Archive for May, 2009

Memorial Day

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2009 by blog648

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Remember, it’s more than a day for campouts, picnics and a  day off. It’s a day to memorialize those who fell defending our freedom.  So in their honored memory, the flag is flying today at blog648dashtwo.

Get together

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2009 by blog648

Last night we attended a family get together/barbecue at Brad and Jodi’s house. All the kids were there except for Noelle and her family.

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Cindy was there with her little boy Kai.

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Little Gus was in attendance, just being his mellow little self.

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Here’s little Gus with Uncle Jared.

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Here are first cousins Dutch and Kai. Kai is older than Dutch by three weeks. Neither of them were particularly thrilled to be “imprisoned” in the play pen.

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Here are Mama Susan and Hattie Mae jumping on the trampoline.

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Here’s Izac, who has developed a lot of confidence since he took a gymnastics class this spring.

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Here he climbs to the top bar of the swing set…

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…and throws a leg over to hang by his knees.

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Here are three monkey brothers: Jacob, Izac and Anson.

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As I said, Izac has developed a lot of confidence since taking that class.

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Here are Jared and his two boys Skylar and Dutch mounting up for a ride on Uncle Brad’s motorcycle.

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And away they go!

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I think Dutch is an aspiring motocross racer like his big brother Skylar. Well, he’ll have to wait three more years before he can race. The youngest riders at the RMR Plaza Cycle Motocross Park are four years old.

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Here are Jodi and Brad.

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Anson is about 11 months old and not quite walking yet.

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He likes his Aunt Cindy.

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And sometimes you don’t have to coax him very much to mug for the camera.

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I could only coax a bare hint of a smile out of Kai, though.

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Here are Mama Mindy and Dutch.

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Here they render their version of “Popcorn Poppin’ On the Apricot Tree.”

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I was just a little worried he might poke himself with that sucker stick, but no problem.

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Here’s Kai with Cousin Dutch and Uncle Jared.

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And here’s Hattie, bouncing on the tramp and mugging for the camera.

Skylar’s Very Bad Horrible No Good Day (or Night).

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2009 by blog648

Last night the whole family went to Plaza Cycle Motocross Park at Rocky Mountain Raceways to watch Skylar race in the motocross. Jodi was there with her three boys. Chris and Susan came with Hattie and Gus. Grandpa Jack and Grandma Laura came, too. And of course Jared and Mindy were there with little Dutch.

This was the third race of the season, and Skylar was leading  in the point standings and was looking forward to defending that title. If he did well it would put him in great shape to contend for the overall championship in the 85cc beginner class. He was stoked and ready to compete.

Then it happened. While in the staging area getting ready, minutes away from the start of his race, his throttle cable broke. It was irrepairable with no spare parts available. He was out of the race before it began.

Needless to say, we were all horribly disappointed, but no one more than Skylar. He took it very, very hard. He was inconsolable, even though everyone tried to make him feel better. His mother pointed out that he still had about 15 more races through out the whole summer and a lot could happen. Laura overheard Jake saying that Skylar would never race again. She didn’t know if he had overheard Skylar say that or if he was just offering his own 4-year-old’s perspective.

Every cowboy gets bucked off once in a while. Only the real cowboys pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and get back on the horse. Or motorcycle, or whatever.

So what’s going to happen? Will Skylar’s dad get the throttle cable fixed in time for him to ride in the next race, just 15 days away? Will Skylar be able to pull himself together and ride with the skill and determination that had served him so well in his previous races? Will he be able to play the catch up game, and come from behind? Only time will tell. Stay tuned.

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My own perspective is that it’s a long summer, and if Skylar can go through the next 15 races or however many he has left, and the worst thing that happens is a broken throttle cable, he’ll be in really great shape. Also, if he can go through life and the worst that happens to him is that he loses a motocross race, he’ll have led a charmed life indeed.

Christian’s Big Day

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2009 by blog648

Yesterday my son Christian graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. I’m very proud.

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Here he poses with wife Susan and daughter Hattie. Gustave Jack was taking a nap.

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Of course, first we had to endure, er, I mean listen to some speeches by various dignitaries, such as the dean of the college of fine arts…

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And a valedictory…

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and the chair of the graphic design department.

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And then, they handed out the awards. Finally, it was Christian’s turn.

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His moment of glory had arrived.

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Hattie was proud of her daddy.

Later we drove down to Orem and had dinner at Carabba’s Restaurant where we had a very fine meal.

Motocross Racing

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2009 by blog648

 

Our grandson Skylar, age 12, has started motocross racing. Here he is in his 2nd race.

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 Plaza Cycle Motocross Park at Rocky Mountain Raceways is the venue.

Here are the point standings to date in the 85cc beginner class:

 

 

     

85CC BEGINNER

     

Place

Make

Racing Nbr

Name

Points Earned

Points Earned

Total Points

1

KTM

15

Skylar Petersen

25

14

39

2

KTM

144

Parker Curtis

16

22

38

3

SUZ

64

Jacob Sipe

20

16

36

4

SUZ

229

Zachary James

22

13

35

5

HON

78

Trevor Barney

14

15

29

6

YAM

10

Taylor Sainsbury

 

25

25

7

HON

7

Rilyn Vandemerwe

 

20

20

8

UNK

111

Austin Iverson

 

18

18

9

KAW

33

Jerzee Payzant

18

 

18

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UNK

7

Riley Vendermeure

15

 

15

YAM

5

Evan Crawford

13

 

13

SUZ

727

Rayjun Ewell

 

12

12

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Soccer Finale

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2009 by blog648

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