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Thursday, July 28, 2016

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT . . . SORT OF



When I was growing up, an engagement
was announced in the newspaper.
Today, social media.

Katie & CJ are still in the Dominican Republic.
Here's how they announced their engagement:

Katie announced on Instagram, and
shared to Facebook.


 And, here's the full picture:



CJ's announcement was quite different.
He has had a problem with women stalkers, 
ever since he was drafted into the NBA in 2014.

Here's his announcement on his Instagram.
And, Katie has never appeared on his Instagram account.
CJ doesn't do anything personal on social media.
His Facebook page is one that you follow, and
has been controlled by the LA Clippers.

The post is the back of Katie, and the picture is tagged,
sending you to Katie's Instagram.
He just has the date the engagement happened.
Some might not get it . . . most won't.

Engaged July 23 (Cole's 12th birthday)
Katie sent our family a picture that afternoon.
Katie announced July 26.
CJ, July 27th.

They were both coming here next week, but
the Magic wants CJ ASAP.
He cancelled his shooting camp because of that,
and his hand that he had surgery on.

The NBA will move them from LA to Orlando.
Upon her return to LA, Katie will work her last couple of days.
She will also oversee the NBA packing their things.
CJ will oversee the unpacking of their things in the
new condo the Magic have for them.
They can decide later if they want to stay there.
They even get their vehicles across the country!
Katie and Jax will come home for a couple of weeks,
and then they are on their way.
Trading earthquake and fire country for
hurricane and thunderstorm country.

Looks like the wedding is next summer,
after he's played a year for the Magic.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LOVIN' ME SOME MOTAB


ON FRIDAY, JULY 22, I ATTENDED
THE MORMON TABERNACLE 
PIONEER DAY CELEBRATION, 
FEATURING THE KING'S SINGERS.

I HAD THE BRIGHT IDEA OF LAUREL
AND I TAKING ALL OF THE KIDS AGE 8 & UP.
WELL, THEY ALL WENT CAMPING.
I COULDN'T FIND ANYONE TO GO WITH,
SO I WENT SOLO.
THAT DOESN'T STOP ME!!!





THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE
KING'S SINGERS, IS THAT THEIR VOICE PITCH
IS THE SAME AS THEIR HEIGHT!
THE SHORTEST IS THE FALSETTO,
TALLEST IS THE BASS!

HERE'S THE PRECONCERT PICTURE

ALL THE LITTLE SPARKLES WERE LIGHTS HANGING DOWN
ON WIRES FROM THE CEILING.
AT THE BEGINNING, THEY HAD LIGHT FORMATIONS
ON THE WALL IN THE BACK OF WAGON WHEELS.
BUT, YOU CAN'T TAKE PHOTOS DURING THE CONCERT.
JUST BEFORE AND AFTER.


THE KING'S SINGERS



THE ICONIC SALT LAKE TEMPLE



CONFERENCE CENTER


WE'RE JUST THAT COOL!



BBQ PART 2



Our second barbecue in two days was held at
Carolyn & Lynn Hutchings home.
Lynn had bought a smoker, and wanted
to try it out.

There was Carolyn & Lynn, Cathy & Brad, and 
me & mom.
Jane was to be there...but we don't know
what happened to her.

The menu was smoked salmon and steak,
salads, asparagus,and rice.

Carolyn and Cathy are two of my best friends!
I taught both of Carolyn's girls,
Stephanie and Tiffany.
We were also tutor buddies.

I taught Cathy's daughter, Lindsay.
I also taught two of her grandchildren.
Telisa and Tyson.

We all (except my mom) have traveled
to New York City, Caribbean Cruise, and
an Alaskan Cruise.  
The girls went to the Shakespearean Festival
and Tuachaun.
Carolyn and Cathy and spouses of been
on lots of trips with just the two couples.

Cathy and Carolyn were with me the first
time I went to the temple.
Jane was one of my escorts, 
along with Ann Searle.


Monday, July 25, 2016

BBQ PART 1



We had a great time with a barbecue with the
Bagley & Cook families.
It was held in the Cook's back yard.

Ten years ago, our Sunset Hills 1st Ward was split.
Gina & Cheryl decided to have the widows
in the 2 Sunset Hills wards for a monthly lunch.
When they got together, they decided
that they needed my mom!
When the ward split, we went to our new ward
that we would be moving into 4 months later.

This monthly lunch was the best
for my mom!!!
There was always a summer barbecue,
and I was invited to that
(except when they had in on Fridays...my temple working night).

Tomorrow night is BBQ Part 2.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

THE MAILMAN DELIVERS

My favorite Jazz player of all time is
Karl Malone!
Today is Karl's 53rd birthday!

Here's a funny Karl story.

When Karl was drafted in 1985, he came
to Utah in July.  
They told him that they were going to have
a "Welcome to the Community, Karl!"
It would be held on his birthday, July 24th.
They even put him on a 
Utah Jazz float!
There were bands and other floats.
Except, no one told him that July 24th
was a state holiday...commemorating the
arrival of Brigham Young and the pioneers
into the Salt Lake Valley!

And . . . the Mailman delivers:


MISS ARIZONA TEEN


CARISSA ATOR WAS ONE OF THE 
6 ATOR CHILDREN THAT I TAUGHT.
THE FAMILY MOVED TO ARIZONA.

CARISSA COMPETED IN THE
MISS ARIZONA TEEN COMPETITION.

