Aloha Friday #4

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

What is your favorite Halloween treat? (Because you know you are sneaking candy out of your kids bags….)

My answer?

A delicious MilkyWay. Yum!

Flashback Friday – Happy Halloween!


God Bless America

I voted at the Utah County Building this morning. The trees were a beautiful, bright yellow; the sky was clear; the fall air was crisp. I couldn’t help but feel patriotic as I walked past the World War II Memorial.

Regardless of party affiliation or beliefs, I hope everyone out there will join me in using their voice! It’s so important.

The Cabin

We went to Marc’s family cabin in Idaho last week for a quick vacation. I can’t believe we survived a 10 hour car trip with 3 kids….I think I’m invincible now! The drive is completely worth it though. Here is the truck, all packed up and ready to go. We definitely had a full load!

We were “un-plugged” for 5 days, which is pretty hard to do these days. No Blackberry service, no electricity. Just a warm fire, a cozy cabin and our little family! Just check out this blazing fire. How could you not be relaxed?

We had a great time and there was plenty to do. We went to the hot springs, took some walks, did some chores, explored the woods and just lounged around.

I think I must have gained 5 pounds while we were there, but who can resist having bacon, eggs and scones all cooked in grease on a wood stove? Not me! I also drank 100 cups of hot chocolate. Yum yum.

We took a drive up to Daggar Falls. Isn’t this the most gorgeous scenery???

Being up in the middle of nowhere reminds me of a few things:

#1 – I love technology. Electricity, computers, microwaves – all great.

#2 – However, if something were to happen and we didn’t have all of those things, I would survive.

#3 – Being lazy is great. It had been a while since I had taken a nap in the middle of the day. And next to a raging fire!

#4 – Working hard is also great. Going out into the woods and chopping up a tree to make a fire definitely makes you appreciate it even more!

All 3 kids slept in the same room, even though there were other rooms to sleep in!

Bug and Boo had to figure out how to play together nicely and they succeeded. Marc sneaked up on them and got some great pictures.

Thanks for the great time, Grandjean.

Future Super Star

Here’s a video clip of Bug and her friend singing into the baby monitor…they can’t hear themselves, but we sure could!

Flashback Friday – Hugging A Llama

Musical Monday – Mariah

This was the first song I played in my first CD player. It was also the #1 song 15 years ago!

I thought I was middle ground…

I’m not fancy, not sloppy, not rich, not poor. I always thought I was middle ground. That is until I read this article in the O Magazine, The Six Objects of Desire. Object #1 – The Bold Shoulder Bag. The Deal? A $39 bag from Nine West. Not Bad. The Middle Ground? A $398 Coach bag. Hmmm. If you ask me, that’s a pretty big jump from The Deal to The Middle Ground! Don’t even ask about the high end unless you are ready to drop what would be equal to a mortgage payment on a purse. Skip to Object #3 – The “Wow” Necklace. The Middle Ground? A $398 Elle Tahari. Object #6 – The Coat That Makes An Entrance. The Middle Ground? A $693 Mackage coat. Ha! Who does Oprah think we are anyway? Seriously?

Musical Monday – Jason Mraz Ft Colbie Caillat


My Dad and I have a tradition to go to Odyssey Dance Theater’s production of Thriller each year. We usually go to the show up at Kingsbury Hall, but this year they had a showing at the new Covey Center For The Arts in Provo. We decided to go to the Provo show and save us the trip up north. This was definitely my most memorable show out of the 5 years I’ve seen it. (Details on that later) The show was still great, but there are a few reasons to go see it at Kingsbury Hall. #1 – The mood up there is different. You have to walk up to an old building through the trees and it’s spooky. #2 – They have the dancers dressed like this:

creeping around and scaring you all the way to your seat. The Covey Center won’t allow this because they get makeup on the carpet. Kingsbury Hall also has carpet…so what’s up with that CC?

Spoiler Alert! If you are planning on attending the show and haven’t seen it before, don’t read on if you don’t want to know details.

#3 – At the CC show, they didn’t have any props on stage! One of my favorite numbers, Curse of the Mummy, usually has an elaborate stage setting of a tomb with a huge Pharaoh head and mummy coffins. You don’t really notice the dancers dressed as mummies standing so still when they are part of the stage setting, but last night, it was just them. They seemed out of place and it wasn’t as cool when they “came to life” and started dancing. This was also true for the Children of the Corn number. Don’t you think this would be much more scary if the scarecrows came jumping out of corn instead of just standing there on stage? (Shhh, don’t tell anyone I was filming…)

Even though there were a few things missing, the dancing was still amazing. As a special surprise (to me at least) Matt Dorame from So You Think You Can Dance is now with the Odyssey company! He had most of the lead roles for the night. He was even more amazing in person than he was on SYTYCD! I also saw online that Thayne Jasperson is also part of the company, but I think he has been for a while. He wasn’t dancing last night.

What makes Thriller really great is they mix comedy in with great dance. You may forget while the Irish dancers are being shot during the River of Blood Dance that they are doing something really hard! Same with Frankenstein and Frankenstein. While the dancers are dressed as Frankenstein and his Bride, they are doing a beautiful ballet!

This year, we took Bug with us. And yes, my Dad also dresses up when we go! :)

We had front row seats. It was a great experience, but I don’t think I would do that again. You can see too many of the “tricks” and things going on backstage. Bug was so excited she could hardly stand it!

During the Salem’s Mass number, the witches cast “spells” and it sets off pyrotechnics on the stage. Well this year, they worked a little too well. We went from this:

to this:

Yep, the fire alarms went off. We had to evacuate and wait for the fire marshal to give everyone the ok to come back in. And it was lightly snowing. See, I told you it was a memorable show!

The funniest part of the night was watching my Dad dressed as some un-dead person dancing around with Bug to “Blue Moon” during the intermission. I love the guy on the left just trying his hardest to ignore them!

It was a great night. Thanks Dad!

By the way, have I mentioned that I LOVE LOVE LOVE my sweet, pink Blackberry Pearl?? It provides me with proof of my memories. Thanks BB for my pics and video!