Monday, May 25, 2015

Savannah's Senior Recital - Highlights

Savannah had her Senior Voice Recital on Friday night. It was Amazing!! This girl can sing, let me tell you! Because so many of our friends and family missed it, I'm posting a few of my favorites here. Honestly, it was hard to choose from the 15 songs that made up the program.

If you only have time for one, then my overall favorite would have to be Bring Him Home from Les Misérables. You might need a tissue.

Several other favorites are below. I know I'm her mom and, therefore, extremely biased, but really, it doesn't get much better than this! Enjoy. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Scène de Ballet

Sterling gave the most amazing violin performance at his recital last night! He played Scène de Ballet by Bériot. He has been working on this piece for a year and, boy howdy, all that practice paid off! It's a beautiful piece and he played it so well. Savannah accompanied him. They sure make a great team.

Pull up a chair (and if you're me, grab a tissue...) and enjoy!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Graduation Day

Today is the day! Savannah has been looking forward to graduation for a very long time. As excited as she's been, she sure bursts into tears a lot lately as the reality of it hits. School is a very social experience for Savannah and she's got some good friends that she's going to miss. BYU is far, far away from our little corner of the world.

Next week we'll be enjoying her Senior Recital and wishing just a little of that talent would rub off on us. It's sure going to be quiet around here next fall... 

Congratulations, Savannah! Now it's time to go set your little corner of the world on fire.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


I am happy to report that this guy, who was about the size of a quarter, is no longer living in my basement.

I hope he didn't have friends or family down there with him. We have convinced ourselves that he was a lone wanderer and is now much happier in the great outdoors. Whew!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Three of my Favorite "People" In One Fun Place

Humor me here as I refer to Kermit the Frog as a person...

I love this music video with Lindsay Sterling, Josh Groban, and Kermit the Frog with the rest of the Muppets. Isn't performing with the Muppets a pretty sure sign that you've made it? Or maybe it's performing with Josh Groban -- or Lindsay Sterling...? Whatever it is, I'd say these three hit the jackpot.

Plenty of fun!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bye Bye Birdie

I'm finally posting about the musical. It's hard to believe it ended over a week ago. We were able to see Bye Bye Birdie three times and oh, it was so, so good!! 

Savannah was Kim MacAfee. I mean she was Kim. She was perfect for the part and nailed the musical numbers. She was originally double-cast so she was supposed to perform as Kim in 2 of the 4 shows. But a few weeks before opening night, the other Kim dropped out so Savannah was the one and only. It was a little stressful for a while there, but it worked out so well in the end. 

Spencer, top right (purple shirt) and Savannah, front center.
Spencer was a teenage boy, a dishwasher at "Maude's," and the tenor in a quartet. The first night he was right on. In one of the quartet numbers, he had a brief high solo and he did so well. Then he got sick. He had a monster head and chest cold. He managed to get the notes out on the second performance, weak but on key. Then he woke up the next morning with literally no voice. Nothing. With the final two performances that day, he was super worried about it. But the show must go on so the pianist sang Spencer's part where it mattered while Spencer mouthed the words and no one knew the difference! Several people even complimented him on his voice. :) For the rest of the show, Spencer lip synced his songs and danced his heart out. It was awesome!

Spencer, the one with the rose and the 'stache. 

Soren played Randolph, Kim's little brother. He was adorable and did a great job! 

The other characters did every bit as well. A friend of Savannah's, Annie, played Mae Peterson, Albert's mother. Oh my, she was hilarious! Her musical number, "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore," was perfect. 

I wish you could have been here. Our school has a tradition of amazing musicals and this year was no exception. We all loved it!! Bravo!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015


We have a tiny nest snuggled into the rose bush right outside our window. The nest is only about three inches across. The good little mama bird is diligent in guarding her eggs. She wasn't right there when I took this picture, but she was chirping away letting me know that she saw me and I'd better not mess with her nest!

I hear you, mama bird. I don't want anyone messing with my nest, either.

{Happy Mother's Day!}

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lincoln's Funeral Train

Lincoln's original funeral train, 1865. Imagesource
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago last month. A Presidential train car was under construction at the time of his death (the equivalent of today's Air Force One) and was quickly altered to become his Funeral Train which transported his coffin from Washington, DC to Springfield, IL. 

The original funeral car was sold several times and ultimately destroyed by fire. In honor of this 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death, a replica train car has been created and is making several stops. Last week it came to my little corner of the world. It was parked at our local fairgrounds which also happens to be the location of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. 

Sadie, Soren and Sterling all took field trips to tour the Funeral Train. Jeff's parents, in town for the kids' musical, went with us one evening as well. We live in Lincoln country and it's always fun to learn more of the history surrounding our 16th President. 

Lincoln's Funeral Train, replica 2015

Lincoln's Coffin

The metal plate on the coffin

This would have been Lincoln's bed on the Presidential Car if he had lived.

 Here is an interesting article with a lot more information about the Funeral Train, then and now: Lincoln's Funeral Train is Reborn.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bye Bye Birdie - Opening Night

Here's a little glimpse into our high school spring musical, Bye Bye Birdie, which opens TONIGHT! Savannah plays Kim MacAfee, the lucky girl chosen to receive "one last kiss" from heartthrob Conrad Birdie before he joins the Army. Spencer, a sophomore, is in a quartet and he's a teenager in the big chorus numbers and Soren, 6th grade, was brought in to play Randolph, Kim's little brother.

I have fond memories of being in this play my junior year of high school. I was in the chorus (Bye Bye Birdie has lots of fun chorus numbers), my older sister was a cheerleader, and my freshman brother was Randolph.

It's a fun play! We can't wait to see it tonight.

Break a leg! :)

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Where I went to school, we had dances galore. The date dances were Homecoming, Hawk Hoedown, the Christmas Dance, MORP, Valentine's Dance, Junior Prom, and Senior Dinner Dance. I may have even missed one. Plus we had Stomps throughout the year where everyone went and just danced with whoever happened to be there. 

But here, in Smalltown, USA, there are two dances - Homecoming and Prom. So you can bet those two dances are a really big deal! 

Savannah prepared for Prom for longer than I prepared for my wedding. I am not exaggerating. She and her girlfriends did facials last night. They painted their nails and swapped shoes and jewelry. Savannah got her hair done and spent hours getting ready for the dance, most of that time was spent freaking out that the long awaited day was finally here! She has been looking forward to this night for a long time. 

She looked like a Princess. 

Savannah and Dillon

Her first dance of the night was with her dad. She made him dance with her to "I Danced With Cinderella" before her date came to pick her up.