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Turning 54: A Film

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:14:00 +0000


While my son is on the job hunt, he found a video transfer device for me to buy so he could transfer all of our old VHS tapes, and 8mm tapes to a digital format.  He is done!  And I couldn't be happier to have this completed.  This is the one I bought and it seems to have worked well.
One thing I have noted as we watched bits and pieces of these tapes: I wish I would have recorded more of the places and the adults. (I mention that too in the last little film)  The adults shy away or we just put the camera on the toddler learning to walk.  And while yes, that is cute and I'm enjoying re-watching my kids learning to walk,  we all agree that we sure wish we could see more of the adults at the birthday parties and family gatherings.  I suppose it really just hits home because of losing Jim and now both of my parents.  I realize how much Jim didn't talk when the camera was on because no one likes to hear their own voices on tape. 

  Tape yourself.  Tape the other adults too.  Your kids you are taping will also love to see their aunts and uncles, grandparents, and of course parents when they were younger.

Here is a bit of an attempt.  But, I'm not talking on it yet. Ha!  Baby steps.

I didn't tape too much because the big problem with getting in front of the camera is that you aren't behind the camera, so it takes more planning and effort. 


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Who doesn't love the drop and pick up game played with a one year old?!

Happy Monday!
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Moving Day: A Short Film

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:14:00 +0000

We moved our son a few weeks ago out of his apartment.  By the time we came to help, he had already dismantled much of it. I tried to get a little bit of the place to help him remember it.  I think it would be great fun if I could go back and watch a video of the apartments and houses I lived in through college!  People often don't think to tape or photograph the things and places of their lives.  Of course we want to see people, but it's so fun to see the rest of the story as time goes on too.  I haven't done a lot of that in the past, but some.  I'm trying to do more of it.  This was all shot on my phone.  It was cold, beginning to snow, and get dark, so there wasn't going to be a lot of dilly dallying around to get good video shots.  It's a good memory piece.

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My Not So Little Dancers

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:10:00 +0000

Our dance recital isn't until the end of April, but they have already had "picture day". This year, since I have my little studio space in my basement I could take their pictures myself. Of course they still go down to the studio for the group pictures.I really need a bigger space and back drop than I have as they are getting so tall!They were such willing participants, it was so much fun.I had other ideas to to try, but I didn't allot enough time on this day for experimentation.They are in separate tap/jazz classes, but are in the same ballet class.  The costumes are soooooo pretty this year![...]



A Little Known Fact

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:53:00 +0000

So I had another birthday....and I guess that always makes a person reminisce. And, go dig through old papers. This is kind of a fun trip down memory lane and something few would know about me.  I played a horse in Equus in 1990!  It was in a community theater in Sioux Falls, SD, but none the less...I had a part!Now, I announce this fact like you all know about the 1970s psychosexual play that won a Tony and had Daniel Radcliffe star in it in the 80s. And, maybe you do.  I do now, but truthfully, I had no idea what it was about when I went to audition for it.No idea whatsoever.  My first baby was about 6 months old and we had just moved to a new city, new state right before her birth.  I had started a new job and Jim had started his Family Practice residency all in the past 8 months.  Apparently, I thought that all wasn't enough adventure and decided to try to get a part in a play.  I'm pretty sure it was actually just the opposite.  Life was too much and I needed an outlet.  I came home from the auditions laughing and told my husband "Apparently there is normally a nude scene for the lead actor, but this director decided to do it clothed!"  I remember sitting there as the director announced all of this with my best poker face on.  Trying to be cool like the other kids, knowing all about famous plays and all.  When they asked me which role I'd be auditioning for, I mumbled something about being open to any of them???  Apparently you should know such a thing before going in for an audition.  Poker face again.  I believe I was good at that face.  That's called acting.  hahaha!!  When I got a call to be in the chorus which included being a horse, "a customer" with two lines!,  and a "theater goer", I was thrilled. My husband went to one performance and thought it was agonizing!  We had a tape of it somewhere and he joked that we would use it as a punishment for the kids to have to watch someday.Trust me when I say he didn't insult me.  All the acting was actually quite good, that wasn't his complaint.  It was the drama of it. Not our cup of tea.That's me!  Jill Martin then.Page 2 of "that's me"!From the newspaper then.  Look at the awesome horse heads that were constructed for us!  They were a great likeness of those used on Broadway.  That's me on the left. :) Of course, when this has come up in conversation over the years...Me: "I played a horse in Equus"  Every other person: "Really, which end of it??"[...]



