Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Our ceremony was beautiful. Both my pastor from my church and Bob's uncle who was an ordained Episcopal priest were performing the ceremony. It was amazing.
I am amazed at how much my love has grown in just 17 years. Every day I find that I love Bob even more than the day before. It amazes me because I never knew that after this long you can still find new things to love about your spouse.
I am happy to be Mrs. to his Mr. I cannot even venture to say where I would be right now if i had not met and fell head over heels in love with this man. He is my soulmate and best friend. Even when we don't always see eye to eye we cam still find that common ground that has always been so important in our relationship.
I love you my husband! Happy 17th anniversary and here's to the rest of our lives together.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Okay, so I really, really, really loved my Prius from the day we bought it back in May 2002. I even still really loved it the first time a big orange triangle came up. Of course, it was a recall item and they fixed it with no problems. And really, I even still loved it when it was 7 years and 8 months old… (Just shy of the 8 year battery warranty expiring) and I had to have $2800 worth of work done to replace the rack and pinion steering assembly (Which included the electronic control unit that was what failed). And I was still mostly in love with it when I had to have the brakes done for about $800 not too long ago. I was just getting back the love after recovering from the two other control units ($2700) that I just had replaced 6 weeks ago… Today however… I am no longer in love with my prius… I would trade it in without looking back if I could get a reasonable deal on a camry or something like that and never have to experience the frustration that goes with that stupid big orange triangle and all the money that it ends up costing every time that big orange triangle pops up on the screen.
I got the big ugly orange triangle this morning… They’ve had it all day at the dealership and the best they can tell me is that it’s something with the voltage regulator system in the car/hybrid system. They aren’t exactly sure what it is, but if it’s either one of the two things they suggest could be the problem, I will be out at least another $1500 to get it fixed. I will get my car back tomorrow and then they will get my car back on Monday at which point they will take it apart to work through the hybrid system to find the root of the issue. I try really hard to be an optimist about things, but I won’t be surprised if after a couple of days of them combing through the hybrid system and electrical system of the car, they’ll come back and tell me that $1500 was a low estimate and it will be more like double that.
So, here’s my suggestion to any and all Prius owners and you can take it for what it’s worth and with the knowledge that I’m frustrated… Trade those Prii off before the warranty expires…(and before all the savings you’ve had in gas go to repairing an aging hybrid) Everyone worries about the batteries… that’s always been the concern (“What happens if the hybrid batteries fail?” “How much does that cost?”)… It’s not the batteries that are the problem with this car… yet… It’s the electronic control system that is basically the brains of the hybrid system… My hope is that folks with the 2nd and 3rd generation hybrid systems will have better luck than me… Maybe mine is just because it’s the first gen…
Guess now all that's left is to wait and see which appendage I will have to give up for this repair.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
School started last week and so the madness ensues. Seventh grade and first grade. That is what our experince will be this year. It is new but comfy for both kiddos from what I can tell.
With the new school year comes new adventures. Layden is old enough now to be a cub scout I think so we will go to scout night at his school to check it out. He is always so dejected when Audra and I head off to do something Girl Scout related. This year will be his year to start. Should be interesting.
Well hopefully I will get better at posting more often. I actually have several photos and topics I would love to share so I should really get those thoughts composed into posts.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Til next time
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Have I given up on the 365 challenge? No. I have pictures, I just haven't had time to post them here. So, if you want an abbreviated version of the 365 challenge I'm doing, you can check out my shuttercal version. http://shuttercal.com/calendar/txscrapbooks/ will get you to the quick and dirty version. It makes it easier to get them uploaded and then I can take my time coming back and posting about them here. That way, I'm still motivated to take the pictures (most days) and I manage to get them updated quicker. Let me know if you have any problems seeing my pictures over there!
Until I get the time to update here again soon...
Friday, January 22, 2010
So, Day 18 was Monday... Do you remember the days of laying on the ground and looking up at the sky and clouds? It's not the same in the City and it makes me long for the days of living out away from so much civilization. Not as much traffic, hardly any jet contrails and if there were, they were so far up! When I got home, I saw all these contrails in the sky and decided to take pictures of that and the wispy clouds around the rest of the sky...
And on the way home... I saw a sight that you normally only see during November/December...
And there you have it. I think I'm caught up enough to head off to bed after letting Holly outside. Til next time...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Til next time...
Monday, January 18, 2010
Day 13 (Wednesday)... So, I took my camera with me when I took the kids to church on Wednesday night for their choir rehearsals (of course Layden's was cancelled, but he came along anyway).
I walked into the church and thought how beautiful the stained glass is in our sanctuary, so I took a picture of that.
