2019! January on TV

2019 Jan 1

Happy New Year! The year started off excitingly as the namesake of this website himself, Theo, joined me on the segment. He came with me to the studio because he is still on winter break from school, but we didn’t plan on having him come on the segment. When they asked if he wanted to join us, he jumped at the chance! It was so great to have him with me and he said it was fun to be on TV!

Here are the topics that I mentioned today on the show:

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
    1:30pm at Eccles Theater
  • Saturday, January 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 2019
    The Little Prince at Capitol Theater
    • Additional events:
    • Tuesday, January 8, 7-8 pm, The Kings English Bookshop, 1511 South 1500 East.  Set and Costume Designer Jacob Climer will share his plans for bringing The Little Prince to life for Utah Opera’s January production at the Capitol Theatre.  Climer’s colorful designs for characters and events in the story will be on display, and a French scholar will share readings and ideas about the novella.
    • Tuesday, January 22, 10:45-11:45 am, University of Utah School of Music, room TBA.  Utah Opera’s conductor for its production of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, based on the novella of the same name by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, will discuss the music of the opera, his preparation to conduct it, and share insights from his own career.
  • Sundance Kids Films:

Watch the segment here!

2019 Jan 3

2019 Jan 2

Chris Blue Concert – Special Offer!

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Readers of this website are offered a special “2-4-1” offer on tickets to the Chris Blue concert in Park City on Monday, July 23. See the flyer above for information. I’ve been told that families who have attended concerts in this location earlier this summer loved the extra space on the field for their kids—as well as the playground overlooking the stage. There will also be food trucks!

Disneyland & California Adventure

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This month, during Theo’s fall break from school, we went to Disneyland and California Adventure. This was Theo’s first time to a Disney theme park and we deliberately waited until he was 9 years old to take this family trip. The last time either Dave or I had been there was years ago, in our own childhoods. It was worth the wait!

Friends have been asking us about our impression of this trip and if I had any advice or tips for other families who may be heading there. We are NOT experts in this and these are only our own thoughts, but I would say the most important aspect of this trip that added to our enjoyment was the purchase of the MaxPass with our Disneyland app. It is an additional $10/person (per day) but it was totally worth it. This allowed us to select and use our FastPasses on our phones, without having to run around the parks collecting the FastPasses and then going back to wait for the actual rides. We waited for less than 10 minutes for popular rides like Radiator Springs and Soarin’ Around the World. The MaxPass also comes with PhotoPass, which means that all of the photos that are taken of your family via the official park photographers and on the rides are automatically saved to the app on your phone, for you to download. We normally wouldn’t have purchased or spent time waiting for the official photographers, but when it’s included already, it was a great benefit!

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He tried the “Grey Stuff” (literally how it’s listed on the menu) and it WAS delicious!

We got the most out of our 1-day Park Hopper pass and stayed from 8:00am until 12:00am at both Disneyland and California Adventure. We ate at the Red Rose Taverne in Disneyland and The Hungry Bear in California Adventure. Theo’s favorite ride was Soarin’ Around the World and we went on it twice. We also went on classic rides like it’s a small world (the official title is all in lowercase like an e.e. cummings poem).

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We had a great time at Disneyland and are grateful to my college roommate, who works for Disney/ABC, who gifted us with the park passes. Our family had a very happy day together at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Utah Pride Festival 2016

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One of my main goals as a parent is to raise Theo to be an ally for LGBTQ+ issues. Theo’s uncle (my brother) is gay and married, and having two uncles is normal for Theo. He also has classmates and friends at school with two moms and two dads, so it’s just a part of regular life for him. One way to show our support to this community is to attend the annual Utah Pride Festival which is now in its 41st year!

The image above (from the Pride Festival’s Facebook page) includes a lot of the information that is relevant to families and kids, but one event I want to highlight is a Children’s Book Reading to be held on Saturday, June 4th from 3-5pm. Storytellers from The King’s English Bookshop will be reading picture book favorites at the Library Outdoor Amphitheater at Library Square during this time.

Bring your family and have some fun this weekend! Remember that kids 10 and under are free with an adult, and adults can buy their tickets to the Festival here.

May on TV

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Here are the topics that I mentioned on today’s segment:

           Wednesday, May 18, 7pm at

           Granger High School
           3580 South 3600 West
           West ValleyUT

(NOTE: This is a different location than the one I mentioned on the segment)

To watch the video, click here.