Hi! Remember me? I used to blog here.
And then I went on vacation, and fell off the face of the earth.
April 30: Another Spring surprise. Our home was landscaped by the previous owners, and we keep finding new surprises. When we moved in, last July, there were daisies and roses and ferns in the front yard. We thought they were very beautiful, but we had no idea what was awaiting us this Spring.
When the ground thawed, we suddenly had a yard full of daffodils. We were pleasantly surprised. But, imagine our greater surprise when, after the daffodils wilted, we suddenly had a yard full of tulips.
Thank you previous owners!
May 1: After 120 straight days of taking pictures, after sleet and hail and rain and snow and cancer and surgery and work and soccer....today
I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE!!!!!!
May 2: Matt got some sweet new prescription sunglasses. He doesn't usually wear his hair like this, but it was a special occasion.
May 3: Ah, the hammock. The perfect place to kill time. By this point -- 48 hours before the trip to Disneyland -- we were all pretty much useless.
Isn't Jordan's pre-teen scowl coming along nicely?
May 4: This is one of the luggage tags sent to us by the Walt Disney Travel Company. That's right, we went in style! This picture was snapped very late, as I finished packing -- narrowly avoiding the mistake I made on Friday (May 1).
May 5: Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the eighth wonder of the world, coming to you straight from the World Famous Jungle Cruise....The Backside of Water!
May 6: Pssst. Have you ever heard that Disneyland is home to a super secret, and exclusive private club called Club 33? Well this, my friends is a shot from the lobby of Club 33.
I went on a tour at Disneyland called A Walk in Walt's Footsteps, where you tour the park for three and a half hours, getting the backstories of many of the attractions that Walt Disney had a personal hand in developing. One of the stops was the lobby of Club 33 (that's as far as they let us go). If you find yourself there, and you're a big fan of Walt Disney (the man), I encourage you to take the tour -- you'll never look at Disneyland the same way again.
Emma and I on the Autopia ride.
I was driving.
She was backseat driving.
May 8: Our last day in Disneyland, we finally got to one of my favorite attractions -- the Mark Twain Steamboat. This is a shot of one of the massive stacks.
The Mark Twain is an island of serenity in a sea of chaos.
Especially on Fridays.
What you can't see is that Emma also has a Disney Princess T-shirt on, and that back pack is full of Disneyland paraphernalia (and that's a Sleeping Beauty doll in her hands -- the greatest of all Disney Princesses, according to every female in our household).
I'd say the trip was a success.
May 10: This caricature was drawn, and painted, in Disneyland (duh). The artist did a portrait of Jordan last year as well. She commented on something that I had never noticed before:
All of my kids have different noses.
Don't tell anyone, but Emma's is my favorite!
May 11: For those of you with short memories, did I mention that our home was landscaped by the previous owners, and that we now have a yard full of tulips?
May 12: I title this picture "Bored and waiting in the Bronco for soccer practice to end, and looking for something to photograph, because I am now paranoid that I'm going to forget again."
It's kind of catchy, huh?
This is the Polynesian whale-bone fishhook that hangs from my rear view mirror.
May 13: Have you washed your car at a self serve car wash lately? The suds that come out of the foam brush are rainbow colored. I was so mesmerized that I failed to notice that I was flooding the place in rainbow soap.
Don't you just want to...taste it?
I'm sure no one saw me snapping pictures of the foamy rainbow.