Thursday, December 17, 2009

Brady Bunch

I haven't been taking too many pictures lately. In fact the last thing I've done was put together this compilation of pictures of all my nieces and nephews. It worked out fairly nicely that there was an even number so I could arrange it like this. It kind of has a Brady Bunch type feeling to it. About half of the pictures I got during this summer, and the other half I had to take recently--fun little project none-the-less.

Christmas is in one week! I can't believe where this month (and year) has gone. It truly is the greatest time of year, though, as everyone is a little kinder and little more patient. It's funny, Christmas isn't too much longer after Halloween, but for some reason people really give you a hard time if you think about the season before Thanksgiving. Then once you put the turkey away and sit down to relax, you only have a couple weeks to get everything done and ready for Christmas. Anyway, just a thought. Newsworthy? No. Interesting? Even still, probably not! However, get out and enjoy the holidays and make some memories. That is what I'm trying to say, I guess.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Think On

Tis the season. With a little snow and a lot of cold, it really feels like Christmas time and winter out there. In some parts of the state, the temperature was around -20° F. I know I know, some of you out there are saying "I've showered in colder temperatures", but you have to agree that outside the Northern Territories this is pretty cold for the beginning of December.

The picture is of a hat made from the MacLellan tartan. It was lit with a flash and I dragged the shutter to bring out the Christmas lights in the background. A pretty picture, one could say. On an interesting note, the McClellan motto is "think on" and comes traditionally comes from William MacLellan in the 16th century*. King James offered Barony to whomever could brought back a menacing Irish bandit by the name of Black Morrow dead or alive. Upon bringing back the bandit's head on his sword, the king conveniently had forgotten his promise to MacLellan and to which he exclaimed while holding the head on the sword, "Think On!"*

Monday, November 23, 2009

Red Door Painted

We learned when we last met that it was really cold when I took Nathan's family pictures. Well, that wasn't the only thing.

By the railroad tracks on commercial street there is an old train station that is now used for a city planning building or something like that. On the east side of the building, there is an old red double door. This door was perfect for pictures--a great background in the shade.
In fact, check this one out from the summer:

Not to bad eh? I really like the colors and texture of the door. But don't worry about going to look for this door, because they painted over it with an ugly cream color! Both Kristy and I couldn't believe our eyes when we pulled up to the old train station and saw an ugly cream door instead of the red door that we drove over there in the first place! It's a sad, sad day when cities are painting over beautiful antique doors. I don't even think it will help if I write my congressman. However, I did just become facebook friends with the newly appointed mayor for Morgan City...hmm...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

DLRX 3301

Yeah, I don't know what those numbers and letters mean on that train either.

This picture was taken while I was taking pictures for Nate's family Christmas card. From the picture, it looks like a nice warm day--but it wasn't! I think we just about froze out there while we were taking pictures. The wind was blowing and it was starting to snow. The perfect recipe for a cold time.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Left His Smile on the Kitchen Counter

I took some pictures the other day of my sister and her family and here is Tyler not smiling at all. In fact, that is how he was the entire time. No worries though, I can snap with the best of them when taking pictures of not-so-happy little ones! He's not the only one. I remember years ago when the number of nieces and nephews was less than a quarter of the number I have now, and little Seth was all plugged up down south and was, needless to say, not very happy. Hey, I don't blame him, I don't think that I would be very happy with life if that was me either!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Kind of weird not having a picture with post. In fact, I think this is the first time I've done it. Jeni showed me this video months ago, but I found it today while looking up stuff for my lesson today on I was always more mathematics and science orientated, but I'm coming to find out that I want to create more and more. I guess that is where photography comes into play. I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Smiling Cowboys

I wish I had hair like Spee. Check him out in this picture! These two cowboys were generous in donating their busy time by letting me snap a few photos of them. I didn't even have to pay them! I've been able to take a couple of my cousins family pictures these last couple of weekends. It's been a lot of fun doing that. I have now decided that Autumn is the prettiest time to take pictures because the leaves with all differing colors rock. If you want to take a fun family photo, just wander outside by some leaves and snap away!

A little off topic, but I'm watching the Yankee - Angels game and did the Angels pitcher really just overthrow an easy out to first base??

