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Peppers

Peppers
We got a little excited about growing our own peppers this year.  I picked out some really nice looking Anaheim and Serrano peppers that I figured would make some good salsa.  We planned two 20 ft rows of peppers. That should be enough right? But we didn’t plant any bell peppers.  I don’t know why, that’s what we buy the mos [...]

I Rent and I’m Proud of It

I Rent and I’m Proud of It
This is not my house, but it's close. If you recall way back in Oct of 2007 we decided to sell our condo and not buy a house.  I remember how hard that decision was. I didn’t want to be “a renter”.  But I had enough good sources telling me that buying a home in 2007 was a bad idea.  It’s easy now to look back and [...]

Old MacZuTroy Had a Farm

Old MacZuTroy Had a Farm
So my stake has a big farm.  Actually the church owns a really big chunk of Saratoga Springs and it’s all farmland.  But they have this small strip of it that’s probably about 10 acres or so that they set aside for the wards.  Each ward is in charge of what they do with their lots.  Our ward this year just announced that anyone t [...]

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010
We did our pumpkin carving last night.  The kids actually all did their own.  They did pretty good eh? I bet you can’t even tell which ones were done by the kids. Tools of the trade And the results:

What Is a Family?

What Is a Family?
From my 4 year old: A family is kids and parents… That love each other… And eat food.. And breakfast… when they wake up in the morning.

The Young Author

The Young Author
So my son just started blogging. Real blogging that is.  He’s had a BlogSpot blog for quite a while and has been fairly casual about it but he writes pretty good posts.  I recently added adsense to some of my sites and he’s excited to be able to earn a few extra dollars the same way.  So we setup his blog tonight and he has been c [...]

My Kids Love Doing Their Chores

My Kids Love Doing Their Chores
I have 3 kids, a 4th on the way.  Jonathan is 10, Cari is 8 and James is 3.  Normally getting ready for bed is like most households. There’s some instructions given and then ignored. Then there’s some voice raising and a little more voice raising until one or two of the kids comply.  Then there’s some yelling and some half e [...]

The Cycle of Life to a Pre-schooler

The Cycle of Life to a Pre-schooler
I like to point things out to my kids when I drive like my dad did with me when I was a kid.  He always had this uncanny ability to see 14 deer hiding in the scrub oak as we cruised down the winding highway a little faster than we should have been.  “Where?” was usually the response. I have no idea how he managed to see them and s [...]

Jonathan Visits Wasatch County

Jonathan Visits Wasatch County
Jonathan had to do a report on a random county in Utah.  He chose Wasatch county because it’s close and there’s lots of good things to shoot video of.

Ambitions

Ambitions
I have a friend that is taking a class on guitar making and he is making his own custom acoustic guitar.  I have the honor of designing the head for him.  A relatively small task but an important one.  And I was thinking about it, “How would I love to build my own guitar?”  Man, that would be my pride and joy.  But really, I don&# [...]

The Novelist

The Novelist
Jonathan is 9 years old.  And he reads books.  Lots of books.  And he reads them fast.  I was worried that he skipped over things he didn’t understand because he reads faster than I do.  I wanted to know what kind of books he was reading so I tried to read the books that he brought home.  But he would have them finished in one day and I [...]

Good Food – Bad Food

Good Food – Bad Food
So I started a new health/fitness/diet program.  I’m mostly making it up by myself but it goes something like this: Get up at 5:50AM and exercise, wait for at least an hour after exercising to eat breakfast, eat normal food but try to avoid candy and snacking on carbs, make sure I stop eating for the day at 6:30PM. So far it’s wor [...]

Growing up with Technology

Growing up with Technology
I remember when I was growing up and we got our first microwave, first color TV, first push-button phone, first answering machine, the list goes on. My son is turning 10 next month and I was just wondering what it is like to not be able to fathom a world without any of these things. We just got him setup with his first email address yesterday [...]

Teaching Children

Teaching Children
So my wife is back in school. She has a math class that just started this week. And it’s a lot of work. I remember when I went back to school, I wanted math out of the way so I took it first and it kicked my butt. I’m glad I took it as early as I could and got them out of the way. I wouldn’t have had the strength to stic [...]

Dessert

Dessert
My wife loves “My Best Friends Wedding”, I don’t know how many times we have watched it. When I first watched it, I had never tried Crème Brulee. But I had tried Jell-o. And honestly I don’t really like Jell-o. And sorry Kimmy, you could never be Jell-o. Crème Brulee could NEVER be Jell-o. It made me want to try crèm [...]

Boats

Boats
So ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to have a big sailboat. I designed some catamarans, and trimarans back when I was in my “design big machines and weapons phase” of jr. high school. And they always seemed like one of those types of dreams that’s just unreachable. So I never really thought about it as a possibility, [...]