Monday, October 27, 2008
Kate is a little Freshman at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and she is majoring in Harp Performance. They have a really good harp program down there. It is where Emily received both her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Harp Performance. The collective group of Harp Performance majors is called Harp Fusion and their group color is turquoise.
Harp Fusion recently had their first concert of the year. It was called "Taking on the World" because the music they played represented the cultures of various countries around the world. Kate spent the end of her summer writing a piece of music with Emily for this concert. Her song was a mix of a classic harp piece and the Beatles', "Here Comes the Sun." Unfortunately, I was not able to go but my mom went down there to support Kate. I think Kate really appreciated that since she hasn't been home or seen anyone from the family since she moved down there in August.
Kate, I wish I could have been there, but I'm sure there will be other times. I miss you but am proud of what you are doing. I love you and will see you very soon!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
When I was a little girl, I think Halloween was my favorite holiday. Well, maybe Christmas was my favorite, but Halloween was definitely second. Why? CANDY! Oh, and also because it was really fun dressing up. We had the best costumes in my family. Most of the time, the girls' costumes were nursery rhyme/fairytale themes. Little Red Ridding Hood, Little Bow Peep, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. We also had the traditional costumes. Indian, Clown, Princess, Cowgirl.
In elementary school, we had a Halloween parade every year where we would showcase our costumes by walking around the playground. I was always so proud of my costume and my excitement built up so much that by Halloween night I was practically bursting! We would all carve pumpkins Halloween afternoon and then get ready for trick-or-treating.
My siblings and I had the best candy bags. They were about as big as pillowcases, only they had handles and a fun haunted house scene on the front that glowed in the dark. We also wore green glow sticks around our necks so that cars would see us. I always went our trick-or-treating with my friend, Max. When were were younger, our parents would take us around. But once we were old enough to go by ourselves, we strapped on our rollerblades and brought in some serious candy. Without fail, we ended our night separating our candy into categories and falling asleep in front of the TV while trying to watch scary movies.
I have the best memories of my childhood Halloweens. I haven't dressed up for a number of years but I think I just might this year. What will I be, you ask? Well, you'll just have to find out!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
We have two new marathon runners to add to the family: Briton and Melissa. Melissa ran her first race in the Salt Lake City Marathon back in April. Her leg cramped up towards the end and she had to stop so she was disappointed with her time because of that. To make up for that, she ran the Logan Marathon in September and did really well, running it in 4 hours, 8 minutes. Briton just ran his first race this past weekend in the St. George Marathon. He had to run the whole thing in the rain, but he also did really well, running it in 3 hours, 47 minutes. Congratulations guys!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Greg LeNoir was swimming Friday with his 14-pound pup Jake at a marina in Florida when he saw the unthinkable: An open-mouthed shark was heading their way.
LeNoir watched in horror as his 28-month-old rat terrier disappeared under the water after the shark tried to make a meal of the little pet.
LeNoir shrieked before clenching his fists and pummeling the toothy animal.
''I clenched my fists and dove straight in with all my strength, like a battering ram,'' LeNoir, 53, told the Miami Herald. "I hit the back of the shark's neck. It was like hitting concrete.''
Jake broke free from the shark's jaws and, thankfully, wasn't critically injured after he and his owner made it safely back to shore.
''Jake's doing great,'' LeNoir's brother, Phillip, told the Herald. "And I still can't believe my brother jumped in the water and punched a shark.''
LeNoir, a carpenter, spoke to fishermen who believe the culprit was either a bull shark or a lemon shark, according to the Herald.