Sunday, October 18, 2009


It was a beautiful fall day today and the weather is actually pretty warm considering it's October. Check out the leaves outside, though, there is no better backdrop than Autumn!

Monday, October 12, 2009


This is the corner of 7th E and 5th S. For those that aren't around here, multiply those numbers by 100 to get the actual street names! Salt Lake City and be pretty confusing like that. The sun was about to sneak below the tree line. Setting on us, but rising on someone else in a land far far away. The sun never sleeps, takes breaks, or gets tired. It's constant, true, and faithful. It is amazing that a body over 93 million miles away can provide the energy to sustain life on a planet like ours. I mean think about that! There are no extension cords running from the sun to our planet. Energy in the form of light waves/particles (if photons can be described as such--it's been a while since physics) travel all that distance and powers photosynthesis in plants. I know that all of you look your basic biology course in college or high school, but just looking at this picture and see the light flares made me think about all that. If everything is a type and shadow of Christ, how much more important do these thinking make the light and life of the world? Because on a scientific stand point: no light, no life. On a spiritual standpoint too: no light, no life. Interesting.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Three Amigos

These guys are funny guys. Kim and Obed's kids are a hoot to play with. I took this picture quickly before I took Joseph down to watch Finn's soccer game with me. It was a cold day for soccer. The funny thing was that it really wasn't that cold, but because it was windy and I'm used to summer temperatures, it made the watching pretty chilly. The game went well, Finn's team lost. I don't know what the score was, I think a lot to nothing. There were two kids on the opposing kindergarten team that figured out the game of soccer and were there to show it. They scored at least a dozen points between them. Unfortunately, there wasn't any players on Finn's team that had the game figured out and consequently became content on kicking the ball off after the other team kept scoring. Hey, at least the kids were having fun, right?

Friday, October 9, 2009

One of My Favorites

I don't know what it is, but I go on these blogging spurts. I'll blog a little bit and then leave it for the birds for a week or two. I guess thats better than some of my family (wait... ALL of my family) who never blog! Lets see, if you look over to your right, you can see the blogs that have been updated recently. The most recent sibling that has blogged was Emily five weeks ago! Now, I don't want to be a hypocrite because I've had my off spells, but come on-- five weeks!? Thats actually pretty good compared to Kristy and Mom that haven't blogged since spring! Kim and Kate haven't updated us since early June. Ambers biannual update occurred over the summer so we're good until December. I guess it's always fun to read other's but really don't like doing it ourselves. Personally, I really don't know what to write about sometimes and consequently you get a picture with some text that is totally unrelated to the picture (much like today)!

About the picture: This is actually one of my favorites from the Texas set that we took. Erin is such a cute little poser and was a willing subject. The reason I haven't put it on yet because I was going to see if Kate puts it on her blog from the pictures I gave her from the summer. Well, we all know from my previous ranting that I don't have to worry about that because of her blogupdatophobia--which seems to be infectious.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


The other day I took a passport-type portrait of my brother for Amex. He needed it for a national travel agents card or something like that that will get him some killer deals on hotels, travel, and other things like that. I think it turned out pretty well. He printed them out on his home printer and it looked pretty darn good, if I say so myself. My nephew pointed out that it looks good except for the shadow on the right side of the picture. Shadow? Sure there is, but that makes the picture look more dimensional and not flat like a lot of pictures you could take with the flash pointed straight at the subject.

Anyway, if he wanted a shadow, I'll give him a shadow! I look this one the other night and purposely put the light source at a 90 degree angle to light up one side of his face. There. Now there is his shadow. I had to darken up the background a little bit during post processing--that's just what you have to do when you don't have a studio I guess. Usually, if you light up a light colored like I did in the top picture, it can get pretty white. Although I still had to lighten it up in post a tad again. If lighting interests you, check out the strobist site--it's one of my favorites and have learned a lot from it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

European Bee-eater

Here's a picture of a football being held by my nephew. He was gracious to be a subject. Others weren't so willing tonight, that is why there are no pictures of them! After having some Mac & Cheese, we discussed their theories of science-- like what makes the waves in the ocean and the intricacies of gravity. They know more than I did at that age. Heck, they might know more than I know now. I'm still learning day by day.

