Monday, April 20, 2015

Stake Roadshows!

The Pickering Ward Roadshow Cast
Saturday night we had a special event: the Whittier Stake Roadshows!

This has to be the first Ward roadshow in 50 years that I didn't either write or perform in.  That has to be some sort of record.  I was sorry not to be a part of it, but watching it was a lot of fun, too!

The adorable script, based on the importance of doing Family History was conjured up by a remarkably talented team of Ward members.
Assistant Director Andy and Director Adria share a moment backstage
In the capable hands of Director Adria, the show took shape with help from Amy, Andy and Jessica.

Ferocious Pirates!
There was a lot of music from Queen, with a few changes, like the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody, which became:
IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER TO ME. TO ME.
 
GREAT-GRANDMA.
I’M A BUSY MAN
GOT THE TV ON INSTEAD
I’M REAL SORRY YOU’RE ALL DEAD.
GREAT-GRANDMA
MY LIFE’S GOING ON
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT ME TO SAY 

The Peery family got into the spirit of the thing

Jonas loved being a Lamanite

These beautiful pilgrims could be sisters

More ferocious pirates!
 And then there was a plaintive rendition of I Want To Break Free:

Heather the pirate takes center stage!
 I’M A PIRATE NAMED SMEE
AND I WANT TO BREAK FREE
I WANT TO BREAK FREE FROM ME LIES, WAS SO SELF-SATISFIED
I DIDN’T NEED YER,
BUT I DO TO BE FREE.

Beautiful ladies!  I love that Sister Anderson has her missionary name tag on top of her costume!

This group of Lamanites was seen hanging out in the Stake Center courtyard
 We are the Lamanites
We're in your family tree!

Have I mentioned recently how much I love all these people?

One of the Gangstas!
 The Gangsters number, sung to the tune of Another One Bites the Dust:

PUTTIN’ FAMILY FIRST WAS OUR CREED.
TILL MOE HERE LET THE BULLETS RIP
AND PUT US ALL TO SLEEP.


AND ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.

These gangsters brought down the house!
 HEY HE GOT ME TOO!
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.

Here's the Gangster Big Finish!

All the time travelers together onstage

Huzzah!

Our beautiful Pilgrims perform
ELIJAH SAID YOU’VE GOT TO TURN YOUR HEART TOWARD ME, 
TOWARD ME, TOWARD ME!!


Our Pilgrim sisters looking very much like the Three Little Maids from Gilbert and Sullivan fame in this shot

Practically Perfect Pilgrims (In Every Way)

My friend Evangeline wows the audience!

Evangeline was wonderful onstage
 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN GO ON WITH YOUR LIFE?
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN IGNORE US BECAUSE WE’VE ALL DIED?
OH BABY. CAN’T DO THIS TO US BABY.
JUST GOT TO GET OUT. JUST GOT TO GET RIGHT OUTTA HERE.

Mark and Queen Meredith

Julius, a very handsome Roman Soldier, greets James, the very handsome narrator

I didn't know Romans wore shorts and Nikes with their armor.  Cool.

I think the costuming was superb

Singing pirates!

I want that dress.  And a crown.  And maybe the Roman too.

Rocking to the music of Queen
It just doesn't get any better!
We Are The Champions!

Sing it, Sisters!
FAMILIES GO ON AND ON AND ON

We are the Champions, My Friends!
DON'T STOP ME NOW!
I’M LOGGING INTO MY FAMILY SEARCH
LIKE A GRANDMA FINDING NAMES IS MY SPECIALTY
I’M A SEARCH ENGINE READY TO RELOAD
LIKE A PILGRIM YEAH
I’M GONNA GO GO GO

THERE’S NO STOPPING ME!

APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My Niece Linnea

Linnea with her new-born baby brother Anders
Yesterday my niece Linnea had a baby.

This seems very strange to me, because in my mind she will always be this little blond girl with a Kool-Aid mustache.


I haven't received the official photos yet, but little Annika Linnea Farnsworth arrived at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (on April 15, 2015) and was a healthy 8 pounds plus.  Annika is blond with lots of hair and big blue eyes.

Both Mom and Dad are doing fine.

