A Day in the Life

A Photoblog by Joel

New LEGO set

June 28, 2020

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

June 26, 2020

Alicia bought the kids some kites from the Dollar Store. They were fun, and lasted about as long as a kite from the Dollar Store should last. I’ve since ordered some new kites for the kids from Into the Wind, a fantastic kite store in Colorado.

Trailer Ride

June 22, 2020

We celebrated Fathers Day in Sandy at Alicia’s dads house. It was a fun time. He had just finished cleaning up and landscaping his yard so everything was beautiful. Great weather, great family, great food. And a trailer.


June 15, 2020

While stuck in this Stay-at-Home debacle I had several “good” ideas come and go. One was I wanted chickens. Fresh eggs are so much better than store bought, and it could be a fun little adventure for the family. As well as chores for the kids. So we did it! I ordered some from a person in a Facebook group that she was incubating. Six speckled sussex. Sadly, none of them hatched when they were supposed to so instead the kids and I went to IFA and picked out 6 of the same breed and brought them home. They were all roughly the same size/age except one was about a week ahead and bigger. She’s on the right.

For now they live in a 4’x2′ box that I built in our pantry until they’re old enough to survive outside okay. I’ll be picking up the coop that Jeremy Hall built several years ago for his chickens, but his wife won’t be doing chickens anymore so it’s not needed. It’ll be nice to have a reminder of him in my yard.

Construction Crew

May 28, 2020

We’ve been doing a lot of work at the house. Kitchen upgrade. Yard upgrade. Actually, at the moment, a lot of it is still in the demolition or demolished stage. The house is kind of a mess. Hopefully it’ll be put back together soon.

Baby Piano

May 6, 2020

Hitting the Wall

May 6, 2020

We’re coming up on 2 months of this work from home, shelter in place new lifestyle. For me that means still having a full-time job + 460. I would usually work 50-60 hours a week between everything. The workload hasn’t changed through all this but the output certainly has. Stay-at-home parenting with a 6, 4, and 1 year old is a full-time job requiring nearly full-time attention. That’s two full-time jobs. And let’s not even get in to schooling.

I’m empty. I’m out. I have nothing left. My mental capacity is shot. I’m exhausted when I get out of bed. I’m overwhelmed with slow and late deliveries and feel like I’m failing everyone. I still get things done and have little victories but the storm-cloud of failure is way bigger and much more in my face. It’s starting to take its’ toll on me.

I could really, really use a vacation – but how do you tell people already patient with a much-later deadline that I need to stop working altogether and push the deadline even further back just to regain some mental health?

I’m tired.

A ride down the canyon

May 2, 2020

We had a lovely time with the Magleby’s and the Hillier’s today. We started out with an early dinner at Vivian Park and then took the trail all the way down to Riverwoods in Provo. Most of the time it’s a slight downhill and all the kids did great – no accidents! That’s a miracle.

At the top of the canyon we rode under a canopy of green. It was so pretty and the weather was perfect.
Eight miles. That little girl went 8 miles down Provo Canyon on that bike and loved every minute of it. She peddled furiously and focused so intently on being safe. It was so cute to watch!


April 30, 2020
Straight from the camera, Fuji Velvia. I really love my X-T20.

No more training wheels

April 15, 2020

About a week or so ago I finally decided to spend the whole 5 minutes it would take to remove the training wheels from Emmett’s bike. Based on how well he did on the little Strider bike and his confidence on a Razor scooter I knew his balance was fine.

After just one or two little helps to get started he was off the races and picking up 2-wheel bike riding real fast. He has no problem going off-road on the lawn, or taking small bumps and lips on the cement. He’s pretty much a natural at this point and he *loves* it. He’ll ride back and forth in front of the house several dozen times and never gets bored. There truly is a freedom discovered when a kid gets his own bike.

Emmett poses on his orange bike.
Fuji X-T20, 50mm @F2. Edited in Affinity Photo.