Friday, October 22, 2010

Meeting Paul Cardall

Here I am with Paul Cardall. So happy!!

He's signing my copy of his new book about his amazing journey with his heart defect and heart transplant. I also had him sign one of his CD's.

On Thursday, my friend, K and I drove over to the church bookstore to meet Paul Cardall. G took a bit of time off of work to come by, too! I have LOVED his piano music over the past few years. He has composed some amazing arrangements of LDS Hymns as well as composing original music. I immediately fell in love with the music, and I listen to it often. Then I started to follow him on his blog and was amazed and touched by his personal story. I was following along while he was waiting for his heart transplant and when things didn't look good. Some days, I'd actually get nervous about peeking in at his blog because I was so sad about his condition and the possibility of his early death. His blog entries were so inspirational and sure put things in my own life in perspective. So, when I actually read the newsletter from the local church bookstore, my heart skipped a beat when it said that Paul would be coming in for a book/CD signing and that he'd be speaking and performing later that night!! We took the whole family to the fireside and loved it. I could seriously listen to him for hours!! (I would have been devastated if I found out after the fact!)

So, if you haven't heard of him before now, go check out his website and check out his beautiful piano music. It will blow you away.

I am so thankful that I got to meet him. What an amazing and very humble man. I am thankful that he is sharing his beautiful talents with everyone.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hot Pink Run '10


N after the race. It was nice having a running buddy. It was tricky for me to keep up with him and his VERY BIG STRIDE!!

Here we are at the beginning of the run. We did the un-timed run together. We didn't register until this morning and they ran out of number 'bibs' and t-shirts. We'll get our shirts in a couple of weeks. We ran side-by-side most of the way. It was a fun thing to do together AND it was for a great cause: breast cancer awareness. G brought the boys to cheer us on. It was a fun way to start the day. We'll have to do it again next year. Hopefully B will join us then. He just recently sprained his ankle and it is still healing.

Monday, October 4, 2010

General Priesthood Session of Conference

G and B took a road trip to Salt Lake over the weekend so that B could attend his FIRST Priesthood session in the Conference Center. We were able to land 4 tickets, so both Grandpas were able to come. So, here is my Dad, B, G and G's dad. I LOVE this picture! B loved all of the junk food on the trip and time with Dad. He loved being in the Conference center (saying it was HUGE) and hearing the prophet and apostles speak IN PERSON! This will be a fond and cherished memory. They were able to stop by and see some dear friends on the way back to California, too (wink, wink, Krista!). I'm SO glad they had fun and am so thankful they returned safely.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Goofing Around

Like T's "rabbit ears" on HIMSELF?!

J & T were pretty restless after sitting for General Conference (which was wonderful, by the way!!) They decided to go out front and pal around together. T is very excited to see the leaves on the ground. He was hoping to gather enough to jump in. No such luck. They gathered 'weapons' and played in their secret hideout. It turned out to be a beautiful day. A perfect 76 degrees with a slight breeze.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


J taking a MUCH needed water break. It was hot out there this afternoon!

Soccer is in full-swing. J played very well today, and he was fun to watch. He ALMOST made a goal today. It was SO close!!! He's enjoying his coach and teammates this year.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Note from B

The other morning, this is what awaited me on the kitchen counter. And, yes, it did make it into his lunch! Too funny!