Archive for December, 2009

We love the Christmas Spirit in our area

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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Lights on the street

The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in our neighborhood and other adjoining ones. We drive to work and to the store, and see many Christmas lights hung beautifully on houses and plants in a decorative array for all to enjoy.
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Lights in the yard

This year we discovered a christmas light show (thank you, Rosie!) that included music with which the lights were synchronized, making for a very interesting show for all to see. The most famous lights in this area are near Canyon Park where I work, and on the west side of south Orem, both at very large private residences. They are exquisite this year as they have been for many years. The lights at Temple Square are world famous and we haven’t made it there yet but hope to before they are turned off for the new year. I will add a few photos from that location if we are able to get there and take some.

Our Family Reunion in Idaho was SO FUN!!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Teton Range seen from an east window

Teton Range seen from an east window

Devin and Emily made the arrangements and came up with the capital required for the family to meet in St. Anthony Idaho for a two-day experience that will not soon be forgotten!

Devin, Emily, and Peter (no I do not forgive you Emily! :)

Devin, Emily, and Peter

Eating breakfast in the large eating area

Eating breakfast in the large eating area

We enjoyed each others company and watched the children play. Many of us became “the children” for a short while Monday evening after the younger ones had gone to bed and had a lot of fun in the rumpus room. Derek set the speed record for the slide followed closely by Andrew. It is a wonder they didn’t break something! The trike racing and other activities were fun, and we laughed so hard we cried! The kids went to the sand dunes for sledding while some of the adults remained behind to watch the youngest children and prepare dinner for the adventurers.

Peter Willam and his Great-Grandma Beem

Peter Willam and his Great-Grandma Beem taking a walk around the kitchen and game area

We had wonderful meals, nice games, a neat couple of video chats with our Columbus Ohio Family (Robyn and Eric and kids), beautiful scenery, comfortable beds, bathrooms, and showers, and lots of space. Thanks to everyone for a great time! We need to do this again when the weather is more favorable and when hopefully everyone can participate. We realize that this will only get more and more difficult in the future, but we had such a great time we want to do it again. Please thank Devin and Emily for their help and everyone else for participation. We love you all and were thrilled that everyone could participate with us! Families truly are a wonderful thing, and “Families are Forever!” We already miss you and look forward to another opportunity to be together! We hope you all have a wonderful New Years celebration!

Uncle Ralph Kennard dies unexpectedly

Monday, December 28th, 2009

fralphkennard1fralphkennard2We were quite surprised to hear of Uncle Ralph’s passing as we were preparing to leave town for a family event in Idaho, causing us to miss the funeral. His death saddened us, but we were further saddened not to be able to participate in the services. We pray for comfort to the family. Here is the obituary:
“Frankland Ralph Kennard passed away unexpectedly Saturday December 26, 2009 in Bountiful Utah. Ralph was born October 21, 1925 in Lovell Wyoming, the second of three children born to Frankland James Kennard and Elinor Scholes. Elinor, his mother, passed away when Ralph was five years old. Several years later, when Ralph was nine, Frank married Gladys Bischoff. Subsequently there were ten more children born to the family. Ralph graduated from Logan High School. He attended Utah State University for a semester before he was drafted into the Navy. While attending officers training in Pocatello Idaho he met Theora Wells. They were married June 25, 1945 in the Logan Temple. Ralph graduated from University of Idaho, Moscow with a Bachelors degree and later a Masters degree in Music Education. He taught school in Potlatch, Idaho and later in Pocatello, Idaho. Ralph postponed his teaching to attend Brigham Young University where he graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Music Education. He moved his family to Cardston Alberta Canada where he was head of the music in the Cardston School District. Ralph loved music, teaching band, and always had an amazing band program. He took the Pocatello High School Band to the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California in 1963. Ralph was involved in community theater, co-directing many musicals. He was president of the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Band Directors Association and later served as the National President of that organization for a number of years. He was active in the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs in Pocatello and Cardston. When Ralph retired from teaching, he and Theora served a Family History Mission in Salt Lake City. While serving, Ralph was called to be a counselor in the mission presidency. After their mission they bought a home in Bountiful near family. Ralph has been active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life. He held callings as Sunday School Superintendent, Counselor in the Bishopric in a BYU student ward, Counselor in the Bishopric in his home ward in Cardston, High Counselor, and a Temple worker for many years. Ralph and Theora have seven children. They supported six of the seven on missions for the LDS church. Ralph and Theora were always very proud of their posterity. They encouraged them to achieve and were involved in their lives. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Winnifred Call and Marie Tayler; brother, Robert Kennard; son-in-law, Robert Allen Taylor; and several brothers and sisters-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Theora; children: Kathleen (Garry Charles) McDowell, Pamela Taylor, Robert Kim (Candace Cook) Kennard, Marlene (Ronald Mark) Harvey, Terrell Dean (Cindy Schaerrer) Kennard, Elisa (Ronald Lynn) Speth, Tracy Keith (Estela DeLaCruz) Kennard; siblings: Dorothy Hendriksen, Rose Hoffman, Jim Kennard, Aaron Kennard, Lee Kennard, Raeburn Kennard, Roger Kennard, Joseph Kennard, Royal Kennard; 36 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 10:00 a.m. at the Bountiful 43rd Ward Building, 990 North 100 West, Bountiful, Utah with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. There will also be a viewing on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 6- 8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah. Interment, Logan City Cemetery.”