For example, today I learned about a bird in parts of southern Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia that eats bees! This European Bee-eater catches bees and while holding them in its beak hits them repeatedly against a hard surface to remove the stinger. It just gulps it down after that! According to the Wikipedia page, it can eat up to 250 bees, wasps, and hornets a day. This bird is my new most favorite animal! A wildlife photographer Jerome Guillaumot took some remarkable photographs of this beautiful bird. In fact, for the past 4 years, he has been seeking out and shooting these birds (with his camera that is!). He says they are the most colorful birds from the European avifauna. They are truly breathtakingly gorgeous birds.

President Obama and the rest of Washington is worried about the economy and health care reform, but I purpose a new and urgent issue: How can we get these birds over in the states?! If wasps weren't bothering the American people at their pick nicks and outings, then people would be happier and spend more money going on more outings. This will help the economy. As for the health care issue, fewer people going to the country's hospitals for stings and swellings can't be a bad thing. Skewed as it is, that is my logic. I'm sure Amber would agree with me at least!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Worn Out

We've all felt like this before, I know I have. This picture was taken over the summer when we went to Copper Mine. I guess Spee was pretty worn out from the temple open house a few hours before. If I remember right, the whole family was there--the Texans and Utahns. I really can't think of anything else I like to do in life more than being with the people I love. Well, maybe a good snow cone... My cross country coach in High School would tell us to never stop during a race to buy a snow cone because even if we did have the correct change, they probably wouldn't have our favorite flavor. Now that is good advice to live by!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Late Summer Yellow

This time of year is quite pretty in it's own way. I mean, you don't have the bright colors of fall yet, and the greens from the spring rains are long gone, but there are some deep yellows "in dem hills" right now! There is nothing like wondering through dried yellow grass hoping your spurs don't spark on a rock to start a wild fire. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about that because I left my spurs at home. I'm kidding of course.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Giving Credit Where It's Due

BYU beats Oklahoma! I have seen a few amazing games (like the Utah game in the Sugar Bowl) in my days, but this game was simply amazing watching the Cougars beat a #3 Oklahoma team in front of a crowd of 75,000 people. Anytime a non-BCS team beats a BCS team, it is always a sweet victory. Even though ESPN and the rest of the sporting world will first mention Sam Bradford's injury and then the fact that they lost the game doesn't make it any less sweet for BYU fans. In fact they will say that the turning point of the game was right before the half when Bradford went down. I don't agree. I think it was when BYU held the Sooners to only a field goal in the 3rd quarter. That allowed Max Hall to drive down the field and throw a touchdown pass to Mckay Jacobson. If Bradford was in the whole game, would the Sooners have one? I don't know, but I do know that Oklahoma's offensive stats in the first half (with Bradford) and the second half (without their Hiesman quarterback) aren't much different. I guess you can take that for what it's worth.

Now, I don't claim to be a sports writer, or even someone that knows the game of football inside and out. However, I am a big BYU fan and I think that credit should be given where it is due. Not only should credit be given to BYU, but to the Mountain West Conference and all the other non-BCS conferences out there. Props should be given to Boise State in taking down Oregon. I hate the BCS and like I said before I thrive on non-BCS teams beating them! (Way to go Appalachian State!!) This biased inequality isn't only in college football (by the way, why do they rank college football teams before they even play a game??), I think Utah State should be given more credit for their basketball team. Whenever you focus more on money than on the sport it will take away opportunities from good teams. For example, Utah playing Florida for the college football National Championship?! Who would want to see that?! Well... I would, but I am in the minority and I can't really bring the networks the big bucks. Most of the Nation would like to see the Lakers play LeBron and the Cavaliers instead of the Jazz, but at least both the Jazz and the Lakers have an equal and fair chance to get to the finals. Such is not the case with college football... and that is sad.

Finally, the picture above is Max Hall in a game at the beginning of the 2008 season. I wasn't at tonight's game and so I couldn't take a picture, but I wanted to write about the Cougars so I had to look in my archives to find this picture. As you can see, I used a little soft focusing to make it blurry around the sides and bring out Max Hall a little more. Usually I'm not a huge fan of this because it really doesn't follow the law of optical physics unless you use a tilt-shift lens (which I don't know why I would ever want or need one). It always bugs me something that is within the field of focus is actually blurry... but whatever, it works with this picture.

