Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Tempestt picture has been featured in a NY Times blog, “the caucus”… this picture was taken while she was at a rally in Grand Junction. Just so happened that I googled her name when I was bored one day and found it.

The caption read "Tempestt Turman, 22, shielded herself from the sun as Senator Barack Obama spoke at a rally Monday in Grand Junction, Colo. (Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times)"

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Our yearly tradition consists of traveling to Clinton where Tempestt Dad, Brett, has the coolest/scariest yard! This year Tempestt plan was to be a Zombie (to keep with her dads themed yard) but stubbled across this snake costume at the DI for $15. Pretty funny huh?

Barak Oboma

Tempestt got to meet President Elect Oboma and shake his hand, pretty cool huh!!! About 6 weeks ago we went to canvas in Colorado; Tempestt stayed the extra day and got to shake his hand as he left a rally held in Grand Junction. Here are a few pictures from her time there.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I am so jealous of her crafty skills!

These candies are so cute I can't eat them!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tater's new Toy

He really donsn't care for it much, but hey it was 88 cent. Nothing like a cold "Dog Beer" (sorry its fuzzy)


Speedy needs some love too; here he is enjoying a day out in the yard. He loves hanging around outside, I made him a small pin and next spring maybe he will get an upgrade.

Tater and his Bone

Yep it is Huge! He can't run near as fast when fetching it.

I bought Tater a ham bone at the store. Tempestt thought it would be too big for him, but I wanted to see what he would do with it. As you can see it is HUGE, but he is able to carry it. When we first gave it to him, he did not care about it at all. In the middle of the night however, he left the room (he never does that) the next morning we found his bone had been nawed on quite a bit. Later that day he didn’t want to play fetch with anything but his bone. We usually play fetch with a miniature tennis ball and I occasionally and accidentally hit him with it. So playing fetch with the bone was pretty worrisome, if I was to accidentally hit him with this bone it might have killed him!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Long time no blog!

Hello sorry for the neglect of our blog as of late, but here are some Thailand pictures to try and make up for it. We are both way bussy with school and it is a shame that we are just now getting a few pictures up from our trip.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

actually this is where I am falling

I'm falling.....ahhhhh

here I am at the petronas towers in Malaysia. They are the tallest buildings in the WORLD. It is 88 stories tall plus some extra stuff on top.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I've been everywere

After Cambodia we went to Malaysia and now we are Indonesia ,Bali. I know I am a bad blogger and I am sorry. It has been so hectic and I have not been able to have internet so my apologies. Yesterday we went to a traditional Balinese dance and a volcano. Today we just hung on the beach. I forgot how much I love the beach. It is so beautiful here and the waves are amazing. They are so BIG and there are so many surfers here. So total count of countries I have visited on my trip are Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia,and Thailand. My passport is getting full. It is so cool.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


sorry about my last post... it was wierd. We are in Cambodia right now we have been here for 2 days and tommorrow we are leaving for Malayasia. Before Cambodia we were in Vietnam. We have been traveling so much it has been hard for me to keep up with our blog.
Today we went to Tole Slang ( the torture prison during the Pol Pot regime) it was extemely sad. We also saw the killing fields today...very sad. But I think it was important to see these things because then they become real. They are no longer just have been there and witnessed these trageties. Tommorrow we will be visiting the Roya Palace.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

The last picture was a picture of the Tuesday Buddha. That is that day of the week I was born on. Each day of the week has certain characteristics that the people who were born on those days have.

The last picture was a picture of a street sign in Laos.

Pictures of the Waterfall in Laos...

The last picture was of the amazing waterfall we saw in Laos.

Monday, July 7, 2008

So Sorry....

I apologize for my lack of pictures. Things have been a little busy we have left Thailand and we are now on our excursion. WE ARE IN LAOS (pronounced LAO in because the S is silent because the name is french... Laos is a former french colony as of 1950's or 1960's I don't remember exactly but the point is it was not that long ago it was a french colony). It is so beautiful here !!!! Amazingly Awesomely Beautiful. The people are really nice. Today we got to go to a waterfall... crystal blue water...bright green plants...really tall...and swimable... fun! Tomorrow we are leaving for Vietnam. I am really excited. I will update soon with more pictures don't worry.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Sorry I have not blogged this week but I will give you a quick update... Monday (the kids got glasses at school) was really fun because 6 kids got glasses donated from a doctor to the school kids.. I am not explaining this well... the eye doctor came a couple weeks ago and tested all the kids' eyes and then made glasses for all of the kids that needed them... all donated...really cool). So they had a ceremony to give the glasses away. ( don't worry I will post pictures) Tuesday... we got ice cream at lunch for the kids it was fun. Wednesday... was movie day... we brought an American movie and candy for the kids... once again fun. Thursday..Burma.. white temple( extremely cool). Friday..nothing much to report. Saturday... learned about Buddhism from a monk...good Thai food..Thai message (AMAZING)... Thai movie (a little funny...a little weird)... night market ( great purchases)Sunday (today