Christmas visits bring great joy to us!

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Amie, Rebekah and Daphne, together for the first time.

Amie, Rebekah and Daphne, together for the first time.

David plays with Nativity Set

David plays with Nativity Set

We have had children and grandchildren with us whom we have not seen for many months. What a joy to have them with us and to have them meet their new cousins for the first time. Such is the case for those pictured here who are seeing little Daphne Helen Green for the first time. They seem to really hit it off well with each other. The season has been all the more precious to us with the visit of our loved ones from far away.

Our Visiting Family is Wonderful!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Josh, Claire, and Andrew at FHE

Josh, Claire, and Andrew at FHE

We have very much enjoyed having Devin’s family stay with us the past week and look forward to the coming week together. Hopefully we will be able to find things to do together that will be the kind of activity that the kids enjoy and will have fun participating in. The warmer weather this coming week should make this a possibility. We had a good time visiting each other, especially when the children were finally asleep.
Devin is talking about a kind or reunion or retreat to a place in St. Anthony ID where we would meet for a few days and have games, movies, readings, family history discussions, and other such activities together with our family and Emily’s family. It sounds like a great time and if it is decided that we will do this, I hope everyone can find some time to come. I realize that work and school are very important, but we won’t have this kind of opportunity to meet all together in one place very often, even if it is 4 or 5 hours away by car.

Choir Concerts Were Very Well Received

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

View of Conference Center stage and dancers.

View of Conference Center stage and dancers.

After the Sunday morning broadcast we had a mini-concert with our soloist, Natalie Cole, and the Children’s Choirs, the Bells at Temple Square, the dancers from the University, and the Orchestra at Temple Square. It was very fulfilling. We were given the opportunity to see one of the pieces we sang that had extensive choreography from the perspective of the audience. The technicians played back our recording of the music and the dancers performed their part for the choirs, bell ringers, and orchestra. The view of the stage is nothing less than spectacular but the stage looks tiny when compared to our view, which is right next to the stage. What a memorable production! Rick Elliott’s arrangement stole the show again, a version of the Christmas hymn, “We Three Kings of Orient, Are” superimposed over several dances from “The Nutcracker”.

Early Morning for Choir, Director, and Soloist

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Here is a story from LDS Church News about an early-morning event that had me driving to Temple Square at 4:10 in the morning today.

Soloist Brian Stokes Mitchell

Soloist Brian Stokes Mitchell

Before sunrise, at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, the members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will dress in full concert attire and file into their seats in the loft of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. With Musical Director Mack Wilberg and Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, they will beam mini-performances to television stations from Atlanta to Detroit, Charlotte to Minneapolis as part of a satellite media tour. The tour also will include network feeds to NBC, Fox and the Associated Press. The elaborate media, film, lighting and recording capabilities in the LDS Conference Center make possible the connections across the country. These feeds will put the musical director and Tony Award-winner Mitchell on camera for chats with the anchors of morning shows at a host of local stations talking about the new Choir CD and DVD, both titled “Ring Christmas Bells.” These recently released products were recorded live at the 2008 Christmas concert to four packed audiences totaling 85,000. During December 2009, the program will air on television stations across the country.

Watch for the broadcast on your local PBS stations between now and Christmas Day. Brian Stokes Mitchell was “over the moon” about the finished product. He told the choir that he usually does not listen to his own recordings at all, but was tempted to see this DVD and put it on by himself to see. “Not bad”, was his fiirst comment to himself. Then he continued to watch and was extremely pleased with it. He is in the area signing CDs and DVDs of the concert at local bookstores today. We really enjoyed working with him and found him to be a consummate artist in every way. This is a great one — watch for it!