Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birthday Shout Out to Allison

Today is her BIRTHDAY! Happy Birthday Alli, you are a great sister and we LOVE you! Hope you had a great birthday weekend and a great day today, even though you had to teach in Young Women's! I think that Tyler took her to dinner and a movie last night, which I'm sure was a nice break from the boys. Tonight we will celebrate with her out at my Dad's house (also celebrating Adrienne's upcoming birthday). Should be a good time!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A wet June = SPECTACULAR fall colors

What a beautiful day for a ride. I still have a little fitness left over from my Lotoja training so I decided to get out and enjoy the SPECTACULAR fall colors with a 50 mile ride with 5800 feet of climbing. John and I met at the summit of Alpine Loop. He climbed from the Provo Canyon side and I climbed from the American Fork Canyon Side. We rode the 15 mile round trip out to Cascade Springs together.

Looking back down American Fork Canyon

View from the summit of the first of the quakies starting to turn at the base of Mt Timpanogos.

The red, pink and orange colors appear to be at their peak this weekend. Wow!

Action photo using my iphone. Not that easy to do while riding.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Thomas Day

How come Tom gets his own day? Lucky.

Hall of Thomas

As a tribute to past Thomases, we've established a "Hall of Thomas". Be sure to check out those who have come before us and the tremendous contribution they've made:

Hall of Thomas
The history of the world is literally the history of Thomases. Great are the contributions made by these men and women. Their influence reaches from the sciences to politics and from the arts to athletics. The legacy of Thomas is deeply rooted in the soils of the past. The Hall of Thomas highlights some of our most noteworthy icons and illustrate the great good that can be accomplished by Thomas.

Thomas Jefferson
In the thick of party conflict in 1800, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a private letter, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
This powerful advocate of liberty was born in 1743. Freckled and sandy-haired, rather tall and awkward, Jefferson was eloquent as a correspondent, but he was no public speaker. In the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, he contributed his pen rather than his voice to the patriot cause. As the "silent member" of the Congress, Jefferson, at 33, drafted the Declaration of Independence.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas
One of the longest reigning and most popular teeny bopper idols of the 1990s, Jonathan Taylor Thomas first found favor playing the son of Tim Allen on ABC's long-running, phenomenally popular sitcom Home Improvement. With a mop of dull-blonde hair and a dimpled, impish grin, it is small wonder that he captured the hearts of young girls across the country.

Sir Thomas More
Thomas More rose from humble origins to achieve the highest political and judicial office of England, second only to that of the king. He was recognized throughout early sixteenth-century Europe as one of the great lawyers, Christian humanists, and classical scholars of his day.

Heather Thomas
Heather Thomas established herself as an actress as well as an author and political activist. She has had several guest appearances and acting roles in various movies and TV series. Her most notable acting role was in The Fall Guy in the mid 1980s.

Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes was born in London in 1588. Hobbes was intensely interested in why people allowed themselves to be ruled and what would be the best form of government for England. In 1651, Hobbes wrote his most famous work, entitled Leviathan. In it, he argued that people were naturally wicked and could not be trusted to govern.

Thomas A. Edison
Thomas Edison was born February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. Thomas Alva Edison is one of America's most famous inventors. Edison saw huge change take place in his lifetime. He was responsible for making many of those changes occur. His inventions created and contributed to modern night lights, movies, telephones, records and CDs. Edison was truly a genius. Edison is most famous for his development of the first electric light bulb. When Edison was born, electricity had not been developed. By the time he died, entire cities were lit by electricity. Much of the credit for electricity goes to Edison.

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas Aquinas was a 13th century Dominican Friar, philosopher and theologian. Named a Doctor of the Church and given the title "Angelic Doctor," he is the patron of Catholic universities, colleges and schools. Renowned for his proofs for the existence of God, Aquinas believed that both faith and reason discover truth.

Thurman Thomas
In his 12-year career, has rushed for 11,938 yards... It is a figure which is first on the Bills' all-time chart and ninth in NFL annals... Surpassed O.J. Simpson (10,183) into first on the Bills' career rushing list. Thurman Was named the Buffalo Bills/Edge 1993 "Man of the Year". Thurman awards a Thurman Thomas Scholarship annually at both his high school and college alma maters.

