Here's your chance! Vanessa at I Never Grew Up is having a birthday party. She's hosting lots of giveaways in celebration. Head over to her Birthday Bash page by clicking HERE and enter to win! (You can also get there by clicking on the button in this post or on the right sidebar.) She's giving away prizes worth a total of $1200! Happy Birthday, Vanessa!
This morning I won another giveaway, this time at Annies Home . This package will be going directly to Lennox...new Bummas Wipes for babies! They are super soft cotton cloths made for wiping baby's bum and keeping him so dry that Bummas says you can eliminate the use of talcum powder! You can see them HERE .
I won another giveaway today! I know a six year old who will be excited when Grandma hands this over :) Legend and I were introduced to Veggietales when he was three and we took our first road trip that involved just the two of us. He had been visiting us in Washington and I was taking him home to Mom (who was at a family memorial in California at the time). I thought I'd better take something besides books and small toys to entertain him, so I picked up a CD. I put it in shortly after we hit the road and we ended up singing the "Hairbrush" song along with Larry the Cucumber all the way to southern California...at the top of our lungs! Thanks to Kailani at An Island Review for the great job she does and the awesome giveaways and reviews! You can check her blog out by clicking the link or her button on the left sidebar!
Every now and then you see me post about someone giving something away on their blog giving you the chance to enter. There's a whole world of reviews and giveaways out there in the blogosphere. You can win everything from coupons to cameras to gift cards to the Ipod Touch. In the past I've won a Nintendo DS game, CDs, and kitchen tools among other things. A couple weeks ago I won 2 pairs of Ihear earphones. They are very cool and they have self limiting volumes of 85 decibels to protect your hearing. They are made especially for kids, but work fine for adults, too. I'm keeping the white and pink ones for myself...guess who's getting the black and red ones :) Well, look at what I won today! I'm so excited! This is the Central Park bag from Nest Bags (retails for $78) and it's going to be mine. Sending huge thanks to Susannah at The Funky Monkey . She has awesome giveaways and they're easy to enter. You can also get to her site by clicking on her button in the left sidebar. Thanks again, Susannah!
Several days ago John and I got to meet my friend, Diane (who lives in California), for lunch. She's one of my RCS (rec.crafts.scrapbooks) friends whom I've known for almost 9 years now! Our group chats over the internet like we're all in the same neighborhood and occasionally we're able to get together in little or large groups. Diane's mom lives in Oklahoma City and she comes once a month to stay with her. So we met at one of her childhood favorites, Johnnie's, for burgers and we also got to meet her friends, Cora and Don who we've heard about before. Tony came along with us, too. So here we are trying to keep our eyes open for the camera! It was good to see you, Di!
And tonight we were finally able to meet Dawn for dinner! Dawn (whom I've also known for those 9 years)lives here in the Oklahoma City area. It's so great to have an RCS friend nearby! Her husband wasn't here today, but we got to meet her sweet kids...Corey, Kayla, and Casey!
I think John made a new little friend. He was sitting across the table from Casey and they had quite a chat. Dawn says when they left Casey declared, "I like him, I want to see him more!" Here he is...he's just adorable!
Next month I'm going to pick up Legend and we'll be meeting Brad in southern California where we'll get to visit with several RCS friends ( and Disneyland). We're staying with Gigi and Darrell and Mickie from Texas will be there at the same time. It's pretty funny that here I am just a few hours away and we'll be going all the way to the west coast for a visit!
It's time again for another entry! This week's theme is Black & White. In the Kids category here's a photo I took of Legend at soccer camp. It was during the rest break and he was relaxing in the stands and "hydrating" as Papa John taught him to do :)
And here's my entry in the Adult category. I took this photo of my sister sitting in a restaurant across the table from me. The lighting was very dim and I set my camera to spot metering to darken the background. It's my favorite photo of her!
Be sure to hop over to the I Heart Faces blog to see some amazing photography. They have lots of hints on how to make your own photos great, too. Click HERE to get there...or you can click on the button at the top of this post. Enjoy!
OK, OK...I'm trying to catch up! So, I'll do this in segments. We'll start with our getting from Montana to Oklahoma. It was uneventful. Not much else to report. We did make a small detour to visit Mt. Rushmore. We got kind of a slow start from home on Thursday, the 5th. John had some errands to take care of in Kalispell. He left Mountain Dreams in the Explorer...packed completely full, including the front passenger seat, with goods. It was mostly my scrapbook, art, and craft supplies along with several boxes of photos, photo albums, framed photos for the walls, John's computer, my scanner, my printer, etc...all the things I wouldn't want to have someone take out of the utility trailer he was pulling behind while we were sleeping in a motel somewhere. The trailer housed the only furniture we brought (kitchen table and chairs), dishes, pots and pans, clothes, some tools, folding tables for computers and scrapbooking, etc. Oh...and another stack of scrapbook paper! I left an hour later in the Beetle. It was packed with our traveling clothes, some of my Longaberger baskets, and some odds and ends. Before I left the phone rang and it was someone at the FAA Academy. They needed John to log on and do some paperwork for them to finish up his security clearance. We met at Starbucks in Kalispell as planned, but now we had to take the time to get online so he could take care of that. It was 11:00 before we left there, but our mochas kept us happy till we got to Missoula and had lunch. (Thanks, Corki, for the Mackenzie River Pizza Co. gift card!) We spent the first night in Billings and headed out the next morning with the destination of Rapid City, South Dakota. That was an easy day so we slept in and arrived by 4:00 in the afternoon. Many of you know that one of my goals is to visit all 50 states. I am getting close! I am working on a "50 States" album and I want a photo of me standing next to the state sign for each state. There are several states I had been to as a kid or at sometime before I started the project for which I don't have that photo. I was able to make that up this time for Nebraska and Oklahoma. And...I added Kansas as a new state! So here are the pictures from Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota (keep in mind that I take many of these as I'm driving...love that continuous focus mode on my D200!). I'll do a separate post with the photos from Mt. Rushmore.
