LIFE OFF! GAME ON! GO JAZZ!!!

"FUN RUN" 2012

2012-2013

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TEACHING THE TWINNERS


I've been able to spend more time
with Ally & Brooky lately.
Mainly, because the head babysitter, Grandma Laurel, 
has been staying and taking care of Ashley.

Enter . . . "Tant Tan."
(That's what Ally calls me.)
Mike went to a funeral Saturday in Clearfield, and took Oakley.
Heidi was on call . . . and was called to visit patients.

They put the valentine decorations on my tree,
and put the valentine dress on my bear.
After, I felt that it was my duty to teach the girls
what is really important in life . . . BYU!
Even though their dad is a Utah graduate,
look how they love the BYU light up necklaces,
the Cougar, and the bear!
And, of course, I taught them the 
Cougar Fight Song!

They really have the Rah, rah, rah rah rah
ending part down!
Especially the
GOOOOOOOOOO COUGARS!!!


Monday, February 8, 2016

50 . . . NOT L

THE


BEAT THE


24-10

AND WOULDN'T YOU KNOW,
IT WAS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE SUPER BOWL!

1966-2016

AND I SAW EVERY ONE OF THEM!!!

NEXT YEAR, THE ROMAN NUMERALS WILL RETURN . . . LI

Saturday, February 6, 2016

LPHS ON ESPNU




LONE PEAK HIGH SCHOOL 
HAS WON MANY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
IN BASKETBALL.
THEY EVEN WON 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS
IN A ROW,
AND ONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

ON FEBRUARY 5,
LONE PEAK BASKETBALL
HAD ANOTHER FIRST.
THEY WERE THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL
TO HAVE A GAME BROADCAST ON ESPNU!
AS USUAL, THEY WON!
THEY BEAT ST. JOSEPH FROM NEW JERSEY.
68-61
THE GAME WAS HELD AT LONE PEAK.


ONLY IN UTAH . . . ONLY IN WINTER

Drove over to get my Caffeine Free Diet Coke.
Pulled up behind this convertible.
16 degrees.
Only in Utah . . . Only in Winter!

Friday, February 5, 2016

IT ALL STARTED WITH A TWEET

An assembly at Lone Peak Elementary in Sandy
(but, they don't feed in to our Lone Peak)
where students were taught to make the 
University of Utah symbol.
The little boy on the end in the BYU shirt is 
first grader, Spencer.
He proudly wore his BYU shirt, and would
not join in on making the symbol.

Someone from the U saw the picture, and
sent out a tweet:

 "To the kid reppin' Y amidst all the U's, you be you. 
The state would be lesser off without some blue."

He became a guest at the BYU vs St. Mary's game.

He also received a tour.
Met BYU football and basketball players and coaches.
Got to put his feet up on Coach Sitake's desk:

TELLING NICK EMERY WHAT TO DO TO
BEAT SAINT MARY'S.

Met some Jazz players . . . Dante, Alec and Joe.

Sat on the front row of the ROC section.

Met Athletic Director, Tom Holmoe:

 "To the kid reppin' Y amidst all the U's, you be you. 
The state would be lesser off without some blue."

DEAR FRIDAY



This was me.
When I was teaching.
Especially the Friday after SEPs.
Except, for almost 1/2 of my teaching career
(16 years),
I dashed from school to the temple to work a shift as an ordinance worker.
4:15 p.m. (prayer meeting)
until we were done,
usually 10:00 - 10:30 p.m.

SEP REFLECTIONS


February 3 & 4.
SEP time.
AKA "Student Education Plan."
But, what it really is, is
Parent - Teacher Conferences.

The first time I ever did Parent Teacher Conferences,
it was a Friday, and our conferences were held from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
There was no assigned time.
Parents just showed up...whenever.
No kids allowed, either.
(This was hard to understand, because the secretaries at my mom's
school scheduled each child, and notified parents by mail!
But, that was Jordan District!)
I thought it was great to go home 1 1/2 hours before the usual time!
The kids got the day off, but we didn't.  It was because we were
already paid for that day.

