Saturday, November 28, 2009

Another funny thing about my Joseph

Joseph (Katie calls him Jo-fuff, and Jacob she calls Jo-cub). recently
found out about a deal at a nearby grocery store. If you go after 7pm,
you can buy all te donuts you can fit in a box for $3.00. He has
learned to be there right at 7 to get the best selection and volume.
Tonight he and his buddies fit 40, donuts into one box- including
some donut holes, wow. Good thing he is a runner. Good things he has
buddies. Funny kid

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Look who I found!

David and Aubrey and I went into a new little store nearby. It's
called Then and Now and it carries antiques. It was fun to look around
and see what sort of things were there. The shop owner talked with us
for awhile and was very kind. All of the sudden I recognized something
*or someone* right behind the lady. I said- hey I had a doll like
that! The owner said "velvet?". Wow ya that was her name. And we had
Chrissy too, the redhead doll. I think Laurie was her owner but maybe
I'm confused. It was cool to see a friend from the past.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A good morning

This morning I was able to go see LHS production of Aida. Overall the show was fabulous. All the performers reminded me of how much talent is right here in little Lehi. The female lead was especially impressive. As with the only other time I have seen this play, the song "The Gods Love Nubia" was by far the most powerful and emotional part of the show. Right before this part, the captured Nubian slaves, including Aida, find out that their King has been captured by the Egyptians. It is also a part when my heart aches for Aida, because the King is her father. She sings this beautiful song to bring hope to her fellow Nubians. I couldn't keep the tears from coming down. The scene when a loyal Nubian gives her life to save Aida is great too. Wow! To have such a great leader that the followers would die for... amazing really.I was there with the jr high drama class, and I'm not sure if I'll go during it's regular run this weekend and into next week. It is sad- and mostly cause I've been too sensitive lately. (If David wants to go
I will too, but it really is heart wrenching.) The costumes were mostly good and the set was great too- not too much to up stage the story, so to speak. So if you've never seen this show or need a good weep make your way to LHS for a fine show. If you can't make it, YouTube "the Gods love Nubia" to get a feel for the power of that song.

Monday, November 16, 2009

When I am in charge of FHE

David did come back from Houston on Friday night, and I'm sure today
at work was a very busy clean up day. To add to the craziness, some
people from Houston are coming in this week- so today is the day to
prepare for that too. Dave said he might be late tonight, as well as
most of the nights this week.

Last week I gave a solo lesson for FHE but it only lasted about 5
minutes. (we talked about GENSHAI) We then listened to the BOM CDs
while we drove to get shakes.

This week I wasn't sure what to do for FHE.

Well, as I was thinking another what to talk about for fhe I sat down
with my guitar to practice for my lessons. We have some Christmas
songs so I called my boys in and told them we were going to sing
Christmas songs. Then the light bulb went in- Joseph went and got a
few of his drums and Jacob started playing the acoustic guitar, while
I had the steel string guitar and we started rocking out. We played
all the songs we both knew from my music, but our hits of the night
are feliz navedad- up on the housetop and jingle bells. The drums were
pretty loud and I figured we should quiet down by 8:00 so sadly we put
the things away and Dave missed the performance. I don't think our
neighbors were as lucky.
It was a very crazy family home evening.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

while Dave was gone

Dave had to be in Texas last week, and Louis had to be in Isreal, so the sisters spent much time together. We went to Ikea, Tai Pan, and Pirate Island eating place. Here's a few pictures of our adventures. While Krista and I were trying to get something done on the computer, there was a funny noise coming from a the computer. Krista clicked somewhere and all of the sudden her computer was connected to Louis- there he was in his hotel, ready to sleep in Isreal. All three of his girls that were there were thrilled. It was really cute to see.

I also got to spend a little time with Jack Clarke- what a fun kid. I know he will get more entertaining as he gets older. It was great to spend time with him

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An old obsession

I am back at indexing. I'd taken a break but for the last couple weeks
I've been at it like a mad woman. I get sucked into the project by all the names and ages and where the people have come from. It's odd that it is so addictive, but really, it is. I have a goal to reach by the end of the year. I dont even know if it is realistic, but I want to score 20,000 more names to my score. Then my total for all time will be 100,000. Ill get there eventually I suppose

Friday, November 6, 2009

I am a Pioneer Woman fan- and now an Aspire fan too

Laura and I went to see

But we ended up in line talking and visiting with

While we were waiting in the line all night we became friends with lots of people around us. This guy, Kevin Hall, is a local author . He and the PW are published by the same company. He came to see and experience her huge success. He kept saying how incredible it was for her to be so popular so fast. Kevin told me his book is about the power of words. I really wasn't sure what that meant, but mentally kicked myself every time I let "awesome" or "wow" or "cool" slip from my mouth. His book, from what I can tell, is more about using words to help yourself, from the inside. I think it will be interesting to read.
I've learned, the hard way, that I need to be careful of my thoughts, meaning having positive thoughts, building thoughts. (It brings new meaning to having wearing the armour of god, and using a helmet of salvation for your thoughts)

