Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mountain West Ballet Nutcracker 2009

Elizabeth, for the 10th year in a row, will be participating in a production of the Nutcracker. Mountain West Ballet (MWB) is a community company that is semi professional that she has participated with the past 5 years. This year she tried out with some concern with her heavy school schedule. No longer a concern, she was talented enough to be cast as Dew Drop Fairy. Dew Drop Fairy is a soloist part with a corps of her own that dances to the Waltz of the Flowers portion of the Nutcracker. There is really only one part better than it, Sugar Plumb. She is outragiously excited and looking forward to her first traditional tutu.

Watch for upcoming information on performances in December!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Called to Serve - Jeffrey D. Billings

Elder Jeffrey D. Billings has been called to serve in the Panama City, Panama mission. He enters the MTC in Provo on December 9th. And we're all thrilled (including him).

Book Review: Mortal Instruments Trilogy

Well, since I finished a homecoming dress (who someone ripped out the sleeve at the dance that I have to fix), I'm taking a small break from sewing and doing some reading. I've found suggestions for new series that are easier reading, no Jane Austen right now. But I have found some great books.

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy, recommended by one of my favorite authors, Stephenie Meyer, is great. The City of Bones, City of Ashes and, my favorite, City of Glass, written by Cassandra Clare, is a great story of different dimensions and those that monitor and take care of them while being invisible to mere humans. There is action, adventure and just a little bit of first love as Clary tries to find out how she fits into this world that she has never known of, but obviously is part of. She learns she has an amazing and untapped skill in creating runes.

This is a great series, definate two thumbs way up from me and is appropriate for really any age, very little PG. There is one character that is gay, just so you are aware, but it is handled tastefully.  I really recommend this series to anyone and everyone. It's now one of my favorites.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Team Peeta

Some of you may have noticed a new icon on the side of my blog, Team Peeta. Ok, books review time: Suzanne Collins has released the first two thirds of her trilogy on, as the first one is called, the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is about a post United States nation that requires 2 children in each district to play to the death for food rations for themselves, their families, and their district. It is a great book that has some fantastic twists and turns and is appropriate for probably preteen through adult readers, even with it's story line.

Her second book, Catching Fire, is a follow up to the first and continues the plot with the same characters and the same fantastic twists. It just came out this fall, but it was well worth the wait. Also appropriate for preteen through adult readers.

I came upon these books on an on-line forum dedicated to helping moms find new books for themselves to read and has included things from Twilight to Jane Austen and Three Cups of Tea (all of which I recommend).  I'm working on another trilogy that once I finish it, I will let you know about them, so for I really like them, too.

When did I find time to read??

Sunday, September 13, 2009

BHS Homecoming 2009

Liz was invited by Taylor Alvey to Homecoming this year which was last night.  They went with a group of 10 couples in their group of good friends. They played photo scavenger hunt in the afternoon for fun, then for the evening, they split up into three vehicles (whoever put Liz and Taylor in the 8 person van didn't think it through, she was hyper apparently - duh), and went to one of the boy's uncle's house in Centerville for a lovely dinner.  Chicken Cordon Blue and all later, they finished up and took homecoming pictures. I haven't seen them yet but apparently, his house had some wonderful areas for single and group pictures. I'll post them when I get them.

Then back to the High School for the dance they went. Taylor had no problem keeping up with Liz's antics (like she started the hokey pokey at one point), with his own. We actually have a couple of shots of them at the dance obviously having a riot!

Taylor and Liz

Taylor, Branson, Taylor and Liz

After the dance, they went and had ice cream floats and looked at the pictures from the scavenger hunt and finish up the night right about midnight.

From what I can tell, Lz had a wonderful time. "I feel like a princess" was her phrase before the dance. Afterwards we heard lots of stories, but mostly she was just happy. She started off today on a bad note when the dog ate her corsage, but nothing could tarnish her memories of a fun homecoming experience.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Homecoming Dance - Evening Pictures

Liz after day activity - 2 1/2 hours to go
 Liz after 1 hour on her hair
Liz had to be sewn in to her belt. Then she discovered 
she could still twirl in almost 3 inch heels.

