Saturday, November 29, 2008

Last Day in SLC

To start our last day I got to watch Brent roll up into all of the bedding and then watch Brooke kick him while laughing...This is pretty much how each of our days started (LOL). We were able to get a little shopping in at Fashion Place Mall and The Gateway Mall. We then met up for one last meal at Faustina.

We had a great time with our family and are glad we were able to travel to Salt Lake City to visit them :-)
Every morning Brent would take all the blankets/sheets and Brooke would kick him.

The group at Faustina.

Elise and Brian with their yummy food.

Lindsey and Brent.

We ended our meal with desserts including a Blueberry soufflé with honey lavender sauce.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Day 3 in Provo and SLC

Greg set up an appointment for me to drive his "dream car"--a Jaguar. I must admit it was a nice ride. After our test drive, we took Brent and Brooke down to Provo so Brooke could see Brent's apartment. We met up with an old friend who moved away from Albuquerque, Tanna Gledhill, and my best friend who was also in Utah for the weekend (Jeni Payne). I can't believe I didn't take a picture(????). We also picked up our nephew Mike and his fiance Timi to hang out with us. Brooke got to see Brent's apartment. We also went to meet his roommate Chris who was at work. We walked around the BYU campus and bought a few things from the BYU Bookstore. We then went back to SLC to take Brian and Elise out for dinner :-)

We started off our day test driving a Jaguar.

We hung out with Mike and his fiancee Timi in Provo.

Brooke wanted to take my picture in front of this sign since I had worked at the Cougareat my freshman and sophomore years of college.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

No Cooking or Cleaning for Us Today :-)

Thanksgiving meal at our hotel--The Grand America. There were the traditional trimmings (stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, various vegetables, etc.). There was also turkey, prime rib, crab, shrimp, etc. The children were treated to their own special table with kid-friendly food items (chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, candy, Rice Krispie treats, etc.).

The dessert area was CRAZY. There was a crepe station, chocolate fountain with fruit, and dozens of different mini desserts. There was even a "cheese" a
rea (yep...Brooke had to get some cheese). Brian and Elise said it was the best Thanksgiving meal ever due to the many choices available. The best part...No cooking and no cleaning!

Greg pretty much hit the dessert table first.

Like father, like daughter.

Elise and Brian in front of the turkey ice sculpture :-)

There was a kids' area with chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, candy, etc.

Oh...And there were a few veggies near the candy LOL.

Turkey, prime rib, and mashed potatoes...What else do you need?

Amongst the many desserts, chocolate fountain, and crepes were mini pumpkin pies.

Greg made us go into the bathroom (which was way cool). Brooke wanted to jump in the middle of the sink area :-)

Cheryl at the table with the kids.

Greg with the kids.

Brent and Brooke after their delicious meal.

In the hotel lobby on our way back up to our room.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Salt Lake City for Thanksgiving Weekend

We decided to make a trip up to Salt Lake City for the Thanksgiving weekend to visit our three children: Brian and his wife Elise and Brent. We decided to stay at the Grand America Hotel. We were greeted with the chocolate piano (with chocolates inside of it) and a note thanking us for our return visit. I'm including a few pictures of our hotel room below.

Brooke really wanted to eat at "The Roof." What's cool about this restaurant is that it looks out over the Salt Lake Temple. After dinner, Brian, Elise, and I dropped off Greg, Brent, and Brooke at a Utah Jazz vs. Memphis basketball game. (I will add pictures if they ended up taking some during the game).

It's great to get our whole family together. That is why I love Thanksgiving...It's all about family.

We were greeted with a thank you note and fancy chocolates.

The chocolate piano.

Brooke and Brent in our room.

Brooke checking out the tub.

The Jorgensen Boys at "The Roof."

The Jorgensen Girls.

Our view of the Salt Lake Temple from "The Roof" restaurant.

The Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-100.

Brent and Brooke at the game.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Iron Chef Competition--Beehive Class

The priests from the Taylor Ranch Ward organized a youth activity based on the Iron Chef. The activity was meant to inspire the youth to be able to take a set group of ingredients and make something delicious out of them.

Each group had 1 hour to come up with something, cook it, and plate it. Groups could only use the following ingredients: flour, oil, salt/pepper, sugar, baking soda, milk, water, lettuce, cereal, eggs, Ramen noodles, cheddar cheese, baking cocoa, oatmeal, lemon, apple, banana, bread, Ranch dressing, cinnamon, margarine/butter, and one wild card ingredient (my group chose mini chocolate chips).

