Thursday, December 23, 2010

Touring Temple Square

The square, lights, and ambiance were transcendent.  The Beauty seems to be of a bygone era -- other worldly.  For a moment one can feel an honest, forthright notion of human interaction without the more contemporary cynical manner of pretentiousness.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Melon Tends...

Cole finally got the Jupiter hat, it was a very serious occasion...

...OK, maybe that was set up seriousness.

Feeding babies is so much fun...

...and very tiring

Cole's world


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Melon At Jupiter

About a week ago I went on a trip to Jupiter.  I had never been there before so I decided to walk around a and see the sights.
Clearly it is shrouded in an atmosphere of gasses.  It also sits by a body of water.  Thinking that Cole would be interested in Jupiter, I went into town looking for some kind of "Jupiter" memorabilia.
I found this hat and brought it home to Cole -- doesn't he look cute in it? 
 Wait! that's not Cole, that's Bo!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Melon's Thanksgiving

Grandma Atkin sponsored a comfort food Thanksgiving celebration like only she can.  We almost lost her to the fire-breathing oven that belched fire at Hannah last year.  Here she is, still a little dazed from the incident.  Her hair took on reddish tint and as it smoldered she set off the fire alarm.  When it happened I rushed into the kitchen while Grandpa and Trevor stayed glued to the football game.
Now in his 30th year of "toodle dums" Grandpa is still playing with grand babies
 On a brisk southern Utah day I waxed nostalgic and wandered into the desert only to find this huge structure in the distance apparently transplanted from some metropolitan area.
Vince is so serious at times.  Grandma dressed him to match her -- festive Thanksgiving brown.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

What! Luke 30?

Stages of live crises and other ramblings
Where's Melon? (taking the picture), where's Vince?, Max? Hayley? (working).  Luke's got Bo.  Really, a son who is 30 and 4 grandchildren?  Look in the mirror.

Finally, the private equity investment group who owns the majority of X company hired a new CEO, CFO, CIO, C.... et. al.  Let the restructuring begin.  Melon's responsibilities were effectively severed into 3 separate positions.  Any position that has changed at least 25% will be opened up and must be applied for... hmmm. Maybe its time to start that brick/block baking business? 

Anyway, it is sure good to hear graciousness coming from kids in their blogs and lives.  To hear of their faith, commitment, good works, studies, and grace gives me quite a spiritual boost.  Gratitude: generosity of spirit with the capacity to accommodate and forgive people.

Did I mention Shauna?  Lately she has been keeping me occupied with Hale Center Theatre (Excellent Scarlett Pimpernel), BYU football (couple of nice blow outs), grand babies over on the weekend, and throwing big bash birthday parties.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fine Fellows

Bo and Vince, "good to meet you man"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vixen and Vincent

I was in Vegas all week so brought this showgirl home.
Hi Vince!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Melon's 10 New England Answers

1 USS Constitution, cannon balls bounced off her oak (Southern Live) planking so it was nicknamed Old Ironsides, undefeated in 40 battles, built in 1797 and is still a US Navy ship out to sea once a year (4th of July of course).

2 The Boston Massacre -- yes, the one that Samuel Adams helped provoke and that John Adams defended the regular army boys implicated.  You can see that the news (although old) distressed Shauna).

3 Stockbridge, MA -- There is a winter painting by Rockwell which made it famous (and he lived near too).

4 Yale

5 Mark Twain

6 Minutemen

7 Hayley!

8 Buckman's Tavern along Battle Road.  Revere and Dawes galloped by here warning that the "regulars" were coming.  And they came and were ambushed by minutemen colonists.

9 Boston Temple

10 Paul Revere lived here.  It is the most original place in Boston with materials still dating back to 1690.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Melon's 10 New England Questions?

1 What ship was this taken on?
2 What famous fight was held here?
3 This town made famous by Norman Rockwell?
4 This building located on what IV league campus?
5 Who is this lego man from Harford?
6 Monument for what Men in Concord?
7 What woman outstanding in her field?
8 Behind what Tavern?
9 Picture taken by what renoun Mormon edifice?
10 Original house of what famous revolutionary?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Touring solo w/companions

After some vertical exertion
Ya need mountain goat skills up here...
and steady nerves never looking down!

Hey how'd this get in here -- at the A-frame chapel
Hello trail 151 or 149?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Touring September

Bo hijacked Vince's sling and is enjoying
a little fall behind the wasatch

a creature hiding from the arizona heat

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Snake eats melon (almost)

On our recent trip to AZ I stepped within 2 to 3 feet of one of these coiled and ready to strike --
it was quite startling!  Either a Diamonback or a Mohave I think.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tour of Utah

My buddy Roy cycled 75 miles on the road without me.  I tried my new jetting and gearing up AF Canyon. Left work, babies, and sense behind.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tour of Hayley

Came home from Church and no Hayley to dine with :(  Yes, Hay Hay moved out in favor of a place near the U.  We already miss her.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Lil' Boss Bohemian, Bobo, Bojo, Bo

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ye Old Brit

Stratford  Upon AvonWarwick Castlemy cottage Upon AvonCanal lock Stratford Upon AvonWarwick Alley