Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Daddy of Them All--Cheyenne Frontier Days

Yup, Joanne and I went to the rodeo on Tuesday afternoon. We sat in the Qwest box as guests. Lots of people stopped by, including the Governor. It was warm, but there was lots of water and other refreshments. I took loads of pictures--some good, some bad. Some of the good ones I will post here for the world to see--or maybe just my beautiful daughters who periodically log on to their Dad's blog to see, if by chance, he may have written something different.

Thunderbirds at Laramie County Community College

The Thunderbirds flew in like bombers over a terrorist country. But this time they were quite friendly. They are truly amazing--flying low, flying high, flying wing tip to wing tip, twisting and turning up, twisting and zooming down. Catch the pictures above.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Trip to Idaho Falls and Salt Lake/Provo

Joanne and I trundled to Idaho Falls/Rigby for the Bradley K. Hammon annual 4th of July breakfast--and "happy birthday to Brad Hammon" day. We had a great time being with family. Anna Rose and Christiaan came up for the breakfast. We dropped Mother Boltz off at Joanne's Aunt Esther's place in Idaho Falls so she could spend some time with her.

We also went to other annual event: the Delaina Hammon Scholes Annual Easter Egg Hunt. What? An Easter egg hunt in July? Yes, Delaina couldn't have it at Easter because of a huge snow storm; so, she waited until we all were there for Easter. What a kick it was to see all of the cousins, nieces, and nephews--big and small--running around Delaina and Keith's yard, scooping up eggs and such. What a fun time we all had! Once we were finished we drove over to Brad's house. We then drove over to Abbott's Hardware where I bought a new pellet gun to take home. Cannot wait to fire this one.

We left around 5:30 ish to drive to Provo. After picking up Mother Boltz, we headed south to the great land of Provo where we spent the night. We woke up the next day and had breakfast with Hailey and Joseph. After just a few short hours, we had lunch with Joseph's parents and siblings--two sisters and a brother--from Seattle. What a nice family! We enjoyed ourselves with them and chatted about Joseph and Hailey. We shall see how this all goes down, eh?


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Anna Rose's Birthday

Good morning! Today is Anna Rose Hammon Johnson's birthday. I am honored to be Anna Rose's father. She has been a model child, excluding the Bubble Tape incident when she was younger; but that is another story for another time. She has become an extremely professional young woman who has already accomplished much in her young life--accomplished pianist, phenomenal tennis player, spectacular speech and drama champion, valedictorian at Miles Community College, high-achieving college graduate, wonderful wife, and the list goes on and will continue to go on because that's who she is. I would like to say that she has great genes, but I believe Anna Rose came that way. She was definitely a blessing to her mother and me, after seven long years of waiting, praying, fasting, and more praying. While she caused some challenges to her mother, she arrived perfect and beautiful--and all those years dissipated into nothingness when she looked at us with those heavenly eyes and that awesome smile. Surely, Heavenly Father was sadden to let her go but elated when He knew that her earthly parents were wonderfully happy with His precious daughter.

So, my precious Anna Rose, a very Happy Birthday to you on this special day. I LOVE YOU TONS! And I look forward to seeing you this weekend.


Your proud Father.