Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rose Hill

This is Rose Hill, although I don't recall see any roses. However, there are ton of other cool plants, just waiting to pop up. Down there on the left is some rhubarb. This spring we are excited to see what blooms.
Josh and I bought this place about a year ago and sometime in the next year or two, we hope to start building a house out there in the pasture. We hope to have many LEEDS features included in the house. From what we can tell, it is our belief that this is the second highest point in Hennepin County. On Fourth of July, you can see fireworks displays in 20 different directions.
Starting at 12:00--I am going clockwise in these pictures---here is the driveway.
(I had to throw in a picture of the new tractor.)
(And there it is, the peak of Rose Hill in all it's beauty.)
The start of many of the gardens. Yes, the people who owned if before were hippies. Here is the cabin. Old Garage/Shed This is where the pathway between the raspberry bushes start. The back pasture. I like to call this the Secret Garden, it reminds me of the book. Yes, we have a lot of work to do.

San Antonio, Home of the Alamo

Here are some pictures of the Alamo, which I actually just happened upon...I was just walking around and found....check out the big old octupus of a tree in the Alamo courtyard.
I spent the last four days in San Antonio. What a cool town!! We happened to be there for what they call
FIESTA...it is their version of the Mardi Gras. There is this area downtown called the Riverwalk and it is just a really cool tourist attraction. Tons of excellent restaurants and the cool thing was all these youth mariachi bands would each rent river boats and be playing up and down the river. I happen to be a big fan of mariachi music.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

An ongoing list of the things I want for my kids

For some reason when I was at Death Cab for Cutie (a really good band if you haven't heard them) last night I couldn't help but feel a tad old and well, slightly wise. The girl in front of me was maybe 16....and she had these huge fake fingernails and she had tons of perfume on and the only thing I kept thinking was....Don't grow up so fast...don't grow up so fast... Which brings me to when Kendall was born...I started writing a list of all the things I wanted for her (and Mason). Up until last night I had completely forgot that I had started this list....so I am going to print it here with the idea in mind that I will regularly contribute to it as I learn new things. I also ask that if any of you that read this and want to put your two cents in...I would TOTALLY dig it....I am all for that idea of "it takes a village to raise a child" concept. So here ya go..... Warning...some of these are girl or boy centric.....some of these might be offensive to others (sorry). 1)When you see something beautiful or extraordinary—stop and take a look at it. 2)I want you to take lots and lots of pictures. All of your life, every event, every beautiful thing. These will be some of your most valued possessions. 3)Make sure you have one really good time that is full of memories for St. Patricks Day, New Years Eve, Spring Break, Halloween, 4th of July, and Cinco De Mayo. 4)If I can make a recommendation to you---it is best to wear good perfume and find a scent that you like that is you—not the same one everyone else is wearing—be yourself. 5)Along with #4—if you can, the things you don’t want to cheap out on are: a)Shoes—never buy plastic—unless they are flip-flops or galoshes b)Belts—leather is better. c)Jewelry—buy one of a kind pieces. 6)Go to Museums, State Parks, to rivers, to streams, to lakes, to mountains, to hills. 7)When you see something beautiful or extraordinary—stop and take a look at it. (oops two sevens...oh well) 7)In your lifetime I want you to do a least one shot of tequila. Good or bad, you will always remember it 8)At some point in your life, I want you to walk into your boss’ office and ask for a raise and a promotion. It will be scary, but it will be the best learning experience. But make sure you have a reason to do it. 9)Don’t ignore the little kids at parties or BBQ. Sometimes they are far more interesting then the adults. 10)Buy lemonade from a lemonade stand every chance you get. 11)If you have a choice, get your car washed a school or charity car wash rather then at a business. 12)I want you to vote in every single election you possibly can. Make sure you read up on the issues. 13)Hold the door for anyone and everyone. 14)Always listen to live music. 15)Recycle as much as you can. Don’t be hasty about it. 15)Please don’t be a ditz. Be smart, be proud to be smart and use your intelligence get you places. 16)Read lots of books. Read lots of magazines. Read the newspaper. 17)Always remember to thank people. 18)Smell babies. And look at their toes and hands. 19)Dance at weddings. 20)It is essential to learn how to play poker. 21)Never miss out on an opportunity to swim in the ocean, a river, a lake (and for fun—try out a cowpond). 22)I want you to have a fantastic relationship with your dad. And your mom. 23)I want you to be able to walk in a room full of people and be sooooo confident. 24)I want you find a career that you wake up excited to do everyday. 25)I want you to be open-minded. Do not make assumptions, do not pass judgment, get both sides of the story. 26) Be respectful, appreciative and interested in other cultures. 27)We, as parents, want to teach you what a “good work ethic” is at a young age. We want you to work for things—save money and respect the fact that hard work does really pay off. 28)We want you pay for your own schooling, or find the means to pay for it (through scholarships, grants, student loans.) We will help you, but we want you to have to work hard.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Learning to Photoshop

One of the things I am working on is learning to use the SLR and learning to use Photoshop and image editing software. Here are a few of my first attempts...nothing fancy...but still cool.