The real cause of the financial crisis

This is a video that Carter, one of the guys in our video department at Imagine Learning, created.  It makes me laugh so I thought I’d share.  If you’re not familiar with the company you may want to read the explanation below first.

Twice a year our company has a Sales Conference, where they fly all the sales reps from around the country into Utah for a week.  When this first started we thought it would be fun to play a friendly game of basketball with the production team (Programming, Art, Video, Support, and Testing … basically those who work in the Utah office) versus the sales team.  Soon the smack talking began, and before we knew it it had turned into a major event.  It’s now tradition that whenever the sales reps come into town there’s a basketball game.  In the beginning the games were close, with the sales team winning most of them.  Over time, however, the gap has grown (we think it’s because the application for a sales position asks about basketball skills), and the last meeting was an absolute throttling.

So what does that have to do with this video?  Well, as the economy began to take a turn for the worse last year, it looked like it might not be fiscally responsible to fly all the sales reps into town for the Sales Conference, meaning they would forfeit the basketball game and the production team would finally revel in victory.  But who were the real masterminds behind this global financial crisis? …


New Year, New Body … Anyone?

So with a new year come resolutions to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, etc., etc.  We’ve all made those resolutions in the past and we usually do well at sticking to them for a week or two.  Well Natalie and I have decided the holiday plumping is over and we’ve committed ourselves to a 12 week challenge.  We did this last spring and had what we felt were pretty impressive results, so we’re ready to do it again.  This time around though, we’re inviting anyone else that would like to participate to join in on the fun.  It’s going to be a “Biggest Loser” challenge where the ultimate prize is the satisfaction of being a thinner, healthier you, and the only real losers are those who don’t participate. 😉

The challenge will go from January 5th through March 30th.  You can use whatever diet or fitness program you like (if you don’t have one you like, check out Body for Life).  Try taking some “before” pictures so you can check out your progress throughout the challenge, and take some “after” pictures when it’s over.  If you want to track your progress against others, you can go to, sign up for an account (sorry, the registration is separate from our blog), and join the group “Gibbsters” with the password “loseit09”.  Just a quick note on that site:  I started on it several years ago and never really finished, but it works well enough for tracking our progress through the challenge.  If you want to use it for a challenge with your own family or co-workers you’re welcome to do so as well.  And don’t worry, no one will see your weight unless you want them to … the progress is all tracked by percentages.

So here’s to a healthy and happy new year!


So this Christmas was not at all the Christmas I was expecting.  The Tuesday before Christmas I woke up with a little bit of  a cramp in my stomach.  By the time I left work the cramp was accompanied by nausea and occasional hot and cold flashes.  I needed to stop at Costco to pick up a few last minute Christmas items, and as I made my way to the store the nausea increased, the pain in my stomach became nearly intolerable, and I started to break out in a sweat.  I tore my way into the Costco parking lot, parked in the first spot I saw, jumped out of the car and puked all over the parking lot.  After nearly passing out inside Costco I managed to make my way home.

The next day (Christmas Eve) was my family’s annual Christmas party.  I was still not feeling well so we ended up spending the day at home.  Natalie was determined to still have a good Christmas, so she went out and got all the fixings to make our own Christmas Eve dinner.  She prepared an impressive feast:  a ham with a homemade orange-honey glaze, yummy potatoes, green bean casserole, and even a Jell-O mold.  Thankfully by evening I was feeling better so we were able to enjoy the meal together, then have a fun night together watching our favorite Christmas classic:  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  We then eagerly went to bed wondering what Santa might bring.

Christmas morning was a lot of fun!  Tateym didn’t really seem to know what was going on, but she really liked all the excitement and presents.  Santa hooked her up with new toys, books, and clothes (although the wrapping paper is what really seemed to capture her attention).  She also got her fair share of spoiling from Mommy and Daddy.  We all took turns opening presents until we’d cleared out the tree.  Once that was done, we discovered one more surpise Santa had left for Natalie:  a mystery present hidden behind the chair.  When she opened it up she was excited and surprised to find a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time.  OK, OK, it was really a .357 Magnum Lady Smith revolver.  Now she can watch her shows about serial killers on A&E in peace. 😉

After opening our presents Natalie made some delicious sticky buns.  Once we’d eaten our fill, we got ready and headed over to Natalie’s parents’ house for more festivities, including Christmas dinner.  Unfortunately on the drive over I began to feel sick again.  I spent the rest of the day lying on the couch.  Natalie and Tateym though were able to have a fun time with her family eating Christmas dinner, opening presents, and visiting.  That night Natalie had to brave the stormy weather and drive us all home.

Two days later I was finally feeling well enough to leave the house again, so we headed over to my parents’ house.  Since we weren’t able to make it there on Christmas day, we had a faux Christmas dinner with my parents, my sister Melanie, and my sister Kimberly and her family.  After that we exchanged gifts and visited.

I spent a lot more of the break being sick than I expected, and poor Natalie had to work herself to death taking care of two babies.  It was still a lot of fun being able to spend so much time together as a family, and it was definitely a Christmas I’ll never forget!

Christmas Morning:

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Unwrapping a Present:

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Tateym’s Favorite Toy on Christmas Morning:

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Bedtime story with Mommy

As Tateym’s bedtime approached tonight, I was playing with Tateym on the floor while Natalie took a little break and got in some quality reading time.  It was time for Tateym’s bedtime bottle, so I left her playing with her toys on the floor (under Natalie’s supervision, of course) while I ran down to get her bottle.  As I headed down the stairs Tateym started to scream, as she typically does when people stop paying attention to her.  After a short while though, the screaming stopped and I could hear Natalie’s voice.  “Oh,” I thought to myself, “she must be reading her a bedtime story.”  When I came up stairs here’s what I saw:

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Tateym’s 4-Month Checkup

Tateym had her 4-month checkup today.  It went really well, right up until the shots … then she screamed until her face was a deep shade of crimson and Natalie had to blow in her face to make her breathe.  She was OK as soon as Mommy picked her up though.  The doctor says she’s right on track and healthy as can be.

Here are her stats for those who are interested:

  • Length:  25.5 in. (89.09 percentile)
  • Weight:  14 lbs 8.5 oz. (69.77 percentile)

And here are some pictures so you can see how cute she is 😉 :

Tateym at 4 months old
Tateym at 4 months old
Too cute
Too cute

And here’s a video that was too cute not to share:

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