Another Film!

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:08:00 +0000

We were in "the city" a week or so ago for some appointments and had to drop off something to my daughter.  So.....having videos on my mind, I took along my camera.  So much I want to say about how this should be better (and it is better thanks to input from my son and daughter!) but once again,  if I aim too high at the beginning, I won't even start.  So here we go again.  :)  By the way, my daughter had tried a new TexMex crock pot dinner that her oldest two didn't like. 


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I could watch that little toddler granddaughter of ours toddle all day long! ♥

The next project up is "Moving Day" from when we moved our son out of his apartment on Sunday.  I bought the app for my phone from the same company as my Desktop program, hoping to tape and edit on my phone for the times when there isn't time.  As on a moving day in January. Arg...there has been a big hiccup in the program that I'm still trying to iron out with the technical support people.


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Snow Days

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:06:00 +0000

After two days off of school and my husband stuck at the farm, we are back to our more routine life.  The snow we got on Monday morning was truly beautiful albeit a bit annoying for those who had to get out in it.  (ahem...my farmer husband)

I decided our snow days would make for a fun home movie.  I've been inspired by Xanthe Berkeley for years with her Time Capsules and Mini Movies and hope in the near future to take a course from her.  But, first I had to learn to use some software and the video aspect of my camera.  My first project was a little film of a visit to my new great niece.  For me when I'm learning something new, it's better to have a focus on a specific project that I for sure want to bring to completion.  When we knew Sunday that the snow was coming early Monday morning I had the focus to do this film and was ready to begin filming.

There is so so much to learn and some more equipment to acquire to help improve the video quality,  but if  a person waits for perfection, you won't get started.

So I've started.

Here is a glimpse into our two snow days:
(There is music if you want to turn on your sound.)

I see a heart in the hot chocolate. See if you do too!


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If you were wondering, my daughter was working on posters for her speech for the upcoming high school speech contests.  Also, we could use a bigger hill around here!

Before I got started with this film making endeavor, there was much reading and debate with myself (I actually paced the floor for awhile.) about which software to use and how to find music that I could license. I ended up buying PowerDirector 16 by Cyber Link for the video editing and subscribing to Soundstripe for music.  I have been so very pleased with both of them.  Xanthe recommended Soundstripe and has a discount on her blog.

I hope this is just a beginning of many more and eventually improved films.  
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I Fish You'd Read This

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:53:00 +0000

Last year about this time, I became a little obsessed with fish.I made a wire fish, a fish sachet, and these.  Valentine fish. ♥  For my family and a friend.I'm still obsessed, just haven't made any recently.  I cut these little "sweethearts" out of lathe boards on my scroll saw and then I wood burned and painted them.  All along while making them I was thinking about fish puns.  To send along with my Fish Valentines. It was hours of entertaining myself. :) So these little cards went along with a stringer of three fish to my Valentine's.I didn't know I would think a stringer of little wood fish would be so fun!I just thought of another one!"Don't string me along, will you be mine?"[...]



On This Date: in 1967 and 1969

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 16:58:00 +0000

This morning thinking about the cold (the forecast here is a high of 1 and low of -10 today and colder yet tomorrow), the end of the year, and the beginning of the new year led me to go look at my parents' old calendars again. I posted about them before here. I was wondering what they were up to on December 30th.In 1967 the 30th was also on a Saturday.And, it was cold.  So states my Dad, "Cold." He notes it was -15 degrees.He went bowling as was their recreation on Saturdays (and Thursdays?) for many years. I'm not sure if in 1967 my Mom was bowling on Saturdays yet.  I would have only been 3 and was the youngest of 6. The car froze and had to be pulled home.  I'd love more details here.  Who pulled it home?  And he would have obviously had to walk to get a ride from someone.  No cell phones.....1969 was even colder and a terribly sad occurrence is noted.-16 degrees Dad notes that 3 kids froze south of Coleridge.  Mom adds "to death".  I can imagine her worry about us kids.I tried doing a newspaper archive search to find out more about that, but didn't get very far.Stay safe if you are out in the cold.::~::I hope God sends so many beautiful blessings to all of you in 2018!!Happy New Year!!![...]



