Monday, August 25, 2008

A Post With No Pictures

Posts with no pictures are never fun.  But, sometimes they are necessary.  

The past couple weeks have been busy, busy, busy.  Two weeks ago, I was home.  And since I am gone so much, when I am home I have to cram everything that usually can get done at a leisurely pace throughout the week, into a few days.  Like Laundry.  And appointments and shopping and dog stuff.  Yes.  It doesn't seem like one does much during the week until you loose a week.  

Last week, I was in Houston (again).  It was actually a very exciting and productive week, which unfortunately I cannot claim all the time.  :)  Thursday night I had dinner with Phil & Bri, who I went to college with.  It was SO NICE to see them!!  You know how sometimes it can be awkward when you haven't seen someone for ... oh, several years?  Not this case this time!  We had a great time catching up and remembering.  We ate at the Hobbit Cafe.  Let's just say, I will be coming back to this place!  I had a curry chicken salad sandwich - sooo good!   And if you order anything with avocado, watch out!  You will probably get the whole avocado (or maybe two).  

I interviewed a new candidate for our Sales Team on Friday.  She was supposed to arrive at 9 am, but her flight was cancelled and she didn't get in until 3 pm!!  So, needless to say, I did not get to come home Friday night.  *sigh*.  But, on a good note, she is an excellent candidate and I really hope we can hire her.  I went to dinner with her (and some other co-workers) on Friday and she held her own pretty well.  

And then I got up early Saturday morning and drive home.  

SO GLAD to be home.  Each time I make the trip to Houston, it seems to get longer and longer.  I got home at 11:00 Saturday morning.  And then we started the odd jobs and errands that needed to get done: bank, oil change, grocery store, Blockbuster.  And a nap. :)  Saturday evening we attended Stake Conference, and it was indeed what I needed.  Elder Anderson of the Seventy spoke about families and love.  Just what I needed to hear.  :)  Sunday was also Stake Conference, another really great session, and then we were lazy most of the afternoon.  We watched a movie, played with the pups, and then finished our evening with the Olympic closing ceremonies.  I'm sad it's over.  But I know that Dan is not.  He was not a fan of the Olympics these past couple weeks.  

And the fun does not stop there.  (What?  Yes, I know this is a long post without pictures.  Check out the title.).  We've finally decided to take our house off the market, and try to rent it out to recover some of the expense.  Of course, that means we have to retrieve all our things from the house (in Utah).  Oh yes.  A road trip.  To take advantage of the holiday weekend, we're going to leave Wednesday night and make it a quick trip.  (Ok, good point, with 22 hours each way, it will not be a "quick" trip.  Let's call it an as-quick-as-possible trip.)  Two good things:  we'll be able to see Dan's family (although we will put them to work!), and we're going to stop by and see Becky & Jon in Ft. Collins on our way home.  

Wish us luck.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Disney Pages...continued

I'm really starting to get the hang of CS3!  Here are 2 more Disney pages.  Templates by Simply Yin.  If you ever use templates to scrapbook, hers are seriously some of the BEST.  I love them. 

More pages to come!  Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 4, 2008

New Pages

My husband was kind enough to upgrade me to the full version of Photoshop last week!  There are many differences between Elements and CS3, but I am (slowly) learning, thanks to this forum over at Jessica Sprague.  

So without further adieu, here are my first 2 attempts at scrapbook pages in CS3.  The LO is from Jessica Sprague's Digi: In Deep class.  The second is a template by Simply Sarah.  (And yes, Honey, I am leaving now :) ).

Friday, August 1, 2008

I'm a bad wife

OK, so this has been a busy week, but that is no excuse for not posting anything to commemorate a BIG EVENT in our lives.... Wednesday was DAN'S BIRTHDAY!  We celebrated by going out to dinner at III Forks, Dan's favorite place to eat.  We don't eat there very often (a little $$$), but when we do, it is sooooo goooood. :)  

And what would a birthday be without a few photographs?  hehe..

Here's the little guy at about 2 years old. Isn't he adorable??

And here is he at 19 years old.  What a looker!

And here he is just a couple weeks ago.  

Happy Birthday, Dan!!  I love you!!

Vacation part 2: St. Louis

Hello again!  This week has been a crazy busy one.  But here (finally) is Vacation: Part 2. We went to St. Louis!  Neither Dan or I had ever been there before (well, not counting the airport for a layover once).  Here are some highlights!

First, the Arch (of course!).  How can you go to St. Louis and not see the Arch?  We learned some really cool stuff, though. I had no idea that underneath this massive structure is a National Park!  Very interesting.

Here's Dan at the top of the Arch!  They put you in these little capsules to transport you to the top.  It feels like you're going to space or something. Very tiny and cramped, and no air conditioning.  But once you get the the top - WOW!  The views are just amazing.

The Mississippi River was still showing signs of the recent flooding.  The water had finally started to recede.  These poor little guys look like they are waving for help, don't they?

And of course we had to stop by the St. Louis temple.  Easy to see from the highway, but it did prove tricky finding a way to get there.  In the end, we finally did, and it is beautiful!

Stay tuned for part 3!