Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Why I love Creative Memories Memory Manager

When Creative Memories introduce the Memory Manager I honestly bought it so that I could try it and tell my customers it wasn't really worth the $49. I WAS SO WRONG!!! I am in love with Memory Manager. Not only does it to a fab job of organizing all of my pictures (in a super easy way) (not to mention the cross referencing capabilites) but it can do some really cool stuff with pictures. This is the picture I took of Emalie yesterday at Nana's pool.
Original picture.

I blurred the background here. You can't tell much difference b/c the focus was on Emalie.

See anything missing? The power line and the chair are now gone.


And now the towel and flip flops are gone. I used the cloning tool.


And here I took out all the color except for Emalie. I love this software!

I have one in stock and I can order more if anyone wants one!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I don't mean to be biased, BUT...

I think that Ms. Emalie Ann may just be the cutest little 10 month old out there! Look close....I have 2 bottom teeth!


Oh my, I am JUST THAT CUTE!!!



My first time at Nana's pool was today...Isn't my swimsuit cute? Mom couldn't decide which one of the 5 that I should wear today. I think she made a good choice!

Everyone just loves a profile shot.


No autographs....please!

Nana's Pool

Although Nana's pool has been open nearly a month, we finally got in it 2 weeks ago (have I ever mentioned how time flies by?) So here we have some picts of the pool! It was a bit chilly when we first got in, but we finally got to go swimming! Zachery played more out the pool then he did in it. Zachery and a water toy, do I need to mention that I bought another water gun, Abbey has one from her birthday. You would think there would be no fighting over the toys. WRONG! Lesson I have learned: BUY THE EXACT SAME THING!

Abbey is my little fish and loves the water!


Get a load of Natalie. I think she had all the bases covered: Fins, floaty belt, goggles, and snorkel. She had a good time, but not so fond of going under the water.

This is how Emalie spent most of the swimming day. She was so tired she passed out on Uncle Dick's lap. So cute!

Swingin'

Emalie just enjoys swinging SO MUCH!! After supper and she is wanting to go to sleep we go outside and swing so she gets a little bit of a second wind!


Here Zachery is swinging in a big boy swing!


Having a little chat with Papa, I will have to post the videos of that soon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

She is an American Girl Part II

I decided to go back and get the rest of the deleted picts...so you might want to read the next post first!

It is very tiring looking at the windy city...Here is Abbey sleeping in the taxi...which she was very excited about riding in.


Mia and Molly ready to hit the town. I think this picture is so cute!


They went to the Navy Pier and rode the tallest ferris wheel. It more than 150 tall. Abbey has also rode the highest ferris wheel altidtude-wise at the North Pole in Colorado. It's on a mountain. I bet not many people have rode both!


Molly is getting her hair brushed through.

This is Abbey's other friend. She shared a goodie bag with her. She traveled to Chicago all the way from Montana.

She is an American Girl

Grab a bag of popcorn, you will be here a while! My (7 year old) baby went to the American Girl Place last week with Nana. These are just a few of the picts they took. Nana did an excellent job of chronicling their trip. Thank you! Some of the pictures are out of order, bear with me, there are lots.
Here is Molly and Abbey waiting for the plane in KC headed to Chicago.

Abbey had the luggage under control...


she also had hailing the cab taken care of too. Molly is along for the ride in her backpack.

First out of order picture...The night before they left they stayed with Riley and Aunt Nae. Ate dinner at a Dino themed resturant and got to paint their dessert which was a dino shaped rice crispy treat.

Then they had to go exploring and dug up some dino bones.

They have arrived at the American Girl place, Abbey and Molly posing in front of the Kit movie poster.
Making her first big purchase...A new doll...Mia
Abbey is Nana's girl, look at that shopping bag...It's stuffed!

I need more hands Nana!

Back at the hotel she is checking out the bed provided for Molly and Mia.

Sitting down to quinche here thirst with some water with Molly for lunch.

Since this was for her birthday, she got a special cake to share.
Abbey met this girl with her look a like at the store. (She made another friend, but I just deleted the pict).


Abbey and the Bean in Chicago.

On top of a double decker bus...Got to sightsee Chicago and saw Oprah's house.


Abbey got to ride a carriage too, here she is with Tate...My horse girl!


It's been a long day...Abbey, Molly and Mia ready for bed.

A close up of Abbey, Molly and Mia. Now Abbey has two sets of matching pj's.

A new day and new adventure. Climbing at the Children's Museum.


This is a very interesting horse... Take a peek at what it is made of!

Abbey and a very realistic turtle at the Aquarium.

Abbey had a great time with her Nana. She said the American Girl place and the horse ride were two of her favorite things. Their plane home was late taking off and Nana said she moved as much as humanly possible without leaving her sit, and then fell asleep the last 10 minutes of the flight. I think her two favorite parts might have been her alone and quiet time with Nana, (it's pretty loud at our house most of the day) and not having to share the spotlight with anyone!

We are so happy to have her safely back home!

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Today Zachery got a piece of gum, I told him it goes in the trash when he is done. Little later he is not chewing it anymore and I ask him where his gum is. He lifts up his shirt and says "tummy". I tell him it was to go in the trash. This evening he asked for another piece, again same talk about where it goes when he is done. He agrees, "trash". About 30 minutes later he is still chewing it as I go to change his diaper, I am telling him what a good boy he is about chewing his gum and again reminded him that it goes in the trash when he is done.
My loveable little 2 year old, SWALLOWS IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!! In my very STERN voice I say, "Zachery, that is not funny!" and he just grins ear to ear, laughs and says "Yes, Mommy, Funny!"

Peek a boo

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Does it get any cuter? Emalie has such fun in life!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Harvest 2008

Our 2008 Harvest is now underway as of yesterday the 12th. The first field they started cutting on got rained out last night but the Ponderosa didn't so the crew moved there today. Zachery has been looking forward to "my tractor" and "my bombine (combine)" for a long time.
Grandma Ray let Natalie drive the tractor today. Grandpa is the grain cart operator.


Jeremey is undertaking the truck driving, until the kids get to the field and are ready to ride in a combine, then he is the driver.


Daddy with Emalie, Zachery and Natalie after our ride to the elevator.

Daddy, E and Z headed to the car to load up.

We didn't stay to long tonight. It seems like it takes a couple of days to get into the groove of things and its alot easier to find the groove with the kids to watch out for. Heck, it has been almost two years since they have got to be in the field more than 7 days! We are praying for the rain to be taken out of the forecast. It's always hard to get the kids to understand that it's really OK if we wait until after lunch to get to the field. Zachery lately has been ready to go as soon as he wakes up!

Abbey gets home sometime tomorrow and we will take her out to the field too!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Go K-State

We have just taught Zachery to say Go K-State! and we got it on video. My favorite part of the video is at the end he says, "love you , Mommy" It melts a Mom's heart!

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And they are off

For Abbey's 7th birthday, Papa Larry gave her a trip to Chicago to visit the American Girl Doll store. She is going to get PAMPERED!! They left yesterday to spend the night with Riley and Aunt Nae, boarded a plane this morning, and have landed safely, (I checked). They are off to the American Girl store now. Nana and Abbey just before leaving for KC


Abbey and Molly getting a pedicure for the big trip.


Abbey and Molly in matching outfits. This is what she is wearing today. I can' t wait to hear all about it!