Sunday, March 23, 2008



HAPPY EASTER!



We need your help! We entered a Peep show. We need everyone to go and vote. Our feelings wouldn't be hurt if you didn't vote for us, but it would be fun:) You have to vote by Sunday so DO IT NOW!
http://liz.heiselt.org/blog/

We went down to Utah to pick up my parent's explorer for our move. It was nice we went to an egg hunt with Dave's sister and her kids. Jensen still hadn't totally caught on to the concept but it was still fun.

I even ran in the adult female hunt. It was crazy. I would like to blame me falling on the mad mob, but I really can't. I was so lucky my dad was ready with the camera to catch my wipe-out. There is a reason I choose to put my physical prowess to use in a pool. I have NO grace or coordination. Oh well at least I know my weakness right. You can see me in the green sweater- notice no one is around me pushing me down. I JUST FELL!
We then had a BALL building a peep show. Don't ask how we arrived at the decision to re-enact an assassination of a United States President with sickeningly sweet disgusting rabbit and bird marshmellows- but we did. SO GO VOTE! http://liz.heiselt.org/blog/ My brother's is the cowbell Saturday night Skit.

Then we got to go watch Bryce rock it out at an indoor soccer game. Bryce did great. Jensen had a great time too. There was hordes of little kids there and they just ran back and forth. One time I was chasing him and I ran right into the Men's room without even looking at the sign. The guy in there washing his hands was a little surprised to see me. Oh like I said NO grace or coordination OR lack of embarrassing moments.

Oh and it was my birthday today. We were traveling back most of the day. But Dave has been so good to me all week. I feel so blessed. He took care of the kids so I could go to RS and he had written be an amazing note for me. The next night he took me out to romantic dinner and a movie, then he gave me a massage gift certificate! He definitely did good.

Go vote! http://liz.heiselt.org/blog/

Monday, March 17, 2008


A Job, Two teeth and A Lot of Excitement
Well there is a lot going on. Dave accepted an internship with El Paso, a petroleum company. He starts his job at the end of April in Denver. We are excited to have him graduate and start working.
We are especially excited to move to Denver. We are planning on moving into my parents basement until we find a HOUSE! Can you believe it! A HOUSE! I'm so excited for some space, and a washer and dryer, and being able to paint walls!
Lily sprouted her first two teeth. She is so different than Jensen. He was so excited to eat solid food, and didn't have the patience for nursing past 6 months. Lily is fighting solid food. But she is so cute it's hard to get frustrated.She is scooting backwards really well, and she does great push ups. However there isn't a whole lot of forward movement.

One of Jensen's favorite words is SHOES. He puts ours on and tromps around all the time.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I got bones......and small rocks.



Terror at the High Seas....of History
I had the amazing opportunity to travel the icy roads to Bozemen Montana and the Museum of the Rockies. Did I mention that the roads were icy?


That's the van I was riding in. I don't think my professor has driven on wintry roads often. Classic beginners mistake, passing a snowplow while going up hill in a fully loaded 12-passenger van. My neck still hurts.
The Museum of the Rockies is the product of Jack Horner(go ahead and look him up if you don't know who he is) who is so cool and awesome he told the college to pony up the dough for a bigger museum and they did it. He is the guy who first discovered 3 major things.
1) Dino eggs - He found the first several clutches.
2) Dinosaur Embryos - He found an embryo, need I say more, AMAZING.
3) Dinosaur Proteins - He had help on this one but to make a short story shorter they cut up a T-Rex thigh bone and it was so well preserved proteins were present, then they sexed it............. Which means they were able to decipher the gender of the specimen another Dino first.



When we first arrived where were taken downstairs to a fossil prep lab where they are opening jackets(plaster cases of the fossils) and assembling the fossils.


Man what a jigsaw puzzle. This is the assembly of a triceratops frill.
Triceratops and Torosaurous are part of the big projects there, let me explain. Jack Horner being the super cool genius that he is grabbed a grad student and asked him to falsify the hypothesis that triceratops and torosaurous are the same dinosaur, get it falsify That They Are the Same Dinosaur. Should be easy they look different so they are.......Wrong they did a ton of statistical checks and found out that these two species are one and the same just different developmental stages. Check the photos.
Triceratops

Torosaurous


See the difference? Praise be to the Dino Rider!

Actually its more like this. First a Torosaurous Skull.

Now for the next picture click on it and maximize it so it is as big as it can be.....Its in stereo!

Look at it like a magic eye picture and you can get a 3d image to appear between the 2 pictures. These are courtesy of my good friend and an all around amazing guy Matt Cannady.

So Torosaurous has a bigger frill with holes in it and downward pointing horns.


Triceratops has a smaller frill and less downward point horns. This is the best background ever, if you don't see why meet with Sherlock Holmes for some observation skills.
The T-Rex in Stereo is a recreation with the original bones of how they found their first articulated T-REX.


The tail and crotch are closest to the picture and the head is overturned in the back.
This is a full size T-Rex and a juvenile. They thought they were separate species because T-Rex usually only has 12 teeth per mouth quarter and the little T-Rex species has 17. Turns out T-Rex loses his teeth as they change from tearing teeth to bone crushing teeth which is more evidence for T-Rex being a scavenger.

Now behold the toothy terror in 3d!



Giant Ammonoid Time!
This guy is huge, now the cool part is to picture the flat end in the front filled with squirrelly tentacles!

The next exhibit we (as the great and passionate geologists we are) went to was the mineral exhibit. Their minerals were nice and the only cool thing about them was their size. I could have fit my head....That's right my huge head in to this geode.



Even better is picturing my head in this geode in STEREO!



Now on a family note this one is for you Celeste


The white mineral surround by purple is......CELESTITE!


One last note on Dino species confusion. These three skulls all came from the same species. As the Dino ages his head inflates......much like alot of humans!

Lastly a video created by Matt Cannady. Did I mention about how cool and great he is?
Its a video of Dino shape based on skeletal pattern. It is the product of 7 or so photos pieced together. Its awesome.

video

Thanks for be a friend on this tour of what gets me excited!