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St Patty’s Day 2010!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

As per our tradition, we had the leprechauns visit the kids and leave them with a treasure hunt!

Buster Finds Footprints!
The kids woke up to find leprechaun footprints all over the kitchen!

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Disneyland Trip!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

I’ve been so busy with work lately that I haven’t been nearly as faithful of a blogger as I should be. For that I apologize (again). I promise some amazing catch-up posts in the future. In the mean time, here’s something pretty dang fun:

On Saturday we were able to take the kids the Disneyland (thanks Dominic!!!) for the first time in four years and now that the kids are old enough to really appreciate it, it was something really special. Cricket had been talking about going to Disneyland so much back in Jersey, it was great to not have to tell her “maybe someday” or that its “too far away”. So we took some pictures, and here they are!

Main Street USA
Finn and the kids on Main Street USA

Mickey Pumpkins
Me and the kids at the Disneyland Halloween celebration.

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Window Markers

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Seeing as I just barely got my post in yesterday at two minutes to midnight (Iron Maiden! Woooooooooaaaahhhh!!), I don’t have all that much new to talk about, so here’s some more pics from yesterday! This time it’s from the BEFORE church. We busted out some window markers on Gramma’s big sliding glass doors and this is what happened:

Buster envisioning the clear window as a blank canvas ready to carry the messages of his heart for the all the world to see.

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Happy Birthday, Parker! And Stuff!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Happy Birthday Parker! It’s your special day!

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Hairy Potty

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Hairy Potty

I went to the see Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince with Parker, Christian, Shanna and Popi tonight and it was AWESOME! Really a good movie. Probably the best adaptation yet because they didn’t try to cram in every little detail. Great work, guys!

Then Parker and I stalked Marylynn and Sarah at Albertson’s and shopped with them. It was awesome and a fun time was had by all.

I would have gone into more detail, but I”m almost out of time for my daily blog! and plus, I have to let Sarah use the computer for her own daily entry! meep!

We’re Altogether!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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The Jacobs Family

…and suddenly everything in the world feels right again.

Fourth of July Photo Bonanza!

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Yesterday was the Independence Day (more commonly known as “The Fourth of July to us yanks”) and we had a BLAST (pun intended har har har). And luckily enough for you, we brought our camera! Oh goody! So we went up to Palmyra (PA, right next to Hershey) to spend the day with Katie and Clayton, who just moved into their awesome new place this week. We had a great day of hanging out, playing in the sprinklers, eating hot dogs, hanging out, eating smores, lighting off fireworks and then watching the big Hershey Park Fireworks show. Now it’s time for the photos!

The Three Little Ones
The three little ones, Buster, Gredtel and Mayzie pose for the camera while looking forward to a great day of playing ahead of them.

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Finn’s new hair

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Since Marylynn isn’t posting this on her own blog, I thought I’d put it up here for her. For her birthday last week (June 17 – write that down!), her family all pitched in and got her a salon visit, which is probably the best possible gift she could have gotten. Thanks you guys!!! Anyhow, I’m proud of Finn’s hair and thought I’d post some pictures of it to publically brag about it. :)

Finn's new hair - top

Finn's new hair - side

Finn's new hair - back

Buster and Cricket hugging
obligatory cute kids picture taken at the same time

Palmyra Trip 2009

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

So at the very beginning of April (almost two months ago), Marylynn’s parents came out to visit us and we thought to ourselves, “well heck, they’ve seen our apartment plenty of times, and it’s full of boxes, why don’t we just take them on a little church history trip to see Palmyra?” So we told them our idea and they got all giddy. We went, had a great time and here are the pictures to prove it.

So the night before we left for Palmyra we headed out to Cheeburger Cheeburger in scenic Lawrenceville for dinner.

Grandpa and Buster
I think Grandpa is cutting off one of Buster’s fingers here. I think Buster likes it.

Daddy and Cricket
Me and Crick-a-Lick.

Finn and Mary Barnum
My two favorite Marys.

Mary Barnum and Cricket
Grandma and Cricket. Nice glamour shots pose!

