Monday, May 30, 2011

Kristy's Graduation!

5.14.11- Kristy's graduation from Lindenwood University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Yep, she was a busy chica!
Here are a few highlights:

Her graduation ceremony was held at the St. Charles Family Arena...which was good since it was cold and rainy!
There were seriously a ton of graduates.
Kristy gets up to walk toward the stage.

Look at her accomplishment!
Happy Grad!
Yahoo! I didn't quite master this photo. The good news is... I know how to do it next time. Think I can get her to throw her gown back on? ;)
Congrats sis!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Last weekend was pretty chilly! I wanted to crochet an easy project that I could finish in one weekend. I settled on these cute slippers.

Finished slippers:

Top (left) and bottom:

Why the crazy colors? I have been trying to get rid of some yarn for awhile so I could get some new. These are all colors I only have enough to do small projects with.

Once I made some for myself Vincent wanted me to make him some, so I did. I only have pictures of the first one that I made, however, I later realized I messed it up. I took it apart and fixed it. Man! It took as long to take it apart as it did to put it together.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of his all fixed up...yet! I will get some though.
Once I had made three, the fourth one was pretty easy.

The slippers are made using granny squares. I totally love the idea. The pattern can be found here.

Here are my colors:

Each slipper takes six squares:
Sizes are altered by the number of rows in the square and can be adjusted in smaller sizes by adding single crochet rows. I did find that the size I made fits a wide variety of sizes.

Three of six together:

Sides, soles and toe:


From here you start making it take shape. You add the heel square last. Keeping track of the squares was the hardest part of the project. It wasn't so bad with my crazy colors, but when I made Vin's it was difficult because they were all various shades of brown. I would suggest using different colors for a first pair.

G's mom modeling:


The ones in the pattern picture are cuter, but I would say mine aren't bad for a first try!

Pup Houses

Gary made Lexi a house. Milo took over, so he had to make Milo a house. Then, Lexi and Milo snuggled in Lexi's house and they finally switched houses. Silly dogs!

That's Milo in there, with a bone...

You can see both houses here, but I wish I had one of the sides, which are pretty cool. All the wood is recycled.

And here's Lex...after her house was built. Figures.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mother's Day Photos

Here are a few photos from Mother's Day, as promised. I didn't take too many at the garden because it was PACKED. Actually, I didn't even bring my camera- mom did. That said, please excuse the quality ;)

Vincent loves his cousin Cortney

Not the best quality, but cute.


I love Chihuly...

Have I mentioned that my mom is the world's worst photo taker... she didn't bother mentioning that this wasn't a very flattering photo...

Me and my favorite person in the world

Two good ones, Memaw and Grammy. What a lucky boy!

A Loved Mama

This year was the first Mother's Day that I didn't have to work. Up until this year, I was working as a server and always worked Sundays, whether they were a holiday or not. My thought process is that I'm a mom every day, as well as a daughter. I don't need to be pampered when a sweet kiss from a little monster will say the same thing. And I'm not just saying that because I'm one of those mom's who no one bother's to do anything for. I'm saying that because it's how I truly feel.

That said, I had a wonderful Mother's Day. My little goose and Gary got me a new photo printer. I had an HP printer similar to the one below. Gary got it as a surprise for me when I returned home from China a few summers ago.

The old one was similar to this:

After thousands of pictures, the thing finally quit working. I was pretty angry at first, because I only had it for about two years. It worked great at first, but eventually kept saying there was paper jam, despite that there wasn't. It would print ½ or 1/3 of a picture then spit it out to tell me about the jam. So in addition to wasting ink, it was also wasting expensive paper. I tried cleaning it thinking maybe a tiny piece of paper had somehow gotten in there, although I didn't really see how since it doesn't actually cut the pictures.

Anyway, when we went to get a new one (he surprised me by bringing me to the store and telling me what we were there to get...), Best Buy only had one small one. It was $99 dollars. There were several things I didn't like about it. First, you the paper you had to use had perforated edges that you had to fold and tear after the picture was printed. Not so bad if you only print one picture, but say you print 100... a little annoying. Also, it was a tri-color printing system, which most are (either RGB or CMYK), but it printed the whole picture yellow, sucked it back in and laid down the red, sucked it back in and laid down the blue, to complete the picture. Then, the pictures didn't even look good! We used our own camera card to test the printers and look at quality.So a small printer was out.

At first I was disappointed, but we ended up with a whole new printer.

This is the new one:

It is a wireless printer, which is totally awesome, and it prints 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10 photos. The small one only did 4x6, as did my previous one.

Other features include:

  • Prints up to 33 ppm* in black, up to 32 ppm* in color
    To generate documents quickly. Create a photo-quality print in as little as 16 seconds.*

  • 3-in-1 functionality
    Prints, copies and scans for convenience.

  • HP ePrint: Print Anywhere, Anytime from Any Mobile Device
    Print photos and documents on your HP Photosmart printer with ePrint by emailing them from your mobile device or any Internet-connected computer.

  • Network-ready via 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
    For a wireless connection to multiple computers on your existing network.

  • Color resolution up to 9600 x 2400 dpi optimized (up to 600 x 600 dpi black)
    To produce clear, vibrant images.

  • 4.3" touch-screen display
    With a TouchSmart control panel allows you to view documents and photos prior to printing.

  • Multiformat media reader
    Supports Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard formats (media not included).

  • Up to 8.5" x 11" borderless printing
    Print without borders to show more detail.

  • Copies up to 33 cpm* in black and up to 32 cpm* in color
    To generate copies quickly.

  • Copy resolution up to 1200 optimized dpi in black or color
    For clear, clean copies.

  • *Print speeds vary with use. See manufacturer for info on print speeds.

  • Flatbed scanner with 48-bit depth and 8.5" x 11.7" maximum scan size
    Plus a scan resolution up to 1200 x 2400 dpi (up to 1200 dpi optical) to reproduce exact colors and large documents.

  • USB 2.0 connectivity
    For simple connection to your computer.

  • Direct printing
    With a compatible digital camera (media card required).
Yep, I can e-mail photos to it to print! Not that I have an iPhone, but still.

On Sunday, Gary and I took our moms, and Vincent, Cortney and Dena (my brother's girlfriend) to the Missouri Botanical Garden. It was a nice day, except that I forgot sunscreen! But that's neither here nor there. I also went shopping after the garden.
What a great family I have! I know everyone says this, but I am so lucky!

More Pictures Later. :D


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