29 December 2006

Shan Diego

This is Diego's internet premier. Say hello to all the lovely people. I met him the second day I was in Arizona... The Lord works in mysterious ways!
This is us going to his work Christmas party.
Aren't we cute?!

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27 December 2006

The Lights at Temple Square

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26 December 2006

Christmas in Arizona

Need I say more?...

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22 December 2006

Operation Santa Claus

My cousin, Brittany and I, volunteered with the Food Bank. I do love to volunteer. It does my heart good. This time it was Operation Santa Claus with ABC channel 15. The ENTIRE atrium level was filled with toys and food.
We then had about 150 people make a human chain to move everything downstairs and to the designated trucks.
Me with Santa Claus! He was helping right next to me in the chain.

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20 December 2006

Brandon Goes To Utah (and other fun stuff)

Okay, so this first picture isn't of Utah but it is on the way. I didn't feel like driving straight through to Salt Lake so I spent the night in Las Vegas with some friends. This is Hoover Dam at twilight.
This is my friend Julia in Park City with her lovely daughter Josie. Yeah for good friends!
This is what I woke up to on Saturday morning. This Southern girl isn't used to shedding 5 INCHES of snow off her car in the morning!
Ah, the Cristus. You can feel the Spirit getting stronger as you acend the spiral walkway... I love that feeling.
The Conference Center. Where we got to see Music and the Spoken Word and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert. It looks bigger on TV.
Brandon and I with the Lights at Temple Square.

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06 December 2006

Funny Signage #2

Does anyone else see the humor, or is it just me? Mow Power, get it? Like Mo' Better Blues... I drive past this thing every day and it's still funny!

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02 November 2006

Three Generations

My Grandmother Stout, My Mother Henry and Me (who knows what my last name will end up). Three generations together. I have one other picture like this when my grandmother got to visit my folks in Louisiana for Christmas. It does me good to be able to see this. I hardly know my family - we were the only ones who didn't live in Arizona. Part of the fun for my mother to be my travel companion was that she got to spend some time with her family before going back home. Yeah!

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31 October 2006

Halloween 2006

So on Halloween I went to this party of The Wright House. I think it's actually a ward party but EVERYONE goes and EVERYONE is in costume. It was overwhelming how many young single adults were there and I'm not afraid of people! I'm not really the Devil, I just play one on TV.

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27 October 2006

Family I Went In Search Of

My Aunt Judy and my new Uncle Richard. She is my mother's oldert sister. She's been trying to get me to move here since I was in college. There have been some new experiences for Shannon - like cheesecake on a stick. Like people go to the temple visitor's center on Sunday to hang out. Like I go to this 24-30 Institute and service missionary couple put on a full-on meal and all the singles there are like TWO complete YSA conferences for me. In two weeks I've already got a calling as a ward missionary and they've asked me to speak... They said they like the feisty ones.

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20 October 2006

Taste Test

So maybe I'm just as crazy as the people who's things I visited on my road trip. My mother can't have sugar so we got her some sugar-free chocolate sandwich cookies. There were several brands so I got to thinking, "Are all sugar-free chocolate sandwich cookies created equal?" So, the taste test. There were Oreo's, Mothers and Murrays. Turns out that half the people could tell which cookies was the Orea but that there favorite cookie varied much more. So in the end my conclusive results show that not all sugar-free chocolate sandwich cookies are created equal.

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19 October 2006

Road Trip 2006 - Day 4

Tuscon, Arizona
Eegee's Restaurant

I dont' have a picture of this but it was the only thing we did on our last day on the road. We got to Mesa around 2pm - our best time yet for 400 miles a day. This picture is of my dashboard showing my father's GPS named Gertrude. My padre showed me how to load all my address information so it would tell me exactly where to get off the freeway and how to get back on. Nice! That's the way to travel. My mother had a fun adverture and I had a travel companion.

