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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! 

Classic! 


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!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A very Sunshine Day

Today, we went out to Los Poblanos (the venue where Jocelyn and Christian got married 2 years ago)!  Each August, they have a Pick Your Own Sunflowers event!  We went last year, so this year I was really excited to get to go again.  You get to go into a big field of sunflowers and pick a big bunch for $5.  Jocelyn joined Jensen and I this year and we had a wonderful time!  Here's their White peacock- whom we have seen many many times, but this time, she had short feathers.  The lady at Los Poblanos told us this is the time of year they shed their long feathers and probably work at growing new ones.  This White peacock fanned her short feathers at us! 

Mr. Turkey is growing nicely out there also! 



It was a super HOT and super sunny day, so we collected them as fast as possible!  

Mr. Grasshopper posed nicely for me! 
We are excited to give these lovely flowers away for Random Acts of Kindness!  They should bring smiles to people's faces, right?? 



Sunflowers are Sunshine on a Stem! 


I love sunflowers and These two lovelies! 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

She's 24!

Today is a very important and special day!!  24 years ago, I became a MOMMY for the first time!  Happy Birthday, Jocelyn Danielle!!  We were thrilled that day 24 years ago that we got to be parents.  We had wanted a baby for a long time- and what a blessing to receive our bundle in PINK!  Have a super special and blessed day!!  We are so proud of who you are and Pray many blessings over your life this coming year!

SMILE!!! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to Florida (yes, please)

Sanibel lighthouse

We're going to continue celebrating Jocelyn this week, as she has a birthday coming, too, but for today, let's head back to Florida, where our vacation picks up with a trip to Ft. Myers!  We spent a few days in Orlando and then headed to a fantastic place we love in Bonita Springs.  It's on the gulf side, where beaches are totally made of shells.  We have been to this place a few times now and enjoy it more each visit.

We got to go to this amazing private beach owned by the Hyatt!  
so amazingly gorgeous and a restful and relaxing place

Doesn't this look heavenly? 



We love that the beaches are full of shells -- Everywhere

Some of the favorites

The Entrance to the property we love to stay at here -- Hyatt Coconut Plantation
Lovely pools on Property
this guy flying above the umbrella! 

A cute little visitor at the pool.  Funny Story-- one afternoon, I was doing a workout in the water at the adult lap pool.  All of a sudden I looked up and here was a Pair of Raccoons getting a drink out of the pool.. I actually got a cute pic of them on my phone, but with my DSLR, this was one I got.  I jumped out as fast as possible and of course, they both ran back behind the chairs, but in a few minutes, they were back for another drink.   One lady told me they had stolen her lunch!  

Right after the drink, they stole a lemon from my iced tea cup and scampered up this tree!


Barefoot Beach 

Some lovely shots of our Barefoot Beach sunsets.  We celebrated our 32nd anniversary on the trip and this was the fabulous sunsets that night!!
Celebrating 32!  This was before the lovely sunset got super colorful!  
Thanks for traveling with us!   come back soon!