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?