Our Trip To Hazel's; Warning: Lots of Pictures!

This past weekend my sister and I went to visit some dear friends of ours at their ranch on the eastern side of our state. We had alot of fun! I met Hazel when I was nine years old - we had just started going to a new church, and I remember the first time I saw Hazel she was standing by the merry-go-round outside the church in a long beautiful furry black coat. She stood there grinning at me, and before we knew it we were fast friends! We've remained friends even though Hazel and her family moved away a few years after I met them, and we still have all kinds of fun times together when Hazel and her sister come to visit Rae and me, or visa versa.

Good life-long friends are hard to come by, so I know the Lord truly blessed me when I met Hazel!

This is the first time we've been able to go out and see them at their ranch since I got married, and we did all kinds of fun things while we were there. Here are some pictures (by the way, let me know what you think of the new camera).

This is Hazel and Heather's house.



Hazel and her family are building a missionary house on their property for missionaries to stay in when they're on furlough. The basement is lovely for roller skating (Hazel and I are big fans of roller skating).





Hazel's family got this cute little Easter bunny figurine set at an auction, and Hazel, Heather, Rae and I all sat down and painted it. It took a long time, but it turned out rather well, if I do say so myself.







This is Hazel and me, and that's the missionary house in the background.



On Friday night we had a picnic supper in the basement of the missionary house. It was delicious!





Hazel and Heather also had a tent set up in the basement of the missionary house, and that's where we slept. I thought it would be terribly cold, because it was a pretty chilly day, but the four of us were pretty snug in that tent. I didn't get cold at all!



Hazel gave us a sneak preview of her new book while we were there. Hazel already has a book published, and she's hoping to publish this one when she's done. She might let me proof-read it!



Hazel's older sister, Holly, took us on a ride in their chuckwagon, pulled by their oxen. It was alot of fun! And that's their dog, Jill.










This is the lovely panoramic picture I took on our ride. I think it turned out pretty neat! Though you can kind of see where the pictures were stitched together, but that's okay. It's really cool, because the camera has you take three pictures and it lines them up automatically! I'm really impressed with it. Unfortunately it is rather small when I try to put it on the blog, but you get the idea.



This is a picture of us writing short scary stories and reading them to each other! Except by "scary" we mean tense and suspenseful. We don't do horror.







Whew, that was alot of pictures - more than I thought I had. We had a really wonderful trip out there, and we got to do alot together in the twenty-four hours we were there! Thanks for your hospitality Hazel and Heather! We had a ton of fun visiting with you guys!



So what do you all think of my camera? I'm not sure I can tell if there is a difference or not. Do you think the pictures are any clearer?
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katie said...

What a great trip! I'm surprised you had time to sleep with all the other stuff you did! And the pictures are great. I would like to try out that panoramic one.

Brittney Galloway said...

Wow, what a neat homestead! I always dreamed of living on something that wide open as a kid! (good to know they have a missionary house too!) I think the pictures look great and I love the panoramic picture-what a fun setting!

~M~ said...

Looks like they live on very beautiful property! That is so wonderful that you've remained friends for so long!

Unknown said...

Love the camera - the pictures are neat!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! That's very special to have a friend like that for so long. You are very blessed. :) Great pictures, by the way!

Jessica said...

Looks like you guys had so much fun! There's nothing better than girl time :-) By the way, I think the pictures look great!

Jenene said...

I don't think I've ever thought of your pictures as not clear. But these ones taken with your new camera are just great! If I had your camera, and my pictures turned out the way yours did, I would be perfectly satisfied. :)

Anonymous said...

Aww! What great pictures!! Brings back all those good memories! I miss you two- you need to come back!
(BTW- Brittney- when the missionary house is up and running- we would love to have you and Ian stay in it- if you ever have the need:-))
Thanks so much for coming Callie- I think I've said this before...Come back soon!
Hazel

Amber said...

I think the camera took great pictures! And your friend's house kind of looks a little bit like Green Gables! Haha.

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