Tuesday, August 26, 2008
anyway - i've regained some semblance of order in my life again...and i'm back and ready to catch you up on what's going on. but luckily, the past 2 weeks that i've been missing can be summed up in the above paragraph.
and as a welcome back....let me show you MY favorite competitor and events from the games this year. it was a little known romanian gymnast who really brought her A-game - but sadly, we heard nothing about.
enjoy! and thanks, KLAIR, for sharing the magic of this video.....you = super!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
our stop on thursday night in saint louis took us to amy and chad larson's house. amy and i are friends from way back in the days of high school speech and debate. this is their son, jack. he is awesome.
jack loves to smile.
i'm trying to imitate jack's smile skill. he's not impressed. it was awesome to catch up with amy!
michelle and jack hit it off well.
our drive from saint louis to kansas city took us through columbia, mo - where we stopped for lunch at buckingham's bbq. how was it?
does THAT answer your quetsion?
OR that? seriously....so gooooooooood.
for jill: i saw this and thought you needed to know and see that they have new wrappers. but same great taste.
i took the picture because of the sign that says MATT! luckily, or unluckily, i also got a picture of michelle's foot.
we made it to kansas city and met tammy and her good friend, tina, at the hotel to head over to the church for rehearsal.
here is michelle, at the dinner, reacting to the gift that tammy gave her.
the joke is revealed...and michelle and tammy share a moment. (evidently, when tammy and michelle lived together, a guy showed up to take michelle on a date once...said he had something for her...and pulled that little stuffed bunny out of his pocket. and since then, the bunny has been traded back and forth between the two.)
tammy and michelle pose with ann, the wife of the best man, pat. and one of the coolest people we met all weekend. this lady is incredible...and we got to spend friday night at the rehearsal and saturday night at the wedding with them.
pat, matt and ann...saying good bye at the rehearsal dinner.
patti showed up saturday morning...and evidently, she brought her own candy.
patti enjoys a krabby patty.
THE WEDDING! michelle, patti and rachel morrissey strike a pose.
i'm not sure what is going on here...but i love this picture. their expressions are hysterical.
michelle, tina and myself, at the end of the ceremony.
rachel, patti and michelle group hug with the new bride...tammy!
and then i decide to get in on the lovin'.
hahaha. another unclear shot...but i love patti's expression.
so what do you do at a wedding reception while you're waiting for the bride and groom to show up? MOTORBOAT, of course!
michelle gives it a shot.
rachel brings home the MOTORBOAT gold medal! genius!
still waiting? move on to the loose-jaw head-shake. patti did.
a couple of times, actually.
rachel has a mean entry here, too.
not the way you want to start 'the morning after'. the morning after the wedding, before we were to head home, we came out to get in michelle's car to head to a brunch, and THIS is what we saw. evidently, our friend, tina, had a bit of trouble with her car, a pole and michelle's bumper. not a fun morning.
we got everything taken care of and then headed to meet tammy's family for a nice brunch. post-brunch, tammy's sister peggy and her family and i do a motorboat attempt.
then her nephew and 2 nieces try their hand at loose-jaw head-shake. pretty impressive.
mitch and tammy...the happy bride and groom...get in on the action.
tammy's newphew, andrew, and his girlfriend, jaqueline and i say good-bye at tammy's apartment.
mitch and the girls share one final good-bye before everyone heads off.....
tonight - after a tour - i'm hopefully going to put up a report to dazzle your senses. or atleast to keep you from being bored when you visit during your work day!
in the meantime, click HERE to read the latest scandal associated with the beijing games. shame on you, china!
Friday, August 8, 2008
what a treat to drive almost completely through the beautiful state of west virginia. for those of you unaware, this is where i spent 2 years as a mormon missionary - from 1993-1995. so basically, forever ago.
a trip through west virginia meant a trip through huntington...which meant a chance to see mom & dad sizemore! (my good friend, chris sizemore is from huntington...and we did the willy wonka tour together. and his parents, ricki and roger, were huge folllowers of the show!) and where BETTER to meet up with them than at hillbilly hot dogs in downtown huntington.
looking good, sizemore's! thanks for taking time out of your day to come visit!
michelle shows off the magical place.
a major draw to stopping in huntington was marshall university...which is where the true story movie of 'we are marshall' is based. and since michelle had just seen the movie, she was extra-excited about the stop.
the memorial fountain placard...and some various shots (dare i say 'art shots') of the fountain:
michelle found her dream training program in huntington!
then it was on to kentucky.
michelle found red velvet twinkies! of course i had to try them.
in theory....excellent idea. in execution...not so well done.
the fun continued on into indiana.
we stopped for gas in griffin, indiana....and found the most antique gas pumps i have ever seen in use.
art shot 1 from griffin, indiana.
art shot 2 from griffin, indiana.
not much was happening in southern illinois.
my pathetic attempt at the missouri sign.
but we reached our final destination safe and sound!