Saturday, November 15, 2008

TSO

What a kick off to the holiday season. Normally I am so anti early holiday celebration. (I feel Thanksgiving is still too important to skip.) Anyways...Rob and I got tickets to the Trans-Siberian-Orchestra. Let me tell you...it is a must go for anyone. There was great Christmas message. Awesome guitar work. It was quite the spectacle. Lasers, lights, fireworks and flames. There was even a levitating possessed violinists rising above the audience. On a scale of 1-10 this performance would have to be and 8. The only reason there wasn't a higher rating is due to our seats not giving us a clear view the entire time, and the funky smell that was emanating from the gentleman in front of us. Here is a clip of what type of perfomance they produce.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween

Halloween was actually enjoyable this year. We hit a few parties and were able to see some family. Robyn went as far as to dress up as a pregnant kitty kat. I was some sort of white trash rocker. Here are a few pics from the night. One thing to note...this is our last Halloween without getting to dress up our own kid...oh, I just had an awwww moment.
However when we went around my parents neighborhood, people kept calling me Jeremy. So, looks like I wasn't a white trash rocker for Halloween...I was Jerm.





Audrey the witch and Sophie...the little girlie monkey
















Here Rob and I are partying with McCain and Palin...nah that is really Robby and Tenley.

It's a day at Disney

Robyn and I had an opportunity to head into California for a couple days with papa Ron, Jen and the kids. We flew out early Saturday morning and flew home Monday afternoon. It was a whirlwind two days of cheer, parades, rides and tasty treats. We played around California adventure and Disneyland. We were able to get a great deal on some rooms at the California Grand Hotel. It really made the trip to be able to stay right on park property. Robyn was not able to ride the good rides due to our little bundle of joy in her belly. We did go on a few light weights for Robyn. She was even able to join me for tea on the tea cups. Luckily Loren was able to step it up and go on the bigger rides with me while Robyn waited behind so graciously. By the way I creamed everyone on the Toy Story ride. (I had to toot my own horn on that one!)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hey, It's Kurt

There was suspense, there was questioning...the answer, Kurt Bestor. Dave and Lindsey surprised us all by winning an auction for a private concert. So it was us and Kurt for a couple hours of wonderful piano music. Sheri was on cloud nine! We were lucky enough to take a picture with our new buddy. Thanks Dave and Linds!







Sunday, September 28, 2008

Moab day trip

Well, there are two things I realized I am not anymore, in shape and fearless. I went down to Moab for a quick trip on Saturday for a little Mtn Biking. I haven't been biking for a few years and it was evident pretty quick. After a couple quicks burns, I felt a little better about things. Once I was finally able to trust my bike, my chain broke. After we (Brian) got the bike repaired. We continued our ride. It was hot, tough and a total blast. Thanks Brian for getting my out!














Saturday, September 27, 2008

Baby Boy Pics

Here are the latest Cassell baby boy pics:



Cute Profile pic









This picture is taken from the bottom up...as you can see...It is a boy!






Just waving and saying hello to the camera!

















Saturday, September 20, 2008

Decision night....Boy? or Girl?


Here are some pics from Decision Night 2008




This is before we opened the cake up...


















Sheri and ourselves just saw it was a boy... You can see I am happy, Robyn is shocked and Sheri is floored.
















Self-explanatory



























Yep...those are transformers napkins...
It's a boy.

And the result is...

Well it's official...It's a boy!! Robyn and I could not wait, so we went to Fetal Photos and got some pretty distinct pics of our little project X. Well, we were able to determine that Project X is now our little Project XY. We are both very exited. We met up at Robyn's parents for the great unveiling! For those of you who are not familiar with Robyn's family traditions, there is a cake involved. We had the people at Fetal Photos call ahead to a bakery to tell them the gender. They sealed the cake and we all found out together. Sheri so cleverly supplied princess napkins and transformers napkins. Each person there was to choose a napkin depending on what they thought it would be. Well, Robyn choose princess and I chose transformers. We were both a little shocked to be honest. But we are very very happy. Thanks for all those who joined us to celebrate. Pictures will come very soon.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Our Canyon