So, Day 16 (Saturday) was Layden's 6th birthday!!! He is such a big boy!!! And so we went to celebrate with friends at Rainforest Cafe. Layden always loves to go eat there, as do the rest of us. He always loves to look at the fish in the aquariums when you come in...
And the big bonus at church was that the altar flowers today were in celebration of Layden's birthday so I had to take a photo of him with the flowers...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Our Youth Choir at church has been very busy learning new songs for a festival they'll attend in February down in Waco. Should be pretty interesting, to say the least. I'm excited that they'll get the opportunity to join with so many other choirs from across the state.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Today, I made up the difference. I took a few pictures of two completely unrelated things to make up for not having taken a picture yesterday.
So, the psuedo Day 8 picture is this:
And Day 9 for the picture today, I took pictures at the Rubber Stamp Convention that a friend of mine and I wandered around today.
I am looking forward to attempting to make one of these. They are called Concertina books. It's double sided. So, there are images on the other side as well. Just really cool to look at. I bought a kit that makes two. Now if I can just get some time to do it.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
It's a bit blurry... Was trying to take it without the flash and with manual focus. Gotta try new things, right?
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
So, today was a day to prepare for the "Arctic Airmass" that is headed our way. And what do you do to prepare for an arctic airmass and temperatures that will be below freezing for something like 60 hours? Me? I went and filled my car up with gas because it was pretty much on EMPTY! More weight in case I have to drive on ice or snow.
And with that, I'm off to find my gloves, hat and scarf for tomorrow. Brrrrrr! It's on the way!!!
I did take a picture or two yesterday, but hadn't planned on them being the photos of the day for Day 5. Guess they will be. And here's hoping that today, I'll get the chance at taking a photo somewhere, somehow. I'll muddle through and manage something I'm sure. Should be able to post later tonight while trying to keep warm once the Arctic Airmass settles on us tonight. ;)
Until then, don't lose heart...
Monday, January 4, 2010
Of course, my browsing around was my attempt at being inspired to take a photo for today. Yes, it's Day 4.
So, if you look at the list of movies in my photo, you'll see quite a selection. Do we put them up on a shelf now that Christmas is over? No, we have been known on ocassion to watch Christmas Themed movies at any time during the year. Layden's favorite is Polar Express. Audra likes all the TV Show Christmas shows. I, myself, am especially fond of The Year Without a Santa Claus and Bob likes It's a Wonderful Life and The Bells of St. Mary. And we all really like the Santa Clause series. So, why confine Christmas movie watching to just a few weeks out of the year? We don't.
And after all, given that Jesus is the Reason for the Season, can't we celebrate Christmas all year? Jesus is not a Savior that we can simply put into storage for 11 months of the year and only bring Him out for a few weeks to display. He's a Savior for all throughout the year.
Until tomorrow... Wonder what inspiration I'll find tomorrow... Just doing my best to get away from the norm and get out of my own comfort zone.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Yes, I should be doing something other than sitting here. But, alas, I'm not. I should be working on my stack of photos for the last part of the big scrapbook project I'm doing.
Of course, if I am going to insist on sitting in front of this computer, the least I could do would be to upload the rest of the pictures for this project. Then, take the time to order them so that I can finally get back to working on the scrapbook. It's over due. I just haven't had time to myself to work on it. I was actually planning on working on it during my time off for New Year's, but of course, that didn't happen either.
So, at least the laundry is going (well, it sounds now like both the washer and the dryer have stopped.) I guess I should look around and see if I can get anything ready to go back to reality tomorrow. No more holidays for a while. Guess I might need to just take a day off sometime in the next month to really get to work on this scrapbook.
Also, I managed to remember to take a picture today at least. I did take several of Holly and the kids, but I figured that everyone is going to get really tired of seeing them after a while. And so, I thought I'd take advantage of the opportunity to put off working on what I SHOULD be working on again with coming up with (not-so) clever pictures for my Day 3 of the 365 Photo Challenge. Do I at least get an A for effort?
Oh, and in case you didn't get the movie title from the picture I took of the movie on TV, it's The Princess Bride.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Can you just see the joy in her face? She did laps after laps for a long time. And boy, what fun to chew on everything as she went by!
Okay, in all fairness, I have to post a picture of my kitty-kins, Spencer, as well. He is still angry about Holly but he's getting a little more social since she came. He still won't meet her, but at least he's okay with being in the same room once in a while. I think he stands in the kitchen and taunts Holly while she's in her kennel. But what cat wouldn't take advantage of that?
Fear not, we did manage to get our black-eyed peas in at lunch time. YUM!!!!
We did spend some time playing with Holly today. Here's a picture of some of the fun.
It's hard to believe that she's already 3 months old. And she's SO BIG already!!!