A Scrappy Advent Calendar

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:14:00 +0000

 Well here is the opened and counted down Advent Calendar I posted about here. I took pictures of it before I sent it off. It has all been opened and taking up it's residence in my friend's home. ♥It is a complete hodgepodge.  And I love it that way. :)"Hodgepodge" is a great word, isn't it?I made all the tags by collaging bits on book pages, then I decided to back them in vintage music pages.  I used hymnal pages and words along with vintage wall paper. I used a tag punch to create the tags from the larger collaged pieces.  Then I added the buttons and words.So each envelope (that you can see in this post) held a tag and a "dangle".  I wasn't sure what else to call them as they aren't quite ornaments.  They are though, indeed, dangles.There is a little of everything included in the dangles.  Vintage belt buckles, rhinestone pins, buttons, new beads, silk sari ribbon, crocheted bits, ball chain, vintage jewelry pieces, a soldered necklace pendant, and on.....With all the little bits and what-not that I have, I could make a lot of Advent Calendars!I hope this inspires you to make one for yourself or a friend! [...]



Merry Christmas!!

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:02:00 +0000


Well, the day has passed, but the season is upon us and we can celebrate until Epiphany!  I think the days after Christmas are the best days.  There is a relaxing and letting go of all the "things to think about" and you can spend time in the stable by the manger.  Every year I strive to grow in my understanding of this mystery. (Inch by inch we grow!) He was born as he was, into poverty and humble surroundings, so that we can find Him in our own poverty and places where we lack. So my striving then turns more to just being.  Being who I am and acknowledging all those places where there is still darkness and his light needs to shine. Revealing those places to him is your gift to him.

Maybe your advent was too full of worldly things to really prepare for his coming, but it's not too late.  You can still stop and look around your own heart and see where that little sweet baby is nudging and shining new light.  

Isn't that just so very beautiful?  

We took our family picture back in October for our Christmas card. Yesterday, I was out with my husband gathering firewood and walked in the same place as this picture was taken.  So funny to think of how it changes so dramatically. Yesterday is was only 6 degrees here!!  We'd talked about getting wood ready when our fall days were in the 60s, but apparently there wasn't enough sport in that for us!  Plus I gave my husband a chain saw sharpener for Christmas so sharpening the saw became a Christmas Day project. 


This is a favorite "outtake" from our picture taking session!

Peace to you all!
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Celebrate!

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:53:00 +0000

I am avoiding more work that needs to be done here so thought I'd edit a few pictures from our son's college graduation this past Saturday.  What a great day and event to celebrate!There he is on the big screen as we were too far away to actually see him on stage, but for a dot.  I have to admit I took a few pictures of other bearded graduates before he got up there!  All of us were having trouble identifying him.  "There he is!" One of us would say and I'd click a picture.  "No, that's not him!"  And again...and again....until "THAT'S HIM!!" (All unknown bearded graduates have been deleted from my computer, ha!!)The whole ceremony was so nice.  The Star Spangled Banner was sung beautifully and the Chancellor asked everyone to stand and remove their hats and there wasn't a peep from the crowd until she was done singing.  Then after the diplomas were handed out he asked different groups to stand.  What graduates were from Nebraska?  What graduates were from other states in the USA?  What graduates were from other countries?  (LOTS!)  What graduates were first generation college graduates?The beauty of the freedom we have here to get a good education (or to not go to college if that's your choice) was evident this day. I have to say, that as big of a proponent of education that I am, I am just as big of a proponent for those choosing to not go to college.  That choice needs to be respected. A person's value does not come from their degree. That freedom filled me with gratitude! And you knew the whole stadium was filled with it too.UNL stadium in the background.A graduate and his five sisters. ♥Three down, three to go!(I had no idea I would be so emotional, but I was.)We stopped at a favorite Pub of Will's for a celebratory drink and ended up staying there to eat.  We had the place almost to ourselves.I still have a can of Guinness in the cupboard from before Jim died.  A favorite of his.  (Now of Will's too.)Irish food!  Lots of potato dishes on the menu and so good.Such a fun and cozy place to hang out for awhile!Of course now the job hunt is on in the mechanical engineering field, but in the mean time he will be perfecting his pretzel making and bread baking skills and we will be his test tasters. :) Now, back to Christmas preparations.[...]



