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Busy Saturday

Went on a bike ride with Nancy

Mowed the lawn (well, Sam mowed it and I edged it)

Weeded the garden and the backyard

Roto-tilled the garden

Cleaned out the fountain/stream in the back yard

Caught this guy:


Sorry you had to die, Mr. Gopher, but I can’t have you destroying my yard.

Week in review

This past week was a busy one for the family with the kids in school, and Young Women and Scouts, and volunteering at the hospital. Of course, the highlight of my week was the home opener for BYU against Texas. This year we are glad that Grandpa is finally retiring now that he’s turned 70 and can start going to games with us. Sam always likes to go to the games and the girls like to go if the weather isn’t too bad and if the prospects of getting treats is high. With Grandpa at the game the prospects of getting treats is significantly higher so there was some argument and discussion this week amongst the girls as to who would get to go. Caroline managed to lay first claim so she was the lucky one this week.

Waiting out the storm in the car with Grandpa

Waiting out the storm in the car with Grandpa

We met Grandpa in Provo about 1.5 hours before kickoff and had lunch at an Asian restaurant which, although not the cleanest place in town, was pretty good. As we were leaving the restaurant a huge black cloud was rolling in and the wind was whipping. By the time we had left the parking lot of the restaurant the rain was coming down hard and as we drove by Provo High School trees were blowing over on the sidewalk. We went slow through the rain and got up to the gates of the parking area when the guy closed the gates with two cars in front of us. I guess they didn’t want the parking attendants standing out in the storm so I can’t blame them for that but it meant there was a whole street full of cars with nowhere to go.

The storm didn't dampen our spirits

The storm didn’t dampen our spirits

I wasn’t about to lose my prime parking spot so I did some fancy maneuvering in the car and found an entrance to the lot that was still open. The cop guarding the gate let us in but told us to stay in the car until the storm had passed. We didn’t need to be told because with the way the storm was howling we had no plans to leave the car and get soaked and blown to pieces. Even though we had ponchos with us they wouldn’t have done much good the way the rain and wind where whipping around. We sat in the car and listened to the pre-game on the radio. What we hoped would be a short wait eventually turned into a two hour delay until kickoff.

Enjoying the game

Enjoying the game

The kids were pretty good and patient even though waiting 2 hours in the car through a rain storm isn’t their idea of a good time. Eventually the rain and wind let up and people started filing into the stadium for the game. The game was fun with only a light sprinkle or two for the rest of the night. Best of all the Cougars were awesome and had a great game.

Sam the Tenderfoot

Sam the Tenderfoot

The other noteworthy event of the week was Sam’s first rank advancement as a Boy Scout. He earned his Tenderfoot award at the Court of Honor on Wednesday night. When they presented the award, they asked for the parents to come forward with the boy. Of course I thought it was more important to stay back and man the camera so Nancy had to go up by herself. She was pretty miffed at me for leaving her behind and as soon as the Scout leader presented the award Nancy hustled off the “stage” (it was an outdoor Court of Honor) and I didn’t get the chance to snap a good photo.

Doing the Scout Oath

Doing the Scout Oath

Sam isn’t super interested in Scouting. Frankly, he’s about as interested in it as I was at his age. I’ve been working with him a little bit on his rank advancements here and there; however, he isn’t really self-motivated to do the work. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to bribe/push/force him to get his Eagle like I was forced to get mine (I couldn’t get my driver’s license until I got my Eagle). For now, I’m just going along with him on the campouts (11 year hold Scouts must have a Dad with them in over to go on overnight campouts) and trying to balance helping him with Scouts vs. pressuring him to do Scouts.

Finally Caught Up Through 2011

The following posts from the past mean I’m finally caught up through 2011:

Anne’s 2011 Halloween Band Concert
2011 Winter Recital
Christmas Lights
Emily’s Birthday 2011

Here’s hoping it doesn’t take me more than a year to get caught up on 2012!

More Catching Up

More blasts from the past

I’m still catching up on my past blog posts. Here are some more blasts from the past that I missed in 2011:

May 2011
Sam’s Patton Book Report
2011 Spring Recital

June 2011
2011 Pioneer Trek
Rocket Race

New Year’s Resolution

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start posting more. There is no excuse for me having not posted in so long other than just pure laziness. One thing I have done is keep a pretty good list of items that I should have posted had I not been so dang lazy. Unfortunately, that list includes some content that goes all the way back to 2010. So, here for your viewing pleasure are some new items I added back in history:

December 2010
Emily’s Birthday 2010
2010 Annual Christmas Lights Trip
Basketball and Bowling

January 2011
January Birthdays
Ice Skating with Caroline
Sam’s Wolf Award

February 2011
Rex’s Conehead

March 2011
Dessert Competition

April 2011
Easter 2011
April Birthdays
Another lost tooth

You’ll see that my text content is pretty minimal because I can’t think of anything to say about events that happened over two years ago. I’ve never been good at keeping a journal so this blog is effectively my journal. In the past I was pretty good about updating it so hopefully 2013 will be the year I finally break my lazy streak.

Happy New Year to each of you.

Catching Up

I’ve been remiss in updating this blog. In fact, I’m two years behind on accumulated posts. In the past I used the fact I was in school as an excuse to let the blog lapse. Then I got a new job right after graduation so that was a distraction. But it’s finally time to stop the excuses and get started updating the blog regularly. We’ve been taking pictures and videos for the past two years but I just haven’t taken the step of writing up posts and putting the pictures on the blog.

The following are some catch-up posts:

March 2010 – Road Trip
April 2010 – It’s Great to Be Six
April 2010 – A New Cub Scout
May 2010 – Sam’s Baptism
May 2010 – Memorial Day Fun
June 2010 – Pinewood Derby
July 2010 – New Shelves
October 2010 – My Startup Adventure
October 2010 We’ll Miss You Barrel Man – But Not Much
November 2010 – Halloween

Also, I’m not very big on social networks and such but I decided to experiment with linking the blog posts in Facebook. We’ll see how it goes.

Spring Flower pictures

I like to go around my yard in the spring taking pictures of the pretty flowers in my yard.  Here are a few for you to look at:



Rex’s Conehead

Rex has been licking his foot lately. The people we got him from said he got hit by a car when he was a young dog and he apparently licks the scar on his foot as well as the joint where the vet says he has arthritis. He licks it so much that all the fur comes off and you can see his black skin underneath where it starts to chafe and get sore.


Rex’s conehead

Unfortunately for Rex, excessive licking means he’s stuck with a cone. The kids think the cone is hilarious but I think Rex looks pretty pathetic with it on. Fortunately, Rex has figured out how to still eat his food and drink his water with the cone on so we don’t have to constantly take it on and off and his sore is starting to heal.

‘Tis the Season

My kids have been asking me since before Thanksgiving when we were going to put up Christmas lights. The problem with Christmas lights is that I’m completely afraid of heights and can’t bear to get up on our roof again after the first time I put lights up several years ago. Last year I bought new lights but couldn’t bring myself to put them up. This year I found a great neighbor who isn’t afraid of heights and volunteered to climb up to the highest part of the roof (thanks Aaron!). While he was on the peak of the roof, I used the ladder to put the lights up around the lower portion of the roofs. In about a half hour we had the job done.

Thank goodness for good neighbors

We also decided to take a Christmas picture today. After about 10 different takes this was the best one we could come up with. Not sure what Diana is grumping about but everyone else is smiling…

Christmas 2010