July 30, 2010

Lagoon 2010

This week we made our annual trip to Lagoon, an amusement park north of Salt Lake City. Like last year, we spent a full day there and then spent the night at a hotel downtown and enjoyed a delicious meal from Whole Foods consisting of gourmet breads (French Boule, Sourdough, Baguettes), cheeses (Parrano, Brie, Fontina, Muenster, Goat) and grapes. The next morning we ate at Les Madeleines Cafe and had their amazing Kouing Aman pastries (more to come on that later) and then headed back to the park for another fun day. That evening we went to see the Hale Theater production of "Wedding Singer." It was a very full two days and thankfully Jeni, with quite a bit of rest, was able to join us for everything. Below are pictures of the trip. I think now that we've done this two years in a row, we've got the makings of an annual tradition going.

July 18, 2010


I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now for almost 20 years. I am so grateful for my life and the blessings that I've received as a result of making the decision to join the Church while in college and to then serve a two year mission in Virginia a year later. The Church recently launched a newly revamped Mormon.org website and gave members across the world the chance to add a personal profile. I decided to add one so that I could in a small way give back and help others interested in the Church to learn why it has been such a blessing to me. Click on this link to see my personal profile or click on the picture above to see the screenshot. I love this website!

July 11, 2010

Fast Food Blitz

It's no secret by now that I love gourmet food. What may not be known is that I also love a good fast food meal from time to time. Maybe it has something to do with my working for Wendy's for the last 11 years. Last night we took our love for fast food to the extreme with our first ever Fast Food Blitz. This idea originated with Jeni's parents but we changed the rules up a bit. Here they are:

1. Each person picks a different fast food restaurant
2. Each person orders one item off the value menu at each location, except
3. At one location, you can order any item on the menu
4. Everyone can get a drink from one of the locations as a freebie

Last night Maddy chose Wendy's, Joey chose McDonalds, Jen chose KFC and I was left with Burger King. Jen's meal was very healthy as she got a Chicken Pot Pie, a side salad and a small frosty while mine was anything but. I got a Double QPC, a honey barbeque snacker, chicken nuggets and fries. Those didn't mix so well together. A memory for sure (the experience, not the meal)!

July 06, 2010

2010 Fourth of July Celebration

Independence Day is one of Jeni's favorite holidays as she is as patriotic as they come. When we got married in 1994 I was still a South African Citizen and Jeni made it clear that if I wanted to live in this country and partake of all it had to offer then I needed to become a citizen. She was very persuasive and something about the "if you want to stay married to me" part finally pushed me over the edge. Kidding aside, I was grateful back then that Jeni felt the way she did and I continue to be grateful today. I do love this country and the freedoms we are afforded. I'm grateful for those who have given their lives to defend it from influences that would threaten those privileges.

To celebrate this year, we had a neighborhood fireworks party and then had a large barbeque with family and friends, almost 50 in all. I made what has now become our annual Fourth of July tradition, Pesto Havarti burgers. Yum! Below are pictures from both events.