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The Falling Rain

The Falling Rain
Haily just informed me that the rain is falling outside and the thought of all the work that went into yesterday's “Chalk The Block” chalk art gently being washed away is a bit disturbing. I am so thankful for the pictures I was able to snap while the weather was still good. It just goes to show how important it is to take life by the horns and tail and get the most out of the wild ride.. Such is life!!! Rain drops keep falling on my head...
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Chalk The Block - Provo Riverwoods Art Festival

Chalk The Block - Provo Riverwoods Art Festival
On Facebook I posted... “What a great event “Chalk The Block” turned out to be. I dropped my Orem High School student daughter off in the morning to what I thought was going to be some kids coloring on the sidewalks, only to find that this was an incredible showcase of talent by those wishing to donate their skills on behalf of care and a cure for autism. I have several hundred photos of the event, including every chalk art entry in both the mid-complete and finished stages hosted on Haily’s website at http://hailyscomet.com/Art_Chalk_2012.html. Thanks Riverwoods for hosting an outstanding event that turned into a Leavitt Family day of fun!!!” I woke up this beautiful Sunday morning and realized that there were a couple of the pieces of art...
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“Oh No” Twins Having Fun

“Oh No” Twins Having Fun
LINK TO VIDEO Jessica and Dave sent along a new video from Cape Cod. It is a blast to watch, and it is obvious that Rolf and Poppy are now old enough to really be a lot of fun. I think that is what makes their departure to East Coast living the toughest. It was also tough realizing that this morning would have been the perfect Fall morning to take them fishing... But then there is that 2,138 mile separation... Sighhhhh! I wonder how hard it must have been before the days of Skype and YouTube when the prior generations were separated by large distances. That would have been tough and I should quit my yearning, but it is still tough being a long distance Grandpa. Looking at Rolf and Poppy repeating the same fun activities over and over and ov...
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Mom’s 82nd Birthday

Mom’s 82nd Birthday
It was a great birthday with mom at the LDS Brigham City Temple. See the great photos... http://www.thehomeinspector.com/Family/LeavittTimes_2012_9-5.html
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Sugarland Concert

Sugarland Concert
What a wonderful, wet, and visual Saturday evening spent with the family seeing Sugarland in concert. When they say that the Usana Ampitheater is an outdoor rain or shine event, they aren't kidding. We drove to West Valley with ominous clouds looming in the west that turned to thunder and lightening on the horizon. As we stepped from the car it started to lightingly rain. Yes, Dad had given the warnings before leaving that we should plan for rain. Haily wasn't concerned, as getting there as she said repeatedly, "But Dad, I am wearing a cardigan!" What we needed was full foul weather gear for what was to come. Enterring the outdoor arena for our first time we hunkered down under three blankets that would soon be fully soaked.  Since it ...
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Sherri
Sounds like a fun & memorable night! Glad you finally got to see them in concert!
Sunday, 02 September 2012 19:14
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And my daughter dwelt in a yurt... Say what?!?!

And my daughter dwelt in a yurt... Say what?!?!
In the same fashion as Nephi of old reported that his Father dwelt in a tent (1 Neph1 2:15), I get the opportunity to tell all that ask that my daughter Jessica and her young family are now dwelling in a yurt. That’s right, a YURT! This is hopefully a temporary abode at a State Park near Cape Cod, Massachussettes. It will probably downscale to a tent and then finally upscale to a dwelling with solid walls once the end of summer holiday season ends and all of the tourists go back home to free up some longer term reasonable vacancies. But after the initial shock is over regarding the yurt, then the realization that her spirits are high and the trip is still in the great fun family trip stages. I am certain that if the yurt was the end all be ...
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Mary Poppins Dinner Rolls

Mary Poppins Dinner Rolls
What an incredible surprise to open our front door and find our nearby neighbor, Julian Bitter, standing there offering us the wonderful gift of a Ziplock bag full of dinner rolls. Wait, that greatly undersells the gift. The rolls were just baked and perfect in almost every way, hence their new name as the Mary Poppins Dinner Rolls. Just seeing them brought back a flood of memories as I served together with his wife Sherida as she faithfully created the desserts for our monthly Cub Scout meetings. Her cinnamon rolls were incredible, and her theme frosted cookies always amazed. Now seeing her big bag of fresh rolls immediately made my mouth water. “You do realize that I don’t want to tell anybody in my family about these,” I told Julian. My ...
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Let Them Fly

Let Them Fly
It is interesting transitioning from being an active parent to becoming a passive Grandfather bystander. Both Shelly and I have been spending 23 years investing quality time in the development of our kids hoping to share with them and help them hone their skills to make the best decisions and choose the path that will lead to the least heartache and the most fulfillment and joy. With that being said, the difficult part is allowing our children their free agency and room to stretch their butterfly wings and fly. But let them fly we must, and fly we know they will. I have never really been scared as to whether or not our kids will choose good over evil. We continue to watch them choose good. I think the hard part is when they pass through the...
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Dinner With Jose Artalejo - Summerfest 1978

Dinner With Jose Artalejo - Summerfest 1978
If any of you are interested in climbing inside my head and taking a walk through my memory from 1978, then you will enjoy a recent journal entry dealing with a Boston concert at Anaheim Stadium. All of this was triggered after having a friend I haven’t seen for over 30 years in our home to visit and eat my homemade carne asada tacos... http://www.thehomeinspector.com/Family/LeavittTimes_2012_8-22.html
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