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Another year has come and gone and 2016 is now in the history books. Here’s our family’s update for the year.
In January, began rehearsing for a dream role of Professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man” with the Draper Arts Council. The role stretched my acting, singing and dancing capabilities and I made some great new friends. We gave five perofrmances at Corner Canyon High School and had a wonderful experience, which I have written about here.
In the fall, I returned to the Lehi Arts Center stage in a production of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery “And Then There Were None.” I played Dr. Edward Armstrong from 1930s England, and enjoyed working with several talented actors with whom I have worked before. I grew a mustache for the part, which looked excellent on stage and cheesey off stage.
My work at US Bank continues to be challenging and rewarding. I’m in my ninth year working to help small business owners with their banking and financing needs In May, I won a sales contest and Robin and I traveled to the Florida Keys and Miami for a few days. It was a wonderful trip!
In my calling on the stake high council, I got to speak to 10 different wards in my area and worked with our stake young men presidency to organize merit badge classes, courts of honor and our stake youth conference. I was invited to attend the LDS Priesthood Leadership Conference at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico with members of our stake leadership. My family also attended and we had a great experience together in early July.
I participated in THREE running events in 2016: the Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon in April, the Terrain Race with Parley in June (an obstacle course 10K in Grantsville), and 21 miles of the Wasatch 100-Mile Race with Jason Ollis, a mission friend of mine. As a pacer, I ran/hiked with him for an overnight section of his course from Lamb’s Canyon to Brighton Ski Resort. I did many hikes in 2016 but the most memorable was conquering Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park. I’m naturally afraid of falling to my death, and the 1,000-foot cliffs on either side of the trail were pretty scary.
Our family visited Lake Tahoe in August and St. Geroge in December. Both trips were memorable.
Robin continues to be a wonderful wife and mother and is such a blessing to our family. She works 25-30 hours each week at Interior Concepts, a design firm located near the mouth of Provo Canyon, and still manages to manage our household very well. She is a Relief Society instructor at church and enjoys giving lessons to the sisters. She works very hard to be an attentive mother in dealing with unique challenges of each of our children, and we love her for it.
Parely is a senior at the new Skyridge High School in northern Lehi. He is a stellar student and received his Eagle Scout rank this year. He worked at Wendy’s in the first few months of 2016, traveled to New York with the drama club, worked as a lifeguard at our new nieghborhood pool over the summer and just started a job at Summit Inn Pizza. He’s also a singer/actor and played the part of the insane assylum director in Skyridge High’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” this fall. He just landed a leading role in “Our Town” coming up in February.
Brianna turned 15 this year and is a sophomore at Skyridge High School. She enjoys theater and was in the ensemble in “Beauty and the Beast” at her high school this fall. Brianna is an accomplished musician and she loves to play the piano and the cello. She is also an excellent artist and has had her art featured in several online forums.
Lily started 7th grade this year and enjoys spending time with her friends at the mall, baysitting for familiesin the neighborhood and singing. She’s been obsessed with the muscial “Hamilton” over the past couple of months and has several songs memorized. Lily landed the role of the Dragon in her school’s production of “Shrek” and will be a mermaid in the upcoming production of “Peter Pan.” She LOVES babies and little kids and was thrilled to meet her new nephew Issaac.
Our youngest child James turned nine this fall and is in the fourth grade. James is extemely smart and very curious. He earned his Wolf Scout patch and is now in the Bear Den. He loves to play Minecraft and enjoys putting things together and understanding how things work.
2016 was not without its share of struggles for us, but overall we feel very blessed. We are grateful for the relationships we have with friends and family, and wish everyone a very happy 2017.
A few months ago, a theater friend of mine from the Draper Arts Council sent me an audition notice for “The Music Man.” Since I had recently played George Banks in “Mary Poppins,” I was planning on taking a long break from theater. But this part called to me. I have wanted to play Professor Harold Hill since I first saw “The Music Man” back in 1988 when I watched my older brother perform in the ensemble of this show at Hillcrest High School. While watching the library scene in which Harold serenades Marian the librarian, I decided that I’d really love to play this part someday. I’m so grateful I finally got the chance to do it 27 years later.
