I was about to write something political but

I was about to write something political but, this precious little collection of girls, is my political party of choice… These little shits marching around, bossing people around, tossing their attitudes at everyone like they have no shits to give … and the sassiest little one of all, asks every person’s name, and offers only a thank you. On the only day anymore that it’s welcomed to go to your neighbors door and ask for sugar, my little snotty shit head baby wants to know what their names are and hug them and shit.

And I’m fucking happy about it … I’ve learned more from these 4 little teachers of mine than … what? Roughly 15 years, 20 years? of school now? Have ever taught me … They’ve taught me about myself, they’ve taught me about the human condition … about how we should all live more like children do. I don’t know how in this world, any single other person’s life became less important than the next.

Life, is … mundane … it’s discouraging … it’s sometimes, terrible … but, every single day is a blessing … Not to say a blessing from god because we all know that if it does exist I don’t care for it much … but, the blessing of life.

We get to experience all of these little intricate parts of LIFE and little pieces of it’s puzzle, we’re all just piles of cells walking around that can compute and experience emotion.

We are piles of molecules … much like the ground that you’re standing or sitting on … and the air that is currently surrounding you and pressing down on you.

Monday, is a good day … as is Tuesday … Say hi to someone new. This week, I challenge you to do one single thing outside of your shell. Come back and comment, I don’t care if what. If you tried to cook spinach in sloppy joes I might try to give you a tip or so but, really try to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, meet new people, love new people. Spread some joy and happiness.

Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote on Tuesday if you haven’t. I voted for Gary, because I couldn’t really have a Hillary or Trump vote on my conscious, and he seems like a :/ fairly decent guy. Whomever you’re standing with, hit that poll or mailbox and get heard … like … Please. Please.

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Winter, 2015 Family photos

Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah

Went up to Maple Grove this evening for some Winter photos. I had the ISO set too high for quite a few and they came out super grainy. Still got a few good shots I think.

Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah
Price family photos Winter 2015 taken at Maple Grove, Utah

 

 

The day my baby boy turned into an 8 year old little man

ViviCam 3765

ViviCam 3765Approximately 8 years and 30 something hours ago, I witnessed the birth of what would become my best buddy, teacher, and friend. I told him yesterday morning when he got up that 8 years ago he had come out a little bloody, poopy blob. Luckily, having experienced the whole process before. I only cried about as much as I am while writing this, or during most movies.

 

 

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From the day he was born I knew that I wanted to raise him to be responsible, independent, caring, honest and respectable. Today, I look back amazed at how, with my own compassion, love and discipline, I have (so far) done just that. Through his own little boy oddities, the birth of his 3 sisters, and his mother and I divorcing and every other growing/learning/living child problem … there have been very few faults, he’s selfless, honest, responsible, caring and becoming ridiculously smart (and not just smart ass, though there is quite a bit of that) Of course there’s been times of sit down talks, yelling and even downright spanking and fighting.

 

 

 

As time goes on I’m sure we’ll run into our new trials but, when considering gifts for my 8 year old boy he replied that he wanted a BB gun … what he meant was an airsoft gun …

 

 

 

 

 

 

From what I remember about being 8 years old … I was curious, in every single way possible, I had grown unattached from toys (though they proved to be great worth for a couple years following) and I wanted to be big but, I was still small … But, one of the most important things to me was my bb gun.

See, now we could start a controversy …”Is a bb gun appropriate for child of that age?” Having been threatened by a firearm multiple times in my life, only once was by a non-family member (my family is messed up(and I’m not even sure if the one in the robbery was real but, I wasn’t going to test it)) They have all been intimidating and scary. When my wife called to consult me about the gift, I steered entirely the opposite direction of what some would think … Why in the world that we live in, do we give people the option to desensitize themselves and each other to firearms in such a way?

If he were going to receive his first firearm for his birthday, it was going to be something real, something that he needed to treat with responsibility, learn proper procedures, gun safety and care … how to shoot, when to shoot. The entire thing has put A Christmas Story into perspective as I chant “You’ll shoot your eye out”.

 

I’m sure I’m being chastised by some anti-gun activists right now but, when he received the package the look on his face was “Quit teasing me”, I’m sure he still thought we were joking with him. As we took it out of it’s packaged and found a safer place to shoot he got even more excited and more curious as I taught him how and when to use the safety, how to carry his new little rifle, and more importantly what to watch for when you’re looking for a place to shoot.

But, he really got excited when he got back to the picnic area, and grandpa taught him how to aim, and position himself for better aim and how to cock the gun (he’s too little to do it like a normal person, he has to hold it with his legs to pull the lever all the way. He tore apart some cans with how well he was doing.

Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud of the little man I’ve raised. Please share this post if you enjoyed it, and add me to your social channels for random crap, including graphic design, parenting, and life.