Monday, October 31, 2011

Three Candles and a Lady Bug

I can officially say that we have made it through another month in which we have had so much to do, I don't know how it all got done!  We had an anniversary, all three kid's birthdays, volleyball matches, football games, pre-football game party, 5 trips out of town and if there was something else, I already forgot.

Yesterday we celebrated our sweet baby's birthday.  
She's not a baby anymore, she's 3!

This is how it went....

 I hate to admit, but we only planned her birthday the day before simply because I was worn out from a month of activities, I thought pushing her birthday to the next weekend would would somehow give me a chance to recoup.  But when I saw her dancing around and singing about her birthday, the guilt got to me.  She wanted a Lady-Bug birthday and we wanted to take her to Build-A-Bear for the first time.  We gathered 20 family and friends and made it a day she will remember.

 Our nephew Joseph came to Build-A-Bear with us so that they could pick out a special 'bear' and stuff them together.  Sophie knew the second she saw the pink Hello Kitty that was the one she wanted. 

 Joseph couldn't make up his mind if he wanted Snoopy or a bear.

They went on to the stuffing machine and filled up their animals.

Joseph loved all of the buttons and the machine that blows the stuffing.

 They each made special wishes and placed a heart inside the bear.

 Sophia helped with Joseph's bear.

 Sophia loves her Hello Kitty, I'm wishing our two older girls were here with us, but somehow when we walked through the store, Forever 21, they got lost!  They missed the whole Build-A-Bear experience! 

What else to expect with teenagers?

 Then is was time to wash and comb the bears to get all of the fuzzy stuff off.

Sophia loved the washing station. 

 The last step of the process was to name their bears and create the birth certificate.  

Joseph was tired and ready to go, but they had a lot of fun.

 We took the kids to the play-place to run around before our lady-bug lunch.

 We had Nathan, Sophia's friend, join us too!

When the kids were worn out we headed over to the restaurant for lunch.

Oh I can't believe my baby is already 3! [Wha, sigh, Wha!!!]

Sophia had a great birthday, she loved her lady-bugs and especially the lady bug cookies her Aunt Heather made just for her.  They were so beautiful they deserve their own post!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Photo Shoot with...My Family

Part III of our Fall Break Photo Shoot 
with our friends and family!

This is how it went....

Our family picture didn't quit work out the way I planned, but it's better than no picture at all.

 Two of our three beauties.

 Here's the third beauty.
Sophia wasn't in the mood for pictures, 
I got a lot of fake smiles and running away from the camera.

 My favorite.

 I love this one too!

 My daughter's friend Brooke, another beauty!
Wait til you see the next one...

I asked Brooke to give me a serious look, after the laughing and giggling I didn't think she could pull it off without bursting out again, but she did it.

Her eyes are stunning, so is she!

 I love this one.

No words.

Me and my cowboy...Vic.

The End.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch

Do you like desert off road racing?

I hadn't been to a desert off road race track until a few days ago.

I think I'm hooked.

This is how it went....

A friend of ours owns THUNDER ROCK OFF ROAD RANCH, an outdoor desert race track outside Congress, Arizona, he asked me to come out and take pictures of a pre-run on a new track they built.  They are gearing up for their GRAND OPENING on Thanksgiving weekend 2011.

THUNDER ROCK OFF ROAD RANCH is a new private venue that quenches the thirsts of all the quad riders, desert off-road racers, and rock crawling enthusiasts. As the government closes down the open desert, this private facility is the future of outdoor activities, racing and camping.  It's great for people to come out and ride, watch, or listen to the thunderous sounds of off-road vehicles rocking through the mountains.

I had the opportunity to take pictures of Todd Wylle, trophy truck racer, and his Co-Driver, RJ, they are really great guys!

Ever wondered what the inside cock-pit of a trophy truck looks like?

Here ya go!

The drivers got ready for a pre-run on the new desert track.

This is when the fun began!  

Watching the drivers do what they do is awesome!

No words for this moment....just cool.

We had a great day watching the pre-runs, can't wait for the Grand Opening on Thanksgiving weekend!

Check out THUNDER ROCK OFF ROAD RANCH at their website for more details.

Location: From Phoenix, take highway 60 to Wickenburg, then take Highway 93 to State Route 89, stay on SR 89 to Congress, turn left on Hillside turnoff (dirt road) Yavapai County Road 62.  Follow signs approximately 8 miles to Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch will be on your right.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Photo Shoot with The Schmitt Family

Part II of our Fall Break
Photo Shoot with The Schmitt Family!

This is how it went....

Beautiful Couple....Lisa and Kevin
[My sister-in-law and brother-in-law.]

Love this shot!

Would have been even better if we had their two older kids in the picture too!

My niece!

My favorite!

 Jake and Kenners - so cute!

Love this picture!!!
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