Even If You're Sad . . .


It's the test of all tests to determine if you can tell the difference between a fake smile and a genuine smile.

Looking at this made me realize how contagious they are. I was smiling the whole time. And it too, will make you grin. Even if you're sad.


Happy Birthday, Danielle!

{Danielle is in the center w/her lovely cousins surrounding her}

I just wanted to wish Danielle a very Happy Birthday. She is the 2nd grand-daughter of Glen and DiAnne, and the oldest daughter of Craig & Denise.


Anniversary - of sorts!

I went over to visit with Tom and Margie this afternoon, and Tom reminded me that it was 19 years ago today that he had an aortic dissection and was rushed out of the local Sears store on a gurney for emergency surgery. We were all called to the hospital and spent grueling hours awaiting word about whether he would pull through. Luckily for all of us, he did, and we have all enjoyed his wit and sense of humor. But now, he is facing another medical emergency, and will be chatting with a surgeon on the 29th of this month. Hopefully, this man will decide that he is a good enough risk to do the surgery that he so desperately needs. My kids call him the Ever Ready Bunny, cuz he keeps goin' and goin' and goin'. Prayer offered on his behalf, as well as Margie and his daughter Leanne would be appreciated. They have all seen their share of sickness and heartache in the past 19 years, as they have battled with many obstacles. We love you all, and especially want Tom to know that, as a family, we hope and pray for success with this latest battle.


The Surf City All-Star Band aka Jan & Dean

Whitey and I were able to take advantage of tickets from Teri to see Jan & Dean (sans Jan) last night, and spent it under a starry sky listening to:

Jan & Dean
Such hits as “Surf City," “Little Old Lady From Pasadena," “Dead Man's Curve," “Drag City," “Ride the Wild Surf," “Batman" and “Popsicle," "Barbara Ann" , etc.

The duo flourished well into the mid-Sixties, weathering even the British Invasion. But on April 12, 1966, Berry's Stingray slammed into a parked gardener's truck (not at the site mentioned in "Dead Man's Curve," despite legend), and he was barely alive when paramedics came on the scene. It took him years to recover, and entered a decade-long nightmare of physical recovery, drug abuse, and depression. Jan brought the same fierce determination to his recovery as he'd previously poured into his music. By the mid-70's, amazingly, Berry could perform almost at normal, and the duo began an amazing comeback that lasted well into the mid-80's. Berry passed away in 2004. He recorded some solo albums and singles and performed with Dean to the best of his capabilities. On March 26, 2004, Jan died from a seizure.

Contributions to music:
  • Along with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, Jan Berry helped develop the sound of vocal "surf" and "hot rod" music
  • Berry was a major influence on Wilson's production
  • Bridged the vocal era of doo-wop and the Southern California sound
  • Employed the famous "Wrecking Crew" of L.A. session musicians
  • One of the first rock groups to incorporate classical arrangements
  • Torrance became one of rock's great graphic artists
  • Jan Berry's comeback after a near-fatal crash is one of pop music's most inspiring achievements
I forgot Whitey grew up in a house thinking Eddie Arnold, George Jones, and Patsy Cline were singers - and she would much rather have been attending an Alan Jackson, or Tim McGraw concert. We did have alot of fun 'people watching' tho.

Thanks Teri, for inviting us to use your tickets. It was great entertainment!


Nature's Church . . .

We spent Sunday up to the Dam celebrating Mike's & Matt's birthday {sans Matt}. Got the good beach spot with some big shade trees and tons of ants! Everything I brought home had ants in it; but, on the positive side, the smart people didn't get as sunburned.

Connor tried out his new ankles on the rope swing;

Weston had sand in his hair, his eyes, his nose, his mouth - I can only imagine what his bum looked like after a day of sitting in it!

Laila and Taylor were getting accustomed to the water by the end of the day.

Heidi & Heather were trying their hand at water trapeze or water ballet or something!

The wind kicked up pretty good around 2:30 and I kept trying to get Mike to put his traction kite up in the air; but he was afraid it would dump in the lake and be hard to pull back in. . .so we flew Shari. All in all, it was fun!

THANKS TO MIKE AND SHARI for once again getting up so dang early to get the good beach area!


Happy Birthday, Mike!

#1 Tiny, frail, spunky! 4lbs. 9oz. of snorting baby boy! He came into our World easily, but with a stubborn streak. With a determination to do it his way – he beat the odds and proved his own strength.

