Sunday, May 27, 2012

Coby's Senior Year

Coby's Senior Year is almost over.  He has worked, he has played, he has won, he has lost, he has performed and he has succeeded.  Coby has been to Boys State, he has performed for the Jive show choir, he has kept up a part time job at Smiths, he has completed his Duty to God, he has graduated from Seminary, he has been accepted to 3 universities, he has traveled to Mexico on a service project, he has played on the Varsity Tennis team and next week he will graduate from Twin Falls High School with a 4.0 except for a couple of B's.  :-)

As parents, it is our duty to take some pictures of him along the way and record his experiences for posterity.   So, below, I'll put a few of the pictures we took of Coby during his Senior Year of High School.

Way to go COBY!!!!

We are hoping that Coby is able to find a full time job working this summer to help cover the costs of his housing and tuition at school this fall.  Coby has decided to attend BYU and is preparing to go down to Provo in August.  His apartment has been arranged and he has selected some classes he will be taking.  He is excited to get out into the real world and experience life on his own.  His parents are a little reluctant to let him go but know he will be successful in what ever he chooses to do in college.  At this point, Coby plans to attend a full year at BYU Provo and submit his papers to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the end of next summer.  He then plans to serve a 2 year mission for the LDS church wherever the Lord would like him to preach the gospel.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Garden Again?

Last year my garden was pathetic. It started out strong, rows and rows of different veggies.  Of course, my radishes are always successful, they grow like weeds.  Maybe it is because they are from the "weeds" family.  They kinda taste like weeds according to my kids.  My loose leaf lettuce usually grows quick and full.  My beans and peas grow at an OK rate of speed and we usually harvest them early because we are excited to eat fresh peas.  But, after the first month of garden heaven, our interest in the garden starts to wain.  The tomatoes haven't produced yet.  The potatoes look like just another weed in the garden.  The radishes that I didn't eat, go to seed and the beans and peas have produced their two pea pods and we ate them as soon as they were ready.  From then on, all of the vegetables that take a while to produce are forgotten and the weeds begin to take over.  We leave for a weekend for one activity or another and I look out the back window and can hardly identify my garden anymore.  By late summer my garden is overgrown with weeds and I can't even find any of the plants I had waited so long to harvest.  My tomato plant can't breath anymore, my potatoes have been over-run by weeds and have given in to not having any sunlight.

Now, why in the world would I start another garden?  I talked to my sister living in Boise and told her about my gardening plight.  She recommended a new path.  "Have a special family home evening", she advised, "and tell all of the family that you aren't doing the garden alone this year.  If you want a garden, everyone will need to help."  It was great advise.  I had grand visions of each child in the family taking a section of the garden and weeding it, cultivating it, and harvesting a bounteous cornucopia of vegetables for our family's enjoyment.  I marched right home from this brief meeting and announced to my family that we will not have a garden this year unless everyone helps out.  Everyone looked at me like I was a little crazy and retorted right back with the same enthusiasm.  "Ok, we are fine without having a garden".  I looked around the room and everyone but Katie was nodding with approval.  Katie raised her hand and said, "I'll help you with the garden Dad."  So, there you have it.  What was I to do?

Well, today was the deciding day.  It is Memorial Day weekend.  I have some free time on Saturday but it was raining very hard.  Everything was wet and the garden plot was muddy.  I guess it just wasn't going to happen this year.  But, for some reason, I still had this small yearning to plant something and watch it grow.  Was it the deeply rooted genes from my ancestors that compel me to be a farmer?  Was it the call of a prophet that each family should have a small garden in case of hard times?  Was it the thrill of spring when all the world starts turning green?  Is it the excitement of seeing something magical happen in a small patch of brown dirt?  I don't know, but whatever it was, I succumbed to the pressure and started a garden today.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Savanna's Clogging Recital

Here are some videos of Savanna's Clogging Recital for 2012.  She went to the National Competition in Utah a couple of weeks ago and performed these exact dances before the judges.  She received a 1st place in her solo freestyle dance, a 1st in her duet dance, a 1st in her team A Capella dance, 1st in one of her group dances and a 2nd in her final group number.

The dance studio she performs with is called Rocky Top Cloggers.  Her dance team name is "Pride".  They did really well this year and savanna brought home a ton of metals.  Plus, we were able to go to Lagoon for one day and have some fun.  Congratulations Savanna on your awards.

Below are all of these dances that we taped from her 2012 dance recital.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Katie Soccer Video

This weekend I had the pleasure of going to Katie's soccer game.  This was the last one of the season so I took my video camera.  Last week Katie made 5 goals so I was prepared to get lots of footage of her kicking goals.  It was not to be.  The last team they played this season was very good, very fast and had some good defensive players.  So, only one goal was kicked by each team.  HOWEVER, KATIE WAS THAT ONE GOAL KICKER FOR HER TEAM!

So, here is a small video showing some of Katie's best moves including her goal at the very end of the clip.

Great Job Katie!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

200 videos?

I was on Youtube this past week and I noticed that I had over 200 videos uploaded!!!  Wow, 200 videos?  That is very cool, well, maybe it's really dorky but I thought it was cool.  So, I started working on a video announcing this event.  Then, after many attempts and a dweeby video, I noticed that my uploads were at 200 but I only had 195 actual videos live on YouTube.  So, I haven't hit 200 yet.  :-(  Very sad.

So, here is my lame attempt at announcing that I have now 200 videos on YouTube, even though I really don't.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

It has taken me a little while but I have finally purchased iMovie for my iPad and tried to figure out how it works.  So, I took some video that was already on my iPad and tried to arrange it into a few clips so I could figurine out how everything works.  So, this is my first video that I have made and uploaded to YouTube.  I was amazed at how easy it was to use, but I was disapointed that it wasn't quite as powerful as I had expected.  The worst part was that I could not figure out how to send a video from my PC to my iPad.  I don't know how to do it.  I tried everything from using itunes, to uploading vids to drop box with no success.

Anyway, here is the short little video I edited with my iPad.