Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sorry for the lack of pictures. These are from a family trip about a year ago. I saw the one of Ava and Carrie and since it hasn't been used yet, and I like it, well, here it is! The lake looks a lot the same, except that it's coming up, fast. About a foot a day the past few days!

The flight to Lake Powell last Friday was a bit of duck and dodge. There were some low clouds in our way which we had to go around. But, we only had to change course twice so it wasn't too bad and we arrived there safe and no less sound than when we left home!

We met up with 13 friends and had a great time. Burnt just over $1,100 in gas and covered parts of the lake from Wahweap to Bullfrog Marinas. Spent a couple of nights in Oak Canyon and a night in Reflection. Reflection is nice because it's so secluded and any beach is so small that it's just yours. Oak Canyon was nice too because with four boats, we had a semi-private beach. No one outside our group joined us. The water is still a bit too chilly to really enjoy it but the air felt good since Sunday afternoon. It was chilly on Saturday but we lived.

The flight home today was fun. We had a nice strong tail wind and climbed to 13,500 feet MSL. We hit 192 knots up there thanks to the tail wind. We dropped down to 11,500 MSL for most of the flight and had 172 knots there so we covered the ground quickly. Very little turbulence to mess with us either - just a couple of bumps over the ridges. No air traffic in our way and cleared straight into Salt Lake's airspace without delay.

This afternoon the airspace will close down to GA for a couple of hours so President Bush can visit Utah. Plus, Nick had to be back at school for a class so we came home earlier than expected, under mild protest from the pilot!

Now to catch up on the projects around the house and get in a bicycle ride.....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


She wanted her picture taken again, after her hair was done! Oh the vanity of youth!!!!!!


Yes, Maddy was in on the action as well. She loves the balloons, but accidentally let a few get loose. She is warming back up up to the camera too!

Happy Birthday Nick!



Today is NJ's sweet 16. Here are a couple of shots to remember the day. He got his first car today, and as you can see.... Really liked it!

OH HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. Here's remembering Wednesday, May 13, 1992. You weren't quite as tall that day, and now you certainly weigh more! You have more teeth and you talk a lot more. Haven't heard you coo in years and at least for now, you aren't using diapers. You feed yourself now, with food put lovingly on a plate by your mother. But perhaps the biggest change in life comes with your first car. Your ability to come and go and GO and GO and GO!

A really smart man once said "Oh be wise, what can I say more?"

Oh be wise and make good choices Nicholas. As you depart on the venture that goes from Mom and Dad, to you, into adulthood. One day you will be man and wife. Then kids of your own, and then before you know it, you'll have a car for your baby. With fear and anxiety, you'll provide a freedom to be cherished! And send them into the world, as we send you!

We love you Nick!


Don't enjoy this too much!

And good luck in all the great things that are surely in store for you!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Life has been a bit crazy again this week.

Extended family commitments have set the table for a relaxing week next week. We're preparing for a week of fishing that will lead into a surprise family birthday party at the end of the week. It won't matter if we catch fish or not, it's not about the fish. It's about the time with my brother enjoying nature! Life is for living and enjoying and that's the main point of this week.

Surely more to follow!


Prom time

On the piano