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

Daylight

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

Googling

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.