Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nebraska Winter

Ray Beltran, left, wraps his hands with boxing and conditioning coach Rob Garcia, right, at B&B Boxing Academy on November 24, 2014 in Omaha. Crawford will face Beltran on November 29 at the CenturyLink Center

Ray Beltran, right, works out with Head Trainer, Pepe Reilly, left, at B&B Boxing Academy on November 24, 2014 in Omaha. Crawford will face Beltran on November 29 at the CenturyLink Center.

Terence Crawford pictured at B&B Boxing Academy on November 24, 2014 in Omaha. Crawford will face Beltran on November 29 at the CenturyLink Center.

The sidewalk is cleared with a brush near 16th St. and Douglas St. in Omaha. Cold temperatures and winds are expected throughout Sunday.

MarShelle Dortch, 13, OYC Treasurer, right, volunteers during the Christmas in the Village event while Tyayris Brye, 8, left, Lonnajhea Brye, 7, left center, and their grandmother Marnita Primes exit the building on Dec. 6, 2014 near 24th and Lake St. in Omaha. The event featured carriage rides, cookie decorating, holiday jazz, visits with santa and giveaways.

Abigail Karasek, 10, left, and Sequoia Miller-Faison, 13, right, skate on the final day of the ConAgra Foods Ice Skating Rink on January 4, 2015 at the ConAgra Foods Campus in Omaha.

 Austin Ortega (16), left, Dominic Zombo,  (14), center, and Jake Guentzel (20) celebrate UNO's goal on Carmine Guerriero (35), right, during the University of Nebraska at Omaha vs. Alabama-Huntsville hockey game on Dec. 21, 2014 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Creighton Preparatory School Basketball player Tommy Pritchard pictured on January 14, 2015 at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.

Isaiah Ramsey (15), left, breaks a tackle with Anthony Sufficool (2) and Quinn Nietfeld (24)  during the Omaha Skutt Catholic vs. Elkhorn game in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. on November 25, 2014.

A sheep found wearing a Christmas sweater is interviewed at the Nebraska Humane Society on Dec. 9, 2014 Omaha. The sheep was found wandering near 13th and Fort Streets in Omaha. They are still attempting to locate the owner of the sheep.

People run through the start line of the Ugly Sweater Run on Dec. 14, 2014 in Omaha.

Christina Young, center, nuzzles Nahlia Wright, 3, center, as they wait for a pony ride during the Wells Fargo Family Festival at the Police Horse Barn on Dec. 7, 2014 Omaha. Several family friendly events were held around Omaha.

Lawrence Mcgarity, 8, right, holds  Brieis Gomez Wilson, 2, as they play outside in their new clothing they got for Christmas near Spencer St & N 40th Ave on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014 in Omaha.

Michele Cizek, left, works in the office at the CanCooker warehouse on January 2, 2015 in Fremont, Neb. Seth McGinn estimates he's sold about 60,000 in 2014 and is currently building an addition to their warehouse.

 People walk into St. Cecilia Cathedral to attend services on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014 in Omaha.

Tim Bochnicek, US Army Desert Storm, and his daughter Theresa lay a wreath for Merchant Marines while John Herrmann, right, salutes during the Wreath Laying Ceremony on Dec. 13, 2014 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. People gathered to celebrate National Wreaths Across America Day and placed wreaths for fallen veterans. The ceremony included speeches, presentation of the colors, and laying of wreaths. Wreaths were laid to represent the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA. The event was coordinated by Mary Blodgett.

Council Bluffs fire rescue suits up to search for the body of a man who was in a canoe that capsized on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14, 2014 at Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs. The second man swam safely to shore but was  diagnosed with extreme hypothermia and will be held at the hospital overnight for observation.

An ambulance driver transports a US Medical Worker who has been exposed to Ebola while working in Sierra Leone after they land on January 4, 2015 at Omaha's Eppley Airfield in Carter Lake, IA. The patient will be transported and monitored at the Nebraska Medical Center.

 Dian Thudiyanplackal, 5, left, plays music during a piano lesson with teacher Nadia Bray, right, on January 15, 2015 at Schmitt Music in Omaha. Fluctuations in the economy have hit piano customers hard.

