Saturday, January 1, 2011

What I Learned

I can't believe that it is the last I learned of 2010. Although I am already into the 2011 year here in Okinawa everyone back in the States still have about 15 minutes. :) I can't believe all the blessings that we received during 2010. Our biggest blessing by far was Gavin joining our family. I loved looking at our Christmas tree this year surrounded by our stocking. We don't have a chimney or mantle. So here in Okinawa this will have to work. I love the look of them! I can't wait to see the blessing will come our way in 2011. Happy New Year!!!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Guam Part 2

When we hopped to Guam I realized that this would be our first trip out of Japan since we had moved here 15 months ago. Oh my where has the time gone. We took a short weekend trip to Tokyo in February but that was still Japan. Needless to say I was excited and couldn't wait to get a little taste of the States. So where did we go and what did we do? EAT!!! We hit TGI Friday's and got one of the best desserts. (I know it is tinted....this is all before I started to learn to use my camera)

We also his Cold Stone.

Hooters anyone? I know some people don't like it but I love their wings. Oh well!!

We ate at the hotel and got to see a show. Jackson was so excited to see the fire.

Nothing says fun like a fistful of straws. A man brought them all over to our table and told us to let him play with them. Oh what the heck?!

In the afternoons after nap we would come down to the lobby and have a snack.

We walked across the street to the gelato place to have a snack and so Mama could use the free wi-fi.

We ate a Brazilian BBQ. It make me think of Gouchos back in Little Rock. Oh how I loved that place. Even though our friend Trisha and her gang didn't make it down we ate some extra for them. :)

Per Steve's request we ate at California Pizza Kitchen. Dinner time was usually the only time that we saw Daddy. Jackson was so glad when he would come home. They were working a lot while we were there so we valued our time with him.

Mommy bribed with lollies for a picture taking session.

We ate at the wonderful buffet at one of the restaurants at the hotel. And oh the joy when the waitress came over and gave Jackson one of these.

So I think this about covers where we ate. Unfortunately I think that I took more pictures of us eating than doing anything else. I will have to do another post on the things that we did.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


This week I finish up my Rock Your Camera 101 over at I am in LOVE!!! We had to use everything that we learned to take one final shot. This is what I got. It is SOOC camera. I am hoping for some editing software for Christmas and if I get it I will come back and see what this picture would look like with some post processing. I love this picture of Jackson and I will be framing this one in the near future.

This week I learned to love watching a boy and his plane. Come and see what others have learned over at Click It Up A Notch.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

What I have learned

This week I have learned that my garage has some great light. It is amazing that I have been able to find any light in this house. It maybe "American" style but it does not have great window light. In my workshop that we were challenged to find some great light in out house. I headed out to the garage and pulled my purple chair that was in my classroom last year, bribed Jackson with skittles and this was the shot that I got.

Check out the amazing photos over at Click It Up A Notch this week!!


ISO 100, SS 400, f 2.2

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hippy Hop

I am going to start catching up on this poor little blog of mine.

I will start back at the beginning of September. A couple of weeks before Gavin was born we found out Steve was tasked to go Guam in September for four weeks to participate in an exercise. I wasn't really excited about the thought of having both kiddos by myself for a month. (You have to remember that my parents had been here to help out for 5 weeks. They left at the middle of July.) I was nervous, but knew that's life with the Air Force. Steve had mentioned maybe the boys and I come down to Guam for a week or so to spend sometime with him and check that island off my list of places to visit. After going back and forth about hopping down to Guam by myself with a 2 1/2 year old and a 2 month old I started to get excited about the trip.

This was going to be my first time to ever catch a hop. I knew I had to let go of any "plans" and ideas of how this plane ride was going to go. It was a good thing that I did because I started my day at 4:30 am, and it was going to be a long one... I wanted to get up earlier than the boys and close up the house and get the car loaded. We were hoping to get to the pax terminal at 6:00 am for an 8:00 roll call. I had the sense to call the terminal to see if the roll call was still the same. It wasn't! They had moved it to an earlier time so we missed that roll call. I was upset because I had been up so early and was ready to go to Guam. Oh well. Later that morning Steve called me to tell me there was another Typhoon headed towards us. I thought he was just calling to add insult to injury. He told me that this was good news for me because our squadron was going to be moving some of their planes out later that afternoon and headed to Guam. So we went back into action.

At noon we headed up to the terminal. Imagine if you will me pushing Gavin's stroller and pushing one of those trolley carts that you have to hold the handle down just so it will move. The trolley was loaded down with two suitcases, Jackson's car seat, Gavin's car seat base, and my carry on. YIKES!! So after I finally made it into the terminal we started our wait. We made it onto the first flight that was going out. I was excited because everything was going so smoothly...that is a sign that something is sure to go wrong. We are sweating our bootys off in the back of the plane...the air wasn't on yet...and we got to the end of the runway only to find out that one plane was broken and we had to turn around. We went back to the terminal and I ran into my friend Trisha. She and her kiddos were going to try and get on her husband, Ryan's, flight. I was excited to have a familiar face now to travel with.

On the bus headed to the plane. Do you think he is excited?

We are now attempting our second airplane and it is now getting dark. Jackson was driving me up the wall asking me when we were going to get to "galaum". I think that was the worst part. I couldn't leave that terminal to go back home or I would have a crying child on my hands. We got onto the second plane, and we are again sweating, only to find out that this plane is not going to be able to take off either. While our lovely crew tried to find us another flight, Ryan let Jackson up into the cockpit and let him sit in the seat. That made his day! The crew found us our last and final flight for the day(nice to have friends in the cockpit!). So at 9:00 pm that night we finally took off and were headed to Guam.

In our seat. Ready to go!!

Oh how he LOVED those ear plugs!

When we landed at about 1am Guam time, Steve was there waiting for us. We were excited to see him and anxious for bed and sleep. Mommy was TIRED!!!

Precious cargo!

More to come with photos of our time there!

I learned

I have been taking RYC 101 through Clickinmoms for the last couple of weeks. I am really learning to fill in some gaps with my photography. This week I learned that I really can and like capturing real life.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

What I learned

This week I learned that I am going to LOVE my new photography class that I am taking over at Clickinmoms. I am so excited!!! I decided to try and get both the boys in the photo for an outdoors shot. This one was taken after Courtney so graciously came out to take our family Christmas picture. This picture sums the two of them up. Jackson screaming "I'm done!" and Gavin with a look. He is very expressive!




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