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born in West Virginia, on January 21, 1824. He died a tragic death on May 10, 1863. Jackson was a very famous man, and a Confederate general in the Civil War. This man was one of the best and most able southerners, second only to Robert E. Lee.

Thomas Kuhn
Thomas Samuel Kuhn was born on July 18, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Ph. D. in physics from Harvard University in 1949. Of the five books and countless articles he published, Kuhn's most renown work is The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, which he wrote while a graduate student in theoretical physics at Harvard. It has sold some one million copies in 16 languages and is required reading in courses dealing with education, history, psychology, research, and, of course, history and philosophy of science. Kuhn argued that science is not a steady, cumulative acquisition of knowledge.

Thomas S. Monson
Thomas Spencer Monson (born August 21, 1927) is the 16th and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As president of the church, Monson is considered by adherents to be a prophet, seer, and revelator of God's will on earth. A printer by trade, Monson has spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and in public service. Appointed by Ronald Reagan to the President's Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives, Monson is also a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Buffalo and the World Organization of the Scout Movement's Bronze Wolf—both awards the highest given in each organization.

Clarence Thomas
Clarence Thomas (born June 23, 1948) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, having served since 1991. Justice Thomas is the second African American to serve on the nation's highest court, after Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom he succeeded.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

In Pig Latin, Emmett means, 'Run Like the Wind'

More photos from Top of Utah Marathon. You can't run on an empty stomach so you need to go to the Firehouse Grill for a pre-run snack. If your name is Alex, you'll also need a pre-race (or in his case, pre-game) ice cream dessert.

I love this photo. Look at Tom's face (in orange over Bill's left shoulder). Clearly it says, "check it out, I'm still hanging with YPR at the half way mark." I must admit, anyone that can hang with GB boy must be a super fit, super athlete! Tom E proved it by running a personal best sub 4 hour marathon. Of course, so did Bill, but isn't his PR something more Kenyan like 2:08 or 3:08? I forget.....

"Happy Together" - The Turtles

Where's Tom?

Kristin and her running mates powering out of Blacksmith Fork Canyon. I'm pretty sure she's asking a version of a question made famous by Brian, "How many runners are in front of me?"

Lot's of fans in front of the Tabernacle

John W has John D in his sights

Jake is more than willing to pull up for a photo op with his fans.....

.....especially his favorite grand daughter.

Kristin closing in on one mile to go.

Proud parents with their superstar daughter! Congratulations Kristin!!

Looks like the garage is next in line... Landscaping is Done

We're pretty happy to have the grass growing. I think that drive way is going to need an ATV and a snow plow to push the coming snowdrifts out of the way. The word I hear regarding the wind is that we ain't seen nothing yet!

I need to put a "Keep off the Grass" sign up so the deer will quit walking across it.

View of Lone Peak from the front yard

Morning sun above Mt. Timpanogos

King guest room

Queen guest room

View of family room from the loft

Master bedroom

Friday, September 18, 2009

Max goes to Preschool

Max started Preschool on Sept. 9. He was super excited to "start" school, but not super excited to actually "go" to school. As you can see from his smile, he's a little nervous. He did great though and I can't believe my little guy is so grown up.
Here he is at home sporting a colorful noodle necklace complete with nametag that he wore the rest of the day. I started a blog of the Falslev family, so you can check it out at
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Monday, September 14, 2009

What a geat LOTOJA week-end!

Support crew waiting in Montpelier.
Tom arriving in Montpelier.
Tom eating lunch ,
Shelly arriving in Montpelier. Shelly smiling.
Shelly hydrating.
Brian in Montpelier.
Brian and Jackie in Montpelier.
We really had a good time over the weekend with the LOTOJA crowd. The pictures are missing
John and Bob because they zipped through the feeding post where we were on their way to their support zones farther East so hopefully they they will have some pictures of themselves to post later on. Even though Norda puts a lot of work into getting ready it ends up being a positive affair when everyone says "thanks" and appears to have a good time. We hope that Beth, Jack, and Lilly are recovering from their colds and are feeling better by now. Now our assigment is to be ready for the TOU crew next weekend with some more peach ice cream, soup, and sloppy Joe's after the run.