Sunday, September 28, 2008

Little Girls and Autumn Colors

Near Silver Lake...I love Fall

Cute Notes

My 7-year old left a note yesterday for me:

"Dear Dad, to day was fun. I learnd how to make a 1 in China. I'll make the 1, 2, and 3 for you. I love the story about Super Bunny. And I hated the cat milk. it was grosse. Today for lunce I want chilley and I want to go on a little drive. Remeber the time I put my foot on the ice and my foot fell in. That was skerry."

I love that she is old enough to leave little cute messages around the house.



My 4-year-old was drinking Sprite the other day and told me she didn't like it because it was too hot...I had to shake all the fizz out of it. My mom used to tease me for years because I always said that 7-up burned my nose when I burped...Both of my little girls have told me the same thing, so it must be true.

Also, the 4-year old said today, "I don't like salsa because it is too spicy. I hate hot and spicy things, but the Coke is spicy and I like it." She takes after Grandma H., Gpa Fred, and he mother. :)

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Homecoming Pics

Presidential Debate

I was kind of bothered that Senator Obama continually referred to Senator Mccain as "John." I felt he was either doing it to push Mccain's buttons, try to make him angry, or he was doing it because he is so naive that he is not aware of proper protocol in such situations. Either way, it was off-putting to me...

Although this was kind of condescending and sarcastic, I had to laugh when Obama was talking about sitting down with the leader of Iran (I can't spell his name and don't want to look it up right now) and discussing his intentions with Israel. Mccain said something to the effect of, "So when A****jab says, 'we're going to wipe Israel off the map,' you'll say, 'no you won't.'" To me, it showed just how naive it is to say that you will meet with any leader without preconditions (of course, I think Obama recognizes that was a foolish thing to say at the time, and probably wouldn't meet with no preconditions if he becomes president). That zinger was to me, an important part of the debate. When a presidential candidate discusses a plan, it is sometimes good to imagine how that plan would materialize and if it sounds bizarre, it might not be a good idea.

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Pushing Limits...

After watching the presidential debate last night, I was left with the scary thought that Obama is like an inexperienced substitute teacher, and if he becomes president, every country in the world is going to start causing trouble with us just to see if they can get away with it. He seems naive in some respects...

I remember in 4th grade when we had a substitute teacher. Natalie Marshall was the ringleader and they took the teacher's chair and put it high on a cabinet, hid all of her books/lesson plans, and did a lot of other things I cannot remember. When the substitute teacher came in, she started crying. Most of the kids thought that was great.

Hopefully, if Obama wins he will be a strong leader and gain the respect of the world...and won't be a naive substitute teacher

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cabela's Aquarium

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple Screen Saver

LDS Screensavers for Sale on Ebay
Mount Timpanogos Temple
Photographs by Ryan Houston
Click Link to See Auction

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Screensaver Software

So, now that I have 1000s of photos I have taken over the past 7 years I want to start making and selling screensavers. Does anyone know of a good quality screensaver-creation software that I can use to generate codes so I can sell screensavers to others without them passing them on to friends/relatives?

A guy from my ward who plays basketball with us is part-owner of . I might be able to make some really neat screensavers of various temples and ask if he can sell them on that site and we can split profits. That might be cool. I'm not sure if temple screensavers would be a good seller though. Maybe I will market it as a way to keep your husbands away from looking at online pornography as that is such a prevalent problem in today's world. :)

Anyhow, if you know of a program that is good, and preferably not excessively expensive, let me know.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Anniversary...

I saw my wife for about 30 minutes this morning as we got ready for work...and I will see her again in about 5 minutes (11PM). It is crazy to think it has been 9 years (of these types of schedules). :)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Scary Dreams

Reading epitome of sweetness's blog about her daughter's nightmares reminded me of a few nightmares from when I was little.

When I was 3, we lived in Kalispell, MT. We lived on a house on a hill and we had a slick, icy, driveway that to me seemed very slick and impossibly tall. I guess I used to cry at the bottom and make my mom carry me to the top because to me it seemed very tall and very steep. Anyway, I used to dream that I was on a sled at the top of the hill and ready to slide down the hill, but there were cars driving by and I knew I was going to get hit by the cars at the bottom. Very scary dream for a 3-year-old.

