Saturday, July 29, 2017

Yellowstone--Just Us

David and I have been married for 45 years on August 14th. I used to think only "old" people were married that long. It was fun experiencing Yellowstone and the Tetons with my best friend. 


At a thermal area. 


By a beautiful waterfall. 


See the steam from the thermals rising behind us?


He can always make me laugh. 


Another waterfall. 
Perhaps my favorite sights on the trip. 
Except the bear. 😜 🐻 

Yellowstone Nature


The wildflowers were beautiful. 


The waterfalls were amazing. 


The thermal areas made you feel you were on another planet. 





The rivers were gorgeous. 

The Prismatic Springs were like nothing I've ever imagined. 
God's handiwork is amazing. 


Yellowstone Landmarks


It's a must to have your picture taken in front of the Yellowstone National Park sign. 




Beautiful Mammoth Springs
One of my favorite stops. 




The original gate in Montana. 




We had dinner in the Yellowstone Inn one night. 


Another evening, we had dinner in the majestic Old Faithful Lodge. The tour of the lodge was fascinating. It has withstood fires and an earthquake. 

Yellowstone and Family



My brother Lynn. 



My brother Terry. 
His middle name is Norris so 
we had to go to the Norris geyser. 


Terry Girl as we like to call her to differentiate from brother Terry. 




All of us. 
We missed Kim and Randy on the trip but they were busy enjoying meeting their first grand baby. 


Terry and Gail
Terry and Lynn 
Beautiful scenery and beautiful people. 


Yellowstone Animals



The wildlife sightings in Yellowstone were amazing. 
Of course, our bear sighting was the most exciting. 
It fulfilled one of my LIFE LIST goals. 
My sweet husband was prepared to drive out of our way to BEAR WORLD in Idaho if we hadn't seen one in Yellowstone. 










We saw hundreds of Bison in a trip we took to Lamar Valley. 
Our craziest wildlife encounter came one evening when we were driving after dark. A bison ran, yes they can run, within inches of our front bumper. 




It's crazy how the animals think they own the highways. And I guess they do. 

Not pictured is a wolf we saw running along the highway as we were driving. We were glad we had the windows rolled up. 

Grand Tetons and Yellowstone


We stopped at some interesting sights along the way. 


The Tetons were amazing. 




Had to copy the Ansel Adams picture of the Morman barn against the backdrop of the Tetons. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas ABC's 2016

I'm a little late in getting
our 2016 Christmas ABC's
done, so I have randomly picked
some of the pictures that I like the most
and we'll see how creative I can be in 
assigning letters to them.

A is for Alaska.
We enjoyed the trip of a lifetime
in July and had more fun
than we even imagined.

Both David and I agreed that this
was the highlight of 2016.

The Deadliest Catch excursion was one of our
favorite parts of the trip.  

The summer Days that I spent with this
crew filled my heart with joy.

Every time I went to Houston,
there was some new Exciting Event.
This Experience was getting to
visit my niece, Stacie's school where
she had just been named principal.
We also had two weddings and 
other fun memories.  


We had lots of Fun decorating cookies
on the deck.


This is the Gang playing sack races
at our end of summer Carnival put on
by the Rollett family.

How can you not know there is a wonderful
God when surrounded by the
beauty of autumn?


Imagine the fun we had when our kids' Aunts visited.

Just when we thought we had all the snow we
needed, we got more.  This was just in time
for my brother, Terry's Retirement Party which
lasted 3 days.  

Keeping up with this crew in the Garden of the God's 
was lots of fun.

Leave it to us to find as many
forms of transportation as possible when we
get together.

Many times, the simplest pleasures
are sitting on the couch and reading
a great book.

There is Nothing better than a surprise
visit from a niece.  
And to top that off, the
same niece became Doctor Aven
this year.

These two visitors (Larraine and Barbie) went Over the top
on Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods.
Lea and I stayed on solid ground.

No we have not all shrunk.
This is a Plus sized chair.



These three pictures capture the awesome Quiet in
Glacier Bay, Alaska.  
When I was to relax, all I have to do is go
back here in my imagination.

The Raging waters of a beautiful waterfall
by Mendenhall Glacier.

This Ship was our home away from home for several days.
We can certainly tell you all about the eating places on board.


When you see hot air balloons,
you know it is Time for the Colorado Springs
Balloon Classic, one of my favorite
events of the year.
A very Unusual sign for this landlocked girl.




We were Very blessed to have David's mom
and niece, Courtney come and visit
us this year.


What fun to be with Cora when
she picked out her very first
American Girl doll.
She fell in love with this
baby the minute she saw her.

It's always  eXciting to
be reunited with "old" friends.

Yes, these two are big buddies.



Zippety Do Dah!
We can still hold on to
summer even after school
has started.

And a few more random shots
that I will add letters to.

Crazy "new" friends on
a ministry adventure together.
More details in 2017.

My mom is doing great and looking
muchYounger than her ????? years.  

Kangaroo sighting in Houston.




I have caught the Gardening bug.  

How can we not be Happy when we
see this smile?

We have loved all the Christmas
cards from near and far this year.



As 2016 comes to an end and we welcome 2017,
we wish you all a most blessed year.
As with every year, there will
be high points and low points,
but God will be with us through them all.

Love,
David and Karen