Friday, June 29, 2012
Happy Birthday to Joe on June 21st and to Mom on June 22nd!
CLICK HERE to see Michelle's delicious birthday party foods and recipes.
In our playroom, we have two chests full of dress up costumes for the grandkids to play with. Noah came up with his own original costume and tried to dress up his sister, Emma.
So fun and such darling grand kids!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Our sweet neighbor that lives directly across the street is turning 90 years old. Her children invited all her family, friends, neighbors, church members, etc. to an open house this afternoon. Karma has lived across the street from my parent's house (now our house) since 1970. It was fun to see her children and their families, old neighbors and friends that I haven't seen in years at the party.
Happy Birthday Karma! We love you!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Who would have guessed that singing along with the Osmonds all these years was actually good for your brain?
After reading this article I'm going to keep singing!
|Monday, June 18, 2012|
A Little-known Therapy to Help Brain Function
by Victor Marchione, MD
Music has many well-documented positive effects when it comes to mental health. Music can soothe frazzled nerves at the end of a long day. Music can also help you release bottled up emotions, lessening the chances of these pent-up emotions causing physical ailments. Music has also been used to improve quality of sleep and even to lower bloodpressure. But what about triggering some really hard-core physiological changes in the body after suffering injury? Can listening to and participating in music accomplish something this sophisticated?
According to researchers at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in the Bronx, New York, the resounding answer is "yes." They recently conducted a clinical trial to investigate the benefits of singing in patients who had suffered brain damage.
In many brain damage patients, the ability to speak, articulate and even understand other people's verbal communication can be compromised. The researchers found that, by getting patients to engage in singing, a number of measurable benefits could be seen.
First of all, breathing improved in the patients. By taking in deeper breaths, more oxygen was supplied to the brain, aiding in the healing process. Next, the researchers found that singing increased verbal and nonverbal communicative behaviors, again boosting brain healing by giving the brain more exercise.
Singing also, not surprisingly, improved articulation and speech patterns. Singing helped to exercise the vocal chords and attune the brain to changes in rhythm, pitch and volume -- all important aspects of verbal speech.
All of these beneficial effects were enhanced or diminished by the choice of music and the way it was interactively delivered. The researchers concluded that there are definite benefits from music therapy that could help heal brain damage in patients suffering from head trauma.
It stands to reason that, if music could help the brain heal after injury, it could also boost the health of an uninjured brain. Why not take this health advice to heart and consider joining a choir? It could help to keep your speech and thought patterns functioning at a high level, affording you more cognitive agility as you age."
Saturday, June 16, 2012
When I was watching this video on my laptop, Wayne recognized the song and said, "That's when I still had my high voice." This is the first rock and roll song that they performed on The Andy Williams Show. Wayne is playing his first electric 12 string Fender guitar. I don't ever remember watching Wayne and his brothers on The Andy Williams Show, so this was really fun to watch. I loved hearing Wayne sing the solos. He was really cute at 14 years old! Thank you Laura for sharing.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!"
Today while Wayne and I were waiting to get our hair cut, I looked up on the main wall and part of the quote above was divided into parts, painted in big letters across the wall and the credit was given to Audrey Hepburn. Even though this quote is quite well known, I hadn't heard it before. When we got home I looked the quote up on the Internet to see if Audrey really did write the quote. The quote was one of Audrey's favorites but it was actually written by Sam Levenson. I love the quote so I thought I'd share it with you.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
After completing the Book of Alma today, I asked Wayne what he remembered the most about the book. He mentioned all the many contentions and wars in the reading. Why do you think there was so much written on the wars in the Book of Mormon?
People that are living in the world now and reading the Book of Mormon are living in a time of many wars and contentions too. We can learn from the history of the Nephites and Lamanites what the Lord would like us to do and how to handle all the conflicts. These scriptures can help us in our lives right now by showing us what we need to do to withstand and endure all the wars, conflicts and contentions that are happening.
The chaotic time of the Lamanites and Nephites in the Book of Mormon preceded the first coming of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The wars and conflicts that are in my lifetime precede the 2nd coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Book of Alma can teach me how to become more Christlike in a world with many evil practices accepted by the people of our day - to live in the world but not of the world. I need to live righteously and follow the counsel of righteous leaders. I can apply the principles that I have learned in Alma not only to temporal difficulties but also spiritual challenges.
Tomorrow, June 7th, Wayne and I begin reading the Book of Helaman and will finish on June 22nd. We hope everyone is still reading and if you aren't ready to start Helaman tomorrow, please catch up so we can all begin reading 3rd Nephi on June 23rd.
Third Nephi is my favorite part of the Book of Mormon because we learn of Christ's birth, death and resurrection. Third Nephi is also where the record of the Savior's visit to the American continent and his teachings are written and recorded.
What have you read in Alma that you can apply in your life?
What have you read in Alma that you can apply in your life?