An Advent Calendar Preview

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:35:00 +0000

A long time ago my sister in law emailed me a picture of an advent calendar hanging from a branch. I saved the image (I'm sorry I don't know who was the source) and finally this year I was able to make one of my own!For now though, you just get a preview as this was all mailed off to a friend and I don't want to reveal more than she has already seen. :) I found these thin, tall envelopes at Hobby Lobby and thought they were pretty perfect. They open at the top, not the side. Sewing my own envelopes would have been more perfect, but that time thing you know....The branch is actually a bunch of bittersweet vines that all grew together and when I went out to find a good branch for my project, I realized how wonderful the vines would be instead. The red "ribbons" are actually fabric scraps from a rag ball intended for use in a rag rug from the 1930s or 40s.  I bought a big box of authentic rag balls years and years ago at an auction.  I pull of little bits from them here and there.  The red ball is almost gone now because it's such a great shade of red.This is definitely a scrappy kind of project (the content of the envelopes) so those scrappy ties are just right.Some day I may make one for myself to keep, but then there wouldn't be a surprise in opening up the envelopes would there? Unless I made it in August or so because I'd forget what I had in there in 3-4 months easily!  Any of you have that problem?  Good grief I'm forgetful.I hope your advent is starting off full of peace. [...]



Time to Perform!

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:17:00 +0000


Today, our senior daughter will be performing in the One Act district competition.  They have a large cast and crew and have a great performance of The Audition!


Our daughter plays the old, tired, hard-working mother who doesn't care about her daughter's role in an upcoming play.  She's actually pretty scary!


I played old women in high school productions too, hmmm...


These two are so proud of their big sister!

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A Sweet Little One Year Old

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:15:00 +0000

Our youngest granddaughter turned one at the beginning of November!I thought I'd share a few of her "one year old" photos I took of her. (There were a lot more pictures!)She moves and she moves quickly so it was a challenge to get her smiling at the camera.  One year olds are busy, busy, busy!She is so sweet.And she has lots of teeth already. :)If you'd like to reminisce with me, here are a few pictures from last year and Bridget's one year old pictures (our second granddaughter)  I don't think I ever posted our oldest granddaughter's one year pictures here on my blog.  Walking is just around the corner for her!~happy monday~[...]



Saturday Digest

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:15:00 +0000


It's been a long time since I've done a digest post.  It's time. :)



►I took this photo at my brother and sister in law's place in August.  They have some chickens, goats, a few pigs, a horse and a few calves.  The girls always love to see their menagerie.  These Guernsey calves are so photogenic!

►STICKS, folks, sticks. Here and so cool!  You may remember how much I enjoy sticks from this post.  It wasn't until half way through the video that I realized the artist had a band saw there cutting the sticks to the size he wanted.  Vision is what he had.  But maybe more importantly, he had the confidence to see it through.

►This year-long embroidery project is inspiring.  If you scroll all the way down through the pictures she posted you get a wonderful visual representation of the encouraging phrase "just start".

I've mentioned Ann Wood here before but seriously, her email in my in box is a bright spot of inspiration.

►I just ordered Randy's Christmas gift to me.  ;)  After I placed the order, I found myself just smiling and so happy.  I told the girls, "He'll enjoy giving this to me so much!"  They sort of laughed. (image)



Scene and Story: A Bare Light Bulb

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:44:00 +0000


Scene and Story crept up on me.  Better late....!

