Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tara and Diana

Here is a picture of Tara and our sister in law Diana


My friends Tony and Stephanie had a little girl named Gracie. Here is a picture of her.


My favorite Niece Robin celebrating Christmas with G-G and the rest of the crew. She is only 2 years old and can sing all of Rudolph the red nose reindeer... :)

Tennis in the rain anyone?

One of our favorite pastimes in Pittsburg is to play tennis...even if the weather doesn't cooperate. Here is a picture of all of us under the lights and rain...

A Kansas Christmas

We have had a great time here in Kansas over the holidays! We spent the first week in Kansas City with Tara's fam and the second week in P-burg with the Hensley clan. Here are some pics.

The first is a picture of the Hensley guys and Dennis my brother in law.
Cabe, Bobby, Dad, Dennis, and Nate

Next is a picture of our time visiting my grandma in Tulsa. From L to R Diana, mom, Dennis, grandma, dad, Nate and Shannon.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Just Coffee

We are nearly done with this semester and can hardly believe it! If it was not for this drink we would have not made it with all of the papers that we had to write.

We consider ourselves regular bean fanatics and have really come to love Just Coffee. Our friends Jero and Bety introduced this to us while they were living in Vancouver. We love the message, the cause, and the robust taste! We miss you Jero and Bety, and we think of you every time we hold tight a warm mug of this amazing cup of coffee.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

How to Make an Igloo

We received around 9 inches of snow up here and decided to try to build a snow fort with Nick and Owen. We had trouble making a roof. Therefore, I went on to Google and typed in "how to build an igloo" and found the following instructions on

Apparently our families in the Midwest could build some killa' igloos with the snow storm they recently had.

Step 1. Cut blocks from dry, hard, hard snow, using a snow saw or large knife. Each block should be about 3 ft. (1m) long, 15 in. (40cm) high, and 8 in. (20cm) deep.

Step 2. Form a circle with blocks around the hole created where you cut the blocks. Cut the circle in a spiral from the top of the last block to the ground ahead of the first block. This will make it easy to construct a dome.


Step 3. Build up walls, overlapping the blocks and shaping them so that they lean inward. Cut a hole under the wall for the cold sink and entrance. Put several blocks along one wall as a sleeping platform


Step 4. The last block must initially be larger than the hole. Place the block on top of the igloo, then, from inside, shape and wiggle it to slot exactly into the hole

Step 5. Hot air from your body and stove rises and is trapped inside the dome. Cold air falls into the sink and flows away to the outside. It is essential to cut ventilation holes in the walls with an ice axe.

Finished Igloo

With warmth inside the igloo, the surface of the walls will melt and freeze over, to form a smooth, airtight ice surface. The roof over entrance tunnel prevents snow from blowing into igloo.

WARNING! It is vital to make at least one airhole in the roof to avoid suffocation. The igloo will get very warm inside with heat from your body, even if it is cold and windy outside. Without ventilation, lethal carbon dioxide will build up. Also, the use of stoves in an enclosed shelter is not recommended due to dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.

Information on this post is taken directly from: