Stephenson Family Ties The Barn Burnt Down
And Now I See The Moon
If you know its going to be a slog anyway,
why not choose to slog your own slog rather
than slogging someone else's slog?
from: Put a Cherry On Top
by: Ben Behunin 
    

Change is inevitable. And things are ALWAYS changing. Clark woke up one morning this week and said it was time for a change. ...that it was the day for a hair cut.
Many, many people are so pleased by Clarks 'transformation'  I love this mug no matter what.  I loved his long curly locks...and I now love this GQ look too.  And I love imagining their future... the changes that are in store for them as school begins soon..in far away Kansas City.

Big changes are in the works for me too.  They feel like big changes...again.
Im packing my bags..saying good-byes...and will be heading north again on Thursday.  I tell people that Im either landing in Salt Lake or Logan this time.  But deep in my heart I think Ill find myself back in Logan with my Builder...where I belong. (NOT in Logan...but with My Builder.) The 'experiment' of long distant relating didnt work as well as I expected. Marriage is hard enough..putting 600 miles between us was just not healthy or helpful. Im hoping for what wont feel like a step backwards, and find myself residing in Logan again..but if its necessary I will find a way to be happy about it!! There are two adorable grands there..and people I love very much.  There are probably 2 more months of decent weather in Logan...I should take advantage of that. But  I'll be doing my best to find our way to Salt Lake before winter hits in any way I can too.
If I 'feel' it in my future...it'll happen.
Get a plan.  Follow it until you run out of road. Then get
a new plan- or build a new road.  Build a fire in your
belly that no one else can extinguish.  Stoke it daily. If you
dont already have one, get a dream.  A big one.  Bigger than
you believe is possible.  Do everything you have to do to
achieve it.  Then do more of the same stuff until you're an 
expert.   Stop being afraid of challenges, dead ends and
 mistakes.  You will run into all of them.  Decide now that
they wont keep you from running onward.  Dont you dare
accept mediocrity.  Dont you dare deliver it.
from: Put A Cherry on Top
by: Ben Behunin
Sweet Jenna has a bucket list.
"THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND ST GEORGE BEFORE GOING OFF TO THE GREAT ADVENTURE CALLED MEDICAL SCHOOL."

I've had a glimpse of the list. It looks something like this:
See Las Vegas
Hike Angels Landing
Eat at Cafe Rio
Learn to knit
Hike Subway in Zion
See the Grand Canyon
Hike with Cindy
Have a good time
etc
etc
etc

Its been my pleasure to be included and to participate by playing a small part in helping her plans to come to fruition.  Wishes coming true is a beautiful thing to behold.
Sunday my folks and I and Clark and Jenna all piled into my dads Jetta and headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. (The best Rim I might add!)



My fear was irrational!! I know!!! But I couldnt let her go!! She wanted the edge!!! I would have nothing of it!! The thought of it literally made my stomach hurt!!





We thought it might take 2 hours of driving to reach the Rim. In actuality it took 3.  Three hours of beautiful scenery, good conversation...and the ultimate destination!
There were buffalo, and wildflowers, clouds that preformed, and vistas worthy of being one of the 7 Wonders of the World!!
Oh what a marvelous world we have been given to love and appreciate!!
Thank you Spark..for the time lapse. It makes me so happy!! Sitting on the deck with you while your camera clicked away...priceless!!
It was a summer that sent the dizzy pulse of fever into the sky,
in which even rules and laws that usually stood straight and 
purposeful grew limp, like plants exposed to the afternoon
sun and grow weak.  The heat softened and spread the roads into
sticky pools of pitch and melted the grease in the Brigadier's
mustache so that it drooped and uncurled, casting shadows
on his fine, crisp presence.  The bees flew drunk on nectar
that turned alcoholic...
from: Hullabaloo in the Guava  Orchard
by: Aran Desai





The week started with Jenna joining me on an early morning hike. She lucked out...we had Camelback on the schedule! ....a favorite hike among guests and guides alike.  It was a beautiful morning. Jenna was quickly loved by one and all of those hiking with us. This was the beginning of the end of my VERY short stint at FR.  It was to be my last week hiking with them...and their last week of being associated with Biggest Loser. What an ideal gig I had out there. Im so grateful for the opportunity to re associate with the good folks.  And hiking with Jenna is always a treat!!

We next  celebrated the 4th of July!!  First by going  bowling!! Once again..dear Jenna is the party planner and instigator of all good times!!










After bowling we took the kiddos swimming and killed some time before the evening fireworks. The fun really didnt stop...until we dropped into bed!!












Live is good in St George, Utah!! Life  is better spent with grands and lots of family!!
 My neck and Nora Ephron's thoughts on aging....

 “Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth. You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t if it had a neck.”


 “Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.”
 ― Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman



“Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it's your last, or do you save your money on the chance you'll live twenty more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in American is so unbelievable delicious? And what about chocolate?” ― Nora Ephron,



 “…the amount of maintenance involving hair is genuinely overwhelming. Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.”



 Your cleavage looks like a peach pit. If your elbows faced ­forward, you would kill yourself. You’re two inches shorter than you used to be. You’re ten pounds fatter and you ­cannot lose a pound of it to save your soul. Your hands don’t work as well as they once did and you can’t open ­bottles, jars, wrappers. If you were stranded on a desert island and your food were sealed in plastic packaging, you would starve.


 “I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times.”


 “There's a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don't look the way they used to, and it's not because of feminism, or better living through exercise. It's because of hair dye. In the 1950's only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.”



 “I look as young as a person can look given how old I am.” Nora Ephron


Its empowering, insanity, therapeutic and liberating all wrapped up into one post.  When I first viewed these photos that Jenna took I was horrified. Its apparent that old age has set in...my neck is giving me away!! But Im trying not to care.  How can I when the joy and blessing are all over my face as well...grands make it worth it!!