Monday, November 15, 2010

College Time - U of Utah Ballet Program Tryout

The University of Utah has a very good Ballet program, one linked with the  Ballet West.   Elizabeth wants to double major in Ballet with a teaching emphasis and Mathematics  (yes, I know you can see how these go together).  So the first Saturday in November, Liz tried out for the first time for the ballet program.  First thing they told her is that she couldn't be accepted to the program until she was accepted to the University. She was waiting for her high school to send the official transcript. And second, it would take two weeks to hear IF she got in.  Her friend it took three times because it is such a competitive program. Dancers come from all over to take at the U.

She felt like her technique did not go as well as she could have done. But she felt better about her pointe work.  Luckily, she has done the UofU/Ballet West Summer Intensive the past two summers and actually knew the teacher doing the pointe work.

Well, she still hasn't been accepted to the U.

But less than a week later she was accepted to the Ballet Department! We're so excited and proud of her!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Time for gratitude including Veterans

Thank you for he leaves out my window are yellow as the days are getting short. But the sun is still up until dinner so the sun shines through the leaves high in the afternoons. It's November and snow is suppose to be on the way, and the leaves will fall on the lawn. But the time has come and winter is on the door step.  Thanksgiving is in the wings, a time for gratitude, and it's time to start with our veterans. Veterans day is a day for gratitude that have given this country to us with their time, their heart and their lives to be grateful.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Special Snow Change

Last night we had our first big snow storm, but in our household Snow came early this year. Last Friday, Liz was invited to move up from Dew Drop Fairy to Snow Queen for Nutcracker!!  How exciting! It makes her in a partnered part which is a first for Liz and also a petit pas which is really exciting because it is one step down from the top spot of Sugar Plum Fairy which has a grand pas.  Congratulations Liz!  We look forward to seeing you in December.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Proudly Support the Pink

Mammograms and self exams are all so important, but there is also the point to support those already with breast cancer.

At the beginning of this month, I thought it didn't really apply to me.  But now the issue has hit home hard. My Grandma, 85, just found out she has inflammatory breast cancer. Never heard of it? Not a surprise, only 1-3% of breast cancers are this type. It was actually initially discovered because of a tumor on her brain effecting her right side mobilization. About the time of the surgery, she found a lump in her breast. In the next three weeks it went from approximately 1 inch to 4 inches. She could tell the growth. By the time they had her diagnosed and into the right doctors, which actually happened rather quickly, it was too large to operate on because there is not enough skin left over to provide a skin graft. Chemotherapy and radiation are the only options left open to her. She is stage IV, meaning that tumors have already started to spread. My grandma doesn't know as of yesterday what she was going to do,  but decisions will be made quickly and the fact of the matter is this will take her. She is amazingly upbeat knowing she has had a wonderful life and when she does die, she will have her sweetheart on the other side. 

Cancer touches all of us.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

BHS Homecoming

Bountiful High's Homecoming was Saturday, October 2.  It started with a great homecoming game Friday where Bountiful beat undefeated East, 21-0. YEAH! The Braves even had fireworks!

Saturday, with the LDS General Conference, made Homemaking a new experience. Her date, Eric Kovacs, a friend of hers - AP friend and football player - picked her up in a casual outfit for dinner at Alvey's with a total of 10 couples. Lasagna and garlic bread later, they took some pictures and dropped off the girls in time for Priesthood session and time for the girls to get ready (2 hours is about right). Liz looked gorgeous in a blue taffita dress with sequins and black short sweater and sash. It was made by her Grandma Billings and Me (I just did sequins).

Eric came and picked her up, his tie matched her dress exactly - amazing. They went to the dance and had fun, then afterward had pie and talked and made it home before too late.  The dance was the big success, and Eric and Liz are still great friends.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Question of the week

It's Homecoming Week. Even with kids in high school, some people hang on to the spirit of Homecoming, the game, the parade, etc. Other people, even some parents, let the kids enjoy the week and just take a second (or less) to remember their Homecoming experiences when they were in high school. In my extended family, we have those who see it both ways. Now I live close to the high school (can hear the score of the football game if we're outside close). How would you, or will you, handle Homecoming when your kids are in school? It goes kinda along the same lines of reunions. Think about it. Brave ones, speak out.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Nutcracker tryouts were Saturday and for the possible last year for a while, Elizabeth, my dancer girl, tried out with a bunch of her friends.  The competition was tighter this year, some girls from the U showed up and made the competition fearse. After almost 3 hours of try outs, they were sent home for postings Sunday at 5.

