November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We sure had a fun time up in Mapleton for Thanksgiving! Thanks to Dan and Janet (and family) for their hospitality!! We bombarded them with our clan (other than the Texas bunch) and had everyone together for Thanksgiving!! We had fun eating, playing games, watching football and visiting with cousins, aunts and uncles, and Mom and Dad Barton.

Too bad the BYU v. Utah football game didn't have a better ending!! Then it would have been a PERFECT weekend!

Oh well, next year!

November 19, 2010

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn't,
Because men do what they often shouldn't,
Because crops fail, and plans go wrong
Some of us grumble all day long.
But somehow, in spite of the care and doubt,
It seems at the last that things work out.

Because we lose where we hoped to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we'd like to play
Some of us whimper along life's way.
But somehow, as day always follows the night,
Most of our troubles work out all right.

Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think that the way is long
Some of us whimper that life's all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out all right.

So bend to your trouble and meet your care,
For the clouds must break, and the sky grow fair.
Let the rain come down, as it must and will,
But keep on working and hoping still.
For in spite of the grumblers who stand about,
Somehow, it seems, all things work out.

November 14, 2010


I wish I could remember what CD I was listening to...I think it was one of Uncle Kim's talks at BYU-Idaho. Anyway, it really made an impact on me, so I wrote it down on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt. Good thing is was a long receipt!!

"Faith in Christ is inextricably tied to, and results in, hope in Christ for our redemption and exaltation. And assurance and hope make it possible for us to walk to the edge of light, and take a few steps into the darkness, expecting and trusting the light to move and illuminate the way. The combination of assurance and hope initiates action in the present."
10:30 p.m. Sunday evening...have just a minute to do some writing...

Last Sunday I came home from the 4-day stint up north for the piano competition.
I need to learn to CHILL regarding this whole thing!! I think this year I really got psyched out (due to a couple of non-related, but related incidents.) Too bad things aren't as clear DURING the fact as they are AFTER the fact!! Someday maybe I'll get a clue about life!!

The judges really enjoyed the lunch Linda prepared for us, this year with at least a little more notice than last year. Even with the planning we barely had 20 minutes to eat, grab some bowls of soup for one of the judges and two other ladies who "got lost" and barely had time to get to the hotel, set down bags, and dash off to the university.

The second day I spaced leaving one of the judges at the hotel, remembered 10 minutes before we were to start, had to FLY back to the hotel and we were only 10 minutes late getting started.

Uhmmmm, and this year was my "parking ticket" spectacular! Got one on Temple Square when one of the judges and I went to the Tabernacle Choir rehearsal on Thursday evening. It was AMAZING, but the ticket was uncalled for...just because I parked where it said "carriage parking" and there was no carriage there...

And then I got another at the university when I parked where the ticket booth person said I could because I was late with the was I supposed to know I was parking in a fire zone??? There were 4 other cars parked there and I parked in between them?!?!

I paid the Temple Square one and am appealing the University one. ^_^

The competition really is enjoyable to me once things get going. It's just long!! Three days worth of listening to CRAZY AMAZING PIANO PERFORMANCES is something else!

AND, when the judges say they just heard the two most amazing performances of their LIVES, is really saying something!!

So, enough about last week...

Dallin's first matinée for PETER PAN went remarkably well! Maybe I'm just a proud mom, but I think Dallin is doing a GREAT job as Peter Pan. AND he flies really well too! We're looking forward to Opening Night this week! (Nov. 18th) AND we're looking forward to family coming down to support Dallin, too! (I'll start taking some pictures and video so I can post it for Jaimi and Mike to see.)