Thursday, March 24, 2011

Great Library Book

My kids love going to the library, and I love not having to buy books! (Just kidding, I buy too many books...) Anyway, Beware of the Frog is a favorite library book at our house right now. So, if you have young kids, you should go to your library and check it out. Very funny!

Monday, March 21, 2011

"We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. You can't, you don't build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen. Things will work out. Keep trying. Be believing. Be happy. Don't get discouraged. Things will work out."
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Sunday, March 20, 2011


(image via AlphaMom)

I'm thinking I'll create some of these cute paper daffodils with the kids this week to celebrate the arrival of Spring. And, since I didn't plant any bulbs last Fall (because I am a professional procrastinator) I am on the lookout for some forced daffodils that I can plant in the front yard. I know, I'm a cheating gardener.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day

Ben had his face painted at preschool

Sylvia frosting her green cupcake

Gotta have lots of sprinkles

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Gardner Village

Excursions to Gardner Village are few and far between for me, since I live so far south. But, I love to go as often as I can, and it usually centers around my mother's visits to Utah. So, since the family was in town for grandma's funeral, we made a visit to Gardner Village to check out all of the cute home decor, and of course, a stop at the candy store for some fudge. The kids checked out (chased) the ducks, and were generally happy little people. This little spot in West Jordan will always be a favorite of mine.

Grandma's Funeral

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Sweet Grandma

Carolyn Thompson Lee

Carolyn Thompson Lee passed away Saturday March 5, 2011. She was born June 28, 1929 in Malta, Idaho into the musically talented home of J. Henry and Lora Harmon Thompson. Carolyn's musical gifts blossomed at an early age.

She graduated from BY High and BYU"receiving top honors in vocal performance. Carolyn had a scholarship to Julliard, but chose to marry and pass on her legacy of music through her children and music students. Carolyn married Thomas W. Lee on September 21, 1951 in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised a family of musicians. Her greatest role was that of wife and mother.

Carolyn served as president in all of the church auxiliaries. She loved nurturing the musical talents of youth. Her mother and brothers sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Carolyn was a member of the Choir singing as a high first soprano. Her daughters Betsy and Bonnie carry on the tradition as current members of the Choir.

Tom and Carolyn moved around the country often. They treated each move as a mini-mission, lending priesthood and musical leadership wherever they went. In 1980 they returned to Provo where Tom now teaches astronomy at UVU and Carolyn taught piano and vocal lessons.

Among her many talents, Carolyn was also an excellent cook and seamstress. She truly never met a stranger. Everyone she met became her friend. She was a loving and caring mother and a devoted grandmother. We have all been blessed by her wonderful life. Sweet dreams, Mom.

Children: Bob (Penny), Becky (deceased), Betsy (Ellis) Bailey, Ben (Becky), Barbara (David) Acheson, Bill, and Bonnie. She has 22 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Janie Thompson, Dorothy and Don Collier (both deceased), John (deceased) and Etta, Joe (deceased) and JoAn, Bob and Beth (deceased), and Sam and Ann.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Provo Peak 2nd Ward Chapel, 965 North Locust Lane, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center, Friday evening from 6 until 8 and Saturday at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be emailed to