How lucky are we? I have been spending a lot more time up Little Cottonwood the last couple weeks. I forget how lucky we are to live so close to such beautiful landscape. A couple weeks ago we were able spend some time up at Snowbird. It was beautiful. It was extremely difficult to leave each morning...driving down the canyon with the sun rising behind me as I drive to work...yep torture. The sunsets were great because of the Corner Canyon fires. Here are a couple pics from my hikes:


We spent a little time at Oktoberfest. Due to our lack of alcoholic consumption it was not as great as it might have been. But I was able to get Rob and Keri in front of some random ginger bread men.






Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Nieces and Nephews

I am behind. But until I get told otherwise, I wanted to post some pics from a BBQ we had recently. Justin and the kids are only in town once or twice a year...but it is always fun to get together with everyone. I love these little kids so much and am sad I do not get to see them often. Luckily I get to see Sophie and Audrey every once in a while. When these kids get together they tend to get a little active, and picture taking is a riot.






Sophie looks thrilled to be there.













Well, this was the best pic of the three I could get.









Just a couple of little posers...







Sunday, August 31, 2008

FINALLY

We would like to welcome Project X into our family. Yep that is correct, Robyn and I are now officially expecting the first addition to our little family. After much time, stress, prayers, money, sacrifice and a lot of needles...poor wife, we are proud to announce that Robyn is pregnant. I would like to express my love and appreciation for my cute wife. She went through soo much, I admire her for the way she handled the physical, psychological and emotional pains. Thank you honey. You are going to be a wonderful mommy.She is about 13 weeks along and loving every minute of it. She is looking great and so far is beautiful prego. For those who are unaware, this news was a long time in wait. We would like to thank all those who have fasted, prayed and put up with all of the detailed tales of the process. We would also like to thank you for all of your support and love. We really could not have been able to cope without the help and advice of our loved ones. This baby better be cute!


This is Project X, day 2 of it's life. If you look really close you can see the insertion of a small laser to penetrate the thick candy shell. Pretty crazy stuff.

Here are photos from Robyn's last ultra sound----from what she said the little guy (or girl) was moving all over the place. The pic on the bottom left...ya she is waving at ya.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

In Memory of...

In every ones life, a little rain must fall. For all of us who have been devoted members of the D.M.B. nation, a storm ravaged our favorite band. Leroi Moore passed away in the late afternoon of August 18th. As many of us know Leroi provided this unique bands unique sound with his own unique soul. Few could provide tunes and melodies that backed such great songs as #41 and Seek Up. A great DMB lyrics states 'don't burn the day away". Let us all live for the day and cherish each day and not to waste our days away. Leroi, you will be missed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Guess who had a birthday...

So July 31st came and went. With it went a another birthday for my lovely wife. I will not mention how old she is. But she is as beautiful as the day we met. Anyways...we had some extra family in town so we all met for some pizza and bowling. There was cake and ballons too. It felt like I was at a 12 yr olds bday. But it was a blast. The women killed the men in bowling scores. But ... even a blind squirrel will find a nut eventually. Enjoy the pics.



This cake is totally awsome 80's sytle. Nice dig mike.








Just a couple cute gifts...thanks mom!!








So here is Addison bowling....with just a little help from her dad. Dad did not do a great job helping en route to his 86.












OHHH....what a mighty fine couple.







Monday, July 21, 2008

So....he's back.



Well last Wednesday was a fabulous day for the Branca/Kettle family. Elder Mikey Branca made his sweet return to the Land of Salty Lakes. He served a successful and faithful mission in Mexico City. Welcome back Mickey!


