Saturday, December 25, 2004

Seat of Democracy

I just got back in time for Christmas from visiting NYC and Washington DC.
I had never been to DC before and it was amazing. I took some good pictures and got to visit some amazing places I've wanted to see my whole life. I can't wait to take my family back to show them the places I saw.
If I had time I would post all the pics I took but I guess you'll have to wait to see what shows up on Inspiripics.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

This aint no Donald Duck

I'm getting really sick of product placements in films.
Later this month when you take the fam to see the Lemony Snicket film guess who you will see? No, not Donald Duck. The AFLAC duck. Puhhhhlease. What is the connection you ask? Well the film is about 'unfortunate events' and AFLAC is an insurance company. Yeah, I see it too, yup, makes perfect sense.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Festival of the Trees

There is a holiday tradition in our family. We started by attending the Festival of the Trees in Salt Lake City every December. This is a festival where people decorate trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses to be auctioned off to support the Primary Childrens Medical Center in SLC. We then grew a desire to be a part of the giving and started purchasing a small tree and a wreath in the last few years. This year we went all out and we built and donated a large tree to the festival. It was a family affair with several members of our family participating in building the tree.

Most of the 700 trees at the festival are your standard 'fake' tree. We just couldn't follow the crowd. It's a family tradition (genetic flaw) that we just 'HAVE' to be 'different'. So, we made sure we were very different. No questions, no mistakes. So, here are some pics of the tree we donated this year.
It is titled, "Inspire!" and was donated with help from Inspiripics.
The tree has snowflakes hung all over it with pictures of kids from our neighborhood that have been patients at Primary Childrens. Why do we care so much about this? Our 10 year old daughter Shelby has been seen at PCMC for several years now. There is a special place in our hearts for Childrens Hospitals.

Yes, there is a decided Dr. Seuss theme to this tree. Thanks to Raq for making the Cat in the Hat hat for the top and the professionally quilted tree skirt for underneath. And kudos to Dad and his Einstein Design group for the concept and design of the structure of the tree. Doesn't it look great?!?
It is already causing quite a stir on the festival floor.
Hmmm, I wonder what we should do for next year...???