Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Sean!

Making wishes.

Sean and Jordan cutting the cake.

Smushing of the cake.

Sean shares his June 29th birthday with Jordan, one of the very first friends he made when we moved to Cedar Hills. So it was only appropriate that they celebrated their birthdays together at an awesome barbeque and outdoor movie over by Jordan's house. His Boy Elroy put on a great show for the crowd, debuting two brand spankin' new songs, as well as playing some of their older songs from their cd.

The celebration continued on Saturday when we had a fun night at Pollo Loco with Mom and Marian and Ashley and Jordan, followed by a game of Scotland Yard (I didn't do so well on that . . . ahem, sorry fellow detectives) followed by a bit of night frisbee, well, actually a lot of night frisbee keeping the neighbors up until around 11:30.

And more celebrating on Sunday . . .

Sean continues to amaze and almost overwhelm me with his maturity and uncanny insights into what makes people tick and what makes them happy. He is so aware of other's feelings, and he responds to the needs of others with gentleness and a Christ-like love that sets him apart from most teenage boys. I am so proud of him, and love him with all of my soul--with all of my heart.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The News is Out! FINALLY!

Baby Ashley


Can you believe it? I can hardly reconcile myself to this wonderful news even though I've known about it for a little while now. I am over the moon excited!!! I am ecstatic!!! I can hardly wait!!! My little Ashley is going to be a mommy. Wow! And what a fantastic mom she will be because of her kindness and gentleness and loving nature. And Jordan! Jordan will make such a wonderful dad because of his patience and tolerance and most of all his unselfishness. This will be one very lucky baby to be born into such a sweet family where love and happiness and laughter abounds. I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about this blessing that is coming to all of our lives. January 2, 2009, is the target date where our world will change forever!

Go to Ashley and Jordan's blog here, and you can read their first-hand accounts of all of this wonderfulness! Congratulations you two--I can hardly contain myself, I'm so happy!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I Can Say, "I Knew Charlotte When"

My very darling friend Jacque invited me to join her and her baby Charlotte at the Freedom Festival Baby Contest at UVU on Saturday. Wow! Can you say Babies 'R Everywhere?! Since UVU practically sits in the very heart of our galaxy's baby capital, you can imagine how many babies were entered in the contest. Facing the fiercest competition, Charlotte took 2nd place in her age category! She was wonderful--clapping, smiling, playing on cue. It was so much fun to be there to see her win. Way to go Baby Charlotte! You will be able to catch some photos of her and the contest on Comcast On Demand in the next few weeks. Thanks Jacque for being such a sweet friend to me; I love being around you. I'll hang out with you anytime!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ties that Bind

Father's Day 2008
Back row: Marian, Christian, Dave, Grandpa Richard, Lindsay, Deon
Front row: Jordan, Ashley, Grandma Pauline, Grandma Bea
Don't you love the beautiful ties we are all sporting?! Very formal, indeed.
Q: What did the tie say to the hat?
A: You go on a-head, I'm just gonna hang around (rim shot). Yeah, yeah. Keep your groans to yourselves.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Partying Resumes!

Fun at the Sagers' house!
With Christian back from his week at EFY, our house once again is filled with teenage fun and laughter nearly every night until after 11:00 p.m. And boy did I miss it. And boy did I miss Christian. I'm so glad he is home. Can't wait to get Sean home this Saturday after his three-week traipse across the United States. What am I going to do when he is gone for two whole, complete and entire two years? (Sean: If you are reading this, just ignore that part . . . .) (Ashley and Jordan: If you are reading this, don't stray too far away either, okay?) I LOVE HAVING MY KIDS HOME!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Nice How These Things Work Out

With Jordan, Dave, Christian and Sean away last Friday night, Ashley and I decided to do girls night and go to dinner at Rumbi Island Grill and then do some shopping. The shopping was only at Costco, but it was shopping nevertheless; money exchanged hands, the cash register went "ching, ching", and it was that euphoric shopping fix for me. Fabulous. (I'm not too hard to please. Shopping at a postage stamp vending machine is still shopping and a thrill to me.) Even though we didn't go do some exotic crazy activity--it was just a cheap little dinner and shopping at a big box store, yippee--I had so much fun. The reason it was so much fun is because I was with Ash, and I don't get a chance to hang out with her so very often. Ashley is so great to be with because she is so pleasant and easy-going and gracious. She looks at everything with big, wide, eager eyes and has little room in her life for much cynicism or negativity. And she is just plain fun to be with. Simply put, I guess I would describe our evening together as easy and satisfying.

