Category: Photos

Once upon a time there were three very different little girls who grew up to be three very different women with three things in common:

they’re brilliant, they’re beautiful, and they work for me. My name is Poppy!


Here’s hoping 2011 is a better year for everyone!


We are sorry that we cannot be with you this year, we are thinking of all of you! Hope you holidays are wonderful and warm!


Well now that I am flying I am trying to combat all the reasons I hate to fly. Last time my “carry-on” wouldn’t fit in the bin so I bought a new smaller bag and will carry less. So when you see me in New York and I have the same clothes on more than once- it’s all I am bringing. My new bag is from Target and should work well. Next issue for me is the camera. My bag is as big as a carry-on so I down sized there as well.

I bought a small camera. This baby delivers big bang for the buck.

With twice the sensitivity of conventional sensors, the camera assures beautifully detailed, low-noise images, even when you’re shooting in low light. It has a powerful 10x optical zoom. Covering a generous 25-250mm range (35mm equivalent) within a compact body, the high-zoom lens is ideal for any shooting situation from wide-angle landscapes and group shots to dramatic close-ups.

Left your camcorder behind? No problem: as well as brilliant 10.1 megapixel stills, the HX5 captures smooth, brilliantly detailed Full HD video clips for easy sharing. Just touch a button and start recording crisp 1920 x 1080i video footage using the highly efficient AVCHD format.

Making its Cyber-shot debut, HDR (High Dynamic Range) Back-light Correction produces natural, balanced results with high contrast and strongly back lit scenes. The HX5 automatically shoots two frames of the same scene in quick succession, with exposure values optimized for highlights and low-lights respectively. Powerful algorithms then combine the two frames, producing a single, detail-packed HDR image with bright, evenly-exposed highlights and deep shadow detail.

A brand new Portrait shooting mode takes the guesswork out of grabbing beautifully-framed self portraits when you can’t see the LCD screen. Just hold the camera at arm’s length and press the shutter button. Using Face Detection, Cyber-shot detects when you’re framed correctly and fires the shutter automatically. There’s also a 2-person setting that ensures you and a friend are both in shot before firing the shutter.

Another interesting feature- it takes 10 stills in 1 second. Now I can take good photos and not carry the kitchen sink on a plane. This camera will fit in my carry on.

I am now ready to travel! If  I could just find a solution for the cramped seats, late arrivals, over priced tickets and having to undress and being felt up for security reasons- it might almost be perfect.


I just put a few of my mom’s Christmas photos from long ago on my FlickR. This one has Kevin when he was really young, along with my sister and I, with Santa. I thought it would be fun to share.

Holidays Photos

One stormy Halloween night at the Castle Von Dessis, the guests of a midnight buffet become suspects in the murder of the host, Neville Aster-Night (pictured as the burned and blood drained corpse in the middle). Also pictured from left to right are: ASTHMADEUS The Prince of Dimness (devil), ANGELA DETH DDS, BALIHI the Rogersandhammerstein Monster (Frankenstein), (below) HANNIBAL SCHECTER the Kosher Cannibal, the skele of Neville Asternight, LIZZIE BORDEAUX the dead guy’s fiance, GLUMDA THE WICKED WITCH OF DEPRESSED, THE MUMMY OF KING ALDRINKTOTAT, (below) ARETHA GARLIQUE the fortune teller.

This past weekend we had our “How to Host a Murder” and it was so much fun so I thought I would share. We chose to do “An Affair to Dismember” because it was Halloweenie in feel. We really enjoyed ourselves and the food and invitations were a big hit (everyone called and asked if the invite was a clue… it was not, but it was a rather clever kit from Martha Stewart I got at AC Moore/Micheals that I modified a little). The best food was Hannibal’s neighbor’s ribs, which our friend Billy shared with us and I will have to post the recipe because they are the best darn BBQ Ribs you’ll have (of course, the recipe is stolen from the Texas Roadhouse grill where he used to work).

After the murder, we just had some good ol’ fun, including playing Micheal Jackson’s thriller about 4 times in a row while we all tried to figure out the dance (really funny when you put about 8 people who have been drinking on this mission). Well, we made up a bunch but had a darn good time doing it. Each move had a name we came up with, like the Creep Crawl, or the broken leg, etc. We got so carried away that our friend Chris even grabbed his own shirt and sent the buttons popping all over the kitchen.

