Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Very Carson Christmas

I couldn't resist one more Downton Abbey silly.
And Carson is one of my favorite characters.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Downton Withdrawals

When daughter #1 came back from her lunch break
the other day she found this on her desk:)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Some Great Guys and Dolls

photo: Ellis Atwood

1940 Themed Young Single Adult Ward Activity

My husband spent Friday evening keeping an eye on this group:)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love is More Than a Paper Heart

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"Love is more than a paper heart. Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day...How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors! Love, like faith, is a gift from God."
 - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Standing for Something"

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love and that Downton Abbey Style


 This is one of my most treasured photos.
It is of my paternal Grandparents.
They were married in October 1929
the same month of The Stock Market Crash
beginning The Great Depression.
Love those classic hairstyles.

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 Lady Sybil and her husband Tom Branson.

Reminiscent of  Season Three
Downton Abbey.


Matthew and Lady Mary
Won't be long till we start seeing
some of these hairstyles and fashions
back in the mainstream.

Baz Luhrmann's remake of
The Great Gatsby arrives this summer!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Taking Direction

Daughter #3 (far right) with Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz on Fox's "Glee."

Saw our daughter in a couple of scenes from last week's
episode of GLEE.
It's kind of ironic that she is on a set several times
a week for commercials, a TV series or a movie
(Ironman 3 a few weeks back)
because she certainly didn't like her first acting experience.

When she was about 3 years old, a well-known local
actress asked us if we would be willing to let our daughter
audition for a commercial she had booked.
This actress had the same copper red curly hair as our daughter
and needed her to play her daughter in an ad 
for a popular treadmill at the time. 
We agreed and  took our daughter to her home a few times
to get to know her as well as practice the little exchange
which was basically her running into her "mom's"
arms and giving her a kiss on the cheek.
After she warmed up to her she did just fine.

On the day of the screen test audition my husband
took our daughter to the studio and I stayed behind for fear
of letting possible "stage mother" instincts take over.
Apparently when the director came onto the set and began
 telling our daughter what to do, 
she growled at him and refused to do anything she had rehearsed.
The actress tried unsuccessfully to get her to perform.
After a short break to allow her to calm her mood
they tried again but to no avail.
Thus ended the '"acting career" before it began:)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Mustaches are cool...

Daughter #4 is an editor on her school's yearbook staff.
Her team is called "The Mustaches" and she decided
to surprise them by designing a logo and creating
custom shirts for each of them. 
Apparently they made quite an impression
 as people were asking if they could
buy one.
(If you look closely you will see the word
mustaches in the shape.)
Hot little trend right now....mustaches.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I Choose...


I agree, Professor Dumbledore.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The 39 Steps

We were lucky to attend closing day
of this very funny play (sold out run)
directed by my directing idol
Christopher Clark.
The play is a parody of Hitchcock films.
4 actors play over 40 characters and change personas
right in front of the audience assisted by 2 stage hands
who provide folio and props. 
Laugh out loud, non-stop action.
This is the third time I've seen it staged.
First time was on the West End in London
and we were suffering from serious jet lag.
That show was done Proscenium style with 
the audience looking straight on.
The brilliance of Clark's production was it was staged
 in the round (a challenging task especially for sight gags)
 at the beautiful Hale Center Theatre in West Valley.
We loved it!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Heavenly Concessions


So we took my mother to the movies recently.
As we walked to the ticket line we saw this sign.
My mother says,
"You mean we have to die to get some popcorn?"
She's a hoot.