Sunday, March 29, 2009

Elizabeth Earns EnergySolutions College Scholarship


I am so excited to announce that Elizabeth is being awarded the EnergySolutions Scholarship for Sophomores interested in going into a math, science or engineering field. YEAH!! She applied for it in December. She had to write an essay and have two teacher recommendations and her grades for the past two years as well as her intentions for the next years in high school and out. Next year she plans on taking AP Calculus BC and AP Chemistry. Her senior year, she plans on taking AP Statistics and higher level physics (hasn't figured that one out yet). She plans on double majoring math and ballet.
A BIG thanks goes out to Mrs. Jensen and Mr. Davis, her science teachers, for their letters of recommendation and their great teaching.
Her essay was on the pressure on a toe of a dancer en pointe and the speed of a tutu of a prima ballerina doing a double pirouette. It was all very technical, but really cool, too. It brought together both of her loves.
She is the winner from Bountiful High School, and will find out in the next two weeks if she is one of the three winners on a regional level. It's a $2,000 scholarship - almost a semester of school. We are so proud of her!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Twilight DVDs update

Oh, yeah. It might be the weekend (which means it's busier), I may not have a working t.v. but the DVDs came today. Life will go on as previously scheduled. kthanxbye.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

All About High School Tag

Joleen tagged me a while ago and I'm finally getting around to it so here goes... trust me it's not that impressive.All About High School Tag
1. DID YOU DATE SOMEONE FROM YOUR SCHOOL? Yeah, a couple seriously.

2.WHAT KIND OF CAR DID YOU DRIVE? 1980 Suburu hatchback, royal blue, 4 wheel drive that went anywhere but took a ski pole to hold up the hatchback. It was the coolest!!
3. DID YOU PASS YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE TEST YOUR FIRST TRY? Yep!!

4. WERE YOU A PARTY ANIMAL? Nope!!
5. WERE YOU CONSIDERED A FLIRT? I don't think so.

6. WERE YOU IN BAND, ORCHESTRA, OR CHOIR? Nope, just debaate.
7. WERE YOU A NERD? Yeah, probably, but so were most of my friends.
8. WERE YOU ON ANY VARSITY TEAMS? Yes, lettered in Swimming.
9. DID YOU EVER GET SUSPENDED/EXPELLED? No
10. CAN YOU STILL SING THE FIGHT SONG? Yes.

11. WHO WERE YOUR FAVORITE TEACHERS? Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Burningham
12. WHERE DID YOU SIT FOR LUNCH? In the hall or off campus
13. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S FULL NAME? Bountiful High School

14. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S MASCOT AND COLORS? Braves, Red and Grey
15. DID YOU GO TO HOMECOMING AND WITH WHOM? Yes. I can see the face of my Jr. year date, but can't remember his name (sorry). He was totally nice and a friend of mine. My Sr. year it was with Derick.
16. IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN WOULD YOU? Not on your life, that's what having teenagers is for, you can go do the fun stuff like the games if you want and just appreciate the rest for what it was worth.
17. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT GRADUATION? It seemed to last forever (being a "W" didn't help.) But my whole family was there to support me and we wore the worst gowns :)!!
18. WHERE DID YOU GO SENIOR SKIP DAY? Don't remember having one.
19. WERE YOU IN ANY CLUBS? Senate, Jr. Committee, Sr. Committee, BADD, NHS, Debate, Pep Club briefly, others.
20. HAVE YOU GAINED SOME WEIGHT SINCE THEN? Well yes I think so. Because of my metabolism, people always asked me if I was anorexic - the problem was I ate too much.
21. WHO WAS YOUR PROM DATE? Never went to prom :(
22. ARE YOU PLANNING ON GOING TO YOUR 10 YEAR REUNION? Didn't nor my 20 (now I feel old).
23. DID YOU HAVE A JOB IN HIGH SCHOOL?Yes. I worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken. I started right after Rob, my honney left for his mission, dang. Worked there until they overloaded my schedule and wouldn't cut it back like I asked.
Now I tag, well, I would love to hear from all of you, but I will only menton Sarah, Catherine and Gayle here. If you don't have a blog, feel free to do it as a comment or email to me. It's always fun to hear this stuff!! Just post and let me know so I can go read yours :)!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Twilight the DVDs

OK, I thought I would save some money and hassle and pre-order Twilight from Amazon. Very responsible of me, except I'm sort of addicted, for those of you who don't know.... (Hi, my name is Jennifer, Hi, Jennifer, And I'm obsessed with the Twilight saga) ... and I didn't order my DVDs overnight, also very responsible. So Amazon was cool, free rental the first 24 hours (watched it twice even with a girls dance and a nap and all - started at 5:45 am) .
But now it is Wednesday. My DVDs are in the mail, I've checked at "where is my stuff" to see when they were mailed. They should come tomorrow or the next. They aren't scheduled until the 30th, oh dear. But I have faith in the USPS.
So I've been on all the sites. I've talked with all my Twilighter buddies (really, most of them are moms, too). Most have their DVDs, but they can relate. We talk about the fact that Rachel LeFevre (Victoria) was in Riverdale on Saturday and I didn't even know. Maybe it was better.
Now on one of my favorite sites they post the newest, earliest poster release for New Moon with Robert Pattinson/Edward on it. Now I am all a twitter again and want my DVDs. The power outage Saturday screwed up my TV's power supply. I have no TV. I am whipped.

