December 26, 2010

here's one


not much... as far as photo journaling the day,
but it's a start...


Allow me to continue my tribute to twenty-ten tech:  

  • The photo was taken and emailed with an ipod! 
  • It shows cool 2010 wireless "KEYtar" and cymbal(s). 
  • Although only 3 are pictured here, all 7 of us were actually playing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The other 4 were: 3-part harmony vocals on separate microphones and one bass guitar.
  • If you were to use 2010 Tech to easily zoom in on Ashton, you would see that his 2010 Christmas Eve PJ's have Lego Batman printed on red flannel!  I KNEW he would LOVE them... I think he said they were "a dream come true".  Well, those perfect pj's practically found me!  (About a month ago, while sitting comfortably on my bed, clicking around on a friendly laptop, on awesome Amazon, who promptly shipped them to my office address - free!). 

December 25, 2010

"A voice, a chime, a chance sublime of PEACE on EARTH, goodwill toward men"

For one glorious day -- my rascals pull it together every time and behave in ways that cause me to once again REJOICE and sing their praises!!  Even more so this year - so much so, that it has caused my offspring, yea, even my very rascals, to sing harmonious praises of ALL kinds - (Even of the RockBand 3 variety)... and to praise our Father in Heaven for his truly tender mercies, and to give teary thanks for each other, and for the tremendous blessing of current technology!!

...Then peeled the simultaneous sounds of Skype (Provo-UK-NC) more loud and deep ~
"GOD is not dead, nor doth He sleep!  The wrong shall fail; the right  [and the internet connection] PREVAIL!"

-With peace on earth, goodwill, and video clips/photos to follow... 
(IF I can just find my camera, or peel my tecky rascals away from their harmonious praising long enough to upload their photos)

December 06, 2010

Warm Fuzzy Follow Up


from Calvin's side today :)

"So here's my new flat address:
Elder C. M. Juárez
18 Tennyson Lodge
Paradise Square
Oxford
OX1 1UD

You all have my permission to send me stacks of little notes and fat letters.  :¬)  I'll try to reply to them.  I shall take some time every PDay for it.
I love you!
Oh!, so I'm glad you got Lynette's email.  She's awesome.  And she has ADD, like me.  I've never met so many people with ADD in England as I did in Basingstoke.  I think it's in the water.  :¬P  No.  But yeah, it was a really great time there.  Oxford will be likewise!
Y'know, it's weird to be able to talk to people.  It's weird to know what I might say, and be okay saying what I want to.  It's weird to know (sometimes) what is weird, or socially odd, or whatever.  Missionaries are weird.
 
So, yeah, Olivia and I had a conversation about Oxford a couple weeks ago.  I 100% told her that, were I to stay nearby, I'd be in Oxford for PDay.  Prophecy: Fulfilled  I think it's cool how things work out like that.  God sometimes answers even unvoiced prayers.
 
Do I really only have 4 months?  That's only 3 moves.  3 planners.  This could be my dying area.   W e i r d   Gah!  [Shakes it off.]  It's alright.  Gotta work day by day, or I lose it.

Man!, so my new companion is Elder Lam.  He's from Hong Kong, China.  China!  I only ever dreamed of having a native Chinese companion.  That's Taiwan and Hong Kong missions stuff.  It's awesome.
Elder Lam was trained in Oxford.  He came out 3 months ago.  His English is great, and so is his Mandarin, even though Cantonese is his first language.  I love trying to speak to him in Mandarin.  It's about 50% Mandarin at the moment, in normal conversation, when I'm trying.  I love it!  Today I even read almost all of D&C 88:118 aloud from the traditional Chinese characters!  God is good.

Yes, I do miss Basingstoke.  I spent 5 months in Southampton last year, actually, so basically a whole year in Hampshire, all together.  I will definitely be visiting this area many times.  Hopefully when you and Mom are available as well.  Heck, maybe Josie could come, too.  That'd be cool.

