Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 7 - Favorite Movies

Hmmm....tough topic, because in some ways, it depends on my mood. I like lots of different kinds of movies, so I will just mention a few of my favorites.

I will say, it is almost certain my favorite movies do not involve underground shelters or much in the way of death and destruction....although, if you add in some of the Harry Potter movies, I guess there is a good bit of that.  Vicki and I just went to see the last installment of HP last night, and I was not disappointed. I have been impressed with how each movie was really able to stay true to the tone and feel of the book.  I had forgotten how dark this last book was - but oh so good.

Other favorites - Grease, yes, the musical.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Silence of the Lambs - yes, dark and creepy, but so well done.  Oh - Avatar! I LOVED that movie. I think I saw it in the theater 3 or 4 times - and I am not the type that will usually do that. The Indiana Jones series.  The more recent Disney and Pixar movies rank pretty high - especially the Stitch ones, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Enchanted. 

I enjoy romantic comedies, some action - but not the really violent, military stuff, kid movies, mild sci-fi or mild horror - Poltergeist springs to mind, and musicals.  I love a happy ending and a tragic, or even sad, ending will pretty much guarantee I will pan the movie and not want to see it again. 

Remember 30 Days of Blogging

OK, so back in about May I started a blogging challenge to write about the listed topics for 30 days. I did not commmit to doing it in 30 days, but didn't really anticipate it would take 3 or 4 months!

To make it easier to get back on track, here were the topics:

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts

Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name

Day 3-Your first love

Day 4-Your parents

Day 5-Your siblings

Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 7-Favorite movies

Day 8-A place you’ve traveled to

Day 9-A picture of your friends

Day 10-Something you’re afraid of

Day 11-Favorite TV shows

Day 12-What you believe

Day 13-Goals

Day 14-A picture you love

Day 15-Bible verse

Day 16-Dream house

Day 17-Something you’re looking forward to

Day 18-Something you regret

Day 19-Something you miss

Day 20-Nicknames

Day 21-Picture of yourself

Day 22-Favorite city

Day 23-Favorite vacation

Day 24-Something you’ve learned

Day 25-Favorite memory

Day 26-Picture of your family

Day 27-Pets

Day 28-Something that stresses you out

Day 29-3 Wishes

Day 30-a picture
That is a lot of topics.  No mention of megameeting web conferencing software, but lots of other good topics! I got through Day 5. 
So Day 6 - A Picture of Something that Makes me Happy.
Just scroll down (to "Finally - Some Pictures!") and look at the first picture of Kaylen below.  That picture makes me smile every time I see it. It is just so cute and so Kaylen.  She bounces from joyful to angry to heart-broken and back many times in any given day, it sometimes seems (Ah, life with a Drama Queen!), but her silly self is so much fun it is easy to soon forget the less happy times. Of course, ALL of those pictures make me happy. Fun times with my family!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Finally - Some Pictures!

I finally made the time to upload some photos from the fun we've had this summer so far.  Here are a few choice shots.

An evening campfire trip at a local lake near the start of summer. It rained - but we still roasted hot dogs and had s'mores!

Some Sponge Bob Art by Kaylen:

Camping in the Olympic National Rainforest - in a platform tent - kind of like a yurt or cabin:

Vicki and I took at trip on our own to The Dalles - beautiful scenery and we even checked out a local winery:

Baby Grapes!

Mt. Hood and the Columbia River

This dandelion (?) was huge - maybe 4 inches across.  Minutes after I took the pictures, a boy came along and brushed it all away with his hands, scattering the seeds to the winds. I felt lucky to have captured it in its full glory.  (Besides, everyone knows this is a "wish flower" and the proper way to scatter the seeds is to make a wish and blow them into the air!) 

Vicki and I also did some tent-camping in The Gorge - but I decided to be camera-free, and yesterday work had our company picnic at Oaks Amusement Park. I again decided to be camera-free, other than posting a few shots to Facebook from my Blackberry. 

Here is Kaylen, winning the Hoola Hoop contest....those two girls would not stop....I think they went through about 6 songs:

Riding rides:


and here are my munchkins looking happy at the end of our day:

More fun to come!