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two's a Crowd


So this weekend we had the privilege of watching Sammy. Robyn's parents were out of town for Katie's baptism (congrats Katie!) so we thought we'd help out and bring Sammy over for Cassie to bother. Cassie was soo excited to have a playmate. For those of you who do not know...Cassie moves a little faster than most dogs, Sammy was NOT used to this. It took her a little while to get comfortable, but she eventually let up and they had a blast! They would each bring me separate toys to toss to them. Cassie would run into Sammy on a regular basis so she wouldn't last as long. Outside of the excessive fur all over the place and Robyn's allergy outbreak, it was fun to fill the house.


Just a QUICK break after a little Frisbee action!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

TSA Rocks!




So Robyn went to the airport to catch a flight to Fresno the other night. Well, being on standby for a Friday night Fresno flight meant me waiting in the parking lot for an hour only to have Robyn call me back and tell her to come pick her up. Well, Robyn had to fly with some meds on the plane. Included in these meds are powders, liquds and needles. Sounds like a terrorist cocktail of some sort. When transporting these products, one must have a signed document giving you clearance. Well we both thought that she would run into a couple issues. We were wrong. Appears that the geniuses that work for TSA (airport security) are more concerned with a small tube of facial lotion she had in her purse. Yes that is correct. They basically waved off the meds like they were reading material. Yet the lotion...well she must explain that. They question her about it, made her pull it out and place it in a separate baggie...you know, for safety reasons of course. This is reminiscent of when returning from a trip to Brazil I was escorted by armed guards in Atlanta's airport to be searched, all because I was speaking Portuguese while passing a security officer.
So once again, to all those who fly, be sure to thank your lovely TSA security agents. Because of them we fly the skies ever so safely.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

4 Down, an Eternity to Go

Well, Robyn and I were able to celebrate our four year anniversary last Tuesday. Robyn and I were married for time and all eternity on May 20th 2004. It was a wonderful day. However it was one of the roughest 48hrs of recent memory. For those of you not involved I had become pretty darn sick and was on the verge of passing out the entire time. However, it was all worth it! We have experienced quite a bit since becoming one. We bought our home almost a couple years ago now. We have completed degrees and we have changed professions, been on some cruises, sporting events, trips and just have generally enjoyed life.
Our schedules are finally getting on the same track now. For the first time in my life I have a normal schedule. No more weekends, no working 6 days a week and no coming home after 1 in the morning. Granted I still have to wake up way too early, Robyn and I are able to eat dinner together on a more regular basis. Robyn is still working super hard and is doing hair at night. She is such a wonderful woman. I admire the ethic she has...and the love she displays.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, I sent some flowers to Robyn's work and she got me an edible arrangement. Which was pretty cool and tasty! We went to Tuscany for dinner and had a fabulous meal. Our waiter was pretty femme, and kept conversation interesting. If you go there, try the Pulled pork meat loaf. Hmmm mouth watering!
Robyn got me a pretty tight watch and I got her some couples dance lessons. Hm let's see how that turns out.
All in all, I love her! I think she loves me too. Our next step...time to start our family. Robyn is going to be a fantastic mother. She really is the only person who can keep me centered! Let's see how the next year will go!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Birthday Girl

Well today is my birthday. It was truly an exciting day. I was sure to wake mom and dad up nice and early (5:00) for a big birthday breakfast. Dad feeds me at about 5 for work during the week...so of course that is what I expect for the weekends too. I mean come on, they don't need to sleep in. It has been four years since me and my siblings were born. At two months Daddy came to get me. He laid all of my sisters out and called to us. Since I was the first one to get there, he chose me. Over the last 4 years I have made sure that he thinks about the day he picked me everyday. I still like to run. I like to catch the frisbee or anything that get's thrown to me. I like to run in the house. Mom hates it but I just pin my ears back tuck my bum and cruise. I can go REAL fast. I also like to run straight out the front door. Mom calls and calls my name, but I just like to watch her get frustrated. ha ha...I do really love her.

Things I like the most...people coming over to play. I know you all love me kissing you and jumping on you. That is why I do it. I love to sit with dad on the luv sac when he plays that stupid Halo game. Come on dad, your 28, time to get a life.