Well, there's the scoop.
I love you.
The church is true.
They rhyme with blue.
Like BYU.   (“Gutted” that they lost, eh?)

-ecmj"

December 05, 2010

Warm Fuzzies in my inbox...

Just want to share this one i got yesterday...

"Dear Sister,

I am pleased to send you this email with news of your son.  He is moving from our ward in Basingstoke to Oxford Ward.
Oxford is a beautiful part of the country and I am sure he will be happy there although i will be sad to see him go. 

He really is a wonderful young man with excellent manners.  He is a credit to you and to his Heavenly Father.  He seems content in himself in a way so many would love, and having spoken to him, seems to have a clear sense of the path he will follow when he comes home.  He speaks of you all with obvious love and i wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the sacrifices and hard work it will have taken to raise him.

My husband is not a member and the missionaries we had here before often didn't turn up for their meal appointments.  This lead to my husband banning them from the house for several months - I had to withdraw from helping the missionaries.  Although i did not explain this to your son he was a true example of how servants of our Heavenly Father should conduct themselves.  He never tried to convert my husband but instead helped him to feel at ease with him.  I am so grateful for this, my husband has welcomed my inviting the missionaries into our home.  This is due to your son.

I hope this email finds you and your family well

Lynette R------, Basingstoke ward, Hampshire England."


My Reply:


How KIND of you to take the time to write to me!
Thank you!

I just now saw your message and quickly began reading it aloud to my children near me.   
As i read, my voice quickly changed from excited to 'choked up', as I read your wonderful words... 
My tender emotions for Elder Calvin seem to surface continually since he's been gone - (just as they did for his brother and sister while they were serving missions). 

What news could possibly be greater for any parent than to hear that their child seems to know who they are, and to have a clear sense of their own path?  (But hearing that he was good to your husband was a close second! :)
I am so glad you sent me this, I've been feeling a bit concerned for him since reading his quick few words yesterday morning, knowing he'd be struggling to meet his moving deadline.

Thanks again, and God bless you and your husband!

Love,
Cherie J----- & family

Elder CAL has been in Basingstoke (or "Amazingstoke" as he called it) for 5 months!  Oxford is about an hour north - in the same stake and zone.  Both are west of London.



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November 30, 2010

Mijo's Merengue



As this 55 second clip begins, our STAR is at the back of the circle with his back to us ~ Enjoy watching him dance his way around to the front!!





(This is last third of the magnificent Latin Medley... It's harder to see him in the Cha Cha and Swing parts).

November 29, 2010

CHECK HIM OUT!!

look out John Travolta...





He was AMAZING! -- And only 2.5 months after he took the initiative to begin after school Ballroom with his buddies... He's "getting into the groove" and having a blast! 

A total triumph tonight... in spite of the Grumpmeister's grumblings - i must say!
  
(At first Papa K was supportive of what he thought would be a good basic low-key dance class a few days a week... 
Ya, all that changed about as fast as a 'costume change' when the emails of instructions for parents began to come rolling in to his inbox, and we both began sensing a bit of a Ballroom Culture Shock.  I've tried to keep an open mind, for MIJO's sake.  Papa's wanted him to stop all together - for everyone's sake... ...At some point during the ONE hour between Dress Rehearsal and Call Time today, and while needing to scoop up 4 other family members and gather everyone for dinner, I'm pretty sure we heard the word "CONTEMPT" as Grumpy-K stated ("for the record") what he was feeling towards the entire "over-the-top" performance culture and those in it that "take themselves too seriously."  
Which if I recall, sounds a lot like what he's said through the years about intense and demanding marching band / flag flipping leaders or soccer coaches, etc. -- And I'll admit, sometimes he's been a bit right - and other times, like tonight - after I watched 'the boy' dance up a storm... I just think of Mama Jose, and her occasional zero tolerance for his griping.  I can CLEARLY hear her stopping him mid-sentence and calmly commanding him:
"Ay, Jorge - calmáte. Ya no digás nada." ** )


PS: We'll be uploading the video clip of this Latin medley for O & B very soon...  I'll post a link : )  Very smile-able fun.



