Month: July 2012

What happens….

… when you take a city girl to a Rodeo? She’ll have no idea what’s going on and will take lots of pictures! Haha! It was a fun experience! My dad grew up in Colorado and told me he used to go to the Rodeo in his home town all the time and he was their Rodeo Clown. When I saw the Rodeo Clown I was expecting an actual clown, needless to say I have a lot to learn lol! 

It was crazy and everyone was very excited to be there. I’d love to share with you what these different events I captured are called, but I’m really not sure HAHA! You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl 😛 

 

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There he is…

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And now he’s gone lol 

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I couldn’t decide which of these two I liked better, so I just posted them both 😛

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Alton Baker Bridge

Today is mine and my Husbands 2 year anniversary! It’s been a very hard year for us both, we have never done well being apart from each other, but with God, we have other come a lot of hardships. He is coming home August 26th 😀 Just 27 more days!!! I can’t believe it’s so soon, I just need they next couple of weeks to go by VERY quickly lol! This quote is for you William, I love you 🙂

Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt that the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love.”
 
– Hamlet 

While my mom were at that Art and Wine Festival, we walked to the park on the other side of it called Alton Baker Park. My favorite part of the park was the really cool bridge that went over the river. Kind of a short blog today, but these are my first successful bridge photos so that made me happy haha!

 

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Playing with the Daises

I love gardens! I love how green everything is and all the colors you don’t expect until the flower blooms. I, sadly, don’t like bugs, and they are a big part of gardens HAHA! Hopefully I’ll get over it someday, but for now I forced myself into places in my parents garden to take photos. Trying not to think about what spiders are around me in their webs or the ants that might be at my feet.. lol! I have problems I need to seriously work on 😛 

My mom loves daisies! So while I was taking some photos of them I couldn’t get any farther, they just captured my attention and I realized after I loaded the photos I didn’t get many other flower shots haha! So please enjoy what flowers caught my eye 🙂

 

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As you can see I played with a few of these daisy shots and I think you might like them 🙂

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I let Stevie into the garden with me so he can eat the bugs that might attack me hahaha! 😛 

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Art and Wine… and more wine ;)

My mom and I went to an event at a park not too far from home called, The Art and Wine Festival! Wine… they had wine… lol! Needless to say we had lots of fun and besides the amazing wine, we found a local authors booth and I met some amazing writers! I met L.J. Sellers who’s the author of the Detective Jackson Mysteries! She was nice enough to sign a book that I purchased from her 🙂 A very big surprise was meeting Jan Eliot, the creator of the Stone Soup comic strip! We were extremely excited and talked to her quite a bit 🙂 

Just a fun adventure and I thought I’d invite you along to enjoy the day with me 🙂

 

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Jan Eliot with my mom 🙂

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Yep it was a long and hot day lol!

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Independence Hall, the Knott’s way!

While at Knott’s we stumbled onto a roaster who was very excited to pose for me knowing he was beautiful, show off. lol! We walked down and saw city ducks, also enjoying the attention from Frank, my camera, and down the path a ways was their Independence Hall.

Such a beautiful building, also just full of childhood memories for me! Everything about the inside of it was just beautiful and in the Declaration Chamber they had a sound hooked up and the lights would go out and you can hear the performance of the creation of the Declaration of Independence! 

I hope you enjoy the pictures! 

 

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And this is why I love my family lol!

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Knott’s Berry Farm

I lived in the Orange County area when I was a little girl, my parents couldn’t afford a lot, even 20 years ago it was still really expensive to live down there! Every so often they would have really cheap specials on Season Passes for Knott’s Berry Farm. We lived only a few blocks from it so my mom would get them for us and that’s what we would do when I got home from school or on the weekends. We’d walk over to the park and feed the ducks and walk through the shops 🙂 I have a lot of really good memories of the downtown shopping area, the inside of the park has changed a lot, so when my mom, Eric and I were down there to see my Papa, we had to visit the downtown area.

A lot of the shops hadn’t changed and I loved the shots I got of them 🙂 

ENJOY!

 

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Gotta love those little jars lol

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Goofballs lol

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Glimpses Into the Past

When I was little, up until my family and I moved up to Oregon, my grandparents house was my second home. I would go there to play with their turtle in the yard, make mud pies, ride my bike, play board games with my grandma and go on walks with my papa. Those are the years you want to make sure you never lose, I know that now that I’m getting older, sometimes it’s hard remembering what my grandma’s voice sounded like. She passed away when I was 15 and I still get emotional when I think about her. Going back to their house without her inside is getting harder with time. It’s been 10 years, and I still expect her to be sitting in their living room, watching game shows and greeting me with a big smile. 

I love taking pictures of memories, in this case I took pictures of what I see that still reminds me of when I was little. The distinct brick in front of their house, the garden and fence. I hope by showing you these maybe you’ll have a childhood flash back of memories you remember and moments you might have almost lost.

 

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My Papa has a small space in his garden where he keeps his petrified rocks 🙂

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Road Trip!

My mom, little brother Eric and I drove down to Southern California to visit my grandpa again a few weeks ago 🙂 He has been doing better, been in and out of hospital visits, but doing a lot better now 🙂 

Now these are just random shots of our trip down. Simple and fun 🙂 I guess I got a little artsy with these, I’m trying different styles. Let me know what you think! 

 

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We stayed in Stockton on our way down and these are just more fun pictures lol

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Capturing the Fog

This was the same day that we went to go see the Japanese Dock, and I was so excited to finally take some good pictures of the fog! We get soooo much foggy weather here, but it’s hard to get good shots without it looking blurry or washed out. So while we were walking down the coast I took some pretty nice shots and I’m happy with how they turned out 🙂

Keep in mind because it was so foggy, I had to wipe my lens several time due to all the water in the air. My hair was completely soaked by the time we got back to the car 😛

My little brother Ryan, my dad and my mom 🙂

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Love this picture lol

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Chasing the seagulls 

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Wait.. where did you come from?!

“When a tsunami hit the northern coast of Japan last year, the waves ripped four dock floats the size of freight-train boxcars from their pilings in the fishing port of Misawa and turned them over to the whims of wind and currents.

One floated up on a nearby island. Two have never been seen again. And one made an incredible journey across 5,000 miles of ocean that ended this week on an Oregon beach.”

– JAPAN NEWS June 7, 2012

I was watching the evening news when they announced this 70 foot dock had floated onto our Newport Beach. I couldn’t believe it! I knew we were going to see some wash ups due to the terrible tsunami, but I had no idea something as big as this dock could just float over here! 

My husband told me that there’s no way I wasn’t going to take pictures of it lol! So, my parents and brother, Ryan, came with me 🙂 You all haven’t seen pictures of my other younger brother yet, so I’m very excited to be sharing these with you 🙂 This one is fully dedicated to the dock, but my next blog will be the other shots of the coast that I took that day.

I was kind of playing around with the effects with this one, but you can see how much fog we had that day! Not too unusual for the Oregon coast 😉

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I’d like you to meet Ryan 🙂

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There was a metal plaque that you can see they removed so no one would steal it.

“And a metal plaque attached to the dock indicates in Japanese that the dock was intended for use in the port of Misawa, in Aomori Prefecture, a coastal area of Japan hit hard by the March 2011 tsunami. The plaque is dated June 2008.” – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS June 6, 2012

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