Happy Birthday Emily

Emily’s birthday was a few weeks ago. She’s now 18 although to me it doesn’t feel like she’s an “adult” yet. In my mind she’s still the giggly little 3 year old girl that ran around the quad and played on the swings when Nancy and I lived in student housing all those years ago.… Continue reading Happy Birthday Emily

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Emily’s Birthday 2011

Emily turned 16 this month and we had her birthday party a few days ago. Nothing special for her Sweet 16th birthday – just a boring family party. Sorry Emily – that’s what happens when you have a December birthday. There are two good things about being 16: 1. You can get your driver’s license… Continue reading Emily’s Birthday 2011

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2011 Winter Recital

For the 2011 Winter Recital it was back to the piano teacher’s house. This is Emily’s last recital as now that she’s about to turn 16 she has the option to quit piano lessons and is going to exercise that option. I’ve always said that I would be happy as long as my kids learned… Continue reading 2011 Winter Recital

2011 Pioneer Trek

I was asked by the stake to be a “big brother” for Trek this year. “What’s a big brother?”, you ask. Well, it’s basically just a helper. All the youth on trek are divided up into handcart groups with a “ma” and “pa” (husband and wife couple) and adult “big brother” for each cart. The… Continue reading 2011 Pioneer Trek

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2011 Spring Recital

The kids had their 2011 Spring Recital at a local music store. The action on the recital hall piano was much stiffer than the kids are used to so they had a hard time with it even though this recital they were probably better prepared than most. They didn’t want me to post these videos… Continue reading 2011 Spring Recital

Emily’s Birthday 2010

By the time you’re 15, birthday’s in our house are a pretty low-key affair. You get a cake and a present or two but no party other than your family singing happy birthday. On the bright side, when you turn 15 you can now go out and get your learner’s permit. Emily hasn’t got learner’s… Continue reading Emily’s Birthday 2010

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2009 Winter Recitals

December was recital time. Emily, Anne, and Caroline’s recital was at the piano teacher’s house. Sam’s recital was at the West Jordan Library. Emily played Petite Russian Rhapsody by John Thompson and I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg: Anne played the Raindrop Prelude by Chopin and the Minute Waltz by Chopin:… Continue reading 2009 Winter Recitals

Emily’s Birthday

Emily turned 14 this month. It’s interesting how you approach birthday parties as you get older. Where Emily used to want presents like Barbie dolls, she now wants presents like gift cards and money and cellphones. Gift cards are in the realm of possibilities but cellphones are not. I know, I know – I’m a… Continue reading Emily’s Birthday

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An Excellent Young Woman

Tonight was Young Womens in Excellence award night. The theme was “A Night at the Oscars” and included dinner, a movie starring the young women, and a red carpet that they walked down to receive their awards. When I got there they were having technical difficulties with the laptop that was supposed to play the… Continue reading An Excellent Young Woman

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Spring Recital

Last week we went to the girls spring piano recital. Grandpa Kent and Grandma Connie were in town and able to come and the kids were excited to have them there. Texas was up first. She played Colors of the Wind by Menken and Stuck on C by Vandall Texas I generally like what their… Continue reading Spring Recital