Sunday, May 26, 2024

Carson is officially a missionary

Carson received a blessing setting him apart as a missionary; we were told that 
it's tradition for the mother to clip on the name tag for the first time.

It's official - he's a full-time missionary! He's currently doing at-home MTC training
and will fly out to the MTC in Provo, UT in a few days. 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Seeing Aurora Borealis in Reno


The recent solar flares made some aurora borealis effects visible in the Reno 
night sky. Carson took these pictures.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

FIRST Robotics World Competition in Houston, Texas


We traveled with the team to Houston on Monday the week of Worlds. 

The team posed with another team from Mexico in the pit.

The team in their pit - it's a place to display all aspects of the team and its accomplishments 
so the judges can observe, and also for hanging out between matches and working on the robot.

Tucker and Hunter

Adam, Kayline and Aidan working on the robot

A view during a match

big screens show the final scores after completed matches

The team performing surgery after a problem arose during a match

On the finals day, it was super cool to see a huge Youtuber like Mark Rober 
- he came to say some inspiring things and shoot some t shirts at the audience.

A printed fabric display in the pit.

We all met up at Rudy's BBQ restaurant on the last night

Carson, Elise and Dallin

Keith, Mark and Teresa - Mark drove down from Austin to watch the matches with us. 

Carson, Rogan and Dallin 

Monday, April 22, 2024

The Alamo


We traveled to Houston with the team, so we were there on Monday and had a couple
of days with a lot of free time while the team was doing team stuff. We drove to San Antonio
to see the Alamo and the Riverwalk.

There's Biden and Trump heads behind me, I guess it's to pose for pictures.

"Legend states that in 1836 Lt. Col. William Barret Travis unsheathed
his sword and drew a line on this ground. Before his battle-weary men
stating: 'Those prepared to give their lives in freedom's cause, come 
over to me!'"

I'm trying to photobomb this picture.....

a courtyard between the church and the barrack

the church is through the opening in the wall

There were a couple of period actors with displays

sculpture and statue garden

Sunday, April 21, 2024

NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston


On Tuesday we still had a lot of free time to kill, so we tried out the NASA space center

A mock shuttle on top of an airplane - you could walk around inside both of them

inside the plane

We took a tour of the astronaut training center

funny name in the food court

on the shuttle to the training center

The Saturn rocket on display

One of the original desks from the mission control from the Apollo 13 days, really cool
to see something that was actually there in the 60s. We could've 
gone on a tour of Mission Control, but all the tours were sold out.