1.5 Billion Dollars

I love this time of year when College Football starts back up. The anticipation, the excitement, the heartbreaks, the surprises are all part of the equation. Here is a picture of the new 1.5 Billion dollar Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas where the Cougars will take on Oklahoma later on today. It will be an exciting game! This stadium is just short amazing.

The size is just breathtaking, and plus it's air conditioned so you can actually take breath! I've been in the old cowboy stadium a couple of years ago to watch the Allen High school team take on another high school. Why did they play in the Cowboy's stadium? Please see number two here. That was a very hot experience sitting in the Texas sun watching that game. Anyway, go Cougs!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Drive In

These two beautiful girls are my sister and her long time high school/college friend Chelsey. They were both in town so they wanted me to snap a few shots of them. If you haven't noticed, I like taking pictures so I didn't object. Back in the day, they both worked at Steph's Drive In. According to its facebook page, it's the greatest place on earth. Well, I'll tell you what, on the days of the Lime Tangee--it is. In fact any day, really, that you are in the mood for a scrumptious burg and tasty battered fries in Morgan, just stop on over to the Drive In located right smack dab in the middle of it all. Well, there you go JR, free advertising!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ensign Peak

It's hard to imagine the Salt Lake valley in 1847 before all the buildings and streets that are there now. This is a view from the top of Ensign peak. You can see pretty much everything from here: University of Utah, Temple Square, the copper mine, the four temples in the salt lake valley (if you look hard enough), and the Capitol. You can get a pretty good view of the Wasatch Mountain range through the valley too. I wonder if there were as many trees down on the valley when Brigham Young and the rest of the saints arrived. Each of the canyons along the Wasatch range has a creek that runs down it, so I would guess that it would be pretty green along the creeks. However, I'm sure the desert land had its fair share of brown too.

Overall it was a pretty relaxing hike for a good view from the top. Jeni and I did it on Saturday evening. You can get a good view of the Beck Street area which I was told by an Institute teacher has natural springs and some sulfur pits. I guess we can't blame the refineries for all the stink! This area was also inhabited by the native Americans which were in the valley before the saints moved in. Interesting little tid bit if I say so myself.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What I learned in Texas

Even though I haven't blogged in a while doesn't mean that I haven't been busy. Just recently I got back from Texas. I always enjoy going down there because the Dallas/Fort Worth area is simply stunning. Everything you could possibly want or need is just minutes from your door step. I learned a few things while I was down there this year:

1. The spaghetti bowl in Salt Lake is not nearly as complicated or beautiful as the freeway interchanges in the Dallas area. The High Five Interchange is a prime example because not only are you over 10 stories high at the highest point, but each concrete column is painted a reddish or greenish color. The Lone Star is also proudly displayed on each column.

2. Football is not a sport, but a religion. This goes across the table in all levels--the NFL, College, High School, and the little league. Geoff got us tickets to go the new Dallas Cowboy's Stadium to watch a game. Although I'm more passionate about Collage football than the NFL, it was an amazing experience being in a building that size watching the game. I found out that the cowboy fans at that game probably like the cowboys more than their own mothers. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but not by much. Go check out a high school game under the Friday Night Lights and you'll see what I mean when they consider football as a religion. Heck, go check out the little league games on Saturday and you'll get a clear view of what I mean when I say that football is more than just a sport there. The little league teams have their own cheer squads!

3. Finally, I don't think the Rainman himself could remember all the names of restaurants that you'll pass by while you're in the area. Just while we were down there, we went to Mooyah's, Barb-a-cutie, and Freebirds. I have to admit that when I was in Mooyah's I thought I was in Five Guy's the whole time--except without the peanuts. I'm glad Ryan was so adamant on eating at places that we didn't have in Utah. The Barbeque places are to die for down there. Amber got her pork sandwich on a cornbread bun that looked like a pancake. The baked beans that I had there can only be rivaled by Aunt Janeane's--they were that good!

I guess if you are still reading this, you'll understand why little Erin is so exhausted in the picture above. It was a lot of fun, but the heat and late nights can wear a man (and a little girl like Erin!) down. But was it worth it? Absolutely! Thanks again to Emily, Amber, and Ryan for opening their homes and letting us stay with y'all!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mostly Warm Dogs

Well, if there was a time to be disappointed in me, it would be now. The picture in my last post is not grain. Although it looks like it, its really just some grass.

