Tuesday, March 10, 2009


This years Reflections theme (a statewide elementary arts program) was Wow!
Ireland (literally, last minute) entered her first pottery project - an Owl tea light candle holder-  and called her entry:  'Wow it's an Owl'.   She ended up winning 3 levels of awards and was the only student from Draper Elementary that went on to State Reflections.  We have yet to hear from the State level. 

A Brief Buttenhoff Invasion

My Aunt Shirley & Uncle Darryl Buttenhoff stopped by for a night on their way to Tucson, AZ - via Washington, Idaho, Montana & Wyoming.  Might be time for a new GPS. =o)  We loved having them even though is was a very short stay.

Just as our visitors were leaving... Ireland sported a goatee in honor of her Great Uncle.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dana Point 2009

Chris & I on a beach walk.  

Nanete & I spotted a VERY LONG line at the 'Sprinkles' cupcake store in Newport.  We asked a security guard if it was really worth it.  Another patron in line with ties to Utah told us he was taking 85 of the little cakes back to San Diego for friends.  By the time we were inside we had upped our order from sharing 1 to a box of 6 ($20.00 total - holy crap....what was a thinking)  They were okay.  'Nothing Bundt Cake' is still king.

The Smith's (closest to the camera) invited us along with Gordon & Nanete Daw & Koni & Doug Smart to stay at their Dana Point Beach House.  

Occasionally, Chris struggled to find wireless internet.  But on the patio behind a chair always worked.

Taken from the beach house that looks out over the Pacific and Catalina Island in the background. Obviously, I spent the weekend without much make-up!  YIKES - a little too relaxed.