From Rapid City we traveled to Thedford, Nebraska...a real hotbed of activity. There was a small restaurant next to the motel, but we hadn't seen downtown so we decided to drive a mile to see what was available there. Hmmm....nothing. There was one bar and some empty buildings. So we went back to the restaurant where I had some real Midwest chicken fried steak! It was the best I've had anywhere, but I won't be making a steady diet of that!
Leaving Thedford we had a decision to make. It was a really loooong day to Oklahoma City. Do we drive it in one day or spend the night somewhere? We elected to drive to Wichita, Kansas which put us about 4 hours to Yukon and the Martinis house. Not much to report from Kansas, except that it was a new state for me...and Wichita had more than one restaurant to chose from :)
One last drive got us into Oklahoma. North central Oklahoma looked pretty much like central Nebraska and central Kansas, except for one thing. Note that my hair is being whipped around my head and face. That wind never stops in Oklahoma...it's something I remember from all the times I had to come here for air traffic training!
And so we arrived in Yukon in the early afternoon hours of Monday, the 9th. Stay tuned for more...
My Aunt Jean sent me this explanation of the spendulous stimulus bill...Shortly after class, an economics student approached his economics Professor and said, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you explain it to me?" The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my office, but if you come to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed. At the appointed time, the student was at the professor's house. The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool. They went out to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket the professor said, "First...go over to the deep end and fill your bucket with as much water as you can." The student did as he was instructed. The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow endand dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told. The professor explained they were going to do this many more times and began walking back to the deep end of the pool. The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?" The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper. The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he would find out the real story soon enough. After the sixth trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to worry that his economics professor had gone mad. The student finally said, "All we're doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when this process is all over everything will be at the same level it was before. All you'll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been truly productive action!" The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile, "Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."
Time for another I Heart Faces photo! The theme this week is "Wonder". This is a photo I took of Legend when he was about 2 1/2. We were playing in the backyard just before sunset when he put his fingers to his cheeks when he spotted something up in the trees. It's one of my favorites! You can see other entries by clicking HERE to get to the I Heart Faces Blog!
It blew right over the top of us here in Yukon and touched down to the north near Bethany and Warr Acres. We watched it move overhead. I've got pictures of "eyeball" hail and some nasty looking weather that I will share when I can get my laptop back online. We have been welcomed to Tornado Alley and lived to tell about it!
We arrived safely in Oklahoma City this afternoon. It was a long drive, especially after we crossed the Rockies...miles and miles of grasslands. We spent the first night in Billings, Montana and the next day drove as far as Rapid City, South Dakota. The following morning we made a visit to Mt. Rushmore before pushing east on Interstate 90. We turned south at Mordo and made it to Thedford, Nebraska for the night...quite a hot bed of activity there :) We had hoped to make it here yesterday, but decided to split it up into two shorter days and spent last night in Wichita, Kansas. Tomorrow morning John has to go to the FAA Academy to be fingerprinted and photographed for his security check. As soon as he is done we'll start our search for a place to live. We've already called a couple of places on Mustang and they don't have any openings till April. We did find one here in Yukon that is open now, so we'll go look there and we have some other calls to make in the morning. Big thanks to Tony and Tonya for giving us a temporary home in their extra room. Tonya has gone to Knoxville to take care of the grandkids for the week and we are looking forward to seeing her when she returns. I've got photos from the trip...but I am unable to get my laptop on line here, so I'll post some when I can. Later!
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. (Jefferson said this in 1802)
And I say...Mr. Jefferson was a very smart man.
(Thanks to my Aunt Jean for sharing this with me.)
We are packed and will be headed out of town this morning. We are planning a slight detour to Mt. Rushmore for a quick visit on the way and expect to arrive Sunday evening or Monday. I'll catch up here when I can!
I found a great photography blog called "I Heart Faces". It's all about sharing photography of, you guessed it...faces! Each week they have a different theme and you can link to your photography fitting the theme. Here's my entry for this week's kid theme....."The Eyes Have It!" I took this photo of Trevor last spring while we were sitting in the restaurant at the base of Whitefish Mountain.Click HERE to get to the links and take a look at the awesome photos being posted this week or click the I Heart Faces above button to show off your own photo. Enjoy!