** Spanish for: "Calm down and don't say another word

November 13, 2010

Cita's Sweet 16th



Thank you for putting up with our partying... especially that standing up on your chair while we all sing and applaud you in the restaurant thing!  And good job putting up with your one moment of clothes shopping in 2010 and quickly choosing some darling basics last week.  Thanks for sharing your treasured new "Lost Hero" w/ little bro... And we also applaud you for your grace and good nature last month with the whole beauty queen thing! 
YOU never cease to amaze us!  
(ps: Yes, you're also a very excellent driver!)


October 10, 2010

ten ten ten

Tiny TOP 10 today: (quick random thoughts for this 10:10 moment)

 1)  Fun family time - (especially planning Fall Break drive to sweet Ashley's big day)
 2)  Yummyness of Allred's apples, nectarines and peaches
 3)  Over a decade of amazing Asa & Jen & 5 precious A's right close by! ...but soon no more :'(
 4)  Carmen's courage last night (photos to phollow soon)
 5)  Fantastic Fox quotes again tonight... a few minutes of the digital copy on the iMAC
 6)  2010 technology - and Sean home! (not only for his serious skills :)
 7)  FALL in PROVO
 8)  Perfect Pan Dulce after church... (WHY didn't i buy more from "La Antigua"??)
 9)  New karate kid kung fu smarts in China!... good actor that little Will.
10) 11/11/11 feels a long way off... (which is just what i said about 10/10/10 on 09/09/09!)

October 08, 2010

14 and Feelin' Fine!

Half dozen 8th grade women + One Cabin = Love you mucho Maya! (Thank you Sandy!!)








Perfect Kodak moment.


Yes folks, that really was the temperature. (but the time was an hour later) It only went up 7 degrees from the time we got there to the time we left. They had some nice dog piles to keep 'em warm.












video

Hey everybody. This is the birthday girl herself. Mom wanted me to post how the night went down. 

Mom got home and we left to gather the girls. Once we had all of them, we drove to Heber to pick up the pizza's and then we made our way up to Timberlakes. When we got there we turned on an electric heater, and we snuggled up with blankets. We had sweatshirts (thank goodness) but it was still very cold. Then mom tried to turn on the furnace, and I'm not sure she had much success. We still had fun, even in 55 degree weather. We explored the loft, and the really high area, and loved every minute of it. We ate pizza, and sweet tooth fairy cupcakes, and played SPOONS! The best part of that game, was watching Korynn's face after she realized that she was the one left without one. Hahaha! We also went upstairs and played Psychiatrist. That was LOADS of fun! But the finale was definitely grand. Singing hairspray songs all the way down, especially "The New Girl in Town" which we happened to play just about 50 times all of us singing at the top of our lungs. Great memories.

the only drawback was:
I was only allowed to invite 5 besties, which was very hard for me. 

 The rest of it was pitch perfect! 

thanks mommy and papa for letting me turn 14 with style!

And a special thanks to aunt Sandy who was willing to let me celebrate in a HIP place!

September 17, 2010

¡INSPIRED!


First off: ...So much for that "roll" i was on, eh?
Ya, well, random, scattered, & precious ~ that's ME!


K: I must declare bright & early this day that i am MUY grateful for DAILY moments that build my case...
My personal case for the reality of things i cannot SEE, nor EXPLAIN, yet KNOW are real & right!!


If i were better at keeping a regular journal, i could easily write daily only about one such moment from the previous day.
... Oh dear, my head is FULL of such great ideas & good intentions! …Hmmm...
"In a perfect world", "in my next life", "if i were more like _____", "if only _____" ...