I learned a lot that first year!
The biggest thing I learned was this:
Even though I went home as a girl, and told my parents everything
that happened at school...most kids don't.
Especially boys.
That's where I learned to have "parent signatures" on every unit,
and came up with my "weekly notes."
The weekly notes were done individually for each student.
It had a list of each child's missing assignment from the previous week,
and how many points each assignment was worth.
That was one of my strengths...keeping track and following through
with missing assignments.
But, it took forever to fill these out...week after week, year after year.
(Especially, my last year, with 37 students.)
But, a parent could never come back and say they didn't know
their child had missing assignments.
(Having the weekly note signed was worth 10 points on their
language grade each week.)

Then, the conferences switched times.
After school on Thursdays until about 7:30, then
Friday mornings until about 11:30, with Friday afternoons off.
This was so dads could come after work on Thursdays.
Parents came at an assigned time...kind of.
It was according to the first letter of their last name.
And, there was always back up!
(I learned to have our class video playing in the hall
to pass the time.)
The 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades were in the gym.
We were in our classrooms, and sometimes the Media Center.
(With no walls, parents could check lines.)
Again, no kids.

A "Master List" soon followed.
It was set up on a table by the office.
Parents came in and signed up when they wanted.
Students were also added to the conferences.
This was the BEST to have the child there!!!

Times changed again.
Wednesday and Thursdays after school...4:00 -7:30.
Then, the school could pick a day off.
We always picked the day before Thanksgiving in the fall,
and a Friday in March in the Spring.
These were called "Comp Days."
(Compensation Days.)

One of the best additions to SEPs happened a little later.
The PTA began serving dinner at 3:30.
SWEEEET!
The district then had district wide "Comp Days."
The day before Thanksgiving, and a Friday in March.
(This was the only day off in March.)

Later, parents signed up online for SEPS.
I loved this!!!  If the parent didn't sign up,
I put the available times on board, and let the kids pick.
We could pick our times, and block others.
I always did 4 conferences before school each morning.
That was 8 conferences!!!  I had to do this, to fit
in all the kids!  I always had over 30 my last
few years of teaching.
(David was great with letting us leave, as long as we had
gotten everybody.)
Comp Days changed again.
The Spring Comp Day, along with a
"Snow Make Up Day, were added to Spring Break, 
making it a week long.



I have loved reading all of my teacher friend's posts on Facebook about 
Parent Teacher Conferences. 

 I taught about 1,000 students in 33 years. 
That's 66 times I did scheduled conferences. 
 And that's 1,980 conferences!
Hmmmm. 1980.
Coincidentally, that's the year I began teaching!

In Alpine, parents are concerned about their child's education, and always came!  
I always loved visiting with all my students and parents...but, it was 
a big job to get ready.  I was much happier being at the Jazz game
Wednesday with Adonna, instead of doing conferences! 
 And, might I add...NOBODY does dinners as well as the Alpine PTA!!!

Here are some pictures of my last year of SEPs.
These were the best, because I had also taught the parent
as a 5th grader!!!


 Max's mom, Melody Walker Sutherland, was in my 2nd class.
1981-1982
I taught two of Melody's sisters, too.
I didn't teach Max's dad, but I taught three of his dad's brothers!
One of his dad's brothers, Danny, was in the same class as Melody!

One of Melody's sisters that I taught, was Brook.
And now . . . look who Brook's teaching in kindergarten!!!
That's right my little Addie!!!
(great niece)


Cache's mom, Marylynn Miller Smith, was in my 4th class.
1983-1984
Cache's dad's sister, was also in the same class.
I also taught Cache's brother, Aaron.


Kennedy's mom, Alison Mills Skea, was in my 10th class.
1989-1990
If you want to know what Alison looked like in the 5th grade,
just look at Kennedy!
(I even called Kennedy, Alison, many times!)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

MEANWHILE, AFTER THE IOWA CAUCUS . . .


It's finally campaign season.
The February of "Election Year."
Oh, wait!
That's when it used to start!!!
It's been well over a year!
They've already had a TON of debates, 
plus campaigning.

Former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State,
Hillary Clinton, barely won on the democratic side in Iowa.

And surprise of all surprises!
Donald Trump, republican (really?), did NOT win!
Came in 2nd place to Ted Cruz.
He was 4 percentage points behind Cruz!
Trump was actually humble!

And then this happened:


FEBRUARY FUNNY



GRANDMA DIXIE MEETS McKENZIE

I AM ON A BLOGGING POST FRENZY TO GET CAUGHT UP!
THIS IS MY 8TH POST TODAY!