I got the part in December and immediately began studying the lines and music, even though rehearsal didn’t begin until early January 2016. I knew it would be an intense amount of memorization — and it was. It was the most physically and mentally demanding part I’ve ever done. We rehearsed for eight weeks and opened the show on February 26, 2016 at Corner Canyon High School in Draper. While it was a short run (only five shows), I had a good number of family members and friends who came to see it. We had a very talented cast and a great production team. I was very proud to be a part of such a fun show.
Here are some pictures from the production.
On Monday, February 29, we had a local news station come and do a live broadcast with interviews with me and Marian (the talented Alexie Baugh). We had technical difficulties during “Trouble”(director hit the wrong music track — twice) and I forgot a few of my lines during “Marian” it went well considering the enormous pressure of doing live theater on live TV. The reporter from Fox 13 news is a local well-liked celebrity and he was great to work with. Here are our clips from the live TV spots.
My daughter Lily captured a few clips during our closing night performance. The video quality isn’t great, but it’s all I’ve got. These are my two favorite numbers: “Ya Got Trouble” and “Marian.”
Shortly after the show closed, I wrote the following on my Facebook page:
Harold Hill will always be a part of me. I love his charm, wit and enthusiasm for life. His positivity is infectious and it transforms the town of River City, Iowa. In an October 2008 general conference talk, President Thomas S. Monson said: “I thoroughly enjoy… many musicals, and one of my favorites was written by the American composer Meredith Willson and is entitled “The Music Man.” Professor Harold Hill, one of the principal characters in the show, voices a caution that I share with you. Says he, ‘You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays; I want to make today worth remembering.’ There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today.”
President Monson continues: “This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone… I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by… Instead, find joy in the journey now.”
I couldn’t agree with President Monson more. My world was rocked 11 years ago when my father died at age 57. His early death reminded me that life is fleeting and that I need to seize each day.
In the words of the character John Keating (played by Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society”) “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary!”
Performing as the “music man” was truly an extraordinary experience for me!
Wow! Is 2015 over already? That went fast! We feel very blessed as we look back over the events of 2015. Here are some highlights of our year.
After 18 months in US Bank’s commercial banking division working with very large Utah-based companies in an office downtown, I accepted a position back in the in the small business banking group of US Bank where I started in 2008. This time, however, I’m working as a team lead in addition to being a business banking officer. I’m passionate about helping small business owners grow their companies and also helping to develop younger bankers. It has been a great move for me professionally, and I’m really enjoying the job. I split time between offices in Provo and Sandy, and no longer have the long commute to SLC.
In May, I ran the Ogden Marathon (my third, and possibly last) and attempted to achieve my goal of finishing the race in under four hours. The first half of the marathon was pretty good, but the second half was grueling due to the pouring rain and cold temperatures. By the time I crossed the finish line, I was borderline hypothermic and very uncomfortable — race officials even made me recover in the medical tent. And while I didn’t quite make my goal of finishing in less than four hours, I smashed my previous PR and learned some valuable life lessons.
During the summer, I was part of Alpine Community Theater’s production of the musical “Mary Poppins” at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. I performed the role of George Banks and my two daughters Lily and Brianna were in the ensemble. It was a memorable experience for all of us. The were 14 shows from July 24 to August 15, so the show dominated our time over the summer, but it was a lot of fun. I blogged about some of my thoughts at the conclusion of the show.
Here are two of my favorite clips from the second half of the show. The first one shows George Banks facing possible termination from the bank:
The second clip is shows George facing his fate at the bank:
Throughout 2015, I served as an assistant in my ward’s high priest group leadership and on the scout committee. I completed my Wood Badge tickets and received my beads (finally) and enjoyed helping the scouting program progress. In September, I was called to serve on the stake high council with an assignment to support the young men’s organization and scouting. 🙂
Robin has remained very busy this year with her roles as mom and interior designer. She did some freelance work during the first half of the year and then landed a job at Interior Concepts, a Orem-based interior design firm that does both commercial and residential projects. She works part time so that she can continue to be a full-time mom and she’s done a great job balancing client projects and model home installations with her roles as master chef, chauffer, home project manager, mediator, therapist, etc.