The Beehive class decided to make what they dubbed the "Beehive Pancake Trio." They made up some pancake batter from scratch and made three different pancakes. They made a plain pancake topped with bananas foster, an oatmeal pancake topped with cooked cinnamon apple slices, and a chocolate pancake topped with mini chocolate chips. Judging was based on 4 criteria: 20 points for taste; 15 points for creativity; 10 points for use of ingredients (using as many as possible); and 5 points for presentation. The rules were to create a food dish out of the ingredients. The girls used every ingredient except the ones pictured below in their one dish. Some of the groups made more than one dish out of their ingredients (which technically was against the rules but c'est la vie). Everyone had a great time! Here are some pictures:





Sunday, November 16, 2008

Three of my most FAVORITE people EVER!

Yep...These are three of my most favorite people in the world!

Brian is the oldest of my three children and has many talents! He is a computer progamming genius and has a brilliant mind (he was even smart enough to marry the beautiful and talented Elise Walker!).

Brent
is the beloved middle child. He is soooo spiritual, smart, and athletic. Everyone loves him.

Brooke
is the baby. She is friendly, bubbly, smart, athletic and charming! She is the best daughter a mom could ask for :-)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Evangelicals Thank LDS for Proposition 8 Work, Call for Christians to Stand Against Attacks

Though Proposition 8 has caused divisiveness in California and within the Church, one incredible by-product of this campaign has been increased brotherhood and unity among Christian churches. While the LDS Church has been under attack, prominent priests, ministers, and writers—as well as common members—have come out against such attacks and shown their support of the Church.

The following blog entry, communicating such support, was recently posted by John Schroeder, a well-known Evangelical writer, on his Article VI blog:

Proposition 8 is now a part of the California constitution!

That is probably the best news from an otherwise difficult election for conservatives and Republicans. In very large part, we Evangelicals must thank our Mormon cousins for that fact. They, along with our Catholic brethren, were better organized than us and that provided a base from which we could ALL work together to get this job done What more, as we have chronicled here, Mormons took the brunt of the abuse, derision, and even threats of physical harm that came with this effort.

And like us, they have given thanks to the Almighty that is ultimately in control, even if their understanding of that Almighty is a bit different than ours.

I cannot help but wonder how much more thankful we ALL might be today if we had been more willing to embrace these religious cousins a few months ago - but alas, politics is always about governing today and looking forward to the next election.

Said John Mark Reynolds:

“In the battle for the family, however, traditional Christians have no better friends than the Mormon faithful. It would be wrong if that support were taken for granted. We are intolerant of the false attacks on Mormon faith and family. We stand with our Mormon friends in their right to express their views on the public square. We celebrate the areas, such as family values, where we agree.

“A heart felt thank you may not win points from other friends who demand one hundred percent agreement from their allies, but it is the decent and proper thing to do.

“Thank you to our Mormon friends and allies!”

Hard to do better than that. The “Ruth Youth” ministry proclaimed yesterday “International Mormon Appreciation Day.” Very appropriate, yet still inadequate.

In addition to our thanks, Mormons deserve our protection. They have been oppressed in ways during the Prop 8 campaign that this nation has not seen since the 1960’s and the civil rights movement. The rhetoric has been deplorable, but moreover. we have seen instances of vandalism, property destruction, and some leaders in the fight currently find themselves with armed protection because of the threats made against them and their families.

Our nation will not and cannot tolerate this sort of behavior - it is incumbent on all of us to stand against it, and the best way to do that is to stand between the Mormons and the forces that would perpetrate such evil.

Now I am sure the Mormons can, and probably want, to take care of themselves, but as a Christian, it is my duty to protect the innocent and free the oppressed. To turn a blind eye in this circumstance is not only ungracious, it is simply un-Christian.

Make all the theological distinctions you want, but in the political arena we are yoked with the Mormons (he said borrowing some religious imagery) and it is darn well time we started acting like it.

Absolutely, positively thank the Mormons - but don’t stop there. Stand up and be counted against the evil that has been perpetrated towards them in this campaign.

As Christians we can do no less.

To read what has happened since this entry was created, click here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Frenemies, Enemends, and Fraitors

One of my favorite "message" movies is Mean Girls. One exchange between characters in the movie always gets to me:

Regina: We do not have a clique problem at this school.

Gretchen: But you do have to watch out for "frenemies".

Regina: What are "frenemies"?

Gretchen: Frenemies are enemies who act like friends. We call them "frenemies".

Karen: Or "enemends".

Gretchen: Or friends who secretly hate you, we call them "fraitors".

