In 2010, I resolve to…

| January 2, 2010

I’m not really one for making New Year’s resolutions but there are a couple of things I am hoping to improve upon this next year and I suppose today is as good as any to get started.  To begin with… I aim to improve upon my blogging skills. Perhaps you have noticed that I haven’t […]

Birthday Fish

| June 17, 2009

Today was my birthday and while I wasn’t able to go fishing, my camp cook and her baking artistry hooked the whole camp up with our limit

Utah Fishing Marathon

| April 25, 2009

Woody and I took a couple of days this past week for a quick fishing marathon in Utah.  While we didn’t catch too many fish we certainly had an adventure. First stop was Kingston Canyon on the East Fork of the Sevier River where we were able to catch a few fish and Woody made […]

Stories along the way – Bookstore Launched

| April 5, 2009

You may notice that I’m in the process of adding a few new things to this blog. Please visit my new Bookstore listed above as a page or on the sidebar. You can find books, CD’s, MP3’s and resources which either I have on my shelf or would recommend.


| March 17, 2009

Here is another stop motion animation.  This one, with the exception of a little help making the chrysalis and the adding of a title and music was created entirely by Sarah.

Stop Motion Animation

| March 16, 2009

Last year Sarah developed an interest in making Podcasts or radio shows.  We did this for a while and hope to make some others this summer while we’re away.  A while back she just started playing with my sound software and seeing what sort of sounds she could record.   She’s made some interesting layered vocal […]

Homeschooling Sees Dramatic Rise…

| March 8, 2009

In December, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics released new estimates on the number of American families homeschooling their children. The new report shows the growing popularity of homeschooling. In view of this trend, it is important that federal and state policymakers safeguard families’ right to educate their children at home. […]


| March 6, 2009

I haven’t ever had the desire to take up skateboarding. My knowledge is limited to, it’s a board with wheels, people do tricks and my last name makes every teenage Skateboarder drool with envy.   That’s pretty much it.  I suppose that will soon change because Sarah has decided to take up skateboarding.  So I’ve started […]

Leeds Creek, Utah

| March 5, 2009

I took a little spur of the moment trip to Utah on Monday to fish Leeds creek with Woody.  I’ve wanted to fish this creek for a while since it holds Bonneville cutthroat trout which I’ve never caught. Bonneville cutthroats are really only found in parts of the Bonneville Basin and a few areas in […]

Google Earth

| February 25, 2009

So, I was looking up some directions from my home to another location and began fooling around with Google Maps and Earth… just poking around my neighborhood and to my amazement found a shot of Sarah and me riding our bikes.  This is actually us caught on Google Earth… sort of like Bigfoot.  We can be tracked […]

Fly Tying Bench

| February 23, 2009

Fly Tying Bench: I have been spending a great deal of time at the bench lately tying flies.  My bench is right behind our couch and quite central in our living room.  It’s crowded and cluttered and I’ve been wanting to improve upon it for a long time.  Last week I finally went out in […]

Lightening String Figure

| February 18, 2009

This is “Lightening” a great Navajo figure!

Heart String Figure

| February 17, 2009

Here is more on the String Figure pictured in my last post.  This string figure actually is only one in a series of figures.  The first figure  you’ll see in the sequence is called “Two Eyes” which is represented by the two diamonds.  Next the eyes are separated into “Eyes with bags under them” and then […]

New Blog is finally up and running.

| February 6, 2009

Welcome to my new blog!  I think I have finally ironed out all the bugs of this thing and can get moving forward again.  As you might have noticed I stalled out trying to migrate it to my website and except for a few feeble attempts at renewal pretty much let it sit idle for far […]

River the fishing dog…

| September 15, 2008

Here are some pictures of River, a relatively new family member. River is an English Setter and the dog I always dreamed of having.

Summer Photos from Camp

| July 21, 2008

Here are some photos from this past summer in Montana.

