Sunday, September 28, 2008

Recent Photo Shoot

Last week, we went on a photo shoot. We were trying to get some family photos for H.I.M. to use...and of course, we took a bunch of other stuff too. We found a really cool place out in the country a few miles from where we live. It was very peaceful and quiet, and of course, beautiful! And then there are a few here that were taken in front of our landlord's gate. Below are some of my favorites. For those of you interested...enjoy!

Trying for a feet shot of Taylor!

Trying out a romantic silhouette.

Friday, September 26, 2008

What Can I Say...?

The other day, Taylor was playing with this stretchy strap thing, so I decided to put it on his head for fun. Obviously, he thought it was really something! He strutted around the house for awhile, then when I decided to get the camera out, he started making some really hilarious faces! I just had to share this with you all!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Recent Trip... San Miguel de Allende

Our intent on this trip was to 1) check with immigration about getting more permanent visas and 2) mail our absentee voting ballot applications out to the States. But since we were there, we didn't want to pass up the opportunity to check out this beautiful city. Here are a few pictures from our sight-seeing.

Beautiful churches...

...and cathedrals. Wow!

Same place - different view.

A quick, blurry photo of the inside of the cathedral. Beautiful design, ornate details, and a majestic feeling.

Check out this set of organ pipes!

Street-side flower vendor.

A peek into an artisan gallery we passed walking down a street.

Stopped for a bite to eat.

A statue. (There's a story to be had about this man...if you really want to know, call, and Michael will be more than happy to tell you! I will say, it has to do with the start for their independence.)

Collette took this picture out our truck window. These dogs were keeping their eye on the traffic below. There may have been another one up there, but he was being a little shy at this moment!

...and to Delores Hidalgo

This place is famous for their hand painted ceramics and "homemade" ice cream. You can get many different flavors...the traditional vanilla, chocolate, real strawberry...but how about these kinds...? Shrimp, pork rine, avocado, elote (corn, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper)...! Ugh! Not my idea of gotta-have ice cream! Michael and Philip did sample quite a few of these...strange...!

One of the ceramic shops we stopped by.

And then on our way home, we drove through some beautiful mountains. Here's a view from the top - the city of Guanajuato. Beautiful, is it not?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

This -n- That a recent picture of Michael and I. And notice the sweatshirt I'm wearing? It's actually been feeling a little like fall here recently! It gets down in the upper 50's, low 60's at night, and till morning, our cement brick house is feeling pretty chilly! And since I love sweatshirts, I'll take the chance anytime to wear one. Now it still can get pretty warm late afternoon, but as long as I'm not outside doing manual labor (smiles), a sweatshirt works great!

and some recent purchases from the market. They have tons of baskets and lots of ceramic vases, dishes, pitchers, bowls, etc... (and yes...I forgot to take pictures of the market! Hopefully next time!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Anybody up for some strawberry shortcake?

We've got tons of strawberries here! I've heard many statistics about this area being the # (?) strawberry capital of the world...but it's never the same number, so I'll refrain from misguiding any of you readers. Suffice it to say, I counted 35 of these little strawberry stands on our way to church the other day.

Come and visit! We'll treat you to some strawberries!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pictures of the Kids

Here's some recent pictures of the kids. I have a few more of Taylor than of Kyle because...Kyle wouldn't stand still for more than a second...and really, Taylor only stood still for about 2 1/2 seconds!

I love the expression on Taylor's face in this black & white!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

More House Pictures

I really did have the best of intentions to post these like, a long time ago!

I think I've already posted pics of the kitchen...nothing new there.

Below are some pictures of the living room/dining room that's right off the kitchen.

Previously, I mentioned we had been looking for furniture...well, here it is! We found an excellent deal for a three piece set...and since the cushions are slowly softening, it's now a pretty comfy place to sit!

To the left of the table, is where we have our computer desk, filing cabinet, and printer set up...but it's not worth taking a picture of, so...just use your imagination!! Ha! Ha!

We go back the hallway, and the kids' room is the first door on the right. No pictures of that yet.
#1 - The kids have the toys out 24/7.
#2 - Sometime soon we would like to get Kyle a single bed instead of the crib and let Taylor have the crib instead of a pack-n-play. Once that happens, I'll take a picture. There are decorations up, but it just doesn't feel complete to me, yet. Oh well!

Straight back the hallway, is the bathroom.

Here is a before picture. White walls, beautiful blue trim.

This is the after picture. Tan/Gold paint, multi-colored sponged border. We added lights and the medicine cabinet/mirror.

Last room on the right, our bedroom. Let's see, I decided to put my Thomas Kincaid picture above the bed...but the best feature of the the brick ledge up by the ceiling. I thought it would be neat to put some country berry garland with lights up there! It's just beautiful...casts a nice soft glow...(and might I say, sshhh...romantic?!) Well anyway...

The curtains I was talking about needing to finish...(which I did, obviously, and awhile ago, too, I might add...)!

Our bedroom does have it's own bathroom, but we didn't do an ounce of work in there, so, no pictures.

Oh, we do have a service patio outside with a sink, the washer, clothesline....but I wasn't sure if that would interesting or not...?

There you have it! If I think of anything else, you'll be hearing back from me!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Will Remember...

Thank-You to all military men and women who are putting their lives on the line for my freedom! You have my deep appreciation!

May the American flag always wave proudly in our hearts!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Conclusion to the Vaseline Story...

To everyone who was wondering, we used dish soap (supposed to cut the grease, right?) to do our best to get the Vaseline out of Kyle's hair! Meaning, we washed it multiple upon multiple of times!