Liz and Taylor Alvey    Stories to follow in the next blog.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Homecoming Football Friday Night

We would just like to wish Tooele better success against the BHS Braves in the varsity football game tonight than they had yesterday against the Sophomore and Junior teams. Both BHS teams won by a significant margin to zero. But especially because it is homecoming, GO BHS BRAVES!! (and both kids are going so Rob and I get the house and a vehicle to ourselves!)

Boys vs. Girls Planning Dances

Tomorrow is Homecoming Dance. The tradition now is a daytime activity, go home to change then dinner and the dance.

If the girls planned it, they would have it scheduled down to the minute, know who was riding with who, what they were doing, what they were eating, when they would be at the dance, what dress they are wearing, how they are doing their hair AND have the tickets bought... before they asked the boy.

Since the boys are planning it, Liz still doesn't know when, if she needs to drive or what they are doing. Oh, and one of the mom's kind of had to help get them to start organizing enough to ask 2 weeks before the dance. Guys kind of wing it.

Surely there is a happy medium?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hello? Anyone out there?

Ever feel like your all alone and that the only people who know you are your immediate family? Ever feel like you just go through the motions and no one notices if you really are there or not? Ever wonder if your blog is really read by anyone who would call you friend and know you enough to know you're really very shy? Anyone out there?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day!

Today is a day we celebrate many things, the end of summer, the beginning of school (homecoming week), but most importantly is the American worker. On the backs of American workers, who built-up many of benefits we take for granted now, industry has grown. Because of the previous workers, workers today enjoy benefits such as 40 hour work weeks, PTO, medical insurance, worker's compensation, and barganing with the company, collective if in a labor state. So enjoy your picnics, your shopping, your housework, but also appreciate the labor that came before. Happy Labor Day.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

New Blog: "Elder Jeffrey Billings..."

Proud to invite you to visit my new blog Elder Jeffrey Billings: Called to Serve (hopefully next month we'll have a location) at .  It will have information and ramblings of a first time missionary mom about the whole process. Eventually, it will have letters back from Jeffrey and his testimony with any appropriate comments or questions going back to him when we email him. That's what the comments are for. The followers just lets me and Jeffrey know who all is interested in and following his blog and won't be used for any other purpose. Hope you're interested and see you on the flip side!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I hope they call me on a Mission

Today, Jeff finished up the final parts and submitted his mission papers to the Bishop for interviews and to be submitted to Church headquarters. Now Jeff is, of course, old enough to be a missionary and is plenty prepared. But am I? I am proud of him. I am just not sure I'm ready to have him gone. I've really enjoyed having him around home since he has been working for us and not going to school since he has a good chance of leaving before the semester is out. I guess it's time for me to grow up. Nah.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Please come to Homecoming? Ok!

Monday afternoon, Liz and I were sitting in our front room talking before she had to leave for ballet when one of her guy friends in slow motion sneaked up to the front door. Now for those of you who don't understand how funny this is, our front room has a huge picture window in the front and both of us could clearly see him "sneaking" up to the front door with a box. Having a good idea what he was doing, it took all our power not to let Bear out to meet him, but he is the one of Liz's friends allergic to dogs. Apparently, as he got to the door, he noticed Liz standing there - since she was at the door, he dropped it and ran for it. Luckily he's on the cross country team and can run fast.

So what he left,


A cute request:

And Liz found the name immediately:

Taylor Alvey! This was better than just ok. They've been friends for at least 3 years, and two weeks ago Taylor asked Liz for his first time dating. He just turned 16. He brought her this beautiful bouquet of hot pink daisies because he knew that pink was Liz's favorite color.

And needless to say they text quite a bit (ok, almost 900 texts the first month alone). And they have four class periods together, all of Liz's AP classes. And they are both on Stake Youth Council. And his sister lives in our Ward and was one of Liz's Young Women advisors until about 3 weeks ago. The Alvey's are a really great family, having worked with Sister Alvey in the Stake Young Women's program when I was in the Ward Young Women's program. So we think Taylor is ok.

Well, next came the answer. A simple concept, count the M&Ms and if they were odd open one envelope, if they were even, open another. Ok, the even envelope said, "Eat one and count again." The odd envelope said "Yes. Thanks for asking." 2,762 M&M's later, he got his yes. Well, all boys like chocolate, right? It should be a fun dance. Oh, I forgot to mention, the dance is a week from Saturday. It's a good thing we already have the dress made.