Nope, not going there! I banned most of those expressions a decade or so ago...
TODAY – I am quite content with holding on to the joy & triumph of finding a moment to type my thoughts...
(Thank you poor eyesight, for leading me to believe that my clock read 6 this morn, as I popped out of bed, only to conclude a while later that it must have read 5)


So, if i have time to type nothing else, i must at least get in print one beautiful moment from a week ago:


I had been struggling and teary off and on for a couple of days after hearing of some upcoming changes in my daily work at the office. I even struggled with that occasional (ha?) great divide I sometimes have between how i felt in the moment, and how i wanted to be able to feel : )
While working in my comfy corner cubicle (off-the-beaten-path), I instinctively wiped my tear to hide it. As I pushed through my work, suddenly but softly a CRITICAL quote from my P Blessing, (that i hadn't read in way too long), appeared 'out of nowhere', (somewhere actually) ~ and "lit up" my mind! -


LIT, as in: ILUMINATED
UP, as in: ELEVATED


(Yes, Calvin & Josie, words ARE cool!)


Quote:

"Dear Cherie, you should NEVER become DISCOURAGED.
Be humble and prayerful, and HE will hear your prayers, and HE will answer them"...



Yes, that phrase, in and of itself, could be good advice for anyone. However, I have always known why I needed to hear it. Discouragement is a biggy for me sometimes; it pretty much debilitates me!
Yet, right in that moment, I heard! I obeyed! – And I felt completely ENCOURAGED!


…Needless to say, as soon as i got home from work, i greeted the gang, went straight to reading my very own blessing, and sharing it w/ my Peeps.
Gratefully, intently, contently, confidently - I read.



So, right here I could stop and rest my case, at least for this post – yet there is more!...


As we read together informally through dinner, we felt the strong witness of the fulfillment of many of the statements…
However, there is another important blessing detail to factor in here: I was only 10 years old when i received it...
(Ashton's current age!)


HOW could any man, after meeting me, come up with so many me-specific things? - Even if I were an adult at the time?!


...The inspired "messenger" of those words to me was my father's Stake President in Oregon in the '40's.
In '69, when the other kids in my fam were about 17, 16, 14, & 11, my Dad got permission for that same man, then Patriarch Walsh, to give us our blessings all at once – over a 2 day period.
We drove (for spring break?) from the Bay Area to Bountiful, to his home to meet with him.
I remember we all fasted together for 3 blessings the first day and on through the other 2 the next morning.
(At 10, you would remember that part too).
I also remember feeling deeply impressed as i heard the five very separate, personal blessings.
I KNEW then that what I was experiencing was significant, meaningful, and DIVINE!


(Talk about "building a case" for faith and truth early on!! ~ THANK you DAD).

August 22, 2010

...I'm on a roll...


Mm-mmm, I want to  l i - i n - g e r, mm-mmm, a little  l o - o n - g e r, mm-mmm, a little longer with you...

(Think Camp Liahona in the Sierras, and hum along... Yep, on a ROLL!)
 ...And besides, school starts in 2 days! :(  And I'm about to force my focus elsewhere - hence the notebook paper header background)

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Been sorting through photos this week, here a little there a little


...or BUST!



They actually found little live clams



There were at least 3 separate spectacular sunset days.

Ashton loved the shape of this tower... When he first saw me looking at trip photos he was only interested in knowing if we'd taken a picture of it!

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RANDOM visual RECAP


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I could post 50 great collages from the collection of photos from four cameras- not including Ben's! (If i had a week of free time and did nothing else) Can't believe how time consuming digital photo fun can be!

