Thursday, December 23, 2010

Once there was a snowman...

 once there was
a snowman
tall, tall, tall
we made him a wifey

and doggie 

a little boy
and that is all

 until it rained the next day and all of Jennifer and Erika  (and a few friends) hard work melted away.
I couldn't bear to take melting pics....

Friday, December 17, 2010

A sad morning

Mark and I got a text at 6:15 this morning from Christian that the roof of the Provo Tabernacle had just collapsed. He and his roommates heard a news report that it was on fire and they when downtown to see it for themselves. The fire was reported at 2:40 AM or so but the building was already engulfed enough that they couldn't fight it from the inside. Christian said the stain glass windows were just melting. Such a great loss. This building was built in the late 1800's and had been used for many many years by the community for all kinds of meetings and concerts (usually free). A week ago last Sunday Jennifer (as part of the German club from Timpview High School) took part in a German Christmas celebration here. Jennifer played her flute. During the month of December it's booked solid with free events every evening and many other churches holding church services here also. Since we have lived in Provo, we have attended Stake Conference in the tabernacle twice a year, including one year when President Hinckley attended as a surprise guest. It was an amazing building with carved wood, stained glass windows, circular staircases and a balcony. Utah has had a rash of vandalism of church buildings lately, including our own stake center just two weeks ago. I really hope we didn't loose this historic building because of the selfishness of a few people. You can get updated information here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


This is Erika.
Erika is from Brazil.
When Robbie was in the Sao Paulo MTC Erika taught him Portugese.
The missionaries she had for the two years she taught at the MTC taught her English
Erika will be staying with us while attending BYU this winter semester to study English.
If you know English in Brazil you can get a job teaching English,
but if you have studied English in America you can get a really good job teaching English...
enough to help pay for the really good university in Brazil.

Erika arrived Sunday and we have really enjoyed having her with us.
Her English is very good and we can usually guess the word she is looking for when she doesn't remember the right word.
We took her to see Inception - which was not her favorite.
I tried to starve her with my meager lunch yesterday
(In Brazil the biggest meal of the day is lunch)
but made up for it by taking her to In and Out Burger today
which she LOVED.

She is getting settled in and we are looking forward to a fun few months showing her around Utah.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What I've been up to...

busy with life
having a blast with kindermusik
getting ready for Erika* to come
and while Mark was out of town for a week I took on a few projects
OK a few too many projects
but here are some I finished:
 Made two of these for the living room, 
same fabric, different birdy placement
 Dresser for Jenn's room
used to be a plain, cheap pine dresser
 painted and stenciled - some new knobs
Gutted and set up Jenn's closet.

*more about Erika soon.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Although I failed to post...

I'm not completely ungrateful:

Not shown in this picture is
"A beautiful wife who loves me"
and I would also add
incredible children
incredible spouses of my children 
totally amazing granddaughters
a fabulous husband who loves and supports me in everything I do.

I am truly blessed!