Family Pictures

I should rename my blog to “Slacker Blog”. It’s been a while. Principally, I believe the reason is because I’m lazy. Oh well…

I’ve been taking a few pics lately so it’s time to publish a few.

Family portrait of Chris's sister and her family.

Nephew, cute little dude.

Aaron, Jayse, Ryanne, Tori, Alanna


Aaron with his big guns.



Chris and I.

Brian, Chris, Aaron, Jayse, Ryanne, Tori, Alanna.


Ryanne, Alanna, Jayse, Aaron, Tori.



Miss Chris.

The boys.

The girls.

There. Now I’m caught up!

Published in: on October 10, 2010 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Trip to New York and New Jersey

I don’t know where the time goes. It seems I am sometimes able to keep up and sometimes I just rush through life without looking back or thinking twice. It’s been many weeks since I’ve updated the blog so I have some catching up and thinking twice to do. Here goes…

At the end of July it was our extreme pleasure to take Alanna and Aaron and visit my brother and his family in New York and New Jersey. To make it even more fun, my parents decided to take the trip as well. We spent about half of our time in Sleepy Hollow and Tarry Town and the other half in New Jersey.

Sleepy Hollow is the Sleepy Hollow you are thinking of. Washington Irving made the place famous in his tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Strange enough, Sleepy Hollow was just a local name and not an official city until the 1990’s. I believe it was known as North Tarrytown until they finally decided to capitalize on the name “Sleepy Hollow”. It is actually a tremendous little place with old 17th century farms and a few castles to boot. My favorite part was the cemetery though. The same one Icabod Crane had to get to in order to evade The Headless Horseman. While Icabod never made it, we did! It is a fabulous old cemetery that is in the hills with lots of big old trees. During the day it is very Gothic with its old headstones, crypts, and mausoleums. At night I am certain it is haunted, but alas, it closes at 4:00 pm. I can understand why, but it was unfortunate, I would have loved to take Aaron and Alanna in at night!

The cemetery is also full of famous people. It’s citizens include Washington Irving, Leona Helmsley, Brooke Astor, Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and more. There are even many Van Tassels, one of the families in Irving’s tale.

There is also a great little river that runs through it. Remember the bridge Icabod had to cross to be safe? This is the river it spans. The bridge is a modern bridge now and it was disappointing. Here are a few pics of the area:

Washington Irving's Headstone

Old Dutch Church in the cemetery. An excellent building!

River that flows through the cemetery.

Berrett boys on vacation!

Alanna playing at the/in the river.

Alanna at the river again.

Of course Aaron spent time in the river too.

The food in Sleepy Hollow was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the Indian and Greek food. It was the first time many on the trip had eaten these types of food, so that was a lot of fun too. Everyone enjoyed it.

While in New Jersey, we also hit the Jersey Shore. The “scenery” wasn’t all that great.

I'm the painfully white guy from Idaho.

What's a trip to New York without riding the subways? I love the subways!

Lyndhurst Castle

We also spent time at Morristown where Washington spent one winter. We also visited Jockey Hollow. It’s a place where the revolutionary soldiers spent one winter in horrible conditions.

My brother’s office faces the site of the old Twin Towers. We were able to go up into his office and check out the view. The building you see being constructed is the Freedom Tower. The building at the far right is new since the bombing. In the lower center you can see the memorial fountain which is still under construction. He does have a pretty cool view!

World Trade Center Site.

While visiting New York, Aaron wasn’t feeling too well so he and Chris went home with my brother and his family. That left Alanna and I and my parents alone to explore New York and to find our way back home via subway and train. I loved it.

Brooklyn Bridge

Alanna in China Town.

Alanna and I in Little Italy.

While visiting Little Italy, we ate dinner at a little place, Italian of course. The streets are lined with restaurants and I am sure each one of them is excellent. The place smells delicious!

The Berrett family hits Ellis Island. According to Aaron, it is boring...

