April 30, 2014

Get Hay While the Sun Shines

I am so incredibly blessed, loved, and cared for by my heavenly Father.  So blessed by my time with Hank.  I may be a bit biased, but he's amazing and always makes me feel so special.  There are really no words to express how special he is, except these...

You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful — and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick; but then there's other people. And you meet them and you think, "Not bad, they're okay," and when you get to know them ... their face just, sort of, becomes them, like their personality's written all over it, and they just — they turn into something so beautiful. Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.  - Amy Pond "The Girl Who Waited"

The more I'm with Hank, the more "beautiful" he becomes.
Hey, I'm quoting Doctor Who...you know I mean it!

Last week we drove up to his grandparent's place to pick up some hay.  I love riding in the truck.  It's a truck, which is cool, and with the 1 1/2 hour long drive there was plenty of time for talking, which is really cool. *smile*  Before we got the hay, Hank drove me around their property showing me the different hay meadows and special places.  I love exploring, so it was perfect!

Getting hay is much more fun when all you have to do is stand back and take pictures of the tractor loading the hay for you. *grin*

 I love it that Hank's grandma always gives me a hug.  I love getting and giving hugs.  After visiting with his grandparents and eating delicious soup and apricot upside-down cake (sooo yummy!), we headed to a friend's birthday party (pictures of that later).  And got to unload our hay in the dark.  *grin* 

We listened to Dragnet and Dragnet spoofs on the ride back, which was great.  I love old radio shows.
And yes, Hank shaved his beard!  Contrary to popular belief, I DID NOT ask him to.  In fact, I asked him to keep it.  I liked the beard a lot...but I think he looks great without it, too. *smile*

Oh look, here I am!  You now have proof. *wink*

Do you enjoy drives in the car?  How about exploring?  I want to know!

April 29, 2014

Sunday Style // Cowgirl-y

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blouse / ruffled tank top / skirt // thrifted {Dazzle}
cowgirl boots // Ariat brand

Who doesn't enjoy dressing up cowgirl style?  I recently realized that most of my western and western-ish style blouses were worn out, so I was delighted to find this blouse at the thrift store last week.  It may very well be the best fitting blouse I own, even including the ones I've sewn myself!  When it wears out I'm using it as a pattern, that's for sure!  It pairs perfectly with my brown eyelet skirt and my well worn, well loved, cowgirl boots.

I had a beautiful, relaxed Sunday.  After the service (we took a break from John and one of the elders shared a nice message about Moses.) there was a potluck and then a business meeting for the members.  Hank and I kept an eye on his three nieces while their parents were in the meeting, which was a lot of fun.  Love those girls! *smile*

I have so many pictures to share with you from the past week!  Hopefully I'll get most of them up this week.

How have you all been lately?  Are you enjoying the warm spring weather?  I want to know!

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April 22, 2014

Down the Barrel of a Gun

Last Saturday, Hank and I did some target shooting.  Which was fun and super awesome!  Plus, fun.  Did I mention it was awesome, too?  Yes.  I haven't done too much shooting, but I always enjoy it when I get the chance.

We had an assortment of .22's (rifle, revolver, and semi-automatic pistol), plus another revolver...and I can't remember for sure what it was.  Hank has only told me several times...was it a .45?  Anyway, I've shot my bro's .22 rifle before so that was pretty straight forward, and I have fired blanks from a .45 during a cowboy mounted shooting clinic.  Hank had to show me how to hold the pistol correctly, but that wasn't too hard and I had fun shooting those.  And yes, hitting those targets!  Especially with Hank getting so excited every time I hit something.  He hit the target a lot more than I did, but I wasn't too bad.  *smile*  In the end, the pistols look really cool and are fun, but I prefer the rifle.

We're shooting shotguns next, and apparently I will have to shoot and kill something by the end of the year...besides a pop can.  That's what Hank says, so I guess I'll have to.  Sounds like ground squirrels will be my first victims.  And here's where my real life friends die from shock.  Tasha, killing something?!  Well, I intend to give it a shot. *wink* 

How about you, do you enjoy shooting?  Have you ever shot a gun?  I want to know!

By the way, I would never kill something just for the sake of killing it.
With ground squirrels, there's a reason.

April 21, 2014

Photo a Day // April // Week 3

O N E | Homemade waffles at Kellie's.  The perfect way to start the week, for sure!

T W O | More crochet for the shop.

T H R E E | I didn't stay up to see the blood moon, but I did go outside and take some pictures of the moon.  Unfortunately, there were some clouds in the way, but I still like the way the pictures turned out. :)

F O U R | Special time with two dear friends over coffee and hot chocolate./

F I V E | Green growing things!  Can't wait until I can plant these in the garden!

S I X | Hank and his sheep.  I helped him out with shearing on Saturday, mostly by stuffing fleeces into bags.  I love watching him while he's shearing.  Definitely one of my very favorite things. *smile*

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I hope you all had a blessed and restful Easter/Resurrection Day yesterday!  After attending church at the Baptist church his folks go to, I went with Hank up to his aunt's house for Easter dinner.  It was so fun to meet more of his extended family!  They're a loud and goofy bunch, which I love because they remind me of my family.  I have some pictures to share later, so I'll talk more about my Easter then. *smile*

How was your Easter?
Does your family have any traditions?
I want to know!

April 17, 2014

"I'm with the band."

Last week the Panhandle Polecats performed at the KPBX Kids Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA.  I've enjoyed the Polecat's Bluegrass music and concerts for many years, but this time was different and special.  This time, I was their good-looking dobro player's girlfriend. *smile*

And it was perfect.

The theater itself is every photographer's dream come true.

I believe it's called "extreme stage fright" when you're afraid to go on stage even when there's no audience and they're just doing a sound check. *wink*  Later, Hank told me I should have just come out and sung a song without the microphone before anyone was there, the acoustics were that awesome.

Bonnie (one of Hank's sisters) on the guitar , Hank on the dobro, and Christopher on the banjo.
Christopher was standing in for Hank's brother Austin at this performance.  Austin moved to Wisconsin this year, but the rest of his siblings decided to keep the family band going.  Christopher was the banjo player in my brother's Bluegrass band and currently plays with Kevin Pace and the Early Editions.  The banjo player in the band gets picked on a lot (no pun intended) because they have to tune their instrument so often, but in all seriousness, Christopher is an incredible musician and I enjoy his banjo playing so much.

Just look at this beautiful theater, folks!
Exploring the awesomely creepy basement of the Bing was, well, awesome.
You know it's gonna be good when you see signs like this... 

We had watched Doctor Who the night before, and as soon as we walked down to the basement where the green room was Hank told me to watch out for rampaging mannequins. *wink*

Uh oh...is that...could it be a mannequin watching me??

Shhh...quiet please!

Proof that I was there. ;)

Christopher and Hank

I had a great view from the front row in the balcony with Kellie, her family, Michelle and her mom, and Christopher's mom.  And I may have even yelled, "Woohoo!!" when Hank was introduced during the band introductions.  I wasn't planning to, but it just came out. *grin*

Siblings Bonnie, Hank, Molly, and Jenny, with Christopher.
After a fantastic performance and talking with friends and fans, we headed back to my house.  And ended the day by watching Arsenic and Old Lace.  Which, while not the scariest movie I've ever seen, always creeps me out.  Good times and happy days!

Do you play a musical instrument?
Do you enjoy Bluegrass music?
If not, what is your favorite music to listen to or play?
I want to know!