Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THE EVANS GIRLS . . . AND ONE EX


In the 80's I taught 3 Evans children.
Jessica, Jodi, and Johnny.
I loved them!
Then in the 2000's, I taught 3 of
Jessica's children.
Maddie, Elisabeth, and Thomas.

I loved seeing Jessica at school!
I knew that she had had problems
with her marriage.
I liked her husband.
But, it was awkward, like at her
children's weddings.

Jessica met Matt Kelsch.
I taught Matt's brother, Cody.
He teaches at Lone Peak High School.
She has 7 kids, he has 4.
They were married in October.






Combined family.

Here is their story:
Nov. 21, 2016 is the day my life took the turn for the better. After hours of texting backand forth we met at Hart’s gas station for the first time at 2:30 in the morning. We had hot cocoa and we ended up talking for couple of hours more until we had to get ready for work. From that day till now we have had the most amazing and beautiful time together. And we feel we want to have a lifetime of amazing life together!! Our love grew from the first day we met to overflowing of love and gratitude.
I am pleased to announce that Jessica Moffat and I are engaged!!! 💍
We are so grateful for all those who have loved and supported us. We are so excited to begin the next chapter of our lives with each other and our children. We love you all!!


Jessica's ex is engaged, too.
This will be his combined family.
I did not find their story on Facebook,
but she teaches 4th grade at Mountainville Academy.
He has 7 kids, she has 2.



Jodi was a single mother for a long time.
Then, she went back to college,
and is now a teacher at Thunder Ridge!

There was a couple in her ward, where the
wife passed away this last spring.
Jodi was married to him in November.
She has 3 kids.  He has 9 kids, and 5 grandchildren.

Here is her story:
Long post warning:
35 years ago today a most beautiful union took place. And up until most recently it,
 to me, might have been deemed just a great marriage. No, it was a miracle. My miracle.

Ben married Katie and he has testified to me of his knowledge of how much he must 
mean to God because he was allowed the privilege of marrying an elect daughter such 
as she was. She helped him become the man he is who honors his priesthood, dotes
 on his wife, and works tirelessly to provide for his family.

Together they created 9 beautiful humans. Life wasn’t easy, they both understood
 it wasn’t meant to be. They knew how to do hard things together. 5 of their blessings have 
married and multiplied. Their lasting legacy of love won’t be stopped now. It will forever
 give glory to this beautiful couple and the God who allowed them this opportunity. 

Growing up I was taught the value of a marriage by a mother and stepdad who are
 fiercely loyal to each other. I never thought another marriage would have a greater 
impact than that of my own parents. I was wrong. Ben and Katie’s marriage has 
afforded me opportunities I never even dreamed possible. To be married to Ben has
 been nothing short of my miracle. My greatest blessing came at such a cost for those
 that I am learning I love most. It is opposition at its hardest.

Gratitude for Katie and the role she played in the lives of her family is almost too much 
for me to feel. I owe everything I have to this great lady and her family who have welcomed
 myself and my three as their own.

I will forever thank my Heavenly Father for the tender way He leads me along. It might
 seem strange for this post to come from me and I understand why, but I don’t ever want to 
forget how much love I have for those people I have in my life right now in this moment and the source of that goodness. Happy Anniversary Ben and Katie!


WHITNEY AWARD NOMINEE, YEAR #2


Jennifer Jenkins has been nominated for the
 Whitney Awards
for the second year in a row!

#ProudMissMitchellMoment

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A BLAST FROM THE PAST???

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9,
I SAW THAT I HAD A DIRECT MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK.
IT WAS FROM MY FORMER STUDENT,
SONJA GRAY REYNOLDS.
IT SAID, "PLAYING WITH CONRAD DUNN."
IT WAS IN LOGAN, WITH THE GROUP, "GENTRI."

WOW!  JUST WOW!!!
HE AND I SPENT 6 YEARS TOGETHER IN THE 80'S!
PRETTY MUCH 
EVERY 
SINGLE 
DAY
THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF HOURS . . . TOGETHER,
AND ON THE PHONE.
ALL.  THE.  TIME.

WE DID HIS ORCHESTRA CLASSES AND CONCERTS TOGETHER
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CONCERTS
MERRILL OSMOND'S YOUTH PIONEER PAGEANT
2 ST. GEORGE TRIPS
8 DISNEYLAND TRIPS
3 WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIPS
LOTS OF TIME WITH HIS FAMILY
MOVIES
OUT TO LUNCH AND DINNER SEVERAL DAYS A WEEK!

