Saturday, October 27, 2007

Pebble Beach

While we were in Monterey, we took an afternoon and drove the "17 mile road" along the Pacific coast. It was beautiful! We took our time and got some really great photos. Here is a sample. :)

Winslow, Arizona

On our way back from California, we stopped in Winslow, Arizona, made famous by the Eagle's song "Take It Easy". Sorry both the pictures are of me, but Dan wouldn't pose for the corny pictures on the corner of Winslow. By the way, this is the "only" corner in Winslow.

I'm also playing with adding a "vignette." Jen showed me how, and while these probably aren't the perfect pictures to showcase my new skill, at least it proves that I tried!

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Race

Last weekend, we spent some time at Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey, CA. Dan's Acura NSX car club was invited to the race by the American LeMans team because this is Acura's first year racing in this series. So, about 100 guys came with their NSX's.

If you're like me, you're wondering, "what is the American LeMans race?" Well, let me give you the short version. It's basically an upscale car race. Race teams include Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, Panoz, Audi and now Acura. The President of the LeMans association, gave some opening remarks to us (in the hospitality tent) before the race. I love how he described it. He said, "If NASCAR is the Walmart of the racing world, LeMans is the Nordstroms."

We were asked to do a parade lap on the track before the race. We also go to visit the Pit.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

First Layout from NWR!

We have been suuuuupppppeeerrrr busy these past few weeks, and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon. We took a mini vacation this past weekend to Monterey, CA (more to come on that), and the next installment of Jessica Sprague's Now We're Rockin' with Photoshop class began Monday. I didn't have a chance to even look at the material until today (Wednesday), and it's been killing me!! Here's my first layout. This class is markedly harder than the first one, but it's really fun, and I'm learning a TON.

Blue paper: from the Impressions: Idea kit by Trish Jones (SBG)
Torn paper template: from the Paper Reveals Layered Template No. 2 set by Katie Pertiet (DD)
Journaling paper: from the Crush Bubbles kit by Trish Jones (SBG)
Alphabet: from September Afternoon kit by Meredith Fenwick (SBG)
Grungy-edged frame: from Distressed Diva kit by Trish Jones (SBG)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Hola from Miami

Well, like it or not, I've spent the past week and a half in Miami on business. The weather is beautiful, but unfortunately I have not had time to enjoy it. I've got some great pictures, and can't wait to post them.

Also, I'm super excited for round 2 of Jessica Sprague's digital scrapbooking class. Starts Monday!!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Funny Looking Dog

So I eluded to this a few days ago, but we had to shave all Bentley's hair off because he was getting all kind of mats. I attribute this to #1. we've been cutting the dogs' hair ourselves and while Bella really doesn't mind (okay, she probably doesn't like it, but at least she holds still), Bentley puts up quite a fight, so we don't do as good of a job on him, and #2. they were both stuck in their kennel for 24+ hours (aside from potty breaks) while we drove down to Texas.
At any rate, here's what he looked like before:
Pretty handsome, I have to say. :)

And here is the poor puppy this week:
I've been calling him Chicken because he looks like he has chicken legs. :) Big fluffy head and feet with skinny little legs. Hopefully, it won't take too long to grow back. And yes, we've learned our lesson and he will be going back to a professional groomer from now on. (I think we'll still do Bella ourselves, though.) Between our inexperience and Bentley's general discomfort, it took us over 2 hours Sunday night. Whew!

Gotta be fair, here are some other pics of both puppies.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

New Look

Thanks to Jennifer's blog, I decided it was time for a blog facelift. She directed me to Matie Kay's blog. Matie Kay has some great blog templates, and best of all, they are FREE. :)

What do you think?

I think I'd better get back to work....

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Texans now....

It feels like it's been forever since I've posted. With the move, packing, driving, unpacking, and some work travel thrown in for good measure, we have been extra busy the past few weeks. We are, however, super excited to be Texans now. Okay, so we're not "official" yet - I still need to get our car inspected before we can get new drivers licences, etc. But we're close. :)

Our apartment feels tiny compared to what we have been spoiled with in the past, but it is very nice, seems to be in a good neighborhood, the commute isn't terrible for Dan, and the ward is super friendly. Plus - and this is the real reason we chose this place - there is a nice fenced-in back yard for the puppies. Don't know what I would do without that!

For now, we're just praying that our home in WJ sells quickly, so that we can start looking at homes in this area. Patience is not one of my strong suits.

That's about all for now. Stay tuned for some funny pictures of Bentley. We had to shave him because he was developing far too many mats and even the groomer couldn't take them out. Poor puppy.