Saturday, April 26, 2008

My first blue ribbon at the Camera Club

Well, I did it, my first Blue ribbon at the camera club. I am sooooo happy. Title, Twlight Zone. It was entered in the abstract catagory. There are 3 judges and a photograph can be scored from 6 to 9. 6 being the lowest. I got 8, 9, 8 for a total of 25. 24 constitutes a blue ribbon except where there are more than on blue ribbon winner, then the photographs are given placement of 1st, 2nd or 3rd. So even if you have a 24 which is blue if another photo gets a higher placement than you you get a lower ribbon. (That has happened several times to me and it is very frustrating) It is a picture of a granite ball that is spinning. The colors are the reflection from the celing. It was taken at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Flour and The Ring

Does this face look innocent to you.

Alexis spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house last night. I had a container of flour on the counter where the bar stools are. Dennis said you need to move that it is a disaster waiting to happen. So I moved it over to the counter by the silverware. This morning when Alexis woke up and was eating breakfast at same said counter. She asked "Grandma remember that ring that was right there? " I paniced. The my wedding ring wasn't where I had put it. I had put my wedding ring on the counter above the sink the night before when I made home made grandma noodles (I didn't want the dought to get stuck in it) I asked Alexis "Alexis do you know where Grandma's ring is? She promptly got down wet over to the counter where the flour canister was now and started digging in the flour. The rest is history.

Well maybe not so innocent but cute.
We love her and are happy to have her here with us.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturdays are for Baseball

Today's Baseball games started at 11:00 am and ended at 6:00 pm Brayden's team was first. He plays 2nd base and he is good. He really has a good arm and can throw runners out.
We left a little early to get to Jace's game and wouldn't you know it we missed the best part of the game. When a player ran down the tieing run and got him out. Winning over the first place team. Brayden you are a great player.

Jace's game was second. Jace played outfield 3rd base and 1st base. I thought it was really cute when he was playing first base, the coach told him to touch first base. So he went and jumped on first base. Then the coach reminded him when you have the base ball go touch 1st base. Jace hit the ball (coach pitch) and his last time up to bat he ran the bases and slid home. The coach told him "I'm sure your mom will appricate that" It was fun to watch the little ones play.

Dustin's game was exciting as well. Dustin plays 3rd base, and pitches He is a great player and today was no exception. He caught a fly ball, had several hits and slid into home in the last inning setting up the winning run. Dustin is a great Baseball player it was fun to watch the Grandsons play baseball today even if that was the only thing that got done. Oh and by the way I got my first sunburn of the season. My lilly white skin is no match for the desert sun. Maybe I need to move to Forks.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

G. Ray Isims

Well, after Jennelle's message to my post to about Grandpa I would like to start a G. Ray Isims list.
Jennelle's was:
"Get out of the Road"

Some that I can remember:
"We're off like a herd of turtles"
"Slicker than snot on a doorknob"
"We're off like a dirty shirt"
"Pot licker"
"Colder than a well digger's fanny"
This list is by not means finished we can add to the list as long as someone remembers
G.Ray Newman

Grandpa Newman

Today is the 2nd anniversary of my dad's crossing over. He was known by G. Ray Newman. I asked him once why he was called G. Ray, he told me that when he would flirt with the girls they would exclaim Geeeee Raaaay. He loved to be loved.

My children and grandchildren and hopefully my great grandchildren and the inventor of the
Oski Wow Wows. Of all the stories that they want me to tell them at night the Oski Wow Wows are their favorite.

He was a passionate man who loved life. He was a giver. I think of all of his attributes his compassion for others was my most beloved. He would help family, friends, or strangers. On more than one occasion we would have a stranger at the table for dinner. He would give them a a hand up by giving them an odd job to earn a few dollars. This is one of my favorite pictures of Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa to some. It is of Danica and Great Grandpa dated January 2nd 2002. How do I know this because Dad sent this picture to me with this information on the back. Dad there are times that I am proud to be called D Ray.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Logandale Fair

The Fair in Logandale is always looked forward to. This year was no exception. Ryan and Brittany were there. Brittany preformed with the clogging group she teaches. She is so tallented. We really enjoyed it. We had lots of junk fair food including but not limited to Navajo Tacos, mutton fried bread sandwich, funnel cakes with whipped cream and stawberries, barbque pork, corn on the cob, snow cones. Amie reminded us we missed the fried twinkies and fried snickers.