Good thing I have the real thing at home which will help me with my obsession. I'm a Bella who married my Edward.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Roses are red, Violets are blue , I prefer roses ....



How about SIX dozen to ask to Senior Prom? Since Jeff is a senior, he decided to go all out in asking a girl to her senior prom... 6 dozen roses of a variety of colors including 2 dozen that were red and white (school colors are red and grey/white). Then there was a band party for all those involved, so I called her mom and made the plans and a couple of Saturdays ago Elizabeth and I went to her house, and covered her bed with roses, leaving her a note with Jeff's poem by her bed on her music stand and having written Jeff's name on one leaf on one rose in the arrangement. The lucky girl hasn't answered yet, but now they are both on the band trip down in California. Maybe Jeff will come home with more than a sweatshirt.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sit Bear, Sit, PLEASE Sit, Good Sit




Tuesday Bear and Rob and I started Obedience I classes. Bear and I went through puppy classes a year ago, but Bear needs the socialization and obedience skills that classes would give him. It's the joy of having a 100 pound 18 month old puppy. But we love our Rottie.
Because of Bear's size, Rob is doing the initial training because Bear just gets so excited about the other dogs. He's mostly got down he heal, sit, down, stay, come but backup is a new one for him. He's doing really well on the obedience part, but we're still struggling a bit with the socialization. He's the biggest dog... by probably twice. Joe, the instructor who is great, has had a rottie before and loves Bear so I think it's going to go really well. He's already stopped barking at dogs and people through the front window (well, as much). You're bound to hear more updates as we get better at this. Here are a couple pictures of Rob and Bear, from a distance (sorry about the grainy-ness) doing their thing. Good Bear! Good Rob! We'll get them trained, then me, too.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jeff's Pictures Today





Having two kids in photography in school is a wonderful thing. Today is Jeff's turn to show off his view of how beautiful spring is. The last one is a picture taken in real time of his sister playing the piano, fast, no digital manipulation on this. It's just a cool one he wanted to fit in. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's Spring - No It's STILL Winter - No, It's Sprinter



I love this time of year. It's Spriter. Not quite Spring yet, but the flowers are starting to come out and look like spring. But it is not quite Winter, but it does still snow on the most inconvenient days. Just enough snow that you have to get the brush to wipe it off all the windows.
But it's the perfect temperature. Perfect for long sleeve T-shirts and Levis and the occasional days where crazy Sophomores, no names in particular, would wear shorts to school. OK, I hate Day Light "Savings
". I don't think you can support it saving anything. But it does make it lighter for more of the evening. And the sun is getting closer so it is sunnier. I love it.
I thought I would leave you with this short little thought about it and some pictures that Liz shot for photography that came out beautifully of some of the flowers in our yard and stuff that look like spring.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bountiful Family History Fair - Saturday March 7 - Where the REAL geeks were!

Ok, I've lost it with the genealogy. Friday night I had a cold and fell asleep early because I was exhausted after not sleeping well and really needed a good night's sleep and to sleep in, BUT NO - I was up and ready to leave at 10 before 7 AM to go to BHS for the Bountiful History Fair... AND I was EXCITED about it. Seriously ill... seriously, seriously ill. Then I spent the day learning about FamilySearch and other ways to find my ansestors and document them and loved it. The only bad part was the turkey and american cheese sandwich on white bread for lunch (major yuck). It was so fun with all 1400 of us there and break out sessions all over the first and third floors and seminary building. The sylubus is the best part, all the hand outs in a one - one and a half inch book. It was so cool. I learned so much and loved it. I am so excited to keep working on genealogy. I learned how to get the information that I need for DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) which will be a challenge, but so worth it. I LOVE THIS STUFF! And I actually knew 2 people there about my age - amazing I know.
There was a little drama. Since I got there early, I parked on the front circle. On my way into the circle, a mom dropping off her daughter for ski bus didn't understand the concept of one way and backed into the front of my jeep at maybe 1 mile an hour, My beautiful, prestine 16 year old already bashed in bumper and grill jeep. I pulled around and through my window said, "Um, it's one way." And pulled forward and parked. She was driving a little teeny tiny hatchback that couldn't hurt a fly. So, I walked around the front, a little paint and a little damage to the licence plate, maybe, and walked in. 8 1/2 hours later I came out to a note on my car... "My name is ... . I waited for 30 minutes but you didn't come back out, so I hope you aren't hurt. I don't have enough insurance to pay for your car, but call me and I'll see what we can work out. " I felt so bad. I walked away because it was nothing. She looked at my car and thought she had done all the damage to it, no... it's been like that for a long time, why do you think it's the one the teenagers drive. So as soon as I got in, I called her to let her off the hook. This dear lady had driven by the school every hour or so to make sure the note hadn't flown off my car (remember there for 8 1/2 hours) and felt so bad. She was so relieved that I wasn't hurt or mad. She was so sweet. I didn't ask, but I hope her car is ok, because she went above and beyond to make sure I was ok and to do whatever she could for my car. I hope if I was ever in that position, I would be that attentive. Best wishes to her and her family, wherever they are.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Davis County Clipper: Very Tall Dancer on Drill Team - Yeah, right!


