Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 20

Number 190 Shane (1953)

Shane Movie

Shane is number 190 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by George Stevens and stars Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, and Ben Johnson.  It is not rated. Karen’s Review Shane is a 1953 classic American Western set in a rustic valley in Wyoming. A gunslinging stranger …

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Jan 19

Wildlife Photography Number 9 – Leaping Polar Bear

9 Polar Bear Leap

Karen and I were excited when we heard that the Kansas City Zoo had added a new polar bear exhibit and of course we wanted to check it out the next time that we were there.  The exhibit did not disappoint in fact Karen has grand plans if we ever win the lottery about how …

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Jan 18

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge


The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was created to help save and provide a place for some of the old-wests greatest symbols; the bison, elk, and the Texas long horn.  Mass hunting of the bison and later the elk decimated their numbers so much that by the early 1900’s 59,000 acres were set aside by President …

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Jan 17

Photography Tip – Creating Depth

Lone Flower

Since photography is a two-dimensional medium it is up to the photographer to create an illusion of depth. I have already discussed two simple ways to add depth to your photographs.  My first photo tip was to use leading lines which you can read about by clicking here.   Also, framing the focal point of your …

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Jan 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Lurther King

Karen and I hope that everybody takes a little time today to remember the man that this day stands for and for that matter what all the people involved in the Civil Rights movement stood for.  To help with keeping the spirit of this day and not think it was another day for the kids …

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Jan 15

Telling our Parents that Karen is Pregnant

The page

Karen and I wanted to do something unique when we told both of our parents that Karen was pregnant.  In this day of social media we had to be extra careful and not tell too many people too soon because all it would take is for one person to post it on a social media …

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Jan 14

Bumpdate: 18 weeks

18 weeks pregnant

How Far Along: 18 weeks, 2 days Total Weight Gain/Loss: I’ve gained seven pounds so far. It’s not fun to see that scale going up, but if it’s for the baby then I’m okay with it. Maternity Clothes: Oh my goodness gracious YES!! My sweet older sister Lisa has kindly loaned me some of her …

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Jan 13

Palauea Beach Park- Maui


Palauea Beach is a wonderful snorkeling area that is primitive and not as pretty to look at as the well manicured resort beaches, but when I think of a Native Hawaiian beach this is what I picture in my mind’s eye.  The beach runs for about 500 feet, but there are absolutely no amenities which …

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Jan 12

Wildlife Photography Number 10- Young Chimpanzee and Adult

10 Chimpanzes at Play

This photograph was taken on a relatively cold December day when we were visiting the Tulsa Zoo a few years back.  We were in Tulsa to see a play at their civic center so we decided to make a weekend out of it by going to some of their museums and of course going to …

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Jan 11

Kitchen Remodel- Prepping the Floor

Removing the Old Tile

Working on the kitchen to bring it into the 21st century has been a little bit more taxing then we wanted it to be.  Trying to remodel a kitchen on a budget while making it look elegant has been a bit of a challenge but by the time it is all said and done I …

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