Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Arrrggh Maty We're Going 'Home'

Payden the craziest Pirate of them all (Amber's)
Paige the Princess (Amber's)
Cute little Adelina-my brothers little pirate
Our littlest Pirate-Mara Jade (Amber's)
Emma the little pirate princess (Kira's [my sisters friend] daughter)

I had the opportunity to go home this weekend with Eric. It was definitely fun-filled! We had Paige and Payden's birthday party, Mara's baby blessing, did family pictures, re-connected with an old friend, did a little shopping, and hung out with lots of family. It was a blast! Payden wanted Pirate cupcakes (hence the pirate poses) and Paige's were very girly (of course). Although Eric and I both came home with colds-it was well worth the trip. I had a great time re-connecting with an old friend (you know who you are), and just wanted to say that I think you are an amazing person and that God loves you and knows your fears. You have strength beyond your belief-I could never go through the things that you have had to with the faith, dignity, and courage you have shown. You are a great example to me, so thanks for letting me talk the night away with you-I learned a lot, and had a great time! It made me miss many years of us not being closer-my prayers are with you, with all you have yet to face! Call me anytime! To the rest of you, I hope you enjoy the pictures!!! Check out my business blog for more family shots!

Close mates for all my friends!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gotta Luv Gettin Old

In one of the English classes I sit in on they have been reading poems about aging-and then I got this e-mail. Getting old I think is one thing that scares me-but this adds a little humor to something that usually makes me sad. I hate seeing old people who have a hard time getting around-but I love to watch old couples and ponder how they made it thru all those years. These stories are kinda like the old couple-cute enough to know that getting old will be okay, even if I too regress back to being like a child like in one of those poems where the child said to the old man "sometimes I wet my pants", and the old man replied "sometimes I do too" then the child stated "sometimes I feel like adults ignore me", and the old man stated "sometimes I do too". May we read this in good measure and remember all the important people in our lives-both YOUNG and OLD!!

The boss walked into the office one morning not knowing his zipper was down and his fly area wide open. His assistant walked up to him and said, 'This morning when you left your house, did you close your garage door?' The bosstold her he knew he'd closed the garage door, and walked into his officepuzzled by the question. As he finished his paperwork, he suddenly noticed his fly was open, and zipped it up. He then understood his assistant's question about his 'garagedoor.' He headed out for a cup of coffee and paused by her desk to ask, 'When my garage door was open, did you see my Hummer parked in there?' She smiled and said, 'No, I didn't. All I saw was an old minivan with two flat tires.'

An elderly gentleman... Had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100% The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, 'Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.' The gentleman replied, 'Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times!'

Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: 'Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?' Slim says, 'I feel just like a newborn baby.''Really!? Like a newborn baby!?' 'Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.'

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, 'Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.' The other man said, 'What is the name of the restaurant?' The first man thought and thought and finally said, 'What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know... The one that's red and has thorns.' 'Do you mean a rose?''Yes, that's the one,' replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, 'Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?'

Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him. 'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'

Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember. Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?' he asks. 'Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?' 'Sure.' 'Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?' she asks. 'No, I can remember it.' 'Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so's not to forget it?' He says, 'I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.' 'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?' she asks. Irritated, he says, 'I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!' Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes,The old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment. 'Where's my toast ?'

A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy: 'So I hear you're getting married?' 'Yep!' 'Do I know her?' 'Nope!' 'This woman, is she good looking?' 'Not really.' 'Is she a good cook?' 'Naw, she can't cook too well.' 'Does she have lots of money?' 'Nope! Poor as a church mouse.' 'Well, then, is she good in bed?' 'I don't know.' 'Why in the world do you want to marry her then?' 'Because she can still drive!'

A man was telling his neighbor, 'I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect.' 'Really,' answered the neighbor . 'What kind is it?' 'Twelve thirty.'

A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool.. After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?' 'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'

Happy aging to all my friends!


Monday, September 15, 2008


This is one of the most photographed mountains in Wyoming, and it's only about 30 minutes from our house. We took my Mom and Dad up here when they came up a few weekends ago to bring us our new couches (yea!). It was a pretty spectacular view-which I tried to capture with my truly mediocre camera (sucks-my new one is coming soon!). The funny thing is-on the way up I saw all the different colored trees melding together and all I could think of was shapes and colors for a tree scrapbook page-hence my title=FIXATION. I love it, but sometimes I wish I could turn it off!

Fixate on!!

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Our Big Backyard

So this is Pinedale, Wyoming-our new stomping grounds. This is 5 minutes from our house-there are so many amazing lakes here (we seriously have the biggest backyard to play in with it all being so close). This is Freemont lake (the biggest one) and Soda lake (one of the smaller ones). We went and had a picnic yesterday with some friends, and checked out the amazing views while we still had nice weather. It was a great time-we love getting to know new people in our new area!

Big Backyards for all my friends!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

All consuming passions

We all have them-I assume, those things that we love to do that we put off all else for. I have many but this weekend it has been photography and blogging. What can I say-I'm easily addicted!! I have spent 6 hours updating my photography blog, and I think I can finally say I like it and that I am caught up! These are a few of the pictures I have been doing, feel free to check out my blog if you want to see more of these, and all my "little one's" picts that I have added this weekend @ www.simplemomentsphotographybyliz.blogspot.com. Thank you to all of you who introduced me into this blogging world-like I needed one more all consuming passion :0). I just need to remember balance in all things-there's 24 hours in a day, I work for 8 and sleep for 8- so that leaves 8 hours that I can split up between photography, scrapbooking, blogging, reading, tube time, spending time with the hubby and eating-no problem right? I'll let you know-haha!

Balance on:


Friday, September 5, 2008

The Coast or Bust

Eric and I were lucky enough to get to take a big trip this summer and travel to the Oregon and part of the California coast. It was so amazing! We battled a lot of fog and some cold weather but the trip was well worth it! We got to go to Seattle, Portland, tons of coast towns, and then to see our friends in Redding California for Eric's highlight of the trip-his pig hunt. It was nice to do something again that was just us with no plans-just a car, a map, a tent, and some cash before our real life would begin. We've been married for 3 years and this was our first big trip since our honeymoon-well worth all the saving! We got to go to a wild sea lion cave, to the Redwood National Forrest-in a gondola, to the Seattle Market (Pike's Place), to an aquarium, to an island off of the Seattle Coast with an Indian dance show, to the Tillamock cheese factory (free samples!), and to an amazing safari!!
Get your explore on!