For my birthday treat I got a burger. Mom and dad are lame. They made me wear a stupid bow and made me blow out the candles...come on mom and dad, I mean I am like 4 years old...that is like as old as you are in dog years. They love me despite my Diva attitude...and I love them too. I truly am a lucky dog...they are lucky too.Ok Ok, so this is what happens when you don't have kids birthdays to celebrate. She has truly been a nut...but she is our nut and she is a member of our family. Happy Birthday Cassie.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

movin along

As I sit here listening to conference and watching Robyn sketch (which is great cause she is really talented and has not done so for a while)....I thought I would stick in a quick update. This week has been a good week for Robyn and I. Well, Robyn had a long week at work. BUT, coming home to a husband who had just returned home from work I'm sure helps. I started my new job on the brokerage floor. It is a whole new world for me. This first week was a blitzed training program. Because we (two other new employees and myself) have moved so quickly we are already on the floor brokering frieght. I have learned more in regards to the trucking in the last week than my entire life. Words like lanes, runs, reefers, factoring, OmniTRAC and why you never talk to a trucker about gas...it's fuel folks!! I have also felt first hand the pressures of the recent fuel increases. $4 a gallon for diesel. When you are getting less than 10 miles/gallon it really get tight for these ma and pa truck companies; Which in turn makes my ability to negotiate that much more important. The next week will be that much tougher I beleive, when I am left to my own devices and am responsible for more carriers. Keep your fingers crossed that I learn quick and can make more $$$$$$$$. I get to work at 7 and am home after 4. Sucks to get up early but is great to beat traffic. I think I'll end up getting to work at 6 to start my career. We will see how that goes. I am NOT a morning person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Robyn has been in her salon for a couple weeks now and is loving the ability to be home at nights. I commend her for working so hard. She is a real example to me of what work ethic means. Ya...she rocks! I just need to step it up and cook dinner more often.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Taking Salon Names Now!


Here it is. There will be a a few accessory changes. But this is it! Salon Robyn! Pictures will be updated as they come available!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Phase 1 Complete!


Phase 1 of our Basement project has been completed. Here are some before, after and during pics. Just to give you an idea, the old basement entrances were 26 and 29 inches. Now...hello world!! The openings are over 36 inches each.

Happy Easter!

So I have seen all of these cute pictures of everyone and their kids. Decorating eggs, wearing there new dresses and suits and even dressed up like the easter bunny. Awww cute I know. So I thought I would tell you what two grown ups sans kids sound like easter morning...

Robyn-"Peter!! wake up. Time for church."
Peter- "Ugh. MMmmph" What time is it?"
Robyn- "Almost 9!!!"
Peter- "Ok...Happy Easter Hun"
Robyn-"Huh? Oh ya, Ummm Happy Easter to you too"

Sounds festive huh. Maybe we should have put little pieces of meat in plastic eggs and had Cassie do an easter egg hunt. Oh well. We hope all of you had a great Easter and did not forget what Easter really is about.

Monday, March 17, 2008

FINALLY!

Well, we had some good news this week. Our prayers were answered and I received a job offer. I accepted. It has been an interesting few months. Waking up late and not being subjected to any type of routine. I was offered a job with England Logistics. A third party logistics brokerage firm. I'll be acting as a Capacity Manager.
In retrospect, it was a time of development and training. Reflecting on times past and mistakes made. Reflections, like the image of a expanding natural range that mirrors her creation in parallel images upon the wet surfaces before my feet. I see the duality of my life with those I mourn and pity. One side clear and precise the other blurred, murky and false; temporary. The image is tarnished by the slightest breath, rain drop or pebble skipping across it's surface. In the same breath, that same image offers conjuncture to the mind. Likened to the life which is once known. For life matches again once the water softens and the winds subside. once again returning to the normalcy that is only desired once events cease to be normal. HA HA HA.
I'm playing, anyways. It's good to again know that stability will make it's out of retirement. Well...that is the update. Hugz and Kisses peeps!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Changes...