No worries. Here is my nephew Christian. We had a little spontaneous BBQ the other day and the propane ran out when the hot dogs were mostly warm. So I guess you could say that we had mostly warm dogs.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Is it sad to anyone else that from now until December 21st, the days are just going to get shorter and shorter. We haven't even started summer yet (it feels that way anyway). One great thing about long days is coming home from work when it is still light outside. In fact, there is a good amount of sunlight for a good 4 hours after! This usually results in me going to bed later and being more and more tired at work as the week goes on. That is a fair trade off, I reckon.

Enjoy some grass, or wheat, or whatever this is. It is kind of sad that I grew up in a farming town and can't even tell you what wheat looks like. Well, I'll have you know that I googled it (see previous post) and it looks like it could be. Also, the gathering of wheat is done mainly by combines and other machines these days so I never had the opportunity to "haul" wheat. Now I can tell you what alfalfa looks like because I've spent many hours in alfalfa fields--moving sprinkler pipe or hauling hay. So, I don't know... tell me, is it wheat or not? It is a hard call because it kind of looks like this but it really doesn't look like this. Maybe it is just grass going to seed, but I'm no Triticum aestivum expert.

Monday, June 22, 2009


It's interesting to think of how big the world is. I'm living my own life here in the United States while millions of other people are living their own separate life in a million different locations all over the world. Traffic on I-15, hopping in the car to run to the grocery store, and the freedoms we enjoy are just common place for me. However, the story is very different for someone my age living in New York City, Mexico City, or a small town in France. I'm not saying it's better or worse, but just different. With the Internet and technology these days we can read articles and blogs of people living their life just like I am right now. What's common place to them is exotic and adventurous to me--and visa-versa. I often wonder what life would be like to live in the 1800s. Kids grow up today naming animals that only exist half way across the world like they are naming their pet cats and dogs. However, a child growing up 200 years ago would wonder what a Kangaroo, a Tiger, and a chimpanzee were. Now I'm sure they might have heard stories or have seen illustrations in their school books, but just compare the two scenarios and it is just short of mind blowing. I can remember life without the Internet and know that we can live without it, but I would never want to go back to those days. What is the first thing that pops into my mind when I wonder about something? Google! It doesn't really matter what the question is, I know that I can find a pretty good answer googling it. I've rambled too long, but one more interesting thing is that I ran my spell check just barely, and it had nothing wrong with the word "googling"--thats how common place it is. Go back with Marty McFly to the year 1885 and call Mad Dog Tannen a Google and see what he does to you!

This old tire is actually one of the tires of the fire trucks I took some pictures of a couple of months ago. I went back a couple of nights ago and took some more pictures. I liked how this one turned out (however I tweaked the coloring), and there is another really good picture that I'll have to post another time when I'm running short on pictures to post.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mountians of Morgan

On Saturday, we went up on the Rees's range. My dad and I took four little adventurers along with us. Because of all the rain, everything was really green, which isn't the most common thing near the end of June. There were also little streams running where there usually isn't one. Here's a pretty little stream that was right along the trail we were on.

We got up to a little place called Bishop's Hollow and we got off Scott's little off road side-by-side to hike around a bit. Here is a picture of Grandpa and the four boys while they were exploring the area. They found a few squirrels and ants, but nothing more than that. It was a really pretty sight.

Finally, this is a picture looking southeast from mountains in Morgan. I think that was the direction, I got turned around going up the different canyons and roads. The sun was above the clouds so we couldn't tell the direction from that either. Regardless of the direction, it was a beautiful sight.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate chip, cookie dough, English Toffee... they are all excellent choices for ice cream. If you make your way down to the BYU Creamery, I would suggest the English Toffee. If you make your way down south to taste Blue Bell Ice cream--some of the best ice cream you'll ever taste, I would go with Mint Chocolate Chip. You're probably wondering why I haven't included Ben and Jerry's, well there is no doubt their ice cream is pretty darn good, but once they start putting their ice cream in containers that are bigger than a thimble, then maybe I'll pick one up. Baskin Robbin's is pretty good too, but I can never decide on a flavor--there is just too darn many of them.

