people magazine

i know it’s been forever since i last blogged and that i owe you all a serious catch-up post, and i promise it’s coming sometime in the next few weeks, but first, i just had to tell you some exciting news.  as some of you know, one of my best friends ever, mrs. adrian hitt, is a fantastically (is that even a word?  wordpress says it is) talented dog and child photographer in nashville, tn.  several months ago she had the opportunity to photograph Emmylou Harris and her photos were recently published in an edition of people magazine’s country special!  HERE is the link to her blog post with the photos.  i am so very excited for her and so proud to call her my friend!  way to go adrian!

and, because i just couldn’t resist, here’s a pic of adrian and i when she visited me in Guadalajara last year:

off to find me a copy of people’s country edition… 😉


FINALLY…an update!

yikes.  somehow time REALLY got away from me this summer.  sorry it’s taken me so long to finally update.  i lost my camera battery charger, so that’s complicated things a bit as well.  i’ve had to resort to using photobooth on my computer, so it’s mainly been self portraits for a couple weeks now.  oh well.  better than nothing, right?  i’m working on getting a new charger….  anyway, here’s the last 2 1/2 months at a glance!

quick update

hello blog world.  i know it’s been a ridiculously long time since i’ve updated, but it has been a busy month or so!  i’m still taking a picture every day but haven’t had the time to upload and post them just yet.  my mom’s coming in tonight and will be here until the end of the month, so look for a REALLY long update sometime at the beginning of august.  hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer!

alrighty folks, it’s been a few weeks (sorry about that!), so we’ve got a bit of catching up to do!  sorry for the delay.  here we go:

may 17 – i got some new sandals and am super excited.  so glad that sandal weather is finally here!


may 18 – i also got this fun new jacket.  i love bright colors!  (sorry, i couldn’t figure out how to rotate the pic once i uploaded and forgot to do it before!)


may 19 – i hosted our team meeting this morning and made monkey bread.  this was what was left.  it was a HUGE hit!


may 20 – izzy loves her new bone so much she sleeps on it!


may 22 – sweet potato fries are quickly becoming one of my new favorite foods!


may 24 – izzy made her first trip to the beach!  one of my new friends from the dog park asked if i wanted to go with her and her dog and, of course, i said yes!


may 25 – we’ve been having school in a church basement (the adults were having their sessions upstairs) and the kids have been a bit crazy, so i taught them jumping jacks.  they love it!


may 26 – i met these ladies at the dog park and we quickly became friends.  tonight we went to a pizza place that serves pretty good tacos (it’s owned by mexicans).  i loved it!


may 27 – we had a big cookout with our participants to celebrate all that God has done since they arrived.


may 28 – we took a field trip to the IMAX theater.  it was so much fun!


may 29 – back to the beach (a different one) with my friend, jeanne, and her dog, Goguma (Korean for sweet potato).


may 30 – jeanne lives in my building and loaned me a couple of eggs.  i know it might sound silly, but i am so thankful for a close friend that i can ask for an egg at 10:00 at night!


may 31 – jeanne made some korean dishes for me and the other “dog park ladies” (Lalaine and Anita) and we went to Lalaine’s house to eat.  it was my first time to try squid.  i doubt i’ll try it again by choice!


june 1 – the kids were excited to start on their “graffiti wall” at the resource center


june 2 – “please mom, can we go to the park??”


june 3 – it’s SO HOT this week!  i made some iced coffee and it really hit the spot!


june 4 – this was taken a few minutes after 10 pm.  do you see how bright it still is??  the days are getting verrrrry looooong!  it’s getting light at 4:30 am and dark after 10 pm!


june 5 – i headed out with my church to Vancouver Island for the weekend to help get a camp ready for the summer.  it was a 2 hour ferry ride, then a 45 min. bus ride and worth every minute!


june 6 – Candice and Nastenka after spending the day staining a new building.  it was a long day of hard work, but lots of fun!


june 7 – if you click on the picture, you should be able to see them better, but there are two bald eagles soaring over the camp.  it was a great way to end our time there.  i also got to see dolphins and seals on the ferry ride back!


june 8 – izzy is a crazy sleeper


june 9 – Goguma spend the evening with us.  izzy didn’t mind!


june 10 – i made a lemon cake for our team dinner.  it was a big hit!


june 11 – izzy has started hiding out in my closet while i get ready in the mornings.  crazy dog!  (please ignore the mess on the floor!)


june 12 – i took the remains of the lemon cake to the dog park ladies.  they loved it!  this is all that was left!


hopefully it won’t be quite as long before i update again, but you know how that goes.  thanks for looking!  have a fabulous weekend!

i’m up to date on my pics and had them all loaded onto my computer from my camera, so i figured i’d go ahead and get them posted here.  i’ve honestly wondered if anyone really even ever looked at these, but i’ve heard from at least a small handful of you that you do, so i’ll keep posting them here.  🙂  on to the past week….