Aaron in the grand hall where imigrants were processed.

Obligatory visit to the Statue of Liberty.

Aaron checking out the NY skyline.

Alanna too!

While in New Jersey we also hit an Ethiopian restaurant. They serve the food family stile sans utensils. It was fun and the food good.

The vacation came and went quickly. We have some great memories though and are so glad we went. Thanks to Trevor, Sherry, Carter, and Holland for allowing us to come spend time with you. We hope to see you soon!

Published in: on September 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm  Comments (1)  

Aaron – Football and Fishing

Aaron finished up his first year of flag football in style. His skills improved dramatically and he became much more confident and aggressive during the short season. Here are a few highlights of the last couple of games:

Aaron going against "the wall" (and the coach).

Form and concentration.

Sweet success.

Aaron gets a nice "tackle" with his tongue out (stupid coach in the way).

Another flag!

There were two plays left in the game/season. The first one was a pass to Aaron. With little 7 year old dudes, you need at least two miracles to successfully complete a pass play: 1) the kid throwing the football makes an accurate pass to the receiver and 2) the kid who is the receiver actually catches said pass. In the second to the last play, Aaron catches the pass

and gets taken down.

Now on the last play of the game, they ran another pass play to Aaron.

Touchdown! Nice job Aaron.

Now on to fishing! We fished for the first time this year on July 5. Between crappy weather and our schedule, it was pretty late in the year for our first outing. Aaron, Tori, and I headed out the the river. We only caught one fish, but it was a nice one.

A brown, 24 inches and just over 6 pounds.

Aaron and I went out again yesterday.

Aaron’s fish is just over 3 pounds. The one I am holding is about 25 inches and weighs almost 7 pounds. In total, we caught 8 fish and all of them very nice sized (2 of Aaron’s were carp, ugly buggers). We had a great time, we were gone for a couple of hours and we had a ton of action and all the fish were large. It was one of those days when you knew you’d be done when you ran out of worms.

We also had a birthday this last week (Chris). She turned, well, I guess I better not say. Her dad came down and so did my parents and 4 of the Hancock kids. We had a great time playing bocci and spending time together. Alanna and Aaron loved having the Hancocks down. They play very well together and have a great time.

Published in: on July 18, 2010 at 8:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy 4th of July

A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference in Orlando. I was lucky to have Chris travel with me and we had a great time visiting the Disney theme parks. The weather was hot and humid which Chris and I both love. Here is a picture of us:

Chris is on the right.

We had fun and appreciate my parents helping take care of Aaron and Alanna.

Last week I ran Jayse down to BYU for a job interview. The good news is he got the job. He’ll be working in the computer lab in the McKay building! The bad news is the traffic was horrendous. I guess the greater Provo/Orem area is not for me.

In the meantime, we’ve had more flag football!

Way to bust through the defense Aaron!

Man, this was kind of a boring entry. Sorry, it’s all I’ve got today!

Published in: on July 4, 2010 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Flag Football

Aaron’s first flag football game was this last Thursday. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but the calendar has been screwed up for several months now. I know the calendar says June, but somehow the government has pulled a switcheroo because it is really March. If you had been to the game Thursday night you would know the truth (it’s out there). It was COLD. I had a jacket and was taking pictures and I didn’t think I’d be able to use my fingers again.

Aaron’s team did very well. It is fun to watch a bunch of 7 year old dudes running around trying to tag the flag off the little guy with the ball. You would have enjoyed it (except for the COLD).

Aaron's first time donning the flags. "What the..."

He's a scrawny kid, but he makes a good center.

Yesterday was our annual Cook family reunion (mom and her siblings). It was a Heise. I was very concerned about the weather (it is March, not June). It was overcast the entire day and sprinkled a bit here and there, but overall it wasn’t too bad. I took a jacket but removed it after a bit and left it off. It was great to see everyone that attended. They are all wonderful people.

Published in: on June 13, 2010 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment