Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Game Boy's officer jacket

Game Boy has been elected as a Cottonwood High School Theatre Society officer. He's the communications officer, and he's doing a bang up job. (No, we're not biased as all.) He's created a a really cool blog.

Here he is in his highly stylish officer jacket:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I love his art work, and this one is wonderful

James Christensen is an amazing LDS artist whose work I have admired for many, many years.

I hope you enjoy this story about the his painting, The Iron Road.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Drama Queen and the drama of getting to Cedar City

On Monday, we caravanned with Drama Queen to get her and the furniture she wanted in her apartment to Cedar City.

Drama Queen and Game Boy with their mom and Hans-n-Franz
After getting her car packed, and with Mr. Perfect behind her wheel to make it through the construction in Utah County (ick), we headed south...and made it to the Bangerter Highway exit. Drama Queen's car was overheating. We'd put a half a gallon of anti-freeze/coolant in it before leaving, but it wasn't working. Mr. Perfect was concerned that it was the thermostat, and knew that if it was, we wouldn't make it the 250 miles to Cedar City. Once we were off the freeway, we made our way to the closest Grease Monkey.

And were amazed to find one of our nephews (The Jeradite King) behind the counter. We knew that he worked at a Grease Monkey, but we didn't remember which one. Now we know. Seventy-five minutes later, we were back on the road with a brand-spanking-new thermostat in the car, but Drama Queen and Game Boy had some fun sibling time in the lobby.

The rest of the drive down was uneventful. Drama Queen and Mr. Perfect switched places behind the wheel in Nephi (and Mr. Perfect and Game Boy switched places in cars [more fun sibling time for them and quiet couple time for us]). Mr. Perfect was able to catch some much needed sleep while I drove. Once in Cedar City, we ate (oh-so-yummy pizza at Centro Woodfired Pizzeria) and then found Drama Queen's home for the next nine months.

The bare room

What cute bedding!

Best pals

We made it home just after 10:00 pm, which isn't bad considering we left Salt Lake valley four hours after when we had planned on leaving.

Have a great time at SUU, Drama Queen! We miss you already, but know you will have great experiences!

Pie season has arrived!

And it's peachy!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lawyer-in-the-Works flies the coup

A very new chapter has entered our lives. One of the kids is living in a different state, and there's a very good chance she won't be coming back to Utah to live again. Wild times! It's hard to believe that it's been over four years since I met Lawyer-in-the-Works, Drama Queen, and Game Boy.

Time flies on wings of lightning;
We cannot call it back.
It comes, then passes forward
Along its onward track.
And if we are not mindful,
The chance will fade away,
For life is quick in passing,
'Tis as a single day.
(Improve the Shining Moments, Robert B. Baird)

I'm sure this is not the last time I will post those particular lyrics. The older I get, the more relevant they become.

So, Lawyer-in-the-Works headed off to the great unknown of Spokane, Washington and law school. Okay, so Spokane isn't that unknown, and we are planning a trip up there soon to see her new digs and take in the beauties of the Great American Northwest. Chant with me "Road trip! Road trip! Road trip!" But until then, texting is a blessing. We know that she and her mom made it fine, and she enjoyed her first day of classes (which she said was mostly orientation).

Back to the Utah Shakespeare Festival!!!

Last week, Mr. Perfect, Game Boy, and Most Happy Girl made the annual trek down south to Cedar City and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. It was Game Boy's first time, but he has confirmed that it won't be his last. All of the shows were wonderful, and we even scored some amazing third-row seats for Les Mis the day before the performance. A very big "Thank You!" to whomever returned those tickets! My favorite was To Kill a Mockingbird. It made me cry. (For those of you who have known me for most of my life, you know what that means.) I even enjoyed Titus Andronicus, which I didn't expect to happen.

Go, go, go! Les Mis is sold out through the end of August, but it's playing through their fall season. And as evidenced by our good fortune, sometimes you can still get good seats if you're willing to chance it the day before or the day of the show.

We also did some fun extra things like the R.E.A.C.H. Cabaret and the Bardway, Baby! fund raiser concert.

At Les Mis!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

More HTML class fun

Having passed my first HTML class with flying colors (bragging rites are MINE!), I've moved onto the next level of learning this fun and sometimes complex skill.

For this class, I'll be working on a single website. It's a recipe sharing site where family members (and friends, or course) can submit and view favorite recipes. I still have a few things to figure out before it will be completely working, but here's a preview:

Parker & Merrill Family Recipes

Let me know what you think.


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