The next day we piled into the car and headed up about five hours to upstate New York to the tiny town of Palmyra. Now if you don’t know, Palmyra is where our Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church) was founded. The Prophet Joseph Smith who was called to restore Christ’s church from ancient times was a farm boy in Palmyra. A lot more happened there, that I’ll touch on that later. Over hereis a more detailed account.) Our first stop was to visit the Smith Family Farm.

Palmyra Temple
The Palmyra Temple was built only a few years ago and is right across the street from the Smith Family farm.

Palmyra Temple
Here’s a better shot of it we took a few days later.

The Smith Family Cabin
This is the cabin where Joseph and his family grew up (nine kids in this tiny place!!).

Alvin's Tree
This tree was planted in memory of Joseph’s oldest brother, Alvin after he died at the age of 27 (?). Cool to see how big it is now.

Don and Mary at the Homestead
My awesome in-laws, Don and Mary in front of the Smith family homestead. They built this home later on. I guess the cabin was getting too small…?

All of us inside the homestead
Here we are inside the homestead. Other people have lived here in the past 150 years, but since the church bought it a long time ago, they’ve restored it and re-created what it was like before.

The Family
This is our family.

Smith Homestead and Barn
A shot of the barn and homestead from out back.

Buster Going Into The Sacred Grove
Buster running ahead of us on our way to the Sacred Grove.

Buster and Cricket in the Sacred Grove
Cricket and Buster right when we got into the Sacred Grove. Cricket was grumpy about something.

The Sacred Grove
So this is what we call the Sacred Grove. This is where Joseph Smith went at age 14 to pray to see which church was the true church and he received the First Vision.

The Sacred Grove (sunshine)
“The First Vision” is when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that none of the churches held the full truth and that they were all in error. Joseph learned here that he would be called to restore Christ’s church as it was established during His ministry.

Log w/ Mushrooms
So, the First Vision took place in early April, 1820 and is often represented in paintings and church films as taking place in a lush, leafy green forest. It was interesting to be there at the very same time of year. The trees were still bare and there was a stillness in the air.

Nature Shot
I experimented with the macro zoom a bit on the camera and got some cool results.

Nature Shot
More macro nature shots…

Nature Shot
I like this one a lot. I used it for the art of my last podcast episode.

Nature Shot
In the early spring, we could see leaves just starting to bud. Mary pointed out to me that it was such an appropriate time for the Gospel to be restored. A time of renewal, new life and hope. I thought that was amazing.

Don & Mary
Mary and Don in the Sacred Grove.

Smith Cabin
The Smith Family Cabin from behind.

Don & Mary @ Hill Cumorah Visitor's Center
After that (was it the next day? I think so. I can’t remember) we went to the Hill Cumorah monument. The angel Moroni led Joseph Smith to the Hill Cumorah where the golden plates were buried. Joseph later translated these plates and that’s what the Book of Mormon is. Today there stands a monument up on top and a visitor’s center below. Every year there is ths hill Cumorah pageant there, where key parts of the Book of Mormon are acted out.

Our Family
Here’s our little family on top of the Hill Cumorah. You can’t tell from this picture, but it’s actually pretty high up. Well, at least higher than I had expected.

Looking Down from on Top
Here’s looking down from the top.

Mary and Marylynn
Marylynn and her mommy are strolling along the ridge of the hill. It drops of pretty steep on the back side as well.

Moroni Monument
This is the Angel Moroni monument on the top of the hill. He’s also the little golden guy blowing a trumpet on top of our temples. Kind of a cool picture.

Cricket, Buster & Moroni
Cricket, Buster & Moroni.

Cricket and Buster on the Hill Cumorah
Cricket and Buster on the Hill Cumorah. Watch your step, guys!!

Flowers on the Hill
Reminders of new life were all around.

Cricket at the Monument
Cricket my sweet.

Buster and Cricket at the Monument
Buster and Cricket at the Monument again.

Hill Cumorah Marker Stone
Hill Cumorah Marker Stone. To read it easier, click to view the original size over at Flickr.

