Monday, November 28, 2011

Bargain Bin

The Bargain Bin is a tiny thrift store in North Platte Nebraska where I go WAY back!
When I was little, my mom volunteered there, and apparently she'd trap me in a pack-n-play while she organized the mountains of jeans and junk.

So maybe that's why I love this place more than the average person.
Last year my Grandma took me there at my request so I could find buttons.
So I had to try for more this year!!

Jar of buttons:$2
Bag of yarn: $.50
Wool yarn: $1

Lovely Lovely junk = my treasure.

My Grandma Marion still volunteers there monthly!
 My cousins took care of Bella while we went digging.

Lastly, I scored these awesome clip-ons for $.25
I know they really aren't that cute, but for some reason I LOVED them!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving in Nebraska Pt. 2

 The house was packed, but oh so fun.

 My beautiful aunt Justine and her boy Joe.

 Dinner for three! My awesome aunt Barb with her new hubby Steve. Such a cute couple!!

 My favorite squeeze.


Showin' my card tricks to the cousins, and snuggling with Grandpa.

 On the old brown couch!

Madi came to see us the first night we arrived in Colorado, and we finally got to meet her hubby-to-be, TJ! He was adorable and awesome. I had a fun time getting to know him!!

Bella snuck out of the bath tub while at my dad's house, and decided to venture into another room. I found her wearing this. In the buff. I could not stop laughing. 

 Bella was so comfy with TJ and Madi, and their tiny puppy wedged between!

 Lovin' on the puppy.
 Maxin and Relaxin. Bella does this best of all.

Madi be funny.
 Madi rocked at making her first Thanksgiving feast!!! This was our mom's stuffing recipe. DE-LISH.

 Their cute doggie and then the stuffed turkey. I think the dog was wishin' he could get in on that action.

 Chef Ramsey bossin' around the line cook. Poor TJ. Haha

 TJ is an excellent helper

 All the yummy foods.

Bella really had fun with her Grandma "Shell" the last few days we were there. It was just the two of them, since my dad left back to work, and Bella loved spending time with her! They went to the park one day, read books, and basically wore each other out. Maybe Michelle and little more than Bella. :0)

And one to prove I was there.

Friday, November 25, 2011

One of Five

According to Nathan Meunier, Ty's game is one of five to watch for in 2012... Exciting much? did an article and Ty's game was included in the review. Ty says it well via FB, "This is an insane list of indie games and Catapult for Hire was included?! Can you please pass me some of that humble pie? Thanks."

Here is Nathan's review: (Thanks Nathan!)

Hurling large destructive projectiles at things and sending them toppling in piles of sweet wreckage is always pretty awesome, but it's not every day that you get to put yourself into the shoes of a professional freelance catapultist. When the realm's greedy King-Lords make off with their secret gold stashes, the resulting economic downturn spurs knight-turned-rock hurler Sir Knottingsforth to set out on his own in an attempt to make a quick buck by slinging his catapult for the highest bidder. Tyrone Henrie's one-man effort, Catapult For Hire, puts an inventive twist on physics-based bombardment games that goes beyond wanton destruction -- though there's plenty of that too.

The main campaign has you lugging your huge catapult around the land taking on jobs for clients. This earns you money that lets you upgrade your rig, unlock new kinds of things to fling with it, and construct a mighty stronghold to store and protect your arsenal. Money shouldn't be too scarce, since it seems the wacky local citizens will have plenty of tasks for you to accomplish, ranging from smashing castles and slaying tentacle monsters to tracking down ancient artifacts and finding creative ways to clean up an underwater oil slick.

Then there's catapult fishing, which might just be the coolest way to fish -- short of using dynamite and chainsaws. Wrangling fish for extra coin requires special lures for various types of fish. Attaching other unique parts and munitions to your rig opens up a whole new world of uses for the thing too, and this upbeat indie's well-rounded approach aims to showcase just how far you can push the creative envelope with a giant war machine.

Bella and I are so proud of you Ty. We wish you were with us this Thanksgiving, but we certainly felt thanks for your hard work during this last stretch. You can do it!! We love and miss you. See you soon! ... On the beach...movin' with the waves, in the sea. Nothin like you an' me. :0)

Thanksgiving in Nebraska Pt.1

This little monkey loved jumping on the bed!

While in Nebraska, we saw all of my cousins and family except Amber and her family who is in New York. It was so good to see everyone! In the purple hat is 20 month old Emma - the most adorable thing I have laid eyes on ever! And throwing leaves at me with the adorable hat on is Harrison. He loved teasing me while I had my camera on hand!

The kids quickly discovered how much fun it was to throw leaves onto the blowing A/C unit. Clean up was to follow after Grandpa Bob busted us.
My uncle Mike, my dad Randy and Randy's better half Michelle.

I love this picture! Jackie was workin' it when I told her to flip her hair for me! haha. And Bella with the dirty bum...The was the only one never wearing real clothes. Ugh. 
Bella sat with her Great-Grandma Marion after a bribe. Emma sat perfectly still with her Great-Grandpa Bob, and Marley refused any pictures since it was nap time. Can't blame her! So my aunt Justine held her for just one quick picture of all the great-grandbabies that were there!

Grandpa enjoyed watching Emma shake her bon bon. She's got MOVES!

All grandkids and their significant others. Well, I guess Amber, Marc and Nick aren't pictured. We wish they were there! Maybe we'll just photoshop them in!
Mike, Randy, Gary, Steve, and Barbie with their parents, Robert and Marion. And Jackie and Josh posin all cute for me.
Steve and Drae with their adorable silly boys - Levi (twin), Simon (twin) and Harrison. In that order!

 Kissing cousins. No wait, that was Katie and Josh. LOL. So good to see my Katie.
Simon wasn't feelin the love. Haha...Too much closeness. Ew. Girls.
My cousins. Adorable and the BEST babysitters ever. Bella adored them. She'd say, "Come GET me boys!" then quickly run away. 

My Grandpa Robert. I still sit in his lap in the old brown chair. That thing really needs to be replaced!!!
Cousins. Presh.

 The lighting right here was magical. I can't adore the way these turned out enough. Used my 50mm f/1.8 lens from Christmas last year. In love.

Most photogenic family. Ever. They just kept smiling. So I kept shooting. They were all just so cute!!!
My papa. I realized this year that I'm an only child AND the oldest child. So I'm a spoiled brat and extra responsible. Haha. I thought it was funny. And so so true.
Blue shirt: Cousin Joseph. Simon in the red shirt and my dad showing off his array of facial expressions. Oh the talent I inherited.
My dad and his beautiful wife, Michelle. And last but not least, Levi, giving me his usual look of excitement.