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Monday, June 29, 2009

Our New Addition

I admit, I'm a sucker for baby's. I totally love animals and the kids and I have been talking about getting a new kitten. Since the tragic demise of the last one (those that know the story, May tiger rest in peace. uhhggg............... ) I think our family is past the 2 year grieving for the poor little guy and are ready for a new beginning. (Except this time we made sure all of the strings on our blinds don't dangle.) Meet our new baby girl Lynx. Isaac and I were on our way to Walmart this past weekend to get some home improvement stuff for our house. Instead of paint rollers and blue tape we came home with this...........



Here is the new meow, meow member. World meet Lynx
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Lynx was bottle fed from the time she was born, her mom died and the family that found her had tons of hands on with the entire litter of kitty's. They did however forget to introduce her to other pets. Here we have the stand off between our harmless dog Nessie and the newbee...................... Guess who won?
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It hurts to get beaten up by a 1 pound kitten. Poor Doggy, Nessie snuck around the house for about a day. Then realized time to face the music. They later had a boxing match where each one took turns swatting at the other. Isaac and Scott popped popcorn and waited in the wings. (All they lacked was a foam finger indicating which team they were on.) Boys.............
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Lynx finally came around and is starting to like the dog after she took a blow to the head. I'm happy to report that they have reached a peace treaty and all is well!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Senior Wilderness Explorer Badge

For Father's Day We kidnapped Isaac and my Brother in-law Brian and headed up to the mountains. Within about 1 hour of arriving on camp we realized that we had a fuzzy, curious visitor, that remained with us until we left the next day. I do believe that sleeping near a bear in a scrawny little tent earns us ALL the "Senior Wilderness Explorer Badge" and or the "Grape Soda, Ellie Badge"



This is where our very cute forest friend decided to hang out. Note, that we had already set up camp, unloaded EVERYTHING, the bear decided that he liked the spot too. So, we shared for the night. (Hey, we were there first!)
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This guy was just a baby and I think we were all worried that mommy might show up sooner or later. Lucky for us she never did come.
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Our kids later named him Koda. Scott wanted to take him home, I said no. My son now wants a German Shepard..................
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Finally Koda came out of the tree to tend to some personal hygiene matters.
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As we were cleaning up camp, this cute bundle of fluff decided to charge Isaac and of course, Isaac was excited about the challenge. Yes, my husband is crazy and LOVED making rounds with him until............... the car didn't start and we had to get a jump. MmmHmmmmm........... I have NEVER laughed harder in my life! What a wonderfully memorable Father's Day to the most amazing Husband and Father!
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

This is what my family is doing this summer..........

Boy oh Boy, when they were babies I couldn't get them to lay down even for just a second. Ooooo how things have changed. Even the dog doesn't want to get outta bed! The only one that would cooperate with me was my Mom's dog. Totally thrilled at least someone wanted to get up and do something!


Wake up sleepy heads......
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I even went as far as to go outside to ring the doorbell. Usually that does the trick. Not today!
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Taylor said "she feels violated."
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Finally someone wants to play!
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Thanks for the good times Mimzy.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Here are some photo's from our little mini trip to the San Pedro River this week. The kids go here every year for their field trips but it's been forever since we came as a family. It was a perfect overcast day to have a picnic and take a hike!



Isaac and the kids on the giant cottonwood tree.
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Tally Bear
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I HATE getting my camera taken away from me. After realizing over the past 2 years we have almost no pics of me with the kids Isaac and I decided it was time I to stop being a camera control freak. As you can see I'm not thrilled with the idea.
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I got him back later
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Our three little bambino's taking a break
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Farmers Market

Here are a few shots from our morning at the Farmers Market in Bisbee, AZ. Whenever I want to get really cool looking pictures with tons of detail, Bisbee seems to be the place. I also made a couple of NEW friends on photoshop as I was editing these photo's. You may know them as "burn and dodge." (How the heck I didn't know about these two for the last several months is beyond me! THEY ARE SOOO MUCH FUN!!!) So here are a few images from our fabulous day at the Farmers Market!

This way if you please.......
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Beautiful Vista Park
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I haven't seen an ice cream truck for maybe 15 years. This brings back so many memories!
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I think every single trash can in Bisbee is painted. LOVE IT!
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I admire that most vendors don't send you home with a paper or plastic bag. Here is our custom shopping bag given to us by our chipotle salt rub vendor guy! Helping the enviroment one bag at a time!
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Next we were on our way to the town of Old Bisbee. I surely was the only person sticking my head out the window with my camera just snapping away. (It's a good thing the speed limit in Bisbee is only around 25mph.)
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I ADORE the buildings in Old Bisbee. They have tons of character and mystery!
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Our next stop was Bark Park. This place is on a side street that we had never seen. The next few pictures below are the actuall park. WOW!!!
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I also love to read all of the graffiti/signs in this town. Everything from way cool to just totally hilarious!
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I think that this one originally said "No Parking" It has since been altered to "No Barking."
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Another classic sign. This one homemade and it was perched right in front of the courthouse. Isaac and I both cracked up when the sprinklers turned on. How this little cardboard sign has survived is beyond me? Live on little friend
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Everywhere we went I had a great set up for a fun photo!
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I feel like I go back in time every single trip we make to this charming little town.
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To wrap it up, lunch at a fun little cafe' and a bag of pre mixed scones!
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lane Family Reunion.

So I had all weekend to take pictures! We had our Lane family reunion at my parents home this year and it was a blast! My sweet Dad asked if I could take a few pictures and a few is totally an understatement. I guess I got my first glimmer of photojournalism, because there was very little posing going on so I had to do the best I could. All in all they may not be award winners but these photos do show what a wonderful family I am blessed to have. So grateful to see them all and to catch up and what a wonderful reunion it was! My kids always thought they were just "Tongan" until they saw the slide show of my Uncle Jerry. So the next day my youngest Scott says "Mom I'm a Tongan Cowboy!" Yes kids you are!

Uncle Jerry. This Reunion was a tribute to his wonderful life! May it continue to be long and full of wonderful stories!
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Gathering around listening to the cowboy tales of our family
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All the brothers and sisters
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Good ole boys of summer
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Time to meet and greet and all that good stuff!
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My silly girls
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This is a good lookin crew!
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Sweet little cousins
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Adrianne smile for the camera...........
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For some reason me with a camera brings out the best in SOME people... Especially my brother Eric who is enjoying a little too much poking fun at me.............
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Judy and Liz
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My girls once again
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Ready......... Set........... GOOOOOO................
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Our Tennessee Walker Classy taking the WEE ones for a ride!
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More stories and catching up to do. With my Dad as my "assistant photographer" anything is possible.(Oh dear don't tell him I said that.................)
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Tally and Anika
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A boys best friends. A dog............ and a couple cousins to admire.........
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Cute little Tate hangin with the big boys!
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Ride away girls into that gorgeous Arizona sunset.
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The next generation and the "Tongan Cowboy"
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Thanks for all the memories Uncle Jerry, We sure do love you!
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