Monday, August 25, 2008

i just may be the best aunt ever.

at least, i'd like to think so. while in san francisco, we spent an afternoon visiting Chinatown. this included a Dim Sum lunch with plenty of strange things to eat. luckily, i was not very hungry and sipped on hot tea while the rest nibbled on

a little bit of this: and little bit of that: which, by the way, is exactly what it looks like. a chicken foot.

anyway, while being tourists, i spotted the cutest little asian dresses ever. also known as cheongsams, not to be confused with a kimono, which is japanese. i couldn't pass them up, so i bought 1 for each of my nieces!we got together this past weekend to celebrate anthony & grandma marty's birthdays, 30th and 85th respectively. i finally was able to hand out the souvenirs then. with the exeption of lucy, who was napping, the girls put them on while i was there. and of course, i snapped a few shots.


also, nan had a dress that belonged to grandma Marty in her closet that was brought back from Hong Kong 50 years ago from grandpa John. it was beautiful, and in amazing condition! so i played dress up, too. :) neat, huh?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

i think i'll quit my day job.

colby has been bugging me about completing this sitting area. we have a large wall space screaming for a painting / pictures / anything. so my newest idea is to fill the space with our own pictures. these are a few of our favorite pictures that i had taken in san francisco - finalists, if you will, for artwork for our wall.





feel free to contact me for a complete listing of available artwork. ;-)

also, since one of these was a duplicate, i edited my "i left my heart in san francisco" post to have a different group of pictures for display. (we couldn't go having repeats, now could we?)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

one thing that's great about summer.

THE GRILL.



don't you know the extent to which this simplifies dinner planning? i'm not one much for cooking. a sad reality that i'm learning to accept about myself - i seem to lack some of the stereotypical "wife genes." you know, like eager-to-please hubby by having a home cooked dinner on the table when he walks through the door? there's a mold that i will never fill.

at any rate, this is why i'm thankful for the grill. easy, delicious, and versatile! plus, i can usually put colby in charge of the grill, while i go on strike from being wife. :) we've grilled out 3 times this week so far, and it's only wednesday. steak, burgers, & BBQ chicken. we sit outdoors, enjoy a beverage of choice (mikes hard, please!), and enjoy a nice summer evening on our porch.

but have you noticed? the nights are getting cooler!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

an unfortunate day at the dog park.

for the first time since we've been home from vacation, we took macy to her favorite place in the world: the Shawnee Mission Dog Park. nothing short of ordinary, she ran, she swam, she instigated(her specialty) until dogs would chase her, up the hill, down the hill, in the water, through the tall grass...

since we didn't have macy this time last year, there never has been a problem with running through the tall grass. in fact, we love to watch macy bounce through like a bunny, and she seems to love it, too. apparently, this time of year the grass produces burs. and unfortunately for macy (and for colby and myself), her coat makes a perfect nesting place for these pesky stickers. by time we were able to contain her from her chasing game with the short-haired, unaffected boxer, it was too late..

(click the images below for an enlarged version)


"what, did i do something wrong?"


her ears.


and legs.


really, the pictures don't do the situation justice. THOUSANDS, i say. since it was 6:30 on a friday night, an immediate grooming appointment was impossible. so we decided to give our salon skills a try, and we used colby's hair razor. 3 hours later..


our bald and beautiful girl.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

i left my heart in San Francisco.





so i came back with around 700 of my own pictures, plus a handful more from my uncle chuck and mom. there was so much to see and to take in, i wanted to capture as much as possible.

san francisco is my favorite city ever. a city 7 miles by 7 miles (is this math equation what makes them the 49'ers?) with countless ways to entertain yourself. since i've only been to a few, i don't have a lot to compare it to. however, i can guarantee you will not find a city like it anywhere.

here are of the places we were able to visit:
Twin Peaks, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Warf, Golden Gate Park, North Beach, Mission District, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Glen Canyon Park, Marina Area, Stern Grove Park, Chinatown, Union Station, Haight/Ashbury..

we had chilly weather - upper 50's i would guess - which contrasts greatly to the 100+ degree weather kansas city was experiencing while we were gone. colby and i flew out for a 9 day vacatation, as a christmas gift from my family. my parents and derek flew out 2 days later to spend the rest of the week. as an added bonus, my aunt, uncle, and cousin also joined us for a few days thanks to a special event taking place: uncle bruce & eddie's wedding! it was really great to get away for awhile, and better yet, spend that time with my family.