Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Spring!

I wrote this song the same week that I wrote "Sunshine".  I must have needed sunny songs that week! 
Click here to hear me sing the song.  Oh how I work to avoid coveting other people's lovely singing voices!  Still, you can hear the tune, and maybe you can sing along!  Words are below.

It's Spring!

Take Spring with you wherever you go
The sun will be shining
There'll be melting of snow
The birds will be singing
The grass will be green
It's Spring!

Take Spring with you wherever you go
The air smells like blossoms
A warm wind will blow
Children are laughing
You'll be wanting to sing
It's Spring!

It's Spring!  Oh, yes it is Spring!
It's Spring!  Oh, yes it is Spring!

The sunshine is beaming right out of your face
Your eyes have a twinkle
Your smile is in place
Kindness is given
Love and joy you will bring
It's Spring!

Wherever you go there is a bounce to your walk
Your feet feel like dancing
Your mouth wants to talk
Your ears want to listen
To the sound of good things
It's Spring!

It's Spring!  Oh, yes it is Spring!
It's Spring!  Oh, yes it is Spring!

So take Spring with you wherever you go
You'll spread lots of joy
To the people you know
Springtime is catching
Take it with you each day
I say.  It's Spring!

It's Spring!  Take it with you each day!
It's Spring!  Give some Springtime away!
It's Spring!
It's Spring!

Saturday, October 11, 2014



Sun shines in the morning
And in the afternoon
And sun brings on the happy
I hope it's coming soon.

Oh I love everybody
But especially I love you
And I hope lots of sunshine
Is coming to you soon

Do not be discouraged
Upon a stormy day
For rain is necessary
To help us on our way

And when the clouds are heavy
And seem to have no end
Know that sun's above the clouds
It is there for you, my friend

For sun shines in the morning
And in the afternoon
And sun brings on the happy
I know it's coming soon

Click on Sunshine, to hear me sing the melody.
The usual disclaimers about my voice apply.
Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Birthday Week -- Plus a Little

I like to really enjoy my birthday.  If you are going to have one, you might as well enjoy it if you can! Here are some of the ways I got to celebrate.

First, my good friend Shellie ordered a book I had mentioned I'd like to read -- probably right after I talked to her.  It came a few days before my birthday.  What a nice Shellie.  She took me to lunch too.

Next I got to go to St. George with Derek and celebrate my sister Jenny's birthday with her.  They made it a double party, and we had a really good time getting to visit with them.
Seth played the violin while we sang.
Jeff made us a cake.  We blew out the candles, but we had eaten out and were too full for cake until the next day!
Jenny came with me to do Tai Chi.  We were late.  It's a good thing she's brave or we wouldn't have gone in!
Nice cards were waiting for me to read on the morning of my birthday, including some from my kids, and one from my parents that came a couple of days early.  I saved it until my birthday to open.  I was going to open it with my presents, but present time was delayed so long I couldn't wait any more, and opened it. What nice parents I have.  They say such nice things.

My birthday was on a Sunday.  The super nice people in our new ward have treated me like the long lost, but well loved relative, who has finally returned.  Lots of people wished me a happy birthday -- including all who attended Relief Society, and the friends on my block who are in the new ward with me.  Church was at 9:00 a.m., and everyone was so kind that it was a good start to my day -- even if I missed my good friends from the 1st ward.

I was spoiled by Derek who made me a puppet tree, and had brought it in and put a big bow on it for my birthday.  I was also spoiled by the fact that 3 nieces and a nephew came to play, and enjoyed watching me put puppets on the tree.  The hamburger puppet that my sister Tina made me a few years ago is a big favorite.  You can see it sitting on the tree.
You can almost see the tree behind Jake and Dan and Me.
I was spoiled by the fact that Derek bought me presents to read, and watch, and enjoy.
I was spoiled to have Kayli home, Travis and Trisa call, and Tia send me some beautiful earrings and a nice note in the mail.

A few family members came to Derek's parent's house to sing happy birthday to me and have dessert.  My sister Tina called, my brother Brian called (by then I was tired and whiney -- but I was still glad he called).  Friends and family took me to lunch (not on Sunday), brought me flowers, bought me clothes, or called me.  Some people texted me, and left me nice messages on facebook.  You can see that I am very blessed with good family and friends.  My birthdays are good to remind me how very blessed I am.
Happy Birthday to Me!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monticello in July

The family, minus Tia who was working in Cedar City, went to Monticello in July to visit Trisa, Travis, and Chewy (the dog).  Kayli and Connor went early and so they got to spend a little extra time being spoiled by Travis' cooking, and baking, and all of the attention they got from their sister and brother-in-law.  They didn't want to come home, but we wouldn't let them stay forever and so they gave in and came back so they could earn some money this summer.

I have so many good pictures!  Here are a few.
Kayli, Connor, Trisa, Sherie, Dan, Jake, and Chewy

Isn't this a great creature?  It's some kind of dinosaur at a museum we went to.
I didn't learn enough to know the Dino's name, but Jake probably would know, if he was home to ask.

Jake, Derek, Travis, Dan, Connor, Kayli, Trisa

Jake, Derek, Sherie, Dan, Connor, Kayli, Trisa, and Chewy

Connor climbs a tower.

Jake, Dan, and Derek on one of Travis' Dad's trucks.

I asked Travis if I could drive one of his Dad's trucks.  He was very quick with his "NO!"
But he let me pretend to drive the truck, which is good enough for me!

Dan and Jake -- feeling tall

Travis rigged up a microphone for some Karaoke.  I think they could hear us quite far away.

Chewy and Dan.  Dan loved Chewy and wanted to spend his vacation throwing the ball for Chewy to retrieve.
Dan was unhappy when we did activities that did not include the dog!
Trisa and Travis were great hosts and we had a good visit.  We were fed a LOT of good food.  We went up the canyon where the scenery was lovely.  We also got to spend a beautiful day at Lake Powell with Travis' family who were very patient and kind -- especially with Dan who was grumpy that we forgot his life jacket and he had to wear a pink one (wrong side out).  Dan wanted to go "home" and play with Chewy.  Travis' family members are all good company and lots of fun to be with.  This was a happy vacation.

Connor Goes to the Sadie Hawkins Dance

The theme for the dance was "Grease Lightning".  Connor was in a group with friends,
and had a good time.

Baby Charles

Occasionally I get lucky and I get to borrow a baby to snuggle.  The boys liked taking a turn too. Charles is my husband's first cousin once removed.  Yes, I had to look it up to make sure I had it right!
Dan and Charles
Jake and Charles
Sherie and Charles
This is a selfie, I didn't try again because Charles was hungry!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dan's Baptism

Dan was baptized on the same day and the same place as his cousin Caleb.  Thanks Chris and Tina for traveling from Idaho so they could be together!  These cousins were born the same day, and now they have been baptized the same day too.  Here are some pictures.  We forgot to get any with the Moms or the Grandmas and Grandpas and we were too lazy to try to get all of the nice Aunts, Uncles and Cousins together!  These are nice though.
Dan and Caleb

Chris and Caleb, Derek and Dan
The babies of two families are baptized!

Dan and his Dad
The day went well.  There were quite a few children baptized that day and so there was a lot of waiting time in the chapel while different wards took their kids to be baptized, which I find stressful.  It is so hard for people to be reverent while waiting, and waiting!  When we went into the room with the font things improved a lot, and the confirmations were great.  My kids laughed because my sister Tina and I were wiping our tears in a synchronized fashion.  We had lunch at our house afterwards and everyone was super nice and helpful as we got lunch ready.  It was good to get to visit with some of the people we love.

Congratulations to a couple of really good boys.