Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In case you were wondering

Originally uploaded by Hec at 19
Friends and family,

Thomas has discovered that the Crown Princess (his home away from land) charges for Internet access BY THE MINUTE!! Therefore, he will not submit another entry until he comes home. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We thought we would take advantage of Thomas' absence to post a photo of this lovely spider that Mr. H found at his firehouse.

The Management

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Thomas has officially taken over the blog for the next 10 days. Not saying it was so hard of a takeover (due to the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks/months), but I have it none the less. The purpose of this blog for the week and a half to follow, is to keep you up to date on my travels on the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada. Grandma R has so graciously taken me on a cruise to the previously mentioned locations. I will try to update this nightly with mainly pictures and not so much text. Enjoy!

Grandma waiting for the plane. We had to meet the bus in Mo-town at 3am which took us to San Francisco where the plane departed at 0730ish...

I'm doing the same thing, but taking advantage of the internet SFO provided...

Planes need big slabs of concrete to get in the air...

5 hours 30 minutes later, we made it to NYC. That's Long Beach to be exact...

After a bus ride to downtown, we got out hotel room. 17 stories up overlooking 42nd Street!...

This poor country boy ain't never seen so many shiny buttons in one spot before. Kinda made me want to push 'em all...

Everybody has seen the movies or commercials depicting a busy NYC sidewalk. Well, the aren't lying...

Grandma made friends with the lion at the toof store...

The Chrysler Building!! We have a view of it from our room... This is a view from the sidewalk...

Gma walking through the revolving door at the Chrysler Building. Everybody has revolving doors here!...

Grand Central Station with the C-Building behind...

A little-known not-so-busy portion of Grand Central Station...

I thought these newsstands were so legitimate! Had to get a picture...

As we were walking around, we came across two ambulances parked on the side of the road while the crews were chatting nearby. I had to stop and talk to them for a second. They told me that the city of New York has 1.3 million calls a year. I thought our county had a lot at 4,000ish!

All of them were very nice (and they had Brooklyn accents!!), they let me take a picture with them. Came out a little fuzzy... darn!

Gma and I hadn't had a real meal all day, so I was given the task of finding a restaurant. My phone failed me, so we walked around until we found a place (which ended up being right across the street from out hotel)...

Our hotel's sign with the Chrysler Building behind. We came up to the room and Gma passed out on the bed right away! She must be tired...

We are taking a more detailed tour of NYC tomorrow, with more photo ops! Goodnight California (and other states that are reading)...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Random History

Family, friends, loved ones, pets of loved ones and strangers...

I have found myself with a couple of hours to kill, so my wonderful brother (Matthew) suggested that I write a blog post. No blog post is complete without pictures, and the only snapshots that I have are from awhile back. They are in no particular order... enjoy!

Since Matthew was the brains behind this post, he gets the spot of honor as the first picture. Doesn't that homemade pizza look absolutely delicious? More onions Matthew, more onions!!

I can't remember the occasion, but we had a pirate party with just the family a couple years back. I think Sara makes the cutest little scallywag ever!

Through rain, sleet, snow or hail... the ambulance driver must go to work! You do notice that I have my all important pillow and sleeping bag though, right? Brrrr.....

After a hard day of playing in the snow, people do random acts of relaxation.

Moab, Utah. One of the best places in the US after the greatest ride I've ever been on.

Teddy Roosevelt once said: "Speak softly and carry a big stick". The Hectors say: "Speak softly and ride on a big gun".

Question: How many heads of romaine does it take to make lettuce juice for eleven people? Anton knows (who drinks lettuce juice anyway?).

Our family is decked out with all the bells and whistles... well... at least the bells.

Now Ben, is that any way to treat a lady? Or, are you trying to save her?

Salt Lake, Utah. Not the best place to be if you have any sense of smell at all.

Yum! Camping food flambe! And camping fuel flambe!

The view is amazing from 11,000 feet up! Now those are mountains...

So does this mean that he has Nic's heart? Do a cardiac massage Joe!!

My baby sister has grown up sooooo much in the last couple of years!! She was (is) adorable!!

When one has as many kids as Mom does, extreme measures have to be taken when making dinner.

More post-snow relaxation.

And in the snow fun!

I think Ben looks a little like Little Joe from Bonanza here. Or maybe Hoss?

Now, I will leave you with a picture that you have to guess what it is. I will give you a hint. It is not a flamingo. Good luck.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Mid West meets Far West

The wedding ceremony is complete. The California reception was held with 229 guests in attendance. It was a great success, except for the hot spell that kept everyone in the pool during the afternoon. We were all so busy that I didn't pick up a camera very much.

The next day we went to church and after that we took our Illinois visitors to the beach. Sadly, Thomas had to work and was not with us. He was missed. Please enjoy these shots of the day.

Mrs. H used to be responsible for dressing Ben, but now that job belongs to Mrs. H.

That is the look of impending doom.

He will recover.

What is Ben looking for?

What did he find?

It's a sand crab!

Everybody had a grand time.

be safe,
Hec @ 19