Wednesday, February 15, 2017

until you believe in yourself

For years we have asked Kate-
would you like to try a sport?

no, I might drown

I might break my leg

I hate running

(Laugh) are you serious?!

I can barely somersault

Some of the excuses were sincere- but most of them were offered with a smile.
In PE this term she has been playing volleyball.  One of her classmates suggested, after playing with her, that she should join a volleyball team.  She was enthused, interested and excited.  All of us feel better after we exercise.  It is hard to fit it into the few free daylight hours a jr high school schedule allows. I was so grateful for that classmate that believed in her, which in turn inspired Kate to believe in herself.  I signed her up for the volleyball class today.

Going through photographs for another project, I ran into this-my Aunt Jossy.  I love the joy on her face doing what she loves!

Ideally, wouldn't it be wonderful if we each had the vision and foresight to believe in ourselves without the need for outside encouragement?  I think I get  s l o w l y  better at this the older I get.   But in the meantime, my aunt Jossy has been such a strong influence for me.  I remember two instances in particular.

When I was 21 and leaving to serve an LDS mission, we stayed in her home before heading to the MTC.  My dad said something on that visit about me "not being college material"  (In my dad's defense, I was not a strong high school student- absentminded, unmotivated and often below average grades.)  Aunt Jossy didn't believe it and saw a greater potential in me and in the university system.  I did graduate from college several years later (a bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science) often on the honor roll.

While studying at the University of Utah I took a fine art class.  Aunt Jossy had an art studio in Salt Lake City at the time.  She asked me about the class.  I told her of some of the discouraging feedback my professor had given me (I don't remember his words now) and she wouldn't hear of it.  When others put up a hurdle she coached me over it.  (Whether those hurdles had merit or not.)

We don't alway have the vision of our own potential.  As a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend-I want to inspire growth, cheer people over their hurdles and believe in their hopes and dreams.  Just like my aunt Jossy has done for me. So, until they believe in themselves- there is me.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving in St George

We were lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving break in St George with our Davis family.  Amanda and Randy invited all of us to their new home.  We had 27 people...
Godfrey's - 7
Ngatuvai's - 7
Paul - 3
Go Ute Nana
Lloyd's - 4
and US - 5

We ate great food, took turns cooking.  Thanksgiving dinner was a delicious feast.
We saw two movies- Moana and Arrival.
The kids swam regardless of temperature...there was one day that I believe the only times Sophie got out of the pool or hot tub was to eat.
The adults went to Anasazi Grill---it was AMAZING!
We attempted family photos...
Nana had her Christmas while we were all together.
The girls shopped...
Danny and Paul mountain biked.
Jimmy rented ATV Razors
We face-timed Rob & Whitney...and Papa face-timed Amanda for her birthday.
We celebrated Amanda's birthday.
Danny, Paul and Jason helped with some small house repairs-gliches.
We laughed and laughed...
it was a break full of so many reminders of so much we have to be thankful for.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Annie, Grace, Kate, Annemarie, Rylee, Kayley and Mya
Annemarie, Emily, Annie, Grace, Rylee, Kate, Kayley

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


My baby is TEN YEARS OLD!
We started the day EARLY!
She woke up at 5:30 in the morning! WOW!  I think she was excited!
When the rest of the family was up and ready---we opened her presents.
Danny and I gave her a mini doll camper and truck...with a doll and accessories!
Ellie and Kate gave her a nerf bow and arrow set.

We topped off the morning with french toast with challah bread- topped with fresh berries and a marscapone lemon cream.

I volunteer in her school class on Wednesdays.  As soon as I finished we snuck her out the door---
grabbed lunch at Cubby's and brought lunch for Nana and Papa to celebrate Nana's retirement!!!!
AND for Dede and Chase...Chase is recovering from a tympanoplasty.  
 Then we went to Dede's so Sophie and Chase (and Biscuit) could play.

 T E N  Y E A R S  O L D ! to tumbling!!!!!

We finished the day with dinner at Cafe Rio and Baked Bear!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

project development

I follow a blog/IG account called Illuminate Classes.  About a month ago their registration opened and I noticed a class from one of my favorite photographers, Deb Schwedhelm.  I decided to take it.  It wasn't until after I registered that I paid any attention to the title of the class.  PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & FINE ART.  I have never felt that any of my photography has had anything to do with fine art.  The class has been fascinating.  I am loving the inspiration to create, push myself, stretch and grow.  What I have loved most about this course is that I am picking up my camera again- EVERYDAY is my assignment.  Without that prodding I wouldn't have taken time to photograph Kate tonight, and I am so glad I did.

Saturday, October 8, 2016


The game....
University of Utah's 1994 football team, of which Danny was a part, was honored and inducted into the UTAH HALL OF FAME.  The team was recognized on the field during half time.  It was such a wonderful opportunity for Danny and our family to reconnect with his football family.

Ellie providing I T support to her Nana
 Sophie's favorite thing to do at games is tumble on the field!
Enjoying pre-game on the field
a shot of Big D on the jumbo-tron
Dede, Kristi & Carin
Wesley and Kate watching the game...with Joel and his father in the background

 We feel lucky to have the UofU as such a positive influence in our family.  Danny are so grateful to the university---and love when our girls like to cheer them on with us in the stands!