Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Newest Member of the Brown Family

The Brown Family had a nice new addition this year for Christmas. The picture above represents five generations of the Browns. My maiden name is Brown. We have been very lucky in our family to have made five generations many times. When I was born I made a fifth generation on both my Mom's and Dad's side of the family. My son made another fifth generation on my Dad's side. My grandchildren Micheal and Bryanna made the first additions to a fifth generation which was the first time my Grandma Mimi became the oldest generation. My grandchildren are now joined in this generation by Brayden, my cousin Stacy's new baby. I have been the only grandparent in my generation in my family for 10 years. Now my cousin Gary joins me in grandparenthood! My Dad (Great-Uncle Denny), is standing in for his brother Gary. My Uncle Gary died when I was in my 20's, but we think about him all the time and miss him. He would have been proud of his great-grandson!
My Grandma Mimi was born in 1917 and Brayden this year in 2009. I love the idea of all the history that is represented in this picture. A living example of our family reaching back into the past before I was born and forward into the future. Time captured in this moment of our family in the present.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

New Toys: Cricut Create & Cricut Design Studio


After Thanksgiving I took advantage of some of the sales and got a new toy...The Cricut Create machine. I also took advantage of some online deals and bought the Cricut Design Studio. The design studio allows you to combine cartridge elements to create designs that combine the elements together. It also allows you to weld elements so that you can get any phrase or design you want created from the elements on the cartridges you own. I bought the design software on memorymiser.comBelow are my first attempts at exploring the software. I created the tag by combining and layering elements. The border below was created by welding elements together.
So now I just want to play with my new toy and scrapbook!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Oak Glen Thanksgiving Weekend 2009

One of the places I really enjoy going this time of year is Oak Glen. On Friday we went up for the day. I love the colorful fall leaves and the crisp air scented with the sweet smell of apples. The picture above was taken on our drive up and the one below was taken at our first stop at Parrish Pioneer Ranch.Can you see the moon in the bright blue sky? The day was just beautiful. I am so glad we had such nice weather for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful that I have a job that allows me to spend time with my family at this time of year. Fall is a favorite time of year for my family.
The apples look and smell yummy! Shanna took this picture just before they yelled at her and told her she could not take any pictures in the store. We are all below trying to fit in between two branches of a tree. Shanna and I really enjoy taking pictures. We both took up cameras and wanted to get pictures of the fall colors. Some of the animals you can see are peacocks. They also have goats, sheep and chickens that you can see at Parrish Ranch. Shanna took lots of peacock pictures.
My girls and I. The first picture below is Kristin acting geeky. She fits into our family so well. Below her is Shanna sticking her head in the wanted poster. Did I mention we are all a bit geeky?
We ended the day enjoying the sunset and some Carmel apples.
Time spent together is the best!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Russell, Me, Shanna, Ryan, Kristin and Nick

The Dessert Table
Enjoying the beautiful day and yummy Thanksgiving Dinner in Aunt Karen's backyard.

A little bit of it all!
Thanksgiving was relaxing and the day was beautiful. It is always wonderful to visit with family and enjoy spending time together. I am always thankful for my family and the people I love.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! I know we did!

New Moon & Twilight

I went to see New Moon and I have to say that I really enjoyed the movie. Watching the movie has made me want to reread the series. I have re-watched the original Twilight movie 3 times this week. Okay, I am a total geek! I do think they did a better job on the second movie.
I am just a sucker for a love story.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Charlotte Moves In

I went out to the garden in the morning to water and I found a new creature had taken up residence. One of the many things I enjoy about gardening is a garden spider and it's web. I love the way the sunshine glistens on the fine silky threads of the web and the way it shivers and shakes in the breeze. The spider also helps keep down the harmful garden pests as well, so this new resident is welcome in my garden. Below is a sugar snap pea flower. I keep thinking the sugar snap peas are going to stop producing and suddenly another flower appears on the vine! These are so tasty, crunchy, sweet and good I will always plant them from now on.
My first green beans are starting to grow. These are some of the first beans from my square of bush beans. The first bean did not make it long enough for me to get my camera. I ate it and enjoyed it's crunchy goodness as soon as I saw it was large enough to pick!

Here is a pic of my first bell pepper. This was planted as a start in May and it is just now starting to grow. The square foot garden is very productive and I am starting to have a little trouble keeping up with the produce and I only have two 4x4 and two 3x3 boxes. Now I am just waiting for my corn. Summer is so yummy and gardening is so relaxing. I love being on vacation....ahhhh....lovely, restful summer....

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

Happy 4th of July...Summer has truly begun....
We spent 4th of July relaxing at home. I always feel like summer vacation really begins with the 4th of July. It always seems to take that long to wind down and really feel like I am on vacation. We watched the fireworks in the neighborhood and did some ourselves. We always like the sparklers the best... We had our 4th of July dinner, which always includes macaroni salad, a family favorite, along with baked beans and corn on the cob...yum...For dessert, I baked up some homemade shortbread...I like it warm and fresh from the oven...

While the shortbread bakes, I like to whip up some fresh cream....

So that we can have fresh strawberry shortcake with blueberries for 4th of July desert....

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Vacation Begins!

I have been enjoying relaxing and getting in the summer groove while working out in my yard and harvesting my first fruits and veggies from my square foot garden. I have been getting yummy crisp salads from the box above for the past couple of weeks. I love going out at dinner time and picking my salad right before we have it for dinner.

The cherry tomatoes are yummy. It has been producing like crazy the past couple of weeks! Below is my first ever fresh beet. I love beets but I had never grown them before...Now I will always grow them. They taste wonderful!
Mixed salad greens, spinach, beet greens, sugar snap peas, and cherry tomatoes fresh picked for dinner! Summer never tasted so good!




Friday, March 27, 2009

Shanna in Online Ad

Shanna at Bo Huff Rockabilly Car Show Route 66
September 20, 2008
When I got home from work today Shanna told me to get out my computer because she had something to show me. Last September she went to the Bo Huff Rockabilly Car Show at Route 66. She bought some merchandise from King Cat Hollywood.com and they asked her if they could use her in their online ads. She said "yes", and today she found this on their website online. She is a Rockabilly girl...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Adams School Musical

video
This is a video of the talent show assembly. Thanks Shanalea for recording it.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love is...

On Valentine's day I like to think about those I love...Here are a few of the reasons I feel love every day....
A daughter that will do silly poses for me in public...even when I embarrass her...

A daughter that constantly changes my internal cell phone screen to a picture of herself and leaves messages that say...I luv u mom

Singing to an Eagles hit while playing Guitar Hero with my granddaughter Bryanna



My children and grandchildren



micheal as a baby and with his baby micheal Jr.

Memories of those who I love...and who loved me well when they were alive...

A family that is fun to be with and has a great sense of humor

Warm dogs to cuddle with

A cat that talks to me everyday

Watching Musicals with Kristin...this Valentine's Day. We watched Mama Mia!

Friends who make me laugh, help me grow, come out to play with me and listen to me when I need them to.

Love is...everyday with those I love...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Micheal's 10th Birthday

My grandson Micheal turned 10 years old on the 27th of January. I cannot believe he is already 10 years old. Where, oh where, does the time go. Below is my granddaughter Bryanna. She snatched up one of Micheal's birthday presents and parked on the couch with it...The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Micheal was mostly interested in playing his guitar hero. They just grow up way too fast.