Monday, July 28, 2014

Sand Fire Update

With the Sand Fire no longer spreading here's a perspective of the area that was burned relative to Folsom.     Pretty close!   But also much different terrain as it is much more mountainous.  51 structures including 13 homes were ultimately burned by the fire and at its peak there were nearly 2,000 firefighters working it.  

Climbing Ropes!

Jack got to experience a little climbing at the State Fair too!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The "Sand" Fire

A fire broke out late Friday afternoon in Amador county in almost the exact location we were visiting (wine tasting with friends) earlier that day.   It quickly grew into a huge plume as photographed with my new Christmas/Birthday lens!   A wide-angle.!

The plume and everything to the left is smoke!

Gladiolus Match Purple Piano

Steph stumbled upon some gladiolus at Trader Joe's and snapped them up. They are huge and they also go nicely with our piano!

I remember that once upon a time there was a gladiolus farm "across the bypass" in Jonesboro and that once a bunch of zebras escaped and they found them in the gladiolus field snacking!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A License Right Up Dad's Alley!

Yeap!  Somebody actually had this plate made.   Dad - my guess is it is still available in Arkansas if you are so inclined.   I prefer the only "custom" plate I've ever had made.... "JACKETS"

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grammy Museum Tour

On the most recent trip to LA I had a chance to tour the Grammy Museum. I'd never heard of the museum and it seemed to be pretty new. The price was a reasonable $10 and while it doesn't come close to covering the spectrum of music that the Grammy Awards have covered it was pretty neat. Strangely enough, the band that got the most exposure - through a ~20' long exhibit was Cheap Trick. Not even sure if they've won a Grammy but the exhibit was interesting.

Little to no mention of groups like U2, The Eagles and the list goes on. But still an interesting way to spend an hour or two.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Scooby-Doo Cereal on Clearance

No surprise this stuff is on clearance.  Between the color and the prominent location of Scooby ready to eat it looks way too much like a box of dog biscuits.

Case in point.  As Jack is watching my type out this blog post I asked him if it looks like cereal or dog food.  He responded immediately with dog food.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Excited Girl in Her Big Girl Bed

After months of trying we finally got Elle's big girl bed built. The months long saga could be a blog post in and of itself. The end result was worth it as Elle was on cloud 9 with her own "big girl" bed clad in lots of pink! Let's hope she's as good in it as Jack was during his transition!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Dance Party

Nothing beats dancing on the patio!   Jack demonstrates a few of his hip-hop moves...

Michigan / Montreal Hodgepodge

As our first "sabbatical trip wraps up here are some early pictures. There are lots so will post a few more of the best ones later!

Old Town Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal

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