Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just a Look at Jeff's Photography

Here's just a Look at what Jeff is doing in photography these days. Thanks to the joy of digital pictures and digital manipulation, he's been having some fun with one of his pictures. Just See what you think of his brown eyes now. Happy New Year!! May you have a happy View on life. =)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

During this wonderful Christmas season, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! As I remember my blessings of home and family, I hope all of you enjoy the same blessings. I enjoy a wonderful and supportive family, especially my immediate family, but that is only a small part of this important holiday. Most importantly, we all enjoy the blessings of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May you enjoy the season with your loved ones and not want for the things that are most important. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Rob, Dec. 17!

(Cool Super hero theme music) Able to tackle tall laundry piles in a single day! Able to make dinner from minimal ingredients! Able to answer technical questions with little to no information! Able to deal with teenagers, a wife, a rottie puppy, techs, and IT (wohow)! Who could it be? SUPER ROB!!!

To the magnificent, under-appreciated, highly talented, husband, father and all around nice guy, we would like to wish Rob a happy 43rd birthday!! You don't show your age. And you act your shoe size, most of the time. For as they say, you're only as old as you feel; or is that, you're only as old as you can remember.

May your bread rise well, may you get a carbon fiber bike, may your kitchen get it's expansion, may your son pass his classes and get into college and go on a mission, may your daughter's ankle not hurt, may your wife find her mind, may your job ... well, you know... , may you pay your bills and even have a little left over, may your Bear grow older and wiser, and may you get enough sleep, and anything else your heart desires because a man like you deserves the fulfillment of his dreams and the blessings of the Lord.

Your family and your friends love you and are so glad we have you. Have a wonderful day and an awesome year. And let us know what we can do to make it easier (we'll even consider doing it ;) ).
Work hard, play hard, pray hard.

To the sexiest man ever (sorry Edward), I love you and always will. Jen

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Nutcracker: Backstage in Costumes

When Liz started with MWB Nutcracker, I had the opportunity to volunteer somewhere backstage. Because I sew, I ended up in costumes and got hooked. I have been there now the past three years including this year before we knew Liz was going to perform. What makes costumes fun is... well... lots of things, but the biggest is the magnificent creations put together by Costume Mistress Stephanie O'Bryant, artist and mom extraordinaire, and working with Stephanie and the other moms that work in Costumes (Wardrobe) so fun (when it's not stressful, ok which is more often than I would like to admit).

It took me until this year that I actually did any real sewing on the costumes, but I have been fixing and tweaking costumes for two years. This year, I had developed the re pore with Stephanie and the skills with the costumes to actually help construct some of the costumes. Madam Bombardier, the mother with all the little girls under her skirt, was rebuilt and I helped cut her out and sew part of her skirt together the day after Thanksgiving, much cheaper Black Friday. She is huge. Her skirt comes up to my chest, with and without hoops.

Starting with technical rehearsal, I starting bringing home large bins of projects to work on. Some as simple as washing all the whites for the mice to soldiers. Soldiers kind of became my project. Hems and waistbands on the pants, personalized to the dancers, and the big buttons on front and epileptics, interchangeable, on the jackets became my project. This took me about 3 days of effort with very little time to anything else. My scrubs and I took the project on and just didn't let up 'til it was done. Even lost one night of sleep to have them ready for opening night. See my attached pictures.

I have also this year done some finishing work on some tutus, the fun part because they are so pretty. The white and silver one is for Snow Queen. The yellow that I am sewing on is for the Dew Drop from the Waltz of the Flowers. The peach and gold (it looks pink in the picture) one is Sugar Plum Fairy, being worn by one of Liz's friend's Sarah. I just did some tacking down, but Stephanie is the talent that makes these beautiful pieces of art, from the crowns to the costumes.

Now I have to admit one thing, Stephanie and I, and her daughter Katie and Liz are friends. We all went to Twilight showing together, so I am a little biased, but she is AMAZING, and she does it for the love of the art and the dancers. She's the best.

On top of costumes, her husband and she both are party parents and Dave is the engineer behind Madam Bomb., and both of her talented daughters, Emma, almost 8, and Katie, almost 16, perform, too. Katie, especially, is an awesome dancer. She's a Russian center, which is the same part Liz would have been without the cast. They would have learned together.

It's not too late to come see her work on stage, see the last post about Liz's performing for information about times and location. Maybe next year, Liz will be wearing one of those tutus!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Liz & MWB Nutcracker 2008

Last Saturday, Nutcracker came calling looking for someone outstandingly talented who could step in during technical rehearsal and do cast B Maid. So of course, they called Liz. So we aren't missing a season of performing in Nutcracker (6th straight). Since the cast is off, she can do the maid part since it is mostly a supporting role in the party scene and at the end that involves walking (which she can now do). She's really excited. The Nutcracker has changed since last year and is exciting and new. Now's the time to change your schedule and get ready to join us for a performance of B cast at Mt. Jordan Middle School, 9360 S. 300 E., Sandy, on December 13 at 2 pm, December 19, 20 or 22 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door, and they are $12 for adults and $8 for children. They are available 1 hour before curtian and doors open 30 minutes before show time. Questions, leave a comment and I'll get back to you. Of course, I have left you some pictures to wet your appetite. For those who may not know (or haven't seen it on my facebook), this is my third year of doing wardrobe (costumes), so I have a couple pictures to come with stories about that.

Mountain West Ballet is a non-profit organization who puts on two productions a year with local talent who's all volunteer. For more information call: 572-6222.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Cards

I love Christmas cards, even though the tradition is going out of style. You know the type where you actually write a note on. This year a friend gave me a suggestion that I'd like to pass on, so when you're doing yours you can just do one extra one and mail it to:

Recovering Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

Remember those who are sacrificing to keep us free.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeff!

Ok, so it's tomorrow, but I know I'm not going to have time, but Happy Birthday, Jeffrey!!! The big 18!! My first born is actually an adult! I am so proud of him. He has turned out to be such a great young man, well, except for that homework part that we are still working on. I could go on about all the great things about him, but the important thing is that he has made it to 18 and is planning on going on a mission at 19 for the Church. From all appearances, he'll be ready to go when he gets to his birthday next year.

He's a great son, older brother and dog owner. He loves all things computer and gaming. He loves photography, music and movies (especially Bond, James Bond). He is really talented at the sax, but he could practice more. He's becoming very good at sound crew for the school productions and hopes to go on into audio engineering.

That brings up his exciting plans for his birthday. For late start morning, Jeff and I are going to.... present and judge senior projects. Yeah? He has been working on his for months, with some help from his loving parents. What a way to spend his 18th birthday morning, with a real douse of reality. So this is what adults do on their birthdays, huh? Then his sister has a debate tournament all afternoon and evening and all Saturday, and his dad and I have a doctor's appointment and a Winter Souree work event Friday afternoon and evening. Happy 18th, all alone.

Ok, so Saturday we're going to take him to lunch and probably the new James Bond movie, and tonight we went out to dinner to Paridise Bakery. Then possibly a LAN party with his friends Saturday... we'll see. Not a bad 18th birthday after all. May it end up fun.

Having a birthday in December can be challenging, just ask his dad, because it doesn't get the attention that other months' birthday's do and it's always so busy, but hopefully he will understand how much we appreciate and love him.

Happy Birthday, Jeff!