Saturday, August 29, 2009

Favorite Things- Movies

Challenge number three For the "Favorite Things" blog is favorite movie or movie quote.

Dang, another hard one for me! I can't possibly pick ONE FAVORITE MOVIE!

So, I did categories, and my top few in each category. Whew!

The categories are: Comedy, Could watch over and over, 80's, Kids, Cheesy, and Summer 2009.

Here's my page {sorry about the weird picture, 6x24 is tough to photograph!}:

The paper is Graphic 45, with old Hollywood style ladies on it, the tickets are Tim Holtz.
There are so many challenge blogs out there! A friend of mine is doing one based on the TV show Project Runway. Click on the link and vote for her (#2), it just takes a second.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hoover Dam

Tony had a job to do out by the Hoover Dam, fixing some equipment.
There is a large project in the area to have the highway bypass the dam. It involves rerouting a portion of the highway and building a bridge to cross the river in front of the dam.
The guys were staying just over the dam into Nevada at a fairly cheesy {yet very inexpensive} hotel/casino. Tony had a lot of fun there one evening, texting me pictures of "Liza Minnelli", "Neil Diamond", "Elvis", and more. He thought it would be fun for me to come join him for his last night, so I did! We enjoyed an $8.95 prime rib dinner, and played some slots.

The next day, on the way home, we toured the dam. It is really cool to learn about that project, what was involved in the engineering and construction of it, and how many people got work during the depression building it.

This is the main arch that will support the new bridge:

As you can see, I really enjoyed the tour {here we are underground in the generator room}:

I have no idea why, but the Hoover Dam gift shop sells these gems, alien sun glasses:

And here we are on the top of the dam, the Nevada side:

It was a pretty fun mini-vacation. In fact, I may just have to go back next time he has a job there!

Friday, August 14, 2009

First Day of School

I Just love the first day of school!

Fresh boxes of crayons,

New shoes and backpacks,

blank notebooks just waiting to be filled,

oh, and no kids at home all day!
The kids were really excited to head back to school. Sophie is in Ms. Wygle's first grade class.

Celeste is now officially in middle school, 6th grade. She changes classes every period, so grown up!

The girls were both very excited to start school again.

Alexa is now a Sophomore and still at TPA. For some reason she did not want me to follow her out of the car to take a picture of her on her first day. Huh? Michael starts at MCC on Aug 24th. Think he will pose for a picture for me for his first day? Not a chance!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Florida with Sandra and Oliver

My sister and I flew out to Florida for her to attend a week long conference and me to watch her baby, Oliver.

My adventure started with an emergency landing in El Paso, followed by being shuffled onto different flights, ending up in Orlando {rather than Tampa}, renting a car and driving to Clearwater Beach, sans luggage! I made it in at 2:30 am and my sister was able to get to her conference on time that morning. Oliver let me sleep in {thank you Ollie!}, and later that night I was able to return the rental car and get my luggage, which ended up in Tampa that day.

Ollie and I had a great time during the days, while Sandra was attending her sessions. He is just starting solids, so we were experimenting with cereal here. I think some made it into his tummy.

This is where we stayed, the Sheridan Sand Key. It was really nice, and right on the beach. Our room had an amazing view of the parking lot!

We were able to have dinner together every night. On our last night we took the Trolley to the pier, ate dinner, and bought some souvenirs.

This is me and Ollie on the pier.
After taking the Trolley back to the hotel, we walked down to the beach to watch {and photograph!} the sunset. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sandra and Ollie in silhouette

The week flew by, but I am so glad I got to spend that time with my sister and nephew!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Scrap Challenge #2

The "Few Favorite Things" challenge #2 is favorite flower.

This was hard for me!

I am not much of a gardener. I do not have any luck keeping plants alive, and I really do not know much about flowers!

I do know, however, that I love tropical flowers, and love the look and colors of most orchids, so that is what I chose.

This was not my favorite challenge, I found it hard, and the result is not my favorite page, but here it is:

I can't wait for the next challenge!