Saturday's in Monmouth???

Sunday, September 28, 2008


So what happens on a quiet Saturday morning in Monmouth Oregon. Well a lot can happen. For instance this Saturday our kids started yelling at Dad to grab his camerae quick. As it turns our there were five hot air balloons floating by in the backyard. To our surprise one of them landed in the park behind our house.

It turns out that they balloons came down to Independence to take part in the Hops and Heritage Festival. The Pilot of the Balloon that landed behind our house loves to give rides to kids. He has been a pilot for 18 years when after taking his first balloon ride went nuts and became a pilot with his own balloon within a year and hasn't looked back. What a generous individuals he and his crew are to land in a community and give free rides to kids and adults who woulds like to have the experience of a life time.

Soon after landing a flock of people showed up to see what was going on. We ran into the Davis's and Ethan, Brock, Abigail and I took the first trip up for the day. They tethered the balloon to a truck with a long rope 300 to 400ft I would guess. It was so fun. they start the burner and before you know it whoosh you are way up in the air. I will never forget the experience and I am sure the kids won't either. --SG

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Apple picking Abigail

Thursday, September 25, 2008

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Jif's Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Scholarship



Jif is having their annual Most Creative Peanut Butter Contest. This is a unique contest for kids ages 6-12 to show off their skills and create an original recipe using Jif peanut butter. Your child could win a $25,000 scholarship fund as Grand prize. Four runners up will receive a $2500 Scholarship. Check out the rules to find out how to enter. Be sure to look at the past recipe winners too.

Deadline to enter is Nov 14, 2008. Entry form

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Someone Had a Birthday

Sunday, September 14, 2008






In honor of our darling daughter's birthday I sat her down and had a long photo shoot with her. Most fathers at this age would have a long talk. We talk often so here is the next best thing. Join us in wishing her a happy birthday I can hardly believe we are old enough to have a daughter her age. Where does the time go??? -SG

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Look at Oregon

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Do you know the Preamble for your state?. . .I was sent this as an email and briefly scanned through it, but was rather interested to see if our state had anything. I included all the states for those who may be interested in looking up places they have lived. Be sure to look at Oregon. Does if remind you of anything found in the Articles of Faith?

  • Alabama 1901, PreambleWe the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.
  • Alaska 1956, PreambleWe, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
  • Arizona 1911, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...
  • Arkansas 1874, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Arkansas , grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...
  • California 1879, PreambleWe, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...
  • Colorado 1876, PreambleWe, the people of Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe...
  • Connecticut 1818, PreambleThe People of Connecticut , acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
  • Delaware 1897, PreambleThrough Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.
  • Florida 1885, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...
  • Georgia 1777, PreambleWe, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
  • Hawaii 1959, PreambleWe , the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance ... Establish this Constitution.
  • Idaho 1889, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our, to secure its blessings.
  • Illinois 1870, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
  • Indiana 1851, PreambleWe, the People of the State of Indiana , grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
  • Iowa 1857, PreambleWe, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.
  • Kansas 1859, PreambleWe, the people of Kansas , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
  • Kentucky 1891, PreambleWe, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...
  • Louisiana 1921, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
  • Maine 1820, PreambleWe the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction.
  • Maryland 1776, PreambleWe, the people of the state of Maryland , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...
  • Massachusetts 1780, PreambleWe...the people of Massachusetts , acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence , an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction
  • Michigan 1908, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution.
  • Minnesota, 1857, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Minnesota , grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
  • Mississippi 1890, PreambleWe, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
  • Missouri 1845, PreambleWe, the people of Missouri , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . Establish this Constitution...
  • Montana 1889, PreambleWe, the people of Montana , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution .
  • Nebraska 1875, PreambleWe, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, Establish this Constitution.
  • Nevada 1864, PreambleWe the people of the State of Nevada , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution...
  • New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. VEvery individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
  • New Jersey 1844, PreambleWe, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
  • New Mexico 1911, Preamble We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..
  • New York 1846, Preamble We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
  • North Carolina 1868, PreambleWe the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those...
  • North Dakota 1889, PreambleWe , the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil andreligious liberty, do ordain...
  • Ohio 1852, PreambleWe the people of the state of Ohio , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common...
  • Oklahoma 1907, PreambleInvoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this
  • Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article ISection 2.All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences
  • Pennsylvania 1776, PreambleWe, the people of Pennsylvania , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance...
  • Rhode Island 1842, PreambleWe the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing...
  • South Carolina, 1778, PreambleWe, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
  • South Dakota 1889, PreambleWe, the people of South Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties .
  • Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III.That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
  • Texas 1845, PreambleWe the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
  • Utah 1896, PreambleGrateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
  • Vermont 1777, PreambleWhereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..
  • Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVIReligion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other
  • Washington 1889, PreambleWe the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
  • West Virginia 1872, PreambleSince through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...
  • Wisconsin 1848, PreambleWe, the people of Wisconsin , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility...
  • Wyoming 1890, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution..

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Matthew Has Fun Visiting A New Doctor

Saturday, September 6, 2008






Shaun spent a couple of hours shooting pictures of the kids. They endured his torture and here is one set we took. More to come over the next week. -SG

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