Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Book Of Mormon On Broadway

On Tuesday evening, we had a date night in the city. We arrived early and had dinner at the Asbury. My hubby, who was a food photographer for a magazine when we met, proceeded to take many pictures of our dinner.

Afterwards, we walked to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to watch the Broadway Musical, The Book of Mormon. They are winners of nine Tony Awards including best musical. I especially enjoyed the songs "Hello" and "I Believe".

I'm not sure whether Latter Day Saints appreciate the musical, or not. I've read reviews where some enjoyed it and others didn't. We enjoyed the music and dance - they were very talented.

I appreciate the Mormon's commitment to building strong families, and more often than not they have strong morals. Have you been to a Broadway play, if so, what did you see?

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Home Sweet Home

On Saturday, it was the 2nd anniversary since we settled here in the Carolinas.

So we commissioned one of my husband's cousins, Rachael to watercolor our home. We have really enjoyed living in our small town, a few minutes away from Charlotte.
Our Weekend

On Friday, I spent the day housekeeping, and putting out some of our Spring d├ęcor. I also arranged some flowers for our powder bathroom vanity, our kitchen sink, and kitchen island. It's the simple things, that make our home, sweet home.

That evening, I had to get out the house, so we went to Sonny's where I had my favorite - barbeque chicken salad. My hubby got his wings.

One of our weekend traditions, is to do brunch. On Saturday, we were the first ones in the door when Bravo opened it's doors. Afterwards, we ventured to Pikes Family Nursery. It felt like Spring walking through the doors and seeing all the flowers blooming. I got some onion bulbs, kale, and some white pansies. I'm looking forward to getting back outside, and gardening soon.

On Sunday, after worship we went to The Gallery for brunch

We discussed our walk in pantry and wet room project. When we got home I started getting boxes from the garage and unpacking. Afterwards, we took a trip to Goodwill to donate, and I ventured inside to see if anyone else's trash would be my treasure. Well I found a real silver tray and a ceramic pot with cherubs on the side. My granny used to collect cherubs - so it reminded me of her.  

Walk In Pantry
Later that evening, I made roast chicken for dinner - so delicious. We saved the rest, to make White Chicken Chili the next day.

Roast Chicken, Herb Stuffing, Cauliflower and Carrots.
Tonight, we're going on a date night into the city. My hubby has dinner reservations and we're going to see the Broadway play the Book of Mormon. I'll let you know how it goes.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Pray For Papa

I wanted to personally thank all of you who prayed for my husband's paternal grandma.

Today I thought I'd share my husband's maternal grandparent's family history:

Arthur Edwin Dillon
born 1924, in Oregon

married for sixty-one years on November 14th 1953 to

Marlene Joann Jungers
born 1932, in North Dakota
died 2015, in Texas

They had four children. Laura "Lori" (Ron) Cynthia "Cindy" (Kerry) Michael (Melissa) Christopher (Jee)
nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

Grandee and Papa, taken by my husband.

Front: Mike, Cindy, Chris. Back: Grandee, Lori, Papa.

Grandee's Obituary

Marlene Joann “Grandee” Jungers Dillon, a long-time resident of Eugene, died peacefully in Arlington, TX the morning of Tuesday the 17th of June with her husband and three adult children by her side.

Born June 28th 1932 in Regent, North Dakota, Marlene Jungers moved to Eugene as a young child. She attended St. Mary Grammar School and St. Francis High School, graduating in 1950.

She worked at Consolidated Freight Lines in Eugene where she met her future husband Arthur Edwin Dillon. They were married November 14, 1953 in Josephine County, Oregon.

The Dillon's traveled often in their young married life; living in Eugene then moving to Saudi Arabia where Arthur worked for ARAMCO. Arthur and Marlene traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East. They returned home to Eugene in 1960 but moved again to a suburb of Los Angeles for most of the 1960s. They finally returned to Eugene in 1969 to raise their family of four. They have lived in the same home for over 46 years.

While the children were in school, Marlene worked as a bookkeeper for the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic for over a decade and later worked for Women’s Health Care before her retirement.

Marlene enjoyed entertaining her large group of friends along with traveling and visiting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was survived by her husband Arthur, three of her children; Cindy Wright (Kerry), Arthur Michael Dillon (Melissa) and Dr. Christopher Dillon (Jee); nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughter Lori Jepson.

Visitation held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene on June 24, 2015 with a Mass of Christian Burial following. This was the same church she had attended since she was a small child.

Committal service at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Eugene.

Their children are:

Laura "Lori" Dillon
born 1954, in Oregon
died 1989, in Oregon

married for fifteen years on August 17th, 1974 to

Ron Jepson

They have two daughters Lori "Bug" (Jesse) Angela "Angie"

Bug, Lori, Angie, Ron

Kerry Don Wright
born 1958, in Kansas

married for thirty-eight years on November 26th 1977 to,

Cynthia "Cindy" Lee Dillon
born 1958, in Saudi Arabia (to American parents)

They have two sons Kasey (Kimberly) Cory (Kiki - that's me)
two grandchildren

They live in the Pacific Northwest

Cindy, Kerry, Cory (the baby), Kasey

Michael Dillon married Iris Smith

They have two daughters Samantha (whose graduating from Liberty this year) and Alexis (who is on a years mission around the world)

Michael is marrying Melissa in 2016

They live in Texas.

Dr. Christopher Dillon married Veronica Ocampo

They have two sons Justin, Daniel and one daughter Mary

Christopher married Jee in 2011

They live in Texas

Papa is turning ninety-two this year, and has battled Alzheimer's for over ten years. He has moved to Texas to be closer to his sons. Please pray for the provision of his care, which is around the clock.

Blessings to you and yours,

Kiki Nakita
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