Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rollin' along...

Been on a roller-coaster this week.

Started out by singing a duet in church with my friend Mat and his wife accompanying on harp.
'Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee.'
(As a vocal teacher I tell my students to not make excuses, but I just have to say I had a sore throat for a week previous and my singing was not up to par for me. Mat and Ashley are always stellar, so that made up the difference. I will say that the Lord sent extra blessings of the Spirit through the music and that is what it is about anyway.)

That evening Coryn's in-laws rolled into town and dinner at our home.
Entertaining is not my forte, but the meal seemed to please all.

On Tuesday I hosted our monthly Personal Progress activity for the Young Women in our ward.
We called it "P to the 4th: Personal Progress, Pajamas and Pizza." 
It was a pick-me-up to encourage the gals to keep plugging along with their goals.
By all accounts the evening was enjoyed by the majority. (See some happy faces above)
Our Young Women President (in the Dodgers shirt) gave her thumbs up!

 We've had a lot of clouds rolling in and out lately.
I have loved the rain.

On Thursday evening we rock and rolled with Kenny Loggins.
I have been a fan of his since high school and one of my first dates with my husband
was attending his concert at BYU over thirty years ago.
(We also brought along Coryn, Scott and Courtney who grew up on his music as well.)

 And let me tell you, that audience of 50 and 60-somethings were in rock and roll heaven.
Who says your mama don't dance and your daddy don't rock and roll?

Kenny Loggins did not disappoint.
This 66 year old was in amazing voice and sounded as strong as he had back in the day!
It was obvious he loved the crowd and was having a great time.

 He covered many of the favorites from 'House at Pooh Corner' to 'Celebrate me Home.'
And thrilled everyone with 3 encores including Utah Country connection classic 'Footloose.'
So great to be there singing along with the 'younger generation.'
Fun, Fun, Fun!

We helped the newlyweds move out of their apartment and into our home for a couple of nights.
The medical school interviews are rolling in,
and Coryn and Scott are rolling on to the East Coast.
They left early Friday morning for their journey across the country.
We hope North Carolina will roll out the welcome mat.

Saturday morning our family rolled out of bed and drove to pick up my mom,
the birthday girl, to attend the openhouse of the Ogden Temple.
Clouds were rolling in, but it did not rain.
Another beautiful House of the Lord will soon be dedicated.
So happy we were able to go.
And now another Sunday is upon us and the roller coaster can shut down for the day
 and I rejoice in a hopeful day of rest.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pomp and Circumstance

Our son-in-law Scott graduated with honors this week from 
Brigham Young University.
He earned his BS in just two and a half years.
He's a pretty smart guy.

 He gave an excellent commencement address 
representing his college.

His topic:
Finding happiness in the small, quiet moments.

Scott's dad drove in from North Carolina.
His father is an OB/GYN and Scott plans to 
become a medical doctor as well.

 So proud of this young man!
He is kind, patient, humble, bright, giving, funny,
and he loves and adores our daughter.
Who could want for more?

It was wonderful to meet BYU's new president
Kevin Worthen and his lovely wife.
The university is in very competent hands
with this humble man at the helm.

  Coryn was working graduation as line-marshal for
the Masters Degree candidates.
As she entered the Marriott Center,
Scott saw her and stepped out of line to give her a quick kiss.
Everyone in the arena saw this on the jumbotron. 

Now the young couple heads off to the other side of the country
as Scott begins his medical school interviews.
A new adventure.
We will truly miss having them around.

Monday, August 4, 2014

"I wish to go to the festival..."

 Our family had a 'serendipity' moment of sorts
and decided to head down to Cedar City
to attend a play at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
We love this venue having attended many times over the years.
 One of our all-time favorite musicals
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods was the draw.
We took our oldest daughter Court to the Broadway 
touring production when she was younger
and it made a deep impression on her.
stage photos from
 The show uses famous fairytale characters to impart
powerful and valuable lessons.
Sondheim is a genius composer and lyricist.
 "Do not put your faith in a cape and a hood.
They will not protect you the way that they should.
And take extra care with strangers,
Even flowers have their dangers,
And though scary is exciting,
Nice is different than good."
 Brian Vaughn and his wife Melinda Pfundstein
played the Baker and his wife.
They are 'staples' at the festival and we have enjoyed 
their performances over the years.
In last year's outstanding 'Les Miz' they portrayed
Javaire and Fantene respectively.
Brian is one of the artistic directors for the festival.
 "Running away, let's do it,
Free from the ties that bind,
No more despair
Or burdens to bear
Out there in the yonder."
 Cinderella and Rapunzel's princes were appropriately over-the-top!
Their 'Agony' number was a show-stopper.
 "Sometimes people leave you
Halfway through the wood.
Others may deceive you,
You decide what's good.
You decide alone,
But no one is alone."
 If you've never attended the festival, I highly recommend.
You don't have to be a Shakespeare lover.
There is something for everyone.
Though Shakespeare is their forte,
we have attended dramas, comedies and musicals 
which are offered along with classic Shakespeare.
And even these two felt it was worth singing about.