August 19, 2010

THE RECAP:

 This was my email to Calvin last Sunday night... (same day we got home)

We left Sat afternoon (Aug 8) at 2:30 and drove* all night and all day Sunday until about 8 pm. 
     *(mainly Papa, of course, but Olivia, me, & Josie too, and even Carmen took a tiny turn)
~ Drove through Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa - (just a little corner), Missouri, Illinois, & Indiana...
~ Stayed in great hotel Sun night in New Albany, IN (across river from Louisville, KY)
~ Another 9 hour drive on Mon - through Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, then North Carolina (to O & B's place in "Garner" right by Raleigh).
...Everywhere from Iowa to NC was hot, humid, lush, GREEN, & beautiful! And you said it - lots of big rivers, that are often the borders. I was surprised by HOW many total states were involved in getting there!! (Of course, I hadn't
 stopped my busy bump & grind to glance at a map beforehand - i also knew Papá was on it). But we'd only decided late Friday afternoon that Ash & I  would drive out with them the following day.... 
Yes! RIGHT choice?... HELLO!  ("it's called a lance, HELLO" -- name that movie).

Sean talked us into taking a GPS he just bought while in LA the week before 
(he stayed home to work and hold down the fort while we were gone)... We LOVED that GPS!! Can't believe how much we used it and were amazed by its wide variety of helpful features/uses!

~ Mon eve: went out for late meal (in Garner?), then left B&O to themselves and stayed in hotel.
~ Tues: unloaded trailer, set up their big flat file thing, and put away boxes, etc). Even made it to a nearby Target
for a few essentials, before heading to Jordan's in Durham for dinner! Yes, a total treat - not only a home-cooked meal after being on the road for days, but a Kurt, Becky, & Jordan deliciously perfect meal - - just great to be with them again too.
~ Wed was our wonderful beach day! (via Wilmington). MUY good for my Nor Cal soul, and great fun to see kids loving it as well.
~ Thurs we hung out, played games, went to Home Depot to get them a new fridge (Papá' insisted!) on our way to inspiring art museum - NCMA
- We ALL loved it! Had a fabulous casual italian dinner at a place Ben picked from, you guessed it, the GPS list!
~ Fri morn we said our sad goodbyes :'( and headed back to same nice hotel in IN. We swam w/ kids, got Chinese food delivered, and slept very well in 2 adjoining rooms.  (Papa & I even had time & space to ourselves!) - It dawned on me what a nice feeling it was, after paying our parenting dues for years... to be able to have the youngest 4 fit comfortably in a room w/ 2 big beds, and be old enough to easily get along w/out us!
~ Saturday the planets kept aligning for us all day long!  First in getting up and out early - then in making a 15 min stop at Trader Joe's in St Louis, (almost as essential for my soul as the beach :) and finally in enjoying church history sites: Independence and Liberty Jail.  And to make it even more special, there at Liberty Jail Visitors Center Josie got to meet up w/ Lizzy, who moved to Missouri last summer AND we 'happened to' get there just in time to help an excellent Japanese Sister Missionary tour guide by translating her inspiring presentation for a very interested Spanish-speaking family that "happened to" be from Ecuador!!  (Same country where we "happened to" have gone on our missions!) - and it was in that small sunk- in jail cell that Joseph Smith 'happened to' receive the revelation that a young woman from Ecuador realized she just 'happened to' need to hear in that moment of her life. (As per her words to me right before we parted, as she hugged me and thanked me for coming in right when she needed my help).
After the jail and a kids-picked Wendy's fest we headed on down the long trail home w/out stopping to sleep - (all through last night) and arrived home at noon today!. 15 mins later most of us were at church having already missed the first half of YW presented Sac mtg.  After church we opened your fun package :) told Sean ALL our stories, shared good London & Trader Joe's chocolate, and napped...  


We web-cammed with Olive and Ben this evening... I miss them already.

a few faces from our NC Road Trip last week...





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faces, cont





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July 29, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

...Just a tiny portion of lyrics from a nice Regina Spektor song:

"This is how it works -
You peer inside yourself,
You take the things you like,
and try to love the things you took,
And then you take that love you made,
and put it into someone else's heart..."

How cool would it be to be a songwriter/singer, and create good melodies and string words together in amazingly expressive ways?

