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Archive for December, 2006
As if having a White Christmas wasn’t wonderful enough, we are now trapped in Colorado Springs due to what the media is now calling “The Holiday Blizzard of ’06… Part Two!” I know many of you feel our pain and suffering, especially our friends back home in wet Chicago. Please remember us in your prayers… our next flight is scheduled for Saturday when the “Part Three” of this blizzard is being predicted after a projected break tomorrow. Seems we may end up beginning the New Year still trapped in Colorado. Here are some of the pictures I took this morning. Enjoy the VIDEO at the end for even more.
BONUS: All pictures in this post can be clicked on for much larger resolutions.
You can see just how miserable I am. Poor me.
As soon as the snow started falling, my dad got me out of
bed and we headed out to take pictures.
Our destination was a local park called Palmer Park, a surprising large park in the heart of Colorado Springs. It has three separate entrances, none of which intersec to prevent through traffic. In the picture above you can see across the valley that divides the two main roads of the park. Much of it was too far to photograph well, if even to see with the thick falling snow.
There is just something breath taking about being out in the
woods while fresh clean beautiful snow is falling and sticking to everything.
We were the only car in the entire park, and other than one jogger,
had the place completely to ourselves.
God’s Handiwork is seen not only in the large and vast scenery,
but in the small and often overlooked as well.
This freezing pine cone may one day become one of the giant trees standing around it. Every great tree was once a seed… but those in children’s ministry understand that well!
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater…
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Thus you will walk in the ways of good men
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Even in the rocks, the hard places, life can still grow,
and both equally enjoy the refreshment of the snow.
Evergreens are a favorite of mine. No matter what the environment,
no matter what the weather or external situation they find themselves in,
they stay green and full of life.
These stones looked to me like steps leading to a Stone Tablet.
Here am I, among the trees, feeling completely at home.
A mix of lifeless branches covered with snow…
lifeless now, but the very snow upon them
hold the secret to new life in the Spring
Simply Beautiful. Proof of God. Period.
I love the blend of snow on rocks and trees. Difficult to capture on film, but you can’t help but wanting to somehow take part of this home with you, and to share with others who could not be there. Perhaps that is the secret motive of photographers, to capture what is fleeting in the vain hope of keeping the past at least a little bit accessible always in the present.
Much Thanks to my Dad and his 4×4 for driving me around. Here you see the slide marks from one of the times I said, “Oh! Stop here!” and jumped out with my camera.
May your days be merry and bright…
And may all your Christmas’s be white. ENJOY THIS VIDEO
with more beautiful pictures of the
White Christmas in Colorado 2006
I’m not dreaming of a White Christmas, because a White Christmas is HERE! Officially named the “Holiday Blizzard of ’06″ by the news media, snow has arrived here in Colorado. (And I hear it is raining in Chicago, my poor friends and family)
So I decided to go for a nice snowy walk this morning…
These people are in for a surprise when they come
out their front door or try to pull out of the garage!The snow is pretty deep in some places,
even an SUV would risk getting stuck!
I even spotted some wild life! and dared to approach!
The wolf with its prey, a flattened basketball!
He looked hungry, so I slowly moved on.
Here are my feet in the snow, almost up to my knees!
The holes my feet left to see how deep it is!
Hard to tell? I tossed my gloves down the holes to show the depth of the snow.
Having fun with colors, reminds me of the song, “I’ll have a blue Christmas….”
Just another picture from my walk.
from Karl, Sara and Luke
With the exception of Yosemite and Alaska*, Colorado is my favorite place on earth. (Yosemite and Alaska each go in their own category as there is no comparing to either of them!) So we are enjoying Christmas in Colorado Springs, and a White Christmas at that!
Took this picture out the window of van while driving, and used Mac to touch up.
(um, yeah added words too, they weren’t already in the sky!)
Luke, keeping warm in chilly Colorado.
Luke, still working on his crawling.
He has backwards down, still working on forward!
Went out to dinner, showed Luke how yummy Cheerios are!
Historic Moment: Luke has his FIRST CHEERIO!
Soon he is downing a whole little bowl, down on the floor that is.
