Sunday, December 30, 2007
Over the holidays I went to a Christmas party and my favorite thing on the pot-luck style snack table was an amazing blue cheese spread on green apples. I tracked down the maker of this divine dish for the recipe. I hope you will try it if you like blue cheese.
One package of cream cheese
1/2-3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
chives (one green onion will work)
salt and pepper to taste
I had it served with green apples which was amazing, but it also works with crackers.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I even have a video to link in for you. Last month I talked about Lizzy singing Baby Face and promised to put a clip on if I could. Peter cut the video for me of just Baby Face... enjoy. If you have more time, the whole preschool program is on Pete & Misty's web page.
The holiday vacation around here didn't quite turn out like we had hoped. Joe started the fun on Friday when he started throwing up. This fun has traveled throughout the house and we have all paid homage to the porceline throne. All productivity and activity that was unnecesary stopped. All healthy energy was spent cleaning up after the sick ones. This will explain why all of my out of state friends have not received their gifts, nor are likely to for another week or so. The only benefit to this quick diet is that I will look great for my trip to Florida in two weeks because no holiday pounds are hanging around.
I hope you all had a much healthier holiday vacation. I also pray that you know the hope of Christ's birth and the reason for this holiday season.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
PS For those of you who haven't noticed, I put a link to RMSP's web page on the right side of my blog if you are interested in looking around.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Seeing a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
When Joe and Katie crack each other up.
Being in the mountains.
Seeing the invisible hand of God at work around me.
Playing cards with all of my family.
When a photo turns out as I envision it.
Singing along with Christmas songs while shopping.
Reminiscing with friends and family.
I know there are many many more... but these were on my mind recently.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tonight, for example, I had some errands to run and notice all of the Christmas trees for sale in all of the parking lots around town. But all the trees look exactly the same. I know that they are trimmed to look like that. My favorite Christmas trees, however, are the ones that are chosen in the woods. I have a great memory of walking through waist deep snow in Alaska a couple of years ago with my buddy, Anita. We selected a beautiful tree in the woods behind our house and brought it home. It had not been trimmed all its life so it was not a perfect cylinder, but it was the perfect tree. Too bad that they don't sell that kind of tree in tree lots.
I have had lots of comments that you, my readers, have enjoyed having something new to read every day. And a couple of you have even said that you are not looking forward to December 1st because you know I won't blog everyday. I am sorry to say that you are right. I don't see myself keeping up this habit. However, I will attempt to blog more often. Thanks for reading.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Right now I am simultaneously trying to figure out how I can afford to go to Arizona, London, Alaska, Japan, and Australia. Aside from becoming independently wealthy, I just don't see it happening anytime soon. Too bad that I am also a realist.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
This morning the mic was passed around for people to share something they were thankful for. When it was nearly time to be done a young man raised his hand for the mic. He said that he was thankful that he and his buddies had returned safely from tour in Iraq. Being part of a military family I could relate to his words and smiled to myself. Then the pastor asked him his name. Then the pastor said, "Thank you, Daniel, for your service." And the room exploded in applause as people rose to their feet for him. Tears welled up in my eyes and I was thankful for this group of people that made it so clear to this young man that he was loved and supported. This reminded me of something I heard recently about a woman who researched what military families needed. The number one thing that they wanted was not sympathy but just a simple 'Thank you for your service and sacrifice' from people.
Thank you to all the military people who sacrifice for and serve our country.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Fast forward three years and I was living in Alaska. Living in such breathtaking scenery drove me to make my first camera purchase for myself. A Canon Rebel G. This simple slr camera took such great pictures, I couldn't stop taking pictures. I was a regular at my favorite camera shop. And I was spending quite a lot of money on film and developing. But it was worth it to me to do something I loved.
As I make plans to go to photography school I have been researching and dreaming of my new camera. Canon just released their newest DSLR in September... the 40D. I believe that this will be the next camera for me.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Misty likes this crazy shopping tradition (ironic because she doesn't like shopping). We were standing in line outside a store at 6am last year and gave up the hunt by 10 without buying a thing. This year we looked at the ads and weren't impressed so we slept in. Really, there are very few items in the world that I want badly enough to loose sleep over. We hit the stores at 7:30 and actually found some bargin Christmas gifts. And there was only one store that we spent 40 mintues in line to pay. The rest were relatively quick purchases. All in all, painless and quite productive. Well, unless you ask Pete who stayed home with the kids. On second thought, don't ask Pete.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Today's menu included grandma's apple crisp, mom's bisquits, and a great aunt's gingerbread.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I believe one of the reasons that I love photography so much is that attitude of worship that you can't avoid when you stop to really look at the beauty of creation. That breathlessness that comes when you stop to drink in a scene that touches your soul. So much of God is in that moment. I wonder if it is in a small way how we will feel when we are at the feet of the throne one day. A glimpse of inexplicable beauty that takes our breath away. Something so much more than we can ever imagine.
Here are some of my sunset shots over the last few years.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Baby Face, you've got the cutest little baby face
There's not another one could take your place, Baby face
My poor heart is jumpin you sure have started somethin
Baby face, I'm up in heaven when I'm in your fond embrace
I didn't need a shove cause I just fell in love
With your pretty baby face.
