Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'm Back - and a Blog Hop Winner :)

I want to sincerely thank all of you for visiting while I was away! I didn't want to post it on my blog (no sense in giving any opportunistic thieves any ideas ;) but I was on a two week vacation, traveling out West! We visited nine national parks, several national monuments, some fabulous cities like Moab, Utah, Taos, New Mexico and Las Vegas, visited Loretto church and the miraculous staircase, watched the balloon festival in Albuquerque and had a fabulous time!

I took so many pictures and you will probably see some posted here in the coming weeks, but I thought I'd share a few with you today!
I was lucky enough to snap this little guy in Mesa Verde National Park (from the comfy confines of the RV!) I'm not sure how common coyote sightings are, but he was a perfect subject!

All of the National Parks we visited were just gorgeous (Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest) and I took tons of pics. Here is one of Bryce Canyon:
And the Grand Canyon:
 
And I couldn't visit Vegas without snapping a pic of the iconic sign:
Thank you again for being such great friends and visiting even when I couldn't visit you back. I plan on stopping by your blogs the next few days to see all the projects I've missed while I was gone. I'm having trouble getting caught up. I really don't know why vacations wear you out so much :)

Thank you to everyone who stopped by last Saturday to help celebrate Brenda's birthday with a blog hop! I had a critter stamp set from Inkidinkido as blog candy and the winner of the stamp set is....


Congratulations, Diana! I'll send you an email to get your address or you can email me!!

Don't forget that today is the LAST DAY to enter my Six Month Blogoversary Giveaway (click HERE)!! I will announce the winner tomorrow....and I have another exciting giveaway to announce! So be sure you stop back tomorrow for both announcements!!

Thanks again, everyone for visiting while I was gone! It may take a few days to get caught up and get my groove back, but I'll be posting projects again soon! Have a great day :)

37 comments:

jessica said...

congrats Diana! Beautiful pictures!!

Denise said...

Great pictures!

Dee Burns said...

Such beautiful pictures. Glad you had a great time. Congrats on your success.

Have a great day!
Dee B

Congrats Diana L.

angie ashuk said...

Wow...sounds like a great adventure :)
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Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Look forward to your photos. Been to Albuquerque but not seen the Balloon Festival there. We have coyotes in our neighborhood. The coyotes have been brave and come out during the day looking for food (small cats let out are in danger). Last yr especially enjoyed Utah touring Bryce Canyon. I want to go back to Las Vegas to see Terry Fator the puppet impersonator that won on America's Got Talent some time ago.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Oh---I think I need a copy of your trip itinerary! I've been telling my husband for years that I want to go out west and see it ALL. Love the pictures! Glad you had a good time.

Diane Hodrick said...

beautiful pix! back to reality, huh?

Karen H said...

Congratulations, Diana! :o) OMG Lisa, your pictures are AMAZING! :o) I love, love, love photography and long to be in such picturesque environments.. if only for a moment! ;) Your gorgeous images zipped me there for a little while.. thank you for sharing them with us! I'm looking forward to seeing more vacation memories and fabulous projects. :o) Have a blessed day, my sweet friend!

Hugs and blessings! :o)
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Dr Sonia S V said...

Sure missed you Lisa and such gorgeous pictures!

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V
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Eva said...

Great Pictures, so glad you had a great time. Welcome back we all missed you. Congrats to Diana too for the win.
Eva :0)
http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com

Amy said...

Wonderful pictures!!!! So glad you had a good time and are back- we missed you! Congratulations to Diana!! :)Amy

DIANA L. said...

Thank you Lisa I will e-mail you my address.
Great pics That would have been a fun trip.
DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/

Nita T. said...

Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your vacation memories with us - I love how WARM it looks in the photos! HA! :) So happy to have you back in Blogland again.
Nita :)

Rosalee said...

Fabulous Photo's Lisa and welcome back.
Hugs, Rosalee

Pendra said...

