Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The simple, pure leaves of the Quaking Aspen in my parents back yard. We used sleep out in the back yard with our hammocks tied between two of these trees.
My Sister-in-law with two of her boys. We played tennis the other day and my brother whomped me! I guess I'm getting too old for that game. Finn is sporting what he calls an "Eehawk". I guess it is like a Mohawk, but not.
A tree in Morgan. The mountains are really green right now which makes the entire valley just beautiful. I been to a lot of places before, but this place it near the top of my list for most beautiful places in the world!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
If you look along the silhouette of the mountain starting with the mound on top, you can see a profile of a face. The very top mound is her forehead and it is against the blue sky. Move to your right and you'll see her eye and nose. Keep moving down past the rocks, you see her lips and chin. Her name is Mother Luna and has been known in Provo for over 100 years. According to the Daily Herald in Provo, Professor N. L. Nelson introduced her to the general public in 1899. A lot of the students in Provo in the early 20's would hike up to her nose. This is another thing of Provo that I have missed during my 5 years here. The reason is because you can't see her on the side of Provo where campus is. You have to go to about 200 West 200 South so see her. Once you do, you'll always be looking up there!
Monday, May 19, 2008
This is a picture of the Bell Tower on the City-County building in downtown Salt Lake. It is located in Washington Square which is just west of the Library (stay tuned for a picture). This building was built in the 1890's and served as the States Capitol when it gained its statehood in 1896. Originally, the building's architecture was supposed be in open defiance of the Salt Lake Temple with it's spires and statue of Columbia on the top of the bell tower. Ironically, it was the Church-backed political party that thought up the building in the first place (here is my trusty little source, for what it's worth!) Personally, I think it is a beautiful building and the architecture, with whatever initial reasoning, is magnificent.
Here is the view on the streets of Salt Lake City at night. It was a beautiful night. Instead of looking North (like the first picture), this time you are looking South along Main Street. I really liked how this picture turned out with the lights and sky.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I can't remember if I've been to a Salt Lake Bee's game before, or if I have ever been in this ballpark. I was very impressed with the stadium. I mean, it is no Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, but for a nice evening of Baseball, Franklin Covey Field will do for me. Here the light hits the supports for the seats to make that warm feel to it. I guess the stadium does have one flaw, however--The engineers 'forgot' to put drinking fountains in! What? Do they want us to buy a $3 water everytime we're thirsty? I know--I'm a cheap college student.
Here is a shot of the action. Nothing too exciting in this picture, you've seen a picture like this a thousand or more times! BYU ending up winning the 3 game series with Utah. On Saturday's game, BYU came back with 12 runs in the 8th inning when they were down by ten.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Utah has been colder than usual this spring (I don't know how, but let's blame Global Warming). Only the late bloomers in Provo are still coming out of their Winter shells, but in Morgan, the valley trees still look naked without their leaves. This lone tree in Salt Lake was a beautiful contrast to the green trees around it. I have grown to love trees, and I think that this little tree will grow up to be a beauty!
Nothing much is happening at BYU. Spring and Summer terms are usually a little more laid back with faculty and students taking their own self-deserved Summer Vacations despite the fact that a heavy load of classes are going on for both of them. The Spring sport that I've checked out this year is Cougar Baseball. Unfortunately, it hasn't been the best year for them. The last two games I checked out have been a bit sour for the Cougars. On another note, BYU football is always something to look forward to. From what I've heard, the teams is looking good. Bronco Mendenhall announced today that running back Manase Tonga will not playing this year because he is "academically ineligible". It's too bad to hear things like that about a student athlete not focusing on his school work. That is one of the greatest things about college athletics--they are full time students struggling through school like the rest of us. Believe me, I know about the struggles associated with keeping up with classes, homework, tests, etc.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
While I was watching the kids in the back yard, Sean took a tumble off his bike and cut his lip. Besides that and a couple other bumps and bruises nobody got hurt under my watch! I guess that is not a very good percentage, though. Sean and Finn dug for buried treasure in the sand box while the older boys hit their home runs. Esplan wondered around trying to figure out exactly how those darn bouncy balls bounced.
Come to find out, a lot of universities have bell towers. I overheard someone at work talk about the University of Alabama's bell tower. I was curious to see them so I searched for them and I have to say, they are beautiful. I also found this link of a whole bunch of bell towers across the world. I've enjoyed hearing the hourly "Come, come ye saints" line. Others on campus didn't like them as much as they wrote into the Daily Universe complaining that the bells are cutting their sleep in the early morning hours and that they are tired of hearing the same chime every hour. Let them complain, I say. I like the bell tower. Every Summer, BYU hosts a Carillon Bell concert where listeners can come come at dusk with their blankets and enjoy a Summer evening of music.
I hope you enjoy the picture, I really don't have anything to say about it. However, I heard this quote last Sunday by President Monson that I think you might like:
"Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts: "I propose to stay with my faith, with the faith of my people. I know that happiness and contentment are there, and I forbid you agnostic, doubting thoughts to destroy the house of my faith. I acknowledge that I do not understand the processes of creation, but I accept the fact of it. I grant that I cannot explain the miracles of the Bible, and I do not attempt to do so, but I accept God's word. I wasn't with Joseph, but I believe him. My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it.""
President Thomas S. Monson
BYU Magazine Spring 2008