From the age of 4-6 or so, I used to have a recurring dream that I was on top of a very tall bunk-bed (like 3-4 stories tall). I would be very dark and I could hear chanting. I would look down and see dark, coal-like creatures with glowing orange eyes dancing around a fire or something. They were holding one of those fireman trampoline looking things that they use to save people and the monsters wanted me to jump so they could get me. I used to fall in the dream, but then wake up before I hit the net.

Mom has a funny saying that I used to say about hating the commercials in dreams. I remember that what I meant to say was the re-runs. I used to hate that dream.

When I was in Junior High and High School, I used to have the nightmare that I was on a road and a car would be driving towards me and I could never move. I would be paralyzed and unable to scooch myself off the road. I finally learned to tell myself in my dreams that it was just a dream, that I could make myself do whatever I wanted to in my dreams, and I never had scary dreams like that again. I would always dream that I told myself, "it's just a dream so make yourself get off the road."

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Cache Valley Barn

Monday, September 15, 2008

I would love to be this home builder...

If I was the home builder that built this home, I would use this photo in an advertising campaign...

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

59-0 -----Enough Said....

I almost felt sorry for UCLA today the way the BYU Cougars shellacked them...
They couldn't catch a break all day...I love that the defense forced so many turnovers, and that guy that blocked and intercepted the pass was amazing...I love when the cougars play in a manner to gain national respect. I saw that they already had an article at the washington post online news website...

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Check out this free auction and website...I added a few listings there. It looks like a newer website, but maybe it will grow into something bigger. It is a mix between Ebay and Craigslist.

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Artist Rising

I found another site where I can showcase my photography. They only pay out 15% to the artist of the cost of the print, but this website reaches a particular audience I had never tapped into before.

Mom, I think you should start drawing cartoons that I can put on tee-shirts for the website. I think you could sell your art.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Logan Utah LDS Mormon Temple Photographs For Sale

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bountiful Utah LDS Mormon Temple Photograph For Sale

New Photos Available of the Bountful Temple...Personalize with your names and wedding/sealing date...
Click on the RedBubble or DeviantArt or Ebay links.


Sunday, September 07, 2008

Senior Pictures

These photos are from a photoshoot I did earlier today...I have not done a lot of photoshoots, but have been thinking about doing some professionally as I know these are high quality shots. Contact me if interested in senior pictures or other photo portfolios...I can do the shoots for a reasonable rate and will provide a CD with all of the original and edited photos with a copyright release so you can print as many photos as you desire from the CD

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Photos of Mount Timpanogos Temple For Sale

Incredible Sulk Comic...

Big words from little mouths...

When I got home from work last night, the two littlest wanted to take the dogs on a walk around the block. We took them out. the Yorkie is hilarious because he takes off as fast as he can, tugging at the leash so he can go pee on things. The maltese is usually in front peeing on things and the yorkie will run after him and pee on everything he marks. My 4-year old turns to me and said, "I think Dante's a pee-a-holic." :)

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Last Saturday...

I spent last Saturday driving up and down the mountain to fix a tire (actually take it to town and replace it) because K**** thought it would be a good job to drive up a 4-wheel drive rough road to mineral basin. She slashed a 5 inch gash in the tire wall, and the spare was flat.

I enjoyed the afternoon though. I went fishing up the North Fork from Tibble Fork and caught a fish about every 5 casts. No kidding!!! I love the fall when the fish are in a feeding frenzy before winter comes.

Then I watched the BYU football game and worked on a report. :)

Oh yeah, and the best part is K****'s friend also slashed the tire on her car in about the same place on the same night. Then she was telling her other friend that it is safe to drive cars up there as long as you drive slow. Sometimes I wonder if she has a brain... :)

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not to be outdone by nativeminnow

Not to be outdone by NativeMinnow, there are many people here in Utah who are self-righteous...This is not one of them. :)

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Reading Speed

Ever wondered what your reading speed is? Go to this site and read the passage. It will give you a result. Mine was 412 words per minute...What's yours?

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Remember the bad breaker-upper from Seinfeld?

Today, as I was replacing a water line/hose underneath my sink, my 4-year old asked me incredulously, "How do you fit your ginormous head under there?"

Remember the episode on Seinfeld when the guy broke up with Elaine and told her she had a big head. Then the rest of the episode people were commenting on the size of her head (e.g., taxi driver asked her to move her head so he could see out the rearview mirror, a pigeon flew into her head at the park, etc.)... :)

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