Thursday, July 16, 2015

Graduation and a party

Brenden right before he left to go graduate.

His entire class.  That's a ton of people.

I threw him a graduation party.  Here is a memory board of his life.  One picture I accidentally duplicated and I'm not sure how that happened since I had many people check the board over and over and over.  Can you spot my mistake?

Brenden's running awards, his picture from his Warrior Dash and another race we did as a family.

Most of our neighbors.  Well the neighbors we like anyway.  

My parents and my sister came from Ohio.  Too awesome!

My favorite family in the world.  The Dallons.  Their oldest daugher was at a birthday party so we missed her.

Jan with my nephew Ethan.

Another awesome family.  The Haacks.   Allison is Alyssa's piano teacher and a great friend of mine.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ran a Marathon!

I ran a marathon and did it well!  Very happy with how it went.

Here is the link if you want to read about it. Sunburst Marathon 2015 !

So happy that Jason was there to support me and be there at mile 14, 20 and 23 and of course the finish line!  Alyssa and Scott were there for parts of it as well.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jared's Addresses

If you want to write Jared for his birthday that is next Monday, June 15th, then here are two addresses:

Mission Home address:

Elder Jared A Clark
Colorado Fort Collins Mission
500 Hillspire Drive
Windsor, CO 80550

OR his apartment address is:

1180 Locust #1
Casper, WY 82604

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Caleb is engaged

Caleb is engaged to Megan DeCarlo. The wedding date is Saturday, September 26th in the Nauvoo temple. If you are planning on attending the wedding, reception or open house, please let me know so I can start planning where everyone is sleeping.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mini trip with friends

Near the beginning of January I was invited to go with my friends to Marco Island, Florida.  My friend Kim is a pilot and because of that stays in Marriott hotels all the time and earns points towards free rooms.  She used her points for the Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa in Marco Island  so we all stayed for FREE!  This picture is us in the airport.
This is the first night on our way to dinner.  Gorgeous Sunset!

A picture from our balcony in the hotel.
An Octopus I found on the beach.  It was very much alive so I put it back in the ocean.  Super cool find.
Laying out on the beach!

Some of the things I found.

View from our room.
A cooler morning after a huge storm.  Tons of shells on the beach.

My favorite drink.  A Virgin Pina Colada mixed with a Strawberry Daiquiri.

I was thinking of registering for a marathon again.  when I got home I did just that.

A sweet looking bird.

Shells washing up on the beach.  There were literally thousands of them.  Super awesome.

Running on the beach.  My friends took this picture.  I'm running into the birds.

Another view of me running.    I went running on the beach every single day that we were there.  It was AWESOME


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Scott Wrestling

Scott had a wrestling tournament at school.  He did a great job!
Getting ready to wrestle




Scott wins!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Alyssa in Show choir

In the last post I talked about what we did on Valentines day and mentioned Alyssa's show choir competition.  So here is the 2nd part of that post.

On Valentines Day Alyssa had a show choir competition at Benton High school in Van Horne, IA. Jason, Scott and I traveled the almost hour to be there to support her. She had 4 competitions total, however this one is done well, however really expensive to get in. It cost us each $10.00 to see her for 20 minutes. I guess we could have stayed longer and watched lots of show choirs, but we were really only there to see her.  I was able to get a few pictures, however most were blurry.  Only one turned out really nice.  She has her final show choir concert this weekend, so I'll be sure to get more pictures!
Here is Alyssa during her show choir performance.  

After the performance in another show choir outfit.  She thought her hair was too big.  I agree, however she is still gorgeous.

On our drive home we saw this.  What the heck is a house doing at the top of a silo?  Whatever, it's just weird.

Valentines Day

First Jason, Scott and I went out to see Alyssa in her show choir competition which you will see pictures of in the next post. Then we went out to lunch at one of my favorite places to eat, Red Robin.  We never get to go there because it's 30 minutes North of our home, but this time we were almost there because of having to travel for the Show Choir competition.  The bummer about Red Robin on this day was this:  It was one of those times where the server never refills your water, never checks on you unless you literally wave you hand and has to be asked to bring your check. It was really a bad experience and because of that I didn't tip him well because he simply didn't deserve it at all. Other than that Valentines day was just like any other day. We don't do anything special, or buy things. If you can't tell your family and friends that you love them all the time, then why do it on this day?
This is us waiting to be seated.

Picture at Red Robin.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jim McDonough's Holiday Grande 2014 show

While Caleb was still on his mission he was contacted by Jim McDonough, (Link about who Jim McDonough is)about the Holiday Grande 2014 show. Jim asked Caleb if he would like to be head of Lights and sound for an upcoming tour. They worked out a deal and when Caleb arrived home from his mission he went to work on the set of the Holiday Grande show.

I was able to help him with one of his shows in Cedar Rapids at the Paramount Theater.  Basically I just moved stuff around for a long time, and then brought him breakfast.  My parents happened to be here at Thanksgiving time and since this show was during that weekend they were able to see the show!  How awesome.  Here are some pictures I took and some pictures from the internet.

Caleb hard at work to get the show running.
Caleb during set up.
Getting ready to start the show, making sure the set was okay.

Jason, Scott and Brenden, waiting for the show to begin.

My parents with Caleb.

Before the show.

Alyssa and I waiting for the show to begin.

Here is a link to a bio About Caleb
During the show.

Another picture during the show.

The front of the program.
Caleb's picture in the program
In the program there was a write up called "Meet the Directors"  Here is what is said behind Caleb's picture:  Caleb Clark, Technical Director/Lighting Designer is from Iowa City, and started his company, Spectra Technical, LLC, in 2011.  Caleb has lit and produced shows for many incredible organizations and companies, from the National Ballet Company of Mexico City, to the Sa'id Music and Dance Company of Los Angeles, to many local schools and events.  Caleb has experience working in over 50 unique venues throughout the state of Iowa, and his lighting designs have been used as far away as the West Coast in addition to his backstage work, Caleb is a classically trained percussionist, an avid proponent of the arts, and a two-year IHSMA All-State Vocalist.  Caleb is an Eagle Scout, and can often be found volunteering his time to those in need.  He recently returned fro a two-year volunteer mission in Southern California.  Caleb is grateful for the opportunity to work with the production team of this incredible tour, and to help further the work of Camp Courageous.