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Wednesday, December 6, 2014

2014 First Lego League

Every year for the past several years, I've volunteered at the First Lego League in my area. For the past 4 years I was in Fort Collins, Colorado, but this year I am in Dubuque, Iowa. It was interesting seeing how other events are different/similar. The thing that was similar, was the passion for these students learning about robots and being nerdy.

Excitement of a Functioning RobotDisappointment of a Non-Functioning RobotWorld Class ChallengeThe CompetitionV-ZPerfect AlignmentHopingLearning About The Next LevelTrophiesParticipation MetalSound BoardLCRPoinsettias around the Stage

Monday, December 11, 2014

East Peoria Lights

While I was down in East Peoria on business, I noticed this set up. I had my camera, but no real tripod. I had a real small tripod that I was able to set on my car and take a few shots. I didn't bring a good coat there so I didn't take many shots, but I was happy with this one

Fondulac District Library

Wednesday, December 20, 2014

Fort Collins Gardens at Spring Creek

Katherine and I made it down to the Gardens at Spring Creek. Every year they put up lights and people can walk through for free (suggested donation though). If you live in the area it is definentely something to go see.

Cool TreeWatering PotHoliday PhotoTractor

Thursday, December 21, 2014

Denver Zoo Lights 2014

We made it down to Zoo lights at the Denver Zoo the weekend before Christmas, which seems like a bad idea, but it wasn't any busier than any other year that we've gone. We got there before they were letting people in because we knew if we got there any later we wouldn't have been able to find a parking spot. This is definentely a cool place to go during the holidays, but you have to plan it out ahead of time!

Thousands of BulbsBlue LightsLarge BulbsRepeat PhotoComplete DarknessWhite FlowersLanterns in the SkyLights in the BushesSeals Swimming AreaSmall Lights

Friday, December 22, 2014

Mallard Pond Drive (Boulder)

After Zoo Lights, we stopped by Mallard Pond Drive in Boulder. I've been here before in the past and it is worth the 30 minute detour on the way home.

Lots of LightsRed and Green TreesWhite LightWagonCovered Top to Bottom

Monday, December 25, 2014

Christmas with Katherine

This year I spend Christmas with Katherine's family. We celebrated Christmas with my family on Christmas Eve, and we went to Katherine's parents house to wake up there on Christmas day. It made Katherine happy that I was with her family all on Christmas.

Fancy TreePresent Fort

Wednesday, December 27, 2014

Katherine's New Ink

Katherine got a new tattoo today. It says "Remember the magic". I don't think she'll be forgetting the magic anytime soon!

Remember the Magic

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