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Archive for April, 2011

2011/120: Spring

2011/119: Easter Lily

At least I think this is an Easter Lily.

2011/118: Interview With An 8-Year-Old

Favorite color:  pink
Favorite food:  cheese pizza
Favorite sport:  volley ball
Favorite hobby:  watch TV
What do you want to be when you grow up:   gym teacher, maybe.
Favorite memory:  I don’t know
Best friend:  Katelynn
Best feature:  everything
Boyfriend:  don’t have one
What college do you want to go to:  I don’t know
Major in college:  art
Favorite subject:  math
Favorite movie:  Tangled
Favorite TV show:  The Middle, Wipeout, Big Time Rush
Favorite vacation: Indiana
Most embarrassing moment:  I don’t know
Where do you want to live when you grow up:  with you and Daddy
Favorite band/singer:  Big Time Rush
Favorite book:  The BFG
Favorite song:  8th World Wonder (by Kimberly Locke)
If you could have one wish come true, what would it be:  that Melissa is nice to me

I forgot to do this last year, but here is her Interview when she turned 6.

2011/117: Officially Eight

But she still looks like seven. Whew! 😉
(Taken on her Birthday on Sunday)

2011/116: M&M’s

The green ones are my favorites! 😉

2011/115: Bonus – Dragonslayer

Another drawing, that Melissa is very proud of. Titled  Ella & Rena (present & past)

2011/115: Dalmation Bellflower (1)


Edited to add this Dalmation Bellflower, courtesy of Brian (and his Photoshop skills)

2011/114: Bonus – Eight

I can’t believe my baby is eight today! I don’t know where the time went… seems like just yesterday she turned one!
She’s been talking about an American Girl doll since before Christmas, and I promised her that if she was really good, maybe she would get one for her birthday. They’re not exactly cheap, and I wanted to wait and see if she forgot all about it by her birthday. No such luck! 😉
I did tell her that IF she got one of the dolls, it would be the ONLY birthday present she would get from us, and she was OK with that (we did surprise her with the “Tangled” DVD, and Melissa picked out a Rapunzel doll for her). And sweetheart that she is, she offered to pick out one of the baby dolls because they were cheaper. I told her that IF she got to pick one, she could pick the one she liked best, and not to worry about how much it costs.
Yesterday we went to the Galleria Mall in Dallas and she got to pick out her doll. She had no idea why we were going there until she saw the American Girl store. She had so much fun browsing through the store, and finally decided on Kanani, and spent some of her Birthday money on a cute little pink dress. They even had the dress in Sara’s size, and she would have loved to get it, but at $58 that was just NOT going to happen!

What to get, what to get…

Found her!

Posing with Kanani

Happy shopper 🙂

On the way home, doll freed from her box, and safely buckled up

♥ Happy Birthday, little one! ♥

2011/114: Happy Easter

Artwork by the Birthday girl, Sara.
She thinks she’s the luckiest girl in the world, because her Birthday is on Easter this year 🙂

2011/113: Bonus – She Was Right

They really are evil!
The purple ones somehow managed to get away, but I was able to eat successfully destroy the rest of them!

2011/113: Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago, Karen posted a scavenger hunt on her blog, and I thought it would be fun to participate, especially since I missed her first one due to lack of time.
This time she wanted us to find a…

Body of water
This is a pond about halfway between home and Greg’s office (or in this case, the mall 😉 )
I thought about taking a picture of the outdoor pool at the gym, since it’s now open on week-ends, but that would just be mean to all my friends up north, where it’s not exactly swimming weather yet.

Couldn’t resist getting this when I saw it at Michaels several years ago. I painted it to match the curtains in Sara’s room. Melissa has a train, too, and painted it herself. Sara was still too little back then.

Yup, Sara plays with cars, too! This Ford Mustang was her pride and joy when she bought it (with her own money) and even took it on vacation with her that year, to show her brothers.

No idea what they are

This may look like a rose bud, but it’s actually the bud of a blackberry blossom

I had several to choose from here, but I photographed the easiest, that had the best light and required the least amount of work (no digging old Easter baskets out of the closet, or climbing a step stool to get a basket off the shelf). This one sits on the bathroom cabinet and holds my shower gels, body lotions, etc.