Jack Johnson, left, and Jack Gilinsky, right, pictured at Gilinsky's home on Dec. 15, 2014 in Omaha. The performance duo from Omaha gathered a large internet following and are now producing music. They will perform at Ralston Arena on Dec. 20, 2014.

Patty Suiter, left, greets Annette Ballard, right, during the Suiter family winter picnic on January 3, 2015 at Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs, IA. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Year in Photos 2014

It's really been an amazing year. I've moved from an internship Dallas, Texas to my current staff job in Omaha, Nebraska (two states I never thought I would live in). The journey has had a lot of surprises along the way but right now it feels like everything has kind of fallen into place. I can't wait for this year to really push myself and continue exploring my new home.  

Boone Central/Newman Grove Quarterback Wyatt Mazour pictured on July 16, 2014 at his home in Albion, Neb.

 Kaimay Reynolds, 6, bottom right, catches snowflakes on her tongue while Phil Wasta, left, Maria Smotherman, center, and Stephen Goodall, right, battle at Elmwood Park on November 15, 2014 in Omaha. Their group meets every Saturday throughout the year, rain or shine.

Steve Goldstein pictured in front of his fathers barn, built in the1920s, which he fixed up on March 6, 2014 in Weston, Texas. Back in the last real estate boom, little Weston, Collin County's oldest town, seemed ready to explode. A developer came to town, promised money for schools and other improvements, in return for the chance to build thousands of houses at the edge of the small farming center northeast of McKinney. City officials seemed to embrace the idea, though not everyone in town shared their enthusiasm. And then the crash came.

Natalie Tucker, daughter of Dan Frei, left, does a high kick for passing cars as Cindy Siadek, second from right, and Marolyn Swanson, right, wave with signs in support for Shane Osborn for the 2014 primary election on May 13, 2014 on Dodge St. in Omaha, Neb. Dan Frei is running for U.S. Congress.

Debra Wolverton, center, in red, receives communion from Pastor Terry Makelin as they participate in a church service at the site of the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.

Heather Black, center, is comforted by her husband J.P. Black, left, both of Beaver Crossing and Rick Ragsdale, right, of Lincoln, during joint church service at the United Methodist Church on May 18, 2013 in Beaver Crossing. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Beaver Crossing was hit by an F3 tornado causing severe damage.

acob Brown stares through a window in his home during cleanup on June 4, 2014 in Oakland, IA. The house suffered severe damage to the windows, siding and roof as a result of hail and high winds.

Brothers Eric, Jamie and Ryan at Jamie's wedding.

A full spread of sharing plates at Mula including antojitos, tacos, rice & beans, salsa, and drinks pictured on August 27, 2014 on 40th and Farnam in Omaha. The Mexican kitchen & tequileria features street style Mexican cuisine, and a tequila bar.

Ryan in the forest in Washington.

Ron Ribiat pictured during True/False  Film Fest on Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Columbia, Mo.

The sidewalk is cleared with a brush near 16th St. and Douglas St. in Omaha. Cold temperatures and winds are expected throughout Sunday.

North Crowley High School Army Junior ROTC during the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration's March/Parade on Saturday Jan. 18, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.

Brian Alguire, second from left, and his girlfriend Breonny Lee, third from left, share a moment during the No Pants Subway Ride on January 12, 2014 in Dallas and surrounding areas. Participants split up into groups and rode different DART lines without pants

 Brianna Stewart stretches during practice for the Nebraska Strikers on April 15, 2014 at Omaha Bryan High School in Omaha. The team will compete in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League.

Omaha Skutt players celebrate their state championship win over Elkhorn in the Class B State Championship Tuesday November 25, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Gabe the dog takes a snooze as people prepare to workout on August 13, 2014 at CrossFit Omaha in Omaha. Karen Wattier placed first in the Masters Women 60+ division of the 2014 CrossFit Games.

UC Irvine celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run against Vanderbilt in the bottom of the second inning of game 6 during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.

A picturesque dusk develops during the Virginia vs. Vanderbilt College World Series Championship Series game on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin is tackled during the Cotton Bowl Classic football game between Oklahoma State and Missouri on January 3, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

York players huddle together after they score a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Elkhorn vs. York football playoff game on October 31, 2014 Elkhorn Stadium.

 A rainbow arches above the tree line on May 14, 2014 in  Louisville, Neb.