I'm so excited about this little one I can barely stand it.  In another 8 years, I suspect we'll be doing another ballerina birthday cake and the scene will look remarkably like this one:


I could wax poetic about the Circle of Life... (Have you ever noticed no one ever wanes poetic?  Or perhaps the majority of people do and we never think of it as waning because it's the norm?) ... instead, I will just say that I'm so happy to have this new member of the family arrive in good health.

Happy Birth Day!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meanwhile, back in Utah...

It's a snowy day!
When it's going to be close to 80 degrees here in sunny ol' Southern California today, it is hard to imagine that it's still snowing somewhere in the world.

My brother announced that they're having a real winter storm in Utah this morning.

My brother says it's really coming down
For me, it's hard to imagine.

Compare and Contrast:


Hey, it's not my fault I chose to live here!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Elaine's Stitchery

Lisa's Scottie dogs

My friend Elaine does beautiful counted cross-stitch.  The nice part about it, is that she gives her pieces away.  Here are the bookmarks she did recently for some friends of ours  I think they're lovely.

Maura's running horses
Aren't they pretty?

Paula is a Librarian, so of course she gets the Book Lover bookmark.
What kind of hobbies or crafts do you enjoy?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fun Fundraiser


This is one of our beautiful Sister Missionaries, Sister Morgan, from New Zealand, holding the samples
The Young Women (ages 12-17) in our congregation are making Shamballa Bracelets and selling them as a fundraiser activity. They need quite a bit of money to get all their girls to camp this year, and they hope to make part of it by selling these colorful bracelets which they are making themselves.

I think this is a great idea.

The bracelets are fun and colorful and just perfect for summer.  They are completely adjustable. One size fits all.


Shamballa bracelets are Buddhist inspired jewelry and can be traced back to Tibetan Lore.  The Kingdom of Shambhala, is a mythical land where only those with high karma levels live. This land was thought to be within central Asia.

It’s usually believed that each bead signifies an individual’s sacred journey to harmony, fulfillment, consciousness, tranquility, diligence, thoughtfulness and mindfulness. Still other believe that the beads signify lessons in spiritual healing, joy, enlightenment, tranquility, peacefulness, intelligence and forgiveness.

In any event, every bead on the bracelet gets a unique meaning from the individuals that wear them. A bead might possibly describe what you have learned, a phase in life, an event or even a person you like that you wish to remember.
  
Here is what some of the colors are said to mean:
Black:  power, strength, grace and formality
White: purity, perfection, truth and fulfillment
Red: vitality and passion, bravery and honesty
Yellow: creativity, happiness and optimism
Green: Healing power, harmony, generosity and compassion
Blue: loyalty, inspiration and creativity
Violet: Kindness, selflessness, understanding and wisdom
Orange: enthusiasm, confidence and energy


I'm putting in my order soon.  If you are interested, email me for the details!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Waiting for the Baby

Linnea and Jeff
My exceptionally talented and beautiful niece Linnea is expecting her first child.  Any minute.  The little baby girl was actually due to make her appearance yesterday, April 9th.

She is late.

Linnea and her dashingly handsome husband, Jeff, took the above photo to announce their happy news. That was about six months ago now.  We're getting anxious to see this little one!

This is the photo (below) Linnea took of the students in the Physical Therapy Doctoral program at George Washington University.  Linnea announced her pregnancy and then snapped the photo.

The result was brilliant!

I love the look of joy on these faces!  (Papa Jeff is in the middle of the back row.)
Now we are still playing the waiting game.

Next week I should have some happy news!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

March Birthdays

Barbara, Edward and Carmen cutting the cake
Yes.  It took three of them!
Celebrating birthdays has again become a monthly activity at our engineering firm.  We fell out of the habit there for a while, but we've started up again the past few months.

Here we all are celebrating the March birthdays on the 31st.

Bosses Joel and Jimmy strategize in the corner while Shirley and Ana watch the cake being cut
It's a lot of fun to be surprised with cake and ice cream on the last day of the month.

At least, I always forget about it and am pleasantly surprised when they announce we're going to have cake and ice cream in the afternoon.

(L to R) Eric, Juan, Sabrina, Ivy and Albert watch Barbara handing out cake slices
That's Sabrina giving me a saucy smile!
 As employees we are all highly enthusiastic about cake and ice cream.

(L to R) Ivy, Nikita, Edward, Juan, Albert, Eric and Giuseppe
A belated Happy Birthday to all the March babies out there!