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Posted by: In: Fun, Journal 16 Jan 2008 0 comments

Mitzi’s making me watch American Idol as I write this. I’ve watched bits and pieces over the last six years, but it’s painful. Not just having to watch the horrible entries who the producers know will make us cringe. But I guess I’m just one for more instant gratification. I don’t want to wait an entire season to find out who wins.

I really only have fun watching Simon. He says he’s going to be more brutal this year. That’s wonderful. Brutal honesty. Especially needed for some contestants to give up their hopes and dreams that have been misplaced.

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And then it’s interesting watching Ryan Seacrest. I’ve been saying for quite sometime that he’s the next Dick Clark. And I know that some older folks will dismiss that saying that he’s nowhere close to Clark. But that’s not what I’m saying. Go back to the word, “next.”

Believe me, I understand those who don’t like him. Originally, I hated Seacrest. Just because.

Now it’s great to watch Ryan squiggle into everything he can. He’s not only a, well, whatever he calls himself on American Idol. He’s also been executive producer on the New Year’s Rockin Eve for the past few years along with executive producing most of those red carpet shows. He’s finally coming into his own. The stiltiness is going away and he’s just being himself.

Just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Okay, I just watched the segment with some dude who peels off his fingernails and has been saving them in a bag since he was in the sixth grade. Arghhhh!

Posted by: In: Journal 08 Jan 2008 0 comments

If you’re reading this, you might have already noticed. We’ve changed things around and we’re not finished. So, we ask patience. Lots of it. This is a major overhaul and should be great once finished. Yes, there are probably some links not up to speed yet. If you need immediate info, give us a call.

Posted by: In: Fun, Journal, Photo 03 Jan 2008 0 comments

My mom was digging around some old pictures and found this of a visit to St. Nick. She didn’t want me to post it since her eyes were closed so just imagine they aren’t (for her sake).

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Posted by: In: Journal, Mitzi 17 Dec 2007 0 comments

1x1.trans 5 People To Invite To Dinner

So, lately, to take my mind off the busy Christmas schedule, I’ve been imagining who’d I’d invite to dinner if I could invite anyone. Living or dead. And I think I’ve come up with my answer. Here’s my list, in no particular order (with a little commentary):

Jesus (yes, a bit cliché, but who better when you’re a Christian)
Mitzi (my wife; a necessary ingredient to keeping the conversation lively)
Michael Shermer (an atheist skeptic whose books I consider necessary reading)
Stephen Colbert (a favorite who’d let the world know how the dinner went)
Richard Umstot (my dad, I just want to let him in on all the fun)

Posted by: In: Fun, Journal 11 Nov 2007 0 comments

The evidence concerning brussell sprouts for which myself and all kids have been waiting:

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Posted by: In: Christianity, Journal 08 Nov 2007 0 comments

Just reading one of the many, many blogs that I scan regularly and came across this idea: More than anyone or anything else, we take God for granted. We’re on a planet that is spinning at 1000 mph around it axis and traveling 66,600 mph through space. We’ll travel 1.3 million miles today in our annual trek around the sun. So when was the last time you thanked God for keeping us in orbit? Probably never! We take it for granted.

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And yes, I side with the big bang theorists and love my evolutionary theory but there’s just some things that we have to accept as being just too carefully created. Anyway….

Right next to God, I think I often take my parents and my wife for granted. What about you? My parents have become quite important in my life as of late and my wife is the bedrock of our home (making it into a true “home.” But yes, I often take them for granted. So, Richard (Dad), Kitty (Mom), and Mitzi (Babe), I just wanted to say thanks for being there, showing love even when it isn’t deserved, and keeping faith at the center.

Wow! Pretty mushy… but warranted.

Posted by: In: Alex, Journal, Taylor 27 Aug 2007 0 comments

My wonderful daughter Alex and her beautiful new stepsister Taylor started school again today. Alex in the 4th and Taylor in 2nd. Here’s their morning journey in pictures to start yet another great year at Honey Elementary:

On the march…

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The Bears…

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Across the wet grass…

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Our new principal, Mr. Neeb…

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Jam it in there Tay…

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It all fit…

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Taylor & Mrs. Goodwin…

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Her desk…

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Cool lunchbox & messenger bag that can double as space blankets…

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Along with a candy color camouflaged binder…

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Alex and Mrs. Wright…

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Alex already at work one minute after stepping foot in class…

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P.S. Just got ‘em from school. They both LOVED this first day back!