SONJA WAS IN MY FIFTH CLASS, SO SHE
KNEW CONRAD FROM THAT.
SHE PLAYS AND TEACHES THE FRENCH HORN
AND ALP HORN.

I DID SEND HER A MESSAGE ABOUT
HOW LONG IT HAD BEEN, ETC.
AND ASKING HER WHAT SHE WAS DOING WITH HIM.
#PROUD MISS MITCHELL MOMENT FOR ALL
OF SONJA'S MUSIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

I DON'T KNOW IF SHE TOLD HIM THAT
SHE WAS GOING TO SEND THIS PICTURE TO ME.

SO, I HAD TO SEND THIS BACK TO HER:

WINTER DANCE RECITAL



Courtney & Grandma Dixie

Addie & Grandma Dixie

Camry & Grandma Dixie

Courtney, 17

Jaycie, 12 1/2

Camry, 12

Addie, 7 1/2

Kelly Fam & Santa

Ryker, 2 1/2

Preston, 10

Jaycie, 12 1/2

Addie, 7 1/2


Camry, 12

Courtney, 17


Mitchell Fam & Santa
Courtney, 17   Camry, 12   Carter, 8


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

DECEMBER RETIRED TEACHER'S LUNCH

HAD TO HAVE A PICTURE OF
CAROLYN'S PURSE!


OUR ALPINE ELEMENTARY RETIRED TEACHER'S LUNCH WAS HELD ON
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, AT WALLABY'S.
THOSE IN ATTENDANCE WERE:
FRONT:  TUCKER IVERSON, BRAD & CATHY TIBBITTS,
CAROLYN & LYNN HUTCHINGS
BACK:
NANCY POPE, DIANE DURRANT, ADONNA IVERSON, JAY & VICKY HAWS,
DIANE DURRANT, ME, ANALEE (WISER) & LANE BROWN,
LINDA & DALE DIBB


IF HEAVEN IS LIKE A HALLMARK CHANNEL MOVIE

When I was teaching, and doing this blog,
I always had a poll question on it.
It was soooo fun to see all the results!
This was a poll we did every year in December.
I think it still holds pretty true today,
except my favorite movie is
Christmas Vacation.


Our favorite Christmas movie is . . . 

In 2nd place is . . . 

We had a 3 way tie for 3rd place...



We also had a tie for 4th place...


Since this poll, I have discovered the
Hallmark Channel.

They have love story movies all year long.
January has a winter theme.
February is Valentines.
Then, spring movies.
June is wedding movies.
Christmas in July.
Summer, fall, and then . . . Christmas!
The end of October - December.
24 hours of cheesy Christmas movies.








I record the ones I want to see, then watch them
when I can.  That's the way to see them!
Fast forward through all the commercials!

Each and every movie is rated "G". All of the movie story lines are basically the same.
White couples, early 30's.
Sometimes, they are widowed or divorced with 1 or 2 children.
Occupations . . . authors, advertising, company executives, lawyers,
small business owners, etc. but, never a teacher!
No smoking, swearing, sleeping together.
The only vice is minimal drinking.

These ladies have hit star status, or higher star status
 by doing several Hallmark movies.
The stars are:
Candace Cameron-Buré (DJ on Full House)

Danica McKeller (Winnie on Wonder Years)

Alicia Witt

and my favorite, Lacy Charbet

Several movies are set in Vermont and New York City.
There are even Utah settings!
My classmate, and mother of a student,
Maxine Beck Blackburn, had her home
in one of the movies! 
My former foot doctor, Gary Ridge, his granddaughter
was in one of the movies!

From July Jolley:
I know many of you just LOVE Hallmark movies but look for Jade and Paul 
as extras tonight in "Sharing Christmas". Jade is wearing a light blue coat.
 Paul is the pianist in the Jazz scene. My hubby Steve took care of water and 
snacks for the film crew.



I taught Paul Jolley in Science.
I also taught a Paul Jolley.  Not the same.

Within 5-10 minutes, you know who will get together.
And, they always live Happily Ever After.

So, if heaven is like a Hallmark Channel movie,
COUNT ME IN!!!