Aug 30, 2011

God be with you til we meet again.

Esther Mistuko Oka 

Aug 29, 2011

They just keep coming, you'd think we'd been gone weeks. No, it was only 3 days.

 This is a 1937 something bus. 
They actually take you one tours in one of these bad boys.

Ye old Lodge.
I could not believe this place. 
The husband said it was amazing.

Right he was. 

Aug 28, 2011

Old Faithful.

She really is quite beautiful.

And he really is quite handsome. 

Aug 27, 2011

Care Bear Stare, Part II

So we decided, that hey, we are already at the Grand Tetons, lets drive up to Yellowstone, on Sturgis weekend, without any reservations.  
Another thing we can add to our we've-been-married-6-years-so-we-are-awesome-list.
But luckily, we got up there, they had absolutely no rooms available until but wait!
someone just cancelled, we'll give you this room for $135 instead of $175.
Because it was SUCH a STEAL. 
And we each had our own bed.

We were lucky, but I was irritated they wouldn't even let me keep the bear at that awesome rate. 
but I did get to keep this one.  Awww. 

While I was trying to contain my excitement that I could keep this little bear, I accidentally dropped him and smashed his nose and ear. (I really was excited)

Saw this guy, but still no deer. 
I figured it out though, because it was Sturgis weekend, which apparently is a giant motorcycle weekend with lots of hair and Harley's, I do believe they scared every buffalo and deer away.
Because I never even saw a bison.  
This was Yellowstone right?

Apparently, Old Faithful is getting a little slow with her age.
Now erupting every ninety some odd minutes, we had to wait for quite a while.

I kind of wish I had a polaroid (hint Hint) so I could have taken a picture in exactly the same spot from when we were kids.

Aug 26, 2011

Yes, we are still in the Grand Tetons.

And yes, that Black speck in the dead center, was a black bear.  
Still no deer though.

I was all covered up, you see, mosquitos love me, and I hate them with all my undying love. 

But it's official, I'm now a tree hugger.

And, well I couldn't resist.  There is a hilarious story behind this. 
Get it, behind.
Yes, I am laughing while I write this. 

ps. I'm trying to add "bear" to my label list and for some reason every time I write "bear" it keeps auto correcting to "care bear" 
my posts apparently are so sporadic that one time I wrote about care bears.
Care Bear STARE!

Aug 25, 2011

On the road again. So we've been to Lava Hot Springs, Jackson Hole, now...

Grand Tetons.  No, the the picture above, that's the "on the road again" photo.

Derek took some lovely pictures. I think this is Jenny Lake. 

They were beautiful.

Can you see both of them?  
We actually saw a bear and cub!

We didn't see a single deer mind you, but bears, yes we did. 

And we found a moose. 
We usually have to stop at the Visitor Centers everywhere we go.
My mom did it and so will I. 
I get a new Christmas ornament every new place.
So then, I don't buy, as my Derek puts it "Junk."

So we both win.  
You see, this is what you learn when you have been married 6 years.


Aug 23, 2011

Travelocity my eye.

It's kind of gross to think about all these antlers. 
I'm just saying. 

Pretty sure I need these flowers, could you image an explosion of these?  I would like to order 10 now. 

We drove all through Jackson Hole, 
this I think, was the Husband's favorite find.

Aug 22, 2011

Cedar all Grown Up.

It's kind of sad, all the little Cedar Boys and Girls are just getting so big!
One last hoorah before Scottie moved to Iowa.

Aug 19, 2011

Dear owner-of-cat-that-may-be-dead-soon,

The Kona does not appreciate being taunted by your cat.  You see, it's not cool that it sits on the window ledge right in front of The Kona's main window.  Nope.  It's also not cool that your cat sits in front of our mailbox either.  Oh, and The Kona does not like being able to see the cat from the basement window in the window well. 

It's very uncool that this happens mainly at midnight.  The Mama also does not appreciate being woken up multiple times because your cat is taunting The Kona.