Atop the hill
This paints a clearer picture of the steepness of the hill. I think Marylynn and her dad were talking about me.

Our Family at the Monument
Our Family at the Monument.

Got a few more nature shots on our way down the back side of the mountain. These are blossoms

Cricket going down the Hill
Cricket gave me funny looks.

Budding Leaves
Budding Leaves

On the Trail Down The Hill
On the trail down the hill.

Hill Cumorah Visitors Center
Hill Cumorah Visitors Center

Buster Doubling up on the Audio Commentary
Buster doubled up on the audio commentary in the Visitors Center. Must have sounded awesome in stereo!

Cricket Doubling up on the Audio Commentary
Cricket agreed it was a good idea.

Braille Book of Mormon
Marylynn practiced her Braille with a sample copy of the Book of Mormon… in Braille.

Happy Meal Break
Afterwords, we headed over to McDonalds for lunch. Happy meals made them happy apparently.

Me and Don
Me and Don. I think he was describing his evil plot to destroy the world! Muwahahaha…

Don at the Peter Whitmer Farm
Then we headed over to the Peter Whitmer Farm. Donnie was checking to see how sturdy the sign was.

The Meeting House at the Whitmer Farm
The Meeting House at the Whitmer Farm… and Cricket.

Buster, Grandma and Cricket
Buster, Grandma and Cricket outside the Peter Whitmer cabin

Peter Whitmer Cabin
Peter Whitmer’s cabin. This is where the church was first organized.

All of Us at Peter Whitmer's
All of us.

Inside Peter Whitmer's
Inside the Cabin. The first Sacrament Meeting was held here. OK, well not THE first (that would have been the last supper), but you know what I mean.

Book of Mormon
A replica of a first edition Book of Mormon in the upper bedroom.

Old School Bedroom
The hotel we stayed at wasn’t as modernized as we had hoped.

Don at the Book of Mormon Publication Site
Then we went over to the Book of Mormon Publication Site in Palmyra. And that tall guy is Don.

Inside Book of Mormon Publication Site
They recreated what the publishing offices looked like.

Inside Book of Mormon Publication Site
More inside the publishing house.

Book of Mormon Printing Press
The Book of Mormon printing press.

Buster at the Printing Press
Buster was mr. wiggly pants by this time.

Grandma and Cricket
Back at the hotel, Grandma and Cricket got a few cuddles in before bedtime.

Cricket in her Nightgown
Cricket in her nightgown that Grandma Becky made for her. I love this photo. She’s so lovely.

Kids sleeping at the Hotel
Kids sleeping at the hotel. Buster wasn’t used to the new place and wet the bed… my apologies to the cleaning lady!!

Snowy Palmyra
This snow storm hit as we were leaving. Perfect timing!!

Cricket and Buster
Cricket and Buster love each other at a Dunkin’ Donuts somewhere on the way home.

It was a really fun trip and I’m glad we could do it. We moved a few days later. What a crazy week! But it was well worth it.

Little T’s Baseball Game

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

So we’ve been living here at John and Jaime’s for over a month now and I know I haven’t touched the blog. Sorry about that. It’s been really hard to post. So I owe you, dear reader a bit more content.

A few weeks ago, my nephew Tyler (I know it’s confusing to me too) had a little league baseball game. So we went and took some pictures. Here’s a few:

Little T and Buster
Before the game – Little T is lifting up Buster who is inexplicably showing some cleavage.

Stormy Cricket
I love this picture. Cricket at the park before the game started. A storm was a-brewin’.

Cricket again, looking rather Bjorky if you ask me.

Metal Playground and Stormy Skies
Metal playground and stormy skies… maybe not the best combo.

Tyler at the Mound
Tyler at the mound

Finn at the game.

Lily the Photographer
I caught Lily playing photographer.

Cricket and Buster Watching the Game
I imagine Lily’s photo would have been something like this.

Stormy Skies
The skies got stormier.

Cricket on the Playground
Cricket on the playground.


Little T is a Baseball Guy of Sorts
Little T is a baseball guy of sorts.