Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sierra's first day in the snow!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy fall everyone! Sierra is ONE year old and as cute as ever.

We got to go visit Heather, Dustin and Caleb in Ft. Collins and we took a trip to the pumpkin patch. What fun!

Our apartment complex had a halloween party. We got to decorate pumpkins and hang out with all the other kids. They even had a costume contest...and our little baby giraffe won!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Deep Thoughts from Sierra

"Why is it that Pat the Bunny gets to run around nude, and I am stuck with clothes? No more. From now on, I shall do my best thinking in my birthday suit."

Welcome to the Colorado State Fair!

Over Labor Day weekend, I worked 10 hour days pouring SoBe Lifewater in the cups of thousands of fair goers. Yes, I know that sounds glorious. But there was a ray of light. My wife and daughter came to visit on Sunday. Hallelujah. Here we are at a water fountain by the river walk of downtown Pueblo. Morning walks with the family make even sore wrists and aching back worth the pain. What a good looking family...

This is Sierra's first ride on the merry-go-round. We gave the carney a free SoBe and he gave us a little taste of kiddie heaven.

Here are Sierra and Kelly at the Lego Experience. We had to monitor those Legos pretty close. We didn't want to end up in the ER with a Lego dragon in her stomach.

In general, Sierra was terrified of the farm animals. But here we caught her smiling. Good thing mommy tells funny jokes--or perhaps it was that goat.

Bath Time!

Dear Bev. Since you are the only person who monitors our blog (except for you, mom!), these pics are for you. The baby and I took a bath together about a month ago. She is cuter than ever. I, however, seem to be getting uglier.

From the hot tub to the rub-a-dub-dub, I had a good time with Sierra in the bath. She loves the waterfall.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Some New Pics

Hey family. Sorry it's been so long since the last post. No internet in the house is a strange thing. Here's a picture of our new apartment. This week, however, we're painting a wall red. Should be fun. Overview of the place: 1100 sq ft, 2 bd, 2 ba, patio, 1st level, fire place, and all around homey.

Cute kids....happy 4th of July (this one's a bit late).

Hanging out in the mountains for a day with H and D...

Chick-Fil-A had a special going one night...dress up like a cow, get a free meal. Kelly suckered me into going, but after the fact, I think I make a pretty good cow.

Cutest cow baby ever.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Swimming with Nana Lynn

"Oh how I love the pool!"
Sierra even got to go on a pontoon ride with Grandpa Greg

On our way home from the airport we visited Minnehaha Falls. They were a little dry this summer =(

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Faulkner Family Reunion - Fort Robinson, Nebraska

Welcome to the Faulkner Family Reunion. All in one day we golfed, swam, played tennis, read, and hung out with the family. The Faulkner's rock.

Claude and Kelly on the links...

Kelly, and her three aunts: Eli, Ellen, and Lynne.

The Clan.

Renovare International Conference

Days after we got back from D.C., I headed to San Antonio with Matt Farmer (below) to attend the Renovare International Conference on Spiritual Formation. While there we represented Denver Seminary...I hope the school was ok with us giving away a half dozen free scholarships while we were there.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer Fun in the Pool

Here's Sierra's first trip to the pool. She was a little terrified, but overall, her first experience as a fish went well.

Holding onto mommy for dear life...

A few days later, Heather and Caleb went swimming with Kelly and Sierra. That's one good looking quartet.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Library of Congress

Our very last stop of D.C. was the Library of Congress, which turned out to be our favorite destination of the entire trip. The world's largest library is an architectural masterpiece and a total work of art that inspires the imagination. Founded primarily on Jefferson's own personal library, it contains topics from all spheres of knowledge, from phil0sophy and literature to art and science. The walls are adorned with quotes from great authors and the main reading room (you'd recognize it from the movie National Treasure) is adorned with great bronze statues of great thinkers from each field---from Moses and Paul in religion to Bacon and Plato in philosophy. The Library has 22 reading rooms, each with a different theme (ie. one is literature of the Middle East), as well as two fantastic exhibits on Jefferson's library and the Discovery of the Americas.

This is the entrance to the Main Reading Room. Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom (I believe), is holding the Lamp of Learning, which the founders thought was the light to building a stable and prosperous republic. A side note: the Library was renovated only a bit more than a decade ago, and the art is literally pristine.

How can daddy's girl not be overjoyed in the world's largest library?

Minerva again...
Here we are next to Jefferson, both the great statesman and the cunning politician, depending on who you ask. We thought we'd give him the honor of being in our family blog.

The Botanic Gardens

Ok, we've been back from DC. for almost two weeks now. So I'll try to expedite the last pictures. On the last day we headed to the National Botanic Gardens, right by the capitol. This trip simply serene. No lines, no noise, few people. As you can see, Sierra shares my sentiments.

Sierra wanted to show off a bit in the jungle...

Not sure what to think about fountains...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian

Thursday took us to the Museum of Natural History, one of the popular locations of Ben Stiller's latest film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. This gigantic elephant is the first animal to greet you as you walk in the front doors. Intimidating.

In the last Night at the Museum, I believe this fella came alive and chased Ben Stiller like a dog. Unfortunately, he didn't move much for us. The prehistoric section was fascinating. Perhaps the most fascinating element for us was how the assumption of evolution, from amoeba to man, controls the entire narrative of the museum. This blog isn't the place to air all my doubts regarding Darwinism, but I did leave convinced that it is probably the most powerful, and most false, idea of our age. Nonetheless, the wonders of the natural world, especially T-Rex, stirred the imagination.

The velociraptor has nothing on my wife.

Here we are next the Easter Island Head, popularly known at DumDum from Night at the Museum. Unfortunately, I was fresh out of GumGum for DumDum, but he seemed amiable nonetheless.

The section on the ocean was astounding as well. From Giant Squids to Giant Whales, the Ocean is perhaps more awe-inspiring even than D.C.