Sunday, June 29, 2014

And she's fifteen...

When did that happen?
Happy Birthday, my sweetness!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Let them eat waffles...

This is how the almost 15-year-old chose to
 kick-off  her birthday weekend.
She wanted Belgian Waffles smothered in Nutella and bananas.
And she requested that we not sing
 'Happy Birthday' to her in public.
Done and Done.
Fun celebrating this awesome gal!!
(Not sure if her dad was pulling that face because he had to pay the bill?)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Everything you do is based on the choices you make...

My Sunday School class~40 years ago~ June 1974.
(Back: Kent, Steven, Robby
Front: Alison, Teresa, Me, Laura, Sandy, Paula)

I found this old photo in a box the other day.
(Check out my hair...and what was this fashion statement??
Must have been my tribute to the pioneers.
If my memory is correct I made that skirt in a home economics class.
It was purple (of course) and white gingham.)
I was the same age as my youngest daughter is now.
She and I talk a lot and discuss her interests, passions, joys 
and future plans.
The year I was 15 was what I would call 
a 'defining year.'
Many of the decisions and goals I made back then 
set the course for my life.
And I am very happy with that life.

I like this quote:
"Everything you do is based on the choices you make.
It's not your parents, your past relationships,
your job, the economy, the weather,
an argument or your age that is to blame.
You and only you are responsible for every decision
and choice you make.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Would you like to sit through our family vacation 'slides'...or not?

Suffice it to say that I blog for myself.
It is therapeutic and my way of scrapbooking I guess.
I heard recently that not many people are reading 
or writing blogs anymore.
Oh well...
 On the hike to Delicate Arch at Arches National Park.

We decided to go on a sort of 'ancestor connection' trip.
Some of my roots are in the beautiful red rock country of Southeastern Utah.
My mother grew up in Monticello 
and we spent lots of wonderful time there.
 God's Masterpieces.

 The 3 Gossips

 We couldn't have picked a more gorgeous day to visit 
Arches in Moab.
The temperatures were not unbearable
 and there was a slight breeze.
As you can see the blue skies were gorgeous!

We enjoyed our time visiting the 'Windows' section.

 I took this photo while on my back
underneath an arch.

 My 4th great-grandfather, Lemuel Hardison Redd
was one of the original leaders of the harrowing
Hole-in-the-Rock expedition.

 We ventured out to Bluff, Utah where my Grandpa John was born.
Bluff Fort has the original cabins and items from those families 
who settled there after they arrived.

 Lemuel H. Redd

 We enjoyed our visit there.
It was neat to talk with the LDS missionaries 
who were assigned there.
They told us that several tour buses arrive weekly
mainly filled with visitors from Europe and other parts of the world.
Most are emotionally moved by the film that is shown
which tells the story of that dangerous
Hole-in-the-Rock journey of faith.

 The Relief Society Building was filled with lovely memorabilia.
This particular quilt was made by several women who were descendants of these pioneers.
 I loved the hollyhocks everywhere.
My Grandma Helen used to sit on her porch and teach me
to make little hollyhock dolls.
 (I took this cool photo with a fisheye lense that my friend Ashley gifted me for my birthday.)

 We visited this little spot called Newspaper Rock.
It was full of Native American petroglyphs.

 We stopped by my Grandma and Grandma's former home.
After they passed away a family bought it and turned it into a
 Bed & Breakfast.
 We had a peaceful visit at the Monticello Cemetery
where several of my relatives were laid to rest.

And we visited the beautiful Monticello Temple.

 My cousins and I used to cross the street from 
my grandparent's home
to buy penny candy at this grocery store.
We crossed the border into Colorado to visit
Mesa Verde National Park.
 Court especially loved this spot.
It was awesome to see all the amazing Pueblo cliff dwellings.

Our journey was excellent and we learned a lot.
We are filled with gratitude for the lives
 of those who went before us.
We live in a magnificent place!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Daddy's Girl

Thinking of my dad this weekend.
He was a wonderful father.
He taught me many good life lessons.
Some that I continue to work on such as:
Don't get caught up in being too busy. Busy is overrated.
Stop worrying about what other's think of you. Just be your best you and be happy.
Compete with yourself, not others.
Take time to look around you and enjoy God's handiwork.
Make more quiet time in your day.
Write a handwritten letter or thank-you note to someone regularly.
Be an 'appreciator of life.'
Thanks Dad!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mr. Mayor

Photo: Coryn
Bill and I just hangin' with the Mayor.

Not to be a 'name-dropper' or anything:)
But seriously, anyone who knows our Mayor wants to tell the world.
And the world is finding out about Mayor Curtis and our remarkable city of Provo.

Mayor John Curtis is truly a 'real' person.
Down-to-earth and sincere.
He has brought some wonderful energy and excitement to our city.
How many mayors do you know
 who really get out on a regular basis
and rub shoulders with their citizens?
(He is doing it all the time.)
And, how many mayors really LISTEN to their citizen's concerns and ideas?

I had some great conversations with Mayor Curtis
 during my work with
The Provo Rooftop Concert Series.
I really don't believe this great summertime attraction
 would have become
as successful as it has without his support.
It has grown leaps and bounds from it's first season!
Truly the hot spot to be on the first Friday of each month.
And, in a University town it is important to 
reach out to the students.

I hope he serves for a long time
because we are in good hands with this guy.