The Year is Flying By!

It’s been too long since my last blog update….my apologies.  As far as New Year’s goals go, I am pleased to say I have/am accomplishing them.  I am employed, eating more healthily, and am constantly pursuing the “love more” goal. 

More than any other summer, this summer has flown by!  It doesn’t even feel like summer, really.  The temperatures are hitting record lows, and I have no Spring or Summer semesters in school to mark the beginning or ending of Summer break.  It’s all been rather strange.  I did have wonderful visits with my parents and parents-in-law in June.  It was so nice to have family around. 

The family and I went whale watching out of Dana Point Harbor.  While no whales were seen on our voyages, the dolphins were out in full force!  There were hundreds of the beautiful, graceful, streamlined animals darting through the waves and jumping out of the water.  The  dolphins are actually much more interesting to watch than the slower, larger whales which were M.I.A.

Common Dolphins, Dana Point, CA

 Since starting work at my current job in March, I have found my scrapbooking and photography have really been neglected.  Thus, I have a new goal of learning better time management so that I may resume those hobbies. 

I would love to have some visitors between now and Christmas, so if any of you friends and family would like to come out to the West Coast…let me know!

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Some Highlights of Our Recent Trip to the Dog Park

Cooper had a great time at our local dog park.  He got to sniff so many things!  He’s an only pup, so he didn’t play too much with the other dogs.  By the time we left his tongue was hanging out, and I could tell he enjoyed his outing.  There were some beautiful Scrub Jays at the park, too.

Look what we found!

 

checking under the plants

One of my new favorite adventure spots

sky

waterfall

Here are two shots from my recent visits to Yosemite National Park.  I can’t say enough wonderful things about Yosemite.  This is one of those special places that really takes your breath away.  I’ve worn the words “beautiful” and “wonderful” and “awesome” out describing this park.  Every direction you look, from every location in the park provides a stunning view.  I plan on going back many more times.  I just can’t get enough of this place!