Thursday, December 30, 2010


 A friend of mine shared this video with me this morning.  It's actually one of the songs for this upcoming year in your Primary Program (childrens program) we have each year in our church.  Our theme is "I Know the Scriptures are True"  Such an exciting theme, and this beautiful music is an amazing touch.  Music just brings the spirit close.   Hope you enjoy it like I have.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Lovin the new camera!!

I took these 3 days before Christmas.  The kids are pretty good sports about being my models.  I think they turned out beautiful.  I need to take some more of my boys, I had trouble getting the right lighting with them.  But for some of the first shots with the new camera I think my Experimenting is going pretty well.  

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

To my Olympus Camedia ...You were an Amazing little Camera

O little Olympia how I loved you.  You captured some amazing memories and helped me created memories for others as well.  With your small 4.0 Pixels you captured moments all over the US for me and my family. With you I learned how to use photoshop and enjoyed trying to capture action shots with your delayed shutter speed.  You were my first digital camera and you have been amazing, but it's time you retired you see, It's time that I set you aside after being dropped and shut into doors, it's time I start fresh and update.  But know you will be missed and you were very loved (despite the look of you now).  

To my new Nikon.................Hubby says you better make me some $$MONEY$$!!!!  And I'm super excited to get on that!   I'm also excited about the 10 extra pixels I'm going to have to make some Jaw Dropping memories with.

A Very Special Thanks to my Amazing Husband for loving me so much to get this for me. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Digitreats Is BACK!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE her website!!!!!

I'm so excited to share with those of you who love to digisrap, Digitreats is back.  She took a small break to take care of family and it was a sad sad day for me.  I love reading her blog and playing with the amazing kits she comes up with.  If you have a chance drop in and tell her Hi visit her store, download a freebie from her blog.  Anyway get to know her she's a hoot!  Visit her blog here DIGITREATS I think you'll love it 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

1st Piano Lessons, Tomato worms, and homemade fun!

My garden before the tomato worm!
BreAnne's first piano lesson
Natalie's first piano lesson
Good old fashion homemade slip and slide
don't forget to stay hydrated while playing in the sun!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recent adventure to Utah

We were able to attend the Salt Lake Temple for the first time and do sealings

Absorbed all the beauty of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah

Made it part of the way up a Mountain near Sandy, Utah

Saw a beautiful fall, I think it was call Bells fall?  I could be wrong

We hiked with our friend Mel, who has lived in Utah for a while now and was able to show us around and take us to some amazing places.

I just LOVE this man!!!!  I'm so grateful he's mine!
A pond near the base of the mountain where Mel saw some small moose playing a couple weeks before. 

Our favorite food "MEXICAN" we ate at this resturant!

On Sunday we went to see our Family in Alpine, Utah where we went to another lake and took some pix on Dennis's Sisters 1st anniversary

We had a blast while we were in Utah,  We rented Sherlock Holmes, a good movie, then on another night we went and watched the new Robinhood moviek, It was GREAT!  We really enjoyed it. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Boys 1st Soccer Game

This Pic is a pic of the Coaches Son.  I thought I would share for his parents.  He's a really good soccer player and the boys can learn a lot from him. 
On the way home Skyler was telling us the details about a boy elbowing him in the face and plowing him over, "Did you guys see that? ", he asked.  LOL  Mom not only saw it but caught a pic of it.  yep patting myself on the back.  Both boys were even in the picture. 

~Good Game Strikers~

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Had an Amazing time at the Relief Society Activity in Branson

This mormonad made me think of a lesson I learned while attending the Relief Society Activity.  It was an amazing weekend and I enjoyed all that I learned and all the laughter I shared with friends.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Yesterday we took a field trip to see Pinocchio at the Landers Theatre, the kids seemed to enjoy it. It was a nice change. I didn't get pix but I was able to find a you tube video that described the show we saw. We learned that "Pinocchio" is an Italian Fairytale wrote way back in 1881, by Carlo Collodi and was translated into English in 1892. We learned that Carlo Collodi was a pseudonym for Carlo Lorenzili, which means he used the name Carlo Collodi as his "author name" when in fact his real name was Carlo Lorenzili. The use of the pseudonym was to hide the authors identity. It was fun watching all the little kids act and use their talents in so many ways.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Our Cousin Came to visit Us!!!

Oh What fun to have our Cousin BNShy to sleep over and have fun at our house. 

Monday, February 15, 2010

What's Happening to NASA

I'm a member of a local Homeschool group and this subject was brought to my attention so I'm taking a moment to copy and paste it here incase some of you hadn't heard.  I find it quite interesting.

