Sunday, February 9, 2014

Back from Salt Lake

We traveled to Salt Lake City this weekend so Bailee and her friends could audition for the Ballet West summer program.  Of course one of the bigger winter storms we've had decided to arrive as well.  That made for an interesting trip.  Going down wasn't bad, but the return trip definitely had its moments as the snow piled up on the roads and the snow plows were nowhere to be seen.  I was really glad to get home at 11 pm.

We left for SLC Friday after school.  Our friend, Amy, drove her new Nissan Pathfinder with 4WD.  It did well.  Nice rig.  We made good time and got to our hotel in downtown around 7 pm.  We then walked over to Olive Garden for a late dinner.  It was in the 40s down in SLC, totally balmy after our week of subzero weather (-30+ degrees wind chills).  Even though it was rainy, it was still great.  We were on the 11th floor of the Hilton, which was a new experience for Bailee.  Being downtown was nice too.  We got to watch all the folks decked out in their finery heading to listen to the Utah Symphony concert.  Then it was back to the hotel for relaxation for the adults and homework for the girls. 

The girls got up early (6:30), and went down to work out.  We then headed down for what we thought was a complimentary breakfast. Nope.  We were taken to a table and handed a menu.  $10 for a bowl of frosted flakes.  $5 for a bagel.  $20 for anything else.  We left and went over to a Denny's.  lol  When we got back, the girls hit the pool and hot tub.  Then then preparation for the audition began.  Nerves were pretty high.

We went to an outdoor mall located downtown that was really interesting.  Bailee picked up a new hat, which she needed.  It started raining, and the wind picked up.  It was still nice in comparison to Idaho, but there was a growing chill to the air.  We then went over to Noodles and Company for lunch.  I had the best tomato basil soup ever.  Yummy!  Bailee had their mac and cheese, which she also loved.  The girls stopped in at Lunaberry for boba smoothies.  Bai loves them.  We then went to Les Madeleines to pick up some French pastries for the McMullins.  Daddy McMullin is addicted to their signature pastry, and he begged for them as a souvenir. 

After that, we took the girls to the Marriott Center for Dance on the U of U campus.  We saw several students from Brindusa-Moore (which helped our girls' nerves - seeing people you know and have danced with always helps).  While they auditioned, Amy and I went to Starbucks and tried to relax and distract ourselves.  We returned at 5 to pick them up, and had a chance to visit with some other parents from Idaho Falls and Brandi Simpson, who owns Idaho Ballet Theater.  Even she was nervous for her daughter.  Guess it's a typical parental malady.

After the auditions we took the girls for dinner at The Pie Pizzeria.  They loved it - and the chance to relax.  After dinner we hit the road.  By this time it was raining heavily.  We kept a pretty close watch on the weather and road conditions using our Smart Phones, so we were prepared when the rain turned to snow around Malad and the roads got ugly.  That slowed us down, but we didn't have any problems, thankfully.  We pulled into town around 11 pm - definitely ready for bed. 

I'm glad we left last night, as the weather hasn't improved.  In fact, the wind has kicked up.  That would certainly NOT have been fun.  Now we wait to hear.  Yes or no, it's all good.  We had a good time, made memories, and learned some important information about the University of Utah's scholarships and dance program.  Of course, I hope Bailee makes it, but if she doesn't we have learned that it isn't the end of the world.  Life goes on, and that's a pretty valuable life lesson for her to get under her belt. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


The sun is shining for the first time in awhile.  No more fog, but also no more hoar frost.  I'm sorry about that, because it is so beautiful! 

All is well here, and we hope that your holidays are bright and festive.  We'll soon be off to finish delivering gifts, eat dinner at Olive Garden, and attend church.  Afterward we will settle in for a wonderful night together.  God bless you all!  You are dear to us.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Christmas Carol

Last weekend Bailee performed in the ballet "A Christmas Carol."  She had several parts, but her main role was that of the ghost of Christmas future.  She did an amazing job.  We're very proud of her.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Finally Back

Computer difficulties with Blogger have prevented access for months.  Glad that Cableone and Blogger and Google are finally all talking to one another.  Technology is great when it works and a pain like no other when it doesn't.

Too much has happened in the past five months to probably ever catch up on, but here it is in a nutshell:

  1. Bailee did a one week master class with the New York City Ballet in Jackson during the month of August.
  2. I had a reaction to prednisone and an antibiotic in the later part of August that turned my life and my chemical levels inside out.  I was very ill for a month, and am still trying to recover (my iron levels are still erratic).
  3. School started for all of us.  A rough beginning for me (being so sick), but it is going all right.  Diana loves her new principal.  Bailee loves high school.
  4. Bailee is dancing with the Moscow Ballet of Russia on November 25th in their local presentation of THE NUTCRACKER.  She's in the Chinese Tea Dance.
  5. Bailee's studio is doing THE CHRISTMAS CAROL again this year.  Her main role is the ghost of Christmas future. 
  6. Mom had some issues with her heart, but is doing better now.
  7. Mom's brother and sister-in-law came to visit in September.  It was great seeing them again.
  8. Diana has been passing tiny kidney stones for months.  I guess if you have to have stones, then tiny is the way to go.  We're hoping that we can get a handle on the cause in the near future.
  9. Bailee is buried under homework thanks to her four honors classes, but she is holding her own.  She wants to join the track team this spring.
That's it, I guess.  We're eagerly looking forward to the Thanksgiving Break and time away from school.  The break begins tonight for Diana and Bailee.  I have to wait until the 27th for the start of my vacation.  Sure could use the time to catch up around the house.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!