Sunday, December 17, 2017


I always try to get tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert.
I never get any.  
So this year, I had decided just to go and stand in the stand by line.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a friend ask me if I wanted their tickets.

So we went to Salt Lake Friday.  

I'm always taken back by the beauty of this temple.

Callie did not want to miss Sutton Foster.
We are looking pretty happy here.

It was a good show.

You never know when someone is going to offer you a ticket.

Good times.  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dear Friends

When I had my youngest son, 
this was my girl crew.

It was always a joke.
They all had a grandson that was Richards age and they were friends.

I keep this picture out.
We are timeless.
But today, we lost one.

Virginia will be in my heart forever.
This news has made my heart hurt.
In fact, I can't say it yet.

The power of women friendships is serious stuff.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving and Memories

I go through this every year. 
I am always thinking of a past Thanksgiving 
on Thanksgiving.

This year, it was all about last year.

We went to California and enjoyed a lovely afternoon with my family.

My moms brother Larry and his wife Pat came.
They never come to anything.
To be honest,
at that point, my dad had been sick.
I think they came to see him.
In a twist of fate, Pat died in April.
I'm so happy that we could have a visit.

This year...

Scott E's birthday

Just my two little boys for dinner

And since it was going to be such a small crowd,
I bought new dishes for the occasion.

Notice the napkins...
They were gifted to  us when we were in Pawhuska at the Merc 
as we waited in line.

I love to bring something from summer to the Thanksgiving table.

I hope you had a good one. 
We did.
The perfect day.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Veterans Day

When my dad graduated from High School
he wanted to go to college.

There was no money, and to my knowledge, 
the only other person in his family to go to college 
was his cousin, Mary Christensen.  

So he joined ROTC and went to Utah State.
When he graduated he went to Korea 
where he was the company clerk.

He never talks much about it.
He sent home china from Korea that 
we ate off of every Thanksgiving for most of my life.

I think of him every Veterans Day when we have are
assembly at school.  
It is something I have in common with some of my students.
Our dad's were in the Army.

This year, the kids wanted to salute,
like they do in the military.
They were very good at saluting.

Never Forget

Sunday, November 5, 2017

2 Parts

Part 1
In 1963 my family moved to Houston Texas.
My dad took us to the Astrodome and we watched the Astros play.

It was my first experience with major league baseball.
I was fascinated.
It made me love baseball.

I have been waiting for years for them to win a pennant. 
It has been a long wait.

When we got to game 6 and there was no win
We had a rally dinner of hot dogs and frozen lemonade
And waited for a win.

I have been waiting since 1963 and I was so happy for a WIN!

Part 2
What happened to my beautiful Fall?

We had a little snow,
but it is gone now.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fast Fall Trip

I have wanted to go to Yellowstone all summer.
But summer got away from me.

Now let me tell you,
for whatever reason,
we only go to Yellowstone every 10 years.
It is easy to remember because the first time we went was the year of the fires.
So we are a little early this trip.

I feel blessed that this late in the year, we enjoyed a day of perfect weather.

Also, there were not many people in the park,
and we didn't have any kids with us,
so we saw things we have never seen before.

We got there at 8 am

While waiting for Old Faithful,
we witnessed this geyser.
The way the sun caught it made for a rainbow.

To be honest, Old Faithful was slightly disappointing.  
But I started talking to some tourist from Germany 
and we had very enjoyable visit.

This is my favorite spot and I couldn't remember where to find it.
But we did find it.
It is at Biscuit Basin.  
I love this color.

 The river was incredibly blue.
It had many Canadian Geese swimming in it,
which I enjoyed because I had just read
The Trumpeter Swam, by E.B. White.

Wes didn't really want to take the loop and drive by the lake.
But it was beautiful.

We have never been here when it is cold.
The steam from the geysers was everywhere.
The snow on the mountains just adds to it.

There were a bunch of bison by the river.
They don't show up well.

This one was walking down the road.
At one point his eyeball and mine were at the same level.

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The contrast in color was amazing.

The last time we went Yellowstone Grand Canyon,
it was packed.
We were out there looking all by ourselves this trip.

This is the the other side.
I don't think I will ever comprehend how a river carves a canyon.

 For the record, we only live 4 hours from West Yellowstone.
I'm not sure why we only go every 10 years.
But I love it more every time.
What can I say?
I love a National Park.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

True Story

I work  in a school that has a 4 day work week.

I will not lie.
It is AwEsOmE !!

We do have to work 1 Friday a month.
Professional Development days.

I hate to complain, but 
it is my blog

#1. Professional Development really means you are going to have meetings where they can find one more thing for you to do.   

#2. I hate meetings

#3. I hate working a 5 day work week.  

There I said it...

We have had to work the last 3 Fridays.

I hope I recover....