Gave Luke an orange thinking he would recoil, instead, he loved it and chomped on it!
Luke’s favorite dinner game, peek-a-boo, or “Help Keep America Looking Beautiful”
Just a cute picture of baby sleeping…. before…
It’s was a beautiful thing… Mountain Dew in a Frosty Mug! WOW!
Discovered A&W carries MD, so I asked if I could have it in a frozen mug,
they said no one ever asked for that before…. a new discovery!
Luke, trying to snag Dad’s Dew, as usual,
but he’ll have to wait awhile to taste the good stuff!
Today I was supposed to go on a road trip to visit some favorite ministries here in Colorado, but had to turn around and head home after driving a half hour in blinding white snow…
This sign said it all:
Hope you are enjoying a Merry Christmas Season! We’re enjoying a White Christmas now!
*Alaska pages are from pre-blog era when I blogged tripped before blogger existed!
Today I visited my friend Pastor Andy’s church in Aurora, Colorado. About two years ago, Andy was a kids pastor at a church just 12 miles from my previous church and we were just gettin’ to become good friends when he up and moved to the gorgeous state of Colorado. So as I am visiting my dad and his wife for Christmas, I thought I’d trek on over and visit Pastor Andy at his new church today. I plan to write more about my visit with Pastor Andy soon, but I just HAD to post a short ONE MINUTE video of the highlight of the morning…
Pastor Andy has a 70 foot GIANT inflatable jungle race in his Kids Church room that is a blast. After watching the kids enjoy it for awhile, I couldn’t take it any longer… I had to CHALLENGE PASTOR ANDY TO A RACE! The winner would gain eternal fame on my blog….
Watch the video and find out for yourself!
FINE PRINT: Andy also cheated, but his wife who was filming, had already headed to the finish line to catch us coming over the top of the final slide and missed him pulling ME down.MAC NOTE: I made this video showing Andy how fast and easy it is to make a short video with effects on a Mac.
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Do you hate cleaning the toilet? Does your toilet have those yucky places where it is just to hard too clean so you either wait and see if your spouse will do it or avoid it all together?
Well, there is GOOD NEWS! Due to advances in modern toilet seat technology there is now a brand new state-of-the-art toilet seat that snaps off for easy cleaning! Its called the Preferred Easy Clean toilet seat. As I was sharing my joy of this discovery with my blog-hero he assured me this was blog-able, so send any complaints directly to him. With that disclaimer, here is the wonderful news for all you husbands out there who hate to clean toilets…. or just never do.
HERE ARE EASY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLING YOUR VERY OWN Preferred Easy Clean TOILET SEAT COVER. (Available at Home Depot)
STEP ONE: Get up the courage to to actually get down on your knees near the toilet. This may take a few days (weeks even) but eventually you have to do it. Just focus on all the wife-points you will get for making her job of cleaning toilets easier. Look at it as an investment in your marriage.
STEP TWO: Remove old toilet seats. (Pictures not provided, due to fear of consequences if I were to blog pictures of old toilet seats… really, they weren’t that bad)
STEP THREE: Install the new seat holder bolt. Instead of attaching the new seat with the giant plastic screws, instead, you simply install these cool plastic bolts.
The new state-of-the-art seat will simply snap right on to these bolts! Amazing, huh?
STEP FOUR: Turn the snap-on fasteners counter-clockwise to the ‘open position.’ Place over the bolts, pop ‘em on, and then rotate back clockwise for a secure fit.
ALL DONE! Now whenever your wife needs to clean the toilet, all she has to do is pop it off and clean and snap it back on. It’s so easy, you could almost do it for her….. almost.
DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ARE INCLUDED with the seat for easy installation.
FINAL STEP: Take pictures to post on your blog and hope your wife never reads it. (But notice her nice Christmas decorating!)
Here is a picture of my work buddy who cheered me on the whole time. It was quite the male bonding experience as we repeated this process in three bathrooms. (and yes, I washed my hands between each ‘job’ before carrying the boy around.) He seemed fascinated by the whole process. It was also a great opportunity to help him get comfortable around toilets… hopefully it will speed up the potty training process when that time comes.
Ooops, Sara is coming, need to hit publish and get off line. :)