The Upshaw Family

Johnny, Brittany, Colton & Jack
  
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New photos added here November 1, 2016. here January 3, here January 29 and here February 23, 2017 (captions in red)
  

In May, 2008, Johnny graduated with honors from California State University, Fresno, with a double major in  forensic anthropology and chemistry. He continued his studies at CSUF and completed his dissertation for a masters' degree in the fall semester of 2011. On June 20, 2008 he was married to Brittany Morris, who graduated from CSUF in December, 2007, with a teaching credential. They met in 7th grade, and have been together as a couple since their junior year in high school.

Brittany teaches elementary school in Sanger, a small town near Fresno. In September, 2010, Johnny started working as a criminalist for the Department of Justice lab in Fresno, putting his training to use.

Earlier that year they bought their first house, which they share with Faith, a miniature pincher, and Crosby and Sidney, two German Shepards adopted from a rescue facility.

On December 12, 2012, they became the parents of Colton James Upshaw, who weighed in at 7 lbs 4 oz; 20 1/2 inches long, and cuter than all the other babies born that day. The brood grew by one more on October 8, 2014, with the arrival of Jack Morgan Upshaw, who weighed a full pound and four ounces more than his big brother, and was equally cute.

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JD, August 18, 2000 (16th birthday) Graduation Day, May 2002 On the road again Brittany's first 4-wheel ride

JD, August 18, 2000
(16th birthday)

Graduation Day,
May 2002
On the road again Brittany's first
4-wheel ride
Captain Panther Fresno Lightning travel team JDbaseball The barrel jump
Captain Panther Fresno Lightning travel team  JD's baseball career was short and best forgotten The barrel jump
Pine needle boarding The Master Climber With Brittany, December 2003 The new wheels
No snow? Try pine needle boarding The master climber With Brittany, December 2003 The new wheels
Johnny & Brittany, January 2005 Hockey with Aunt Jen & little brother Mikie An intense foosball contest Flashback to age 2
Johnny & Brittany, January 2005 Hockey with Aunt Jen & little brother Mikie An intense foosball contest Flashback to age 2
Johnny & Grandpa Dick Estel about 1987 Birthday party, probably 1988 First backpack trip, probably 1986 Johnny, spring, 2006
Johnny & Grandpa Dick Estel about 1987 Birthday party, probably 1988 First backpack trip, probably 1986 Johnny, spring, 2006
    
Johnny & Brittany at the Sharks-Penguins game in October 2008 The newest family member, Crosby Exercise time - Johnny, Brittany, Crosby & Faith Sidney & Crosby, February 2011
Johnny & Brittany at the Sharks-Penguins game in October 2008 The newest family member, Crosby Exercise time - Johnny, Brittany, Crosby & Faith Sidney & Crosby, February 2011
   
Johnny & Brittany, Thanksgiving 2012 Johnny's short-lived "cheesy mustache" Colton James Upshaw, born 12/12/12 CJ with great grandpa Dick

Johnny & Brittany, Thanksgiving 2012

Johnny's short-lived "cheesy mustache" Colton James Upshaw, born 12/12/12 CJ with great grandpa Dick
Fist pump! Doing what he does best The Upshaws, December 2012 Johnny and Son
Fist pump! Doing what he does best The Upshaws, December 2012 Johnny and Son
   
CJ and Grandma Teri Learning to smile CJ and Sidney Napping after a hard day of "turning over" exercises
CJ and Grandma Teri Learning to smile CJ and Sidney Napping after a hard day of "turning over" exercises
   
CJ with mom CJ with great grandpa Dick CJ and grandpa Tim watch dad (Johnny) play hockey CJ "standing" between mom and dad
CJ with mom CJ with great grandpa Dick CJ and grandpa Tim watch dad (Johnny) play hockey CJ "standing" between mom and dad, five month birthday
   
Ready for a bath - June 2013 Surrounded by color Learning to eat solid food At six months, CJ can roll backward in the walker
Ready for a bath - June 2013 Surrounded by color Learning to eat solid food At six months, CJ can roll backward in the walker
    
A smile worthy of Facebook for his six month birthday TJ just past seven months Learning to crawl Bringing back the Mohawk!

A smile worthy of Facebook for his six month birthday

CJ just past seven months

Learning to crawl

Bringing back the Mohawk!

    

The latest family portrait

First Halloween

It's all happening at the zoo!

At the zoo with Grandma Teri

The latest family portrait

First Halloween

It's all happening at the zoo!

