A Day in the Life

A Photoblog by Joel

Cool Ranch Doritos

April 11, 2021

Now, most of us enjoy both the crunch and the flavor of a chip simultaneously. But Emily, she has learned to break it apart – to first enjoy the flavor by licking off the seasoning, and then enjoying the crunch in small bites. Babies are genius.


March 19, 2021

Well, a year after all this Coronamadness began it finally got us at our house. Alicia came home from work a week ago feeling groggy, and then proceeded to spend the weekend in bed with aches and pains. On Monday morning I took her to a COVID testing spot to be rapid-tested and 30 minutes later she was positive. Time to stay home!

That same afternoon I was changing a poopy diaper on Emily and discovered I didn’t smell any poop. I ignored logic and hefted up the poop filled diaper and put my nose an inch from it – nothing. An hour later I had my positive result and here we are both suffering from the COVID-19. However, a week in to this and my only symptom is slightly diminished smell – it’s not entirely gone. I’m not complaining.

It’s been a rather uneventful week of isolation. The kids have been home the whole time and have had their fair share of screen time in different mediums – TV shows, a little Netflix, some YouTube, playing on the Switch and the iPads… whatever they can do to stay somewhat entertained while Alicia and I try our best to parent from a distance. We have 3 cameras in the house to keep an eye on them and sometimes we catch funny moments.

Four legs sticking up in the air from Emmett and Elle as they lay upside down on the couch.

I’ve managed to get some work in, some car maintenance in, some outside time, a few walks and and managed to keep the kitchen pretty clean. I actually am really enjoying an escape from the norm. If I could figure out how to get in a few more hours of work every day I’d honestly love it if this was my regular routine. That, and adding in some better structure around the day for the kids – a good mix of learning, quiet time, play time, and screen time. I’d like to say that after the kids go to bed I can get a few hours of work in but being honest bedtime has been *very* late this week and I’m not far behind them.

The weather has been nice and cooperative thankfully. Being stuck at home is made a lot easier when you can spend some time outside in the sunshine and playing in the dirt.

I’m tired of Winter

February 16, 2021

I’m losing motivation. I’m just trudging through my days. I’m tired of the dull colors and minimal blue skies. My patience for winter is getting shorter every year.

Carterville Sunset

February 2, 2021

I took the kids to Carterville Park tonight after work and a very nice sunset was unfolding. This is a stitched panorama from about 10 images shot at 50mm.

Foggy Morning

January 4, 2021

I like taking the less-popular roads to work. Even if it takes me a little bit longer I prefer moving slower than bursts of speed between stop lights and traffic. This morning it paid off a little with a pretty cool foggy frosty scene that we get a couple times a year.

Southern Utah

January 3, 2021

Ponyo @ Kurt’s House

January 2, 2021

We’re down in St. George for the weekend enjoying slightly warmer weather and a lot more sunshine.

The Half Wedge

November 28, 2020

The view was amazing, and this is just half of it. This panorama was too wide to really fit on a blog. The other half is shady and hazed out though, so you’re just gonna have to go to The Wedge yourself to see it all.

Black Friday

November 27, 2020

It’s 2020. COVID Thanksgiving was yesterday and it was great – just our family. At the end of the day I was staring down 3 more days of being in the house all day and that just wasn’t looking fun. So I decided we’d go for a day trip. Alicia had to work so it was just me and the littles. We packed up my GX470 and headed towards Central Utah.

First Stop – Pit Stop. This was near the summit of Spanish Fork Canyon, AKA Soldier Summit. It was kinda chilly but there was a train to check out and we couldn’t pass that up.
Stopped here for lunch, in Wellington. I just love how Emmett and Elle are such good friends.
See, Emily was there too.

After lunch we still had a good 90 minutes before our destination. About 45 minutes in we stopped at a park in Huntington and had a great time. It was warmer than Soldier Summit was, the sky was clear, no wind – a perfect day to play at an empty park.

Emmett called this his Parkour Course.
Emily wasn’t scared at all to climb up the steps and go down the slides.

Finally, we were on the home stretch to our destination – The Wedge, about 20 miles east of Castle Dale. Once you turn off the highway there’s a long dirt road you go down to get there. It’s well maintained, though, so it’s easy to bounce along at 45mph. Until you see a hill that looks fun to climb.

And now, after all that – we made it to The Wedge. But you’re not gonna see that just yet. I’ve got a couple panoramas I need to edit up and then you can see where we went. Unless you’re reading this a week or so after I post this and you saw the panorama before you saw this post since Blogs go back in time. Hello, time traveler.

Look! I was there too.

Thanksgiving Morning Makeup

November 26, 2020