Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For the Love of a Mother

It doesn't seem that long ago, the memories are so clear.
Sitting on your lap, and you holding me so dear.
Raising me was not easy, at times I got into trouble.
Even more I know I would sometimes burst your bubble.

But as I grew, so did my heart.
You gave me a new life, a new role, a completely different part.
When I was needed, I came forward for brothers one and two.
It hurts me knowing, I'm helpless in saving you.

So much sorrow for you, so much pain.
It's time to part the clouds, it's time to stop the rain.
When that day comes and it's your time to leave,
you will be met by our dearly departed Steve.

He will take you by the hand and tell you everything is alright.
A new journey will begin through heavens eternal light.
From then on I may not see you but I know you will be there.
Spreading love, joy and showing us, just how much you care.

Each night I will say a prayer for you and end it with amen.
Because someday I know we'll be together again.
To all family, friends and the hearts of each brother
I want to say how proud I am, She is my Mother.

Michael J. Marti

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Colors of Nature

I really enjoy getting out there with nature and capturing images for all to see. I will post more in time along with other things like birds, bugs and animals.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fun With Photos

I will be offering customers the chance to bring in their photos and have some fun with them. You may email them or bring them down to the studio. Give me your ideas and I will transform them into something fun to share with others. If you do email your photos, make sure they are at its highest quality and in jpeg format. Images that are brought in and scanned will not have as high quality as you may want so please keep that in mind before proceeding. Prices depend on quality of photo and allowed time for processing. Stop in or call our shop anytime. You may email me as well at picturesdelight@yahoo.com

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Girls begin swimming lessons

Macayla and Mckenzie started their swim lessons today. They were to start on Monday but we had still been camping and they could not go yesterday due to the weather. Mckenzie had to leave the pool early cause she was getting too cold but is excited to try again tomorrow.

Bad weather on Tuesday

Girls at pool

Macayla on water slide

Macayla on diving board

Girls just wanna have fun

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

4th Of July Weekend Getaway

On Friday we all attended the Albert Lea parade and got home fairly late so Tammy and I decided we would get up early the next morning to pack up for our trip to Flandrau state park by New Ulm. We had expected the kids to come into our bedroom early demanding their chocolate milk or jump all over me as they usually do, but on this morning we were not bothered and took advantage of the situation and slept in. Tammy had hoped to be packed and get over to New Ulm and visit some of the historical sites before our 4pm. check-in time at the park but plans always seem to change.

We arrived about 2:30 that afternoon and did manage to drive around a bit to see some of the interesting things in town. Some areas we would like to see in the near future like one of the parks which had a fountain with a statue of a fairy on it.

Once we got to the park we bought a year round state park pass and some items for our camping expedition like fire wood, ice and some really neat packs which you could throw in your fire to change the color of the flames. We camped in the rustic area where there was no electricity and the toilets were rested in a shack with a hole in the ground. (P.U.) You may have to fight the flies when you go in though so a can of raid might be useful. Water was available from a well which you had to hand pump from a nearby faucet. It really gives you a sense of how things must have been in the old days.

There are lots of things to enjoy there like swimming, long trails, and lots of wildlife to see. The deer in the park are use to seeing people and roam all over. We saw them several times and one night there was a group of five within 150ft. of our tent.

We would like to get out and do more camping yet this year. The girls had a good time and it was nice having them connect with nature instead of tying themselves to the TV all the time. Tammy and I had fun teasing the girls about Big foot and telling them we were going to give them some bread and leave them in the woods if they didn't behave. Of course that back fired when Kenzie said " Hey how did you know about Hansel and Gretel." We had to laugh and when we told the girls it was time to leave the park she yelled to Macayla, "Come on Hansel, its time to go."Yes people were looking at us chuckling. All and all I think we had a good time.