At the zoo with Grandma Teri

    

CJ exploring the great outdoors

What's more fun than a wheelbarrow ride!

"I gotta spread these leaves around like they belong!"

Colton and Great Grandpa Dick December 2013

CJ exploring the great outdoors

What's more fun than a wheelbarrow ride!

"I gotta spread these leaves around where they belong!"

Colton and Great Grandpa Dick December 2013

   

Chowing down on pizza

"Hmmm...not sure about the olives"

CJ & Dad Johnny at Uncle Mike's hockey game

CJ and Grandpa Tim

Chowing down on pizza

"Hmmm...not sure about the olives"

CJ & Dad Johnny at Uncle Mike's hockey game

CJ and Grandpa Tim

  
Colton and his grandparents at this first birthday party, December 14, 2013 Getting a grip on the birthday cake Just diving right in Hiking the trail at Aunt Jennifer & Uncle Rod's property

Colton and his grandparents at this first birthday party, December 14, 2013

Getting a grip on the birthday cake

Just diving right in

Hiking the trail at Aunt Jennifer & Uncle Rod's property

     
Herding geese Swinging with Grandma Teri Relaxing on a rock
Rocking out on the keyboard Herding geese Swinging with Grandma Teri Relaxing on a rock
   
Ridding the world of dandelions In the sandbox Johnny, Colton & Brittany, summer 2014 Pinecone hockey at Tahoe
Ridding the world of dandelions In the sandbox Johnny, Colton & Brittany, summer 2014 Pinecone hockey at Tahoe
   
An outing to Red Robin "Can I borrow the backhoe tonight, Grandma?" "Driving" the backhoe First visit to the Mariposa County Fair
An outing to Red Robin "Can I borrow the backhoe tonight, Grandma?" "Driving" the backhoe

First visit to the Mariposa County Fair

   
On the Merry-Go-Round with Russell, Grandma Teri, Uncle Mikie, and Great Aunt Jennifer Riding the train with Uncle Mikie Feeding the goats A favorite lunch - fries and hot dog
On the Merry-Go-Round with Russell, Grandma Teri, Uncle Mikie, and Great Aunt Jennifer Riding the train with Uncle Mikie Feeding the goats

A favorite lunch - fries and hot dog

   
Jack Morgan Upshaw Jack at home Colton in Nelder Grove Johnny and Colton up a stump
Jack Morgan Upshaw Jack at home Colton in Nelder Grove Johnny and Colton up a stump 
      
Johnny and Colton A closer look Looking WAY up Colton is an expert wall walker
Johnny and Colton A closer look Looking WAY up Colton is an expert wall walker
   
Care must be taken in selecting the proper stick First, break off any small branches Finish up by peeling off some of the bark Brittany and Johnny help Colton celebrate his 2nd birthday

Care must be taken to select the proper stick

First, break off any remaining small branches

Finish up by peeling off some of the bark

Brittany and Johnny help Colton celebrate his 2nd birthday
    
Last year face full, this year just at tiny spot of frosting Reading with Grandpa Tim Jack enjoys Christmas breakfast with Grandma Teri Watching Uncle Mikie play hockey in San Jose
Last year a face full, this year just at tiny spot of frosting  Reading with Grandpa Tim

Jack enjoys Christmas breakfast with Grandma Teri

Watching Uncle Mikie play hockey in San Jose 
   
What's more fun than a balloon at Red Robin? Jack was mostly an observer at his first Christmas Johnny and Colton in the snow Climbing on mom

What's more fun than a balloon at Red Robin?

Jack was mostly an observer at his first Christmas Johnny and Colton in the snow Climbing on mom
Colton watches while dad rides the sled The littlest trespasser The perfect item to put in your entertainment center On the shelf

Colton watches while dad rides the sled

The littlest trespasser The perfect item to put in your entertainment center On the shelf
   
Colton's first camping trip 1 Colton's first camping trip 2 Colton's first camping trip 3 Colton's first camping trip 4
Colton's first camping trip, April 2015 at Black Rock Reservoir, on the North Fork of the Kings River
    
Johnny ready to register for hockey camp, Banff 1998 The amazing Upshaw! Youth hockey days Contemplating the view above Pine Flat Reservoir
Johnny ready to register for hockey camp, Banff 1998 The amazing Upshaw! Youth hockey days