Earlier in October we were given the chance to visit my husband's old high school through his sister in law who works at the school.  It was so much fun to see where he went to school!  Only a few rooms of the school are in use now.  Most of the rooms are either used for storage of physical things or for holding memories. 

This closet really caught my attention.  Not updated at all as some of the other rooms had been.  A bare light bulb lighting the narrow space.   

It's always interesting to me, what gets left behind.  Pretty sure none of this will be used in the current active classrooms.

"What now?" hangs in the air.  Much like the bare bulb.

I'm linking up with Scene and Story here.


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Photoshop Exploration

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:52:00 +0000

I just finished (until I decide to go tweak something) editing some photos for a friend and my daughter's senior pictures.  I have a couple more photo projects waiting, but I needed to just explore photoshop for fun for a bit.

So I present to you my daughter, Bonnie, in three of Pantone's popular colors for Fall 2017!  Autumn Maple, Navy Peony, and Tawny Port.

I've been wanting to learn how to do this for some time, so thank you to Benny Qibal and this youtube tutorial!

I love the effect of simple solid color blocking!  It's because of the new lighting I have that I posted about here, that I could make this effect work well.  I have so much to learn, but the learning process is wonderful.

~have a great Monday~


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Autumn Drieds

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:14:00 +0000

My obsession with dried flowers, pressed flowers, and seed pods continues.  I hope it's contagious and you are enjoying them too!I pressed these a couple of years ago, maybe just last summer.  I think they are from a flowing succulent I had in the tank garden.  This fall, as I started to use my pressed flowers, I thought these would really look nice framed.  I had the frame already that I picked up at Target because it just seemed "so right" for something.  So this is that something!  I used navy mat board for the backing and it was very easy to put it together.  Not so easy to photograph!  Glass reflects, and it reflects everything.  Sometimes you can use that to your advantage, but mostly, it's just tricky.Recently I picked up this old frame at Cottonwood Antiques in Columbus.  I almost talked myself out of it because I have other old frames....  This one had a parrot needlepoint in it that didn't really fit.  And it needed laundering.  So now, it's clean, but I'm not sure what I'll do with it. (And, it's kind of wonky looking.)  The frame had another calling. I painted some burlap fabric with navy craft paint and then glued on some seed pods.  I love this so much! I believe it will stay up year round until I do something else with the frame because as you can guess, this won't store well!  They are secure, but they won't take anything being stacked on them.  But, that's fine.  Isn't that part of the beauty of these seed pods?  You can toss them.  There will be more.On this board: Wild Cucumber Vine, Asiatic Iris, Blackberry Lily, Love in the Mist, Fennel, Sunflower, a skeleton from a Tomatilla, Hyacinth Bean Vine, Button Weed, and one I can't remember.• You can see more decorating with seed pods and drieds here.• I needlefelted some of the acorns in the top picture and I bought some from Lisa here.• You can read more about the little paper house here. • The crocheted stones were a gift from a friend. ♥    [...]



Playing in the Ditch

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:58:00 +0000

I've posted milkweed pictures before and I will most certainly post them again.  They are magical and beautiful.We had a little bit of time on Sunday to stop and play a bit in a ditch on a dirt road.  I had tried on Saturday, but was pulled right down into the ditch when I pulled over on to the deceptively somewhat dry looking road side.  I was able to drive out with our four wheel drive engaged, but very slowly and very carefully.Thinking another day was needed for things to dry, I waited for Sunday to try again.Ditches, creeks, and milkweeds.  ♥(But we were careful for mud, itch weed, and thistles.  Exploring doesn't come without risks, ha!)These girls are always ready to play and explore. And, thankfully, so is my husband.Now I have a couple more bags of fluffy seeds and pods.  I don't really do too much with them, except put them in a jar to enjoy. (And plant them!) I used one pod once to needle felt a baby Jesus in.  My own milkweeds that I had in my tank garden got all dark and almost oily and I had to pull them.  They apparently prefer growing in the wild![...]



September: Scene and Story

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000


Hello October!
I switch from loving it to feeling emotional about it.  Fall affects me oddly. How about you?

