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Recently returned from serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Hello friends,

I would soooo appreciate my friends taking a moment to stop by this link and vote for this great charity I'm so fond of -

It's called "Tee Off for Dogs" and raises money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

As you may already know we are puppy raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

I have some fun blog posts where I shared some cute stories about our experiences.

My Curious Incident of My Dog in the Nighttime

The Rest of the Story . . .

Top Memorable Moments . . .

If you LOVE dogs - perhaps you would enjoy being a PUPPY RAISER also.
You can find more information online here.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just Because I Love You

Not because it was your birthday last week and . . .

not because it's Father's day this week but . . .

just because you're the greatest thing in my life since sliced bread

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just because you are the most wonderful dad that I know of

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just because you are so darn handsome as well

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just because you accomplish more good things in your allotted 24 hours than I would have thought possible

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just because you make the the most savory hot chocolate and whole wheat toast with jam every morning, and bring it to me while I'm sunk deep into my novel in the early mornings . . . .

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just because you sacrifice so that I might have more

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just because you make my world look like the garden of Eden

just because you make my puppies love you despite the best of your intentions

And just because I love you!

This is all about you . . .

Friday, June 18, 2010

Favorite NEW discovery - for the season

WE always spend a week at Lake Powell each summer.

It's the highlight of my summer and I love it.

Can't believe it's one of the great wonders of this beautiful world and it's
practically in my back yard. Compared to the far away other places
where I long to travel.

It's the one time each year I practically live in a swimming suit. And
believe me it's not always an attractive sight.

So I was excited to discover this great find!

Cause I'm in need of a CUTE swimming suit!

Just thought I'd pass the find along . . . a good modest swimming suit is sooooo hard to find!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wow, 28 Years Ago . . .

This week we celebrated the birthday of our firstborn. Wow, 28 years ago . . . it doesn't seem like it could possibly have been that long ago. It seems like just the other day we were expecting our first baby. The excitement of sharing the news with everyone, maternity clothes (they were NOT that cute back then . . .), throwing up, throwing up and throwing up some more! Why does pregnancy have to be like that! But then you were born Dustin and our whole world changed and it's never been the same since.

We've had many more significant changes over the years, but none so life altering as bringing home our first new baby from the hospital.

Over the years you were quite something. Do you remember when you were three and you locked me in the bedroom of an upstairs bedroom. You sly thing you. I had to push a screen out of the window and jump from the second story to get out. And that was after much pounding on the door, pleading and bribing you with all sorts of treats if you would unlock the door. By the time I got out you were downstairs watching a video (your favorite one "Never Ending Story" I'm sure) and had no idea what all the commotion was about.

Your dad would want me to tell the story of how you fell out of your crib. Yes, we were trying to be diligent (but retarded) parents and let you cry in the middle of the night instead of getting up to entertain you. Little did we know until you'd cried for 15 minutes you'd climbed up and fallen out of your crib.

I can still see you jumping on the bed and saying "three little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and broke his . . . . and they you'd spiral off the bed like a maniac!

You loved to go snowmobiling up to Grandma and Grandpa's cabin. Riding the snowmobiles was your favorite thing. When we were back you you'd put a blanket on the floor and pretend it was your snowmobile. You would say vroom, vroooom! And invite us to climb on with you saying "come for a ride!"

Just thought I'd share a few photos to remind you what a character you were . . .

You always enjoyed our visits to Star Valley - where
you got to feed the cows, gather eggs and ride on the horses.

You and your dad celebrated many birthdays together
over the years since they are only three days apart.

At Grandma's Cabin

Easter - all ready to go to church

Handsome brothers - all decked out in their
Christmas finest.

Then all of a sudden YOUR world changed
when you met a girl . . .

And suddenly nothing was the same . . .

And now your 28 years old - having a birthday!
Living all the way across the country . . .

with a beautiful wife and two kitties . . .

We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments and wise choices.

Happy Birthday to you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Celebrating Today!

I know I'm being redundant but I'm celebrating big time!

I finally have my new photography website up and going. I know many of you have stopped by while it's been under construction and I so appreciate it! But I hope the finishing touches are truly finished. Please come visit again at Pickled Pepper Photography and let me know what you think.

In fact - I'm celebrating by giving away a mini photo session for up to six people. The catch is you have to be in Utah! So if you live in Utah for plan to visit Utah this summer you will want to make your way over to my blog at pickledpepperphotography.blogspot.com for all the details.

These fabulous fields of wild poppies blooming this week in Utah would make a fantastic backdrop. I captured these with my cell phone while taking the puppies for a walk in the woods.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Favorite Paris Moments

Right away - I knew the week was going to be lovely when I opened up the window in the hotel we stayed in for two nights and had this view . . .

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Sigh . . . a week in Paris with my girls . . . it was like a dream . . .

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A darling street on the Ile Saint Louis . . .

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Try passing up these windows . . . it's impossible . . . like a magnet we had to go in!

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Me - taking pictures at a flew market


I love how everyone rides these everywhere - you see women all dressed up
so nice - carrying their helmet . . .


Me and my girls!


Kelsie wanted her photo taken in front of Louis Vuitton -
but the nice man in the background came and chased us away.
Fortunately, I was quick to snap the picture!


Just wanted to bring one home with me . . .


Too much playing . . . too little sleep . . .


Girl time . . . gotta love it!


Ah . . . soooo beautiful!


Only in Paris . . .


One of the few photos I actually appear in!
Can you say "Where's Waldo?"


I'm going to miss getting on the trains and metros everyday!


Well . . . that's the very abbreviated tour. Needless to say, I'm already
longing to return . . . sigh.

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