Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Magic Kingdom

Here are a few photos I took at the Magic Kingdom. We were there several times during our stay. I didn't take as many pictures as I normally would because I was pushing my in-laws around in wheelchairs so they could get around easier. Some are edited more than others, and some are just edited slightly to add frames for Instagram and such ...

As you can tell, I'm not big on photographing people that much. I got pictures of my family as well, but I'm just not one of those people that has to have someone IN each picture I take. If anything, I'm doing everything I can to make sure I can crop people out of them. Go figure.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Animal Kingdom

I wanted to share some of the photographs I took at Disney's Animal Kingdom recently. Again, many were on Instagram, so I apologize if these are repeats for you. Instagram is so much easier to post on than my blog while traveling. These photos are mostly ones I took with my Canon Powershot. I took a lot of others on my phone that aren't included here.

I think the Animal Kingdom is my favorite park of them all. I love animals so much though, so that's not too surprising. Even when I'm at the Magic Kingdom, I'm the loon off in the corner with my camera chasing down a bird or a lizard. Surprisingly, the driver on the Safari ride actually stopped for a decent amount of time for us to take photos. I've been on that ride where the driver spots an animal, slows down, and then jolts off just as everyone has their cameras ready. I got lucky this time.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

See You Later, Alligator ...

As I posted yesterday, we spent nearly two weeks in Florida recently. I didn't have my laptop with me, so I wasn't able to keep up with my blog. I did post quite a few photographs on Instagram though, so if you follow me there, you've probably seen most of these. As I said before, my father-in-law is battling cancer right now, and one of his wishes was to visit Walt Disney World again. My in-laws are both disabled, so they need help getting around the parks. We stayed at the military resort called Shades of Green, as my father-in-law is retired from the US Navy. Rick and the kids have stayed there before, but this was my first time. I had heard about the alligators, so I was excited to see them for myself. I was not disappointed ... 

I will post more photos from our trip, but this time I just wanted to focus on the alligators. They're such fascinating creatures, and definitely not something I see here in Montana.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Congratulations, Nicole!

I wanted to post these photographs earlier, but we left on a trip to Florida right after Nicole graduated. Her commencement ceremony was on May 2nd at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Her grandparents both flew up to attend, as did her aunt and uncle. My father-in-law, Richard (pictured below) is battling cancer, so he was especially happy he was able to attend her graduation. It meant a lot to him and Nicole.

Below is a picture of Nicole with two top officials of the college. Nicole works part-time for the college, and her boss is pictured on the left. On her right is the president of the university.

It was hard to get good photographs of the ceremony itself, since there were so many people walking by. Nicole just happened to stop in front of us at one point, so we were able to get this shot of her waiting to go up on stage to receive her diploma. 

After the ceremony we went to dinner at the Montana Sky restaurant on the top of the Crowne Plaza hotel. That turned out to be really nice. The food was amazing and we got a whole room all to ourselves. It was great being able to talk without having to yell over a crowd.

My ILs surprised Nicole with a new car for graduation. It's actually used, but it's in way better condition than her old car. We found it here in the Flathead and then drove it out to her.

For those of you who asked on my last post, she majored in English Literature. As of now, she is still living in Billings and working for the college and a local coffee shop, so she's keeping busy. I talked to her last night and she told me it was so nice not having homework anymore. We are so proud of her! Congratulations, Nicole!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

So excited ...

We are all looking forward to Nicole's upcoming graduation from Rocky Mountain College. We are also so very proud of her. All through her homeschooling years, she told me she didn't want to go to college, and here she is graduating this Saturday. More pictures to follow ...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jones Zoo

I haven't seen any bears yet, but I'm sure they're out there. In addition to deer, turkeys, and chipmunks, I've also seen a lot of birds, squirrels—even flying squirrels at night. Those are so strange with their big, buggy eyes. They're super skittish too, so I haven't been able to get a picture of one yet. I love seeing all the animals here. The only ones I don't like are two different cats that are allowed to roam freely around the neighborhood. They keep showing up on my deck and it's really stressing Denny out. Why people let their animals have free roam is beyond me, especially in a place with bears, coyotes, wolves, and big cats.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Reader Sunglasses? Who knew?

First off, I apologize for the lame, dorky picture, but I am totally loving these sunglasses. Call me stupid, but I had no idea they made reader sunglasses. I have prescription progressive glasses, but I just can't get into them much. I also have prescription reader glasses that work fine, but I've found that I can read just as well with the over-the-counter ones. Anyway, the other day I saw these and was blown away. And now, of course, I'm seeing them everywhere I go. Obviously, I wasn't looking for them before because I didn't know they even existed.

It's so awesome not having to switch from readers to sunglasses to readers and back again. I went for a walk at a park yesterday and found that if I look right at the ground through the reader part, it looks a little blurry. Reminded me of a mini-blast wave moving by my feet. Ha! For the most part though, they were fine to walk in because they only have the reader part at the bottom. It sucks not being able to read outside or having to switch glasses constantly. Little findings like this make life so much easier.