I Heart Faces – “I Wanna Dance” challenge

This week’s I Heart Faces photo challenge is “I Wanna Dance”.  My choices for this were slim, but I do have one favorite.  This past summer, we went on an Alaskan cruise.  Each evening at dinner, the waiters would do some sort of short entertainment.  One night the waiters danced to music.  Little J jumped up and joined in the fun.  This photo captures the total enthusiasm he displays when he is doing something he really enjoys. That is one (of the many) quality I love about him.

Check out the other dancers at I Heart Faces.

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All the cool bloggers do it.

Have a giveaway.

So I’m going to have a giveaway.

So I’ll be cool, too.

A way for us to get to know each other better.

So here is the fabulous gift awaiting you.


rec_cardOne of a kind playing cards.

You will have your very own, exclusive LoneStarLifer designed deck of playing cards.  The picture on the card was taken by me in Alaska.

There are two decks to be given away.  The set above, which is rectangular.

And this unique deck of round cards.   

round_cardI also took the picture on this deck.

You can enter up to four times by:

(1) Leaving a comment here and telling me where you would cruise if money was no object. 
(2) Twittering about the giveaway and letting me know you did.
(3) If you are a blogger, linking to this post and encouraging your readers to come by and leave a comment.Email me at lonestarlifer(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know you linked to this post.
(4) Subscribing to this blog using Feedburner in the top right corner of my site and leaving another comment to let me know.

Now that you’ve stopped hyperventilating from the awesomeness of this giveaway, enter by September 12, 2009 and hopefully you will soon be playing solitaire with your own deck of Alaska playing cards.  Yes, I know it’s not a computer or a plane ticket.  But you have to start somewhere.

Let the dealing begin!!

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Friday Faves – Carnival Spirit Alaskan Cruise.

So once there was this girl named Lone Star Lifer.  She lived in a hot part of Texas.  Every day it was hot, hotter, hottest.

Through a series of family events, Lifer got to be a part of a family Alaskan cruise.  To where it is cool, cooler, coolest.  COLD.  In the summer.   There are also mountains and trees.  Also lots and lots of water, of which there is a great lack of in Texas.

So Lifer, Big J and Little J got on a big bird with metal wings.


We, along with about 599 strangers, sat in small seats, drank some soda pop out of plastic glasses, and flew through the clouds.


Here was our home away from home.


Little J was quite the cruiser.


Lifer could see glaciers from the deck…


And beautiful scenery almost every time she heard the dinner bell ringing as she walked to the dining room.


Breakfast was plentiful, and already prepared when Lifer got up in the mornings after sleeping deeply with the sound of the waves wafting through the open balcony door.


Speaking of food……



And she saved room for dessert.


Sometimes two.


Then she would go back outside and look at God’s handiwork some more.


A West Texas high school friend took Lifer’s family on a field trip to the Mendenhall Glacier.


See the pretty purple flowers.  The Alaskans are sad when the flowers show their purple blossoms, because that means summer is almost over for them.

Here is Lifer’s family in front of the glacier.  Notice we have cold weather clothing on.  In July.  It was heavenly.   Also, it covers up the 9 pounds we’ve put on in the 3 days we’ve been on the ship.


See Lifer and Big J smile.  The week was so relaxing and fulfilling mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally.    Cruising is IT, baby!


This cruise was the first vacation Lifer and Big J had taken in 10 years.   That’s a story for another time.

Today will no doubt be really hot where I am (heat index predicted 105 degrees) – maybe where you are too.  So here is one more cool picture.


More pictures later as I get them loaded.
All pictures property of Paula Parks, Lone Star Lifer.

P.S.  Elaine and Bennie correctly guessed where I was.  Get in touch with me and I will send you a fabulous Alaska souvenir.

Click here for Part 2 of my Friday Fave about our Alaskan Cruise.

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.