Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas day

I didn't take a lot of pictures on Christmas but here's a few from the morning...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve

a few pictures from Christmas Eve at Grandma Jane's house...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

J.T.'s school Christmas program

J.T. was pretty excited about this and even wanted to get dressed up...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A few more from Disneyland

Here's a few from Disneyland and California Adventure...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Class of 2013: Colton

I am not doing many senior sessions this year but here's one that I did in Ferndale...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tractor parade

Ferndale's annual lighted tractor parade....

Friday, December 14, 2012


Yep, I actually made it in a picture! I really was there!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The cash cow!!

J.T. and Abigail made friends with the Cash Cow at the California Farm Bureau state convention in Pasadena....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

So Cal trip

Last week we went to a California Farm Bureau convention in Pasadena and then took the kids to Disneyland for a couple days.  I will post more pictures later, but here's one for now,.....

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hong Kong/China Part 4

Day 10 ~ Saturday

The Kunming sunrise....

We walked around the corner for a quick breakfast at Starbucks before heading to the airport.  Our luggage fit in the trunk of the taxi so that was a relief.  It was a 2 hour flight back to Shenzhen.  We took a bus the MTR station, walked back across into Hong Kong, and took the MTR to where we were staying that night, the Hyatt Regency.  We relaxed for a bit and then met Ernest.  We headed into Kowloon for dinner.  We had an awesome dinner at "Jimmy's Kitchen" which was recommended by a local friend. 

We walked around for a little while, but we were all pretty tired.

Day 11 ~ Sunday

Ernest came to our hotel to have breakfast with us before we left for the airport.  After we said our good-byes, we got packed up and checked out.  As we were getting into the taxi, we saw 2 different wedding parties getting ready for their big events.  Apparently, November 11 is a lucky day for a wedding.  Here's two of the cool wedding cars we saw...

We made it home safe and sound, with no major delays.  The kids were very excited to see us.  It was nice to be home, but what an amazing trip!  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hong Kong/China Part 3

Day 7 ~ Wednesday

We got our things packed up and ready to check out of the hotel.  Onto the next part of our trip:  China!  We met Ernest and rode the MTR to Lo Wu.  We had to get off and walk across the China border at Shenzhen, through immigration and customs.  Andy's passport wouldn't scan so the guards made him wait in a little room (and stay seated) until they got his passport information into their computer.  Ernest and I were wondering what was going on, but then everything was fine.

Here are few pictures we took right after we crossed the border...

Doesn't the mask just ruin the outfit?!

We took a high speed train to Guangzhou.  We wandered around some back streets that Ernest was familiar with and really got to see the real China.  It was quite the experience!  I don't think I could put it into words, even if I tried.  We decided to get dinner and this was the menu of the restaurant.  We didn't even take pictures of all the snake dishes on the other pages.  We thought we ordered a beef dish, but we still aren't sure what it was....  we never got sick though!

We rode the train back to Shenzhen where we stayed that night. 

Day 8 ~ Thursday

We had a 7:30 am flight from Shenzhen to Kunming, where we were staying for a few days. We had to catch the airport shuttle at 6:00 so I was VERY happy to see a Starbucks at the airport!!

China airlines are different than ones in the U.S.  First of all there is less room between rows on the plane.  Hard to believe, I know.  But they give you lots of food, even on a 2 hour flight.  After arriving in Kunming, we grabbed a taxi to our hotel.  Our luggage wouldn't fit in the trunk so the cab driver just left the trunk open!  I kept looking back expecting our bags to be all over the street.  We made it though.

Here is a view looking out of our hotel window, from the 18th story.

We walked around and it was great people watching.  It is mass chaos in the streets with buses, cars, mopeds, bicycles, and pedestrians.  It's crazy!

Ernest got a recommendation from the hotel front desk staff for a restaurant and the province's signature dish, guò qiáo mĭxiàn, "Crossing the Bridge" noodles.  It was one of the most interesting eating experiences of my life.  They brought a bowl of cold rice noodles, a large bowl of very hot broth, and countless plates of all kinds of stuff, from thinly sliced meats, a raw egg, flower petals, and who knows what else.  They mix it all together for you right at the table.  It was very good, but I have to admit that I did pick out some of the pieces of meat that looked weird.

Day 9 ~ Friday

We had breakfast at the hotel, which was a very interesting buffet.  We got a good laugh out of some of the food translations on the little signs (like mayonnaise was labeled as sandwich jam).  We had a private taxi drive us to the Stone Forest in Shilin.  Andy saw this cattle truck along the way and had to take a picture.

We spent a couple hours looking around the Stone Forest. It was very pretty.  There were some caves with stairs that you could wander through also.

We asked Ernest to take a picture of the two of us (yes I really was there!), and while he was taking it, some random guy started taking our picture too.  We are pretty sure it was only because we are Americans.

We asked the taxi driver to take us somewhere to grab lunch so we went to this road-side place that was actually very good.


After lunch, we asked the driver to show us the country and farmlands.  There were some great picture taking opportunities.

That night we decided we needed an American dinner so we found a Papa John's Pizza.  That could've been the best pizza I've ever tasted!  And then Dairy Queen Blizzard for dessert!