Play it, Jen

Every good movie has a piano player somewhere in the background--
sometimes seen, usually unseen.
Seldom really noticed.
The feeling, the very soul of a scene, is created by that person tinkering at the keys.
It has been said, "All the world's a stage."
Well then...Play it, Jen.

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Location: Over Yonder, Missouri

I'm a California Native transplanted to the Missouri Ozarks. I've learned how to chase cows in high heels and load hay faster than you can say "Coco Chanel." These are some of our pictures and stories of living in a land with breath-taking beauty and adventure around every bend.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Diet Coke and Mentos

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Animusic - 03 - Aqua Harp

Friday, December 22, 2006

Pixar Animation - Penguins

One of my all-time faves...

Jujitsu Joe

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

God So Loved The World

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Joe Toss

This is Joe's first fall in jujitsu training. Considering he had no idea what he was doing, let's just say I'm glad he's alive! ;)


My nephew Joel being the 'crash test dummy' for a demonstration in jujitsu class.


Joel demonstrating in jujitsu class.


Check this out, my nephew flies like Superman! :)

Shindenkan Budo Update

My nephew Joel has been working really hard with my little Joe at jujitsu lessons. Joe attends his children's beginning class but he gets to stay for the intermediate class now too. Joel works with Joe to help him learn the things they go over in the intermediate class. Joel also takes Joe over to the dojo before class and works one on one with him building basic skills to help Joe advance. It has been really good for Joe. He is progressing quite nicely. I'm so proud of him. And Joel is pretty cool too. ;)

Simultaneous revenge

So last Thursday night we had a little Christmas gift exchange with the girls. It was "dollar store" items and things of that nature. They played the game where they steal the gifts from each other and get all rowdy. Well, I and one of the girls both brought a roll of toilet paper as our gift. We have an ongoing war of TPing each other's houses amongst our girls so this was a funny "gift" to bring. One of my girls ended up getting hold of one of the rolls. The enemy camp (have previously decorated my front yard for me) got hold of the other roll.

We decided to use our "gift" to do a double secret covert operation on the leader of the enemy camp as soon as the festivities of the evening were over. Much to our disappointment, the enemy captain left early. We now did not know the estimated time of arrival for said captain to her headquarters. How were we going to get in and get her?! We didn't want to be part way through the operation and have her recon team drive up and spot us. Much to our relief, the enemy team returned and took part in the closing of our festivities with us.

Upon our departure we were met with rather suspicious activity from the enemy. We wondered what they were up to so we played cat and mouse with them until we went our separate ways. We took off to the enemy camp and waited for the all clear then went in on stealth mode. Mission accomplished we headed home to base camp where we saw this.....

Holly, it's on!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Nobody's Watching Soda and Candy Experiment #4

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

All these thing I've done: SpaceShip One

(from a couple of years ago)
We took the kids out to watch SpaceShip One make it's first shot at the X-Prize. We went out very early in the morning. We were fortunate enough to have tickets for a special reserved area so we didn't get crushed in the "public viewing area". It was awesome. I'm so glad the kids got the chance to see it in person. I want a ride on that little bugger!!!!!

Saturday, December 02, 2006


What can your hands accomplish?

There are a couple of stories about the pictures I put at the end of this film:

Gregory J. Smith established the Children at Risk Foundation (CARF) in Norway in 1992 and in Brazil in 1993. He lived with children on the street and helped them by offering an alternative home and lifestyle. Since it began, the organization has created Street Migration Prevention Programme to help vulnerable, at risk, and abandoned street children. Many children have been given a second chance with life through these programs.

Mary Ann Finch is the director of the San Francisco Care Through Touch Institute (CTI). They offer massage therapy (even just washing feet sometimes) to those living on the margins of society in that area. "This work is not about massage as we have come to know it in the traditional sense. This work is about the power of touch--touching not just the aches and pains, but touching inside a person to that place where they have been wounded by abuse or isolation."

The poem "The Touch of the Master's Hand" was written by Myra Brooks Welch
The music is an adaptation of 'Rondeau' from Abdelazar by Henry Purcell ... (more)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Sun King Hey Ya

This is just flat out cool!