5 came, 5 went. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, all came and went, apparently the cast was top heavy because of all the talented girls en pointe. Finally at 11, it came up. Disappointment was rampant. Only 2 former principals were principals again, 2 out of 6 positions. Last year Liz was a soloist as Dew Drop who dances to Waltz of the Flowers with her own corps.

We're pleased to announce that Liz was chosen again to be a Principal as Dew Drop again! We are very proud of her and Christmas coming early to the Billings household.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Can you say 22 years and running?

We four come from land of Braves,
Bountiful High School, Home of Braves,
We four wear red and grey proudly,
to football games especially.

We now recognize the rivals of the Braves,
especially in football,
the poor Woods Cross Wildcats
We four mourn for cousins that cheer for the Wildcats :(

Senior Brave Lightfoot Lizzy cheered for Braves in football on
Woods Cross territory the 17th of September.
Woods Cross threw. Woods Cross ran.
Woods Cross was suppose to win, but Braves came in Red and Grey.

22-17 Later, Sorry Woods Cross, 22 years of victories and going!
Na-Na-Nana, Na-Na-Nana, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Wanted: One Date to Homecoming. 
Must be LDS in good standing, have a sense of humor and preferably know the advertizing girl.  Preference given to Bountiful Homecoming after General Priesthood Meeting with other friends of your or the girl's choosing. Promise a fun dance especially if friends or willing to try to become friends. Girl is bubbly, outgoing, well liked and fairly attractive (photo attached). Seeing that Homecoming is in less than a month, prompt reply to this is preferred. Curtains will be going up to take care of front window-itis. Reply below.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

20-10-20-11 hike

Head bands, face paint, knee high moccasins, red and white as far as the eye can see. You have now entered "Who's house? Brave's House".
Some places it's an institution all of it's own, some places it's barely noticed, for our family you are born and bred a Brave. What could I possibly be talking about? High School Football Season - September through November, if all goes well Late November.
Don't know how the team is rated but Bountiful, a 4A school, took on Lone Peak, 5A, pre-season and lost only by a field goal.
So what, besides everything possible red, could a senior possibly use? How about a stadium blanket. Made out of recycled levis, specifically pockets when possible, and a furry red inside to warm them and a friend or two during cold games. Below is the finished product of Liz's stadium blanket - now she just needs someone to wrap up with.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Sun Arises in the Fall...

As sure as the sun will rise, as sure as autumn will follow summer, Elizabeth is drawn, like a moth, back to the ballet studio. To dance and practice, allegro, grand allegro, center work; and to work with those just starting out on a journey she started 13 years ago.  To hold the hands of little ones and teach them the beginnings, plie just to start, and to do her own work, plie, the beginning of every class. As one ballet expert is quoted as saying, "Plie is the first thing you learn, and the last thing you master."
On top of the 8 hours in the studio, Nutcracker begins after tryouts in a couple weeks with two practices a week until performances in December. In November, she auditions for the University of Utah Department of Ballet for college next year (along with Mathematics). Then in January the start of training for recital that is in the beginning of May. Then summer school for 8 weeks then her break begins again.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy Monday - SCHOOL STARTS!!

Happy Monday! I just wanted to send a shout out to every Mom and Dad to congratulate them on sending off their ankle-bitters off to school again.  Summer has been long and it's gotten to the point where the list of ideas are either done or you're tired of trying to get them done.  The sun, the mud and the mess is finally coming to an end, at least for the majority of the day.  Their minds will be busy, their hands will be busy and lunch will be at school for most of us. I love the fact that mine comes home the first week tired after a day of busiest day of classes with homework and, of course, friends. Isn't that why they look forward to school as they get older? I know that's what we look forward in our household, apparently. As soon as we found out who we had as teachers we had to call all of our friends to see who were in our classes, heaven forbid we have to make new friends.  There's the anxiety of new teachers, and the new year. Looking cute for girls, and looking cool... no, boys usually don't care as long as they are dressed. 

So if all of this wonderful stuff is going on, then why am I the one that's up unable to sleep and worried about being home alone while she's at school. And after everything else, after 12 years, my baby is starting her Senior year. My baby is growing up, and not worried about school, but after having her all summer to myself, well and ballet, I will miss the summer very much.  Early mornings, lunches just with the dog and finding things to keep myself busy by myself.  I guess I'll be looking forward to Labor Day weekend.  Any one want to get together and sew, quilt, scrapbook, book club, anything... just once in a while?  Have car will travel. Am I the only one who feels this way?


