Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Not So Ordinary Croc-Pot

I decided to start a small blog topic called "TNSOCP". I'm going to post all of the new projects that Melissa (My Awesome Wife) is doing in our new kitchen!

What Mel made tonight was chicken and potatoes in Kinders BBQ sauce with olive oil, and rice! It was amazing! Just the smell when I walked into the house was awesome!

- The Wes

Location:Fairfield,United States

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Backpacking Trip

In September 2012, my brother, his friend Clay, and I went hiking. We had such an amazing time and had a lot of fun hiking in the wilderness. There is something about the wilderness that clears your head.
First we hiked past saddlebag lake into this amazing spot where we camped out. It started raining and then there was lightning everywhere. It opened up and Clay was able to take the picture that you see below.

I love this picture that Clay took because it actually shows you how beautiful that spot was. It shows all of the different colors and different lighting that was there when we were there. It's not something different from what we saw. Clay was so nice that he framed the picture for me and I actually have it up in my office. Every time someone sees it they are astonished; they always think that it's from National Geographic.

We started the trip, I wasn't exactly sure how I would do as far as hiking but it was actually a lot of fun and I think I did pretty good. The picture above is it was pretty cool spot where we were passing by this waterfall. It is a smaller waterfall but it was running pretty fast as you can see and was a lot of fun.

We also went to go see the bristlecone pines the oldest living trees in the world. I believe they have lived for 5000 years. Behind this tree is Clay and I think Albert my brother is actually hiding behind the tree.
If possible I would recommend going out and trying to camp or hike or do something outside. Clear your head and have some fun.
Message me if you want directions.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Purpose Driven Garden: Part 2

I absolutely love a GREEN garden! It doesn't take much to get it started.

The past couple of years I have had the fastest growing garden of everyone I know. Here are a couple of pointers I've learned:

1) Add Steer Manure to your dirt.
2) Add slow release plant food into the mix before you start planting seeds.
3) Plant the seeds, and water them... a lot

I've found that if you can set your plants on a watering schedule, they'll thrive. What I've done is setup a soaker hose, and a timer (via Home Depot). I water them just before sunrise and just after sunset.

Plants are just about all the same, so this year I'm having fun and trying everything.

GOOD LUCK! Message me if you want to trade tips.

Location:Fairfield,United States

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's not always EASY

How many of us have developed a LIFE routine? I can't tell you how many times I've been stuck in the RUTT of ROUTINE. While a habit is a powerful thing to build, it has to be the right habit. We should be in the business of building the habit of stepping out of our comfort zone/routine. When we do this, we place ourselves in a position of learning.

You think you have problems? I don't have problems, I have "opportunities for improvement". We always have areas where we can improve, why not take advantage of every opportunity we have?

In EVERY situation, we can learn... something. We usually learn from positive situations, this is what I call a "Wow, I would definitely do that!" moment. We rarely look at a positive situation and come away thinking we learned something. I call this negative learning moment a "Wow, I definitely would not do that!". Most times these are the learning situations that carry with us longer.

None of these things happen unless we step out of our comfort zone. It's not going to be easy! I'll end with this great quote by John Maxwell.

“If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone.”
- John Maxwell

Location:Fairfield, Ca

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Purpose Driven Garden

"Flowers or Vegetables, THAT is the question!" Over the past couple of years, the debate of what creates a Purpose Driven Garden has been addressed @ Enault Estates. I hold the opinion that without both, your garden will not succeed. Without the attractive flower, although not producing something eatable, the workers (the bee) will not come. When the bee comes to work, he will pollinate all of your Fruits & Vegatables. This is a great metaphor found in gardening: unless I live a positive (attractive) life, good people (bees) will not be lured to you; more importantly if I live a negative life, negative people (flies) will surround me.

Although there are many things you can do in a garden to help the growth, but the basics are very simple: 1 seed, thats all it takes. When I first started gardening, I didn't know anything about it. How do I plant a seed? How does the seed grow? How do I get vegetables that I can eat? Sowing a seed is so simple, but so important. When a seed is planted, it blossoms into a beautiful plant of flower. If I plant a seed of love, what does it grow into? LOVE. But on the opposite end, what will grow from hate, anger, or negativity? Only more of those things. I have to choose to plant seeds of love, hope, peace, joy, and things of a positive nature. If I can consistently do this, my life may be filled with these good things.

In nature, I am a perfectionist - which makes me very negative about my short comings and the short comings of others. I consider gardening as my therapy. Gardening, even if it is 1 small plant,

The Wes

Location:Fairfield, CA

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blood vs Water

Growing up there was a saying my dad
drove into my brain, "Blood is thicker than water. Family is blood, and Everyone else is water." This lesson was one I had to learn early if I was to be the leader of my 'Band of Brothers'.

There were many times when I fought with my brothers, but there were just as many times when I fought for them against outside threats (whether they knew about it or not). I'm sure you can sympathize with the saying, "Nobody can pick on my brothers except ME!". It was my birthright!

We all have a family. If you're in a situation where you don't know if you have a family, this will help: "Family bleeds together". Your family isn't perfect, and won't succeed in life unscathed; But it will be there to support you every step of the way.

We all need our family, whether we want to admit it or not. Some of us deny that we need them, only to learn later that life is better with your family in it.

I am so thankful for my cousins (see picture, heather I love you too). They are champions of their own lives. Each one going through something most would categorize as traumatic, only to stand at the top of the mountain they each climbed. None of them have come this far in life unscathed, but each one with an awesome story to tell.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Heart of Life

In all my life the thought of planting a seed and growing vegetables/fruit had not been introduced to me. With a dad who could get as much fruit & vegetables as we wanted, there was no point. In 2010, for whatever reason, I decided to plant a garden. I started with the intention of being healthier, and ended up learning some valuable lessons.

What is the meaning of Life? At the heart of every human being, regardless the race, creed, or religion, this question is the only one that matters to us. We war against one another to answer this question armed with our best guesses, only to fall short. I would embarrass myself if I said I found the answer while gardening, but I did find some understanding of the processes we go through in LIFE. Birth, Growth, Death - all experienced in one short season, and all both physically and metaphorically pertinent to 6,000,000,000 lives on planet Earth.

Some will write it off as 'just gardening', but if you can understand that in all things there is a lesson, gardening will become an enlightening experience hopefully leading to your own personal paradigm shift.

If I may suggest to study the gardening related parables in the Bible, and put them into action both in your life and your garden. You'll never know the things you'll learn about yourself.

Here is a song called The Heart of Life by John Mayer. I think the words are amazing. When you simplify the meaning the depth of the song comes out. "The Heart of Life is Good".

The Wes

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Wes: Unplugged Intro

OK!!! FINE!!! I'll jump on the blogwagon. Today I start my blog. I did not decide to start a blog out of boredom, but out of my wife's (Melissa) amazing honesty and courage today. She blogged about the most intimate challenge we have ever faced, and received so much encouragement in return. I Love You!

This picture was taken in the deep mountains of Mexico, where I proposed to my awesome wife. We were so far out that the people stopped speaking Spanish, and started to speak Indian (Mayan?). I had been carrying the ring for 2 weeks in my backpack, waiting for the right moment. The moment had come the day after we held dental cleanings for the locals, and we're preparing to hike down the mountain (the night before the road had washed out). We were all in a circle, and I was about to pray for everyone when I walked over to my best friend, knelt down and asked "WILL YOU MARRY ME?".

We have been married for 7 short years, and I can't believe the adventures we have been on. She is my Sherpa to Success, and I would be lost without her.

The Wes