Monday, May 31, 2010

I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed day

the dark sacred night

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces of people going by

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do

They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies cry, 

I watch them grow

They'll learn much more than I'll never know

And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Yes I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lingerie Shower update!

Remember the panty fores? Well, my sister's lingerie shower was Saturday and it turned out so well. 

We had a ton of sweets!

And the panty fores were a big hit.

I was so proud of the cake that I made for it! My sister in law, Koleigh, carved the outline for me and let me borrow her decorating tools but I baked and assembled and decorated it myself!

and I helped decorate my parents basement for the party!

So fun. Can't wait for the wedding!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A fun day

The other day Korey and I went driving. We used to do that when we were dating. We would just hop in the car and head for the mountains. We usually ended up on a bumpy dirt road for hours. It was so much fun and some of my most fond memories with Korey. There is something about exploring together and making our own adventure. This particular drive took us to Amicalola Falls. I didn't have my tripod with me, but I still had some fun playing with the settings on my camera. I just love the look of water with a slow shutter speed. 

The falls were enormous and beautiful. I never could find the right angle to really capture it. 

As we were walking down the steps after looking at the waterfall, Korey noticed something metal under the stairs. 

Can you guess what it was?

Then we drove up to the lodge which has an amazing view.

On our way home we stopped by Carodel Farms. Dr. Mixon and his wife, Caroline,  have a beautiful farm where they raise alpacas. Alpacas are amazing animals and it was so much fun to see them up close. 

Every one of them seemed to have a unique personality and style. At times it almost seemed like they were posing.

Although they let me take their picture, they are very shy animals and were not up for being petted, at least by me.

Did I mention that Korey is also an alpaca whisperer.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A here, a little there

This has been an interesting break to say the least. Coming home is always an adventure and I can't wait for our stay to be more permanent. I feel like there is so much about my mission trip that I haven't shared yet and in the meantime, other adventures that I want to share have been stacking up in my little corner of the world. 

One of the best things about the break has been getting to spend some time with Korey. Not that I don't get to see him at all when I'm in school, but the focus is on studying and surviving and usually I just see him at dinner or when I'm getting ready in the morning. We've spent a lot of quality time together. First we ran in the Warrior Dash which was a blast. I can't wait to run it again next year. I'll post some pictures of it on here when I get them from our friend Greg.

One day Korey took me to see the kangaroo conservation center. I've been hounding begging him to take me ever since I read about it in Time magazine. It was so much fun and there were a ton of kangaroos. They have the second largest number of kangaroos for any conservation outside of Australia.

I wish that we could have gotten closer to the kangaroos, but I understand the reasoning behind the fences. Apparently a kangaroo looks cute and cuddly but those adorable bouncy legs can also be used as a deadly weapon, and also the primary responsibility of the conservation center is to protect the kangaroos.

It did make it hard to get good pictures. I managed to get a few of them shooting through the fences or holding my camera up and hoping for the best. 

It was hot so the roos were all hanging out in the shade. 

My obsession with these amazing animals started with my friend Shauna who works for a small zoo. She was the caretaker for a baby kangaroo and Korey and I got to play with it.

Nothing can top that kangaroo experience, but the conservation center was still a worthwhile trip. 
They were even filming for a TV news segment called Hidden Treasures while we were there. 

The conservation center didn't only have kangaroos. There were a lot of other animals there. Like the worlds largest pigeon. 

This was one quirky bird. One of the workers told us to stick our fingers out because this bird likes to stick his beak between them. Strange I know, but of course we had to do it.

There was a lot of other wild life.

As we were exploring the park, we found a deer. I was worried at first that it was hurt or scared of us.

Until my deer whispering husband called it over like it was an old family pet. 

It's a good thing that I married a man that loves animals, because I am such a fan of wildlife.

They quickly became best friends. 

Eventually the deer warmed up to me too.

There were some elderly women that saw us taking pictures and came over to get their picture taken. This deer was not typical and definitely scouted out the ham sandwich from her purse. Who knew a deer would like meat?

Don't worry, we took it away so that the deer didn't eat it. She snagged a banana next. Closer to a normal herbivore snack, but we didn't let her eat that either.

This picture cracks me up so much.This is me and Correen in about 50 years. I can tell you exactly how the conversation will go. "Lindsey, will you give me a hand here! This deer is rifling through my purse!" "Sure Correen, just one minute. Let me get my camera."