Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I had just gotten out of the bath when he asked me to get his cell phone from his coat pocket for him. Inside the pocket was not a cellular device, but a Kits Camera card and a lens filter. When I went into the office to ask "What is this for?" he had a wrapped gift sitting out on the table for me. I knew what it was immediately!! Isn't he so great?!
We had tons of fun last night checking out all the cool little gadgets and accessories for this camera, but I haven't had a chance to take any pictures with it yet since the battery wasn't charged. I am trying to figure out what I want my first REAL shot to be of, but I haven't decided.
I am hoping that I get good enough at photography that I can use my design and Photoshop skills to create a little side job. Don't you think that I look like a professional?Minus the pajamas, pony tail and make-up less face, I think I look like I know what I'm doing!
Photography is something I have wanted to do since my dad bought me this little gem of a machine for my 14th birthday. Of course, the Canon AE-1 used film and there was a whole other side of this in the dark room that I had to figure out. I am happy that I now have a digital, but there is so much to learn!!
I am so thankful for Matt for being so supportive of me and my little fantasies. I made a promise to him last night that I would work hard on learning about my new camera, and I am sure that I will love every minute of it! I just took this picture with my sad little powershot looking on in disdain as it realizes it has been replaced...poor thing. Doesn't it look so sad? Don't worry little one, you are still very useful, and we have had many adventures together! I couldn't get rid of you. :)
If anyone has any tips or ideas for me, I would love to hear them (Jessica!). Ill post some cool pictures soon!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
We are very happy to have friends so close by, not to mention, friends with a boat who are as willing to go wakeboarding on a whim as we are!
Monday, June 23, 2008
We also played the game on Sunday after dinner with Matt's parents who seemed to enjoy the game as much as we did.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Its true. Hell has frozen over. This may be Armageddon. The end of the world.
Because....I am acting like a girl.
My other sort-of-cousin Deanna, was also able to make the drive down to Gilbert from Phoenix to see all of us. Deanna and I lived together for a while, and I have missed her ever since she moved to AZ with her husband. It was fun to see her, and its too bad it was for such a short time.I also got to see my Grandma Hipke, and my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Dennis. I actually used Kathy to get through my Grandmothers funeral song because she was smiling at me from the audience, and it helped me to stay focused on the music, rather than the tears. Again, it was too bad that we didn't get to spend a lot of time with them, but maybe we'll make another trip out there soon; when its cooled down a bit :)
Monday, June 16, 2008
Lena Gylling Bailey, 76, passed on as the heavens cheered her arrival on Monday, June 9, 2008. She was born March 27, 1932 in La Jara, Colorado to O. Walter and Arzella Knight Gylling. Lena and her soulmate, L. Arnold Bailey, recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. They were united as one on February 14, 1950 in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple and have 4 children: Diane Nutz, Randy Bailey, Monica Greenleaf and Arny Bailey. There are also 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Lena's brothers and sisters include Dorothy Sowards, Donna Sowards (deceased), Lola Dana, Ivan Gylling, J Gylling and also R. Helmer Gylling, C. Wilford Gylling, Clara Nissen, Viola Clarke, Clarence A. Gylling, Gladys Burns, Luella Owsley, Garda Starks, Norma Smith. A Mesa High School graduate in 1950, Lena will be remembered as one of the best cheerleaders; she was also a majorette, year book editor, pianist, and the Women's Club awarded her Most Valuable Female Senior. Fulfilling many church callings in the LDS Women's Relief Society and Young Women's as well as ward organist, Lena will be remembered as a faithful and loving sister. A few of Lena's hobbies, beside husband and family, included sewing, macramé, calligraphy, and fly fishing. Baking her way into many hearts, we will miss her carrot cake, homemade ice cream and bread. Lena and Arnold have shared many exciting travels together, a lot of which was done on their cabin cruiser as they fished their way across the Pacific Ocean to Catalina Island. Other hot spots include Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta and a family Caribbean cruise. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the Mountain View Stake Center, 1550 North Val Vista Drive in Mesa. A viewing will be held at the Stake Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2008 where friends and family may call. Interment will follow at Mesa City Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.serenicare.com. The Bailey Family is sincerely grateful for the TLC of "Mom" Lena, from Family Care and Serenity Hospice. She is loved and will be missed by many until we meet again. Published in the East Valley Tribune on 6/13/2008.