Sunday, December 30, 2007
In any event we made it home and it was about 15 degrees warmer here than in Salt Lake City so I can't complain. I just wish we had a lot more snow here.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
After the first snowstorm a snowman was made on the railing of Tim and Stefani's front porch. Sometime afterwards, two pointy ears were added and then he was referred to as snow bunny, but after two days of intense sunshine snow bunny ended his own life and dived off of the railing into the snowy abyss below. In my grief I created snow bunny two. I thought he resembled a real rabbit much more than the first snow bunny did; however everyone here referred to him as "Snow Pig". An unfair name in my book since Snow Pig was very cute and loved by all. Unfortunately on Christmas Eve when Tim and Stefani went to the store to get supplies for Christmas Dinner, Gran and I took the liberty of stringing Christmas lights all over the front of their house (so much for their non decorating tradition) and also found a nice Christmas candle for Snow Pig to hold. Once lit and forgotten about, Snow pig was badly burned to the point of requiring snow skin grafts. After the second snow storm and again an intense day of sunshine Snow Pig also dived into the snowy abyss beyond the railing of the front porch. Proving that snow is no match for the intense sunshine of the great Rocky Mountains.
So in reality it has been a little slow around here. Slow but nice, with a lot of food to eat. I have never been so tired from doing so little. I keep trying to convince myself that it is the altitude that is making me feel lethargic and not all the junk I have been eating.
We had a good Christmas Day but unfortunately Thane had some sort of virus on Christmas Eve that had him up sick about every twenty minutes all night long. Instead of listening for Santa he was listening to his stomach to tell him when he needed to make for the bathroom. Poor little guy was wiped out this morning but was still ready and excited to open presents. Kids are amazing.
It snowed all night, about six inches in all. So after breakfast, presents, and a little visiting we headed outside into the sunshine for a little snowball fight. Ever wanted to whop your Mother-in-Law with a snowball? I didn't either; but I will admit I might have accidentally walloped her at least one good one. My (possible) direct hit was nothing however compared to Thane's sacking her on the edge of the porch. His body weight hit her a little low and she went sailing. It was definitely Superbowl material! Aside from that we had a nice quiet day with way too much food and great company.
Unfortunately it is time to head for home tomorrow but we really enjoyed our stay and the time to relax with family in the wonderful Wyoming sunshine.
A little tired but still on his feet.
Sandi, Thane, and I on an outing in the great Wyoming sunshine.
Some Alaska Wildlife in Wyoming.
Thane's loot from Santa.
Stefani, Gran, Sandi, and Thane lazing about on Christmas day.Thane's Sacking of Gran, not bad for a 48lb little guy.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Cowboy Joe and his trusty broom horse Ben Two free range eggs overeasy, please
Hanging out with the sheep
All American Cowboy 2007
Hold on tight, Jackalope are known to buck
End of the Trail; Cowboy putting books back into his backpack
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
On the way to find a Christmas tree.
Yup, I was pretty sure it was Wyoming but this proves it....
Into the trees we go.....
Sunday, December 16, 2007
On the way home I got to spend two nights in London to sight see a little. I think there are somewhere around 7 million people in London and I'm pretty sure all but a few of them were on one of the trains we tried to get on while we were downtown. To say that London is a really busy place would be a huge understatement. I can't imagine trying to commute to work on a daily basis into downtown. However I will say that they have a really good commuter train system.
We were blessed with a blue sky day which is rare I think for London in December. The days are pretty short there also, I think it started getting light about 7am and dark between 5 and 5:30. It is a little hard to tell when you are amongst all of the tall buildings though.
London is definately a place I want to visit again.
Here are a few pictures on my way out of Algeria and while in London.
A drilling rig amongst the dunes.
The flares from the refinery at Hassi Messaoud.
The southern coast of England.
Flying over England.
Heading down into the Tube.
The streets of downtown London.
Tower Bridge over the Thames River.
One of the gates once inside the original drawbridge.
Makes you feel pretty small on the time scale.
One of the original walls, even before the English.
Tower built on the same Roman Wall.
One of many suits of armour on display.
I don't remember for sure but somwhere near Piccidilly Circus.
On our walkabout.
The train we passed trying to squeeze onto, twice! This wasn't even rush hour.
AHH, to be home again!
The dunes were beautiful but this is my favorite view!
The sunset was something I missed also!