This photo appeared in our beloved Davis County Clipper to introduce the new facility at Bountiful High for dance including the drill team. The picture was taken during Elizabeth's Intermediate Dance class, not Drill, but the caption reads that she is on drill. Liz on Drill, not in this lifetime, it would interfere with her dancing. Nothing personal against those who do drill, it's just not the cup of tea for those in this household, and we have some good friends who do or have done drill, so it's just not for us. Well, the other thing about the picture, is that it makes Lizzy look about 20 feet tall. I knew we were having a problem keeping her in clothes lately, that explains it. Just a fun picture I thought I'd share. A special thanks to unknown sources who got me a color copy of it without paying for it. My brother actually bought the rights to it for a project he is working on with his architectual firm in Chicago which he is going to fancy up, so you may end up seeing it again in it's next life. We'll just have to wait and see. Happy Dancing and Happy official Tutu week!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Watch out University of Utah and Weber State

We're pleased to announce that Jeffrey has once again made us proud and been admitted to the two universities that he applied to, Weber State and, of course, University of Utah. While we somewhat fear for the campuses of these universities with the thought of Jeff running free and as an adult (shiver, shiver) on them. We are also pleased to let everyone know that Jeff will be deferring for just over two years since he will be working the next 9 months as he prepares to go on his mission, that of which we are truly proud of. Now we just need to graduate.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Genealogy, I am doing it...."

For those of you who may not know, or remember, the Primary song, that's where today's title comes from. But it's true I am doing a bit of genealogy. As a Utah pioneer family, what could possibly be left, I always wondered. But then I became interested. I was helping find scholarships for Lizzy and one was with NSDAR, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Well, I looked into the organization and decided I would be interested in joining. Ok, so they have a few restrictions. You have to have a blood relative that fought in the American Revolution (Rob's relatives don't count for me), AND I have to be able to prove it, AND I have to prove I am related to them. Well, easier said than done. I've been working on this since October. My mom, when she retired, started working on her lines and got interested in Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, so I asked her for some of her records to help me with DAR. I've been involved with the local chapter, so I took the list she gave me from her line and came up with 8 possible men who could have been in the right place at the right time to fight, researched them and came up with some references to DAR records. Then turned it over to the DAR chapter. They came back with 3, possibly 4, good ones to go after. So I have been going through birth, death, marriage, census records to prove the relations between these men and me. This is not as easy as it sounds, but I love it. It looks like I have the lines mostly uncovered with documentation for 3 of the lines (I only need one). Now I'm waiting to check back in with the chapter to see what to do next.
Well, in the mean time, I started looking through my GEDCOM files and the familysearch.org database to see if there was somewhere I could actually do some work. As it turns out, my dad's line, both sides, is mostly undone. YEAH!! A project for me! I know that sounds silly, but the Billings have it drawn back far past the signing of the Mayflower compact and royalty in Europe, as well as the Petersons (my mother-in-law's line). My mother's line is well documented because much of it was done by professional genealogists. I'm even related to a Templar Knight from the first set of pilgrimages to Jerusalem. It doesn't go much further back.
But there, low and behold, is a family, actually two, that remains unfound and needing not only to be found for our genealogical records sake but for the sake of doing their temple work. It is so rewarding to do temple work for members of your own family. My mom has enough that when we go to Nauvoo in June, the big kids will be able to do some family names for baptisms for the dead in the Nauvoo temple. It will be such a fun experience.
Saturday, I get to go to a family history fair at BHS which is suppose to be one of the best in the state. We found out about it just in the nick of time to preregister for it, and I am so excited. All day learning about how to do more on genealogy. Ok, I'm a bit of a nerd on this, but it is going to be so rewarding just to find one missing date or one missing ancestor. They are the ones who got me to where I am today. Maybe you, at least someday, will be able to find time to do this and find this joy too.