Subject: NASA's Budget

Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 21:08:27 -0600

Dear Friends,

I usually don't write these kinds of letters, but several of you have contacted me concerning what the recent Presidential Budget Request canceling the Constellation Program and Project Orion in particular means to NASA. I'm pretty revved about it and not in a good way.

As most of you know, I have been employed at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center for 30 years and I have participated in every major program during that time including the Space Shuttle, Space Station Freedom, International Space Station, Assured Crew Return Vehicle, Orbital Space Plane, and most recently Constellation as part of Project Orion. I have seen my share of programs come and go. We NASA guys generally roll with the punches and move from program to program without much protest knowing that these things happen, but this proposed budget from the President is a radical departure from the past. In the past, our programs were altered or morphed into something new or sometimes cancelled altogether, but there always remained a robust and vital human spaceflight effort building upon what we have learned.

But this time it’s different. This time the budget effectively cancels American human access to space for an unspecified amount of time. I am upset by the colossal waste of what will be $11 billion once the Program is closed out for NOTHING. Constellation was NOT overbudget and behind schedule contrary to the White House statement. Constellation was suffering from underfunding by nearly 40% due to two years without a budget being passed by Congress, but we were making due. This offends me as a taxpayer and citizen as well as a NASA employee. Thousands of jobs are at stake. These are high tech “shovel ready jobs.” The economy and US budget are really not to blame as there is enough money to spend $2.5 billion on a high speed rail system between Tampa and Orlando to get tourists to Disney World to see Spaceship Earth, Space Mountain, and Mission to Mars. How can we not allocate funds to get to the real thing? The $3 billiion that has been

cited as the amount needed to fully fund Constellation is about 1/300 of the stimulus bills that have been passed. How do you expect to inspire children to go into science and technology when all you have to show for it is broken promises?

I feel this budget is disrespectful of the NASA workforce and shows a lack of understanding of what this workforce does– putting people into space and bringing them home safely -and how special it is because this budget shifts this work immediately to unproven and high-risk commercial space enterprises. As we, the NASA workforce, uniquely know, Space is demanding and unforgiving. The NASA community has, over the last 50 years, through hard work, dedication, and the expensive lesson of friends’ lives lost, developed a unique capability to be able to routinely operate in space. Operating safely in the dynamic phases of flight such as launch, entry and landing requires a different skill set than just operating a space station in orbit. Managing the risks of human spaceflight cannot be learned over night by some new upstart company. The crew is not, as we were told by the NASA Deputy Administrator, just a “high-value payload.” I am all for a

robust commercial spaceflight business, but this budget is naive at best and dangerous at worst. It sacrifices our national access to space and in particular to OUR space station, and makes us rely on our former adversaries, the Russians, for access for an indefinite period of time. They can cut us off at anytime. We couldn’t even keep them from sending tourists to the ISS. How much will they charge us for access once they have a monopoly? A friend recently commented that in the end maybe the Russians did win the space race if we are just going to walk away….

I really don’t care if Constellation itself is cancelled, or morphed into something else, but we need to keep the only proven team in America -NASA working with industry-working on human access to space to close the gap created by the Shuttle’s retirement and build on what we have done. With this budget there is no plan at this time for the US to resume human missions into space. This budget states it is planning for that eventuality without specifying a mission or timetable. I fear we have not only lost the Moon, but ceded our preeminence in space. Author and poet Ruth Boorstin has said, “Be bold in what you stand for and careful what you fall for. ” Right now, the United States and NASA need to be bold, but we need to be careful that we don’t fall for a bunch of empty promises.

I would like you to know that this is in no way about me. As a civil servant, no matter what budget gets passes, I will get paid (nice part about being a civil servant). I am upset about what this means to our space program for the future and that's why I'm writing you.

There is an excellent short video put together by a contractor employee on his own at YouTube that illustrates what has been accomplished to date. It can be found at: com/watch? v=a2IQVZmHnJQ

Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut, wrote an op-ed piece for the Houston Chronicle that I think sums up very well what is at stake. The full article can found at:

http://www.waltercu nningham. com/op_ed_ 022010.htm

If you feel as I do that it is important to maintain our access to space and close the space access gap as soon as possible, then I urge each and every one of you to please write to your elected representatives as soon as you can and feel free to forward this note. A website has also been set up to aid people in writing letters to their Congressmen at: http://www.goboldly

On February 17 NASA will be delivering its justification to change the FY2010 operating plan to Congress who must then in turn approve the new plan. Hearings are scheduled to be held on February 24-25. It is now up to the Congress to save our space program.

Thanks for your time,

Charlie Armstrong

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Much Fun!!








Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oklahoma Science Museum with Friends!!

For new years we traveled to OK to a friend's house and helped build a fireplace.  They treated us to some fun at the Science Museum.  Thanks guys for enjoying new years with us!!!