Posted by: In: Journal, Photography, Weddings 27 Aug 2007 0 comments

Well, my wedding that is. Yep folks, I just tied the knot this weekend with my beautiful bride, Mitzi Worsham. And it was great!

We couldn’t just do anything ordinary, so we opted for a surprise wedding. The only ones who knew in advance about it were our parents and our girls. Everyone thought they were coming to an “engagement” party. And amidst the socializing and the sitdown dinner in the banquet hall, the adjoining room’s walls were flung open to a minister saying, “Come on over, we’re having a wedding!”

Chad Mitchell, Mitzi’s cousin and pastor of The Mission in Abilene officiated and often brought us to tears. The best way to describe it might be an email intercepted this morning from a relative:

We just had a wonderfully, glorious time at the Surprise Wedding of Mitzi and Mark! We wish all our part of the family had been there to enjoy it but it was their choice and they paid the price!!! They certainly missed out on a really special wedding. I just thought it was truly the most beautifully done that I have even been privileged to observe! Chad was wonderful… he had many, many wonderful words to say to Mitzi and Mark and to us all! And Mitzi’s vows were outstandingly written… Mark’s were great but Mitzii’s beat him out for the best! (editor’s note: ARGGGHH! And I worked on those for days!!) And the vows they each did to Alex and Taylor were the perfect way to tell the girls and everyone that they are now all a family. It was just a wonderfully orchestrated wedding…. well done, but truly personal…. I loved it! Can you tell? So, we’ve got to hit the sack early tonight…. don’t think it will take us long to be asleep tonight after this whirlwind of a weekend! But, as I said, we loved every minute of it!

I’m hoping to be able to upload some images from the experience soon. My good friend, Tonya Hagy, was generous enough to be our “official” photographer. Although she claimed she was so nervous shooting another photographer’s wedding, she did wonderfully. Now I just have to get on the ball with all the other weddings we’re up to our eyeballs in here at the studio. We’ll be in Lake Tahoe soon, shooting a wedding for a wonderful bride and groom. Now I completely know what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera at a wedding. Expect good changes friends!! In life, in love, in laughter, and in images!!

Posted by: In: Journal, Photography 16 Aug 2007 0 comments

One of my absolute favorite models with whom I LOVE working with dropped by to chat today (that’s Ashlee K). She brought along a friend, Kristin, to keep me on my toes. After finally convincing her to step in front of the camera. Here’s what we got. Yep, she’s beautiful. So, just enjoy.

1x1.trans Back In The Saddle

Posted by: In: Journal 19 Jul 2007 0 comments

live·li·hood (l?v’l?-h?d’) n. Means of support; subsistence.

I’m getting better. For those of you who don’t know, I’m in week 5 after breaking the ball off the top of my humerus, my left shoulder. I was pursuing one of my favorite extreme sports – paragliding (jumping off high places with a parachute, sometimes with a motor attached to your back; safer than basejumping but still…). Well, according to friends and family, I’m now officially retired from that sport. Rough landing after a short takeoff.

Tonight I’m sitting here aching. I just figured out that it feels a lot like “very severe” growing pains. Can you remember those? Alex, my daughter, complains about them regularly. Mine make me want to cry (or just take more pain killers.

I was reading tonight about B.B. King’s hands. He said, “I’m more careful about my hands than about what I eat and most anything else, because my hands have been my living. My hands have been able to help me learn. My hands have taken me around the world. So I’m very proud of my hands.” I was going to post a picture of what my injuries looked like but I want people to continue reading my blog, and gross stuff like that doesn’t increase reader loyalty. So here’s what B.B.’s hands look like:

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So, it’s time for me to take serious my livelihood. My hands, arms, and eyes are my bread and butter. Thus, I’m taking suggestions. Really. Give me an idea or two about ways to satisfy my little adrenaline-interested mind.