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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

My sister's first anniversary is tomorrow! I can't believe my baby sister has been married a year. I am so happy for you, Jill, and pray for God's continued blessings in your life!

PS-I tried to put a picture of Jill and Jeremy on here, but I don't have a single picture of them on my camera! What a terrible sister!

Monday, August 20, 2007

photography

Dave and I bought a digital camera before we went to Europe last summer. I had been wanting a camera that would take good pictures so we decided to get one before we went and I just knew I would use it when we got back, also. Sometimes I will be driving down the road and I will see something that I think is photo worthy. Of course, I don't have my camera with me at the time so I miss the great photo opportunity. Needless to say, I haven't used the camera as often as I thought I would. This summer I decided that was going to change. I pulled out the manuel that accompanied the camera and I have been looking at a book I bought a while back called The Joy of Digital Photography. I decided I was going to bring a piece of our backyard into our dining room. I got a picture in my head of what I wanted and used these two photography resources to make that picture into a reality. Here is the finished product....


Neither of these pictures really shows how fabulous the finished product really is. I am not one to brag, but...they really do look great. Yes, I said they were taken in our own backyard. Dave and I both love hibiscus flowers, so we have 5 different types in our yard. I only have photos of these 3 because the other 2 have not cooperated this summer. The only time either has bloomed was while we were out of town. It is kind of neat to see these pictures up in our house and to know that I took them. Now it is time to decide what my next project is going to be--I will let you know how that goes.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Panama City Beach

While Dave and I were visiting his parents in Atlanta we took a trip down to Florida. We had never been so we were excited tosee what the beaches were like. After church Sunday we drove about 6 hours south to Panama City Beach. It was a long drive but definitely worth it! Dave's parents have some friends who loaned us their condo for a few days and it was so nice to be staying right on the beach. We sat out on their balcony and looked out at the beautiful ocean.

Both of these pictures were taken from the balcony. The sand was unbelievable! It was so white and probably the softest sand I have ever felt. We enjoyed swimming and laying under the umbrella in our chairs.

These are a few more pictures from our time spent in Florida. One thing I really wanted to see whlie we were there was a sunset on the beach. I was afraid we wouldn't make it, but our last night we walked out of the restaurant where we had dinner and got to see a magnificent sunset. The second picture is in front of the sign of the surf shop where we bought T-shirts. We thought the sign was interesting because the last two lines say, "Life is Short, Live for God."
Our big adventure while in Florida was taking a jet ski tour to swim with dolphins. It was a blast. Unfortunately, there were no dolphins. The storm earlier in the day had sent the fishermen back in which meant the dolphins weren't hanging around their usual spots. Dave and I were the only pair who did actually see a pod of dolphins, but by the time I got in the water they were gone. We had a great time on the jet ski and really enjoyed seeing Dave's parents ride for the first time.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Aquarium

While Dave and I were in Atlanta his parents took us to the Georgia Aquarium. Just a piece of advice...Don't go to the aquarium on a Saturday! It was so crowded. We really did enjoy ourselves, though. We both like going to aquariums and just watching fish, etc. Normally it is pretty relaxing--when the crowds aren't too overwhelming. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world and had some interesting animals that I haven't seen at other aquariums before. My favorite was probably the tank in the next picture. We were able to sit in a little amphitheater and relax for a few minutes.




This is us in front of a tankwhich had a lot of stingrays, goliath grouper, hammer head sharks, and whale sharks. You can see the rays behind us. The entire aquarium contains about 8 million gallons of water. This one tank behind us holds more than six million gallons by itself.

Here are some jellyfish. I always enjoy watching the jellyfish float around.

Here is a beluga whale. We sat and watched these swim around for a few minutes. There were two belugas in this tank and one of them kept swimming upside down. Unfortunately, I could not get a good picture of it! We had a really good time and would definitely recommend the Georgia Aquarium if you are ever in Atlanta.

Everytime we go to Georgia to visit I think about what a creative God we have! I have lived in Texas all my life and I didn't know there were states that didn't allow you to cut down trees in order to put up billboards. There are immensely tall trees everywhere you look, and they are being preserved. Now, this makes for some headaches if you don't know exactly where you are going and how to get there, but it is awe-inspiring everytime I am there. I thought about this again at the aquarium. God is so creative. All those different fish, stingrays, sharks....I just can't believe how many unique types there are! Dave's dad said something to me about how much fun God must have had making them all. It was quite ironic because I had been thinking something similar all day! God truly does reveal himself through His creation!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Flight woes!!

Dave and I went to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago to visit his parents. His parents have some very generous friends who work for Delta Airlines and are willing to share standby tickets with us, and we are truly grateful for the tickets! Well, our flight leaving DFW was scheduled for 7:30 AM. We got up at 5:00 and made it to the airport by 6:30. Come to find out, our plane was having problems with the landing gear so our flight was delayed until 11:30. Delta decided to just switch planes with a flight at the next gate so our flight was only delayed about an hour. Turns out that flight wasn't ours at all because it was full before they got to us on the standby list. So, we were bumped to the next flight which was now delayed because of the landing gear issue previously mentioned. After all the ticketed passengers were boarded and they started taking standby passengers it looked like we were going to be bumped again, but thankfully we were two of the last three passengers who made the flight. I sure hope you are following all this because it nearly happened AGAIN when leaving Atlanta! We actually didn't get bumped from our flight but we were the LAST two to board.

We got a little perturbed while we were waiting for our return flight because the lady at the counter started calling standby passengers, in order of the type of standby ticket held. The first lady she called wasn't there. She called several times over a couple of minutes and finally said "Final call for so and so." Dave and I understood that to mean that this passenger would not be called again. Apparently that is not what "Final call" means because after 3 or 4 minutes her name is called again, and she is still not present. Several minutes later she is called again, still not there. Finally, we were called. The computer screens are showing one seat remaining on the flight. Dave rushes up to the counter and while he is standing there, about to hand over my ticket and let me have the final seat while he remains to wait for the next flight, so and so walked up to the counter! The lady who was working the counter just looked at Dave and said never mind. He was soooooo mad. He said something about the "last call." Luckily, I walked up right at that moment and was able to help him keep from telling both ladies what he thought about them. Needless to say, there were a few more ticketed passengers who did not show up so Dave and I made it on the flight, but it was stressful getting there.

We are so very thankful for the generosity of the individuals who shared these tickets with us! I can't imagine paying full price for airline tickets everytime we visit Atlanta (especially because we procrastinate and don't make travel plans until the last minute!). But, it is quite stressful at times. We actually spent the night in the Atlanta airport a few years ago at Thanksgiving because we got bumped from about 7 flights in one day. Maybe next visit we will just drive....