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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Modeling A Scarf

 Brady started wearing the new scarf he bid on and won from the Jazz Dinner show.

  Brady modeling outside our shed/garage.
 A closer look at my cute son.
I'm not quite sure why he took this startled look, but I think it's fun so I added it too.

Brady has been working really hard on the musical "Hello Dolly" showing March 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10. Brady's playing the lead "Cornelius Hackl" on the show dates March 2nd, 8th and 10th (Cast B). On the 1, 3 and 9th he will play an extra (Cast A).

Although it's been exhausting and challenging through the past couple of months, I'm sure he will take away lasting memories with him as he leaves High School. 

This week he has been leaving for school at 7am and returning home at 7pm ... AND trying to keep up on his school work. It's been hard. Yesterday he woke up to a leg cramp and possibly going to throw up. It's taken a toll on his poor body. I gave him a Power Aid to drink and told him to drink more water. He is also feeling strains in his voice. I hope he will be able to endure a couple more weeks to finish the play.  

I plan on attending every day of the performances. I won't be able to take any pictures during the play. They completely wigged out last year because we were I was taking pictures. I don't know if it was just me, or if other people were taking pictures - but they started the performance with a lecture to the parents telling us it was illegal to take pictures and they would get fined. I totally do not understand why they would get fined if you took still pictures of kids on a stage. It's not like we are recording it ... !!!! But, I will be good and not take any pictures during the play this year. I'll get some out in the hall after the performances. It's disappointing.

Anyway ... Happy "Leap" Day .... Feburary 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

50 ?? How Did That Happen?

A half of a century! That's how long I've been on this earth. I guess I am middle age now... because I'm going to live until I'm 100!
I always thought 50 years old was OLD. Not anymore. I'm 50 years young.

My favorite thing about birthdays are the telephone calls and wishes I receive. It's fun to connect with friends and family who love and support me.

It was getting pretty late in the day and I had not heard from Jason and Sharon yet. I wondered if I should call them and remind them that it was my birthday. Finally I had Brady send them a text. The phone rang a minute later. Jason said he had remembered when he woke up but got distracted throughout the day and had forgotten to call me. He wanted to come right over and do something, but I told him that Brady was leaving to another birthday party, so we should do something the next day. Jason and Sharon brought me a cake and we ended up going to lunch the next day to celebrate.

For my birthday, Brady gave me a ticket for the Meridian High School's Jazz Choir dinner and music show the next week. It was very thoughtful!

It was held in the school's cafeteria.
The schools culinary class prepared and served the meal:
Ice cream (not homemade)
The Jazz band played while the Jazz Choir sang through dinner.

Also while dinner was going on there was a silent bid going on. I bid on several Scentsy baskets and Brady wanted to bid on a Ice World skating basket. We kept bidding throughout the dinner, but the Scentsy baskets were getting too high for the value in the basket, so I quit bidding.
 We bid up to $38.00 on the Ice skating package and we won that.
 The basket included:
Man's scarf
Women's scarf
2 mugs
6 packages of gourmet hot chocolate
A pair of gloves
4 tickets to Ice Skate at Ice World

Brady is planning a double date with some friends.

It was fun to win and support the choir.

They also held a dollar raffle. I thought it was a great idea. When the item came up for raffle, you held up a dollar if you wanted to bid on it. When they picked up your dollar they would tell you a number. When everyone quit bidding they put the numbers in a bowl and drew a number for the winner.
I bid about $20 worth of dollars.
We won a scrapbooking packet for Birthdays.
2 hours worth of yard work from the National Honor Society.

It sure was fun! I enjoyed every minute of the evening. Especially being with my dear son, Brady. It was an awesome date!
I also received this yummy smelling bath set from my team teacher in Primary - Alyssa.

I was shocked when she showed up at the door with a gift for me. She is a sweetie and I'm enjoying teaching with her.

It was a nice 50th birthday! I still can't believe I'm 50 now ..... except the next day I was looking in the mirror and I swear I had at least 20 new gray hairs (still refusing to dye my hair).

