Saturday, April 22, 2017

If You Could Hie To Kolob

Instead of our usual trip to Zion on Easter weekend we spent some time in Kolob Canyon. It was much easier to get in and out and less crowded. It felt special and exciting. I missed Zion, but I didn't miss the +3 hours waiting in lines. We were happy to be with family (which is the most important) and scope out a new place (bonus).  We will have to keep exploring to find the best spots for wading and hiking.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Night

Pizza Factory
Egg Hunt
Store House Meeting
I really enjoyed hearing Uncle Mitch's thoughts and insights. He brings the spirit to the meeting that really uplifts me.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Golden Birthday

 When Margaret was three Clara came home from school and started talking about "golden birthdays." This is coming from elementary students so it is not a 50th birthday like I assumed. Rather, a Golden birthday is a the birthday that falls on the day of the month you were born. For example. I was born on the 1st so my golden birthday was when I was one year old. Margaret was enchanted..he excitement was unbearable till her golden birthday! "When would this blessed day occure?" was the question on this impatient 3 year old. Alas, 26 more years was the reality.

She also loves the Bernstein Bears! We read multiple every day to her. One book is called Bernstein Bears and the Golden Rule. In it, Sister gets a golden locket for her birthday with the golden rule engraved on it. Margaret wanted one and that is definatly something I can get behind.

Throwing rules to the wind like dust we planned a gold themed party! Maggie loved it. She got a locket of her very own, some more Bernstein Bear books, and served water in her tea set she painted herself. A happy day for our 5 year old!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Saturday, March 04, 2017

A Red, Red Rose

We have been enjoying these beautiful flowers on my counter for a while now. It's hard not to thing of Burns. So here it is.
 By Robert Burns

My love is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only love,
   And fare thee weel a while !
And I will come again, my love,
   Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.

Friday, March 03, 2017


John's cello (In the spirit of Valentines Day.)
Clara has grown into Aunt Libby's old 3/4 Violin.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Valentines Creation

 Margaret is on a little craft kick. It was fun to watch her put this valentine container together. Getting glue on your fingers is universal experience.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Changing Moment

I love looking at the difference between these two images. It is fun to see how things can change in just a moment.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ol Lang Syne

 Each of the children have a little treasure box that they keep precious or memorable things in. Margaret loves hers so very much and asks for me to get it down often.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Italy Landscapes

I just wanted to revisit my two favorite landscapes from this trip to Italy. I hope you understand.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Duet Again

It is fun to hear little Eliza at the piano. She likes to reach and press keys all over the key board. I am surprised with how little pounding happens. It seems to me she is enjoying the sound. She has a good example of a big brother. Here is the first photo.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Poetry Night

We prepared by making treats and rolling some beeswax candles. Later we piled the poetry books, popped popcorn, and lit the candles. John read the Jabberwocky, Clara did a little Roald Dahl. Kelly did Casey at the Bat. Even Margaret recited Picnic. I revisited Yeats and Burns. Good times! Come next time! You are all invited.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Bump, Bump, Bump, I'm a Camel with a Hump!

 Margaret is so fun to be around! We read a book about pretending called "I Can Fly" and she took this scene from it. In the next she is rolling a ball back and forth with Eliza. Clara is assisting. She has also been playing teacher and here she is using her pointer and teaching me about trucks.