Sunday, July 3, 2011


photo taken for the 2011 Salt Lake Parade of Homes cover on July2, 2001
"I will walk within my house with a perfect heart."
Psalms 101:2

I took some pictures yesterday of this "ideal home" for the 2011 Parade of Homes Magazine. The featured home this year is this replica home from the Pixar/Disney movie UP. (All this picture is missing is the thousands of balloon coming out the chimney.) The story from the movie "Up" is quite powerful and inspirational. It is a message of  making memories as we grow old and making good on promises. For those who haven't seen the movie here is the premise:

Carl and Ellie wed and grow old together in the old house where they first met. Unable to have children, they also try to save up for the trip to Paradise Falls but other financial obligations arise. Just as they seem to finally be able to take their trip, Ellie dies of old age, leaving Carl living alone in their home as a grumpy old man with nothing to live for and missing his wife terribly. As the years pass, the city grows around Carl's house with tall buildings and construction... but Carl refuses to move. After a tussle with a construction worker over Carl's broken mailbox, the court orders Carl to move into Shady Oaks Retirement Home. Carl comes up with a scheme to keep his promise to Ellie, and uses his old professional supplies to create a makeshift airship using tens of thousands of helium balloons that lift his house off its foundations. He and his house fly away. However he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, who's trying to get an Assisting the Elderly badge. Together, they embark on an adventure.

My family will be making more memories this next week as probably the last trip before our baby comes. No new posts for at least a week. I have so many picture piling up that I want to talk about..I think I have enough for the rest of the year. :)

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