tracked them down in Pleasant Grove.
And she wasn't kidding.
Most delicious waffle I have ever had!
And darn it...it will be hard not to go again.

Afterwards we spent the afternoon at Creativity Art Studio.
I made my best attempts at discovering my inner artist
or lack thereof.
No problem for Cammy who is already a gifted artist.
It was very therapeutic to paint and talk and listen
to the soundtrack of my childhood (60's music) playing
over the sound system.
Relaxing summer day.
I'll gladly take some more.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Festive Family Fourth

 We had a relaxing and lazy day together.
It was nice to stay out of the heat
 and just enjoy each other's company.

Coryn's fiancé Scott joined us.
He proposed to Coryn two weeks ago.
We love him.

 I set the table.
 My husband cooked up some tasty burgers.

America, the Beautiful.
We are so very blessed.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

For the Red, White and Blue

Caitlyn and Coryn at Children's Parade many years ago.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. 
 ~Erma Bombeck