Parley continued to maintain his 4.0 GPA in school even though he’s taking some tough AP classes (physics and calculus) as a junior at Lehi High School. In 2015, he participated in two musicals: “She Loves Me” with the Lehi Arts Council in April and “Tarzan” with the musical theater department at Lehi High School. He did a great job in both productions. Once again, Parley spent the summer as a counselor at Maple Dell scout camp in Payson Canyon. He finished his Eagle Project and earned the rank of Eagle Scout! He got his driver’s license, got a job at the new Wendy’s by our house, was ordained to the office of a priest at church and baptized his younger brother James.
Brianna made great progress on her piano and cello skills and is a gifted musician. She is also a talented artist whose drawings have gotten many likes and shares on social media. She also enjoys the theater and got to be part of her school’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” and also “Mary Poppins” with Andrew and Lily. She also enjoyed a week at the Heber Valley Camp with the girls in our stake.
Lily auditioned for her school’s production of “Shrek Jr.” in which she will play the part of the dragon this coming March. She made good progress on her piano this year and is definitely the most social of our four children. She’s constantly reaching out to friends and loves to spend time with them. She’s in sixth grade at Traverse Mountain Elementary and makes life interesting for us.
James is keenly interested in how things work and has an insatiable curiosity. He asks dozens of questions each hour and loves to learn. He’s a good boy with a good heart and he was SOOO excited to be baptized this year.
Our travel experiences in 2015 were memorable. In April, my friend Mike Peterson and I went to Southern California to ride roller coasters for two days. We enjoyed dozens of rides at Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain. We stayed from open to close each day. Here’s a video of one of our favorites at Six Flags, “Apocalypse.”
In April, Robin and I visited Chicago and explored the sites at this amazing city. We loved our three days there.
During fall break in October, we took our children to see our nation’s capital. And although the trip was sometimes hard (details here), it was an unforgettable patriotic journey for us.
In December, we took a fun post-Christmas trip to San Diego via Las Vegas. We traveled 1,500 miles by car, visited Old Town San Diego, the Mormon Battalion Museum, San Diego Temple grounds, Grand Beach, Sea World, Balboa Park, Coronado Island and the Bellagio atrium and fountains.
As we look back over the year, we feel very blessed to have had so many wonderful experiences. Our lives are greatly enriched by the relationships with friends and family. Here’s to a wonderful 2016!
It has been a busy and fulfilling year for our family and we’re very grateful for all our blessings as we come to the end of 2014. Here are some highlights of our year.
In January, I decided to challenge myself physically by preparing for my first-ever triathlon. I signed up for the Salem Sprint triathlon at the end of May and began adding swimming and biking to my workout schedule. I even bought some of those Spanks skin-tight swim trunks, a pair of nice goggles and a wet suit. The triathlon was in Salem, Utah (near Payson) on Saturday, May 31. It began with an 800 meter swim, 12.5 mil bike ride and a 5K run. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for and completed the Rock Cliff Olympic Triathlon two weeks later at the Jordanelle Reservoir. It was twice as far and twice as hard.
I also accomplished a goal of running (in stages) the entire 37-mile length of the Jordan River Parkway trail. What an amazing trail!
In the fall, I was cast as con man Mike Tallman in the Lehi Arts Council’s production of “Wait Until Dark.” It was really fun to play a “bad guy” in this drama about a blind woman who is terrorized by a trio of thugs who are trying to locate a doll filled with heroine. Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin were the stars of the classic 1967 movie based on the original Broadway play. We had a great 8-night run in October and we scared our audiences with this show. Click here for pictures.