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18 October 2006

Road Trip 2006 - Day 3

Sunland Park, New Mexico
Christ of the Rockies

I would have loved to have hiked up to get some better photographs but a few things stopped me. One of which was this gigantic sign warning of "banditos." I think one day a month the path is lined with Border Guards for people to hike in safety. Besides, it was starting to rain and my mother was in the car.
Christ on the cross. I believe it was a gift from Mexico to show peace between our two countries. Over that mountain, Mexico.
I'd heard of the infamous "banditos" so when I saw this and took a picture I though they were watching me. Turns out they were watching me. They were the National Guard. Some very nice Border Patrol officers came over to talk with me cause the Guard called them informing them that someone was taking pictures of them. And I thought I was all smart...
Las Cruces, New Mexico
The Recycled Road Runner

It's off on one of the eastbound rest stops.
This close up gives you an idea of the types of things this bird is made of. Tennis shoes, tires, keyboards, fans, yada yada.
Also as this rest stop was an overzealous truck driver with the Halloween spirit. Seriously people!

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17 October 2006

Road Trip 2006 - Day 2

Houston, Texas
The Beer Can House

This house is TOTALLY covered and accessorized in beer can parts. This view shows you the mailbox and an idea of the siding.
This is a close-up of the lid link fence, as opposed to a chain link fence. Some people... Creative or Crazy?
The Flower Man's House

This house is covered in another man's junk - obviously his treasure.
This was the most interesting part for me cause I've never seen it. Cotton! It all it's various stages.
Field of Vision

This is around the corner from the Flower Man's House. Honestly, and I'm not trying to be vulgar, it looks like a bunch of nipples. It wasn't until I saw the plaque that I understood and it become comical. Field of Vision. I get it. But why?
Katy, Texas
Frobidden Gardens

I was most excited to see this cause it's supposed to be replicas, in miniature form of a variety of historical Chinese sites. It's a good thing I already knew it was going to be closed so I wasn't too disappointed when this was all I got to see. Oh well!
Luling, Texas
Watermelon Watertower

Uh, the watermelon watertower.
And the cows wondering what I am looking at.
San Antonio, Texas
The Alamo

Kerrville/Hunt, Texas
Stonehenge II

It's as if, on my little road trip to Arizona, I've been to England and the Canary Islands (and tomorrow to Brazil). World travelers we were. I swear, some people have the zaniest outlets...

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16 October 2006

Road Trip 2006 - Day 1

Mom and I only travelled about 400 miles a day! We just had so much fun gettin' off the beaten path seeing the random sites. It took us 4 hours to get to Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is only an hour and a half away!

Abita Springs, Louisiana

The Abita Mystery House

Our first stop is only about an hour from home. I can't help where all the good roadside sites are! It's a very quirky and eccentric musuem of anything the creator/artist could come up with. Very high on the cheese factor scale. These two images are tame in comparison to what we say for instance a 20-foot long bass with the head of an alligator or aliens at Mardi Gras.
This is his depiction of a New Orleans Jazz Funeral. You could press the button and some of the characters inside would animate. Note the flying "angels."
Me in one of the mirror pieces of the House of Shards - an entire house done up in shards...
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
The Strawberry Capital of Louisiana

We ate strawberry beignets at a little cafe and they were way yummy.
This bronze scuplture caught my attention cause the little strawberries are actually red. I don't know how they did that. I'm sure there's a simple enough explaination but I don't know it so it still gets to be amazing to me.
The city alligator? This is "Old Blue Eyes." He and his predecessor "Old Hard Hide" live in a cage at the city's center.
Beaumont, Texas

So we were going to see the Worlds (3rd) Largest Fire Hydrant but it was way raining so we didn't stop. We did however need to use the restroom facilities so we stopped at a gas station. I was grossed out at the bloody hand prints on the door and was about to take my "business" elsewhere when I realized that it was just their clever Halloween decorations. Now it's hilarious!

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