Monday, September 29, 2008

Current Events

The House rejects the financial bailout and the Stock Market dives.  I can honestly say that this is not my fault.  I have not changed my lifestyle, spending habits, investment portfolios, hairstyle, or anything else that might cause the economy to be doing poorly.  I haven't bought a house, faltered on my mortgage or anything else like that.  So that settles it, you can't blame the bad economy on me.

I guess one thing you can count on in this turbulent time is that when you come home to Welcome Home, you'll always find a good picture or two and you always find a little bit of rambling on by me.  I know that it is no Seriously, So Blessed which will cause a few friends and family to get bored easily.  Just for your information: I have better pictures (just look this one of Esplan/Jasper/Oliver/Peter), I'll tell you my name, and I'm not sarcastic very often.  I guess I shouldn't say anything because my readership is only a fraction of the girl that does Seriously, So Blessed.  Maybe the government could work something out with bailing my blog out--not in the hundreds of billions, but a small percent will do.  Heck, I'll even take 1/10,000th of a percent of $700 Billion.  I'm not bitter or anything, it's just that I know that some friends and family read her blog more faithly than their own kin and blood.  No, I'm not bitter.  However, I do think that the cause of our economic problems is because of that blog.

Coming Home for Homecoming

Big events were happening up in Morgan over the past week or so. Homecoming with all its many festivities was the highlight. We all went to the game and had a grand old time. We ended up sitting over on the visiting bleachers because the students were drowning us out over on the home side. They played North Sampete and won by no small margin. I haven't been to a high school football game in years so I'm glad I went

Here is the home crowd. As you can see fans from all ages come to see the mighty Trojans. There was a time that I could tell you the last name of nearly everyone on the home bleachers, but now I can't because Morgan is growing and I've been gone so long.

Kristy is swell. She was able to watch a little bit of the game when she wasn't watching her little ones doing laps around the bleachers.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lightning Strikes


Last Saturday night, I set out on a quest of catching some lightening. Just like when Christian tries to catch his crickets and like little Billy trying to catch his coons in Where the Red Fern Grows. This picture is an end product of my work. You probably recognize that this on the front porch I’m sorry there is that vinyl railing in the way. I would set my camera up on one side of the porch all nicely composed with a lot of sky and a little bit of tree action going on in the sides of the picture. While the picture was taking, I would see lightning light up the sky at the other end of the porch. So I would take my camera to the other side of the porch and take a picture there only to discover that the sky was lit up at the other end. I couldn’t believe I was getting faked out by the lightening. Finally I just happened to be in the right location at the right time, but the picture wasn’t composed as well as I would have liked.

One thing that just amazes me about pictures of lightening is the amount of detail the branches show. When we see the flash of lightening, we can’t see or I guess fully appreciate the complex branching unless you take a still image of it. I mean, just look at that electrical activity there! It amazes me.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Temple Square

It's always impressive to go to Temple Square. The grounds are always kept up really well, it is an impressive place. This is the Salt Lake Temple, or a silhouette, rather. It took 40 years to build, and will no doubt stand the test of time. The history of the temple is really interesting and a brief version can be found here.



General Conference is coming in a couple of short weeks. I can't help but think that it is one of my favorite times of the year. The conferences are held every six months-- in the spring and fall. It's appropriate that they are held in seasons of change, because the prophets and apostles encourage just that as they spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, a season of change in our lives. I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stretching

Stretching up for his big game, Sean knows the importance of flexibility. It's funny, there is a class offered at BYU called Flexibility (I think) and the whole class consists of stretching and increasing your flexibility. I never took it, but I should have because I heard they actually let you take a short little nap in there. All this, of course, is hear-say, but I can't help but think that I missed out on a class that gave you credit hours for sleeping.

Joseph looks about as happy as the commuters did this afternoon enjoying the less congested I-15 because the new Legacy Highway opened up. He still has a few years until he'll be out there on the big roads, but until then, he'll enjoy a joy ride on his little brothers bike.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Country Boy's Store

If you can believe it, there are Utah natives that have only been North of Ogden probably a handful of times during their lives. I guess those Utahns that have lived South of Centerville their whole lives find very little reason or satisfaction of going North of there. There is one little gem, however, that they don't have South of Bountiful-- Smith and Edwards! I've had many fond memories going to this store getting ready for our high adventures in scouts. It basically is your run-of-the-mill outdoor adventure store with brand names like Colombia and The North Face, but it has a whole section dedicated to army surplus. What better way to get ready for an adventure in the high hills than adventuring through the narrow aisles filled with abnormally large calibre ammunition shells and emptied bomb shells? I went along with my sister and her kids because they were having a killer toy sale. I didn't get any toys--I have enough at home--but I did get some beef jerky. You can't leave a store of this quality without some reduced price jerky!

