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MICHAEL'S NEWSFLASHES & MEMORIES!!!

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The Lighted Corsage

The Lighted Corsage
I am sitting here breathing a sigh of relief as the finishing touches of Aaron's Beauty & The Beast Lumiere costume have just been completed. At the end of the play, Aaron becomes human again and he is dressed in black tuxedo tails with a custom gold sequined vest, custom gold waterfall ascot, and a pink flower corsage. It may seem like overkill, but I really wanted his corsage to feature 3 lit candles. It seemed only fitting that this corsage be lit like his enchanted Lumiere costume, right? Well, I thought so anyway, so I gave it some thought over the last couple of weeks trying to come up with a game plan on how to accomplish the dream.Yesterday I was shopping in All-A-Dollar and found three little candles that you would use to light...
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Count Our Blessings

Count Our Blessings
Thomas S. Monson shared in conference...Take an inventory and review your blessings, both large and small... Men are that they might have joy!... We can pray and our prayers will be answered. President Monson went on to share that we should never ignore a prompting. How have I been doing in that regard? Have I been able to help those in need? Or have I been so self-absorbed that I am missing some of the promptings?... Definitely too self-absorbed!I think about the blessings within our household. We have great children that are making great decisions. I look at how excited Adam was to hear the changing of the age for missionary service announced yesterday. he did not immediately say that he was modifying his plans and leaving earlier. I...
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Lumiere - You Light Up Our Lives

Lumiere - You Light Up Our Lives
You can say that I am one proud Dad, or as Aaron calls me... Papa Smurf. I have put the finishing touches on his play costume for the upcoming Beauty & The Beast. As Lumiere it was only fitting that he light up like an overgrown Glow Worm, and glow he does!Talk about a lot of work... yet it was soooo very rewarding for the dozens of hours invested int the project.The play opening is about 5 weeks off, so having this costume done really takes a load off my shoulders. But the greatest part is watching Aaron’s eyes light up as he puts it on and becomes Lumiere.Mark your calendars for November 7-12, 2012 with 7PM performances each night plus a 1 PM matinee on Saturday. All of this takes place at Canyon View Junior High School in Orem, Utah ...
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In response to Facebook Likes and positive comments... This is the first time I have had a major costume done 5 weeks before openi... Read More
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:27
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PARENTS!!! Swimming Pool Safety Warning

PARENTS!!! Swimming Pool Safety Warning
Parents.... 137 Kids Drowned This Summer - Be alert when your children are anywhere near pools, lakes, water slides, and bathtubs!!!The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a warning regarding pool safety due to the fact that 137 children drowned during the summer of 2012. See the warning at http://www.thehomeinspector.com/Clients/CPSC/91312_Pool_Drownings.htmlYou should also like my latest YouTube video dealing with the issue while relating some real life experiences and information. So visit the above link and enjoy!
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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 VIDEOJessica 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 over ...
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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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MLC Newsflash - CPSC Energizer Nightlight Recall

MLC Newsflash - CPSC Energizer Nightlight Recall
Target shoppers beware... The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issues a recall for Energizer brand nightlights sold exclusively at Target stores between January 2010 and January 2011. Please visit my website at http://www.thehomeinspector.com/Clients/CPSC/82212_Energizer_Nightlight.html to see a video I created for the recall as well as the information and pictures that will help you identify if you have an affected unit.WHAT'S THE DANGER? The units are prone to overheating and smoking and when the client unplugs them they can be burned by the overheating units. But logically, what comes after overheating and smoking? FIRE!!! None have been reported yet, but that is the next logical progression if the units are continued t...
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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 w...
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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 im...
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Leandra Wurdel - Bom seria ver você comer novamente uma grande "nega-maluca" como aquelas que eu fazia pra você e o Elder Jensen, ... Read More
Sunday, 26 August 2012 18:24
Michael Leavitt
Leandra, one of my greatest blessings of Brasilian missionary life was being exposed to “Nega-maluca.” I have not found anything t... Read More
Sunday, 26 August 2012 18:25
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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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Testing 1, 2, 3

Testing 1, 2, 3 Does it Work?
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I look forward to your upcoming posts.
Saturday, 25 August 2012 13:18
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They Made It!!!

They Made It!!!
6PM - AUGUST 24, 2012 - I was thrilled to receive the following email message from Jessica and Dave...“We are safe and happy!!!LoveDave Jess Rolf Popy and Tommy”  That is such a relief as Jessica’s clan headed off to the East Coast with no real clear cut plans. They are somewhere near Boston and we hope they have a place to safely sleep tonight.UPDATE: When Aaron ws shown this entry he looked at me and said, "I'm so jealous. I don't think I have every been to the beach. But where are the waves? Are they not very big on the East Coast?" It sounds to me as though there is a trip to Newport Beach in our future... The Crab Cooker, clam chowder, and lots of waves.  
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