Few things, however, beat good old fashion Homemade Ice Cream! Years ago, our family would make a batch on Sunday afternoons during the hot summer. It boggled my mind that ice and salt would make the cream freeze. As Bill Nye would say: It's SCIENCE!! More specifically it's Chemistry... got to love it.

Here's a picture of Spee after he had a good helping of Chocolate Ice Cream. No it wasn't homemade, but Nate and Kristy do make a killing homemade chocolate ice cream. Check out their site to see if it's on there. If not I suggest you write a comment to demand it!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

June 11, 1973

Thirty-six years ago my parents got married on this day.  Since then they have raised me and my five siblings, and now are grandparents of a baker's dozen grandchildren.  What a blessing it has been in my life to have loving parents.  I look up to them both in many aspects of my life.  Thank you Mom and Dad, and happy Anniversary!  

Sitting in the Grass

Grass is one of those things that I love about summer.  I remember running around the yard barefoot while I was growing up.  There is nothing like the feeling of grass between the toes!  My favorite time was when the sun barely set and the grass became nice and cool.  In fact my toes would get cold while the rest of my body stayed warm in the summer evening.  

This little girl sitting in the cool grass  is Ava, daughter of Emily Wyatt.  I took some pictures of her a few weeks ago.  She's a cute little one.  Check out Emily and Brad's blog to see more.  

This is the wettest June we've had in a while.  I feel like we're living right on the west coast during the winter months from how cloudy and rainy it has been this week.  I'm not complaining, though, we need the rain.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Parking and Hotdogs

Surprisingly, there was a Bees game today.  That's right, I didn't say tonight because it was at 10 am.  I didn't go to it because I was busy working.  I bet a lot of people were working which poses the question: why would they schedule a game in the morning?  Maybe it's because they are trying to accommodate, in this economy, the unemployed citizens of Salt Lake.  However, unless the tickets and parking and hotdogs were free--I doubt it.  Maybe it's too hot during the afternoon to play baseball.  It's May... so probably not.  That's it, I don't have any more guesses of why they would have a morning game during the middle of the week.

This picture, even though I tried to make it look old, was taken a few weeks ago at the season opener of the Bees.  Jeni and I went along with Mike and his date.  If I were ever on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire and there is a question about baseball, it would be Mike that I would call for a phone a friend.  He taught me a lot about baseball over the past few months with the most important being the difference between a perfect game and a no hitter.  I also learned about Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Jackie Robinson.  I learned the meaning behind the umpire's grunts and also that the Red Sox are afraid to let people measure their field.  I almost believed that it was the good ol' American past time until he told me the price of a Yankee's Ticket!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Best Seat in the House

We were talking tonight how the fact that there is always a cute blond sitting behind Simon on American Idol can't be a coincidence.  There must be some kind of upgrade ticket that they give to the nice looking, nice dressed girls.  Whatever it may be, it doesn't beat the seat that Spee had at the soccer games.  He was pretty happy with the fact that he climbed up on his dad's shoulders all by himself.  One good thing for Nate is that he can push back that hair cut he needed because little Spee pulled out most of his hair while climbing up there.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

In Celebration

Thanks for voting everyone.  I was told that the apple blossoms were a little too girly for my blog so it didn't get the cut.  I actually kind of like the blossoms but I can't admit that because that might make me a girl.  Capturing six of the nearly twenty votes, the drinks came out on top.  In celebration of the new banner, lets all enjoy some barbed wire that I found tonight.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Vote for the New Welcome Home Banner

Hey Everyone, time for some interaction with the Welcome Home faithful viewers (all 6 of you!)  I'm deciding to change my Welcome Home banner and want to know which one you think is best.  Voting will end on Wednesday evening at about 5.  Just click the one you want on the right.

Here are your choices:

1.  Apple Blossom
2.  Drinks

3.  Dandy Lion

4.  Building

5.  Bark


The official umbrella carrier at Kimi and Tucker's wedding was Finn.  He did a good job being on call in case if it decided to rain.  Not only did he hang on to it, but he made sure his cousins knew he had it to by "tapping" them on the head with it.  When I look back through the pictures, I can some of the other kids looking annoyingly at him when he whomped them on the head.  It was all good fun though.

