Saturday, April 19, 2008

More Spring Shooting...

This morning, I decided to head out again to see what kind of pictures I could get of all these blossoming trees. It was MUCH warmer and less windy this time, so I took tons more pictures and got several that I like even better than the ones I took last week (although it did take a lot longer to sort through and decide which ones I actually liked and then working with those to crop them and make them smaller).

There is a particularly pretty group of trees over by the bike path, which is where most of these pictures are from (except the pink blossoms, those are in from the parking lot near work). Every time I've driven or walked by, there are people out there eating picnics under the trees, taking pictures, cuddling with their sweethearts, or bringing their kids to see them. It's really fun, and I'm definitely glad to be a part of the tree appreciation! =)

While I was out this morning, it started sprinkling rain while I was standing under one of the trees, and white petals were falling down all around me. Amazing!

On the range...

On Tuesday evening, I went to the shooting range with John. I shot his 22 handgun (until the darn thing jammed three times and then I was DONE with it) and his 22 rifle, while he went and shot his Russian something-or-other over on the rifle range.

I shot something like this (I'm not sure from what distance...but then, I'm not really keeping track ;) )...

I was pretty happy with the fact that almost every single shot hit the target, and that there were a few near the bullseye. John talks about wanting his shots to be in a group (like all together in a very small circle, quarter-sized, 3 inches, etc. etc.). Right now, I'm working on a pretty good grouping about the size of a medium pizza. ;)

Then, John came over and shot the 22 rifle (and here he is posing because I wasn't quick enough with the camera to get him actually shooting)

And here is the best picture I could get of both of us (ear protection and all, sexy huh? ;) )

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Pictures from this morning...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Rock Chalk..

Jayhawk, go KU!

So on Monday night, I watched the KU Men's Basketball team win the National Championship! It was an awesome game and at the end I was sure they were going to lose (lack of faith, I know) and then...several missed free throws by Memphis and BAM an amazing 3 pointer--with seconds left they tie it up, send it in to overtime, and win it ALL! John even watched the whole first half and the last 10 seconds when I thought they were going to lose (and then made that 3-pointer which resulted in me yelling in his ear...oops ;) )

I am so excited about the win...I remember when they won in 1988. My parents letting us honk the car horn after they won each tournament game, going to the parade, telling my parents I wanted to be as tall as Danny Manning (6'11! Glad genetics kept that dream from coming true ;)) and being jealous that Brenna got to go to the championship rally, and I had to go to school.

The best thing about tournament time is that when I'm sitting and watching the game, I know Heather, and my Grandma, and my Mom (and my aunts, my sister, her boyfriend, etc. etc.) are all watching the game, too. I remember every season watching and hoping and waiting for another parents calling me out of school so I could watch the game with my friends (yes, they totally did this! How sweet are my parents??), going at all hours to meet the players at Allen Fieldhouse after they had lost, Late Night, scrapbooks of our favorite players (oh, how I loved CB McGrath!), and fighting with Brenna when we both wanted the same KU basketball picture out of the newspaper.

And the mushiest thing of all, is that...for a little while, my family, my friends, and my hometown don't seem so far away...

Good job 'Hawks...I couldn't make it to Mass Street, or the rally, or the parade this year...but I was there in spirit (and I didn't have to be jealous because Brenna didn't get to go either). Thanks for the great season!