Tuesday, July 31, 2007

the arts

Tim and I have been trying some new things artisticly since we still haven't hit it rich - and it's what we love.
What do you think about this stuff?

And we get to paint again next month when we can afford the paints!

57

Yesterday was my Mom's 57th birthday so Grant and I decided we'd take her kayaking on Donner Lake. The last time I went kayaking at Donner with my Mom it was her 50th birthday and we rented a double. Now she owns a kayak and I own one too, and we had a one year old with us, but even with all the changes in 7 years it was still quite the same - battling the waves, laughing, pretending we were great adventurers. We only made it about a third of the way across to this little beach for lunch but by the time she's 60 we're supposed to make it all the way. We may have to start praying now.


The real hero of the day was little G. He was a great jr. kayaker the whole way (although I cheated and gave him his pacifier for a little while). With a brand new stick in one hand and a monster truck in the other, laying lifeless by his side because of his incapacitating life jacket, we had a great time.





Happy Birthday Mom. Thanks for your example of service, generosity, and passion for adventure.
We love you!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

is that funny?

Grandma watched Grant for 21 hours this weekend so Tim and I PARTIED! We went to a fabulous wedding of an old friend, the Simpson's Movie, and then camped at Pyramid so we could kayak and take sunrise pictures before picking him up again. We learned it's going to take some work to make that lake look good but it's now my favorite camping spot. No reservations needed, lake view property, and no bugs!! (well no biting bugs at least) We really had a great time even though we didn't sleep so much.

Which brings me to the point of my post. Doing all these camping trips and sunrise runs makes us TIRED! By the time we get back into Reno it's like we're drunk - or at least I am and Tim laughs at me. We make jokes about rabits and guitar sounds, anything that wouldn't be funny in normal life. I laugh so hard I do the silent laugh and Tim yells at me to breathe. I think those times, even though we were painfully tired, are some of my favorites. They remind me of college life with Amy. Good friends are good to have - and it's even better to marry one!




Friday, July 27, 2007

house update

Buying a house is like going to Old Navy, except they only have six items that are your size and those items cost a million dollars. And even if you have the money and it fits they might not feel like selling it to you, or it might not actually BE for sale, or they might add so much sales taxes and cashier's fees that you just don't have enough money anymore.

We made an offer on the house we liked and didn't get it...essentially someone else wanted our shirt at Old Navy last week and had more money then us. This could take a while, eh?

Monday, July 23, 2007

house hunt

The time has come and we are now officially on the hunt for a house! We really want to live in the northwest where it's quite hard to find a house for the pocket change loan we're getting...actually it's hard anywhere in Reno but you get the idea. To the left is one of the first homes we looked at - if you can't tell by the photo, not good! I don't mind a fixer-uper but I don't really want my house to fall down on Grant while he's sleeping.

The good news is we finally found one we like! We
are applying for a loan and making an offer soon! Sometimes I get freaked out because it's such a commitment. When it came to marriage I knew Tim was right, but a home?? How can anyone know for sure? Maybe you all can help us pray that God would get us the perfect little house. I'm looking forward to having people over - even if the house isn't bigger then our apartment now we'll have a yard!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

pictures


I've been arranging the family photo album and realized I'm behind on shutterfly too. If you'd like to see some more pictures check it out! And I just had to post this picture.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

i got no power


A few months ago I ran into "The Power of Ten" online. Tim was gone so I spent 20 minutes filling out a survey to apply to be a contestant. A month later they wrote me and asked for an audition tape. Tim filmed me that night (my hair looked spactacular) and we sent it off thinking getting on would be impossible...I guess we were right because they haven't called me. It airs in August but they say they're still looking for contestants and I can only hope my tape is still hanging around. Wouldn't it be awesome to be on a game show? At least I tried.

Monday, July 16, 2007

one

Grant turned one on Sunday and had his party tonight so he is officially old...or maybe we are. For those of you who couldn't be there here's your re-cap.

The theme was Superman
The fastest crawler was Eli Bjur
The fastest walker was Judah Meek
The fastest giggle came from the Fletcher Family
We ate hot dogs
We opened presents all the time
Grant ate his cake quite entertainingly...What, that's a word.
And a fire burnt the hills across from the park.

Thanks to all Grant's little friends. He told me tonight he had a really super neat time.










Sunday, July 15, 2007

he walks...almost

This video is dedicated to Rin and Grandad Morton, taken this weekend camping near Tahoe. We were a bit tired after all his night screaming...Grant on the other hand is quite happy to be alive.

4 men are better then 2

This video is dedicated to Dave who gave us a four man mansion of a tent so Grant could camp with us (and put dirt in it as seen in the footage). Now if we could only find a sound proof play pen. Thank you so much Dave! You're pretty much awesome...it's just too bad I'm still the scrabble champion huh? :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

this may not work out

On Wednesday I figured I'd try to take some nice, posed pictures of Grant since he's almost 1. I wrote "Kiddie Kandids" on my day planner but I wasn't excited about the same old backgrounds and getting 5 quick shots. I'm an artist! And I've gotten some nice shots in the past. It was cloudy and smokey outside so I took the brightest area of the apartment - the kitchen - and turned it into my studio...I need a better studio...and most importantly an assistant...or two. Here's what I got.











Wednesday, July 11, 2007

kayak heaven


For the 4th we went down to June Lake with my parents and their phat trailer. They were their usual-awesome-grandparent-selves and took care of Grant while we gallivanted off backpacking, fishing, and kayaking.



The backpacking trip was straight up a cliff of death we didn't plan for. We set up camp right behind the peak, past this trail that shouldn't exist but somehow kept coming out of nowhere.






Fishing with Dad availed not a bite...but a few good pictures, and then there's the kayaking!

Tim and I headed out to Mono Lake at 4:30am after Dad radioed to the tent our wake-up call. It was such a gorgeous morning (it just sucks all that beauty only lives from 5 to 6:30am). There were a couple of large tufa clumps to paddle around. I ended up on the west side I guess, by myself, and it was freaky sometimes, tufas all around, tufas underneath ready to strike, and brine and tiny flies swarming everywhere.

So anyway, what I'm trying to say is kayaking in Mono is sweet! And we got a lot of pictures you can't get from the shore! You can check it out at http://www.mavora.com/

Sunday, July 01, 2007

good news and bad

Thanks for the help on the Artown post a few weeks ago. I submitted two entries and one was picked! We call it "Obsession" and it will be for sale downtown in the American Arts Festival display July 8th. That's the good news.

The bad news is we had to put in too much money to frame the thing (and it's still not what I want...but that would be even MORE money). There needs to be a store that frames things for $100. Right now only $20 and $300 options exists. And with no guarantee that we'll sell the thing (in fact there's more of a guarantee we won't) the whole thing is hardly worth it. We were asked to submit entries for a larger exhibition at the McKinley Arts Center but had to turn it down because of this same funding dilemma.

So I'm glad we got something in Artown, it's exciting to think your work is going up with the work of professionals, but it's also hard when you don't have the cash flow of the professionals. I'm not good at taking things one step at a time...Tim helps me remember that's how it's done almost everywhere around the world.