Montana 2008

| May 20, 2008

Sarah and I have been at the camp for nearly a month now and I’ve been so busy I haven’t had the gumption to sit down a post entries.  Once again, it’s not from the lack of exciting things to relate… it’s just that I’m pretty much a lousy blogger.  However, to be honest… we’ve been […]

Catching up a little…

| March 28, 2008

It’s been a long time since I last posted and I really have no real excuse.  I’ve been busy preparing for the 2008 camp season with designing a website, brochures, programs and trying to find a staff.  Sarah and I took a couple of weeks and traveled throughout the northwest attending college job fairs looking […]

Mountain bike from Santa

| December 30, 2007

Santa brought Sarah a nice mountain bike so we can do some trail riding in Montana this summer.

Christmas 2007

| December 30, 2007

We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and even though it’s sometimes difficult to get in the Christmas spirit living in the desert we had a good one.  At Church this year Sarah got a chance to follow in her mothers footsteps and sing a solo which she did very well.  Sarah and Emily made a […]

Pet Snakes

| December 27, 2007

We’ve been raising a Sinaloan Milk-snake for two years now and a couple of weeks ago it somehow managed to escape from the terrarium.  We search the house pretty well a few time but sadly it was gone.  Sarah and I were pretty bummed since we’d watched the hatchling grow to a pretty nice sized […]

Making ginger bread cookies

| December 23, 2007

Getting ready for Christmas and into her work with some gingerbread cookies where process is more important than product.   

Help with writing practice…

| December 23, 2007

Getting a little a help with writing practice with our pet tortoise.

Coke and Mentos

| December 23, 2007

Here is a picture of Sarah and her Coke and Mentos experiement.   

Family in Kentucky

| November 15, 2007


| November 6, 2007

For the past couple of years Sarah has hinted around at her desire to be a Princess for Halloween.  We usually try to side track that desire and say something like… “Oh… everyone dresses as a princess… why don’t you think of something a little more interesting”.  She’ll agree and then comes up with something else far more […]


| November 5, 2007

Every time I get back home I get the opportunity to work on my family history and genealogy projects.  I recently had a great aunt pass away who’s library yielded some new information.  This sparked a trip to Smithfield and Shelbyville Kentucky where many of my root grew. Below is a picture of four generations on […]

Cincinnati Art Museum

| October 30, 2007

I took Sarah to the Cincinnati Art Museum and being the type of kid she is, she loved it.  We did a little scavenger hunt that they offer to school groups and one of the piece to find was this marble sculpture by Moses Ezekiel titled Margret Friend.  The description indicated that it was unique […]

Krohn Conservatory

| October 30, 2007

Went to the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, OH today to study some plant life.  Had a lesson about this cotton plant and the cotton picked from it.  We love cotton!    

Trip to Kentucky

| October 30, 2007

Sarah and I took off for a three week trip to visit family in Kentucky.  We usually drive but this year decided that in the interest of time we’d fly.  Sarah hasn’t flown since she was two so it was a big treat.  We’ll be spending our days doing and seeing things from my home […]

Sweat Pea Festival Of The Arts…

| September 28, 2007

We had the opportunity to attend the three day Sweat Pea festival of the Arts in Bozeman this summer.  I was immediately in love and just couldn’t get enough.  I have seen and performed at arts festivals all over the country and never have I witnessed anything like Sweat Pea.  It was really a great […]

Making a life mask…

| September 27, 2007

Tonight Sarah and I made a life mask for her.  She had a great time and once it dries we can use it to make a positive of her face in plaster and then as a mold for a mask or prosthetic make up.  It took about 30 minutes and I might add that it […]

Back home and all together…

| September 27, 2007

    I realized today that Sarah and I have been home now for a month!    It’s been a bit difficult to return to our normal life and schedule after having spent the summer in Montana.  With the exception of being separated from Emily is was a fantastic and transforming summer.  We’ve been taking it easy and just […]

