Monday, October 26, 2009

holy costume, batman!

Just another Batman costume picture, right? But if you know this kid, you see the significance of the costume. Kolby believes he actually is Batman. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he'll tell you, "Batman." On the first day of preschool he told his teacher that his name is Batman. Right now, as I type (it's 8:30am,) he is wearing his Batman get-up and holding one Batman toy in each hand. (super)hero.

His Dad is not usually one to believe in buying costumes for Halloween (AKA he's cheap) (sorry, honey, you know it's true,) but he came home from the mall with this one. He said he just couldn't resist. I'm so glad he couldn't!

Once again, I know it's not a contest winner, but I just had to join. Iheartfaces is too much fun!

To see all the other wonderful costume pictures, or to join the challenge yourself, click on the button:

Friday, October 23, 2009

my little buddy

Now is he cute, or is he CUTE!?

You just gotta go see the other pics of this little guy on my photo blog...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

sun washed autumn bliss

Somebody stop me! I can't stop taking pictures of this beautiful little town I live in. Sometimes when you look around, does your heart just want to burst with thanksgiving for the gorgeousness that makes up this world!!??

Even garbage day is beautiful!!

They say New England is beautiful this time of year. Hard to believe it could be any more beautiful than little old Springville!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I haven't read Gerald Lund's newest book, Undaunted, about Hole in the Rock, but after this weekend, I can't wait to devour it!

This last weekend Clint an Amy had plans to go to the world famous Bryce Canyon and we totally invited ourselves along went with them.

We endured enjoyed the long fight drive to get there, swam, got a good night's rest, and loaded up early the next morning for one of the longest drives on a dirt road I have ever taken an adventure.

I seriously thought we'd never get there but We soon arrived at Hole in the Rock and watched as other tourists shook their heads in awe at our stupidity in taking so many little boys on such a treacherous hike started our hike.

We really were amazed, thinking that early settlers of the area had to blast this hole through the rock so that they could lower their WAGONS through this pass and down to Lake Powell. You just can't appreciate how difficult this must have been until you've been on this incredibly dangerous terrain. I would have been a dead Pioneer.

We almost made it the whole way to the lake, but then I begged and pleaded with everyone to turn back helped everyone see the reason in turning back before the kids tired out.

After we made our way back to the top, we dragged our tired, exhausted bodies climbed back into our beautiful cars and gave a prayer of thanks that we have things like air conditioning, four-wheel drive, and cushioned seats. We truly gained an appreciation for what those settlers did.

After 3,000 more hours on the same blasted road another jaunt back on the same dirt road, Clint allowed Kenyon to drive the jeep everyone safely and legally buckled in, we arrived at our second incredibly dangerous and treacherous destination: the Slot Canyons.

Right at the beginning of this little hike, we found a very dangerous, very poisonous, very terrifying looking baby snake, resting in the bottom of one of the crevasses and it started to make me panic totally impressed the boys. I then freaked out to Kent, telling him we were running out of daylight and that I was NOT hiking back through these snake-infested slot canyons in the dark asked if we should perhaps think of turning back while we still had daylight, but everyone lied to assured me that we would come out the other end and safely loop back to our cars before nightfall.

It was an incredible hike through the slot canyon. We saw such amazing rock creations and were loving every minute of it until we RAN OUT OF DAYLIGHT told you so and had quite a terrifying, panic-inducing an adventure trying to find our way back to the car.

Kyler was a crying, screaming, panicking mess bit nervous, but we eventually made it back to our cars, and once again counted our many blessings. Needless to say, we slept like rocks that night.

The next day was blissfully peaceful much less adventurous, but beautiful and breathtaking nonetheless. Some of the kids were raving, grouchy lunatics a little tired from the day before, so we kind of took it easy. First we hiked up a small waterfall at Mossy Cave, and then we got a free park pass from a stranger and all crammed into one tiny car decided to go into Bryce Canyon to see the sights.

The sky was just absolutely incredible this day. It was so blue that I even heard the weatherman talking about it on the news that night. I was so glad we had been out to enjoy and notice it!

Gosh we had a great time. What an adventure. Thanks, guys, for letting us horn in on your party inviting us along! Cousins are the absolute BEST!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

super skinny bodies

Because I've been studying the world of photography lately, I have been watching this story with great interest. Here's the controversy...

This is an honest to goodness ad. Can you believe it? In my experience with Photoshop I've learned some tricks, and I'm pretty sure I could make just about anyone look just like this ad. Yikes!

According to Extra!, ' On Thursday, Polo Ralph Lauren released the following statement about the retouched ad: "For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."'

I hope everyone reads this story, because it really says something about the way women are portrayed in the media. They're just not real, and I think we need to fight for some more real women in the media. Yay Dove! I just love their latest commercial featuring women of all shapes and sizes, embracing their beauty for all the right reasons. We need to learn to be more forgiving of ourselves! (Though, admittedly, I've been known to Photoshop myself on occasion:)

kolby's girlfriend

This is Kolby's girlfriend. Since Kolby has been sick for a week, he hasn't played with her in six days. Kolby is going through withdrawal. Yesterday we were sitting in front of her at church. Kolby was the best he's ever been. He just sat backwards in his chair and stared at her the whole time. I think he's in love, and I think it has a lot to do with her adorable new haircut (or maybe it's her sparkly eyes!) Anyhow, absence has certainly made his heart grow fonder. To see more pictures of Kolby's girlfriend and her beautiful family, visit my photo blog.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

autumn eye candy

Kolby has been under the weather this week, so this morning we went on a field trip to hunt for photography treasures. Here are all the wonderful sights we found... (and by the way, all of these spots would be fantastic for photo shoots...let's DO IT!!! Visit my website at

I love clever people!
Happy Autumn everyone!!