Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Catching up again!

I really wanted to post about the first family visit we have had since moving here in May. Mark and Bill, my dad & grandpa flew from LA to see us for President's day weekend. My dad actually flew to LA from Philly a few days before and then they came together. So we had a really nice visit with LOTS of sightseeing and eating out.

This pic is from out visit to nearby Antelope Island which is in the Great Salt Lake and has a causeway built out to it. It is a State Park and has a visitor's center and lots to see. This is Grandpa, myself and Ben enjoying our first Bison sighting at the visitor center...a neat piece of artwork, but nowhere near as cool as the real thing.

I stood behind Ben as he took some pics of the Bison about 50 yards away from us. They are rather large animals and can be aggressive, so intimidation is certainly a factor when they are in the wild like this.

Dad and Ben took a ski lift up to the peak of Mt Ogden from Snowbasin Ski Resort. It was pretty cold, so Grandpa & I opted for the world-class lodge, coffee and a cookie. :) The view was apparently quite a site...not to mention watching the expert skiers just hop right off of the peak into ungroomed territory. :) The view is of Ogden.

Here is the best pic of bison from our Antelope Island adventure. A herd was crossing the road we were travelling on and this guys stopped to drink from a puddle at the edge of the roadway...literally a few feet away from our stopped car. Pretty dang cool! We did see some antelope from the car as well, but they were too far away for pictures. I took time to apologize to them, though, that one of their brother's heads is now on the wall of our friends' house. Ben said he wasn't sorry b/c antelope steaks are yummy...yep, this is the west!

So I think Spring is finally on it's way with the sun back out and 50 degree weather this week. It can't come too soon this year. Although we are starting to see grass and curbs again, we won't be rid of the snow in our yards still for a few more really sunny days. I am so ready to be back out hiking and biking again. In the meantime we will try and get in a few more days of skiing and sledding. It really is fun, so we'll enjoy it while we can in the next month or so...but I am eager for the sun and warmth of May and June. SIGH...

In other news we are both official volunteers with YFC Teen Parents here in Ogden and are excited to be leaving in a few minutes for a meeting with the teens. Tonight's lessons are on Discipline and also Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemene. I am so excited to get to know the teens and their kids. What a blessing to be a part of something that we are both passionate about. Please pray for our involvement, that God would use us in mighty ways in this ministry and that our hearts and minds would be open to His will as we see Him glorified. Also pray for the ministry and for our teens and other staff. Prayer is so powerful and these teens have lots of other powerful forces at work in their lives, we need all the help we can get to make an impact for Christ on them.

Ok, last but not least....Congrats to Matt and Theresa Clark on the birth of their son Cameron this week. I don't have any pics yet, but I will put them up when I get them. I am told that he is beautiful. His mom is a gorgeous Vietnamese woman and his dad is a handsome blonde irishman. I can't wait to see what gorgeous creation God has blessed them with in this young one. Congrats Aunt Kel!

Friday, February 8, 2008

I was tagged...

Natta tagged me to...

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages.)

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people.

"She hated having visitors in the house while her health was so indifferent, and lovers were of all people the most disagreeable. Such were the gentle murmurs of Mrs. Bennet, and they gave way only to the greater distress of Mr. Bingley's continued absence. Neither Jane nor Elizabeth were comfortable on this subject."

If you don't know what book this is...Well, I just don't know what to should read more classics. :)

I will tag Stephanie, Krystal, Jake, and since I don't know who checks our blog, I will have to hope at least someone else does this and posts it in the comments...

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Too much of a good thing.....

So, Esther told me I shouldn't blog about snow so much, and I was going to try and honor that, but last night we came home from a meeting to find this in the ceiling:

It really has snowed. A lot. But I guess over 3 feet sitting on the roof isn't a good thing. One of the load-bearing studs was not fastened to a rafter in the attic. It was convieniently left against the plaster ceiling. As the roof sagged a bit, it had nowhere to go but through the plaster. So, nothing like burning vacation time up in the attic, sucking in insulation and fixing it! After bracing it as best as I could, I'm waiting now for a roofing company to come and clear off all the snow weight.

This picture was two storms ago....

We're pretty lucky though. On the other side of the canyon, they've gotten twice as much snow. Houses with porches built above ground have lost them, as the snow slides off it has enough weight to shear off the porch! Wildlife and Hunting groups are starting to feed herds of mule deer and moose as they can't forage anymore in over 6 feet of snow. It's a wierd Western controversy, because the herds are kept larger for hunting (what hunters want) and aren't thinned out by wolves or coyotes (who are killed off by cattle/ranching interests), so the West ends up with some herds that are larger than they should be.

Our front yard won't melt out for a while. The yard actually slopes down from the sidewalk to the street.... Our Honda is almost invisible.

Ok, for Esther's sake (she really has it rough with a long commute and snow every other day) we found a really nice TV cabinet (that's guy talk for the french word for TV cabinet that I can't spell). So it's been great to tidy up the living room, and close up the TV when we're not using it. The cats were intrigued with the new addition to the house.

Other than shoveling, we'll be straightening up the house in anticipation of Esther's Dad and Grandpa visiting over President's day weekend. We're hoping to show them a good time with a Star Burger, a Gondola ride, and hopefully a moose sighting. We'll keep you posted!