Thursday, August 19, 2010

When all is considered I must be brilliant

I have this habit of doing things before connecting my brain.  Ok, example...

Sunday the dog wanted a toy that was... well, I discovered ... just out of reach since I was laying on the couch after writing an email to my boy.  So I leaned it was a bit to far and, like most people, fell off the couch. But this is where the brain disconnect comes, I landed on my face first... and broke my nose. Honestly, I just fell off the couch! Luckily, although there is a break, no surgery is necessary this time.Thanks Doc.  HALLELUJAH!

But this is, unfortunately, not a first. Last summer, I tripped a fell down the cement slope to our backyard and landed face first on the cement. Ok, no broken nose just a lovely bruise with a concussion. We think that is when I went to a severe deviated septum (the inside part of your nose).

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE, a year and half, almost two years ago, I fell out my front door to pick up a box that was left by UPS.  Yes, you see it coming, I fell down the one step and fell on my face and hit my head on my porch. I called my husband at work because I was bleeding because I scraped my face.

What have we learned from all this? My brain must be huge to make me so off center to fall on to it. I must be brilliant.

Then why do I fall on it?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Elizabeth Senior Pictures

This week Elizabeth had the landmark opportunity to get her senior picture taken for her Senior Yearbook. At BHS, guys look debonair in tux shirt, jacket and red bow tie. On the other hand, the girls have the option of a beautiful red piece of fabric that they use as a wrap...lovely. Since we love them so much, we ordered none. Sorry Grandmas.

But, during June, as part of a photographer workshop, Liz had the opportunity to be a model for senior pictures.  Lindsey Jane and her assistant, as part of the deal, gave her all of their pictures for payment. Now we have professional senior pictures, a few of them are here...  Vote for your favorite.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Senior Alphabet Soup

The tests are or to be done,
Applications to be made,
Student, High School, Scholarship, College,
CIA can't break these codes, 
Classes, Notes, Tests, Studying,
Busy, Busy, Busy,
Football, Dances, Nightgames, Dating,
Play, Play, Play,
Tassels, Gowns, Caps, Diplomas,
Graduation, Memories, Friends.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jeff's 8 Month Anniversary

They tell you many things when you send a child out on a mission. You will be blessed. You will be led. You will be comforted. 
Tuesday we were led.  The message was clear as mud, it was time to clean our son's bedroom after 8 months in the mission field.  
The sprinkler's broke and flooded his room. 
Perhaps next time we can get an email.

Monday, July 26, 2010

To Blog or Not To Blog

To Blog or Not to Blog,
That is the question,
Lately my blog has been, well.... nothing worth reading.
Why, you ask? Because I haven't been sticking with what I really believe a blog should be. Yes, you know it is the 4th of July, but that's not the information and questions I should be blogging about.
Now, the question becomes, if I should start back up my blog, my real blog.  I would love some input. I know that so many people now just use facebook, but that is not my scene right now. 

Watch for a new format and a new discussion line.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Independence Day!!

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission." - President John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

USA World Cup Team First in Bracket to 16

After stunning victory over the powerhouse England, and a nail biter win over Algeria, USA World Cup team finds themselves not only progressing to the 16 in first place from the "C" Bracket, but lined up to play heavy hitter Ghana or Germany on Saturday at 12:30 MT on ABC. This should be an awesome game depending on what teams decide to show up. USA could actually take the match. Extra shout out to Donovin who scored the deciding goal over Algeria in continuation time after the 90'. GO USA!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Father's Day, made official in the 1970s, is a great holiday to stop and think about those men in our lives and what they mean to us.  On this Father's Day, I especially have to highlight my husband, Robert, who has survived another year with us with grace and strength. Not only is he the support and confidant of our son who is in his first year of his foreign mission... not only does he support and encourage our daughter who is preparing to finish high school and apply for colleges and continues to fulfill her dancing dream, but he carries most of the household necessities as well as my needs because of my disability. His hard work both at home and at the office, his compassion that bypasses most I know and his sense of fun under most situations, those that warrant it, all make him wonderful to live with and a wonderful care taker in various ways. Of all the things I did in college, marrying Rob and having our two wonderful children were the best. May the next year be even better for you, than the last. To my love, Rob.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

USA World Cup Team Update

First Match: England
4' England
just before 45' USA

Great game leaving the USA with a tie going into group play the rest of the week.  We weren't suppose to have a prayer against England. Last WC win over England was 60 years ago.

