Monday, November 7, 2016

Dance Moves

Back in October we had a Stake Harvest Dance.  Here are two little clips of Libby, and then Peter, cuttin' it up on the dance floor.  :)

Another friend of Peter and Libby's - Kelsey - had a barn dance last Saturday night, and we got to be the DJ's.  They had a great time dancing at that too.  Josh and Joseph - you've got some groovin' to do if you're going to be able to match this dance move:
(Ah - the video wasn't ready to upload -  I will come back to this!)

We've been having fun with Joseph home!  The first night (or second?) this is where he slept.  On the floor with one blanket and no pillow.  And he's just fine with that.  There was a bed all made up for him upstairs, but no, this is where I found him in the morning.  Classic Joseph!

We went through our first Halloween without taking the kids out Trick-or-Treating, except for at the Ward Trunk or Treat.  I didn't mind that at all.  :)  Libby and Ragen dressed up as Tourists for the Trunk-or-Treat, and then afterwards, Libby had about 15 friends over for a paaaarteeeey!  :)
They played games for 2 solid hours - everything from blowing the ping pong around on the table, to Wizards, Knights and Dwarves, to Murder in the Dark.

They had a great time.  I am so grateful for the good friends my children choose to be around.  What a blessing that is!  Becca and Joseph dressed up in... interesting costumes:
Hahahaha!  Oh boy...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ode to Strawberry

For Bruce, these hunting trips are one of the highlights of his year.  He plans for months ahead of time.  This year Bruce, Joseph and Peter went elk hunting.  They did find a 5x5 bull, and we are grateful to this elk for giving us meat for the coming year.  The cost of this meat is huge, but we are grateful for it nonetheless.  :)  What it cost in time, money, supplies, energy, the hearts of loved ones at home, and the life of one of our horses - well, when it all adds up, the 113 lbs of meat we got came at a very steep price.  Now, it is totally, 100% organic, grass-fed, free-range, low-fat meat.  There is THAT.  And it tastes really good - we had it last night in the tacos we had for dinner.  But man, why these boys think this is fun to go up, slog through 2 feet of snow and deadfall, up and down crazy, steep terrain, and just about DIE every year is beyond me.  I am grateful for the meat, and grateful they know how to hunt.  Maybe they could just remember how to hunt every five years or so. Hahaha.  But no, I make this argument every year, and it is kindly refused with gentle smiles and knowing eyes - the knowing being that they will be going again next year.

Now, the life of one of our horses...  this is hard to talk and write about.  This is Strawberry.
My niece Kaylee took a bunch of pictures of Bruce riding Strawberry at our Family Reunion at Daley Creek in 2013.

We bought her in 2008.  She was a registered Blazer horse - Strawberry Dacqeuri.  In April of 2009, she had a colt, whom we named Stormy, because he was born in the middle of big thunderstorm.

For the past 8 years that we've had her, she was the horse that Bruce chose to ride most of the time. She was a strong horse, but temperamental sometimes.  One of her weaknesses was that she did not lead well,  On the night of the accident, she was being ponied by Cookie, and she crept up on the side of the trail, not wanting to just sit behind.  This was often what she was wont to do.  But this time, it was snowy and slick, there was shale, and a steep mountainside, and she slipped and the two of them, Cookie and Strawberry went down, head over heels down the mountain at least 200 yards.  Peter and Bruce scrambled down the mountain to find them, sure that they would not survive the fall.  When they got to the bottom, they heard Cookie neigh, and walked over in that direction (it was pitch dark).  They expected to find her down, with broken bones.  Instead, in what can be described as nothing short of a miracle, they found her standing on all four legs, with only a few scratches.  They could not find Strawberry.  When they returned the next day in the light, they found her, already dead.  She had a bad blow to the head, so our hope was that she died on impact without having to suffer through the night.  She was so lacerated and beat up, that it became even more apparent what an impossibility it was that Cookie came out of it unharmed.  In fact, Cookie packed out a load less than 36 hours later.

So, sometimes hard things happen, and as much as you'd like to have changed things, hindsight is always 20/20.  Lessons were learned from this.  And thankfully, we know Strawberry has gone on to a better place!  To be with Lady.  Now Joseph and Peter have both lost their horse.

Stormy, the little colt picture above, proved himself one tough horse, packing out the elk meat all by himself in two trips.  He is a studly horse!

I would add pictures of the hunting trip, but I don't have them available yet to upload.  Next week...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Choral Invitational

Peter and Libby had dress up days at school all week long.  Friday was "Pink Day".
 This stately matriarch (NOT) had pink on too!
Libby and Regan

On Friday at noon I took off with Peter and 33 other Madrigals on a Choir trip to sing at a Choral Invitational at a college in Idaho.  There were 11 choirs invited, and 3 of them got picked to sing their own prepared number in the evening concert.  Our choir was one of the ones chosen!
 Here is a little clip of the song that they sang on Saturday night, "Ain'a that Good News".
The clinician, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, from Templeton University in Philadelphia, was fabulous!
Our director picked out this piece, "Ain'a that Good News", which is arranged by none other than Dr. Dilworth, before he knew he would be the clinician at the festival.  That was an unexpected piece of fun!
 Fun times at the pool.  Peter is in the back just left of center.
 I got to know Riley better on this trip.  Her boyfriend Christian is the son of a lady I visit teach in our ward, so I had heard a lot about her but never met her.  It was fun to get to know all the other kids too.  I feel so sad that I didn't get a picture with Tracie, my dear friend and fellow mom that chaperoned.  We laughed and laughed the whole time, having a great time together!
 Here's Peter - sporting his Madrigals Tux!
 Picture here are 34 out of the 36 Madrigals in the choir.
The concert was wonderful!  The combined choir sang four pieces together.  After the concert, one fellow conductor told our conductor that ours was the best high school choir that he had ever heard.  Wow!  High praise from a fellow conductor, one whose choir was also chosen to sing their own number.  It was an amazing compliment, but in my opinion, well-deserved.

And guess who came down to the concert on Saturday night?!  Our own Mrs. Bunn!
 I loved sitting by Mary at the Concert.  She is so knowledgeable about choral music, having learned so much this past year at BYU-I.  A lot of the kids knew her and were glad to see her.  It warmed my heart to be with her and talk to her, even for an hour.
After the concert, we left at about 10 pm and rode home.  Here's Peter sacked out on the school bus!

On Friday night, Mary and Kevin got to go and hear Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin!  And they got this picture with him afterwards.  Mary had high praise for him.  She said he is not an actor, not artificially pumping up the crowd, etc.  She said he is real, that he talked about policy with intelligence.  She said his overall energy was so positive.  I really trust Mary on things like this.  I have been a McMullin supporter from Day one, from everything I could gather on the internet, but to have Mary see him live, shake his hand and look him in the eye, it is very gratifying to hear her good report from face to face.  Go McMullin!

Josh and Mary also went to see him the next day, and Josh was impressed also.  Good news!