Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A to Z Photo: E Photo#links

A to Z Photo: E Photo#links


Elephant, A to Z Photo: E

A to Z Photo: E Photo#links

An elephant at Animal Kingdom

Monday, June 29, 2009

The 8 Ball in What pocket???

Wwll, I might not have time to practice my pool shots, but the kitties do!! They have found great amusement with foam balls and the pockets of the pool table.

Please remember, this is the free table we got in the front yard of a house on AJ's birthday. It isn't in great shape so, we really don't mind if the kitties practice their game!

where did it go??

OK, I'm going to have to steal one of these balls!

1, 2, 3... POUNCE!

Lining up the shot!

Maybe a drink about now!

Entertainment has been cheap around here!

OH, sorry for the absence, I've been have technical issues again! Going out of town for the 4th, I'll have lots to blog about after the holidays!

BTW, visit Cameracritters.blogspot.com for other great pictures of animals.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Snapshots

Finally got in a pool for a whopping 2 hours!!! Here are some pictures with the new water camera! I was NOT in the water, Amelia took the the water pictures!

Ashley our neighbor is a lifeguard at this pool. We do not belong to the country club! We go to a public pool when we swim!! We were guests this evening!

This is my favorite picture!

What is summer without a cookout?? Too bad I didn't get a picture of ALL the BBQ chicken I did the other night. I cooked for 1 hour & 45 minutes!!!

Happy Summer!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tennis Camps

AJ has decided to give tennis a go. They are offering camps this summer for 2 hours a day all week, about 8 different weeks. Amelia has decided that when summer school is over she may try it too! This is the fun AJ has been having.....

This is how you pick up the balls after the instructor empties his basket! AJ got this technique down the first day!

a group shot!

Certificate of completion!

Jim and Zach, his instructors!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Darth Vader ~ A to Z photos D

Dastardly Darth Vader!

Star Wars Weekends, WDW

This week is the letter D for our A to Z photo blog. http://atozphoto.blogspot.com/2009/06/d-photo.html Hyper link won't work!!!


Seasons Of Change

No, I'm not talking about seasons on the calendar! I'm talking about life. Tyler has moved to Oklahoma City to start the next 'season'/phase of his life~College.

He is surrounded by family and I'm sure he will be fine, but it is difficult to let go. I know he is my second one to leave, but my first son stayed around the house a little longer and is only 2 miles away! I see him every week or so when he comes to do his laundry.

So this was a little more difficult for me. Helping Tyler load the car and pack up the room was very draining. Amelia and AJ don't quite get why I'm so excitable lately. Or, if they do, they haven't said anything. Here are a few pictures of what Friday & Saturday were like at my house.

Trying to fit everything into his 'new' car!

Packing boxes and checking the closet to make sure nothing important is hiding! How is all this going to fit?

There isn't an inch of room left in this car! Every nook and cranny was filled. When we go to OKC for 4th of July, we will have the van full too! A dresser, chairs, odds and ends! Oh my, seems like it was easier to move to college when I left home!

The result??? I now have a guest room after many many years! Amelia wants to invade the closet space, but the room is going to be available for weary travelers!

So, our nest is a little emptier, but for the time being I still have Amelia and AJ at home and Chris is 2 miles away.

The hard part has been not crying in front of the 2 younger ones.


Sunday, June 21, 2009


Happy Father's Day to all the dads in bloggy land! I thought I'd take a moment and do a blog about a wonderful dad, my husband, Kevin.

What is a Father? Well, it is a man who decides to help bring a child into the world simply enough. However, to be a Dad takes a lot of work. There is no training manual that he can read and learn how to be a dad! This is a job learned by the school of hard knocks and if we are lucky, he turns out to be a fantastic one.

I think, we have a GREAT one!

He works long hours and is away, so we can have a home.

He plays games with the family and everyone has fun!

He makes Star of the week posters that are out of this world!

He built an airplane in the garage so the family can travel farther distances, easier and have a blast!

He flies the family to visit our cousins, and then we have FUN times!

He supports the kids in their decisions and encourages them. Allows them to make mistakes but is there for support.

He can say I love you with his eyes.

He can make being in the hospital Christmas Day fun!

He makes crepes for the family and entertains us at the same time!

I could go on and on and post a bajillion pictures! But I think you get the point. Doctor, pilot, handyman, DAD ~ what ever title he goes by he is one SUPER MAN!!!!

Love you Kev

Cozyflier and crew ~ Chris, Tyler, Amelia, and AJ

Friday, June 19, 2009

2 Biggest Compliments!

A few days ago I had an impromptu party with the 'girls'! I got invited to the Country Club Pool to which I live 5 blocks from and do not belong! We went to the pool from 6-8 pm and 3 of my friends were there! Made friends with 2 others. At 8 pm closing time all the kids still wanted to play. So, I invited everyone to my house. I said the moms could have a glass of wine and kids could have pizza and pop!