JANUARY HAS BEEN A HARD MONTH.
I'VE BEEN RECOVERING FROM A TORN ACHILLES TENDON,
THEN I WAS TOLD MY BIG TOE ON THE SAME FOOT AS
THE ACHILLES WAS BROKEN.
WHO KNEW?!

SO, I'VE PRETTY MUCH BEEN A HOME BODY THIS MONTH.
I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO COME AND GO AS I PLEASE.
MY MOM HAS BEEN HOME FOR 6 WEEKS.
SHE HAS A HIATAL HERNIA.
WE'VE BEEN THIS MONTH TO SEVERAL DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS.
ALSO, 2 ER VISITS...ONE OF WHICH WAS 12 HOURS!
(ER IN NOVEMBER, TOO)
SHE HAS TO HAVE SEVERAL SMALL MEALS A DAY.
SHE'LL BE 81 NEXT MONTH.

ASHLEY HAD BRAIN SURGERY ON THE 11TH.
IT TOOK FROM 2 DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING UNTIL
JANUARY 11TH FOR THE SURGERY TO CLIP HER BRAIN ANEURYSM.
(STILL GETTING MIGRAINES, BUT ANEURYSM IS CLIPPED.)
SHE WAS IN ICU FOR 3 DAYS AND ON THE FLOOR FOR 3.
SHE'S AWFULLY YOUNG, 32, FOR BRAIN SURGERY!!!

CAMILLE GAVE BIRTH TO KENZIE ON JANUARY 17TH.
I WAS UNABLE TO HELP WITH ANYTHING, CUZ I WAS TAKING
CARE OF MY MOM.  I DID GO UP ONE DAY (TO RESERVE
A MEETING ROOM AT RADISSON FOR ADK) AND WAS ABLE
TO STOP BY TO HOLD HER.  (ONLY 2 HOURS OF HOLDING!)
MARK HAD 2 WEEKS PATERNITY LEAVE, BUT AFTER
THE FIRST WEEK, THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION STARTED,
AND HE NEEDED TO BE BACK AT WORK!
HE'LL GET ANOTHER WEEK OFF LATER
(PATERNITY, NOT REGULAR VACATION).

WITH ALL OF THIS, OUR FAMILY HAS YET TO
CELEBRATE RYKER'S BIRTHDAY (1 ON 23RD) AND
McKAY'S BIRTHDAY (30 ON 19TH).

FOUR OF THE FIVE SUNDAYS WERE SPENT AT WARD CONFERENCES.
WE ALSO HAD 2 PRESIDENCY MEETINGS TO PREPARE FOR THE CONFERENCES AND ALSO PREPARE FOR THE STAKE RELIEF SOCIETY BIRTHDAY PARTY IN MARCH.
AND WE HAD ONE EVENING MEETING WITH THE 4 JANUARY WARDS
BY ASSIGNMENT FROM THE STAKE PRESIDENT.
WE MEET ABOUT STRENGTHS, CONCERNS, AND GOALS.

WHEN I WAS IN THE STAKE YOUNG WOMEN IN THE WEST STAKE,
WE HAD 6 WARDS.  WARD CONFERENCES, INCLUDING INTERVIEWS,
WERE ALL WRAPPED UP BY THE END OF FEBRUARY!!!
I HAVE BEEN IN THE STAKE RELIEF SOCIETY PRESIDENCY SINCE 2 MONTHS
AFTER I RETIRED.
THIS IS MY 3RD GO-ROUND FOR CONFERENCES.
WE HAVE 13 UNITS . . .13!!!
10 WARDS
SPANISH BRANCH
ASSISTED LIVING BRANCH
REHAB BRANCH

OUR WARD CONFERENCES END THE LAST SUNDAY OF JUNE!
WE DO GET A FEW SUNDAYS OFF:
FAST SUNDAYS
TEMPLE DEDICATION
EASTER
GENERAL CONFERENCE
MOTHER'S DAY
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
STAKE CONFERENCE
FATHER'S DAY

SO...4 DOWN, 9 TO GO!!!

I ALSO HAD MY MONTHLY REPORT TO STAKE PRESIDENT DUE.