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Sunday Brady gave a quick devotional in his Priest Quorum. He gave a couple of scriptures and played a favorite song from an old musical "Lost Horizons". The song is called "Reflections".

The boys in his Quorum liked the devotional and of course had never heard the song - but liked it. I always think that music brings a spirit of understanding to teaching.

Moroni 7: 16 - 19
16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man; that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.
18 And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully: for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.
19 Wherefore, I beseech of you brethren that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not ye certainly will be a child of Christ.

Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Here is the song "Reflections".

When you look at yourself do you like what you see?
If you like what you see you're the person you should be

Cause your reflection reflects in everything you do
And everything you do reflects on you

When you wake up each day do you like how you feel?
If you like how you feel you've got nothing to conceal

Cause your reflection reflects in everything you do
And everything you do reflects on you

Doing something for someone else
Isn't really for someone else

It does twice as much for you as something you do
Just for yourself

When you lay down to sleep do you like all your dreams?
If you like all your dreams life's as happy as it seems

Cause your reflection reflects in everything you do
And everything you do reflects on you

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Valentine's Seminary Devotional 2012

Brady changed the regular Valentine Seminary devotional that I have blogged about in the past and the one he has given for the past few years. I thought I would share the devotional he gave this year.
Well, if you didn’t know by now, I would like to be the person to formally announce to you that today is Valentine’s Day; the season of love.  The time of year when our hearts are supposed to be open, and we look for someone to give it to. Love can be a beautiful thing, but it can also lead us astray. It all depends on who we give it to.

In Doctrine & Covenants 64: 22 we read: “And after that day, I, the Lord will not hold any guilty that shall go with an open heart up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of men.”
We face an everlasting battle, a battle for the possession of our hearts. The Lord has asked for our hearts, and Satan is violently trying to steal it from us. We have to decide whose hands we would truly like our hearts to be in.
In Mathew 6: 24 it says: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon,”
Mammon being defined as Idolatry, Treasure, or Worldliness.
When we turn our hearts over to Satan, they become tainted, and their desires start to become less pure and start to falter.
In Doctrine & Covenants 137: 9 we read: “For I, the Lord will judge all men according to their works, according to the desires of their hearts.”
So, if you find yourself searching for someone to give your heart to this Valentine’s Day, take the advice of
Doctrine & Covenants 59: 5: “[…] love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind and strength,”
 I promise you that your heart will be filled with so much light and love, that the walls of your heart will not have room enough to receive it. Be thinking of Him as well during the season of love, for He should be the one person that we love the most.
Cupid Poop poem attached to a small bag full of Red Hots:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Brady's First Kiss .... blogged by Brady

*Unrolls Declaration*

I hereby state that on Monday, February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, Brady has officially been introduced into his first kiss through the means of theatrical performances.
Okay, I have to admit that it’s not exactly how I thought my first kiss would come about, but now when people ask about it, I will have one great story to go with it.

I will tell them about my Character in the play, then recite to them this big huge sermon about love,  sing a song about how love, “only takes a moment to be loved a whole life long.”

It’s really romantic and heartfelt actually, and the story is way better then some sloppy first kiss that I bet all of you have.

…or don’t have:
Although I’ve officially kissed a girl now, it’s artificial.

Still haven’t kissed someone who I’ve actually been in love with.

First kiss was kind of weird too, mainly because of the fact that I don’t feel much for the person I’m casted with. I had to do that scene twice today. First was just a little bizarre, but it looked good apparently. The second one was a slight fail, only noticeable to me (and maybe Kaitlin, the girl who I was kissing.) I did the little romantic chin line stroke, which (I had to do this to myself after this happened to see what I did wrong) when someone is being romantic and delicately strokes your face, the natural thing to do is to lean into it, which tilts your head. (Head tilting I know is very necessarily so your nose has space) However, when she started to lean her head to her left, the side that I was stroking, I started to lean in the same way… towards my right… which is the side I like to do my leaning to. Quick switch at the end for her and just a weird hand position for me was there, but probably not noticeable to everyone since there were four couples up there kissing around the same time. Subtle fail, but I think third time will be much better. Going to stroke the correct side of her face this time.