Go USA!!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Today is the official first day of matches for the FIFA World Cup with Mexico vs. the host country, South Africa.
BUT, it doesn't really matter until tomorrow at 11:00 MST when the USA takes on England. It should be a good tight game, but the US just might come out on top.

Watch out for the new official balls that have a zing to them when kicked hard with any spin on them at any altitude. Addidas is now admitting it may affect the games. NO REALLY. Should make it interesting.

Anyway, GO USA!!!

updates to follow

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -John F. Kennedy

Years ago as I stood looking at the rows of headstones of the Arlington Memorial Cemetary, the overwhelming sacrifice for the freedom and liberty was obvious. This Memorial Day, may we remember those who have fought and lost their lives for those who have fought for us - in Arlington, VA or in Sandy, UT, and everywhere in between. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Howdy, Ya'll!!  Recital was just last weekend and "Americana" was a hit. The advanced level girls were cowgirls this year, don't I look fancy in my recital duds and sweats, and enjoyed the experience of demi-solos (2 or 3 dancers at a time with one or 2 groups at times). Next year Liz will be a senior and as long as she keeps active in ballet (laugh hard here), she will have a solo in next year's recital. Yeah!
She also had the exciting experience of watching her little 3/4 year old "popcorn" and 4/5/6 year old "prancing ponies" that she has worked with all year. They did a great job! They were so cute! The recital takes in all of the Bountiful School of Ballet students, and they work on it from January until May. Everyone buys their own fun costume which the teachers come up with and order, tweak and make sure are fun and fit the dance.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Missionary Picture

Well, it's been almost 6 full months since Jeff left on his mission. The rainy season is on, but he did send me a new great picture! The weird things missionary mom's get excited about. For those of you who know him, please note that he has a neck and fills out his shirt. He has actually put on some weight.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Dad Retires Today

I am proud to announce that my dad, a Justice on the Utah State Surpereme Court, Is officially retiring from the Court! He has been serving on the Court for 12 years, and on the Court of Appeals before that. He has been a guest professor at BYU's Law School. He has been on numerous national panels on law policy. Mostly he has been an awesome Justice! Congratulations Dad!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Eclipse Countdown

For all us good Twi-hards, here is a countdown to the Eclipse movie. Other exciting things: Oprah is going to have the main characters on her May 13 show (sorry Dad, got to have my priorities straight). Just in case you didn't know, I kind like kinda Stephenie Meyer's series. Oh, well.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Elder Jeff's Update

This is Jeff's first baptism on his mission. He is currently in Chitrie, Panama with Elder Bell from California. It is an older woman (60s) who they have been teaching for a couple of months. His Spanish is coming along to a point where he is having a problem writing emails in English.  Now I just look forward to the Mother's Day call!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Elizabeth and Prom - It's all about the Dress

Elizabeth was lucky enough to be asked to Prom this year by Bryce Harrison, a long time friend of hers. The fun part was she had the option of a number of dresses from her cousins and from a friend in the neighborhood. She chose her friend's Junior Miss dress, which was a beautiful choice on her. It was a almost olive green dress with a good sheen to it with boning that made her look even thinner, if that is possible, and decorated with delicate double embroidery, beading and rhinestones. It is beautiful. The following are just some of the pictures.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

"Treat the world well. It wasn't given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children."  

Although I am not a huge greenie, I do believe in basic earth preservation. Not only do we save the earth, we save ourselves. So here's to reusable water bottles, bicycles and cf bulbs. May we all leave our footprint on this earth smaller than those before us.  Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Little Brother Awarded University of Utah Award Today

Par Excellence Award – Brad Wilkins BS’01
I am delighted to announce that Brad Wilkins has been chosen as the 31st recipient of the University of Utah's Par Excellence Award, given annually to the alumnus of the University who, within the first decade and a half since graduation, has demonstrated remarkable service, achievement, and excellence.  Past recipients include the inventor of the artificial heart, the creator of the 911 emergency response system, distinguished professors, ambassadors and governors, and university presidents.
"The award is given by the University of Utah Young Alumni Board to an outstanding alumnus/a who has graduated within the last 15 years. The award, presented at the Annual Spring Awards Banquet, recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of an individual who has given outstanding service to the University, the community, and his/her profession."
Brad has been engaged in design efforts on cutting-edge, award winning structures in far corners of the world.  His experience in the creative design process of highly sustainable, energy super-efficient, very tall buildings puts him in rare and remarkable working company.  His personal design efforts have contributed to iconic structures in places as far flung as China, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia.