Contemplating the view above Pine Flat Reservoir

  
Jack with Grandma Teri A wood pile W Colton playing in the Sierra Nevada's natural sand box Discovering Rock Creek
Jack with Grandma Teri A wood pile W Colton playing in the Sierra Nevada's natural sand box Discovering Rock Creek
   
Jumping the creek while great-grandpa Dick watches Four generations, entering the Wilderness A well-earned snack

Dirt can't detract from the cuteness

Jumping the creek while great-grandpa Dick watches

Four generations, entering the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness    A well-earned snack

Dirt can't detract from the cuteness

   
Fun at home Jack has the family cuteness gene Colton meets Rita Burrito... ...and gets a free ride
Fun at home

Jack has the family cuteness gene

Colton meets Rita Burrito... ...and gets a free ride
   
Fun in the gravel pile Jack on the tractor Its all happening at the zoo Taking a rest
Fun in the gravel pile Jack on the tractor Its all happening at the zoo Taking a rest
   
Let's go that way! Reptile rider Jack's first birthday Jack and the coyote Great grandpa Dick got in Arizona
Let's go that way! Reptile rider Jack's first birthday

Jack and the coyote Great grandpa Dick got in Arizona

   
The Upshaws - Fall 2015 All the Upshaw's, Thanksgiving at San Joaquin River Gorge Jack with Grandma Teri Lunch time for Colton
The Upshaws - Fall 2015 All the Upshaw's, Thanksgiving at San Joaquin River Gorge Jack & Grandma Teri Lunch time for Colton
    
Jack is ready to hike the Clovis Old Town Trail Colton on the trail bridge across Dry Creek Canal Johnny could not resist this de facto climbing wall Colton celebrating his 3rd birthday

Jack is ready to hike the Clovis Old Town Trail

Colton on the trail bridge across Dry Creek Canal

Johnny could not resist this de facto climbing wall

Colton celebrating his 3rd birthday

  
Jack also got something to open Colton at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 2016 1 Colton at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 2016 2 Colton at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 2016 3
Jack also got something to open Colton at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 2016
   
Cowboy Colton on a hay bale And with his collection of "ropes" Steering the pirate ship Finally too much fun
Cowboy Colton on a hay bale And with his collection of "ropes" Steering the pirate ship Finally too much fun
   
Anticipating Animal Crackers Great Grandpa Dick with Colton and Jack at camp Fun on a huge sand pile Jack and Colton at Black Rock Reservoir
Anticipating Animal Crackers Great Grandpa Dick with Colton and Jack at camp Fun on a huge sand pile Jack and Colton at Black Rock Reservoir
  
Selecting rocks to throw into the bushes Keeping busy in camp Jack gets a close-up look at the cheetah at the Fresno Zoo "Driving" the Range Rover into the elephant compound
Selecting rocks to throw into the bushes Keeping busy in camp Jack gets a close-up look at the cheetah at the Fresno Zoo "Driving" the Land Rover into the elephant compound
      
Riding the sea lion Jack arranges Grandpa Dick's marbles in neat piles Big thrill - standing in the fire truck at the Mariposa Fair Colton goes for a "ride"
Riding the sea lion Jack arranges Grandpa Dick's marbles in neat piles

Big thrill - standing in the fire truck at the Mariposa Fair

Colton goes for a "ride"
  
So does Jack Favorite ride - bumper cars with Dad Jack meets the turkey Jack at swim school
So does Jack

Favorite ride - bumper cars with Dad

Jack meets the turkey Jack at swim school
   
Colton at swim school graduation Sharing a post-pool snack Colton knows the proper way to eat Oreos Jack's not shy about helping himself to a snack
Colton at swim school graduation Sharing a post-pool snack Colton knows the proper way to eat Oreos Jack's not shy about helping himself to a snack
   
Dirt can't hide the cuteness Helping Grandma Teri stay hydrated How Jack hkes The delights of a patch of shooting stars
Dirt can't hide the cuteness Helping Grandma Teri stay hydrated How Jack hkes The delights of a patch of shooting stars
  
"I wonder how I got so muddy" A careful bridge crossing, with a nervous dad right behind Such a tempting puddle! Jack could not resist this one
"I wonder how I got so muddy" A careful bridge crossing, with a nervous dad right behind Such a tempting puddle! Jack could not resist this one
  
Colton, Kentyn and Jack on the raft at the Small Fry Trail near friant Jack is caught like a trout!
Colton, Kentyn & Jack at the Small Fry Trail near friant Jack is caught like a trout!
        

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Updated February 23, 2017