Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sego Lily School Capital Campaign Kickoff!

Tonight was the kickoff campaign to raise $1,000,000.00 for our new green school! The kids at Sego Lily put on a talent show and there was a silent auction. Mara performed along with several of her students. Here are some of the videos...enjoy :)

Mara singing a song she wrote: "Brown Eyes":

Mara with one of her students, Alpha, performing "Blackbird" by the Beatles:

Mara and Sego Lily staff member, Adam, performing "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Rebecca, one of the staff members and a student of Mara's, performing a song she wrote! Amazing voice!!

Here is a computer model of the new school. It is going to be incredible!! We are so honored to be a part of this amazing community. Gorilla Design Team is amazing!


Here is the link to Sego Lily New Building Project

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 6

December 6th, St Nicholas Day..this season is going almost as fast as this year has flown by!
Looking outside to see if St Nicholas has left some treasures in their shoes...


Beautiful snow and more on the way I hear.. Time to feed the ducks and geese behind out home.
At least Luna found a cozy spot! My cats love my wool stuffing. I am surprised she got Asha out of it :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

St Nicholas Visit


The shoes are on the porch ready for filling! St Nicholas comes tonight!
Willow and Josh went to see St Nicholas and Black Peter at The Old Dutch store today.
Not sure what Willow thought about Black Peter but she got a candy necklace so all is good :)
Happy St Nicholas Day!

Doll Making Workshop


Today I did my annual doll making workshop/knitting/crafting....you get the picture.
I made another gnome to add to my other so now I have a trio. Well, I should say, Willow has a trio :) She claimed the new one and picked out the purple velour. There is nothing like a handmade doll made with natural fibers.
Tons of fun, great company and amazing creativity! Thanks for the fun day ladies :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fun Girls Day at the Hogle Zoo


Today, Mara, Willow and I set out to see the animals at the zoo. It has been forever since we have been there!



We were so excited to see Zuri, the baby elephant! We thought for sure she would be inside from the cold but she was out, basking in the sun :)




The animals were all super active!


The giraffes were working with a trainer. We had so much fun watching them. The baby was so cute. Giraffes are pretty amazing creatures.





Mara and the Mara :)


Willow loved the insects.

Willow chose the snow leopard to match her hat.
My little monkeys :)

Tons of fun on a beautiful day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Fun With Troop 2155


Our December meeting officially started the Holiday season for me. Usually by this time, my house is decked out in Holiday cheer but I am moving in slow motion these days, so it will happen when it happens :) In fact, I think we will be decorating tonight!


Our meeting started off with singing Christmas carols, which I have to say, Mara impressed me more than she will ever know. In the car on the way over, I asked if she knew any Holiday songs on the guitar and she said no, but she could figure them out. Sure enough, in a 30 minute period, she got them down! I have no musical talent what so ever so this was totally amazing to me! :)


The girls had 3 stations of ornaments to work on and they made some really cool creations!


Mara usually works with the Brownies on their Journey, but she had to get to rehearsal, so I worked with them and Charlene took all the Daisies :)
I only had 2 this time, the flu took a number of the girls and we had so much fun. I love this age group and their enthusiasm is so wonderful! They had homework to make a "Family Star" about the things they and their family are good at and what part of the Girl Scout Law they feel really strong about. I have to say I was so impressed by their finished projects!
We made friendship bracelets and the girls were so proud that they learned to braid! The funny thing is, I learned to braid in Brownies when I was their age :)
Charlene worked with the cute little Daisies on their Journey. According to Willow she had tons of fun. Their little plants are growing nicely...I just hope I can keep these things alive till May! LOL
I have to say, this little group of girls is so much fun. I am really lucky to be working with them. I had 2 girls on different sides of the room say to me "I have never done Girl Scouts before, and now I know I love it so much, I am going to stay in it forever and be like Mara" :)
I was thinking about that on the way home. Just the other night, Mara, her friend Lexi, Willow and I were looking at old pictures on my computer. Literally 6 years of Girl Scouts in Utah! They were laughing and reminiscing, and they said how much fun they had in girl scouts. Of course, they also said they looked terrible in every picture and couldn't believe some of the stuff they were wearing...especially at the overnights when they did crazy improve skits :)
Girl Scouts has definitely been a huge part of our family. There have been times when I have been ready to throw in the towel for sure, but for the most part it has been a amazing journey.

About Me

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and married to my best friend and love of my life. We co-habitate with 1 cat, Asha, 2 dogs, Maggie May and Juniper Wren, a Chinchilla names Ozwald, and a Hamster named Fat Panda. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 13 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint,travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!