I'm very glad so many creative souls work at their dreams and create great MUSIC!
I'm very glad for ears that still mostly work so i can hear good music.
I'm very glad Sean gave me a wonderful ipod Touch for my Mother's Day/B-Day May joys.
I'm very glad Maya, and others (?) loaded music i love onto the ipod i love.
I'm very glad Koki lets me use his noise cancelling headphones at my desk at work.
I'm very glad that music helps me get through some crazy hard hours at work sometimes.

So how's that for randomly jumping back to my lonely blog?

Wait - I've just got one more thing on my mind -
(inspired by a few of the people i helped today that were more "difficult to serve")...

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

Thank you Ashley T for my wonderful, fancy sign reminder - placed by my bedroom mirror!
(and thank you Queen Elizabeth :)

PS: You know, I'll bet my family would say that the #1 reason why I've been away from my blog so long is because I've used those potential blogging moments to play Angry Birds on my ipod... To which i would HAVE to respond, "Nuh-uh! -
I've played Frenzic sometimes too!"

April 06, 2010

MEN FOR ALL SEASONS...

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WELCOME HOME!!



We love you Mr Guatemalteco!
We missed you 'something fierce.'
We love cousin Debora.
We're glad you & Chino made it to Mario's wedding.
We're glad you took lots of photos.
We're grateful you're home safe.
We LOVE how grateful you feel for US, for Guate childhood, and for USA adulthood!
We MUST ALL go back to Guate SOON...
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April 03, 2010

Encore of OLIVIA

TWENTY-FIVE OLIVIATIONS!




Right after her first few words, the first song Olivia sang was:
"If You Chance To Meet A Frown, Do Not Let It Stay..."
And she's been smiling our frowns away ever since!
I just can't imagine the past 25 years (half a lifetime for me) without this amazing girl.
Everyone that has ever known her sings her praises, and i join in each of their songs!!

So so sorry for the belated and encore tribute here, hija mia, but SO glad we golden partied with golden style with you and all. Thanks for that bright spot in an otherwise pressure-filled week for everyone!!


April 01, 2010

F E L I Z ~ F I F T Y



















GUATE style!!!!
(huge thanks to sweet sobrinas)

~ Jorge Moisés Juárez ~

BORN 31 MARCH 1960

we LOVE you ~ we MISS you!!


Here's a link to more Koki in San Marcos photos.

March 11, 2010

hApPy BdAy BIG brother BRIGHAM



I wish I could post one of his classic Jr High school pictures here, complete with early '60's Beetles bangs - but this photo happens to be a mano on this laptop tonight -- and I'm already a day late in posting this!

Mr Baby Boomer Brig has been MY buddy since i was born! Then as i grew up i began to realize that everyone who knew him genuinely felt he was THEIR buddy too - and all of us were right!

Our parents had 5 kids in 7 years; he's the oldest - I'm the youngest. So he was my protector, peacemaker, and even patient playmate many times.

OK - so - people may find this HARD to believe- but truly, when I was little, I was pretty much a 'pain in the petutti' to have around!! So when others (understandably) lost their patience with me, HE would calmly interest me and include me in whatever fun he was having. He's always been great about including anyone around him - he & Tara both personify 'abundance mentality'!!

When he and my next older brother, Dan were young, 'grown-ups' often described them as "always on the go" - and they pretty much still are! And, of course, like every little sister, I loved tagging along... They were always going and doing and building (skate boards, skim boards, go-karts, even a dune buggy) and laughing and inventing and wrestling and little league-ing, footballing, boxing, (Wow - i just now thought of a closet they had in their bedroom with a half-sized door FULL of sports equiptment - and smelled of musty leather from baseball mits and boxing gloves!!).

I also remember wrestling matches Sue and I, (the "little girls") would have with them - They began on their knees while we got to stand. I would climb all over them; tugging, pushing, pulling, until I was red in the face and sweaty, and they would still pin me effortlessly. Sandra was the ref! -We had to have a pitcher of lemonade ready for our cool off breaks.