Robin graduated with honors from the Interior Design Program at LDS Business College I’m so proud of all her hard work in school. The first six months of 2014 were among the most difficult our family has experienced because of Robin’s final projects, portfolio and internship. All the hard work paid off as Robin won a top award for her portfolio and landed a good job as an assistant designer at Peppertree Kitchen and Bath in West Jordan.
Parley finished our his ninth grade year at Willowcreek Middle School with a 4.0 GPA and participated in the school musical as Grandpa George in “Willy Wonka Jr.” He spent the summer as a counselor at Maple Dell scout camp and attended the national competition for Future Business Leaders of America in Nashville. In the fall, he began playing percussion in the Lehi High School Band and recently got his driver permit. Yep, we’re entering a whole new stage of “teenagerhood.” He’s a great young man and we love him!
Brianna went to girl’s camp at Bear Lake, snorkeled in the Bahamas, learned to play the guitar and improved her drawing and piano skills. She’s a talented young lady!
Lily participated in two theater productions (“Peter Pan Jr. “and “High School Musical 2 Jr.”), sang in the school choir and began ballroom dance lessons. She also got her ears pierced and attended “Wicked” with her Brewer grandparents.
James started learning to play the piano, lost some teeth and made us all smile with his surprising observations about life.
We had some fun travel experiences in 2014 as well. In April, we took the kids on a 24-hour trip to Colorado (super low airfares) and visited Rocky Mountain National Park with Granny Vicki.
In May, we had our Brewer family reunion at a huge cabin in Heber where we made this little music video: “What Does the Fox Say?”
In June, Robin and I had the chance to be “Ma and Pa” to a pioneer trek family on a trek in Wyoming sponsored by our stake. Parley participated in the memorable three-day trek with us as well.
In July, we had our Lambert family reunion at Bear Lake which involved 37 people!
In August, we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary on a cruise to the Bahamas with our older two kids. We departed out of Miami on the Norwegian Sky and visited Freeport, Nassau and Grand Stirrup Cay. We snorkeled, rode scooters and ate way too much good good. It was a wonderful trip!
In the fall, we had a family photo shoot that turned out great. (We hadn’t had portraits done for four years, so our family had changed A LOT.
As we look back over the year, we feel very blessed to have had so many wonderful experiences. Our lives are greatly enriched by the relationships with friends and family. Here’s to a wonderful 2015!
2013 was a great year for the Lambert family. We had lots of adventures and enjoyed learning and growing as a family. Here’s a summary of what’s happening with the Lambert Family.
I continue to work for US Bank (now in my sixth year) but on November 1, I changed departments. After 5.5 years in the small business banking group, I began a position as a relationship manager for the commercial banking group, which manages banking relationships for much larger companies. It’s been a good move for me professionally and I’m enjoying my new office on the sixth floor on 200 South and Main Street in the US Bank building (next to Capitol Theater). I’m not thrilled about the commute from Lehi to downtown every day (traffic, parking, etc.), so I take the Frontrunner a couple of days a week from the Thanksgiving Point station near my house. It’s quite convenient and I enjoy riding the commuter train whenever possible.
In 2013, I continued my path to a healthy lifestyle by maintaining my 2011 weight loss and training for my second marathon. In September, I completed the Top of Utah Marathon in Cache Valley and was pleased that I finished in 4:13, compared to 4:21 in 2011 at the Utah Valley Marathon (my first marathon). The last six miles were especially brutal, but I crossed the finish line with a smile!
Service in the Church has been enjoyable as I continue to work in the High Priest Group Leadership of my ward and also fulfilled assignments as the ward choir president and a member of the scout committee in charge of the flag fundraiser and courts of honor. In July, I had the privilege of participating in Woodbadge at Camp Tifie near Mount Pleasant and I very much enjoyed having that week-long scout leader training experience. I learned so much and really enjoyed my experience with the Owl patrol.
At the end of August, I had the opportunity to participate in my 20-year high school reunion and see many dear friends from so many years ago. I helped organize the event, which included an alumni-only night in the cafeteria of Hillcrest High and a nice dinner the following night at The Gathering Place at Gardner Village. I was extremely involved in high school (student government, choir, drama) and it was fun to remember those days. Here’s a picture of six of the eight student body officers from the Hillcrest class of 1993!