Brad's Background: Brad Wilkins in an architect and senior designer at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, a firm that specializes in sustainable, large, mixed-use buildings. He has worked on the Chicago Olympic effort, the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa), and the world’s first zero-energy, supertall  skyscraper (71 stories),  the Pearl River Tower in China.
A native of Utah, Wilkins trained with Rocco Yim in Hong Kong and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, among others. He graduated in 2001 from the University of Utah’s architecture program and in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania’s School  of Design with a master’s in architecture.  As a senior designer at AS+GG, Wilkins has influenced several award-winning designs.
Wilkins is one of a very small group of emerging world-class architects. His brief career has been marked with a number of significant designs in sustainable, energy-efficient, super-tall buildings. His design expertise and creativity have contributed to a variety of advances in this highly competitive field. He has earned the certification of the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and is an Accredited Professional.
In addition, Wilkins is involved in a number of charitable and civic activities, including as a founding member of the Taj Heritage Foundation in Agra, India; as a member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Chicago’s unique architectural heritage; and as a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, dedicated to preserving and advancing the understanding of the work and contribution of one of America’s signature architects, through volunteer participation and contributions.
Honors Wilkins has received include a Gold Award for the Pearl River Towers from the 2008 Spark Awards; the 2008 Best Green Development from the Arabian property Middle East Awards; and the 2008 Utah Heritage Award from the Utah Heritage Foundation, among others.
His current pastimes include travel, photography, reading, golf, and running. He is also a die-hard fan of Football Club Barcelona, and, of course, the Running Utes, and Utah football.
In fact, Wilkins claims that “life for me started at the U.”  He was the child of “two struggling but happy University of Utah law students (his father is Utah Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Wilkins BS’75 JD’77, and his mother is retired Judge Diane W. Wilkins BA’75 JD’79),” so his  life has always been tied to red in some way. Indeed, he claims that “red is my favorite color and always has been.” (Oh, and my baby brother's single and looking.)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's a Goofy Day

Just a little something Goofy that made my day. Hopefully it will make yours too! Sorry for being off the radar, more details later.

Friday, April 9, 2010


I looked out the window and what did I see...
Popcorn Popping on my Apricot Tree...

Looks like a bumper crop this year
and the snow hasn't gotten it yet,
so if anyone is interested in apricots this summer let me know
and we'll work something out.
I love spring,
if only my family could breath through it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

But my family work is all done...

All of my family history work is done, just ask me. My four generation chart is full and everything.  I've tried learning the LDS Church's system, but I don't quite have it down yet. THEN, my mom retired. My daughter decided this week, spring break, to do baptisms for the dead every day, but Monday of course, with a friend (and so far has). The cool thing is that my mom has kept her and her friend busy with family names who need doing, 10 to 20 each trip. Now she only has 3 to 500 to go! Just in baptisms. As soon as my foot is better, I have tons of work to do, too. And I thought I would never have family work to do. It's much cooler, IMHO, than just doing anyone's family's name. Someday I will meet them and they will thank me for helping with there work - cool!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy General Conference

To all those LDS members who are looking forward to General Conference this weekend, a weather update... 64% chance of precipitation from the history of spring conferences. Too bad that Kevin Eubank agrees with history, too. Enjoy the snow!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Well, the last couple of weeks have been rather busy. Above and beyond the normal family stuff, and missionary stuff, my father-in-law and sister-in-law both had some surgery to remove tumors. My father-in-law's, while uncomfortable, seems to be completely benign.  But today, a week later, we are sitting on pins and needles to find out what kind of Lymphoma she has. Lymphoma? I'm too young to have a sister with Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes.  Doesn't she have enough with a son with downs syndrome and another with high functioning ausbergers? Hasn't she been through enough with the loss of her oldest in a car accident? And a son ready to go on a mission except for finishing one letter on his paperwork. But now this.

I truly believe no one will be given more than you can handle, and my sister-in-law is very strong. So is my mother and father-in-law. But this is a family deal, am I strong?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Do I really watch movies in the theater?