Sweetheart Dance

(Blogged by Brady) Okay, so I’m just going to recap a little of what happened during my sweethearts date.

So, one day during the play rehearsals, my partner Mark came up to me and asked if I had a date to go to Sweethearts. I told him I did not. He inquired if I wanted one because he knew this girl that wanted to go with me. I told him no, because I didn’t want to spend my Saturday going to a dance. Well, then after I told him no, he did a little bit of an identity vomit telling me it was this girl named Kaitlin.

I had a little bit of a crush on Kaitlin last year. She played the lead in the last musical, and was playing the lead this year (with me as lead, casted with me, the person who falls in love with me and I her). After I heard the name, I felt bad that I had said no, but the next day or two she came up to me personally and invited me to go to Sweethearts with her, only we were going on a group date with friends from the cast and not going to the dance. It was dinner, bowling, and a movie.
I found this little card on my porch latter that same day. The card quotes lines that I say in the musical, with a valentine twist. I thought it was weird that she was asking me using the classic tactics after I said yes already, but I just decided to go with it. However, before I made attempts to respond, the party organizer (Anastasia; who’s house we were eating dinner at) broke down and told me it was a prank from her and another that were going on the date with.

So, I was supposed to wear something red, which after dying my hair, I had a natural accessory, but also had this tie that worked really well with it.
We ate an interesting dinner that Cody had prepared for us. It was actually pretty fun. We were talking and laughing, like a normal group date should have been like. There were 7 of us, one of the dates bailed. There was only one couple that were actually dating as well, Anastasia and Erik (Ana being the hostess). We took some pictures and headed off toward bowling. We went to two bowling allies, the first one was closed out to some stupid rented out bowling league, and the second one had around an hour drive and a 45 minute wait once we got there… so we didn’t go bowling like planned.
 Erik and Ana… Lets just say, their favorite part of our group date was most likely the car ride. They paired off and broke off from the date pretty much, sucking face the whole night. We had to pretty much drag them out of the car when we got to our locations. My car was me as the driver and 2 Mormon girls who were mortified, and we were behind Cody’s car, so we got the front row seat to watching them make out the whole way.
 When we got to the movie theater, we punished Erik and Ana a little by making them sit BEHIND us. We weren’t going to have them making out in our row, nor in front of us. It seems inconsiderate to being doing that on a group date anyway. Let me just make this announcement to all those who are still reading. DO NOT PAIR OFF WITH YOUR DATE WHEN YOU ARE ON A GROUP DATE.
 We went and saw New Years Eve (Valentines Day parody). I actually quite enjoyed it, tearing up during a few parts to (holding back the tears, trying to keep control of what ever manliness I have). That’s the only bonus of watching movies at the dark theaters, your eyes can get as red and as moist as they want without people knowing.
Then exhausted, we made our way back home. It wasn’t the best night ever, but it was fun. The only thing is, I don’t really have any remote feelings for Kaitlin anymore. She’s been doing an unconscious competent job of getting herself friend zoned. She really hates kissing to for some reason, and I have to kiss her in the play. She was really pressing for a stage kiss when that part in the play was announced, and I am the only one in the cast that’s like, “Yeah! Kiss me! Lets do it!” Everyone else was like, “Eww, that’s gross.” But now I’m starting to ramble.
 February is actually a strange time for me. I feel that it’s the month that is supposed to bring people love, but so far, it’s just been repelling me. Now if this was a diary, I would totally be spilling out all my thoughts on this subject, but people actually might read this, so I must indubitably refrain from all further thoughts.
 Sweethearts 2012
 Kaitlin and I - Red and Black

 Brady and Cody
 Brady, Cody and Erik
Kaitlin and Brady - Red and Black
Cody and Hailey - Black and White guy with Dark purple girl
Erik and Ana - Black and Grey
Rebecca (Her date bailed) - Black, White, and Red
 Happy Valentines Day!
February 11, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Primary 2 Lesson 10

Primary 2 Manual
Lesson 10
I Can Speak With Heavenly Father in Prayer

Page 2 from the same link above:
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings and He will direct thee for good.


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