In this picture, though, you almost forget the 5 year old boy in him and just see a cute little man.  Not that he isn't cute the other times, but you can just see it more in this picture when he isn't trying to nudge you with his umbrella.

Busy Bee

 I've been helping my dad prune the apple tree in our back yard.  It's the same tree we climbed when we were younger.  We pretended that the tree was a house and it had different areas or "rooms" of our make believe house up there, and I still remember where my room was.  Even though it was just Amber, Kimberly, and me playing up there, we had rooms for Nate, Emily and Ryan.  We all thought Nate's was the best because from his room you could climb out on the roof.  Which, Ironically, you could do from his real room too.

After spending a while pruning, I decided to take some pictures and found this little busy bee doing what bees do.  I was pretty amazed watching how intensely he was going from blossom to blossom spending only a few seconds at each.  I have to admit that I get a little jumpy when I'm close to bees--or shall I say when they get too close to me, and backed up a little to far and almost fell of the latter which I was standing on.  That reminds me of a funny story of Amber on a slide with a bee that I'll have to tell later.

Lastly, here are Kim and Tyler who were kind enough to be my models while I was playing with the light.  It was natural light, so I guess I really can't play with it too much, but I light the results it gave.  Tyler was just happy to be outside like his two older brothers were when I was pruning the tree.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Finger Licking Good

This is an older picture from our Easter lunch.  The whole family was together--with exception to the Texas folk.  We had some delicious potatoes and ham.  I have to give Kristy props for not putting onions in the potatoes.  If you know Nate and Kristy, they love to cook and experiment with food which include all sorts of spices and herbs.  If you know me, I'm okay with onions and walnuts being banned from American soil forever.  

A big hit at the Easter dinner was the cup cakes that Kim and her family brought.  As you can see here, Sean sure likes his!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Popcorn Popping

  Spring is definitely a beautiful time of year.  Jeni and I went back up to Memory Grove Park below the capitol to have a picnic yesterday.  We weren't the only ones with the idea; there were people walking their dogs, taking pictures, running, and jogging up the trails.  It was a nice clear and warm day.  One of my favorite parts were watching the dogs jump in the water to fetch their sticks.  There were dogs of all sizes, types, and colors.  They would meet other dogs and start playing together.  We saw a big black dog playing with a little white puppy.  It was funny to see the little dog taunt the bigger one then run away--  In a way they are not much different than human kids.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Rusty Red


I work off 24th street.  For all intents and purposes, it is a very good street to work by.  Every morning and every evening I pass by this granary or some sort of mill that is painted and/or rusted into some very pretty colors.   Pretty--I'm sure some of you are thinking that I'm going soft using such words, but I'll assure you that not only are rusty reds pretty, they are also manly.   Anyway, it doesn't matter which colors are pretty or manly as long as they are vibrant.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Field of Eggs

The Lion's Club put on their annual Easter egg hunt in Morgan.  There was quite the showing for a small town.  When the clock struck twelve, the entire field of eggs was devoured within the next minute by confused two year olds and eager parents.  I think Spee found a couple eggs while Jeni's nephew was able to get one--which we had to guard from the other kids until he had the courage to reach out his hand and pick it up.  What we took from the experience was that there really wasn't any "hunting" going on in the Easter egg hunt.  From what I saw, the event probably looked very similar to what the pioneers in the Salt Lake valley witnessed when their fields got devoured by locusts.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

In the Air

With the snow the past few days, it’s hard to believe that spring is here. We all aren’t surprised by the lingering snow showers of Utah, but it doesn’t make it any more pleasant. For me, I look forward to the warm weather, to the green grass and vibrant flowers, and to outside activities with family and friends. Here is a picture of Kimi (Kristy’s sister) who is getting married and asked me to take a couple of pictures for her. They turned out great and it helped that Temple Square is in full bloom right now—the flowers are amazing!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Drain Pipe

A drain pipe on a building at the University of Utah.  There's nothing really spectacular about it, but an eye catcher nonetheless.  I guess you can say that it is a fitting Saint Patrick's day photo.  A building with a similar drain pipe probably exists over in Dublin, or perhaps Cork.  The change in weather is nice.  Leprechauns are better at bringing warmer weather than groundhogs.  We should kick the groundhog back to wherever he came from because he is lousy at bringing spring any more quickly.