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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Puppy Business

 Who doesn't love a PUPPY???  We have been enjoying our little Grand-dog, Poppy!  She is full of energy and loves to visit our house so she can run and Terrorize our dogs!  lol!
Who can resist?? 

Jensen played Bubbles with her!  So cute (and funny)

She even checked out this one on the lawn!! 

 That sweet face only sits still for a little while!!
Thanks for stopping by and I am sure you will be seeing more of this adorable face here on the blog! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Family TRIP

I am posting out of order here, because I wanted to share my State Fair photos, but instead I will do that later next week. Today I want to share the family weekend photos from last weekend's trip to see family in IOWA.  We had this on our calendar for quite a while and  we finally got everyone together to do it!!  Our big kids have jobs and school and are not able to visit their grandparents alot, so this time together was really special.  We are happy the kids took time off to go along!!  I've got lots of great pics and memories!
Aunt Deb knows how to drive that old Oliver!  She gave lessons to Jocelyn!

This is a very very old tractor!! 

This was the farm Randy grew up on.  

In the Barn, scouting some locations for our family photos

Of course, Ross had to take a turn at driving!

This is the sweetest Dog!  Wiggles is Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Terry's dog on the farm! 
 We had a wonderful time on the farm with Randy's family!
Aunt LaVonne was there, too!!!  Happy to get to see her!  

Saturday evening, we had a party with my Dad's side- the Valentines!  This is Grant Michael, my cousin Jodi's little guy!!  Jensen is the toddler-whisperer! 
Madison and Grant 

This was the gorgeous sunset that evening! 

Uncles, Aunts and Cousins!   We were so blessed to see these people! 

We are missing one of my Girl cousins, Lori, but here are the rest of us-- The Valentine Girls!!  We had so much fun on Sundays at Grandma and Grandpa Valentine's house when we were growing up! 

My mom and dad

It was a feast!!!  We all had lots and lots of dessert!! 

My dad has a Man-cave in the basement and the boys were watching the Iowa Hawkeyes that night!  

These are some of the next generation Valentines!  We loved seeing Morgan, Madison and Grant!

The trip was such a fun one, and we all loved re-connecting with our family in Iowa!
thanks for visiting my blog today!!! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Time to Catch Up

Wow!  these last two weeks flew by like a Blink!  I am sure I have been doing lots of things and have had a busy schedule, but I did not do alot of shooting photos!  (bad girl)
I took Jensen on a little adventure last weekend to the downtown area.  I sometimes just like to get out on a beautiful day and explore some different places to take pics.  I am inspired by colors, and architecture, and sometimes it just takes a little drive and we are in a different part of town.  So- that day, we drove downtown Albuquerque and just walked around to see some of the sights there.  I love it that Jensen will pose whenever I need a model!

Some fun colors on Civic Plaza

This building is always a cool place to see

And the graffiti is very pretty if you ask me! 

this cool fence is so bold with color! 

I am a sucker for scrolly iron

It was a fun adventure!! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Poppy the Puppy!

This weekend was tons of fun for Jocelyn, our oldest, and her hubby, Christian!  They have a new baby English Springer Spaniel!  She is just a doll!  Of course, I had to take some baby pics!  Here is Jocy and her little Poppy!  (yes, her name is Poppy)

Look at those eyes

We let her meet Auntie Brooklyn and it was so funny!  

This little sweetie is almost 12 weeks. 

This was my favorite- a very fast moving shot and even though Brooklyn is not perfectly clear, and there is lighting issues, I love this! 

She really likes her mommy!  She will be such a great companion and we are excited to get to enjoy her! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Family Roadtrip Warning: lots of photos

These last 10 days have flown by so fast-- I know I say that alot, but each and every week, I am amazed how quick the time goes.  Does that mean I am getting OLD??? lol.  This past week, we had the wonderful treat of having our college son visit from San Diego.  This summer, Ross has been working in San Diego at a TV station writing the news.  He has gotten great experience there with writing stories and even though he doesn't get to be on camera, the experience for his degree is wonderful.  He had the weekend off, so he made little visit to home before he starts his Senior year at PLNU!
We were so excited to have him visit and on the spur of the moment, we decided to take little road trip to White Sands, down in southern New Mexico.  We asked Jocelyn and Christian (our oldest daughter and her husband) to join in and we packed up and left right after Jensen got out of school on Friday.   Off we went..........

Road trip!!! 
The sunset wasn't very dynamic when we arrived, but the weather was so beautiful and we loved seeing THIS when we arrived at White Sands. 
Ross was getting some great shots on his phone, too!  These were the only 2 shots I got from Friday night.   We met up with Jocy and Christian at the hotel and had pancakes and got a chance to visit!

We got up early and arrived for our adventure.  It looks like a massive BEACH! 
Shall we dance??
The Big kids playing around with the Sand.  (actually it is gypsum!)  Ross won't be too angry at me for posting this shot of him wearing MY sunglasses.  He forgot his, and I promise he doesn't wear women's sunglasses.  The light and the glare are amazing in all that white!! 
Here's a little guy that blends in with the Sand! 
I loved this shadow pic and I especially love the little heart it creates!
Mom and Dad got to pose for Ross, who is our family photographer! 


After our fun at White Sands and a little lunch, we hit the road and visited a Pistachio farm!  We ate delicious pistachios and had lots of laughs! 

Next, we drove to Valley of Fires as we were headed back home.  It was really beautiful!
MY gang
We could not resist stopping to take some pics in front of this crumbled building!  

It was a gorgeous day and we saw lots of pretty sights. 
I thought this was a classic!

Thankful to live in a beautiful state.  
 thanks for taking a Roadtrip with us!  Come visit again soon!