It has been a couple weeks. Updates...Made it to a Jazz game. Started 12 rows from the top of the upper bowl and ended up 15 rows up from the court. Fun game...however they were playing the Hawks. So a victory should be expected.
Well to throw out a quick update...Our basement project 'phase one' is about over. We have taken out the wall and have repaired the damage. The cover up has begun. Robyn has spent many a minutes staring at the wall in attempts to decide on new paint colors. She finally decided on one. I am sure we will be changing it again. 'Phase one' has made quite the difference, however, painting has gone from our main room to the landing to the bathroom.
This project is coinciding with Studio Robyn. The salon is near it's completion. It will be great to get my lovely wife Robyn back home on regular bases. We are a couple counters and a sink away! We'll post pics soon!
Valentines Day was nice. We were able to go out and have a nice pleasant dinner without any distractions. I love my wife and I love every chance I can get to demonstrate that love to her.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

To our great Prophet

President Gordan B. Hinckley June 23rd 1910 - January 27th 2008


Our beloved Prophet Grodon B. Hinckley has passed on. He was a great man, both in word and deed. There is no way that any bit of writing I do could measure up to the legacy which he leaves behind. The great growth of church membership and the brick and mortar development that occured under his direction, Temples, Missionary Training Centers, The Conference Center and many others developments. He was a great leader, a powerful prophet and a humble man. As much as this day was expected it is still difficult for many to cope. He left behind a church and a following that is strong and willed. He saw a missionary body that has grown greater and stronger. He would tell the missionaries and members the same advice his father gave him while Gordon was contemplating his role in his own calling as a missionary, "Forget yourself and do the work!" I have a deep admiration for his faith, work and optimism. He gave his best every day of his long and complete life. He was a loving father, a faithful leader and a devoted husband. The Lord calls those who can do his work...Let us all remember the humor and faith he led his life. He was a proud husband and he is now in the loving arms of his wife Marjorie whom he was married for greater than 66 years. One could only imagine their reunion in heaven.
Some years ago President Hinckley began using a cane to walk. However, one is well aware that it became a fixture in his waving hands. While reading the talks from his funeral services I found these two tesimonies particulaly telling of his humor and manner. When Elder Earl C.Tingey spoke he recalled a time that he entered the elevator early in the morning at a time when President Hinckley first started using his cane at the Church Administration Building and realized that Hinckley was approaching behind him. Tingey held the door and waited.
"As he came to the door," Tingey said, "President Hinckley looked at me, kept walking, and said, 'Earl, go ahead and ride the elevator. I'm taking the stairs.' The elevator door closed. I felt about this (making a small increment with his finger tips) high. I comfortably rode up to my floor while the prophet of the Lord climbed the stairs to his office."
President Thomas S. Monson recalled being cornered by Hinckley's physician and begged to instruct his superior
to be more diligent in the proper use of his cane.
"The doctor said to me, 'Could you please do me a favor? President Hinckley should use his cane for walking because it steadies him. The last thing we want is for him to fall and break a hip, or worse. Instead he waves it around and doesn't use it when he walks. Tell him the cane has been prescribed by his doctor, and he needs to use it as it was meant to be used.'
"I listened to the physician's request," Monson said, "and then replied, 'Doctor, I am President Hinckley's counselor. You are his doctor. You tell him.' "
I know President Gordon B. Hinckley was a great Prophet and a Great man. He truely was one of the greatest men of the dispensation.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

This was written by a former judge who was sued by the ACLU for not taking down the ten commandments from his courtroom. The ACLU is now trying to have him disbarred:

