Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Black & White Wednesday

Last weekend when we went on our Saturday afternoon drive we came across a pretty cool farm. 

This farm was decorated with hubcaps. Lots of them. 

I wonder where they got all the hubcaps from.... 

To see more pictures from our Saturday afternoon drive click here!

And to see more Black & White photos follow along at... 

the long road

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Happy Saturday

Yesterday was a happy day. 

I slept in. 
Went to church. 
Got coffee at the Roco with friends. 
Then went on an adventure with friends! 

It was such a beautiful day. 

The weather in the Napa Valley has been wonderful lately. 
I think it's just teasing us though. 
It should not be 70 degrees in the middle of January. 

So on with the adventure.... 

Amanda, Mik, and I got in the car and started driving...
with nowhere in specific in mind. 

Just a drive to explore the area. 
A Saturday afternoon drive with the windows down and the music playing.
Many of the roads we turned on were dead ends.
Many of the road we drove on were windy. 

I like exploring. 
Here are some pictures my camera captured of our little adventure :)

I'm am so thankful for great friends to go exploring with. 
School will soon be coming to an end and I'm going to miss them.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Black & White Wednesday

I am ready for winter to be over! 

I have really been wanting to take pictures lately because I got a new camera lens for Christmas. 
But everything outside is dead.... 
and I have no kids to take pictures of.

I saw these dead flowers and they were just kinda screaming to be photographed

I thought they would look good in black and white because there is a lot of contrast. 

Hopefully I have something pretty and interesting to blog about soon :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bailing out the Irish

I got this email from a friend a few days ago and it made me laugh so I'd thought I'd share. Enjoy! 

It is a slow day in a damp little Irish town. The rain is beating  down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.

The prostitute then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.  At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the €100
note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money and leaves town.

No one produced anything.  No one earned anything.  However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the bailout package works

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Last year my mom made a rule. 

Every year for Christmas everyone has to make something homemade for every person in the family. 

I think homemade gifts are the best. It shows that the person really cares and put time into making something. 

I love being crafty. I can't wait till I can have my own craft room one day. I feel limited working in my bedroom.

Here are some of my crafty creations... 

I made my mom a tissue box cover. Her favorite color is yellow :)

I made Trevor a picture frame covered in tools, bolts, nuts, and even a chainsaw chain. 
He is a hard working mechanic so it fits him well :)

I love to scrapbook and I have a lot of scrapbook supplies so I thought I'd change directions and make some Christmas cards! 

I made this picture frame for my dad. It is covered in bullets. 
Not real safe if there is ever a fire, but it still looks pretty cool. 

I'm pretty sure I already posted pictures of this, but I got a few better ones and I thought it needed to be included in this post. A picture frame covered in my great-grandma's buttons.
I gave it to my grandma for Christmas with a picture of all her brothers and sisters. 
11 total!

My mom made us these sweet pajamas! 

My dad made my sister a gun rack

 and me a coffee table!
I figured I'm gonna need some furniture in the near future. This thing weighs a ton too!

I'm hoping that one day in the future when I have more time I can open up an online shop on Etsy.
I want to be able to given a portion of the money to orphans.

Any ideas for a shop name?

Monday, January 3, 2011

I Heart Faces "Best Face Photo of 2010"

The theme this week at I heart Faces is "Best Face Photo of 2010"

Probably one of my favorite pictures of my sister and of 2010 would be this photo.... 

I just love how natural it looks. 

That is a real smile :)

Hope to get a lot more great shots in 2011 with my new camera lens!