I'M USED TO GOING TO THE TEMPLE 5-6 TIMES A MONTH!
USUALLY A DIFFERENT ONE EACH TIME.
I WENT TO A SEALING IN PAYSON, AND A SEALING IN ST. GEORGE . . . BOTH
AT THE END OF OCTOBER.
SINCE MY TORN ACHILLES, 0 VISITS TO TEMPLE IN NOVEMBER, 
2 IN DECEMBER, AND 1 IN JANUARY!

I'VE ALSO DONE JAZZ GAMES, 
INTERVIEWS OF HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS IN THE STATE
FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO VALLEY FORGE,
READ 60 ESSAYS TO COMPETE ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL,
PREPARED FOR HEROES LUNCHEON,
ATTENDED NORMAN ROCKWELL EXHIBIT,
JUDGED THE ALPINE ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR,
AND WENT TO THE PROVO CITY CENTER TEMPLE OPEN HOUSE.

MY NIECES AND NEPHEWS HAVE HELPED TO 
BRING IN MEALS FOR MY MOM.
AND CHRIS WILL COME ONCE IN AWHILE
AND MAKE OMLETS!  HE'S GOOD!!!

I WENT SWIMMING 1 TIME.  JUST ONCE.
BLEH!
THAT'S ONE THING I REALLY NEED.
IT MAKES MY BODY FEEL GOOD,
AND I'M WITH MY BFF OF 52 YEARS, TOO!

SOOOO, YAH...A SLOW MONTH COMPARED TO
WHAT I USUALLY DO.

I'M SOOOOO GLAD I'M RETIRED!!!
I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET ALL THIS DONE...PLUS
PLAN LESSONS, CHECK PAPERS,
ENTER GRADES INTO COMPUTER,
AND DO SEPs!

BECAUSE MY MOM'S BEEN DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
SHE HADN'T MET KENZIE.
CAMILLE WANTED TO COME AND SPEND TIME
WITH ASHLEY, AND LET MY MOM MET HER.

GRANDMA DIXIE MEETS
GREAT GRANDCHILD #15!
(#16 DUE IN APRIL)


HELP, GRANDMA DIXIE!
I'M BEING HELD CAPTIVE BY A GINORMOUS BOW!!!


AWWWW.  THAT'S WAAAAY BETTER!





CAN WE ALL TAKE A MOMENT TO APPLAUD HOW
GREAT CAMILLE LOOKS???
WHEN SHE GOT PREGNANT WITH SHAY 10 YEARS AGO,
SHE WEIGHED THEN WHAT SHE WEIGHED AT KENZIE'S DELIVERY!
KENZIE IS 18 DAYS OLD!!!
CAMILLE WILL BE 34 ON THE 27TH.
AS THE OLDEST OF 4 GIRLS, YOU CAN SEE THAT
SHE TOOK ALL OF THE CURLS!!!
THAT'S RIGHT . . . IT'S NATURAL!!!





MY 2ND HARDEST DAY OF TEACHING


My second hardest day of teaching was January 30, 1986.
This was the day that the Challenger Space Shuttle blew up.
My hardest day was of course, 9-11.  It also had
a longer lasting effect on the kids.  Lots of crying . . . even days later.
We had watched several shuttle launches at school, but this
one was sooo exciting!
The first civilian ever on board, was a teacher!
She would even teach lessons from space!

We were headed to the one room that had a tv to watch.
Somehow, the cable set up would not work.
But that was a tender mercy!

This year marks the 30th anniversary!








The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

President Ronald Reagan
January 30, 1986


AMERICAN CHRONICLES . . . THE ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL


ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, OUR SORORITY
WENT TO SEE THE NORMAN ROCKWELL EXHIBIT AT BYU.
ONLY 5 OF US WENT, BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.
I HAD TO GO, CUZ I HAD THE TICKETS.

NORMAN ROCKWELL WAS AN ICONIC ARTIST.
HE WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS COVERS ON
SATURDAY EVENING POST.

FIRST, WE SAW A SHORT MOVIE ABOUT HIS LIFE.
IT WAS NARRATED BY HIS SON.

THEN WE WENT IN TH EXHIBIT.
YOU WERE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PICTURES,
BUT THESE WERE PICTURES ON THE INTERNET
FROM THE EXHIBIT.





EVERY POST COVER WAS ON DISPLAY






AND HERE'S THE ONLY PICTURE I TOOK.