I don't remember how Brig was first exposed to SOCCER... but he took to it like a fish to water! (And YES, he loves fishing as much as Soccer). He was passionate about soccer and highly skilled at it before most of the US had ever played the game, and also before any high school had a team! I remember going with him to the school in our neighborhood before his mission (?) and being facinated as he headed the ball repeatedly as easily as someone else dribbles a basketball!

And I wasn't the only one impressed with his serious skills... But even HE was surprised to see a candid close up photo of himself (heading a ball) on the cover of "Soccer World" magazine. He soon became a star on BYU's team in the early days of their soccer program (pre scholarships, unfortunately). I LOVED reading articles about him in the Daily Universe, especially his final season, fall '77 ~ my freshman year.

I LOVE MY BIG BRO BRIG

One last thing - speaking of the Beatles - The whole world loved watching them not only because of their amazing guitar talent and catchy tunes, but also because it was FUN to sense and see how much fun THEY were having as they performed!
THAT's what it's like being around Brig! -- It's enjoyable because of ALL HE enjoys!

MARCH 10th '52 ~ a day the world became a better place
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March 09, 2010

There is a curious paradox...


I finally went to see "the Fantasticks" at PHS tonight -
I've always loved that little musical, ever since Sandra took me to see it when i was young - I remember being so excited to go because of what she had told me about it, and because i liked the songs I'd heard from it.

I often forget how much i LOVE going to plays... surprising?, I know - coming from this drama QUEEN, right? However, we must remember that I am also the textbook ADHD queen - ...which translated means:

I LIVE IN THE MOMENT; living ONLY whatever happens to be right in my face at any given time, and not just living it a little bit, but completely! And yes, I know what you're thinking: even many things in my face at once - the same applies. As long as it has found a way to secure a spot in my face, I'm living it fully too.

But wonderful, enriching, worthwhile things like plays, vacations, 'wholesome recreational activities', celebrations, or even just a drive to Magna or Alpine to say, "Hey, i miss you - here's your Christmas present! - let's go get some lunch" - are just NOT on the beaten path of my face, therefore they usually don't stand a chance!...

Unless a caring someone - puts them right in front of my face long enough to secure my attention, or patiently prys me away from several of the things that already have, then diligently helps get my face to whatever i want to live next!

...OUCH! The first word that comes to mind after describing the harsh reality above is: EFFORT. The next words are: GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION - for loved ones and friends that have made that effort on my behalf for over 50 years!! -

And believe me, if anyone knows what you've gone through to help get my face to what we want me to live next, I DO!!...
YES - Because it has not been enough for ME to be challenged in this way in this life, NOPE - the 'kicker sir' (1) is that i have the 'opportunity' of bravely parenting several children who require the same!! - All while attempting to keep our critical concept of SELF WORTH in tact!

But hey -- BRING IT ON -- 'I'm feeling very Olympic' (2) tonight.

WAIT - I digress. (i should have interjected a TANGENT ALERT sign way back there).

'The FANTASTICKS'! Remember? - That's where I was actually going with this.
Refresher: Mostly a comedy - Next door neighbors want their kids to fall in love, so they tell them not to, and build a wall between the 2 homes... Their plan works, the kids marry blissfully, then reality sets in, they find out their fathers were behind it all along, so they split and try to find happiness out in the superficial 'real' world, only to come back around to each other - more wise - more grateful.
But along their journey they come across this trouble maker character, 'El Gallo', several times in several ways. (same character is also the narrator)

I liked hearing El Gallo's little rhyme before the last song, but couldn't remember it right after he said it, let alone after the song... So I 'Googled' it!

"There is a curious paradox
That no one can explain.

Who understands the secret
Of the reaping of the grain?

Who understands why spring is born
Out of winter’s laboring pain?

Or why we all must die a bit
Before we grow again.

I do not know the answer.
I merely know it’s true.

I hurt them for that reason
And myself a little bit too."


A good reminder of the benefits of adversity.

Just that.



1. Anastatia 2. Cool Runnings

March 06, 2010

~ HOPE ~


...In spite of adversity!!



