Wednesday, April 30, 2008


We have been married 30 years as of Monday the 28th! We think that is a big deal. To celebrate Dad and I took a trip to the keys in Florida.We rented a cute little house with a hot tub
in the back yard.

We saw the light house and went to the most southern point of the United States. Along with that we saw the most southern hotel, hokey rink, house etc, etc, etc...

We took pictures of unique looking homes, oldest home,

sailboats at sunset and some of the more interesting locals (didn't I see this guy in Mary Poppins?)

there was an unusually tall couple checking into this hotel.

We found the beginning and end of US1 depending on if you are coming or going.(this is the very same highway that runs in front of our neighborhood.)

This is a banyan tree blow this picture up to get a better look.

This is another type of tree, I forget it's name but they use it to fill life jackets like the Mae West kind. can't use if for cloths though because it falls apart.

We ate at the local establishments (this is the salad I broke my tooth on)

We rented a scooter to tour the town and that was done very quickly so we left Key West and went exploring. we went down one road that looked some what remote and came to an area that had tall fence and seemed that it should say "No Trespassing" but it didn't so we went through the gate that was open. a 1/2 mile in to this remote area the scooter broke down. a family showed up and we asked them to help us and they did try to get the scooter going but they couldn't give us a ride back to town as they were going fishing. So we walked the bike out the 1/2 mile and just then another small truck came by with young men in it. we offered them money to take us back to town and they were hesitant but then said yes after they dropped the beer off at their party some ways back in there. so we waited and after sometime they came back and loaded the bike in the truck and as we drove into town we learned a bit about the place where we had been. It's not a real well known place, it was military property but he didn't think it was to bad to be there as the cops had come to one of his party's and visited and then left. He explained that there were several of these huge canals that the military had blasted out to hide submarines during world war II and that the snorkeling in these canals was great. We went back to the area in our car and drove a little further and saw 5 or six of these canals one had a bunch of these interesting jelly fish in it. these other pictures are of dad trying to decide if he was going in or not and then he did. (different canal than the jelly fish)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Guys and Dolls

Jordyn's school play has finally put on the performances and we are done with nightly practices. Jordyn did really well and I took a couple of pictures that didn't work so well as we tried to do it without flash. someone will have to teach us how to use our camera.

here is a clip of one of Jordyn's lines and a little short clip of one of her favorites song scenes. (she's not in that one)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hollywood Disney with the Christiansens

While we waited at the park entrance for the Christiansen's to arrive we entertained ourselves by having our pictures taken with Jordyn.

Then the Christiansen's arrived and the fun really began.

We had the line waiting thing down no problem.

we saw beauty and the beast (this is ann's favorite color of pink)

and speaking of beauty's - Erin, Kelli and Jordyn were just some of the beauty's in our group. Just look at all these beauty's.

this was supposed to be a wet ride. Dad really wanted to get wet but it didn't happen.
Blake has a really bad cold this whole trip with huge headaches but he was cheerful the entire day anyway.

The entire day was a big hit. Mom even liked the elevator ride, the one where it drops extremely fast and then shoots back up and drops again and again and again.
The biggest hit of the day for us was the stunt driving cars. 4 small cars zip around in a small area doing mock chase scenes. it amazed us how fast they would be going and then they would spin around in a little circle and stop on a dime side by side. Wish we had pictures to show you.
The evening for us ended with an amazing light show. Parts of the show they would shoot sheets of water in the air and show movie scenes on it.

At the end of the day we are happy, entertained and ever grateful for good friends.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Jordyn goes to Mormal

Here are a few of the shots we took of Jordyn before she left for the church dance.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Ali and Brandon came out to spend conference weekend with us. Saturday between conferences we went to the beach. the wind was blowing like crazy and our belongings got buried in sand, the water was a little to rough to enjoy but we all got sunburned in the short time we were there.
Sunday we enjoyed the talks and in between meetings we took a Sunday drive, barbecued ribs and shrimp (see web site for recipe's). after the meetings I gave Brandon a hair cut, we ate brownies and played It Came To Pass.
Here are pictures of Brandon before and after his hair cut. Kind of makes you want to ask "which
one's the beast and which is the beauty. :-)