Monday, July 28, 2008


Oscar and Erin are frequently seen together. Oscar gets a little frustrated with the tail-pulls and the poking and proddings, but this time he didn't mind Erin too much until he decided he had enough and ran away. This is a cute picture of the two of them.

Glowing Footballs

Our annual Glowstick Party. Ryan and Kate here are showing off their colors. The girls usually make a cirle of color in the grass that becomes their performing stage. The boys tape the glowsticks to their football to have a grueling game of glowstick football. It was a lot of fun.
Amber and Emma put their glowsticks all over and dance around. They didn't want to participate in the football game for some reason.
Both of them have pretty intense faces while they are both looking at the thrown ball. They both did a pretty good job considering the heat outside at the time. Alex is getting ready for football season. He got his pads the day we left and was feeling pretty good about it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What Will These Hands Do?

This little hand belongs to my nephew Tyler. While my mom was holding him as his older brother's were swimming, I could help but think what these hands will be doing in 10, 20, or 40 years. I imagine they will be gripping the handlebars of his bike in couple years and he takes his first free ride from his training wheels. I can see this hand scribbling out math problem in his High School calculus class. Years after that I can see them knocking on hundreds of doors in a foreign country sharing the good news of the Gospel in his life. I see one of them holding the hand of his wife while the other one is providing critical support to his daughter learning how to walk. Maybe they will paint masterpieces, play the piano comparable to Rachmaninoff, remove sutures from a child or animal, or find the answer to our nation's energy crisis. I can see them shake hands with leaders of nations and possibly millions of people around the world will one day aspire to shake this hand. Whatever these hands will eventually do, I know that as long as he keeps them clean, he'll do fine. I guess we can all look at our own hands and ask the same question--What will these hands do?

Monday, July 14, 2008

American Gladiator

Her hand may have been wounded, but her heart sure wasn't. With her eyes fixed on her weapon, my mom tried to figure out the best way to use in her benefit against the rough crowd in the pool. It's a sad day when you can't even go into your own pool without the security of an outside bludgeoning stick. The public can be assured that she is fully authorized to use such a device having gone through extensive training by a man we all know as Mr. Miyagi. However, her training was cut short after Daniel-san realized that while he was out waxing Mr. Miyagi's cars, Linda was receiving tips from him on how to perform critical hits with her bludgeoning stick. Even though her training was short, her fighting skills has taken her all over the United States including: Georgia, New Jersey, Texas, Missouri, California, Virginia, Arizona... just to name a few. She also made her way to England and France. Recently, she was able to go to Hawaii where she earned the prestigious "Hawaiian Towel of Honor" which she proudly wears around her waist. Just think: if she can do all this with one hand, what can she do with two!? I love you Mom!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

High in the Sky

This lonely old crane hangs out in the same spot every night. It caught my attention when the red crane stood out from the evening sky. I'm not even sure what it's day job is because they aren't really building anything with it, they are are putting these really big metal posts deep in the ground. I wonder if it feels inferior to other cranes because it is putting things deeper in the ground and not lifting too many things up high in the sky. Then again, you might think that that is a stupid thing to wonder about. Actually, I had to find something to put up on the blog and this is the picture I found. I know I have quite the readership out there (8 people now!) and I don't want to let them down by not posting anything on my blog for a week. What do the readers get from my blog? Well, that is a good question, and besides the few tid-bits of my life and the many random pictures I post...nothing much! In a week, I'm going to pack my bags and travel to the great state of Texas. This trip is all business in the sense that I'm going to take some great pictures and write about them on my blog. In fact, I might just write up Google so see if they will sponsor me on my trip!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Lighting the Night on Fire

It's going to take more than a few smoke bombs and whistlers to impress this critic. More than once he gave his disapproval on the pyrotechnics. He enjoyed the water-balloon fight that we had. We filled up a balloon with few ounces of water so it would last longer than the others, but Esplan found different ways to burst his balloon.
Over at Nathan and Kristy's we cooked up a few fireworks of our own before the city's. Earlier that day we went swimming with Kim and Obed and had a BBQ. With my parents out of town, we had make due with out them. Obed worked on redoing my parents bathroom, and the rest of us worked on testing the pool's water. It was a fun day.
Michael and Finn showed off their talent of painting with fire. I was thinking that it is extremely odd that the fireworks we let kids play with are sparklers. We, adults, light our "grown-up" fireworks and step at least 10 feet away. Then we light the sparklers and put them in the hands of the kids. I'm not opposed to it, I just thought it was pretty funny tonight.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Dust Off Your Balloons

On Thursday morning, I went with my roommate Richard over to the Provo Balloon Fest. There were about 18 balloons of all different colors and shapes. This guy is directing the propane flames into the ballon to lift up the balloon. It was fun to see.
This was my first time coming to this event, but I found that it is a lot of fun! All these balloons are like little colorful marshmallows popping up around the field.

Here's another shot of the balloons. As you can see, there are a lot of people there.
I still can't figure out how they steer their balloons, but I found out that I like watching and trying out how they would. If you like waking up early on a day off, then check out the balloons next year.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Burning Bush

The guys just south of us decided to celebrate the Fourth a little early this year by lighting their bushes on fire. By the time my roommates and I got down on the street, there were flames 20 feet high and 3 police vehicles. We stuck around until the fire engine came to put the fire out. It wasn't very exciting, but it sure drew a crowd of about 100 people at midnight. What can you say, we're college students that are looking for something exciting. This picture was taken a little more than a week ago. It is Utah County at sunset.