Monday, December 14, 2009

Last week, a friend, Paul Williams, called and asked me to grab my camera and come quickly to his house. He lives in our neighborhood just a stones throw away. So I did as he requested, and the following are some of over 100 pictures I was able to get of 4 eagles, 2 bald, and 2 golden, as they stood their ground and fought over dinner table time.--thanks for the call Paul

These images are of two eagles, fighting over dinner (deer carcass). Quite a sight, and check out their wingspan.

Here are some deer, playing in the meadow just above the feeding eagles

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Here is Ryan, National Finals Rodeo tickets in hand driving on I-15 on our way to Las Vegas, oh yeah, go Broncos!

Here we are on the steps of the Thomas and Mack center, 25 years, the home of the NFR in Las Vegas. Here's the grand entry from our seats the first night.

Friday afternoon we met up with Michael Judy and William, we went to the Bellagio water fountain show, the M&M factory, and later we went to the Donnie and Marie show. Then back to the Bellagio for the night light show.

Mike's family enjoying themselves at the Cowboy Christmas, a huge shopping extravaganza, full of rodeo and cowboy stuff, perfect for Christmas last minute shopping

Saturday night on the steps of Thomas and Mack center. Ready for another night of rodeo action. William had a blast and clapped and cheered for all the cowboys. He was worried for any of the rough stock riders that lost their hats.

Here we are posing in front of the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Here I am Sunday evening, getting ready for the Hymns of Thanksgiving with Dave Dillon. He and his wife Nina are moving to Seattle, and this will be his last year in the choir. He and I have sat on the back row of the choir (cause we're tall) for 3 years running. We will miss you Dave!

This is Sunday morning, two days after I took the picture of the deer. Yes, Fall has passed, and winter is here. This will soon be our sledding hill, first snow on our louge run. Bring the kids, hot chocolate and some warm clothes!

Fall in Garden Valley, these deer were grazing in the meadow behind our house, always a beautiful time of year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Well from the rodeo arena, to the basketball courts, time just keeps on going. Kuna middle school started their season and just like that, they are down to a handful of games.

Macy and gramma and grampa, just a couple more games and then their season is over.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Here I am with my 2009 vest. Ruth and I, together, Linda had a junior jammers concert for Bailey, so she couldn't be with us.

Saturday night, I went to Marsing to the awards banquet for the girls rodeo association. Here are some of the rodeo kids. Great awards, and a potluck dinner too.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Here is another, 'action' photo, by Kari Stetson, this was actually while I was announcing the Pre-show, junior rodeo.

A friend of mine, Mike Stetson, who works for the PressTribune Newspaper in Caldwell, anyway, his wife Kari, took this picture of me last summer at a rodeo(Caldwell Night Rodeo, Jr Show) I was about to announce.
On November 22, I will be participating in the Hymns of Thanksgiving Choir. Here I am, Sunday evening by the orchestra's kettle drums with drummer Mona and her friend. Although we look like we're a little crazy, we have some beautiful pieces, and Gov. Butch Otter and his wife are the narrators.

Busy weekend, Saturday night I had to DJ a dance in Emmet at the high school. Everything went well, these two girls rodeo, and are Gem county rodeo queens.

Kids, don't try this at home, this is a trained professional on a closed course. Saturday afternoon, and chores at home include getting rid of pine needles. So we added some starter helper and a ten foot fuse of gasoline and 'boom' goes the dynomite! Smores anyone? You can see mom in the background gathering more fuel for the fire. Jeff took over as photographer and loved the whole fire thing.

Our Saturday morning started with a service project at the church, raking leaves, followed by our family assignment to clean the indoors of the chapel. So, we raked and raked and raked, till there were no more leaves. Jeff Hessing came and helped rake, then he and I sang a duet with the choir on Sunday morning.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

In preparation for the upcoming winter snow storms and Christmas visits from all the grandchildren, I have built my own tubing run, a la the Winter Olympics. So here is the run prior to any snow. Every one is invited to come tubing this winter, and hopefully this will increase the speed and accuracy of each tube run! So, let it snow baby, let it snow!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Friday and Saturday, found us in Nampa, Idaho. ICA Finals Rodeo, Scooter LaCrone and I shared the stand for the championship rounds of the Idaho Cowboys Finals rodeo. Everything went well, and we had a great show. Looking forward for to bigger and better things with Scooter.