Karen: [gasps] What if we called them "mean-em-aitors"?

Regina: [scoffs]

Gretchen: No, honey, it has to have the word "friend" in it.

Karen : Oh...

After raising two sons (easy), I am now down to the last child who happens to be a daughter (harder). Whenever my sons got into disagreements with their friends, I was amazed to watch them work out any issues pretty much instantaneously! Girls, on the other hand, often hold grudges, trash talk each other, and try to get others to join in on the bashing!

I cannot count the number of times I have talked with young women who are struggling with mean girls. I pretty much want to cry while trying to counsel these girls but am usually so disgusted with my fellow females, that I am too mad to cry. I have ALWAYS encouraged my sons AND daughter to be nice to EVERYONE. It is a HUGE pet peeve of mine when individuals think they are BETTER than others.

I've been W&W (Wealthy and on Welfare) various times throughout my life. I remember what it was like to be a middle school student who only had one pair of pants and two shirts to wear to school. I remember having to raise my two younger sisters because my divorced mother HAD to work nights. I also remember my grade school days in Catholic school where we had school uniforms. Even though we all looked pretty much the same, I remember some girls noticing things like shoes or hair accessories to try to figure out who was "cool" and who wasn't.

Why are girls mean and fake to each other? It's so sad that girls feel the need to tear each other down. It's sad that girls aren't supportive of each other. It's depressing that girls enable guys to be rude to girls by their acceptance of being rude to each other themselves.

We should celebrate the good qualities of our peers: Some girls are book smart, some attractive, some fun, some nice, some shy, some athletic, some sweet, some wise, some outgoing, some spiritual, some witty, some good listeners, and some are kind. These qualities (or spiritual gifts as I like to refer to them as), make each girl UNIQUE.

The overall message of the movie Mean Girls isn't "don't gossip" or to just "be nice." The real message of the movie is "celebrate your uniqueness."

Come on girls! Don't get caught up in the mean girl drama! Celebrate your uniqueness! Take the opportunity TODAY to apologize to a fellow female that you have been MEAN to. If you are anything like me, there will come a time when you will need all the women friends you can get who will support and love you!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Few More Pictures from Las Vegas

Here are a few more pictures from our trip. We started off our day with lunch at the Spice Buffet as per Brad's advice. We did some shopping at Caesars Palace and Fashion Show Mall. We ate dinner at Emeril Lagasse's Table 10 restaurant in the Palazzo Hotel. We then headed over to the Flamingo to see the Donny & Marie show. The show was very wholesome and enjoyable. Donny & Marie both looked great :-)

The four of us in front of Trump Tower.

Greg and I in our hotel lobby.

Brad persuaded us to eat at the Spice Buffet in Planet Hollywood.

Voted best buffet in 2007.

We took Mom and Dad to see Donny & Marie.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Las Vegas

Greg and I met up with his parents in Las Vegas so we could take them to see The Phantom of the Opera and Donny and Marie. We took them to eat a Del Frisco's where we all had filet mignon and lemon cake (YUM!). We are staying in the Trump Tower hotel which is great because it is a non-smoking hotel, has NO CASINO in it, and is very classy and cool. Even better was the price we got this amazing room for (on Hotwire.com). Here are a few pictures from the trip...

We have one big outside door that leads to our own little hallway of our two rooms.

There is a TV in the mirror in our hotel room!

Seriously! A TV screen in the mirror!

Nice view of our room at Trump Tower.

Dad and Mom with a piece of lemon cake from Del Frisco's.

Greg and I :-)

At Phantom :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mother and Daughter :-)

Brooke and I attended a Mother/Daughter Young Women Activity tonight at church. Brooke had been working on the "goal" of becoming closer to her mother over the past few weeks. She was very kind tonight, serving me dinner and making sure I was having a nice time at the activity. I love my daughter so much and love this picture that Bri Saban took of us.

LBJ Girls Basketball--Go Brookie!

As team mom for the LBJ Girls Basketball Team, I was able to design a T-shirt and warm ups for the girls (I convinced Greg to sponsor the T-shirts to save the girls a little money). Here is Brooke modeling her outfit on game day. The team plays John Adams today at LBJ. The girls' game begins at 4 PM. The boys play immediately after. The girls and boys teams are both 3-0 (all of the games have been blow outs so far). We are hoping they keep their perfect record after playing what is usually a very physical game against John Adams. Brooke is a starting guard. She's hit a three point shot in 2 of the 3 games and plays great defense. If you want to see her play, you should show up a little before 4 PM.

Go Coyotes!