The Salmonfly Hatch… June 2007

| July 16, 2007

I was fornutate enough to catch the Salmonfly hatch for a few days on the Gallatin and an afternoon on the Madison.  It’s everything they claim it to be.  The Salmonfly is the largest of the stoneflies and when they hatch the trout go nuts.  Great fun and I can’t wait to do it again […]

Getting back at nature…

| May 31, 2007

The meadow is full of wildflower and today the Rocky Mountain Irises began to bloom.  Below is a picture of one of them. Tonight I tried out this design for a marshmallow gun I read about.  I made it sitting on the front porch of the cabin where we have a bunch of bird feeders.  […]

Catching up

| April 5, 2007

I’ve been so bad about making post lately and there has been so much going on around the Thrasher home.  Below are a few quick catch up post. 

Spring, means gardening…

| April 5, 2007

 I’ve been busy lately installing a drip irrigation system in the backyard.  For the last couple of years most of my attempts at growing something green have failed.  Hand watering in the desert is a losing battle.  So I’m putting in a micro drip system.  A lot of work but it will be worth it. I […]


| April 5, 2007

In March Emily and I were involved with a fundraiser for a mission trip to the Gulf Coast with our church.  We worked a booth at NASCAR for the 3 day race.  Long days but we earned a lot and it was great fun.  NASCAR is a strange world. Go to to find out […]

Look… no training wheels!

| April 5, 2007

Last summer we couldn’t quite get rid of those training wheels but she hit the road with a vengance this spring and now she’s ready for the tour de france.   Since Sarah wants to ride her bike 24/7, I figured I’d finally get around to getting a bicycle so we can ride together.  I’ve wanted […]

Playing in the snow…

| April 5, 2007

In March Sarah and I spent some time hiking and playing on the mountain in the snow.  We had a great time building a snow girl, sled riding and letting Rio look for birds.

Recent Photos

| March 28, 2007


Home School Video

| March 7, 2007

HOME Where They Belong [youtube=] Beautifully put…

| March 7, 2007

HOME Where They Belong [youtube=] Beautifully put…

| March 7, 2007

HOME Where They Belong [youtube=] Beautifully put…

Podcast #1

| January 12, 2007

For Christmas we recorded a CD of Christmas music and stories.  A Thrasher Family Christmas. It was for the most part Emily (brilliant as usual) singing Christmas Carols which you can hear a few of on her website.   A couple of my stories were included and this brilliant rendition of Jingle Bells.  Play

Christmas Shadow Play

| December 26, 2006

This is a video of the Shadow Puppet Play Emily, Sarah and I created for Christmas at Summerlin Presbyterian Church where we attend and I am an Elder, Lay Leader and Webmaster.  Each Sunday in Advent was a different scene that represented the journey to the birth of Christ.  Sarah and I worked the puppets […]

Why I like nativities…

| December 24, 2006

I love Christmas. I pretty much love everything about Christmas. Christmas is such an undeniably magical time. No matter how hard some might try to diminish Christmas, its power to transform us into compassionate neighbors, friendly strangers and giddy children rolls on, unstoppable like a mighty river. Yes, I love Christmas. The magic of Christmas […]

Snakes at Christmas

| December 23, 2006

Written by: Sarah Thrasher Aug. 2005 Age 4 I was reminded of this story Sarah dictated to Granny Vee last year. Once there was a long snake who was trying to find food for her brothers and sisters and husband and grandmother and papa.   When something happened, she slithered right into a hole that […]

A Homemade Christmas

| December 22, 2006

Click on the thumbnail to view larger image.   Santa’s Workshop It’s been a busy few weeks.  Emily and I decided we would make everything this year.  Well… it seemed like a good idea at the time.  We could have used a few elves this year.

New Family Member

| December 22, 2006

  Click on the thumbnails to view larger images  Well it took them a while but they finally wore me down.  I am a notorious dog man and with my tongue in my cheek usually scoff at cats and cat people.  However, this Christmas I broke down (being the sap that I am) and got Sarah […]