He gave me a free copy and in exchange I offered him my Pioneer Woman cookbook. I had got mine through Amazon pre order. The books at the book signing were all sold. During our long wait, he talked to me about the meaning of some words, like for'give'ness (giving someone something- totally) and also passion (something you love, and are willing to suffer for). He also used phrases I really liked. Talking about how he met his wife, he said he 'over-married' - he married someone better than himself. Also, "don't do what your good at, do what you are great at". While he went to his car, I was telling the gals around me about his book. One lady asked how one would find out what they were "great" at. When he came back, I kinda acted the silly that I am, and told him I had taken questions from the audience and had him tell the group around us his answers. Ya wanna know what the answer to this question is? He said, you are "great" at the things you have done all your life that others say- you're a natural at that, things you probably already know about yourself. It was very interesting

He has kindly offered a free copy of "Aspire" to any of my friends and family, if I understood his email correctly. So if you'd like to have one let me know. The books won't be available to the general public until Jan 2010.

Here's part of a press release on his book-
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER KEVIN HALL UNLOCKS THE SECRET MEANING OF WORDS IN GROUNDBREAKING NEW BOOK Hall’s ‘Aspire’ takes readers through a unique journey of self-discovery and purpose (New York, NY, November 5, 2009) – Highly sought-after leadership speaker and business coach Kevin Hall releases his widely appealing and highly anticipated inaugural book, “Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words,” which guides readers on a journey through inspirational encounters that individually reveal the inherent power of words. Hall had successfully printed and sold a limited edition of "Aspire" when he entered into a unique co-publishing agreement with William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. While the book will become widely available in stores on January 5, 2010, thousands of passionate followers have already driven “Aspire” to on-line bestseller lists. Hall breaks down this secret vocabulary into 11 key words, which he creatively serves to his readers through a series of enlightening and sometimes heart-wrenching stories. Beginning with an encounter with a shopkeeper in Vienna, Hall discovers that one word, “Genshai,” could change the world for the better; and from here, the journey begins. Chad Hymas, a quadriplegic on a race to set a world record, introduces Hall to the deeper meaning of “Passion,” and Michael Jordan’s famed mind coach, Dr. Gerald Bell, unlocks the power of “Pathfinder.” Part inspirational text and part self-discovery workbook, “Aspire” challenges readers to discover their own true purpose by actively participating in the journey, essentially creating a register of individuals who have enriched their lives by embodying the outlined words in “The Book of Greats.” “Words have tremendous power for good or for ill. They can inspire or expire. The choice is ours,” declares Hall. “Using words and language that lift the human spirit creates a new paradigm in thinking. Instead of “What can I get?” our mentality shifts to “What can I give?” “Aspire” and Hall have already received immense acclaim from renowned leaders in the industry, including Dr. Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” who provides the foreword in this book. “Just as I broke new ground in human development over twenty years ago by uncovering the habits that make for a meaningful and effective life,” states Covey, “Kevin is breaking new ground by uncovering and revealing the true intent and meaning of the words that make up those habits.” ### About Kevin Hall Kevin Hall is a highly sought-after business consultant, speaker and coach. He was a partner in Franklin Quest, the precursor to Franklin Covey, makers of the Franklin Day Planner. As vice president of Sales and Training, he helped fuel Franklin's worldwide growth. Kevin is cofounder of the Statue of Responsibility Foundation envisioned by Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of “Man's Search for Meaning.” He has been recognized for his groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden, and often secret, meanings of words. Kevin is also credited with wordsmithing and trademarking the original slogan for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, "Ignite the Fire Within." Visit Kevin Hall online at  HYPERLINK ""

Let me know if you'd like a book- It's not what ya know baby!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A midsummers nights dream

Here's my kid dresses as Oberon, king of the fairies in Shakespeares
play. Not sure how I feel about the wreath or the dramatic stage
makeup but so goes being on stage. You'll notice there is no splint on
his arm. He's actually doing okay in the healing of his broken
radius. He is holding a package of playing cards. He uses them for
magic tricks but I gave no idea why they are part of his get up right
now.. The show opens Thursday! It's going to be a good weekend.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A new naughty trick

I recently saw this naughty recipe demonstrated at a little cooking
class I attended. Make a package of brownies, spread half in the pan-
layer on 3 symphony bars. Top with the other half of the brownie mix
and bake as directed. Cool then slice. If you eat this with while it
is still warm, you will forget all your problems for a little while.

Layer the three right next to each other

Covering the candy bars