Monday, January 14, 2008


Jason and I have been hunting for a GPS off and on. I consulted with our hiking expert about what to look for. Although I didn't exactly follow his comments there was a reason for it. Jason and I was able to find a nice model with an altimeter on it for the price of the cheapest GPS. I love it when companies discontinue items. (our camera was cheap because it was discontinued) Anyway, we purchased a Garmin Etrex Vista C. I can't wait until it arrives. We got such a good deal on it.

The reason I did not follow Jacobs advise is because I really wanted the altimeter. In the ADK's you cannot camp above 4,000ft. Now how in the world do you know how high you are? So, we figured it would be best to have one.

I can't wait to test it out. We need to really learn it before our trailess adventure in the ADK's in May.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Wedding

My cute little sister tied the knot. It sure made me feel really old. She married her longtime friend Josh Clayton. I always told her that she needed to marry someone like me since she was just like Jason. Josh is like my twin, except in the guy form. HA!

The wedding was nice. There was also a surprise guest that arrived. No one knew who she was. She came with a camera and a gift and even offered to help clean up afterwards.

That's about all for the wedding. Pictures are funner. Speaking of my favorite non-word funner, Josh actually said it over Christmas and I about fell over. No one else says Funner except me. It's my favorite word.

More photos to come. The internet is very slow right now.

Christmas Happenings

So it's been a long time since I've posted and I really have not shared much about the holidays yet.

Christmas was nice. We had a full week off work and spent it in Indiana with my momma. The furkids came along, of course, and stayed in the camper while we slept in the house. They really don't mind it, which is nice. Sam gets the comfort of a heating blanket during the day to curl up in and the other 3 are used to cold weather so we normally just drape a blanket over to eliminate a draft.

Christmas was hectic.... While we spent most of our time preparing for my sis's wedding. Decorating, practice, etc....Boy was it crazy. My work donated bows for her wedding that just made the church look so beautiful. I was sure to send them the link to the Wedding photos.

Ice Cream Eating Contest....Again, I won. My competition is Rick, Angies husband. He normally doesn't start until later in the game and then really stuffs his face. At first we went slow. Last year I got sick and this year I didn't want to do that. But, when Rick joined in of course I had to try to beat him. I did and boy was it fun. Next year we'll see if I'll stay the reining champion.

We didn't get to spend much time with Jay's parents due to the wedding plans. But, we went to Panera Bread and Applebee's on Christmas Eve. That sure was fun.

Anyway, check out the photos of the holiday season.

The Competition

I was hiding under the tree. Mom caught me

No, it wasn't Ricks gift.


Monday, January 07, 2008


I've been working for the past week or so on photos. Updating them, organizing them, etc. I know I have tons of writing to do to catch up. I'm hoping to be able to take the time tomorrow and do that.

While I have been organizing photos I came across this one. I just love it.
A Poem to Think About

I went to a party,
And remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom,
so I had a sprite instead.
I felt proud of myself,
The way you said I would,
that I didn't drink and drive,
though some friends said I should.
I made a healthy choice,
And your advice to me was right.
The party finally ended,
and the kids drove out of sight.
I got into my car,
Sure to get home in one piece.
I never knew what was coming,
Mom,something I expected least.
Now I'm lying on the pavement,
And I hear the policeman say,
the kid that caused this wreck was drunk,
Mom, his voice seems far away.
My own blood's all around me,
A s I try hard not to cry.
I can hear the paramedic say,
this girl is going to die.
I'm sure the guy had no idea,
While he was flying high.
Because he chose to drink and drive,
now I would have to die.
So why do people do it,
Mom Knowing that it ruins lives?
And now the pain is cutting me,
like a hundred stabbing knives.
Tell sister not to be afraid,
MomTell daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven,
put " Mommy's Girl" on my grave.
Someone should have taught him,
That it's wrong to drink and drive.
Maybe if his parents had,
I'd still be alive
My breath is getting shorter,Mom
I'm getting really scared
These are my final moments,
and I'm so unprepared.
I wish that you could hold me Mom,
As I lie here and die.
I wish that I could say, "I love you, Mom!"
So I love you and good-bye.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Farewell to a Dear Friend
Recently Jason and I had to make the toughest decision we have ever had to make. We had to let Tasha go. I always talked like I didn't love her and that she was a big burdon however when the time came I couldn't help but tell her how much she meant to me and how much I loved her. She was one of the best dogs that anyone could have. She was very well behaved, full of energy and as sweet as can be. Most people did not get the opportunity to meet Tasha when she was herself. She has been gone for quite some time. Tasha's favorite animal was a stuffed dolphin. We used to throw it down the stairs and she would chase it. It was so funny. We would place it on the banister and let the dolphin ride down. She would go nuts. She also LOVED stuffing. Not the stuffing humans would eat but stuffed animal stuffing. She would puncture a hole in a animal and go to town on the stuffing. We would try to stuff it back in to preserve the animal but it would just come apart all over again. Another thing she would always do.....She liked being rubbed on her stomach. So, she would find someone sitting down moving their legs. She would place her leg on top of their foot so the foot would rub her tummy. Man, it was so hilarious.
I have nothing but good memories of her. She lived a very long and I hope Happy Life. As I sit here typing this I can't help but miss her. The holidays have been hard. She hasn't been at my feet following me everywhere I go. I do have her here with me though.
She holds a special place in my heart and Jason's. Tasha was his very first dog, EVER!
So Tasha, you are truly missed......Be sure to find all our friends furkids and play with them. Be sure to find Lisa and give her a big lick. I'll see you one day in Heaven!