Thursday, February 26, 2009

Josh and Jodi's reception - in Alaska

We had a little celebration for Josh and Jodi for all of the Alaskan friends who weren't able to get to their wedding. A. Gwen and U. Dwane had it in their garage. The Balster family and Judy Jones and others like DeeDee Duke, helped with the food. It was really nice. There were lots of people who came and celebrated with us.
I fixed cappucino punch, this is the first part of it. (the coffee part)
Fruit kabobs
Jodi is just one of my favorite people ever!
And another young couple gets together. :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day

Here are a couple of pictures of the card and the flowers Andrew got me for Valentine's Day. The card was just darling! I love the picture. He also got me a corsage and two different boxes of chocolates. It was so thoughtful and nice!

Isn't that just the cutest thing? :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Iron Dog Banquet

Because Andrew and Gale's company was the largest shipper on the Yukon River last year, we were invited by the shipping company to an all expense paid banquet for the Iron Dog. The Iron Dog is a grueling, two thousand mile snowmachine race through the Alaskan Wilderness. If you remember during the last presidential campaign they mentioned many times that Todd Palin raced in that race and had won it several times. So we thought we might would see the Palins, and we did. And I got pictures, but I was trying to be discreet so they turned out fairly blurry... plus the fact that I was taking them on my cell phone camera. Oh well, it was pretty neat.

There's Piper.

The good govna' herself!

Todd and Trig.

Yeah, I know, three pictures of Todd.... I just couldn't help myself. :)

We also saw the oldest daughter, Bristol (I think), with her new baby, and Sarah's parent's, Chuck and ?? Heath.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Year's in Tennessee with family

We were able to spend a couple of days in Tennessee with several members of the Bryan side of the family. We rented this lovely home in Townsend, TN from our good friends the Hobbs. It was beautiful and perfect for all of us. We had a gorgeous view of the mountains.
Mom brought all her coordinatingly (my word) wrapped gifts.
Brown paper packages tied up with strings.... just a few of my favorite things. :)
The twins and Bryan slept upstairs.
I thought this was a really good picture of my dear brother in law, Daryl H. Uh, you could use it for your profile picture on Facebook, Daryl. ;)

The boys got to go to Cade's Cove.

These guys were just happy to have made it through Thanksgiving and for another year. :)
Then we were able to get together with all of Andrew's cousins at Ryan's in Pigeon Forge. I have many more pictures but I will probably only post a few. We had such a good time, but we missed Esther and Derek Miller and their three kids, Lincoln and Lyn Bryan and their two kids and Heather and Phillip Dickinson and their four kids. Otherwise we were ALL there. It was really an awesome visit!
Grandmother (Gigi) and all of the cousins that were there.
Back row: Susan Scarbrough Hunt, Laura Bryan Hausman, Cheryl Scarbrough Vernon, Andrew Bryan, Jane Roush Allard: Front row: Martha Scarbrough Sams, Grandmother Scarbrough, Christa Scarbrough Fulton. (Missing - Lincoln Bryan, Esther Roush Miller, Heather Bryan Dickinson)

All of us.

Thank the Lord for allowing us to all be together again.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mexico - Part 5, People and Faces

Twin girls that my twins had fun playing with. They are the pastor's daughters and I think are about the same age as Taylor and Tyler. Neither set of twins are identical, they are called "cuates" in spanish. ( I think I remember that correctly)
Cute little girl... I could never get her to keep looking at me long enough to get the picture.

Sweet little, brown face

Thank you Lord, for Logan's beautiful eyes!
Happy 20th Maria!
Taylor and Jose Correa, buddies.
Silly girls.
Christmas day... we read the Christmas story and sang and enjoyed the presence of the Lord with us.

Taylor, taking a siesta. :)

Oh gross.... a bird flew over and got my thumb nasty!! It was warm and disgusting, I almost dropped the bowl I was holding. And my husband had to do the honors of cleaning it off because I was too grossed out to help. :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Mexico - Part 4

The interesting food that can be bought in Mexico -

Here are a few pictures of some of the interesting "fare"we saw while in Mexico. This is cane sugar, which you can buy from a nice grocery store. We don't see that too often here in the US - though maybe some of you might.
Cactus in it's diced and un-diced forms.
OK, not too bad.... whole fish and fish parts.... I've probably seen that in the US.
But really now, do I have to have a pig head watching everything I do at the grocery store?? This was at a very nice Americanized grocery store. Now for the market... (yes, I took pictures like a gringo tourist)
UGH! Here it comes...
Ewwwww, pigs heads and, I think, goat's heads and who knows what the other stuff is...
I believe these would be intestines...
perhaps, livers and kidneys.
These were all open to air and had a few buzzing friends landing on them as we walked by, no doubt laying eggs and the like. Pretty interesting. :)