Aunt Kris joined us for a little while to witness, dressed as a very chic vampire… I wish I had gotten a picture (maybe my friend Kelle did – I have to get her pics). Originally she was going to take part but wasn’t sure if she was going to make it back from Matty’s game in time. I sorta wish we had waited for her because my friend Kelle brought someone to fill the roll that didn’t bring glasses and couldn’t read so his participation level was a little low… Oh well.

I wanted to let people know that I would be more than happy to share this murder mystery so let me know if you are interested in it. I also wanted to find out which other ones are floating out in the family that I might be able to borrow. We would like to do another one at some point, and even if I purchase one I would like to make sure it is different from other in the family so that we have a greater variety to choose from. Please post and let me know…

Misc. Photos


This summer Kelsie joined the “Big Girl” club getting her ears pierced.

Family News Photos

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“Little stones make big mountains,
Little steps can cover miles,
Little acts of loving-kindness
Give the world it’s biggest smiles…

Little words can soothe big troubles
Little hugs can dry big tears,
Little candles light the darkness,
Little memories last for years…

Little dreams can lead to greatness,
Little victories to success,
It’s the little things in life
That brings the greatest happiness.”

Misc. Photos

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The neighbors down the street put up a fence on their side yard and got a horse. The neighbors behind them have camels- they like each other, follow each other around and hang out together. Flat Stanley thought it was cute (it really is!)

Misc. Photos

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Delaney loves to help and Bob is so patient to teach her…here she is sanding and painting along side her daddy.


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“Don’t let the clocks dictate your time, leave it to your soul and spirit.”

Great Quotes Photos

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“The long and winding road, that leads to your door
Will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before…
It always leads me here, leads me to your door.”

Great Quotes Photos Travel

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“A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women,
an occasional animal, and the common cold.”

Well I just loved my picture and the photographer did a great job- we could not ask for more! Thank you Carroll’s!

Great Quotes Photos

So our trip was pretty amazing! We had some ups and downs (including a lost camera that later got found, a broken camera, too much $$ spent, problems at the airport, and coming home to 2 sick kitties that had to be put down this morning), but otherwise it was a great trip. For now we are mourning the loss of our two family members, Cali and Bailey (often referred to as Boulie). I will tell more on them later. For now, the trip…

Our first full day in Phoenix consisted of a group trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens and then a trip into the Superstition Mountains to visit Tortilla Flat for hamburgs and beers. Both were awesome!

My dad had to go to his conference, so day two was mom, Beth and I taking a trip to Taliesin West for my mother because she has been studying architecture in school and wanted to see this house. Not really mine and Beth’s bag, but we went with her to make her happy. It was pretty interesting to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, however, especially since I knew little about him. Then we drove into the mountains to see the Sears-Kay Ruins, which gave Beth and I an opportunity to take a small hike which we enjoyed.

Day three was wasted trying to go to a Swap Mart that was crappy, although I got two really cute hippy skirts out of it. We drove to my Godfather’s house after and stayed the night. Day four was to the really good swapp Mart in Glendale where we spent tons of money on all kinds of stuff, including baskets, salsa, jewelry (tons of turquise), hippy skirts, fossils, and tons of fun.

Day five was a trip to Sedona to see the red rocks and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. We also ate and did some shopping in town. We stayed to get some amazing sunset pictures of the rocks. It is a pretty amazing place to see! We drove to Flagstaff to stay the night.

Day six was our grand adventure to the Grand Canyon. We drove to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and through the painted dessert to get there. We stopped and saw the Wapatki Ruins. SO AMAZING! And then we drove to the “Big Ditch.” The funny part is that is was FREEZING–20 degrees or something. It was colder here than it was in Alaska! It was truly remarkable! For a big ditch, it takes your breathe away! We took so many pictures and could not believe how massive it is! I loved it and cannot wait to take David!

More to come later…

Photos Travel

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While we were in the Dominican Republic, we had many of these little treats called Dulces de Coco and Mani Molado. Street vendors walk around everywhere selling them. This one, in particular, was near David’s dad’s house and carried the bowl on his head {{popup street-vendor-2.jpg street-vendor-2 499×350}}street-vendor-2. I had not even tried these treats until this precise moment. After I did, I told David we should have bought the whole bowl! They were delicious!

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David’s favorite are the Dulces de Coco, which are little coconut bars. I liked the Mani Molado, which are little ground peanut bars. They are both delicious and I searched for their recipes online. These were the best I could find… DULCES DE COCO and TURRON DE MANI (I think this is the same thing – it is pretty close).

Photos Recipes/Cooking Travel