Saturday, December 27, 2008

Miss Tanner at the Christmas Tree

The Frogs were animated, his tongue would retract and then Hit the second frogs head in attempt to get that fly!

The alligator was animated, open mouth to closed mouth.

Hey all y'all, these are some pictures I took on the 22nd at Zoo Lights.  A couple of my friends and I took Tanner, the daughter of my good friend Shannon to see the lights at the Zoo.  It was a great night, the clouds had started moving in keeping it warmer than I had expected which was a bonus in my book.  Unfortunately most of the animals were "in" for the night but we did get to see some of the big cats, which we were told are more active in the cold.  I think I might need to back in the day light just to see them again, in better conditions.  This was a fun activity for us all, we played in the snow, we got a nice walk in and a ride on the carousel. If you live here in Utah and want a fun evening activity with the family I recommend taking the time to go up to the zoo for Zoo Lights.  The cost was $6 dollars a person, a little steep if you have more than 5 kids, but fun none the less. And, the tropical garden is open, it is a warm green house that has fun lights and pretty flowers.  :-)  

Sunday, December 14, 2008

So I have been a renter in this little apartment for 5 and a half years now and I have never had a tree at christmas time.  Well I changed that this year and as you can see from the pictures, I think it was a good decision.  My windows are great, they have really deep sils and are 4 ft tall.  The tallest tree was suppose to only be 4 feet, but I think it is a bit taller, I had to bend the top over to get it to fit.  I found the group of three at Biglots, actually that is where I found every thing.  I like the way they look and I am glad I took the time to find the trees and to put them up in my home.  I have a friend at work and she has 3 trees in her front room too.  Hers are larger but having seen them and having heard the story "The Three Trees"  copying her idea on a smaller scale seemed like a good idea.  And it has been, I feel the spirit of this wonderful season in a deeper way this year.  Christmas has felt too commercial the last few years, in my book, so this has been a nice surprise for me.  I am glad to have a tree in my home this year.  Well,  Merry Christmas everyone!!  

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hello and Happy Holidays to everyone.  For the  22 years preceding this year our family holiday kick off has been to decorate a Christmas tree for a local charity called "The Festival of Trees"    Each tree is decorated by volunteers and donated to the festival, and then in a silent auction the trees are bid on and sold to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to Primary Children's Hospital here in Salt Lake City.  Each year hundreds of thousand of dollars are raised in this week long festival which then equal medical treatment for children who are uninsured or underinsured, and live here in the Intermountain West.  From cities and towns in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and even as far away as Arizona and Nevada.  Each year we have looked forward to decorating our tree and to seeing the myriad ideas that surround us on the other trees.  Each year it also seems that one or two trees really stand out because of the time and creativity involved in them.  Several years ago it was a wooden train that sat on 50 feet of track and was large enough to hold children. Wish I had pictures because it was an amazing feat of time and wood working. This year it was the tree in the pictures I have posted here. The tree was created by a glass blower here in Utah and comissioned by a wealthy and generous family who always lovingly  give time and generosity to charitable events like the Festival of Trees.  I hope you enjoy the pictures of this beautiful tree.  Wish I had more information about the hours involved in its production, and on the artist so the scope of the project represented better the commitment this man undertook.     Needless to say, this was THE tree at this years festival and rumor has it that it is also the top earning tree ever in the festivals 36 years.  I hope this also inspires those of you who have the time and resources to add to the generosity of the season by giving of your time and energies to benefit those who are less fortunate in your own communities.  May God bless us all and keep us ever mindful of the blessings that are ours, most especially our freedoms and liberties as citizens of the USA.