Monday, January 19, 2009

LA Boondoggle

I connected up with Kris today for a boondoggle with no real destination in mind. We ended up taking some back roads near Mullhulland Drive and around Bel Air and Beverly Hills. This one spot from the photograph was a little park/sight seeing area that we could look down on these massive houses (if you can even call them houses). From there we end up at the Guitar Center and walked around to the various music shops in that area. It was pretty cool and neat to get down there to just look around. The vintage area was pretty darn cool (as usual) and they had some impressive looking guitars and amps. The highest dollar we found, a Gibson Les Paul for $120k and a Fender Strat for $95k. Kris played with an acoustic and I just looked around.

On Saturday Denise did a Girl Scout thing with Desirae and their troop but I haven't seen the photographs/video yet. Once I get that and maybe some words I will do a blog posting about that.

I also experienced the week from hell at work during our Unit Compliance Inspection. It is finally over and I think we came out okay. The real story will be tomorrow at the out-brief and then the more detailed out-brief with my boss. I had one particular area that was nearly a disaster but it looks like we were able to turn it around.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Delayed Christmas...

Nana and Max were out of town for Christmas and were not able to come down until today. So Denise bought out her little bead Christmas tree and the kids had a second Christmas today. It was pretty cool and the kids were REALLY happy about!

Well Monday is the day that Devin has his casts removed. So we are all looking forward to that.

I am going through a Unit Compliance Inspection (UCI) this week and next so everything is focused on that right now. I have been working some late nights getting things finished and I will end up going in tomorrow to finish out a couple of things for next week. My guys have all done outstanding jobs and I hope that it come through to the inspectors.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Mission Accomplished! (Sweater)

Denise just finished her first knitted sweater! She has been working on it for about about three months. It has actually been "finished" and pinned to the bed in the trailer for a couple of weeks and just needed to be sewn together. So today was the day that she disappeared (unnoticed by the kids) into the trailer to finish it up! So, what seemed like 12 hours later (the kids were just angels while she was "gone") she emerged from the (what I am sure was a quiet hiding place) with her new sweater. Anyway, it is pretty cool to see the finished work considering I have seen it in various stages over the last few months.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Erhart Clan (well most of them)...

We received an unexpected surprise this evening, Denise sister Michelle called and said they were 10 minutes from the house. We knew they were heading to California for some work but we were not really sure when they were going to be in the area. It was a quick stop over on their way to Bakersfield and they were actually meeting someone in Mojave to take the rest of the way into town. So even though it was only about 45 minutes (maybe a bit longer) it was nice to see everyone again. Denise has really been missing her sister and it was great for her to have a chance to see her. We are going to have to figure out a way for Denise to be able to visit as much as possible especially considering they were only going to be here for a few weeks. Oh Sarah and Justus were both sleeping in their van, so the photograph doesn't include everyone.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year! We all hope you have a great New Year. We are not big stay-up-tell-new-year people so there isn't much to say about last night. Today is the day we take down the decorations and such and I wanted to drag out some gear and make some photographs before the tree comes down. Hopefully I will take some more throughout the day.

Well, we did do another shoot and the video above is from it. It went pretty good and it was really nice to get Devin in front of the camera again. For some reason he generally doesn't want to be n photographs.