SHE WON THE FOLLOWING:
OVERALL:  4TH RUNNER UP
TOP MODEL:  3RD RUNNER UP
CASUAL WEAR:  2ND RUNNER UP
MISS PERSONALITY:  1ST RUNNER UP
ACTRESS: WINNER


WITH MOTHER, KARLENE
 MOM, ARIANNE, CARISSA, MIKAYLA
(MISSING KELSEY, ZACK, CEBRINA, CEDRIC)





HE PUT A RING ON IT!


Details to come.
When they return from the Dominican Republic.
And, it's publicly announced.
(Getting married probably next summer. . . since he was traded
from the LA Clippers to Orlando Magic)

#RNCatCLE

#RNCatCLE
stands for
Republican National Convention at Cleveland

And . . . it's finished.
No surprises.
Trump is no longer "presumptive."
He's the Republican nominee.
Here's the Republican ticket:

And the logo:


For President of the United States
Donald J. Trump, age 70
"The Donald"
Chairman and President of Trump Organization
Former host of The Apprentice.
He has built skyscrapers, hotels, casino, and golf courses.
Ran the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

Wife:  Melania
2 ex wives:  Ivana and Marla Maples
8 grandchildren

3 children with Ivana.
Donald Trump Jr., age 38
Graduated from University of Pennsylvania
5 children

Ivanka Trump, age 34
Graduated from University of Pennsylvania
3 children

Eric Trump, age 32
Graduated from Georgetown University

1 child with Marla
Tiffany, age 22
Graduated from University of Pennsylvania

1 child with Melania
Barron, age 10

All adult children work for the Trump Organization.

Ivana was a model.
Marla was an actress.  She was a contestant last season on Dancing With The Stars.
Melania was a model.



For Vice President of the United States
Michael R. Pence, age 57
Governor of Indiana
Former U.S. House of Representatives
President of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation
Radio talk show host
Attorney
Admissions Counselor at Hanover College

Wife:  Karen, teacher

3 children:

Michael, 23
Graduated 2014 from Purdue University
2nd lieutenant in US Marine Corps

Charlotte, 21
Graduated 2016 from DePaul University
Filmmaker . . . won an Emmy
Writer . . . published essays

Audrey, 20
Attending Northeastern University
Studying International Affairs and Arabic








ROOMIES


For just about 6 weeks, the 4 of us lived together at Dixie.
Karen McKnight Esplin, me, Sara Cutler Deaver, and
Pam Merrell Heaton.
All from Las Vegas.
All attended Clark High School.

After my first 2 quarters at Dixie, my 3 roommates
decided to move off campus. My room was already paid for, so I couldn't move.
 They wanted to keep two dorm rooms open for spring students visiting the campus.
I was heading to Wyoming for a debate meet.
I had a few choices, and hastily said, Pam Merrell.
Pam's roommate, Cozette Davis, was moving home to Lehi
and to get married in June.
She's actually in my stake, but in 10 years, I've never
seen her.  I know her husband, cuz he was a stake clerk.

(Funny side note...in the end, my other 3 roommates were sad
of their decision to have left.  Especially since I was so happy!
I had made tons of new friends that last year and quarter,
they didn't.  They lived in a triplex.  They knew
their neighbors, and that was it)


Anyway, this girl in my Spanish class moved all my
things to the new room.  It was spring break. She was
from Pennsylvania, and wasn't going anywhere.

Karen and Sara were the "potty partners."
Karen came winter quarter from BYU...well, just living there.
She had to bring her grades up to get into BYU.
Sara's family introduced Karen's family to the church.

Karen was tired of Sara.
She wanted to move with me.
We tried to find a place in the dorms, but couldn't.
I didn't even know Karen, except she was the
visiting teaching coordinator.

Well, Sara and I swapped rooms.
Sara lived with Pam, and I lived with Karen.
Then, Sara's dad came up and pulled her out of school.
He found out that Sara was coming to Vegas
without going to see her parents.
Yup.  Drug run.

Anyway, Karen and I lived together our last year at Dixie.
Pam moved to the Tara Trailers.
I've seen Pam once in awhile, but keep up now on Facebook.
I've really kept up with Karen and Sara.
I was bridesmaids for both of them.
I've stayed at their homes, gone to their children's weddings.
We've been out to lunches and dinners, and Jazz games.

All are active in the Church.
Sara has been an ordinance worker in the Vegas Temple.
Karen and Dale, lots of callings.
Primary chorister, Presidency members, 
Bishop in a college ward,
Lambda Delta Sigma (our LDS sorority) advisor.

But, for 6 short weeks, 40 years ago...eternal friendships evolved!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TIME FOR THE "RNC"


THIS WEEK IS THE "RNC."
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION.
IT IS AT THE QUICKEN LOANS ARENA,
WHERE THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS PLAY.

IT WAS ALWAYS GREAT TO WATCH!!!
YOU WOULD HEAR THE GREAT REPUBLICANS OF THE PAST.
IT WAS SOOOO EXCITING!!!
BUT, NOT THIS TIME.

OUT OF THE 16 CANDIDATES,
SURPRISE!  SURPRISE!
DONALD TRUMP ACTUALLY CAME OUT ON TOP!!!

SO, WE WILL HAVE A BULLY VS A LIAR!

ON MONDAY, DONALD'S 3RD WIFE, MELANIA, SPOKE.
SHE HAD SEVERAL PARTS OF HER SPEECH
THAT WERE WORD FOR WORD FROM
MICHELLE OBAMA'S 2008 SPEECH.

SO, HERE'S A FEW MEMES ABOUT THIS ELECTION:



PLEASE . . . 
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!