Snow Day & Last Weekend Photos

This morning, the bushes were iced.  It’s always so strange how one day it’s nice and warm and the next day it’s like the middle of winter.

Last Weekend Photos

Mom washing scallions she picked from her garden for me.  I’m still not sure what to use them for.  Maybe I’ll mash them with some Thai peppers, tomatoes, and lime juice.

My brother modeling the mangosteen for me.  These things were expensive.  They tasted kind of slimy, sweet, and sour.  This was my first time trying a mangosteen.

Rambutan.  Loved them, but again, quite expensive here.  I’ve had these canned but much prefer them fresh.

Dragon fruit.

My dad holding these so I could take this shot.

It tasted like the kiwi fruit but a lot firmer and slightly crunchy…and maybe less sour.  This was the first time I’ve had this fruit too.

More peach blossoms with a twist.  I blended painted papers to create a textured painted look:

And last, Kylie posing for me.

Valentine Stuff

Over the weekend, while the girls and I were heading out to buy Valentine stuff for their school’s Valentine card exchange, I saw glittery frosts on the front yard weed and just had to get photos of them.  I made the girls wait in the car while I spent about 15 minutes shooting.  LOL!

For Kylie’s school Valentine this year, I decided to add a little extra fun to it and made these candy-filled bags.  I got the idea from Martha Stewart Living magazine and also Home & Garden Magazine.

For her dance class, I made them with beige paper and pink ribbon.

Kida didn’t want hers to be all fancy so she used my jewelry zip-top bags.  She was actually pretty upset at me for wanting to create these bags filled with goodies (and hand-made cards) instead of the usual store bought Valentine cards so we compromised.

More Maroon Bells Photos – The Hike

This is the direct opposite view of the Maroon Bells.  It was probably around 7:45 am when we started hiking.  Some bushes and leaves were thinly frosted.  The areas that received the sun’s ray first had dew droplets on them.  It was very magical and peaceful.

Fly fisherman and paparazzis!  Kidding.

These Aspen trees stood gracefully tall and proud.

This was a lake but it was completely dried up.

That lake was so clear you could see everything in it.

Kida’s picking cotton (she wanted to make a dress with it) and Kylie, she just didn’t want to turn around for a pose but did anyway frowning all the way.

Some serious photographers here.

This was the view they were facing.

Kylie started picking cotton too.

Kida couldn’t pick enough for a dress so she started collecting Aspen leaves.

When we came down from our 20 minute hike (I got scared of lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!) the photographers were still there and there were even more than before.  It’s hard to see in the photos but they were all lined along the lake.

Hope you enjoyed all the photos!