Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day Celebration

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Daphne being entertained by Kristen.

Today we went to the Orem City Cemetery and took Grandma Hill with us. Kristen decided to drive.

Chase- comfy in Andrew's arms.

We met family members at Grandpa’s grave and put flowers all around the headstone and also on Jennifer’s grave. We heard the program from the Veterans Section of the cemetery but it was far enough away that it didn’t drown out our voices as we sang “There is Beauty All Around, When there’s Love at Home”. Part of the family went to Gunnison and Centerfield to decorate graves there. We stayed home to get some work done on the house.

Derek and Julia working in the garden.

We were so tired we didn’t get the work done we wanted to but did get a little rest. Mom had a few students this afternoon too. We went to Rosie and Derek’s home for a barbeque in the late afternoon and had fun with the grandkids. Ethan and Julia are really becoming soccer experts. They spend a lot of time with their friends shooting penalty shots into the goal that Derek made for them. Julia was chosen to help her dad plant some things in their garden. We took a few family pictures at the end of the day. It was fun!

Congratulations High School Graduates!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I remember when I graduated from high school and thought I was a “real” adult. I still had a lot of growing up to do. Try not to ‘prove’ that you are a real adult by doing anything you will be sorry for in the future. This is what I was taught and what I am passing on to you. You who are graduating this week are truly the hope of our future, and we are very proud of you and of all your accomplishments. Please remember that we are counting on you! We wish you the very best of what the rest of your life has to offer, and we hope you have wonderful, memorable lives.

Grandkids are great!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Gandma reads a story to Daphne

Daphne fell off of her bed this afternoon and got a nice bump and bruise. Her mom was very worried but after a blessing she seems to be alright. Grandma and I got to take care of her for a little while while her Mom and Dad went out for a treat. She had a good time reading books, wanted the phone when grandma was talking (but didn’t want to TALK), and was a very good girl. We found that she was especially fond of holding, listening to, and looking at . . . . . my iPhone!. It is almost exactly like her Dad’s iPod Touch which she gets to play with once in a while. It was a very effective attention-getter for about 15 minutes. Then when it was time to go home she had a hard time giving it up. We had a good time together.

Tabernacle Choir: New CD in the works

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Working through a section of music. (Note blankets on the seats.)

The Choir and Orchestra just finished a series of recording sessions for a new CD featuring the men of the choir. The sessions stretched all week. We were at the Tabernacle for recordings every night from Tuesday night to Friday night, and all day Saturday (today). We return to the Tabernacle tomorrow morning for our weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. This will make six days in a row we have met at Temple Square to make music together. The Broadcast will feature two of the pieces we recorded for the new CD including “Discovery” or Landsighting, by Edvard Grieg with Baritone soloist Clayton Breynard. This is a piece that is very meaningful to me. The choir sang this piece the weekend I was in the Salt Lake City Missionary Home prior to leaving for Language Training for my missionary assignment. At that time all the missionaries went to the Choir Broadcast together. I remember hearing that piece (which I already knew) being sung at that time. My father was a member of the choir at that time as well, making it extra special for me. That was also the last time I heard Richard Evans as the commentator for the choir. He passed away about three weeks later. This recording will be unique because of the content and because of the varying styles it will contain. A few of the other pieces on the new recording include “The Morning Trumpet,” “Lullaby” by Billy Joel, “Hush Little Baby and “Non Nobis Domine” from Henry V. I look forward to its release! The Choir website has news about this new recording at the choir’s website,

Birthdays are always fun!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Happy Birthday Andrew!

We celebrated birthdays for the month together on Monday night and had David and Andrew’s birthdays to celebrate together.

Happy Birthday David!

We had two cakes and two different kinds of ice cream to celebrate, and the kids enjoyed each other’s company while we were all together at home. We love having everyone here and miss those that cannot be with us.