At 9pm one of the moms said, so, I don't want to go home because your house is soooo CLEAN! I was so honored! I have never been told that! My house was unusually clean because of family being in town, but I must admit, lately, I have been doing better at keeping a tidier home! :)

Today, at AJ's tennis lesson one of the 'teacher's gave me a great compliment. This is a 21 year old 'kid', he comes up to me and says I wish other parents were as interested in their kids as you were. Parents think this is a day care! I said, thanks, I thought I was a nuisance! I was helping pick up tennis balls! I never thought that sitting at tennis lessons for 2 hours, cheering on the other kids, and taking pictures was anything special! Today I'm told I'm an exceptional Mom :)

Wow, 2 major compliments within days of each other, blush blush!!!! Better watch out, I'm going to get a big head!

How's your week going?


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Technology problems!

The laptop died and my desktop is giving me fits!!! sorry!! I've been away I'm borrowing Ty's laptop!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

'C' Photo A to Z photos

Cool Clouds, as seen from our airplane!!

Posted for the AtoZ photo blog, go check it out~ A to Z Photo: C Photo


Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This past week my brother, Tim, and sis-in-law, Carol, have been in town helping me with Mom :) :) My brother is extremely camera shy! Getting a group family shot wasn't going to happen. But I did snag a few with the kids.

Amelia with Uncle Tim!!!

Tim and Carol

AJ & Amelia with their Uncle and Aunt!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Camera Critters Post


Last year while at WDW Animal Kingdom on the Safari Ride, this Ostrich held everything up! It took its sweet time crossing the road.

I'm doing this post for Camera Critters, so go check out this blog ~


Have a good day


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Where's the Pool??

Here it is mid June and I haven't made it to the pool yet! Where is the the time going? Amelia and AJ have not begged to go to the pool, we've had a lot of rain, and we've been busy with other stuff!

Our gym has a neat pool, and we normally enjoy it quite a bit in the summer, but this summer has been crazy!

Well, I keep dreaming.....

.... that I was back here!

Happy Summer, hope you are having a blast.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Anniversary Antics

Our 24th anniversary turned out to be a family day :)

Kevin had to drive into Lubbock after working 24 hours in a moderately busy ER. Fortunately, it was only 1 hour away. I had to take Amelia to summer school and AJ to Tennis. I wasn't home until 11:30 in the morning.

Kevin was trying to catch up on sleep, but Gizmo was making this difficult!

I received a delivery of what I thought was 24 beautiful colored flowers! When Kevin returned from picking up Amelia, he started counting, and said we had been cheated, only 16, a call to the florist while on the way to lunch and later in the afternoon 24 white roses are delivered. The florist said we could keep the colored ones, their mistake!

I found a big bag of popcorn for Kev and the following....

King and Queen wine glasses!


That is an erupting volcano! Dinner at a local Japanese restaurant, Yamagata, where the food is soooo good!


Friday, June 12, 2009

A New Home!

Can anyone explain to me why the pet store is charging any where from $40 to $200 for a cat home?? This seems like highway robbery to me, especially since Kevin, Tyler, and AJ built what you see in the pictures in about 3 hours. Using scrap lumber - we have a lot (hee hee) and scrap carpet pieces the only true cost was $13.00 for the jute and there is enough to do about 12 of these!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, I don't have pictures of the construction, I was in preparing dinner for 12! But, when Chris showed up with his 2 kitties, the house got quick approval!

Gizmo on the top level of the house, thinking about jumping down on me!!

I think it will get used. Now to get one built for Chris' apartment and his 2 kitties!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

'B' Photo A to Z Photos

Backsides building!

Chris, AJ, and Tyler, my 3 sons building on our shed!!

So I couldn't decide on just 1 'B' photo, so here is my second one!!!!!!!!!!!!


When our nephew-in-law, Shawn, came to town our neighbor Ashley had never met him. However, Shawn had heard of Ashley's antics for a year. Ashley found this apron up in the closet of her grandma's house from some old gag party! Imagine Shawn's surprise when he met Ashley for the first time with this on!

Well, he couldn't pass it up, he had to put it on, an I couldn't resist snapping a picture!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

1 Year Ago.....

I was thinking back to last summer, reliving our incredible vacation. I didn't blog back then, and I've been feeling the need for a Disney Fix!!! We had 2 condos reserved on our vacation club. At the last minute the doctor friend that was suppose to go with us couldn't. So we called our niece Stephanie in OKC to see if she and her family could go! Her hubby had a new job and no vacay time. However, he was a trooper and said all the girls could go! Tyler, Amelia, AJ, and I drove to OKC to pick them up and then drive to Florida! Chris, Kevin, and AJ were suppose to fly, but the airplane decided not to start! They drove! They say a picture is worth a thousand words? IF that is true, then here are many thousands of words!!!!

Wishing I was in WDW right now for Star Wars Weekend and having fun in the sun, sigh!

Have a magical day!