I sang in Witness Music’s production of “Lamb of God” by Rob Gardner in March. It was a thrill to sing that amazing music at Abravanel Hall as part of the choir accompanied by a full orchestra. We also did a Christmas concert at the Grand Theater in Salt Lake City.
I got back on the stage in 2013 in the production of “See How They Run” with the Lehi Arts Council. I played the Vicar, Lionel Toop, and really had a lot of fun with a talented cast in this farce involving mistaken identities and people chasing each other around the stage.
I also had the opportunity to sing the part of a shepherd in the annual production of “Echoes of Christmas,” a live nativity presentation at Liberty Park in December. Thousands came to the seven stations in which scenes from the Savior’s birth were presented through original song. It was very cold outside but it was a rewarding experience.
We had a busy travel year as a family. On New Year’s Eve 2012, we attended the city festivities in Provo and stayed at the Springhill Suites, and then visited Park City on New Year’s Day. My brothers Aaron, Nate and Dan, along with my brother-in-law Chris Davies did a “guys” weekend at East Canyon in January and enjoyed good food, movies, sledding and the hot tub.
Over Presidents Day weekend in February, Robin and I got to visit Cancun and we had an amazing time visiting the ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, along with playing on the beach and enjoying the food at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Resort. Click here for more details and pictures.
We hadn’t been to Disney for many years, so in April we packed up the kids and drove to Southern California for an extended weekend. We enjoyed a day at Disneyland, a day at Disney California Adventure and a day at Laguna Beach.
Just before the kids went back to school in August, we took a short trip to Yellowstone and camped right in the park near Yellowstone Lake. We saw lots of waterfalls, geysers, hot pots, bison and even a wildfire. We stopped at Lava Hot Springs on the way there and visited Grand Tetons and Bear Lake on the way home. What a fun experience!
Robin has been super busy pursuing her degree in interior design at LDS Business College. She has now completed seven of nine semesters and is looking forward to graduating in 2014 and getting a job in her chosen field. She works very hard on every project and is at the top of her class. She stays VERY busy with school and caring for our four kids — there’s never a dull moment.
Parley has really been enjoying 9th grade at Willow Creek Middle School. He’s taking early morning seminary so he can fit more classes into his schedule (including a Chinese language class). He continues to play the baritone with the band and has joined FBLA (business club). He’s an aspiring engineer and loves to figure out how things work. His grades are excellent and he’s made real progress this year in his piano playing and karate.
Brianna attended her first Girls’ Camp this year and started 7th grade. She loves to read and has a real talent for drawing, which she does constantly. She has made some good friends and enjoys spending time with them. She also has made significant progress in her piano and is working on her Personal Progress.
Lily continues to be our little diva and loves performing mini-concerts and going to her tumbling class. A 4th grader at Traverse Mountain Elementary, she stays busy playing with friends and figuring out ways to earn money for her latest passion. She’s a sunny, fun-loving soul that sometimes turns stormy at a moment’s notice. She keeps life interesting around here, that’s for sure!
Sweet baby James is now six years old and is a real delight (most of the time). His smile and curiosity are so much fun. He loves to make crafts and enjoys putting on magic shows for us. He’s thriving in first grade this year and is reading very well.
We are filled with gratitude for a wonderful year with lots of blessings and challenges, and we look forward to 2014 with joy.
Happy New Year!
As we begin 2013, we do so with gratitude in our hearts for the great experiences we had in 2012. Here’s a summary of what’s happening with the Lambert Family.
I continue to work at US Bank as a business banking officer. I had a successful year helping businesses get real estate loans, lines of credit and equipment financing. I’m currently in my fifth year at US Bank, providing business banking support to the seven US Bank branches in Utah County. It’s challenging and rewarding. It’s fascinating to meet with so many different business owners and seeing all the interesting ways people make money!