sunday – i saw this sign from the bus.  i have no idea what it was advertising, but the MEXICO stood out.  i’ve really been missing mexico lately.  the past 6 months have been crazy, but the dust has finally settled and i think i’m just now having a chance to really miss the life i had there.


monday – i LOVE tulips and have really been enjoying these that i picked up over the weekend.


tuesday – i don’t think i’ll every quit laughing at izzy’s crazy sleeping positions!


wednesday – we took our first field trip!  it only took one train, one boat, one bus and some (read: a lot!) of walking/hiking to get there, but we had a great time at the salmon hatchery and all the kids seemed to enjoy it!


thursday – i tried a new recipe from Pioneer Woman Cooks (i don’t have the exact link, but you should totally google her if you’re not familiar with her site) for some kind of lemony-creamy pasta.  it turned out pretty good and even looked kinda pretty!  (what can i say, i’m easily amused)


friday – some of the tulips were drooping, so i cut them off and stuck them in little vases on my windowsill.  i love them!


saturday – i’ve been meaning to make these little things for my bathroom wall for awhile and finally got around to doing it today.  i used some of my digital scrapbooking stuff and printed the pages out for some frames i bought awhile ago.  i really like how they turned out!


welp, that’s all folks.  hope you’re all doing well!

simple pleasures

this is something i really should do more often, but tonight i thought of some of the little things that made me smile this afternoon/evening:

  • the sun coming out as i walked home this afternoon, after a long rainy day
  • showing up at the empty dog park and quickly being joined by some of our dog friends
  • a woman i’d never met walking a dog i knew, entering the dog park and immediately saying “oh, is this Izzy?  i’ve heard so much about her!”
  • an email from a friend thanking me for a card and telling me that it arrived at the perfect time 🙂
  • freshly painted toenails
  • turning my ipod on to an old playlist set to random and hearing two of my favorite songs in a row, followed by a “the circle of life” at full volume (added by my crazy sister, mallory)
  • a lovely bubble bath
  • a hot cup of vanilla roobios tea, warm socks and a sleeping puppy on my lap

what made you smile today?

ok, so it’s officially been 4 stinkin weeks since i updates.  sorry about that!  life has been busy, but good.  hope you’re ready for some pictures, because i’ve got quite a few!  i’m not sure what’s up with the random, weird sizing, but uploading all 27 pictures and inserting them one by one took long enough as it is and i really don’t want to do it again, so oh well.  they are in order from April 12-today.  i’ve added a little bit of commentary, but not as much as usual.  enjoy!

got to see one of our families’ apartments…on the 27th floor!


all the handprints on our tree now


i’m officially in love with this tree.  i’ve never seen it before, but it’s AMAZING!


got a haircut


housesitting for Marsha – she doesn’t drink coffee, so i made a few stops at starbucks on the way to school that week!


this isn’t a great picture, but i am continually amazed at how beautiful the mountains are!


got izzy some new bowls.


finally got some plants for the house!


finally got rid of the terrible roots that were showing in my hair!


made yummy cupcakes for school




she’s settling in great!


cuddly as always!


went out to Squamish to see some gorgeous waterfalls.  izzy had so much fun playing in the streams!


she’s not spoiled at all…


the kids made a cute Thank You sign for the team that re-did the resource center


she loves sitting out on the balcony and watching everything


finally got to check out stanley park!


*imagine a cute picture of the kids with their thank you sign here*  (not posted for security reasons)

happened upon the Vancouver Film Studios while trying to find Walmart one afternoon.  i can’t even tell you how many random movie sets we’ve happened upon since i’ve been here.  it’s crazy!


izzy and i checked out the grand opening party of the dog park near my house (i forgot my camera, so i had to take this pic from my balcony after we got home)


i spent the morning passing out water at the Vancouver Marathon.


the cherry blossom trees are starting to drop their petals and everything is covered in pink!  izzy loves stickng her face in the petals.


first trip to a canadian vet.  not sure what happened, but izzy picked up an eye infection somewhere.  she’s looking better already!


my cousin sent me this amazing package the other day.  it was a complete surprise and so much fun!!


my favorite scrapbooking site (ScrapMatters) used my gallery for a challenge.  i was pretty excited!  (you can read more about it here)


i’ve definitely gotten *old* – i rarely stay up past 10:30 these days, but made an exception tonight.  i had dinner with some friends and wound up hanging out and not getting home until 11:30!  it’s a good thing i had some caffeine to keep me awake!


izzy and i have made several trips to the dog park recently and spent quite a bit of time there again today.  she loves playing with the other dogs!

there ya go folks!  the past 4 weeks in a nutshell.  click on the pics if you want to see them larger.  hope you’re all doing well!