Old People Music

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My Sister, Mom, Brother and I

This last weekend was heavenly. Many of my family members, including both sets of parents came to visit us this weekend.  I can’t begin to explain the joy it brought me to have everyone here. I would find myself smiling as laughter wafted through the house.

The main reason which brought family in town was Alice…the one act play derived from Alice in Wonderland.  My youngest daughter has embraced my thespian side. She was cast as the Dormouse in this school play.

Daughter as Dormouse in Alice FamilyBringsJoy.com

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Son with cake familybringsjoy.comHowever, Saturday happened to be my Mom’s Birthday!  We used this opportunity to hold a party of sorts for both her and my Son who turned 17 last week.  It was casual. We had BBQ, cake and watched both the Texas Rangers & Alabama (my Mom went to Alabama for 2 years) games.

Funny story

My Daughter had to leave the party early Saturday to prepare for the play.  She didn’t see the gifts I bought for her Grandmother.  Here’s a conversation I had with my Daughter on the way home from school yesterday:

Me: “I received a text from Grandmother today.  She said she is loving her new Taylor Swift CD.”

Her: “You gave her a Taylor Swift CD?”

Me: “Yes, 1989.”

Her: “Why?”

Me: “She likes Taylor Swift.  I found out since she has been visiting she didn’t have a copy, so I thought it would be the perfect gift! Why do you sound surprised?”

Her: “Because, I thought she liked old people music.”

Mom Opening 1989 by Taylor Swift familybringsjoy.comWe then had a discussion about how my mom likes all kinds of music.  It was a good teaching opportunity for me to explain how music isn’t generational. Personally, I really love it when an album can be listened and enjoyed by several generations.  I believe Taylor Swift’s 1989 does just that.  I believe the only other CD I have gifted as much as 1989 would be Mindy Gledhill’s Winter Moon & Anchor albums.

Despite the couple of bad words in Taylor’s 1989, it is a remarkable album with up tempo and slow songs for every kind of mood.  Plus, every time I hear about the amount of money she gives to someone in need, I don’t mind spending the money on her album.  She earned every penny with her excellent lyrics. I’m happy to support an artist who appears to be a genuine person in spite of her fame.  Keep up the good work Taylor!  Our family is enjoying your music. 🙂

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall, I am my Mother after all.

Oh blog, how I’ve missed you.

Music Brings Joy,

Recollections & Blessings

This morning it is quiet. {ahhhhhh}

I slept in and so are the kids.  Perfect time to recollect my thoughts about our previous week’s vacation.

My oldest daughter went to a wonderful youth conference at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. It is titled, Especially For Youth {otherwise known as EFY.}  Their theme this year was “Believe. Hope. Endure.”  Last year was her first year to go.  She had such a blast she wanted to return this year.  I gave her the challenge to make straight A’s in school in order to return this year.  I am happy to report she took on that challenge and was successful.

Last summer my 2 girls and I went. DH and Son went to Scout camp the same week.  The boys were jealous of our time in Utah and decided if we were able to return this summer they were going with us.  So thanks to our Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa we were able to get 2 free airline tickets.  Even paying for 3 airline tickets is a hefty price, but much better than 5!  Southwest is the only way to fly.  We can check 2 bags {under 50 lbs.} per person for no extra charge.

One of my best friends ever, who I have known for 19 years now and was my maid of honor, graciously hosted our family. She & her family live in a nearby ‘suburb’ of Provo.  She has 3 children as well.  Her Son and my youngest Daughter are both 8.  She has two girls who are 5 & 3.  They usually all play pretty well together.

The husbands enjoyed a trip to Moab for mountain biking at the beginning of the week. DH posted on Facebook that he was able to cross Moab off his bucket list.

Even though we were on vacation, my friend’s family was not. Her kids were still in their last week of school.  Besides the 2 days to Moab, it was back to work as usual for her Husband.  Unfortunately, her middle child broke out with Chicken Pox at the beginning of the week too.  This sort of put a kink in us all being able to go and do stuff together.  Chicken Pox is very contagious.  {Hopefully our children’s immunizations will protect them from getting it as well.}

All that aside, we were still able to enjoy our time there. I took the kids to a very cool place that was filled with trampolines.  My Son enjoyed their climbing wall and falling into foam.  The kids got air soft guns and enjoyed shooting at the target.  The weather was perfect, about 70 during the day…more like Spring than Summer.  Funny thing…there is still snow on their mountains.

Thanks to DH, my friend and I were pampered with much needed pedicures and massages. Ahhhhhhh 😀

My favorite day was Friday. In the morning, hubby & I went to the Provo Temple.  Later, the girls and I got gussied up, had a small photo shoot, shopped and met the boys at a restaurant for dinner.  {The boys played a game of laser tag.}  After dinner, the hubby’s took the kids so bestie & I could attend a rooftop concert series featuring one of my favorite singers, Mindy Gledhill.  Remember the video I featured with the sweet family jumping on a bed?  The music in the video is Mindy Gledhill.

Overall, something very interesting came from this vacation.  My husband told a friend last night he realized from this vacation that he is spoiled.  I was incredibly shocked by his epiphany.

Now the kids are up.  I need to read my scriptures, start a load of laundry, clean up broken glass from a picture that fell while we were gone and empty suitcases.  🙂  I missed everyone!  Happy Monday!

Glad to be back,