Wednesday, May 28, 2008

and so, the great American road trip begins

and we were all pretty excited about it.
Macie settled into her bed in the backseat, yawns and gets ready for a long long nap. And that's about all she did was sleep during the drive. Blurry photo, but look at those watery eyes.

The first day was crossing three states. On the east coast, that would only be a few hours drive, but on the west coast there are only three states, so it's a little bit of a drive.

But that was Pauls job. Mine was snapping pictures out the car window during the ride.
First, we need to get out of Washington. Then Oregonand hello California
and finally, entering Arizona.Here are a few of my favorite pictures along the way.
These windmills in southern California...and it was really windy, so this was obviously the perfect place for them. They went on for miles on top of the foothills

This Motel sign was in the middle of the Mojave desert. There was no building around to be found, but the motel sign was still standing, all alone in the middle of nowhere.

Finally, we arrived at the Grand Canyon.
That's Paul in the red baseball cap and white Tshirt out on a lookout point.
The canyon is amazing.
We drove along side for miles and miles, and around every corner was a different vantage point and a different view. We stopped at all of them, so you can just imagine the number of pictures we took. We didn't go hiking since we had Macie with us, and at over 100 degrees outside it didn't break my heart to just look from the rim.

This was quite a zoom for this picture. Although it looks fairly close, the Colorado River was really just a sliver at the bottom of the canyon from the rim of the Canyon. We spent a few days in Sedona also. The red rocks in Sedona and along the Oak Creek Canyon are just beautiful.
And a few of my favorite shots just of nothing in particular.

Cactus were a favorite subject...they're so beautiful.

Macie was so good during this trip. We couldn't have asked her to do any better. Her little feet were so dirty after a few days, I had to toss her in the bathtub and give her a bath.
and at each hotel we stayed in along the way, she settled in and never made a peep, no matter how noisy or strange her surroundings were. but she was so happy to be back home again, and so were we.
It was our first road trip and I'm sure not the last. We're already planning where we'll go next.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

special people

there are some special people in my life.
I meet them for coffee every morning. Sometimes we have lunch together, other days we meet for dessert after the dinner dishes have been done. We meet day after day, night after night.
We have shared our lives, challenged each other, been each others biggest cheerleaders. We have laughed out loud at our jokes and even cried with each other.
When we do not "see" one of them for a few days, we worry. If they take a trip, we miss them.
But these are people I've never met in real life.
These are my internet friends.
And that is why it was so special to have the opportunity to meet these three ladies when we went on vacation last week. Tracy, Irene and Suzelle.
for a few hours, we got to do all the things we do online each day. It was so much fun to sit together and joke, laugh and hug...and it went way too quickly.

It was so much fun and like sitting down with people I have known all my life. The people around us must have thought we were crazy with all the laughing, screaming and jumping up and down when we saw each other for the first time. So much fun!

All I know is that we have to do it again soon! I cant wait...

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Mini Blueberry turnovers

These are easy enough to be made for no special occasion at all.
I especially love recipes you can put together ahead of time and pop in the oven when your ready for them.

Puff pastry makes this one super easy too...You'll find it in the freezer section if you haven't used it before. Its like using pre-made pie crust. Your family will think you are a genius!

Mini blueberry turnovers

Ingredients;4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
¼ cup sugar plus extra for sprinkling
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
½ pint blueberries (1 cup)

Directions:Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Lightly coat a baking sheet with oil or cooking spray. Place the cream cheese in small bowl and stir until completely smooth.

Separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Place the egg white in a small bowl and add the egg yolk to the cream cheese and stir until combined.
Lay the sheet of puff pastry on a flat surface and cut into 9 small squares.
Spoon a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture down the center of each square from one corner to the opposite corner.
Press the blueberries into the cream cheese. Fold the sides into the center, wet the points with a little water, and press tightly to seal. (Press the sides tightly together or they will open while they bake.)
Place the turnovers in the baking pan, brush with the egg white, and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
(If you are making these ahead, you can cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for up to 4 hours before baking.) Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until golden brown. Remove form the oven and serve warm.

Monday, May 05, 2008

NSD and olympic orange juice jug tossing

So this past weekend was national scrapbook day. Did you scrap?
I did .. a little, which is more than I have done in awhile.
Probably since we got a new puppy and she refuses to let me go into my scraproom without her. When I bring her with me, I do more puppy chasing than scrapping. She seems to find every scrap of paper, button, brad or bit of ribbon on my floor. Those of you who scrap know how messy it can be.

Anyway I was happy to be back in my room creating again after what seems like months and months, even though I had to take puppy with me to do it.
With so much puppy chasing, I only finished one layout and a few cards … this in no way is this a scrap-a-ganza or anything close.
But its more than I've done in a while so I'm calling the effort a success.

Here's the one layout I completed
Its about how Ethan likes to spin himself around until he gets dizzy and falls down.


that curve was difficult.
Im not good at drawing a wavy line freehand.
Getting the mirror of the curve to be the same on the top and bottom was pretty hard too.
There's another layout on my desk, partially completed. Hoping to wrap that one up soon if I can sneak away from the puppy.
----------------------------------------------------------Before I could head up to my scraproom on Saturday, we went to watch Ethan taking his 3rd swim lesson. This is where we had to sit to watch. Not bad, you'd say and you'd be correct if those little ones in the front pool were Ethan's group.
Not so. His group is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy over there, past the huge mushroom, sitting on the edge of the pool by that door. Great..

Ethan is youngest of the group, and the only one who requires a parent must stay right next to him. Here he is turning to make sure Dad is still back there. Oh, that blurry stuff over Dad...its the waterfall coming off the giant mushroom. So, zooming through the waterfall, the pictures are horrible.

Here he is standing up to take his turn throwing the empty orange juice jug in the water.
Yep, Dad's still there
I have no idea what this lesson is for...since Im a full football field away, behind a plate glass window :(



After you toss the orange juice jug, the instructor hangs on it while you pull it back in with a string. Im guessing its something that they'll use to explain how to grab onto a life preserver and be pulled to safety.
Waving to grandma and papa after the jug tossing lesson is over :)

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Whats that, up in the sky?

That big yellow sparkely thing?

Its bright and warm





and it hurts my eyes....and makes me feel so sleeeeepy





Ummm, that would be the Sun
We havent seen very much of it since Macie was born last September.
She was sure enjoying her first really sunny day...ever :)
I caught her dozzing off, enjoying the warmth of it last weekend.
For once she slowed down long enough to lay on a blanket in the yard, and soak up the sun