Once again I'm linking up with Sarah for Scene and Story.  Although I have many favorite photos from this past month of still lifes and Claire's Senior pictures, this is a favorite with a good story.

Claire was a candidate for Homecoming this past Friday and the older kids were able to come home for it. :)  Lauren brought our oldest granddaughter too and it was her first football game so everything was exciting for her.  Then when her aunt got a flower she was thrilled to hold it!

Claire was so afraid she would trip in her high heels or sink in to the field as they had to walk across while the spiel of their high school career was read.  No tripping and no sinking I'm happy to report!

Of course after the very brief coronation we had to take photos.   Will, is wearing my first husband, Jim's, coat that was gifted to him by the school 20 years ago as he used to be the unofficial football team Doctor.  He took the coat a couple of years ago when he went to college and loves it.  I love seeing him wear it especially here on the football field.

I can't say I'm a fan of Homecoming coronations. I believe it to be unnecessary stress and stirs up unhealthy competitive feelings in our high school students. Thankfully, Claire just kind of slides with it all.  But, I am a big fan of school spirit and of seeing the gifts that came from where you grew up.

~happy fall to you all~


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Petals and Lace

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:42:00 +0000


Oh gosh, flowers.  So much to enjoy and even when they are spent, the beauty lives on.


I dry a lot of the bouquets I create and also make little bundles of blooms to hang throughout the summer.  Now, that it's fall, I'll gather more before they are gone.


They pair magnificently with these pieces of crochet work.


♥♥♥
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Vine Wraps

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:25:00 +0000

Back in May I posted here about the garden wreaths I made.  In early August, after we had done a LOT of trimming and chopping and cutting in the periphery of our back yard I spent a couple of hours making more wreaths.  Which are still hanging yet today as you see them here.  :)Then I thought maybe jar wraps would be fun to make.And, they were!So now I can adorn the jars that I keep seeds, pods, and "what not" in.Very simple, but really adds a little something!Making them is just rather relaxing, especially the day I formed these, it was so nice outside.  Now, maybe I should form some vines into Christmas trees.   Little table top ones perhaps.~enjoy the rest of your weekend~[...]



Looking Ahead

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:51:00 +0000

Two weeks ago, my daughter and I went out to take the first round of her senior pictures.

Oh look, an abandoned church.

Let's take pictures there.

Yes, let's.

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We took the second round this past Saturday in between the ACT test, Husker football, and celebrating two of my kids' birthdays.  It was a full day!  I'll post more pictures soon I hope.




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Scene and Story: Aunt BonBon Dresses Up

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:36:00 +0000


Here it is September and I see it's time for another Scene and Story hosted by Sarah and Leon.

This was just a quick photo taken after we had celebrated our second granddaughter turning 2.  She received some dress up shoes as a gift so of course the dressing up followed.  Aunt BonBon, as the grands call my daughter Bonnie, was joining in.  The photo is busy, poor lighting, etc. but that is part of the story.  Their house was busy and everyone was enjoying themselves. If you look in the back you can get a glimpse of the other Grandma giving our youngest granddaughter a bottle. My son in law was showing her the photo book they had just made from their trip to Germany. 

fun~busy~loud

Pictures of the "things" and the "goings on" are as important as the group shots and individual poses I think and we often overlook taking those.

Because dress up is so fun: here and here are a couple of older posts on the same subject. My heart got all fuzzy revisiting them. :)

~have a great week~
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Sunflowers That Are Sunny

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:34:00 +0000


Oh my.  I am so enjoying the sunflowers this year!  I think I have five different varieties and hopefully will photograph each separately to document and remember them.  I have a dream of a garden journal~even if just utilitarian and not all pretty like I envision. Just so you know, they don't look all that pretty in the garden.  It's full of weeds, but they bloom in spite of that.  Probably why I love them so much.  I posted this same bouquet as a black and white image on Instagram.  Either way, the fowers are really something to enjoy.

By the way, the title of the post?  I really miss reading kids' books to my girls!  The voice of many of those wonderful books is still with me and I enjoy it.

~happy friday~
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