Yes, it was the cutest thing you could imagine. This actually happened at lunch today. Lizzy came home from preschool after practicing for her program. If I can get this on video, I will definately put it on my blog.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Fall camp went well. The rain didn't stop until I was almost back to Boise. But it was a good weekend. There were about 100 high school students that made the trip to Quaker Hill. Crazy games, fun songs, lots of laughter, and a message of hope filled our weekend. I personally spent a lot of time in the dining hall setting tables, busing tables and cleaning. But I love to serve and be in the background of what is happening. It was a good weekend.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
It has been a good year. Thanks guys.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Anita stepped out on on adventure of her own this year. She quit her job and moved from Alaska to South Carolina to pursue her dream of seminary. I can't wait to see where God takes you, friend!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I know fast food isn't good for me, but I do have some fond memories associated with some fast food chains. Wendy's, for example, makes me think of Japan. There was a Wendy's in Japan that I could get a nice ice tea and french fries. I also think of Alaska with Wendy's because it was the closest fast food to the office and had a pretty speedy drive through most of the time. After a month in Russia eating some crazy foods, we were able to go to the first McDonalds in Moscow. The burger and fries I got there were heaven. Burger King always makes me think of military bases because nearly all bases in the world have a Burger King and dad is military, after all.
So this is my tribute to the fast food craving that I indulge in every once in awhile.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I really enjoy tutoring because it is working with kids in one on one situations and dealing with their specific struggles. I have worked with little kindergartners on letter sounds, a second grader who wanted a bigger vocabulary so his head would be bigger, 5th graders learning fractions (defiantly a review for me) Middle schoolers struggling with grades, and high schoolers who preparing for their ACT and SAT scores.
Tonight, for example, I helped a 3rd grader practice subtraction and reading, a 4th grader with improper fractions, and a high school senior struggling to overcome years of remedial classes to improve her ACT scores.
I am defiantly working on skills that I may use in the future. There will always be kids that struggle with learning and you never know when you need a little supplemental income.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I think that I would rather just have the Christmas season for the month of December. November and December just seems a little on the excessive side. This also means that I need to start perparing for my own Christmas gifts. Not a bad thing, just a big project.
It seems like yesterday was summer. Where did the time go?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I have stayed in houses that required me to stuff pills down the throat of a cat. But first I had to catch the cat that didn't like people. I wouldn't like people either if they grabbed me once a day and stuck something that tasted bad down my throat. That house also had a 'friendly' rottweiler dog. It never threatened me, but its size was sure intimidating.
I stayed in a house that that two dogs (one female that was in heat, one blind that followed all the walls around in the house) two rabbits, and fish. This house was at the top of a hill and in December my car didn't always want to get to the top of that hill. So I had to park at the bottom of the hill most days (for 2 weeks) and climb up to the house.
I stayed at a house with a hot tub for two weeks. The second day I was there I went out to check the tub and the temperature was way too low (also in the Alaskan wintertime). I ended up figuring out that a breaker had flipped. Whew! That would have been a mess if it had frozen.
I have stayed in some nice houses that didn't have crazy animals, too. But those stories aren't as much fun.
Since coming to Idaho I had a 6 month house sitting job with two house plants. That was a great job. And I am currently in a nice house with one outside dog and 30ish house plants. This job is about over, but has been on the good side. Between jobs I live in the camper in my sister's back yard. A nice place for my gypsy self until the next move.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
In doing some research last winter I came across Rocky Mountain School of Photography. I was intrigued and discovered that they had weekend workshops throughout the spring. So I talked Misty into going to a weekend workshop in Oregon in January. Then RMSP came to Boise in April for a digital focused weekend workshop. The weekend in April provided an opportunity to talk to other photographers who attended RMSP's Summer Intensive career training program. I heard great things about the program. At that point I decided that unless something major came up, I would try to attend the Summer Intensive 2008 program. This program begins in June and will finish in October. When I am finished I should be a professional photographer with skills and knowledge enough to start my own business.
I fully expect that the summer will be very intense, with classes 6 days a week. But I am so excited about all the experiences and knowledge that the school will offer. I will keep you posted as my plans progress.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Mom and Dad are coming to visit. They arrive tonight and Misty and I were laughing about how much concentrated cleaning can get done when your parents are coming to visit. I am happy to report that their bed has clean sheets and the camper is ready and waiting.
The big news is that I have ordered a new lens for my camera. I am quite excited about the Canon 50mm prime lens. All the research I have done has pointed to prime lenses. This will be my first. I will let you how it goes.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Poor Lorrie. Be warned that if you ever go with me when I am hunting a good shot, you may end up as Lorrie did. Sitting and contemplating trees while I crawl around in the forest or spend quality time with a flower, leaf or pond. Thanks, Lorrie!
PS Stay tuned for another post on the saga that is my car and the fun Lorrie and I had with it while adventuring.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Fall has arrived with its cool days and even colder nights. This week has been below normal and I am really hoping for some warmer days next week. My good friend Lorrie is coming to visit me for a few days next week. It will be a good break after the craziness of the golf tournament. I was hoping to mke it up to the mountains for a little photo shoot, but I am not sure that I can fit it in this weekend.
Thank you to all who have been asking about my dad and praying for him. He started his latest treatement trial this week. You can read more about it on their blog.
Friday, September 07, 2007
The best part of the weekend was the surpise of having an unexpected friend there! I had a blast renewing a frienship with Leslie. We met about 4 years ago as mutual friends of Joani Kroon Curtis. Leslie is a Young Life leader in Seattle. I hung out in the afternoons with her and her fellow leaders from Seattle. We had a lot of fun taking advantage of the zip lines, climbing walls, giant swing (in which they wench 3 people up on a giant swing about 50 feet in the air and you pull a rip cord... quite an adrenaline rush) and pool. The weather was perfect! Sitting on the deck of of the Sassy (the Sasparilla is the snack bar) with your feet up and visiting with friends... it doesn't get much better than that. We also had some seminars and club meetings about ministry and all aspects of Young Life. It was really a very fun and relaxing weekend.