Friday, October 28, 2011

Crack the Egg

A fun game of Crack the Egg - Clark was the egg.  He didn't crack!

One of the best parts about a trip to Utah is I get to see this cute face!

And this cute face too - he's a good egg.

The 100 Dresses

Last weekend I made a trip to Utah (yes, another trip!)

One of the reasons for my visit was to see Cali in her production of The Hundred Dresses.  This show was put on by BYU's  Theater for Young Audiences.  They have been performing since the beginning of October and will continue to travel to schools within the area and perform through the end of December.  They were performing at BYU for 10 days too.

As part of the show they have been holding a dress drive.  The dresses will be donated to various shelters.  They have collected over 600 dresses so far.

They have used some of them in a display in the HFAC.

 The show is based on a sweet children's book .  Here is a brief description of the book:

With a funny last name and only one faded school dress, Wanda Petronski becomes an easy target to tease when she claims to have a hundred dresses at home. But when the school drawing contest arrives, her classmates begin to see the consequences of their choices and the worth of an individual.

It is a sweet and tender story that leaves you thinking.  Thinking about times you may have been a bully or been bullied.    When they perform for schools they do a workshop afterwards with the kids.

Outside the theater they had these fun cut outs hanging for a photo op.  Of course we had to take advantage.

The set was simple but effective.

The best part though was watching all the kids come up after the show and talk with the actors and get autographs - they were all so cute!

The cast of The Hundred Dresses.  Cali played two parts - the school teacher and Maddie's mother.

The proud family!

Fortunately, when Jim had been in town several weeks ago he was able to watch one of the rehearsals for the show.

We love you Cali and we are so proud of you!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Beach Babes Take Las Vegas

I think in the last two weeks I have only been home 4 or 5 days.  I have a little catching up to do!!

Two weeks ago I headed to Las Vegas with the Beach Babes - amazing women I have known over 20 years!
We stayed at the World Mart Condos that Julie and Shauna are owners in.  It was a ways from the strip but they had a free shuttle that took us back and forth.

The weather was amazing!

I tried to pretend I was back in Paris - didn't quite work!

Or maybe I should have pretended I was in Rome!

or New York City!

Regardless of where the Beach Babes go they have fun and we did!

We saw two shows while we were there.  Friday night was Le Reve which was totally amazing!

 And Saturday night we saw Donny and Marie and I was in love!

We also walked and walked and walked and walked - I think we almost made it up and down the entire strip!  We checked out all the amazing, over the top hotels.  My favorite was the Bellagio with the beautiful chihuly glass ceiling.

 They had some pretty amazing holiday decor too.

We enjoyed an amazing buffet brunch at The Wicked Spoon - this was no Golden Corral!!

And we had to enjoy some frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity!

Ok - so I had to enjoy it twice!  April and I had dinner there before one of the shows while the other gals were at the David Copperfield Show.

 We had a glorious time and just enjoyed being together.  Las Vegas is a little over stimulating after a few days but fun!

On the recommendation of several blog readers we had lunch at the Burger Bar.  Not overly impressed.

The shows outside the hotels on the strip at night were fun to watch. 

The water show at the Bellagio

and the Volcano show at the Mirage.

We ended our stay in Vegas with the Gospel Brunch at The  House of Blues - so fun!

I did manage to lose one dollar in one of these!  Yeah - I live on the edge!

Viva Las Vegas!