Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 20

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach: Big Island


Punalu’u  Beach Park is a must stop if you are traveling to the Big Island.  It is probably the best and easiest black sand beach to get to.  Punalu’u Beach Park has public restrooms, picnic tables, showers, and it allows camping.  It is a perfect place to stop and have a picnic on your way to …

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Jun 19

Kitchen Remodel: Part 2


Our second step to our kitchen remodel was to give the pantry a makeover.  The inside of the pantry was painted the same dull soft beige as the rest of the cabinets.  The pantry also came complete with 1970’s contact paper that had an orange and green floral pattern.  Of course, all of those things had to …

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Jun 18

Photography Tip: Leading Lines

Path on Sylvan Lake

Photography Tip: Use Leading Lines – Anybody can go from being a bad photographer to a decent photographer by taking a few seconds to look around before the press of the button.  One of the toughest things for me when I am out taking pictures is to slow down and be patient.  A lot of …

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Jun 17

Memphis Zoo


The Memphis Zoo is probably one of the best zoos that Karen and I have ever been too.  The only zoo that might beat it out is the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and I say “might” because both of these zoos are first rate and it is hard to pick one over the other.  …

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Jun 16

Number 15: Mission Espada – San Antonio

Mission of San Antonio

Number 15 is a picture of Mission Espada in San Antonio, Texas. Karen and I took a fall break trip to Texas and one of the stops was San Antonio. I really enjoyed San Antonio and walking the River Walk, and see the rich history of the people that live there especially seeing the San …

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Jun 15

Kitchen Remodel: Part 1

Almost Finished

One of the first things we wanted to do was fix up our outdated kitchen.  So after moving in we got started right away on our remodeling our Kitchen.   Karen and I had already taken down all of the wall paper and leveled out and textured the wall before we ever thought about documenting what we were doing.  …

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Jun 14

Missions Trail: San Antonio

Path to the Concepcion Mission

The Missions Trail of San Antonio is like a time machine that Karen and I got to go on.  The missions were established in the early 1700s by Franciscans and the Spanish Government.  They created the first mission in 1718 and by 1731 there were 5 missions located on the San Antonio River.  These missions …

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Jun 13

Dallas World Aquarium: A Whale of a Tale

Looking at an aquarium

The Dallas World Aquarium is a very unique place.  Karen and I had never been there before and were expecting the usual aquarium fanfare; the rooms with many fish tanks, some of them with themes like freshwater and saltwater…. if we were lucky maybe a walkthrough shark tank or coral reef.  We were not expecting …

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Jun 12

Guest Bathroom Remodel: Part 2

Karen remodeling guest bathroom

After getting all the prep work done we were ready for our next step to our Guest Bathroom Remodel which was installing the tile.  Karen and I have never laid any tile so being novice tile layers we were feeling a little intimidated, but we forged ahead.  We did our research, read some books, watched some videos, …

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Jun 11

Guest Bathroom Remodel: Part 1

Karen fixing the wall

Guest bathroom renovation Part One The picture above is how the guest bathroom looked the day Karen purchased her home.  I say Karen and not our home, because at this point we had not met each other yet.  The guest bathroom was decorated in navy blue and chrome silver wall paper, yellowish green tile, and …

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