Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Steve McQueen seemed like one cool dude. I mean, he didn't get that nickname for nothing. He rode dirt bikes, drove fast cars, had a cool place in Palm Springs...c'mon. I recently got inspired when I saw LIFE put out the 20 never seen photos of him. He was a great actor, but it seemed like he couldn't wait to leave Hollywood. The actor, the runner, the smoker, the outsider, the anti-hero. And the motorcyclist.
I was watching a youtube video about his race at the Elsinore Grand Prix, in the movie "On Any Sunday" and how he helped popularize the sport, as well as the style of trials riding.
My first dirt bike was a '77 Kawasaki trials bike that my dad bought for me for $250. I miss dirt bike riding; a. because I was pretty good, but mostly because dad and my brother would get up early Saturday morning, load our bikes and head for the woods. The challenge around every turn, the feeling of being free and comradery of father and sons...all while trying to brand our own sense of 'coolness'.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010


This edition of Steph Sunday includes a sneak peek of the nursery.
The owl is from Wendy at Buttercupbloom .

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Friday, March 26, 2010


Took these photos while out on a bike ride. Shot with an Olympus XA2 and cheap film.
Today is another great day to go cycling. Hope you spend yours outdoors.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Introducing a new segment on the blog. While many bloggers are out there writing about the world changing events and health care bills, I'm dedicating a day to our cat. We're full of jokes around here. But seriously..." help control the pet population, have your pets spayed or neutered."
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Sunday, March 21, 2010


Steph and I picked up this new backdrop for $10. Perfect for Steph Sunday.
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Friday, March 19, 2010


Blue. Skies. Fridays.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010


Moving right along...week twenty three.
Baby H is a pound. :)

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Saturday, March 13, 2010


A little different version of Saturdays at Home. But I plan on showing off our new upstairs loft soon. This Saturday I'm getting all the photos wrapped up from this wedding and hopefully delivering them tomorrow.
What a cool couple.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I have some really cool friends I've met while working in sales. Jim Buckner works for a company called Conveyor Specialties. We talked on the phone today about business; then we discussed music, his generation, my generation, and many things in between. He recommended a few books; two of which I think I'm going to pick up. This led to a wonderful conversation Steph and I had about a few plans when baby comes. To pray over the baby before she enters the world, and continue after she is born. To make a conscious effort to have family time, and make that primary. To turn off the television; step away from facebook and stop trying to figure out twitter and turn on our imaginations, step into homemade quilt tents and enjoy art hour painting blue birds.

We have great tools at our disposal but it's easy to get over-consumed by them.

I also talked with my friend Jason. He works for a company called TRO Maintenance; and he is a workaholic. A young guy with an old school work ethic. He works from 6-3:30p.m., cuts wood in the afternoon and hits the road bike in the evening. An inspiration. We talk a lot about cycling and running.

It got me thinking about my friend Neil and our triathlon experience. Good times.
A couple of basketball guys looking for alternate ways to stay in shape. Then Neil emailed me, which was cool. Praying for you and your family. I love you guys.

And I got Dustin's senior photos ordered, Shelby's graduation announcements done and Fitch's wedding photos completed. I plan on going over Sunday to deliver.

sidebar: I found this cycling video a while back but never posted it. It is amazing. And another book I would like to pick up is "Generation ME by Jean Twenge. Her take on our generation and our narcissistic traits.



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Sunday, March 7, 2010


Steph and I got the nursery done this weekend. So happy.
My wife is beautiful.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010


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