Well, the New Moon video is out. Saturday thousands of fans all over the country waited in lines at just after midnight Friday to get it. Halfway through Saturday, I finally broke down and splurged and bought my copy of it. For those of you who haven't figured it out, I am a bit of a Twilight addict.

I saw it in the theater. So last night when I watched it I didn't expect any surprises. Ok, I must have been tired when I saw it before because it was a different, and frankly, better, movie last night when I watched it. Amazing how that happens when you actually see the whole movie in one sitting.  I look forward to the time when I can watch it again. I wonder if I can get Rob to watch it with me?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Please forgive me...

Please forgive me,
I haven't blogged,
I have thought about you,
but the computer has been kaput,
until (mostly) today.

Well, a little catch-up,
I need to do,
First of all I need forgivness,
I cheered for BYU.

It was the NCAAs,
And they were champs,
And anyone from Mountain West
I like to see do well.
but All Hail to the U of U.

Next my foot has been... well... hurt,
No break,
No stress fracture,
Just sore enough to wear
a beautiful Orthepedic Boot.
It's been 6 weeks,
I have 2 more,
Then walking and driving I can do once more.

So that's my story,
Not so bad, you see,
Just lazy but ready for Spring
(and walking)
You see.
So Happy Easter to all
and see you again soon.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I think I need an intervention

Ok, I think I need an intervention!
I have to admit I have an addiction,
It is for Olympic competition.

It happens every two years approximately,
When I cheer for the USA compusivly,
Everything from skiing to curling,
Even summer events, from morning to night.

Now Vancouver is coming to an end,
So I have to wait for London in 2012,
From Anton Ono to Micheal Phelps,
The shift will not be hard to make.

Thank goodness World Cup Soccer is this summer!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What do you do in the winter?

Well, what do you do in the winter? If you've hurt your foot and something you are way obsessive about is on, you watch the Olympics, once every four years. Did you know that you can watch Olympics on normal channel 5 from 2pm to 2am with little interruption? I LOVE the Olympics. I was addicted way before Salt Lake City in 2002, but that only made it worse. So all I have to say is... it's only 16 days and GO USA!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Garbage Day

Today I pulled out of the driveway,
I noticed that every house was decorated
with a large black can...
It was a beautiful sight.
The only problem was that it was late in the day,
And my house was the only one bare this week.
Anyone else seem to continually to forget garbage day, too?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


4 hours on the phone today with 2 insurance companies and their pharmacy departments and I still don't know anything more about my coverage. If anyone knows how insurance, works... please call me...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Phone Call from My Favorite Missionary

Yesterday, while traveling to Panama, Elder Jeff Billings was able to call from Atlanta for about 22 minutes. Liz and I enjoyed the time to talk and enjoyed the time to hear each other. After two months, it was so good to hear from him. Now we just have to make it to Mother's Day. Yeah!

Sweetheart Dance

BHS' Sweetheart Dance was Saturday, Feb. 6.  The school decided on the theme of "Decades" this year. To go along with the theme, Elizabeth wore a dress that her Grandma Billings' wore during high school. With a little adjustment, this beautiful dress with antique rhinestone earrings and all she was ready. A couple of curls (uh, yeah, she was proud it took only 45 minutes), and a twisty do and she was ready to go.

A really good friend of hers, Taylor Hansen was her date, and they met up with a group for a day activity of marshmallow wars at a local church gym.  They made guns out of pvc pipe and decorated them with electrical tape.

After the day activity, she prettied up (now pictures), and Taylor picked her up. The dance was held at Rice Eccles Stadium overlooking the whole city.

They were home on time and from all the stories it was a wonderful dance.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

P. Phil saw his shadow so we will have an extra 6 weeks of winter. Last year he saw his shadow, and we had the 50s and 60s in February. We'll have to see.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Australia (2008) - a movie review

Ok, after the TV died, when we bought the new one we bought a couple new DVD's including Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. I found it not only entertaining but a tear producer, even the second time I saw it (so did my loving husband who hates "chick flicks). 

The story is of an English aristocrat who hires a cattle drover to move 1500 head of cattle hundreds of miles to Darwin, Australia in a move to try and keep her cattle station. Lots of sub-plots make it wonderful. The cinematography of Australia outback is award worthy. I enjoyed the acting, especially Kidman and Jackman

The one draw back is that the movie runs a bit long, 2 hours and 45 minutes, however, I think it is important to the plot. But the drawbacks are minor and shouldn’t keep you from enjoying this blockbuster movie, which was nominated for an Oscar and won numerous other awards for its incredible cinematography. 

