It has been a delightful few days with chances to visit with Jenae and her children: Becky, Emily and Kaleb. We went to see Michelle and her children: Patrick and Daniel, and had a wonderful time. After some supper, we went to watch Michelle practice with the rest of the cast for "The Wizard of Oz," a play which will be performed toward the end of August in Payson. Kirsten and Rebecca were here in Utah County for a couple of days, too, and Michelle and the kids' grandma Carolyn joined the rest of us for a trip to the Oquirrh Temple Open House, supper at Wendy's (where Grandpa Jorgen joined us) and a concert by the group Voice Male. On Saturday, all the girls got to visit with many cousins and aunts and uncles at the Boyer reunion, and that evening some of us went to the Springville Folkfest to watch dancers from six different countries. While at my house, Jenae's kids had fun trying on Grandma's hats. Grandpa Don was included in a game of Chicken Feet, which he won. Rebecca played Rubix Cube and showed Kaleb how it was done. Kirsten and Jenae were glad to see each other. (This paragraph goes with the pictures.) The trip to the temple open house was spiritual, and fun, too. After the tour of the temple, we all got to ride back to our cars in an extended golf cart thingamajig because Jenae's broken foot was paining her after all the walking. At supper and after the concert, Michelle entertained us with her great ability to talk with Scottish and Indian accents. She's hilarious! It's too bad I didn't take my camera with me on that trip. Our cheeks hurt from all the laughter. If any of you get the chance to see Voice Male in concert, I'm guessing you will truly enjoy it. We sure did. The group started when these men got to know each other while students in college, and now, more than 13 years later, they are still singing a cappella songs and cracking people up with their funny joking between numbers. They got off on jokes about "Porch Geese" when they were talking about the Portuguese language. You had to be there, but I have rarely been more thoroughly entertained. I've been happy as a ladybug having these family visits this week. I'm so blessed.
I'm extremely normal (whatever that means). I'm usually optimistic and hopeful. For me, emotion seems to precede thought. I have been blessed enough already for more than 60 lifetimes. Family is tops on my list of important things.