Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tonight was the dance recital for Charlie. Her studio does dancing and singing, and each age group did a singing song, as well as a dance number. Then there were a few group numbers. These kids were so cute. And of course, my granddaughter, Charlie, shined.
Charlie posing with her mom. Matt and Ashley are strict with Charlie dressing modestly, but this cracked me up. Charlie was miserable and ichy in her dance costume and after two weeks of fighting with her about it, Ashley put a tshirt on with it. That seemed to do the trick, no itching, scratching or complaining from our little dancer tonight. Modest is the Hottest.
Charlie's first number, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
A star is born.
Our angel in the manger
Jenn & Carson came to watch the show. Drew kept entertained with a few cars in his pocket.
Singing with the group.
Parker and his big blue eyes just hanging out with the family.
No dancer anorexia here, a plate of cookies for a job well done.
Congratulations, Charlie. Your recital was lovely.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
How do you enjoy your daddy's graduation?
Find a seat with your mother. "Hey everybody, my eyes are the same color as my mom's."
Cheer and dance to the brass band and loud music.
Jump over into my grandpa's lap.
Fall asleep listening to the brass band.
Cheer and Shout.
Walk the hallways with my other grandpa. (did you notice my mom put me in a Rebel red and grey sweater - I'm so stylin)
Then I decided to walk along the backs of the chairs.
My mom stopped all the fun to hold me up and start yelling.
That's my daddy!
The Happy Graduate, The Happy Wife, The Happy Baby
Jordan Richard Shields
College of Urban Affairs, Bachelor in Communications
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
You guys are going to have so much fun!!!! When he walks across the graduation stage, I will also thank you then.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Hallie loves reading about and dressing up like Fancy Nancy. She has a lot of her books. Hallie decided in celebration of her three years of life, a soiree (that's french and fancy for party) was in order.
Her mother made her a brand new tutu for this day and she got her very own birthday tiara (that's fancy for Crown that the Princess wears)
As the hostess (that's fancy for girl that's having the party) she welcolmed all of her guests.
Hallie's friends all adored their accessories (that's fancy for extra stuff). They were even allowed to keep them as a souvenir (that's fancy for something that reminds you of a special place).
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
So that lead to my next thought: If I can't really remember the plot line after 5 years, did it really effect the kids that much? But then I had to think: Yes. what you bring into your house really affects the kids that much. And it affects your home that much. So Yes, it matters.
Which leads me back to Glee. Take away the toe-tapping song and dance and what do you have? The characters and story lines are unbelievable. Why would a mother who doesn't allow her kids to watch rated R movies, or or is selective about the music lyrics they listen to, or guards the computer against pornography intrusions, all of a sudden allow Glee into their home every week?
I really didn't want to go into detail on the storyline, but it can be found here.
I'm not setting myself up as the poster child for correct media choices. But I am just wondering out loud why so many are praising this show and why no one has spoken up to say that what it represents is flat out wrong.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
On July 21st, Ron and I celebrated our 30th anniversary. We wanted to get away. Somewhat close. Definately cooler. This was mid-July - it was hot here and I wanted c.o.o.l. I had never been to Yosemite National Park, so we decided to take a little 2-day trip to drive over the border and go to Yosemite.
We stayed the first night in Bishop. It had this great little movie theater. I called the theater number from our hotel room and received a nice recording on the movie of the week, what time it would be playing, and the brief description of Invictus starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. I was kind of excited because I wanted to see that movie when it was in the theaters, but hadn't, so here we were in this little town, with the cute old fashion recording of the movies playing that week. We headed off to the theater. F.Y.I, 2 tickets, popcorn, drinks, all under $20. That doesn't happen in Vegas. I didn't notice the marquee as we walked in, but the previews started, and then it rolled right into Leonardo DeCaprio's latest movie, and it kept going, and kept going...and I kept thinking "man this is a long preview, it's almost like the start of the movie. Where is the rugby movie???"
We ended up watching Inception, not Invictus.
The next day we drove over to Yosemite and drove through the park. It did not disappoint
There was water, trees, babbling brooks, big rocks.
Really big rocks.
Cool and refreshing waterfalls. Because the west coast had a longer-than-usual spring, the snow melt-off was delayed. When we first considered going I checked out the internet descriptions and they all said peak waterfalls were in May, by end of July they would be dried up. So then we decided to wait until next spring to go - then CBS news did a story on how remarkable it was that the waterfalls were still going strong, so our trip was back on! The waterfalls did not disappoint.
This is how we look after 30 years together, standing in front of the landmarks.
I loved just riding through the park and looking at all the trees.
After a night in a below-average hotel, we continued on until we ran out of land. Then we followed Highway One south. The beaches to the north were definately different than the sandy beaches to the south. Most of Hwy 1 was a winding road with a cliff drop-off. I'm scared of heights and it was quite an unnerving drive. There were several pull-offs to stop and view, but I was too scared to get out of the car. But this is what I couldn't believe - here on this little pull-out, with a 500 foot drop, would be a family standing there for a photo - are you kidding me? Talk about child endangerment. There would have been no way I would have ever pulled over with all the kids in the car, then let them pose on the edge just to get the Pacific in the background. One brotherly love push or "you're standing too close to me..." and someone would have gone down. I was just amazed people put their children out there for pictures. Absolutely crazy.
These were some sea lions lounging out in the sunshine.
Our destination - Hearst Castle. I was soooo excited. I've always wanted to go here. I didn't know this but there are actually four different tours, plus you can walk around some of the gardens on your own. There's a huge visitor's center with films, etc. We were lucky enough to grab two last-minute available tickets, and it was the tour that included the kitchen. Score!
I loved the industrial lights
Being a Kitchen Aid fan, this hobart mixer is divine.
This is an indoor swimming pool. The pictures don't do it justice. It's just beautiful. And on the roof of the pool building were the tennis courts. I have pictures, but since I took 100s of pictures through this house, I won't upload them all here.
Gorgeous views from all windows.