Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Only a few of the kids have seen Prince Caspian.

I will wait until it comes out on video.

I absolutely LOVE this song by Switchfoot though.


Sunday, July 27, 2008


Photo taken at Yellowstone National Park, near the Mud Pots

Hebrews 12 1-3:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

One of my favorite verses.

May we finish strong.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ahhhhh, Yellowstone

I love this place.

It is beautiful beyond words.

Here we are in the Teton National Forest, at a lake, and behind us is the "back" of the Tetons. There was a deer across the street grazing on some grass.

Old Faithful. It went off twice while we were there (about 75 minutes apart) and the second time was bigger than the first. I guess it built up pressure. (?)

The hot springs
. That's boiling water my friends!

As the water is heated, its temperatures rise well above the boiling point to become superheated. This superheated water, however, remains in a liquid state due to the great pressure and weight pushing down on it from overlying rock and water. The result is something akin to a giant pressure cooker, with water temperatures in excess of 400°F.

We were totally obsessed with waterfalls. What would you expect from a bunch of desert dwellers? :) Their power was humbling.

A bison. Not zoomed in at all. We were on foot and he could have cared less.

Click to enlarge and smack dab in the middle of that meadow, just beyond the yellow wildflowers, you will see the top of a grizzly bear's furry back and to the right another one. Possibly Mama and cub. Dave spotted these guys and I forgave him for everything he's ever done to hurt me. He was my hero. teehee. We watched them eat and walk casually through the meadow. Unfortunately (?) they walked in the opposite direction of our car. We were standing on the bumpers, hanging out the windows and I do believe a child was standing on the roof of the suburban.

Here we have a darling little black bear playing near a creek. This was just off the main road that goes through Yellowstone and cars were all over the place and people were jumping out just to get a look and a few pictures of this little guy.

I sincerely hope you have had or will have the opportunity to visit this national park. It is a great family vacation. I can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jackson, The Town

Hello! I'm home, just busy.

Our vacation to Jackson, Wyoming was wonderful! I was at home in Jackson and could have stayed for another two weeks.

The weather was a delightful 80 degrees and sunny.

The mountains were both rolling, green and drastic and rugged. More on that later.

The town of Jackson was darling. It reminded me of the town I grew up in, Minocqua, Wisconsin. I called Jackson "Minocqua on steroids".

I'll post pictures over the next few days but don't worry I won't drag it out like I did the D.C. pictures. LOL.

Downtown Jackson

"The Square"

A famous bar in town. Donna could do very cool things with this photo.

Elk antler arches. Dani and Lauren posing for the picture.

Top right is our room at The Rustic Inn. We had a great view and a little creek right behind where I'm standing.

Great local BBQ joint. Love the name.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

On The Road Again

Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park

We don't usually travel this much.......but here we go again.

Next destination: Jackson, Wyoming!!

We are going with my sister-in-law, her hubby and their three adorable children. Our families/children do very well together and we have wanted to do a road trip for years. They go to Jackson almost every summer (they have family there) and this time we're tagging along.

We are driving. Yeah baby. It will take 1 1/2 days. Our first night will be spent in Provo, Utah.

Please pray. :-O


"We" had a little mishap with my digital camera. "Someone" left it "somewhere" and I don't believe we'll ever see it again.

So, based on Ree's recommendation and the fact that I did not win her contest, I went out and bought this:

It's the big one. 10 mega pixels, 4X zoom and a nice big LCD screen.

I snapped a few shots late last night after the 100 minutes of battery charging. Already, I can see a difference in color and clarity. Hmmm, are we talking about diamonds here? I digress.


I am so excited to get on the road.

I feel like our children are growing so quickly and before we know it they'll be off to college and/or married. I decided that we'd better do some memory making and travelling before everyone is out of the house. The DC trip was a given, as we always go to the business conventions. This trip, however, was planned and schemed by my sister-in-law and me.

I don't think I'll write any posts while I'm gone but I will probably pop in and visit Quiet Life. It's the best place on the net.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

I've Been Tagged

by Staci at Writing and Living.

Here goes....

What was I doing ten years ago?

My kiddies were 6, 5, and 3 and I was 8 months pregnant with #4. I'm sure I was having a heat stroke and spending a lot of time in our pool. Life was good and I was ready for another baby!

Five snacks I enjoy

Poore Brother's Jalapeno Chips
Cookie Dough Ice cream
Buttered popcorn
Diet Coke

Five Things on My To-Do List Today

Get car washed and vacuumed.
Make several phone calls.
Do laundry.
Take a shower!
Clean up after 4th of July party.

Things I Would Do If I Were a Billionaire

I would give a bunch away to various ministries and missionaries. I would buy two new houses. One here in Phoenix and one in the mountains up north or maybe one in San Diego on the beach. I would drive something other than a kid toting, gas guzzling, road hoggin' SUV. I'm thinking BMW. Now I'm really getting materialistic so I'll stop. ;)

Five Jobs I Have Had

Gift Shop girl (?)
Aerobics Instructor (back in the day)
Lifeguard/swim teacher
Physical Therapy Assistant
Programs Coordinator @ American Heart Association

Five of My Bad Habits

Creating and keeping piles of paperwork
Not making my bed in the AM
Not keeping my kitchen floor clean
Drinking too much Diet Coke

Five Places I Have Lived

Wheaton, Illinois
Minocqua, Wisconsin
Tucson, Arizona (Go Cats)
Dallas, Texas
Glendale, Arizona

Five People I Would Like to Get to Know Better

Donna :)
Ree (never hurts to try)

Five Random Things About Me

I am a fraternal twin and the baby of seven.
I have a degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology.
When my children grow up I want to take up tennis (again) and play golf with my husband.
I want to rock babies in the PICU.
I love Target and hate Walmart.

Please feel free to copy and do this on your blog even if I didn't tag you. Or leave some of the answers in my comments.

Have a blessed day. Stay cool.

The National Cathedral

It's hard to believe these pictures were taken only about 30 minutes apart. Look at that sky! We walked back to the hotel in pouring rain and a thunderstorm.

My last post about Washington DC.


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Show The Flag
Edgar Guest

Show the flag and let it wave
As a symbol of the brave;
Let it float upon the breeze
As a sign for each who sees
That beneath it, where it rides,
Loyalty to-day abides.

Show the flag and signify
That it wasn't born to die;
Let its colors speak for you
That you still are standing true,
True in sight of God and man
To the work that flag began.


Having a picnic? Watching fireworks?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Burt's Bees

Super Shiny Lip Gloss is super indeed!

Do you use any Burt's Bees products?

If so, which one do you just love?

I am loving the lip gloss this summer. I have it in the lovely pink color that is pictured above. I'm not a lipstick girl so this is nice because it moistens and adds just a hint of color. And I think I taste just a bit of peppermint but it is not in the ingredients so I'm not sure what I'm tasting....maybe my breath mint.

Ok now, tell me in the comments. What do you like of Burt's??