So why the sappiness about dinner and shopping? Such a little thing, I know. But it is the accumulation of times like this that make my life feel rich and full. I am so very lucky. And do you know why? Just ask me. Dare ya. Because the people I would most want to hang out with are the very people who have to hang out with me. Huh? Well, like they say, you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family. So I guess they are stuck with me. But I would pick my family every time, even if I didn't have to. And I got the lucky end of the stick, that's for sure.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Cousins and Aunties

My Blaser Cousins and Aunts
(My big sis, Rexine, is on the back row far left,
Big sis, Marian, is on the back row far right,
Mom is on the second row on the far left,
and I am on the front row, middle)
A few weeks ago my cousin Kathleen invited all of the girl cousins and the aunts on my dad's side of the family to her house for sort of a reunion luncheon. A good share of us were able to attend; I think we were missing about nine people or so.

To tell you the truth, I was a little nervous about going simply because I hadn't seen most of these people for at least ten, fifteen or more years. The situation is also compounded by the fact that early on, my parents moved away from the rest of the clan living in Idaho so my dad could attend medical school in Utah. As a result, I never really knew my cousins or aunts very well at all. If I were to meet one of my nearly 100 cousins on the street today, (yes! count 'em--I have nearly 100 cousins from both sides of the fam) I'm sure I would just naively walk right on by without even a fine "howdy-do." Actually, that has probably already happened and I just haven't yet realized my extreme rudeness. So sorry to those of you I totally snubbed. Didn't mean to.

Anyway, as it turns out, I was really glad that I went. It is actually quite fun to see people one hasn't seen for years. My aunts look just the same. The cousins have changed a bit. Now, what does that say about the aging process? Is there some magical age one reaches that suddenly becomes a permanent "look" so that when you reach 93 you look just the same as you did when you were 63 or 33? When I see the mothers of my childhood friends now, they look just the same as they did when I was eight years old! And I thought they looked old then. Sheesh! And does that mean that my kids' friends think I look old? "Hey there's old lady Sagers!" Interesting perspective.

Yes, I was glad that I went. There is something wonderful that happens when you are with family, some sort of spirit-to-spirit bonding perhaps. And a sense of belonging. It really was quite wonderful.

Friday, June 06, 2008

The Dark Side of the Moon

Photo by Christian
June 5, 2008, 11:00 p.m.
Shot from the back deck of our home
Taken with Nikon D80
AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm 1:35-5.6 G ED
Christian received a pretty nifty new camera recently, and he seems to have quite an eye for beauty. Gorgeous, Christian!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Well, It's the Thought That Counts . . .

It is birthday time for a couple of friends, so I thought I would whip up a little somethin' somethin' for them. My feeble attempts at decorating are amateurish at best, hideous at worst, but I shall deliver these lemony/cream cheese treats regardless. I blame the darn icing decorator thingy for most of this mess. That and lack of talent apparently.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Speak Up Now or Forever Hold Your Peace, But You're Sure to Regret It!

Okay, I'm going to get all politcal on you today because I have a bee in my bonnet and, gee whiz, I can't take it anymore!

All of you Utah residents listen up: Assuming you haven't been living in a cave, I'm sure you have heard about the ridiculously absurd proposal by EnergySolutions to make Utah a very convenient dumping ground for radioactive waste from Italy. From Italy! Am I dreaming here? Who thought up that really, really, really bad idea? Oh yeah. Probably EnergySolutions. Duh. Big time bucks for them, bad stuff for us. I've been watching this issue for several months now, and no one seems to be fighting for our right to only dump our own domestic radioactive waste in our state, thank you very much. Except for Congressman Jim Matheson who has co-sponsored a bill that would ban this idiotic maneuver.

Here is what you need NEED!!! to do: please contact your representative (for most of us that would be Representative Chris Cannon) and register your opinion. And do it right away! Time for public comment is very short. I do not want the flood gates of all things that glow to be thrown open wide never again to be clamped shut. Call Chris Cannon at 202-225-7751, fax him at 202-225-5629 or e-mail him at Come on--do it now. Right now. Reach for that phone and just dial. Or shoot off an e-mail. Whatever.

The only thing I want imported to Utah from Italy are their gorgeous and obscenely expensive shoes. Okay, go!