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Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetA portrait of my children (and puppy), once a week, every week, in 2015.

Kiana: Officially 17!!!

Myla: She made the high school softball team!!! I didn’t realize till tryouts that Utah state cut the freshmen softball teams from the state budget in years past, so there are only Varsity and J.V., this made Myla extra nervous but she made it! (thumbs DOWN for girl sports cuts.)

KJ: A fierce game of Blokus for this little trash talker… and watermelon juice shots!

Sela: Spends HOURS a day doing this stretch EVERYwhere we go!

Wellesley Baloo: She went to her first baseball game!

Photos by me, Jane Rhodes.

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A portrait of my children (and puppy), once a week, every week, in 2015.

Kiana: Has been searching online 24/7 for a prom dress. It’s not easy to find the right dress.

Myla: Passed her state foods test and gets to show off that accomplishment at school with this personalized apron!

KJ: This dude went temporarily missing on Wednesday after school this week. He had our nanny pretty worried when she couldn’t find him, his dad left work, I left school early, and we were ALL looking for him around our nieghborhood! He had told Tregan, our nanny, that he was going to ride his long board. So, she assumed that he was outside riding his long board around our house because we have a track around our house to do this. But he wasn’t there. LONG story short, he rode his long board to our local movie theaters and was sitting in the movie, “Spongebob.” Enjoying a medium sized popcorn and drink all by himself. Didn’t tell anyone he was going. He obviously needed a break from his family for a bit! (And this picture: I caught him shooting at his BB targets in the front yard. From the kitchen window.)

Sela: Morning cartoons.

Wellesley Baloo: The thing about bell training – she grasped this concept really fast. “I ring the bell – someone takes me outside.” She’s good at it. Only, she doesn’t understand the idea of ringing the bell to go POTTY outside. She just rings the bell ALL DAY LONG and wants us to take her outside!

Photos by me, Jane Rhodes

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BYU Museum of Art

BYU Museum of Art Plexus 29 installation via seejaneblogI’m currently taking an Ancient Non-Western Art History class – which more or less includes all of the ancient civilization art of the world outside of Europe. My professor suggested we visit a current art exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art called, “Loving Devotion” which turned out to be absolutely incredible. It illuminates the rich heritage and symbolism of Hindu worship in the lives of believers. I’m going to write a separate post about it.

Today, I’m sharing a few pictures of the other exhibits currently taking place – that I was allowed to take pictures of…

One, is the new “Plexus No. 29” string installation by Gabriel Dawe:

The two translucent structures filtering through the Museum’s skylight appear to be luminous rays of light refracted through a giant prism. Gabriel Dawe’s stunning Plexus no. 29 is a corporeal installation of colored filament meticulously threaded between the Museum’s mezzanine walls and oculus. The artist used a custom-made 15-foot tall “needle” to weave nearly 80 miles of thread in the creation of these site-specific architectural forms above. As each strand is individually passed through a series of hooks, a unified network–or plexus–is formed, which provides the inspiration for the title of the series.

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BYU museum of art Provo exhibit via seejaneblog Two, (above) This fresh contemporary art installation by artist Kim Schoenstadt features three-dimensional wall drawings inspired by the architecture and identity of Provo, Utah.
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BYU Museum of Art Provo utah via seejaneblogAnd three, I couldn’t take pictures of – but it is the “Folding Paper: The infinite possibilities of origami” – Sela and I both loved it. Look for the dress and shoes if you go – we especially like those.

A reminder to all locals – the BYU Museum of Art is free to the public. I tend to forget the amazing collection of art we have locally and hope to visit more often in the future. The “Plexus 29″ installation is going to be up for the next two years – so you have plenty of time to see it!!!

Cheers to inspiring art!

Photography by me, Jane Rhodes

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Valter’s Osteria

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Have you tried Valter’s Osteria in Salt Lake City? There is nothing like it. For two days I’ve been trying to think if there is any restaurant in the world that I like better than Valter’s and I can’t think of any… The food is unreal. And the host is truly something special. If you go – you can’t go wrong with ANY of the food. However, I really recommend the lemon gelato for dessert that comes drizzled in honey and sprinkled with sea salt. There are no words for it, it’s indescribable. And the pasta – oh don’t start me on the pasta!

We reconnected with friends at Valter’s this weekend, and it was the purest reminder to me of what it’s like to be surrounded by longtime friends who genuinely care for one another. My best friend Daphne has been traveling the world for the past while with her family, and before that we were in Boston. This was our best re-connection since we are both in Utah again right now. This night was so good. We had a four hour dinner that included more laughter than I’ve had in weeks. My husband read somewhere lately and told me, “We often hear the claim that children laugh much more frequently than adults do. Many numbers are thrown around, but I’ve heard some claims that children laugh more than 300 times a day, whereas adults laugh less than 20 times a day. The implication is that somehow people become too serious and lose the ability to laugh while growing up, and adults should try to regain the lost joy of childhood by becoming more playful and humorous.”

Why is that?

One more goal for this year – laugh more.

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gift guide

gift ideas via seejaneblogHere is my 2014 holiday gift guide! (ha!) I have yet to figure out how to share my genguine top gift suggestions before the holidays – because usually THESE ARE THE ITEMS I am stashing away for my friends and family! They can’t see on my blog what I’m planning for them BEFORE the holidays (and obviously, myself, since my name is shown on the personalized thumb drive and keychains above!) so consider this a jump start for this year!!!

Not only do I recommend these items, I have enjoyed them for weeks now – they come (unsponsored) with high ratings in my book!

You will see all the links to find these items, and a few more suggestions for upcoming holidays below the pictures!
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madewell gift ideas via seejaneblogThe personalized leather key chains – which are great for keys OR attaching to a backpack, or bag can be found HERE. This is the same shop that offers the leather cable organizers.

The personalized bamboo thumb drives – I gave these to friends I go to college with, I gave them to my kids and husband, I gave them to employees at my husbands company, I gave these to other teenagers in my life – they are such a versatile gift! Also, when I helped plan the HIVE event at Alt we ordered these to go in the swag boxes! Each time I placed orders with this company, their customer service has been AMAZING. Find them HERE.

The little pouch wallet and gold bracelet – you can always count on Madewell to have great accessories that are the perfect mix of trendy and classic – HERE.

A lot of these items would be ideal in Easter baskets this spring, birthdays, or the holidays in 2015!

Also, I have my eye on HAMBOARDS (Tell me those CLASSIC boards with a paddle don’t look like HOURS of fun?!?),and A Fuji Instax or printer is ALWAYS a good idea: HERE.

Happy gift planning, friends! xo.

Photos by me, Jane Rhodes

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