Twilight and Other Things

In January of 2009 Niki asked me if I wanted to go see Twilight with her. She had read the books and already seen the movie once, and mainly because she was leaving for a year in Iraq, and I wanted to get as much time in with her before she left, I went. I had heard about the books and movie, but up to that point hadn’t been all that interested. So she, a friend of her’s who hadn’t seen it yet either, and I headed to the theatre. Now I have been to many movies with my daughter and not once have I ever seen her skip/walk fast, almost bouncing,  to get from the car to the theatre. Her excitement  contagious as I went to see this phenomenon that is Twilight. WOW is all I could say when we walked to the car after wards. The very next day I borrowed the books from her and read every last one in 4 days. And I can now be considered on Team Edward. Not because I think what’s his name who plays him in the movie is hot, but because WOW, to have a man like that love you? It would be heaven.

I had to go see New Moon without her because she was in Iraq when it came out, and I had to tease her a little about the fact that I had seen it and she hadn’t, but I did miss being able to go with her. So when she asked me 3 weeks ago if I wanted to go see Eclipse, opening night with her, I said yes. I wasn’t thrilled with the price tag, but I love doing things with her. So for the first time ever last night I went to a midnight showing of a movie. I live a very short, maybe 2 minute drive from the theatre, so I said I would head over about 10 and see what it looked like and decide if we needed to go then instead of 11 PM like she thought. This is what I saw.

The start of the line

So I called and told her to get her butt down there and join me in line. I was there about half an hour before she and Shelly got there and I would say we were about the middle of the line. These are not the best photos, but here we are.

Me, Niki and Shelly

And then the rest of the line right before we started moving when they opened the doors.

It’s kind of hard to really see how far that line really went, but trust me, it was long.

The movie was awesome! I am going to read the books again and I might even go see the movie again, after I watch the first 2 once more, as I wait for the last one to come out. Or will it be 2? I have heard that they may split the last book into 2 movies. Will I go the midnight showing of those as well? I will if Niki wants to!

I have a couple pages to show you today. I love my Memory Log Book and these are pages from a couple of the prompts. The first is a few of the most memorable moments. You can as always click on them for credits and if you can’t read the journaling and wish to do so.

Moments to Remember

And the next is a few thoughts on freedom. I have lived in Racine for most of my life, and they have the largest 4th of July parade in the mid-west. And every year they have a float with men dressed up and sprayed bronze recreating the famous photo of Iwo Jima. It’s an awesome, awesome float and always gives me goose bumps. So I decided to use a couple of photos I took of them a few years ago. I used actions from Pioneer Woman on the photos.


As we head into the holiday weekend, remember to be safe and have a fabulous 4th! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!


A Matter of Perspective

Yesterday I was at my daughter’s, dog-sitting again. Her house is about a block from the Mississippi River and the airport is a little farther down the road or the river, whichever way you want to look at it. There was an air show yesterday and we have seen and heard the jet flying around the area for the past few days as the pilot practiced. I didn’t really want to go to the show itself, to many people for me but I did get to see the jet since it was so close to the house. I wasn’t sure when it started so I kept my ears open for the sound of the jet so I could go out and hopefully get a couple pictures, which I did. These 2 are the best I think.

I swear I can almost see the pilot.

I love watching airshows or most times it usually just the practice runs I see because I have never been to an actual air show. It is more than what they are doing. It is what they represent to me. As they fly overhead and the engines reverberate through the sky and my heart I am reminded of what they really do. These men and women are charged with keeping us safe and defending this great nation, and I always feel pride when I see the planes. I don’t see them very often, usually just around this time of year and I am always excited to hear them in the skys.

My daughter and her husband on the other hand have a more jaded perspective. Or maybe it’s just the fact that as she said to me the other day, “We heard that every day while we were in Iraq.” I can’t imagine that, being an every day thing. I am lucky to live in a place that this is not an every day sound for me. Would I feel any less patriotic if heard them every day? When we visited my Aunt and Uncle in Virginia, near Norfolk, we heard those fighter jets taking off and landing the whole time we were there. We commented how that must be hard living with that, to which someone replied, “we are used to it, and most of the time, don’t even really hear it.” I hope I never stop hearing it.

And while I had my camera pointed to the sky, waiting for the plane to come back into sight, I decided to get a few of the clouds, which truth be told, I hadn’t really seen so close before. They looked awesome.

I actually have a page to show today. This one was inspired by week 24 of  The Memory Logbook.

Clicking on it will take you to the gallery and you can see the credits and journaling if you are so inclined.

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

A Day at the Water Park

Went to Noah’s Ark on Sunday. It is Military week there, so Niki and Dana got in free and the rest of us only had to pay half price. I like when companies do things like that for the military. We did ok and had lots of fun and I think we did my Mom proud with our lunch. Sandwiches, fruit, and cookies, and then we were ready to head back for more fun in the water. This is my favorite photo from the day. I think it captured the fun.

I used lemon and honey by Paint the Moon Designs on this photo

I was a little leery about the weather because it was cloudy and only supposed to be in the low 70’s. Turned out to be perfect, not crowded and no lines. The no lines thing is great, however at a water park, every ride is at the top of hill. Normally there are lines of people and the ascent is gradual and the many, many landings of stairs is one or two steps at a time. With no lines, you go uphill and up every step as fast as you can. I worked muscles that haven’t been called on lately to do much. And after doing all that work to get to the top, makes it very difficult to change your mind and chicken out. I almost did once, but I sucked it up and screamed the whole way down. FUN.

We all slept good that night.

Being like my Mom

I have to preface this whole post with the statement that my Mom is still with us. But I miss her. She just moved to Florida a couple months ago and today is one of those days when I miss her being so close. We are going to Noah’s Ark tomorrow. My sister, 2 nieces, my daughter, and me. In summers past my Mom would have been going with us. As I try and prepare for our fun filled day, I am thinking of all the things she always did to make it that much more enjoyable or maybe it’s just the practical things she always did that makes me wonder if I am anything at all like her. Going to the store and getting sandwich meat, bread,chips, fruit, tea, water, and a couple of treats like cookies and then packing it all up in the cooler so we can take a break and go outside the park and have lunch or a late dinner, is just one of those things. Making sure we have towels, sun block, aspirin, a brush, and all sorts of other stuff that escapes me right now. And she does it all way ahead of time. I need to go to the store for the stuff to eat, and so don’t feel like doing it. I will probably wait until I am done working tonight at midnight. I don’t particularly want to go this afternoon before work. Is that just because I don’t want to take over these things yet? Or is it that I am just missing having her come with us? Whatever the reason, I am feeling sadly lacking and like I am nothing like