America the beautiful,or so you used to be. Land of the Pilgrims' pride;I'm glad they'll never see.Babies piled in dumpsters,Abortion on demand,Oh, sweet land of liberty;your house is on the sand. Our children wander aimlesslypoisoned by cocainechoosing to indulge their lusts,when God has said abstainFrom sea to shining sea,our Nation turns awayFrom the teaching of God's loveand a need to always pray.We've kept God in our temples,how callous we have grown. When earth is but His footstool,and Heaven is His throne. We've voted in a governmentthat's rotting at the core,Appointing Godless Judges;who throw reason out the door, Too soft to place a killerin a well deserved tomb,But brave enough to kill a baby before he leaves the womb.You think that God's not angry, that our land's a moral slum?How much longer will He waitbefore His judgment comes?How are we to face our God,from Whom we cannot hide?What then is left for us to do, but stem this evil tide?If we who are His children,will humbly turn and pray;Seek His holy faceand mend our evil way:Then God will hear from Heaven;and forgive us of our sins,He'll heal our sickly landand those who live within.But, America the Beautiful, If you don't - then you will see, A sad but Holy Godwithdraw His hand from Thee.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mexican Riveira

It seems as if I am able to enjoy myself while broke and unemployed more than ever before. After a great trip to Washington D.C. and a happy holiday we were forced into going on a cruise for 8 days along the Mexican Riviera. On January 3rd through the 11th Robyn and I embarked on a ship that would take us through Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo and Cabo San Lucas. This trip was much needed for all of those involved. We went with Karter, Lisa, Ron, Jeniel and the kids. We all got a little sun and we all put on a couple lbs too. Robyn loves to over eat, ha ha, oh wait, that is me.
Our first stop was in sunny Acapulco. Ron, Karter and I left the kids and girls at the beach so we could swing the sticks. We took a long cab ride and our driver gave us a brief tour of the town. We played the Princess course at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess resort. The palm trees and wildlife (egrets, other birds and giant iguanas.) were plentiful, so were the bogeys and doubles for me...it was one of those forgetable rounds score wise but the course and company were just peachy. Maybe next time I will bring my own clubs instead of mooching off my playing partners. The city was breathtaking and it was a great first stop.
Next on the port stops was the quaint little fishing town of Zihuatanejo (of Shawshank Redemption fame). We pulled in to the bay and left the dock for some 'high quality' shopping. This turned out to be a great stop. Karter spent some time there about a decade ago and he took us the long way (took him some time to find his way there) to visit a special family there. We were the only white people for miles. We definitely were not in Kansas any more. It was a beautiful place and it was neat to be a part of their short reunion.


Rob and Lisa looked nothing like tourists either!

Up next Puerto Vallarta! We did not have any real plans at this stop. When we got off the boat we made a couple quick stops at some foreign exotic, extremely rare stores...Sam's Club and Wal Mart. At that point I was wondering if it was going to be a busted stop. The kids wanted to hit the pool at the boat, so Lisa, Karter, Robyn and I decided to hop on a bus and head into town. We walked the beach and I drove Robyn into insanity with my incessant picture taking of all of the statues and sand creations. The girls wanted to go to Senor Frogs for lunch, so Kart and I ageed to go and we shared a couple rather large sampler platters. After that we walked the streets, worked the merchants and enjoyed our day.

We awoke in our last stop and I was itching to do something besides wave watching and shopping. After hitting port I came across some locals who would give us a deal on running some ATV's. We got a great deal per person and waited to see if we were gonna get ripped off or not. We waited for a transport shuttle, and waited and waited. It seemed as if the longer we waited the more guys would disappear leaving us to think we might have been ripped off. We finally got on the transport and our 15 minute drive turned out to be a 30 minute tour of Cabo San Lucas desert! Well, when we finally hit our destination, we had a blast. We went down a trail to a beautiful private beach. They let us run free for a while and everyone was nice and safe.

All in all it was a successful journey along the Coast. The weather was great and we had a lot of fun on the ship. The theme was eat, rest, relax, eat, forget about home and eat. The days were full of sun and an endless supply of ice cream by the kiddie pools...I was able to get in a couple scoops.


Our nights were spent in the dinning rooms and in the game room. The guys ruled at Guestures. Oh and the vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce....awesome!!


Thank you to our little travel agent Lisa McKinlay and a special thank you to Ron.