Glad you had a great trip, gorgeous photos... now it's back to reality! Congrats to Diana!

Letillia said...

Welcome Back, You were missed! I'm glad you had a wonderful trip you Deserve it!

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Susan said...

Love the pictures Lisa, especially the coyote one! ( I love dogs, wild or not). TFS your pictures with us, it sounds like it was a fabulous trip! I'll keep this short, I know what it's like to get caught up! ;)

Glad to have you back friend!

Susan

Charlotte said...

The photos are just beautiful!! I think the western part of the US is just gorgeous. There are so many beautiful National Parks. I look forward to seeing more of your photos. Glad you are back so we can see more of your creativity.

Thanks for the kind comments you left on m y blog. I really apprecialte it.
Charlotte

Audrey Frelx said...

Lisa, congratulations on your win!!!

Wow, what wonderful pictures -- so glad you had such a wonderful time, and glad you're back!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your photos! Congrats Diana!
Carri~abusybee
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scrappinC said...

Wonderful pictures. I especially like your coyote picture. I think vacation wear us out because we try to put so much into a day. Sounds like you had a wonderful time though.
Cindy Lou

Sherrie K. said...

Welcome back girlfriend! You have been missed! Glad to see you back at it and...yes, it takes a while to get caught up. I felt very overwhelmed when I got back and seen all the emails..yikes! I feel for ya!
Sounds like you had a beautiful trip. I love the pic's you shared. The Grand Canyon is a beautiful place to visit, ha? Your picture is gorgeous. TFS!

Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

RiNNE said...

Sounds like a great trip! Those canyon pics are amazing!!!

Pam said...

First, let me say congrats to Diana! Now my sweet friend I love your pictures. I'm so glad you had a great time. Even though long trips can zap some energy isn't it good to see our wonderful country:)) I love our land, we have so many beautiful places to see, and beautiful people to meet too. So happy you had a good time, but also happy you're back. I did miss your sweet visits. Hugs, Pam

Karen said...

amazing pictures so glad you had a great time even happier you are back

Jayne said...

Hi Lisa,so glad you're back. Really pleased you had such a great time,your trip sounds amazing and I love your photos.Bryce Canyon in particular looks stunning!
Big hugs
Jayne x

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Hi Lisa I love your pictures and can't wait to see a few more. Looks like you'll have a lot of scrapbooking to do. :) I always feel like I need a vacation from a vacation. Welcome back and no worries about the candy. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sending me the email. Hugs, Tami

Gloria Westerman said...

Beautiful pictures....Congratulation to Diana ...one of these days I'm going to the Grand Canyon.....tfs

Anonymous said...

Lisa your photos are stunning, thank you so much for all the nice comments and for dropping by my blog. Glad you had a wonderful vacation.

Hugs, Lori m

Karen said...

Welcome back Lisa! Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a great time! :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Rhonda Emery said...

great pictures look like you had a great vacation, glad you are back. hugs

smyiow said...

I want to go to the Grand Canyon now! It looks so beautiful!

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Christine America Real said...

Welcome back Lisa! I made that trip a couple years ago (it was a business trip for my hubby and a couple of the wives tagged along) isn't the Grand Canyon just Grand? I loved it, I want to go back there soon. Stop over to my blog when you have a chance, I have an award for you!
http://chrissandlou.blogspot.com/2011/10/i-won-award.html

Shelly said...

So glad you are home my friend! Can I tell you something? Bloggy world is not the same without you! Beautiful pics. love the Vegas sign:) Have a great night! Shelly

jo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

What a great vacation! Your photos are gorgeous! Congrats to Diana! :)

Rez P. said...

Congrats to Diana! I'm happy to see you are back my sweet friend. Those pictures looks so beautiful.
I'm glad you had such a fabulous time too.
Hugs,
Rez
Karezma Kreations

Sabrina said...

Great pictures Lisa, and what a fun vacation you had! Glad you are back home safe and sound!
Hugs,
Sabrina

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