What Happened to the Oranges?

When I played soccer many years ago, we didn't have an end of the game 3 course meal like these kids do these days. Good grief, I think parents are getting a little carried away with their end of game refreshment. When I played, we had oranges or apples for our half time treat and a high five with a cheer at the end of the game. Do kids need to be bribed to play sports or are they so calorie deprived at the end of the game- like marathon runners- that they have to stock up? I was having this conversation with my brother who agreed with me completely. I wonder if most sport parents don't agree. I know if I was a parent I would feel obligated to bring treats lest my little boy or girl got ostracized because their dad was the "No-Treat Dad". I guess that would be better than the Spinach Dad, or the Pea Soup Dad. Ew, now that I think about it, pea soup after a sporting event would be a bad idea for anyone.
Here is a merged photo of the three playing soccer. Finn's jersey should have been white, but he wouldn't play unless it was blue. The other team would have been kicking it to the wrong person all the time if they could actually control who they kicked it to in the first place. Christian's team won pretty handily and I think Michael's team won also. If you look closely, you can actually see two Michaels in the picture.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fall

You can always feel when the weather starts to change on you.  You can begin to feel the cool weather creeping in after the few months of heat.  The Texans in my family, however, really don't know what this feels like and I'm sorry.  My parents even used the furnace for the first time since the spring this weekend.  I personally really enjoy this time of year.  I even look forward to winter time, or at least until New Years.  I have come to find out over the years that the cold and snow after New Years is just a pain in the neck.  Why am I even talking about it, winter isn't until months away and here I am ruining the Fall by talking about Winter. 

This is a sour little apple growing in our back yard.  They look like the apples you can pick up at your neighborhood grocery store but they sure pack a punch.  I'm not sure how the produce people at the store takes out all the sourness before they sell the apples, but I need to find out how. 

I'll tell you what, though,  I love when peaches are in season.  There is a man tha comes up to Morgan every Saturday with a truck full of peaches.  They are truly fantastic.  I really like fruit.  I went golfing on Friday with a couple of my uncles and on the last hole I ran out of fingers to count my strokes, so I began to give up.  Luckily, there was a plum tree by the last green loaded with these little, but delicious plums.  I didn't even finish the last hole because I ended up losing my ball and got pre-occupied by the fruit tree.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Back on the Farm

I was able to babysit my sister's two boys while she took Joseph to Pre-School.  We had a good old time playing with cars on their circular track and building complicated structures with their carpenters kit.  We went to the park when Joseph got home and played on the toys there.  Here is Tyler getting his feel for the slide.  He's still trying to figure out if he likes it or not.
Meanwhile back on the farm, Esplan smiles at his dad's attempt to make a basketball shot.  I don't know if Nate made it or not, but check out Esplan's face--it makes me smile every time I see it.  Even though the picture is a little blurry and not composed very well, I still like it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Morgan's Olympian

I know that the Olympics are washed, dried, and folded neatly in it's drawer, but I just wanted to show you the continual support that Morgan is giving Lindsey Anderson.  She is a superb athlete and although she didn't get as far as she would have liked, she gave a monumental effort and there is no reason to be ashamed.  There is something to say for a Morgan girl that only a handful of people in the world can beat her at what she does.  

The banner is on a hill that our ward spent many hours clearing the weeds to plant the grass and the flower patch to the right of the picture.  I wish I could say that I cheerfully helped and worked on this project, but it was hard work and I was young.  Looking at it now, though, it's quite nice.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Meatloaf Monday

I'm celebrating the Cougar's win against University of Washington by writing a blog about meatloaf.  Can you think of a better way to celebrate?  I can't either.  There's a short tradition in the McClellan home to have meatloaf on holiday Mondays (this one being Labor Day).  How short is this tradition?  Well, this was the first one.  This picture of Tyler cracks me up.  I can't imagine a better meatloaf face, can you?  

This is a rare shot of the Meatloaf in its natural habitat.  It was so good that I dare say that Rachael Ray can't 
even make a better one.  So there you have it: a win for 
BYU and a blog about meatloaf...your day is complete!  

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rise and Shout

Some friends in Morgan had some extra tickets for the football game last Saturday. My Dad, Bruce, Nathan, and I went down to watch the Cougars play. Here's a picture of my dad with his headset. Some of you may not know that this headset actually corresponds with Bronco Mendenhall's down on the field. It must, anyway, because why else would he lug them along to the games?
I have to congratulate the Utes with their victory against Michigan. I will always root for a Mountain West team when they are playing some big BCS team. The Cougars looked good on Saturday. They just can't loose it like they did in the 3rd quarter.
Here's my brother and I. Look at the view behind us! There are few things I like more than Cougar football. I have been to almost every home game for the last 4 years, and I will truly miss the cool fall Saturdays spent in Lavell Edward's Stadium.