Grandpa and Grandma finally met up with Danielle, Jammie, Alexis, Jace and Mya. It took them 40 minutes to get to the fairgrounds after they got off the freeway. It was fun but we will go on Thursday next year. We always eat the fair food and look at the animals. We lost Alexis after getting off the slide at the house of mirriors (she was the first one down) she ran back through. When Jammie came down no one could find Alexis no one knew she had dashed back through cutting in line and going through without a ticket. So you can tell which picture came right after we found her.

Alexis loves her Grandpa and her Grandpa loves Alexis

Danielle, Jace and Mya
Jammie, Jace and Alexis

Alexis, jumped right off and went back for another turn on the slide. Just like she does at the park.
Except no one knew where she went.

Where is Alexis?

Where is Alexis?

After 10 minutes of looking Alexis found us as she came down the slide again, happy as can be.

Except after the spankin.

"It wasn't Me!" Jace (this time)

Jace got a balloon sword and Alexis got a flower.

Off road cyber racing. Jace you are a natural.

Grandpa is a push over where all the grandkids are concerned.
All in all we had a fun day at the fair. We will definately go next year.

My favorite Animal picture from the fair.

Photographs entered at the Logandale Fair

I entered several photographs at the Clark Co. Fair in Logandale. They all won blue ribbons these won blue ribbons with an excellent rating. I love to take pictures. Dennis bought me a new Nikon D80 for my birthday and my life (or his) will never be the same.
This picture was taken when Lynne, Caleb, Sawyer and Grandma took a road trip to Valdez, Alaska. On the way home we side tripped across the Denali Highway. This picture is called "Old Soul"He was so old he couldn't run away and posed for about 10 minutes while we took pictures.

Taken in Oregon on the Wallowwa River. We went with Randy steel head fishing. I caught a good picture and that was it.
The Old Moapa Water Wheel near the Old Lewis farm and ranch in Glendale, NV.

Ice Berg from the Columbia Glacier, out of Valdez, Alaska

Calico Tanks in the Red Rock Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV.

Dandilion, at the Sacred Grove, New York

I entered Mya's baby blanket and won a blue ribbon and the Director's Choice award.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Wetlands Park and Chuckie Cheese

On Tuesday April 1st Grandma, Jace, Alexis, Dustin and Brayden had an adventure at the Clark County Wetlands Park. Since I had never been there before we got a little lost. Once we found it it was alot of fun. We saw a road runner, coots, Canadian Geese and minnows. The guide told us there are native beaver here now. We didn't see any. We were really hungery after a morning of hiking so we went to Chuckie Cheese. It was alot of fun.

Lake Side Resort in Parumph

April, 6th
Happy Birthday Emmy! Grandma and Grandpa Love You!!!

We just returned from spending the weekned with Dustin and Brayden. We took that trailer and went to the Lakeside resort in Parumph. We had a great time Fishing, Swimming, (the Hot Tub was expecially good) Paddle Boating, Kyaking, Feeding the ducks, eating at the Buffet. (The Ice Cream Cones were especially good) and Taking Pictures. I think that we need to have a family day there.
The only problem with no TV is we go to bed really early. Last night I woke up after my 6 hours of sleep and it was 2:30 am so I got up and edited my pictures in my camera then the battries died and so I tried reading "Twilight" under the covers with a flashlight (I felt like I was at girls camp) Well Twilight will have to wait a little longer.
As many of you know I am a ameratur photographer. The picture of the dove and the picture of the Duck and duckling are my favorite. I had waited about 45 minutes to get the picture of the duckling peeking out from under her mother's wing.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Grandma Newman's Birthday Today

It has been 10 years since my mom crossed over. I miss her.

The Foggies

Well, since I am so gung-ho about making blogs as of late I thought I would make the Foggies one. Amie and Alvin & Michelle we are waiting for yours! Everyone's lives are so busy and half of us live in different I hope this might be a means to keep in contact and see pictures of one another more often. ~Love, Nelli

P.S How great is this picture of the Foggies...Classic!