I maintained my weight at 160 pounds throughout the year, thanks to a great weekly accountability program devised with my brothers Aaron and Nate. Watching what I eat is crucial to keeping the weight off, but the exercise helps too. I ran about 1,500 miles with my faithful border collie, Buddy. I also bought a mountain bike since running sometimes gets old. 🙂
I successfully completed the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay in June. In 2011 I ran on a team with 12 runners, but in 2012 I ran on an “ultra team” consisting of just six runners. I ran 33 miles in six segments over about 30 hours. I got about one hour of sleep and it was exhausting. My average pace was 8:33, which is really good for me.
Here’s a picture of our team after completing the 198 mile race. The guy in the front (in the Speedo) was a real character…
I enjoyed watching diverse shows on Netflix like “Breaking Bad” and “Downton Abbey.”
And I read just about every article I could about Mitt Romney’s run for the presidency.
I didn’t do any theater performances this year, but I did perform more than a dozen times with my acpaella singing group, BLEND. Two of those performances were at the Utah State Prison for the inmates, as you can see in the photo below. Our website is www.blendsingers.com. There you can can listen to tracks from our 2010 CD.
I attended the Neil Diamond concert at Rio Tinto Stadium with my brother Aaron. (Sweeeet Caroline!)
My passion for traveling was satisfied through a bunch of short trips, including:
A road trip to Denver and Kansas City with my brother Nate in May. We visited Church history sites in Missouri (like Liberty Jail), along with the Community of Christ (RLDS) temple.
A fun-filled family reunion with the Lamberts in Bear Lake in July.
An anniversary trip to Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver with my sweetheart in August. 15 years of marriage, baby!
A trip to the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and a visit to Zion National Park in September. So fun!
I also got in a few trips with friends and work associates to play in the waters of Lake Powell, golf at Sand Hollow in St. George and hang out at Wolfcreek in Eden, Utah. What a great year!
My wonderful wife Robin has successfully completed the first four semesters of an eight semester program at LDS Business College’s Interior Design Program. She is really blossoming in her knowledge and skills, and it’s fun to see her enjoying her school experience so much. She’s already applied those skills to a few rooms that she has painted and decorated at our house in Lehi.
Her goal is to finish this second college degree in the spring of 2014 and seek employment in the field since our kids will all be in school full time by then. She served for most of 2012 as a counselor in our ward’s primary presidency and it was fun to watch her do sharing time and try to keep the 120+ kids in our ward in check. She now teaches Sunday School to teenagers while I serve in the high priest group leadership.
We planted a garden this year and had our first harvest (somewhat meager), but it was a good experience. Robin continues to be an excellent mother and homemaker, and we’re lucky to have her. Isn’t she a cutie?
Parley (13) is now officially taller than me. His hands and feet are enormous and he sings bass, while I sing tenor. It’s fun to have a teenager around (most of the time). He participates in scouts, plays in the band, sings in the choir and is progressing nicely in his karate class (current rank is blue belt). In fact, he was awarded “Student of the Year” for his dojo and participated in two tournaments. He is competing in a big tournament in Las Vegas in just a few weeks.
Brianna (11) is a teenager in pretty much every way and is enjoying her sixth grade year at Traverse Mountain Elementary. Brianna is a talented artist and singer and is currently rehearsing for the school musical “Once on This Island.” She participated in the ballroom dance class at school and enjoyed a cheerleading class with Lily this summer. She’s a beautiful natural blonde with a great smile.
Lily (8) is a very enthusiastic, passionate girl who loves being with friends, listening to her Taylor Swift CDs and playing on her iPod. Lily was very excited to be baptized this year and is anxious to become a teenager herself. She got a guitar for Christmas and is looking forward to fulfilling her dreams of becoming a “country star.” I look forward to managing her music career. 🙂
James (5) is the baby of the family and started his second year of preschool this year. His birthday is in October and so he can’t start kindergarten until this fall. He loves his preschool class and continues to learn and grow in so many areas. We love this little guy!
Our family has been truly blessed and we look forward to exciting things in 2013. May each of us have a wonderful and prosperous year.