Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kristen: 181/365

And this is the time we got back to my parent's house after the triple feature.

Day 182~"Wine Tour in St. Ermillion, France!"


This is a cave tour where a winery is housed. The wine was amazing and we bought (Cliff and I) three bottles of their for that night and two to bring home to Texas!
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Mike : Photo 365-181

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kristen: 180/365

Why? Because I have a Twilight problem.

Day 181~"Honky Tonk Pessac Club 33"


This is the Dustin Lowe World Tour in Pessac, France. France LOVES Country-Western music and line-dancing! :)
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The same sunflower from an earlier post.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Jenna. Jun 28. Ouch.

Carlee learned how to say a new word today after she saw this on my "belly".

I had a liver biopsy this morning. This is a very up-close picture of my battle wound.

Why did I need a liver biopsy? It's the question everyone's been asking me, to possibly save me from an unnecessary procedure. It's part of my long story (see June 12th), but I'm hoping to have more answers when I go back to the doctor on Wednesday.

The procedure itself wasn't bad at all; the radiologist and RNs told me I did really well and they were able to take a good sample on the first try. For this, they located my liver via ultrasound - much better than them probing the area with a needle. They deadened the skin and the area inside my body with a syringe-type needle. Then they took what looked like a small exacto-knife and cut a hole in my skin. After that, they went in with biopsy needle-gun which was probably 2 feet long. No joke. I heard a sound a lot like what happens when you get your ears pierced, and they had FIRED THE GUN. (Their term, not mine.) This meant that they had extracted a small, sausage-link piece of my liver for sampling purposes. (Again, their term, not mine.)

Now, the area on my skin is a little sore and I imagine it will be bruised by tomorrow. It's not bleeding much and has had a band-aid on it all day. I took this pic right after my shower tonight.

Kevin wasn't allowed to view the biopsy (there wasn't any room), but he stayed with me before and afterward. I had a fabulous RN there who was an answer to prayer and made jokes with me the whole time. All in all, the procedure was 30 minutes long (including all the ultrasound, setup and scrubbing in and such), but Kevin and I were there for 2.5 hours total - you know, for paperwork beforehand and for making sure I didn't puke my guts out afterward.

Please pray for a good recovery from this and for good results for Wednesday. It's been a rough month of June for me.

Jenna. Jun 27. Father's Day, take 2.

I realize Father's Day was last Sunday. But I had this post in mind and have been completely out of it.

I made Kevin, my dad, and his dad cards from Shutterfly. Here's the pictures I used.

Jenna. Jun 26. "What's for dinner? Grandma?"

Everything green/yellow (everything on the left side) came from my uncle's garden - my parents are keeping it while he's on vacation. 2 pounds of Okra. 4 pounds of Squash.

Everything red (everything on the right side) came from the Brazos Valley Farmer's Market today. 1 pound of red potatoes. 2 pounds of tomatoes. 2 pounds of peaches.

[And bonus points if you can name the reference.]

Kristen: 179/365

It's a full moon!

Jenna. Jun 25. Showtime.

Tonight we attended the Sold Out performance of "A Light in the Piazza". The show is alternately called "...and then there were nuns".

Katrina appeared in her first show with The Theater Company here in town. The music was fantastic and the show was very well-performed.

Jenna. Jun 24. Stormy [Sky].

I love Texas clouds in the summertime. The storm hit about an hour after I took this picture.

Jenna. Jun 23. Kennedy & The Cow.

It looks like Kennedy is terrified of this Chick-fil-A cow, but she really couldn't wait to get a picture with him (her?).

Jenna. Jun 22. Kitchen Verse.

A friend of mine once told me she would like to have a Verse of Scripture in each room of her house. I think that's an amazing goal and so far I only have my kitchen and living room "covered". Here's the kitchen.

Jenna. Jun 21. Happy [Birthday] Tracks.

Today is Amanda's birthday. I ate this in her honor (but not all at once).

[In case you can't see the description, it says it's Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Fudge and Peanut Butter Chunks. Oh, happy birthday to Amanda, indeed.]

Jenna. Jun 20. [Sky] Patchy Clouds.

I thought these clouds were pretty. (Sorry for being the non-conformist and for doing sky week pics late.)

Jenna. Jun 19. Carlee's Room Paint.

This room had the most [pleasantly!] surprising finish. I knew I liked the color, but I didn't know I'd love it.

Entering the room

Back wall (notice the 2 canvas prints leaning against her dresser? I got those on clearance at PBK, but I now wish I had ordered 1 or 3 more of them...)

And, side wall, which is blank... any suggestions for decorating?

[Color] = Cedar Green for Pottery Barn Kids by Benjamin Moore.

Day 180~"Manoir de La Motte!"

We are leaving the chateau today and headed further south in wine country to Pessac, France for the next concert. Here are pictures of this beautiful manor that we stayed in for the past couple of weeks!

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Sleeping dog...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kristen: 177/365

We had guests. This one slept while we played Beatles Rockband.

Mike : Photo 365-177

365-175, originally uploaded by mike_svatek.

Lights reflecting in a swimming pool

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kristen: 176/365

My empty mug of cherry limeade at Texas Road house (and a little bit of Mom there on the left)

Day 177~"Practice Room"


Emily and Clint are visiting in the practice room at the Chateau we are staying in. This is a great place for all twelve of our entourage to share and is located near the village of La Ferté-Vidame, France. I will send pics at a later date.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kristen: 175/365

head of a rampant elephant? yeah, let's go with that.

Mike : Photo 365-175

365-175, originally uploaded by mike_svatek.

Summer rain shower. Almost 1.5 inches.

Day 176~"Arriving in Iceland!"


This is coming into Reykjavik, Iceland via Newark, New Jersey. Next stop is Luxembourg!
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 175~"Sleep Tight!"


On our way to Europe via Newark, New Jersey and the girls, Sophie and Emily, are sleeping. Kids can sleep anywhere it seems! :)
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This was the evening sky looking east. Two minutes later, it was all gone.

Kristen: 174/365

farm face (all fresh garden produce.... except for banana)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 174~"My Living Room"

I have my nephews house sitting for me and I decided to take pictures of EVERY room and post them on the refrigerator so that they would know how I want it to look when I get back...! :) This is my living room looking down the stairs!
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Kristen: 173/365

long exposure, LAZOR pointer

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mike : Photo 365-170

365-170, originally uploaded by mike_svatek.

A view of the wedding seating. One of my really good friends just had his wedding in Southern California. This was the venue. Bel Air Bay Club. It was beautiful.

Kristen: 170/365