Another item I found in Sara’s room. This little bunny was one of her first toys, that I bought for her before she was born.

And for the BONUS….. a
My lucky find! I was sitting at the computer last Saturday, when Sara looked out the window and said cardinal!!! Of course I grabbed my camera, but had to switch lenses… and it flew away before I could do that. I waited and waited, and spotted it sitting in a tree on the other side of the neighbor’s house. I decided to use my 80-400mm lens, but of course it flew away before I could dig out the lens and put it on the camera. I waited and waited, and it finally paid off when he sat down in the tree right outside my window. Still had to shoot through the window and some branches, but I got him!

2011/112: Home Again

Greg has been in Florida on business all week. He had to leave Sunday evening so he would make it to a meeting on time on Monday.
Today, he’s finally coming home again.

These pictures were taken in Minneapolis last summer, while visiting my niece. She lives within walking distance of the airport.

2011/111: Daffodil

2011/110: Tattered

Found this poor little thing on one of the blackberry flowers. Probably a victim of those insanely high winds early last week (30-35 mph sustained, with 50-55 mph gusts)

2011/109: Flowers For Mom

The girls went out into the back yard to look for flowers on Sunday. I have eight small little vases, and they filled them all! 🙂

Sara picked these…

These were from Melissa…

They even picked wild onions!

2011/108: Clusterfluff

O.M.G. …. who needs chocolate when you can have Clusterfluff?!  To.die.for!

2011/107: Bonus – Something Is Different

Best I got… texture added to hide that it wasn’t in focus 😉
We were walking around the mall, Melissa a few steps behind me, and I randomly held up the camera and clicked the shutter about 20 times, hoping I’d get lucky and get something good. Didn’t happen, of course. The picture below was before mom turned paparazzi LOL

2011/107: Mud Pie

Mm-mmh good! Can’t go wrong with chocolate ice-cream, Irish Coffee Liqueur ice-cream (too bad it’s alcohol free!) and chocolate cookies!

2011/106: Mexican Buckeye

From the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

2011/105: Blackberry

Won’t be long now! Too bad I can’t eat them, because I’m allergic.

2011/104: Would You Like Some Fries With That?

Can’t wait for dinner tonight! We’re going to Mooyah Burger (yum!) because they are donating 15% of the receipts dropped into the box to Melissa’s school’s Relay For Life team.

2011/103: Oops!

Billboard, seen in Minneapolis last summer.

2011/102: Inner Workings

You may remember back when we replaced our DVD Player with a Blu-Ray Player, and  destroyed the DVD Player. Of course I had to take the remote control apart, too, and take some pictures. Kind of disappointed that there’s really not much to those things. The most interesting part is where the batteries go (see last picture).

2011/101: Summer Roadtrip

Summer can’t get here fast enough…. I can’t wait to go on this year’s road trip!
Dates are picked and Greg’s vacation was approved, but we haven’t figured out too many details yet (and probably won’t). We know kind of where we want to go, but want to leave plenty of time to see and do things we find along the way. We don’t like to be tied down by schedules and dates, as long as we’re back home when we’re supposed to be.
We’ll be heading towards Maine first, possibly stopping in Boston to get together with one of Greg’s colleagues. Then meeting up with a friend before heading to Maine. We’ll be back through Massachusetts on our way back, getting together with another friend or two, and stopping at the Yankee Candle Flagship Store at some point (these details still need to be worked out). Then we’re heading to Niagara Falls (yay!! I’ve always wanted to see them!) and on our way back to Texas we will be stopping in Indiana for a few days to see the boys. Should be another great adventure with lots of memories… and PICTURES!!!

BUT, Greg has to complete an insane amount of hours of training (in addition to his regular job!) before he can go on vacation. His bosses are making everyone take training courses because the union contracts (for the techs) are up. Greg is not a tech (he used to be) and not part of the union, but he is expected to work wherever he is needed if the techs go on strike. Cross your fingers that he will be able to complete all the courses in time!