...Remember when i said, "So long, Jan & Feb -
and DON'T hurry back!" -- I think maybe they
were offended and bitter, and wanted revenge

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - Provo snow storm
Major set back in the long-awaited wonders of
S P R I N G

March 03, 2010

Happy Bday John MARK

Posted by Picasa FUN AFTER ALMOST FIFTY ~ (at our 30 year reunion)

For me, for decades, March 3 = Mark B!

Both of these wild and crazy guys in this
photo have been my buddies since we were
kids being 'scolded' by our various teachers.
(mostly just for making each other laugh!)

But today's post goes to the the amazing
distinguished gray-haired man in the middle!
Whenever I think of him, or see any photo
of him, I immediately think of his fun laugh!
It's infectious, I can't help smiling even now!
Mark & I go way way back; we were raised
within the same ward family - which in our
Menlo Park neck of the woods would have
been enough to make us close, but beyond
that, we were in the same circle everywhere.
Our paths crossed constantly!
And although we haven't spent much time
together in the past 3 decades, our lives have
STILL always been linked* and we just pick
up right where we left off - we are FAMILY.

Mark was around to tease me and appreciate
me through every phase of our 'coming of age'
Wait - Did I mention his teasing?
But I have to admit, I did a darn good job of
dishing it right back at him! Yes, he gave me
a hard time, but it was different with him,
it was endearing - there wasn't any malice -
When others may have been annoyed - he was
just AMUSED! Don't get me wrong, we were
each capable of feeling annoyed with people,
and policies, etc... but not with each other -
Why bother, when there was always so much
and so many others for us to make fun of?
Even -or especially- at 6:30 am, day in and day
out in 'Early Morning Seminary'! I can just hear
him singing his rendition of: 'L i k e U n t o U s'.
Mark was surprisingly very observant, even
though many people thought he was oblivious.
He was observant of both truth and hypocrisy -
even while appearing to be carefree or just
teenage apathetic. Sarcasm was just his way
of getting through adolescence! (i wonder if
he's had to remind himself of that during the
past decade while parenting HIS teenagers).
We even had fun sharing our observations
of others and what made them 'tick'. He & I
had zero tolerance for FAKE; we saw right
through it - (and still do, but we TRY to be
more kind about it as we get older, -or at
least HE tries, especially as Bishop these days).
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¡LOVE YOU MUCHO JUAN MARCO NOW 51!
And if you are still enjoying this tribute... read more below - otherwise,
hasta la vista and thanks for stopping by.

* Yeah - the "always been linked" thing began long
ago... with our common connection to wonder boy
~ Ma r C ~ Who was Mark's constant side kick
from roughly age 12-18 - and had been MY major
crush... from as early as a crush could begin. In
my mind while growing up, marrying MarC was a
'given' - duh!! It was on into high school before i
began to snap out of it - and finally concluded
whole-heartedly (about the time i left for college),
That M.A.S. was NOT my Destiny Man!
This enlightenment, (not to mention moves out of
Sharon Heights) could've potentially resulted in
the weakening of my link w/ Mr J Mark - but NO!
¡Al contrario! Our paths continued to cross at
some fateful moments that fall of freshman year
at "the BYU" in Helamen Halls ('77)... And during
Conference weekend he took my SoCal Pal slash
Dorm Buddy /Natural Beauty /Animated Brainiac
/Incredible SISTER of my sister-in-law: KEVIE
on a drive to SQUAW PEAK!! At which point they
became romantically involved, - (total SHOCKER
for me at the time) and have been ever since!!!
i miss you both... and your perfect children too :)





March 02, 2010

just some of my peeps

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thanks to ashley thalman, we have this one photo
full of the bride's side: ~ grandparents, aunts,
uncles, parents, siblings, cousins, and offspring
~ precious, priceless. august '08


PS: HOORAY for MARCH!! so long JAN & FEB - and DON'T hurry back