Thursday, June 25, 2009

King Of Pop

Michael Jackson August 29, 1958 - June 25th, 2009

Today a great Man passed away. The world will not be the same without him. I thought I would post about him and the impact he had on the world. I found this mini biography at IMDB.
Birth Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Nicknames: The Gloved One ,King Of Pop, MJ

American superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958 and has been entertaining audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joseph Jackson, had been a guitarist but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine (Scruse). Together they prodded their growing family's musical interests at home.
By the early 60s the older boys Jackie, Tito and Jermaine had begun performing around the city; by 1964 Michael and Marlon had joined in. A musical prodigy, Michael's singing and dancing talents were amazingly mature and he soon became the dominant voice and focus of "The Jackson 5." An opening act for such soul groups as the O-Jays and James Brown, it was Gladys Knight who officially brought the group to Berry Gordy's attention, and by 1969 the boys were producing back-to-back chart busting hits as Motown artists.
As a product of the 70s, the boys had emerged as one of the most accomplished black pop/soul vocal groups in music history, successfully evolving from a Temptations-like group act to a disco phenomenon. Solo success for Michael was inevitable, and by the 80s he had become infinitely more popular than his brotherly group.
Record sales consistently orbited, culminating in the biggest-selling album of all time, "Thriller." A TV natural, he ventured rather uneasily into films, such as playing the Scarecrow in The Wiz (1978), but had better luck with elaborate music videos. In the 90s the down side as an 80s pop phenomenon began to show. Michael grew terribly child-like and introverted by his celebrity. A rather timorous, androgynous figure to begin with, his physical appearance began to change drastically and his behavior grew alarmingly bizarre, making him a consistent target for scandal-making, despite his numerous charitable acts.
Two brief marriages -- one to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley -- were forged and two children produced by his second wife during that time, but the purposes were obviously image oriented. Despite it all, Michael Jackson's skills as a singer, dancer, writer and businessman are unparalleled, and it is these prodigious talents that will ultimately prevail over the extremely negative aspects of his seriously troubled life.

His trademarks were, but not limited to: The Moonwalk, A Single sequined white glove and He always wore white socks with black shoes. I know that we was eccentric, but he was a VERY talented man who influenced and paved the way for many artists.
This what he looked like when I was first introduced to him. I remember watching Thriller on MTV when I was little. I even had the dance memorized.

This photo is Classic Michael Jackson.

So is this one.

Dangerous was the first album that I bought with my own money. I was so proud of myself and would play it all day/every day.

This Album is by far the best Greatest Hits Album EVER by any Musician or Band!!!! I love it! My kids even have an appreciation for Michael's music. Sage & Aurora love to dance to Thriller, The Way You Make Me Feel and Smooth Criminal, and they like to slow dance with me to You Are Not Alone. He will truly be missed by The Parker Family.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

I just wanted to wish my super sweet and AMAZING Husband a Happy Father's Day! He really is the best Husband and Father ever! He is the perfect compliment to my paranoia and OCD, and I don't know what I did right to deserve him. Sage and Aurora truly love him and so sweet to see them having special moments.

Aurora, was SO done with our photo shoot but one hug and talk with her Daddy and she was ready to keep going.

Sage was also done with the shoot, so Robert took Sage for a walk. They love to explore together. Sage's nickname is Robert Jr., he is exactly like his Father, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Thank you Robert for being one AMAZING DAD!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Flash Back Friday ~ Handmade Outfits

Anyone who knew me as a little girl knows two things. One, that every Sunday my hair would be in intricate curls and Two, that I had a new dress almost every Sunday.My Mother was a hairdresser and so she insisted that me hair be neat and curly for Church. We would start on Saturday night by washing my hair and rolling it into sponge rollers, then in the morning I would have hair like Shirley Temple.

She loved to sew and was always making me a new dress or outfit of some kind. She is the most amazing seamstress I've ever met. I wish she still had the energy to sew like she did then.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mormon Rap

I was thinking last night about this song that came out when I was a kid, and thought i'd try to find a video to share with you. My friends and I used to sing this all the time when we were little. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Utah ~ June 2009

My Mom, Sage, Aurora and I just returned from a great trip to Utah for my Nephew's High school Graduation. Here's how it went:

June 3rd ~ Got up at 4:15am and loaded the van with last minute items and the kids and left the house at 5:00 am. We were in hopes that the kids would sleep but they were wide awake as soon as I put them into the van. I drove all the way to Mesquite, Nevada where my Mom and I traded places because I'm a wimp and don't like to drive the Virgin River Gorge. We stopped in Beaver, Utah for the night, cause the kids really needed to get out and run.

June 4th ~ Got up and left Beaver at 8:00am. We were driving past Springville and Sage insisted that we stop and buy a toy for Hayden so we went to Wal-Mart and picked up this Pin-Wheel and Basketball. We Got into Salt Lake City around Noon and went directly to see Hayden.

Then we drove to my Brother Danny's House in Kearns, Utah where I dropped off my Mom and visited while the kids played with their dogs Snoodle and Parker. I then took the kids to Robert's parent's house and we had dinner and met the kids newest cousin Joshua. He's soooo tiny! Then I loaded up the kids again and went back down to Spanish Fork to stay at my best friend Marci's house. Marci also married a Parker{no relation that we know of).

June 5th ~ We spent the morning playing with Aunt Marci, Uncle Shawn and cousin's Callie and Wade and then went to the park. We came home for naps and worked in the backyard and then Callie, Sage & Aurora played croquet in the backyard.

Sage hugging Callie after he accidentally wacked her in the leg with his croquet mallet.

We then found this Ginormous Bee in the backyard. Sage even rode the back of Uncle Shawn's Police Car.
June 6th ~ We spent most of the day inside because it was so cold and the Sage & Aurora's allergies were really acting up with all the pollen in the air. The kids took naps and then we went shopping and then came home and ordered Papa Murphy's Pizza(the best pizza ever). We went for a walk along the stream near the house before bed and then came home and put the kids to bed and the adults stayed up till 12:30 am talking and laughing.
June 7th ~ I woke up at 7am and got the van packed up and said goodbye to Marci, Shawn, Callie & Wade at 8:30 and left for Salt Lake City to pick up my Mom and visit Hayden one last time before we left. We just added these pretty white flowers to the pink roses we took him a few days earlier. I really miss him and can't wait until April 2010 when we move him here to San Diego.
Then I dropped my Mom off at my Brother's Ward so she could be there when my Nephew was set apart as an Elder before he leaves for Snow College, where he'll be playing Football. I went and got gas and then we headed out. We stopped in St. George, Utah at Fazoli's for dinner(yum-o).

I snapped this after we came out of the Virgin River Gorge. The kids were watching a movie. We stopped at the Virgin River Hotel in Mesquite, Nevada for the night so the kids could run around.
June 8th ~ We left around 8am and headed for home. Sage was being super silly and was really enjoying watching his favorite movie off all-time, Ducktales: The Movie.

Aurora spent the entire trip home with her legs propped on the sides of her seat. She's such a little spaz.
It was a really fun trip, but we really missed Robert and are glad to be home. I don't think I'll ever travel with the kids without Robert until the kids are much older.