I highly recommend it. It's rated PG-13 for some skin and some brief strong language.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Missionary letters

Called to serve, not called to write, I've decided,
Missionaries are busy, but so are Moms.
My son has decided writing the first paragraph in Spanish is really cool,
But I get the letters first and, as he knows, I DON'T KNOW SPANISH.

Someday he may understand waiting almost 20 days to send a letter within the state is a bad idea,
But by then he will be in Panama.
He always had problems doing his homework,
I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

If you have prospective missionary,
Get them writing thank you notes and letters to grandparents,
Try and make sure they understand the importance to you to be part of their life,
So when they don't write...


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Is 40 the new 50?

Is 40 the new 50? (I don't feel that old),
It's YOUR special day, (and your niece's),
It's the day you get everything done for you
(except the dishes),
It's the day you don't have to do your work
(except your exercises),
Everyone will take care of you
(except for your kids who need help with homework
and a husband who has to go to work),

But you have an automatic party at dinner
because there is a group to eat with you,
There are all these friends who wish you Happy Birthday
on your facebook page,
MAYBE your missionary will get a letter to you today
(please, please, please),
Most importantly, there are people around
that make you feel loved.
What a Birthday!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Christmas (Seasons Greetings) Cards

Our family really did do season greeting cards this year, but if you didn't get one, you're not alone or less important to us. December was busy with a missionary and a Nutcracker soloist. So we just want to send our a big "Hello" and "Love You" to all our friends and family that didn't get their Christmas cards. Please keep up with us on this blog and Jeffrey in the MTC/Panama on his blog at Thanks so much. Love you.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to tell your 17 yr old is having a Birthday...

How you know your daughter is a teenager and is having a 17th BIRTHDAY TODAY....

1- Birthday parties are figured out by boy/girl ratios.

2- Car keys to the family car are a wonderful birthday present.

3-  Birthday party with family are secondary placed behind... well... everything.

4- "Happy Birthday" wishes come with a passing "thanks" in the morning on the way out the door.

5- When asked about family dinner, no idea.

6- When asked about friends party, full plans weeks in advance.

7- Most important, becoming a beautiful, intelligent, caring young woman.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Sun

Only shines for a few hours a day
in the winter,
Stays to the South,

When it can get out of
the haze of Utah,
Haze since the beginning of

Or the snow storms,
which are better,
But still no sun.

The sun makes me happy,
The sun is warm,
I miss the sun.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Working out???

Well, yesterday, since the boy is on the mission and the Christmas tree is down and everyone else is back to school or work, the bike came back out and the wii was hooked up again since I got a wii fit (cool, eh?) from my missionary.  I made a plan about my exercise and weight loss.  So I got up yesterday morning and biked. Good start. I clipped out (I have those awesome pedals that you hook into and my bike is on a trainer so it just sits still while I ride in the front room) and managed to fall off my bike. It's not moving, I just didn't pay attention and ended up rolling out of a fall off a non-moving bike. Excellent, stressed my wrist.
Because my wrist was sore, I didn't ride in the afternoon again (it really is hard on your hands and wrists until you are better than me). So last night I went downstairs to get something and managed to twist my ankle and take myself down again. Excellent, stressed the opposite ankle.
No workout today as planned. Slept in instead.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Scarlet Letter

The Juniors in Honors English at BHS are working on a series of projects to earn points towards their Scarlet Letter grade. One was to do a movie and another was to take pictures. Apparently Elizabeth makes a good Hester. Now Hester, for those of you who may be a little rusty on the story, Hester is a woman in a strict religious community and has a baby by another man. She won't name the man. She is initially punished by forced to wear a scarlet letter A for adultery. Great book written by Nathanial Hawthorne.
One of Liz's set of friends did a movie and had Liz act out as Hester.
The best project her friend, Annie Leishman, did some lovely pictures of Liz portraying different parts of the book. Now I have some of the pictures, but I don't have her subtitles that she put with the pictures. Now you that know Liz will notice that Liz dyed her hair red for these pictures. Not to worry, her beautiful blonde hair was back after one wash, it was a mousse that colored her hair. It made a beautiful red color like Hester. Enjoy the pictures.



copywrite on the pictures: Annie Leishman

Here are some pictures to see the color of her hair:



And for comparison:

(a lovely picture of her hiding, but you can see her blond hair)

Cool, eh?