Tuesday, January 31, 2012

BYU vs. St Mary's

The crowd says it all.

St. Mary's shot 60 free throws. 60. BYU shot 36.
I got to play with my camera some more.
That's about as much as I want to talk about it...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Last Hurrah in San Diego

Our last trip to San Diego was absolutely beautiful, and it was a great place to try out my Christmas present. This post is really picture heavy because I was so happy about figuring out my new camera, but I always like to look at pictures anyway. We arrived in San Diego just in time to go out to the beach and see the sunset. The tide was low, and the sunset was brilliantly orange.

 We then headed over to Sea World for the last time, and took part in their christmas joy. We even had fun frolicking in a human-sized snowglobe.
 And we had to come to San Diego to actually get some snow... This snow pavilion at Sea World was one of the most popular venues. It was great to see people so thrilled with a little pile of snow.

We went to the Wild Animal Park our second day. I loved taking pictures of all the colorful and exotic birds, as you can see. There were also a lot of babies...baby antelope, a baby gorilla, and baby elephants. See if you can spot them all...

I love the Meerkats. They were out enjoying the sun and relaxing like couch potatoes...what a carefree life.
 We made it out to the beach on Coronado a couple nights as well, and while there weren't clouds during this sunset, it was still absolutely gorgeous. I really had a thing for birds this trip.

 Yes, I know. My jumping is pathetic.

 The Midway

My camera has a pretty nice panorama assist, and it came with a stitching program. This picture was taken on the ferry over to Coronado. We rode bikes from Old Town, took them on the ferry, and rode around Coronado. This was one my favorite activites.
Farewell San Diego. I hope we come back and visit you again one day.
I am glad you are giving my parents back though.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Very Porter Christmas

Christmas with the Porters was delightful, despite the fact that some sort of stomach bug made its way swiftly from Emily, to Matt, to Brian, to Jon. I was just waiting to wake up in the middle of the night running to the bathroom, but luckily, it never happened. Despite the sickness, everyone was up bright and early before church, opening presents and enjoying the company. It was so fun to have Jake and Christie up from Arizona and Jonathan and Abby and baby Will here from Vegas.
 Deanna cleaned out Brian's closet and framed his map of the Caribbean. Brian loves maps (as you can see by his happy face).
 The day after christmas we went to the Leonardo, a unique, but interesting new museum downtown. They had a word wall where you could create your own words and pictures. Brian came up with the sentence below, complete with a light saber and a tribute to Eric on his mission (we all miss your "envibrant" prescence Eric).
 This interesting piece of art is also like artificial intelligence. It responds to your prescence with movements and lights, cleans the air, and produces all its own energy. It is also incredible to look at.
 We also had fun with the mirrors, a surprisingly simple yet enjoyable display.

 And this is what I got for Christmas...a brand new digital superzoom camera that I already LOVE, even though I have no clue how to use it to its full advantage. I am learning, and am so excited to experiment.
Although it wasn't a white Christmas this year, it was still a fun Christmas with the Porters.