Sunshine & Summertime

In the last 10 days I…

…won the Intramural Softball Championship for my division.softball3

…finished the exhibit I have been working on. (Here’s a sneak peek of my favorite wall)wall

…played with puppies at the Puppy Barn in American Fork.puppy1puppy2

…ate the epitome of decadence at Waffle Love…waffle

…with my homegirl Natalie.

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…manned my own booth at the Provo Farmer’s Market.farmersmarket

…documented Nathan eating corn.corn

…and did another typewriter photo shoot, featuring a barn and a desk.barn  desk

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St. George: Day 1

I just got back from a Whitaker Family Reunion. My grandparents rented condos (Thanks!) and we spent a week down in St. George. On the first full day we went to Zion National Park. That was my first time ever going, so it was nice to cross something off the bucket list. We didn’t hike the Narrows at all, but here are some pictures from the Riverside Walk that leads to the Narrows. (I’m not so good at shooting landscapes, so my photography goal for the week was to capture the personalities in my nieces and nephews.)

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The day started off with Brooke latching onto my leg trying to avoid sunscreen.

3 At last she was captured.
7Climbin’ 16 Runnin’12Packing up the baby
20 Then we rode on the shuttle to the trail.22We saw mountains.
23This was Alicia’s first real family reunion.29 More rocks.24 Steven came too.27 Token squirrel picture. They are basically too fat to move.48Because they raid people’s bags for food.51This map is a relic from 25 years ago when Dad first came to Zion National Park. It’s life-sized.
36Mom was also there.35At the end of the walk, the kiddos went swimming.
45“I’m really wet!!” -Wyatt after requesting to be dunked in the water

Next up – Angel’s Landing!

Spiral Jetty Part 1

Memorial Day adventures at the Spiral Jetty (a man-made art installation in the Great Salt Lake). It was awesome! Definitely worth the drive if you’re into art and the wilderness.

Adventure

I went on an adventure last week. I hiked 55 miles or so of the Florida Trail. It was the segment that followed along Lake Okeechobee, which is one of the largest lakes in the US.

The best part of the hike was taking panoramic photos. And saying the word “Pahokee,” which is the name of the city where we were camping.

The worst part was all the bugs. I have never felt so wanted in my entire life.

But despite the heat and the bugs, it was very nice.  It’s not every day that you get to walk 55 miles.  Or camp next to a giant lake and see the heads of alligators all along the shore.  Or watch a small town fireworks display over the lake.  Or see other fireworks shows that are happening across the lake.  Or discover high-end trailer parks (yes, they exist).

So that was my adventure.  Here are the pretty pictures.  You’ll have to ask my mom for the not-so-pretty pictures.  Although I don’t think she took any pictures of our blisters.

(You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Father’s Day Gift Idea – World’s Greatest Pop

I’m not really one of those people who writes craft tutorials (because 99% of the things I make come from online tutorials), but here is an easy one I just finished and thought it was worth sharing.

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Staying true to the mantra “Good artists steal, bad artists copy,” I got the “World’s Greatest Pop” icon from The Gunny Sack: http://www.thegunnysack.com/free-printables

But everything else was my own.  Here is the template I used:

WORLD’S GREATEST POP  (Just click on it and a Word doc should pop up.)

The two long strips are used to wrap around the box and the shorter strips wrap around the bottles.  For the bow tie, you cut out the strip, measure it around the neck of the bottle, tape it into a ring, and then tape the ring onto the cut out bow tie.

I used a 4 pack of Cheerwine soda for mine (you can get them at Walmart where I’m from), but I’m sure the template would fit any bottled 4 pack soda.  The strips that wrap around the bottles are long enough for the fatter IBC Root Beer bottles, but the longer strips would not be long enough to wrap around a 6 pack box (although you could adapt it to work).

 

So this is what my family is doing for Father’s Day 🙂  We are also going to put notes inside for why our dad is “The World’s Greatest Pop.”

Have fun prepping for Father’s Day!

Ode to Illustrator

This post isn’t much of an ode, but the title has a nice ring to it.

I downloaded my free trial of Adobe Illustrator this week.

I needed something to keep my blood pumping.

I don’t know how I got through high school designing with Microsoft Word.  (Don’t worry, I knew enough to stay away from Word Art…)

Here are a couple things I have been working on to keep me sane this summer.

Let me know what you think!

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On the Concept of “Personal Promotion”

Here are more photos from my beach excursion.

But first, a little rant:

Let me be the first to say that I know I am not a great model.  And I know that my mom is not a great photographer.

But we had fun, and I’m a proponent of being more real on the Internet.  Not all of our photos have to be glamour shots or photoshopped or filtered.

Here is a good quote from a video called The Innovation of Loneliness*:

“So what is the problem in having a conversation?

Well, it takes place in real time, and you can’t control what you’re going to say. And that is the bottom line.

Texting, email, posting. All of these things let us present the self as we want it to be. We get to edit, and that means we get to delete. Instead of building true friendships, we’re obsessed with endless personal promotion. Investing hours on end building our profile, pursuing the optimal order of words in our next message, choosing the pictures in which we look our best. All of which is meant to serve as a desirable image of who we are.”

I guess I can’t write a blog post without it being a form of “personal promotion,” but these are pictures of me being me.  Actually, I was trying to be someone I wasn’t**, but it didn’t work.  They all came out as just me.  Little, awkward, cute, silly me.  (And don’t forget Rupert, the elephant.)

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*Quote originally from this TED Talk.

**I never wear my hair like that, I never wear sweatshirts to the beach, I hate wearing sunglasses, I hate sitting crosslegged, and I hate playing in the sand.