Maybe it's just a strange strange love. Either way, next time dear owner-of-cat-that-may-be-dead-soon, next time, I will let the Kona out. 

All my love,

Aug 16, 2011

Just so you know, I have always, always wanted to do these photos.

Maybe 6 is a lucky number, maybe that's why the Husband gave in. Either way.  It was pretty much my favorite thing about Jackson Hole.   We were wondering around trying to decide what to do, we just kind of drove up on a whim.  I saw a picture in one of the shops, pointed to it and could think of nothing else. 

To get dressed is quite an ordeal.  First, they shove you towards a closet and "Have your boyfriend (Husband) pick out something' real nice for you, he'll choose real good."  Second, they put you in a cereal box sized "dressing room" with a curtain.  Then hand you, ahem, severely padded bras, which I assure you, I don't need padded bras. Then rip open the curtain to tie up your corset in front of a family who is luckily already dressed.  Next, the Husband.  He's been able to hide out for a minute, until the Armenian girl gets to him.  She throws some clothes at him then puts on some chaps and ties them real tight, showing off his manly figure.  Then top it off with a hat and multiple guns. 

I mean really, they are fast and brutal.  I started covering up my padded bras with my boa, but the photographer say "oh no darlin, you're covering up the good stuff." Then he hikes up my skirt, pull up the garder and places the cards there.

You know, I should have felt pretty violated, but for some reason, it didn't phase me. 

Maybe because as soon as you are done, they immediately have you start stripping off your accessories, untie your corset (in front of yet another cute little family getting a western photo done in the Rockies instead of the Saloon.) and untie your skirt, while I am trying to keep everything together before entering into my cereal box dressing room. All in a days work, except they probably do it 20 times a day. 

Either way, it was totally worth it to get this picture right?

Yes, it was. 

And in case you are wondering about the lady in the background, I assure you, she was also probably wearing a severely padded bra. I could be wrong.

Aug 15, 2011

Anniversary Extraordinair El Numero 6

Went up for a little road trip.
 Started out at Lava Hot Springs. 
Which was loverly. 

We didn't really have much planned, stayed at the Alpaca Inn.
Which was super cool. 
Plus I got to buy some Alpaca Wool. 
Now all I need is a Alpaca or too, the fur is so soft. 
Maybe next year I'll get the Husband to buy me some.
But I'll probably have to learn how to spin the wool. 

Breakfast here

With him.  Of course.

Then off again.

To here. 
Stay tuned for spectacular photos coming soon. 
I have waited many years to take photos like these. . .

Aug 13, 2011

Seamtress with stress on the seam

Steph and I usually have to go to DownEast Outfitters in Cedar.
It's crazy, I know, why shop in a little town?
I dunno, perhaps because they have awesome deals and killer finds. 

But this time, there were some cute, too expensive tanks.
I kept telling Steph, we can do this. 
so we did. 
Tanks $4.00 
Material...I don't know, Grammy passed it to me. that DownEast Outfitters.

Aug 12, 2011

Harmony as a photographer, with Mrs. Stephanie Shaheen as assistant presents:

Now, on my day as photographer, i made my client do lots of awkward things.  Like crawl up the side of the hill in some ivy, then lay down with all the spiders, and then they didn't turn out. So ya know. 
Live and learn.  But I thought some of these turned out super cute. 

Like Caleb here, it's his first sister after two brothers.

Now that I am a professional, i am now taking customers.

Aug 11, 2011


Again, Groupon has led us to the Nature Center in Ogden. It's pretty loverly. 

Oh, and these guys are too

Aug 8, 2011

Mi Padre.

Doesn't he look handsome with his thick swoopy hair?

Aug 6, 2011

Little Taste of Britain.

Complete  with fish, chips, and malt vinegar...
Just trying it out before we do the real thing. 

Aug 4, 2011

Should I be worried about this?

When it's super hot outside and they are both trying to avoid chores...I find them like this.