Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

Last year we didn’t do photo Christmas cards so this year I was determined to get them done.  I refused to pay a photographer because it’s so freaking expensive.  So I borrowed my sister-in-law’s camera and took my own photos.  I am by now means a photographer, and defiantly not an aspiring one but I was proud of the way they turned out.  I have to say my subject did most of the work. 

We spent a few hours at the park across the street from our house and I took picture while she played.  It was a really fun day and I happy we did it.  


She has to pet every doggy just like her dad

Stopped to eat lunch and costume change

Yelling at tree's is fun

I mean really... that face.  I LOVE the gap in her teeth

Stomping on leaves

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lolita Rosita Conchita Sanchez Maxfield

Today my Mom's little doggie passed away. We are so sad she's gone but know she's in a better place. A few weeks ago she was diagnosed with Addison's Disease. She was on the mend but got sick again. We've loved her for ten years. She was given to me as a birthday gift when I was a senior in high school by my friends Ryan and Tyler. My mom was so mad because she didn't want a new dog. When I left for college I had to leave her at home. She became my moms best friend. They loved each other so much. Then when I moved to California Lita kept my mom company.  Whenever I came to visit she would get so excited. She never forgot who I was. We will never forget her.

 My friend Rosanna sent this to me and I thought it was so sweet. 

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

Author unknown...

 We'll miss you our little grilled stuffed burrito. 
 RIP 1/01-12/11

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

quick look

Here is a quick look at what we've been doing and working on. So many little details had to go into getting the porch area built it is a shame to cover it all up. The Tyvek does make the house look more official. Too bad it is only across the front for now. We wanted to get the wrap up to close up the open framing to keep the cold/elements/bugs out. With the Temps in Lakewood getting down into the 30's the last few nights it is a good thing we did.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I want to Dance

Baines has got the grove! Every time she hears music playing she stops to get down. Catching it on video is proving to be difficult. By the time we grab our phone or Flip camera to record it she stops before we can even turn it on. It's like she pretends to be camera shy, although we all know she is a Ham. Here are a few videos that we were able to get over the last week of her cutting the rug.

At the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade:

Cell Phones are the new boom boxes:

Short and sweet:

Monday, December 5, 2011


Baines is on a huge “Mommy” kick.  Not that I mind… I love that she always wants me J.  Even late at night when she wakes up screaming Mommy because her teeth hurt (stupid Molars need to get out now!)   The other night we were playing on the bed and she came over to me, put her arms around my neck and said “Mommy, Lub you!”  It was the cutest thing I have EVER heard.   I just love her so much and now I know she Lub’s me too!

These pictures are a preview to our Christmas card Photo shoot.  Just wait till you see the cuteness!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The end to November

Since the weather has been so beautiful the past few weeks we’ve spent a lot of time at the park.  As you can see its Baines second favorite thing to do (first is going for a bike ride)  

We had Thanksgiving early on the 19th with Nicholas’s mom’s family.  There are tons of grandchildren so it’s always a good time for the kids.  Nicholas’ cousin Austin and his girl friend surprised all the little kids with their balloon animal skills.    Baines got a crown and a corsage. 

Our Sister-in-law Andrea got a cold the other weekend so we took Dean for a few hours.  Baines enjoyed the company at the park

As I said the weather has been beautiful in fact last weekend it was 80 degrees.  This is one of the reasons we live in California   Baines and I were in shorts and t-shirts sitting outside watching the boys install the new door.  (We’ll post some pictures soon.  It’s amazing).  Our neighbor brought over tangerines from her tree and Baines was grubbing them up.