Monday, June 23, 2008

The beauty of doing nothing much

This weekend we did nothing much... much like our week. On Saturday we went to the night market with our neighbor mom and we used the Internet. Then on Sunday we went to church, ate at an American restaurant (we have not had American food in a month)... so it was a treat... I had a burrito and MANGO CHEESECAKE... it was literally the best cheesecake I have ever had. It was so good. Normally in America I do not like mango but here it tastes so good.
Then we went to a market and home to eat dinner with our neighbors. These are my favorite kinds of weekends were you randomly ask your self...self what would I like to do now... read a book... oh OK let's do that. (In case you did not understand that last bit.. it was a conversation between me and myself)

Friday, June 20, 2008


Well I have this problem about me... if anyone is sick within 17 miles of me I will catch it. So one of the kids at school was sick and I caught it. So our week was pretty uneventful though extremely fun none the less. I love being sick from school. My neighbor mom is the so sweet she took care of me and bought me special surprises because I was sick... I totally ate it up. So we spent our days this week hanging out with MEE ( that ma in Thai) was really fun. Sam and I even got to paint some Thai umbrellas. Don't get me wrong I was actually sick... but we had fun as well with MEE.

We love the King!!!

This building is dedicated to the King and it is beyond beautiful.

Mural of the KING

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cool Cactus

This is a picture of a cactus at the Royal Flora garden. Our neighbors who took us here were very intrigued by the desert plants. I guess because it is not common to the tropical Thai climate. Our neighbors frequently laugh at us when we see something and get excited about it here in Thailand because it is so common to them. It was pretty fun seeing the tables turned and our friends get excited to see a bunch of cacti.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Soilless Plants are cool.

This is at the Royal gardens.

Flower Power

This is a beautiful flower we saw at the Royal gardens.

Dried Fish mmm?

This is a picture of a dried fish stand at the night market. They are very popular... I do not know why they smell terrible. It is dried fish and squid. Huge ones...that is squid.

Weekends go to fast!

The weekend is over already... don't get me wrong I love teaching it is just a little exhausting. This weekend our neighbor "Sister"( they are like our family) came home from college for the weekend. We were so excited to see her ans we got to hang out with her all day on Saturday. We went to the Royal Gardens which were so beautiful my favorite part was the building in the center. It was structured like a wat but was not considered a wat. The most incredible part of the building was the inside. The walls were painted black and then it had a mural all around the inside of different events of the kings life. The pictures of the king were in gold. It was so beautiful. The building lay at the foot of this lush green tropical mountain. It was the perfect backdrop.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Our week

This week has been pretty usual well I guess for Thailand standards. We taught English as usual and I got to teach 3 art classes. Teaching art is so much fun!!! Teaching English is really hard and frustrating. We have to explain things a million times and the kids misbehave.... they are just normal children and are really cute. I think it is just what comes with teaching English but with art it's just fun. The kids and I just sit around and play with clay and pretend with our clay figures. It is fun. Oh.... I almost forgot the highlight of the week. Two of our students came to our house to visit us. They brought their pet mouse and had Sam and I held it and played with it. Well... I am one of those people that trouble always seems to find and the mouse bit me... just a tiny nibble and then my finger swelled and began to burn and itch. I showed a teacher at our school the next day and she took me to the doctor. That is another interesting experience but I will spare you the details. Let's just say translating is difficult and hospitals look like big houses next to a cow pasture. No scrubs no office no disinfectant and the pharmacy is in the same building which is pretty cool. I got some medicine and the swelling should go down soon I hope. We only had to pay 2.50 (70 baht) for all the medicine ( it is real medicine the same you would get in the United States I have seen it before and in little pop out packets)... why is medicine so expensive in the United States?????? Sorry this is so long.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Sunday, June 8, 2008


This picture is of me and my favorite thing in the world BANANA WAFFLES.

The last picture was of our mom ( neighbor mom) and Satang( it is a coin in Thailand that is bronze and is only worth 50 cents which is like nothing.

Our LONG hike

We hiked a total of 30 Kilometers which is about 15 miles in 2 days...

Volcanic Rock

Here is another picture of the landscape in the mountains. Unbelievably beautiful. I still can not believe I was there.


This is how beautiful it was up there. It was one of those moments in my life where I kept telling myself you are really here this is you. Be in this moment.


We rode elephants in the jungle it was pretty cool... but if you know me at all the whole time I was wondering if the elephant was ok. so my pictures kind of stink of this event because I was concerned. Our elephant's name ws moon and she was so cute. i love her.