“Holy Crap . . . 37 years old?! What does that make me?” This is the kid who came 2 months earlier than his planned due date! There was no nursery; no clothes; no crib; no indication that we were in the least ready for his arrival. Sure we had planned it – we anticipated it. We thrilled at each kick and roll-over as we watched him do somersaults across my belly. But I never guessed as I went through a whole weekend of labor, that he would catch us by surprise this way. Would this be an indication of how prepared I was for the responsibility of motherhood?

Thanks for sharing in our lives - we marvel at the talents you have and the love that you show your own son. May your hopes and dreams soar as high as the kites you enjoy flying! I love you, Michael.


Memory Lane

MEMORY LANE- This will be fun! I've seen a number of blogs doing this and it looks just too fun to pass up. In fact, I was talking with Whitey about it when kickbutt jumped in and one-up'd me! Here are the directions:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember! I guess good or bad, but be nice!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my blog comments.

Farmington Fiesta Days!

Let the 'Festivus' begin . . . . . Kacy and Hadley rode in a beautiful silver convertible in the parade today - advertising Wild Style where Kacy works. Don't they look wild with their 'pretty in pink' hair?


Happy Birthday, Matt!

It's hard to believe that 34 years ago, you came bouncing into our life - but here it is! I awoke this morning at 1:12am, just at the time you were born; I thought about calling you and singing Happy Birthday, but knew it might awaken your own baby, so I rethunk!

That didn't stop me from remembering that particular evening leading up to your arrival. Your Dad and I were out with Gary and Mert to a movie {Breezy w/William Holden & Kay Lenz} when I realized I was going into labor. I excused myself and got up to go out and call Dr. Hunter - after various questions, he determined it might be awhile before I actually needed to come to the hospital and told me to enjoy the rest of the movie. When we were leaving there, I called him again to let him know how things were progressing and told him we wanted to go get some ice cream...'Yeah, go ahead', he said! While sitting in Snelgrove's my labor pains became more intense and we decided we should head back home. Gary had just bought a new car, and just kept telling me NOT to have this baby in the back seat, or I'd be sorry! He & Dad gave me a blessing, we called Grandma to come stay with Mike, and we waited and waited for her to come - No Grandma - she had started driving from Farmington and got as far as Bountiful before she realized she had forgotten her purse! Finally we called a neighbor, and headed off to the hospital. We arrived around 1am and you came 12 minutes later. The Doctor cautioned me 'NEVER to wait that long again!'

If Matt could add anything to this or let you know what he thinks of this day - I think the pix on the right would be his contribution! A BIG, juicy raspberry . . . .

You've always been the impetuous one - wanting to experience life, and test the waters at any cost!

I'm so thankful for you in our lives and hope you have an awesome birthday! I love you . . .


Happy Birthday, Robyn!

Robyn is Paige's youngest daughter, and the grand-daughter of DiAnne and Glen.

Robyn's really excited about turning eight and getting baptized. She just started playing for the Wasatch Flash competition soccer team. They're just beginning soccer practices and she gets to go to a week long camp to learn more soccer skills! She's also just finished a successful softball season where they wanted her to play with the All Star team but we decided one sport was enough for now! She's very athletic and seems to pick up any sport she tries with ease! She's also a great help with all the day care kids!


Here's a link Whitey sent over this morning;

It has some very eclectic, useful, and fun stuff - I can just see Devry, Heather, and Jenna getting all excited over this one!


What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with patriotic quotes that define us as a nation? If these patriotic quotes don't get you in a patriotic spirit, nothing will.

1. "What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to' and freedom ‘from.'" ~ Marilyn vos Savant

2. "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." ~ Elmer Davis

3. "America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality." ~ Adlai Stevenson

4. "The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." ~ Samuel Adams

5. "Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country." ~ Calvin Coolidge

6. "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." ~ John F. Kennedy

7. "Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." ~ George Bernard Shaw

8. "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~ Benjamin Franklin

9. "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." ~ Thoreau

10. "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~ Patrick Henry

On this Independence Day, let us remember the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom. Let us also remember that America is not defined by the politicians who run it, but the people who LOVE it. These patriotic quotes remind us that patriotism in America does not mean following blindly, but rather it means holding to the ideals that gave birth to this great nation.


Happy Birthday, Alysa!

This is a photo of Alysa{r}, her niece Skysha and her Mother with Sloane before they flew out to Oklahoma 2 weeks ago. Happy Birthday, girlfriend. We love ya . . .