A Night with the King of the Lions

Saturday July 26, 2008. Kelly and I have been waiting since Valentine's Day when our husbands presented us with tickets to The Lion King

We are at the Kennedy Center to see a fabulous production of "The Lion King"
Here is Grant "popping a wheelie" with the wheelchair while I am still in it!


We ate at Maggiano's. It was, as usual a glorious spread.


My life before June 24, 2008

Last spring I was privileged to line dance with the "Happy Hoofers" and tap dance with the "Step Sisters" (red costume) in a talent show at the Senior Center where I practice with these two groups of outstanding women.

I generally "hide" on the back row.


More of my life before Trip to Portland

Made a trip to Portland visiting Carl and Steff's families. Went out for ice Cream as a specail treat for Hyrum. Saw Steve coaching Brooke's Basbetball practice
Celebrated Sara's birthday at her "puppy Party' and traditional trip to Red Robin.



Fun with Richard, Kevin et al

We went camping over Father's day weekend with Kevin, Kelly, Richard, Nancy and the kids. There is something about camping with Nancy that brings out the rain (so far 100% of the time), but it was still fun. We had a great huge group camp with our own tent sites. We spent a lot of time playing in a stream of water that had slimy rocks to slip and fall on. Kevin built a pool by removing huge boulders so he and Richard could do cannon balls much to Asher's delight when he would get splashed. And when it rained we went for long rides in the car. We look forward to more camping trips in Virginia-rain or shine.


Step Sisters

I recently read an article which lead me to believe that I am doing something right anyway.

1. Focus on the Positive
2. Look in the Mirror & Smile
3. Exercise & Eat Healthy
4. Transform Jealousy into a Desire to Achieve
5. On Bad Days, Focus on What's Good About You
6. Don't Be Afraid to Push Yourself
7. DANCE!!!
8. Learn from Mistakes & Let Go!
9. Surround Yourself with Positive, Loving Friends
10. Don't Confuse What You Have With Who You Are!

The above photo is proof that I have positive loving friends with whom I DANCE!

I started tapping with the Step Sisters in the middle of November. Thanks to special tutoring from Stacy Worth (while I was visiting in Oregon). I was able to be included in their first preformance in January-hence this photo. We will dance to the music All That Jazz (from Chicago) in a talent show in April.

Let's hear it for buiding self confidence one STEP at a time.


Have you tried doing it all lately?

It's been so long since I have posted on the blog I almost forgot how.

No photos today...just a poem in the style of Dr. Seuss by Vickie Gunther of Redlands , California. David B. Marsh used it at Women's Conference, and Vickie has given permission to share it. Enjoy!

THE IN A WHIRL GIRL by 'Dr. Sue' (a.k. a.. Vickie Gunther)

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do if you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms! I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice! I cut all their hair!
I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano! I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle! My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! never late!)
I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,

I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed! My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully, too.
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children! I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.
I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)
I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each "lost lamb" on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,

I write in my journal! I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write "thank you's" to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A's! And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car's tires! I fix the sink's leak!
I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;
I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard; 'tis good if you do them;
You can if you try! Just set goals and pursue them!
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!
It's easy!" she said and then she dropped dead .