I have three images for you today and coincidentally I have three grand children. 🙂
Fun day yesterday as Angie brought the kids over to our house to play as Ben was working. We have a “toy room” in the lower level that is totally dedicated to the kids and they can do pretty much (with supervision) whatever they want. We have most, if not all of Angie and Mark’s toys still there and even though they don’t have all the fancy electronics the grand kids just love them.
One of their favorite things to do is paint with water colors. Messy but again that’s what the room is for.
This image is of two of my favorite women in the world. The other favorite one doesn’t like to have her picture taken. 🙂
Austin is such a fun young man and generally happy as can be. After lunch I was playing with him in the living room and he was trying to get in some desk drawers that contain things that he should be exposed to. I was trying to misdirect him but I think he thought it was a game because he would go back to the drawer and pull it open. Finally I said, “Austin No!”
Grand pa has never said no before. His head went down, his lower lip came out and he started gently hitting the drawer. The tears finally came and he went running to Mommy. The good news is that he was back in about two minutes with his normal smile and ready to play some more.
Last evening we went to Josh’s hockey scrimmage held at the Mystique Community Ice Center. It is a wonderful facility but as can be imagined cold all the time. I have to admit I’m not a fan of hockey. I don’t understand the rules, I never played it, and the arena is beyond loud. The Dubuque Fighting Saints were playing a Cedar Rapids team.
So the first period was over and then the young kids got to scrimmage and I was able to get some shots of Josh. Came back to our seating and happened to ask Ben how many periods there were. He said, “three.” Jeanne felt sorry for me so we left after the end of the second period. Angie later texted to say the Saints won in overtime.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your day and be careful.
Today is all about our Grand Kids and I have four images for you.
Yesterday morning with the sun shinning and the temperature barely 41 degrees Jeanne and I went to the Dubuque Soccer Complex to watch Gabby’s game. The image above shows her reluctance to participate. I asked her if Grandpa could walk her out on the field and she agreed. 🙂
Ten minutes later this was her running around the field with her teammates and having fun. It just takes Gabby a little bit to warm up to things and once she does then she’s all in.
Austin wanted no part of the soccer game and found this metal bench much more interesting and enjoyable. An older child walked by us and he took his Binky out, waved and said “bye-bye.” I think he even blew him a kiss. 🙂
Not to leave Josh out he was playing with some other kids and I captured this image at one of the rare moments when he was standing alone. I always wonder what is going on in his mind when I see him with this look.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day and as always be careful.
I got to photograph this little cutie yesterday afternoon, after work. Her parents work at the local Mexican restaurant in Maquoketa and I have gotten to know her Mother, Lettie who is a very hard-working and excellent food server. Anyway to make a long story short I photographed Lettie’s son a couple of years ago (she had never had a portrait of him) and then she had this little pumpkin about 7 months ago so I told her I would photograph her when the opportunity worked out.
Her son remembered our photo session, which like this one was held at Little Bear Park. The light was dappled so I used a reflector to provide more even light on them. I had to hand hold the reflector and the camera so I didn’t get the best angle on them. I needed an assistant. 🙂
Anyway it was a fun session and I’ll make a couple of prints for the family of the kids.
After dinner last evening I went outside to contemplate the events of the day. I saw this guy in the sky. I’ve shot the moon (no pun intended) hundreds of times but can’t resist photographing a full moon. I took this image with the Nikon D500 | Nikon 200 – 500 mm lens | ISO 100 1/500 sec @ f8.
That’s it for today. Thank you for checking out the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We were able to spend it with our children and grand children and that made it very special. We attended the annual Memorial Day parade yesterday. It is always impressive to see all the veterans who have served this great country get a small amount of the tribute they deserve.
If you have followed this blog for at least the last couple of years you may remember seeing the image above. It was taken two years ago. Josh and Gabby were playing with some small toys in the bird bath. By the time they were through playing they were both soaked. Something about water and kids. They are drawn like a magnet to it. 🙂
So fast forward a couple of years and They are still playing in the water. Angie put Austin on the grass at the far end of the patio. He walked, crawled, and coasted to the water, drawn like a moth to the flame. I couldn’t resist the capture.
That’s it for today. I haven’t gone through my parade images. Usually they are not all that good because of the clutter of the background but perhaps a couple will be worth posting.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
We had a visit from the Grands yesterday. Ben was on call and Angie stopped by with the Grand Kids for a couple of hours. After playing, eating lunch, and playing some more we walked over to the school playground to burn off some energy. 🙂
It was a beautiful day weather wise and the playground was full of young children from the neighborhood. When we purchased our house 22 years ago we were one of about 20 houses in the sub division and there was nothing but farm land behind us. Now I can’t even begin to tell you how many homes have been built-in the area plus a grammar and middle school. One of our neighbors put his house on the market last week and it sold the first day. When I found out how much he got for his house it made me think about selling. But then again the thought of going through a move put those ideas out of my head pretty quick.
Austin did not appreciate the bright sun nor the grass on his hands and feet. It was one of the few times I’ve seen him where he wasn’t all smiles. I don’t know but doesn’t he look like he has a Donald Trump hair duo? 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Please indulge me today as I have images of my three grandchildren. Saturday we celebrated Gabby’s 3rd birthday. Ben’s parents and younger brother Nick were there and it was a wonderful time spent with family.
It’s so much fun to watch the kids interact. At his age it is sometimes difficult for Josh to let Gabby be in the spot light but he managed pretty well. He is very good at thinking things through and making the right decision.
Austin now smiles every time I put a camera up to my eye. I’m not sure if it is because it covers my face or that he is now conditioned to the camera. 🙂
Anyway it was a wonderful weekend and we got to spend time with the family on both Saturday and Sunday. Mark made it up for Easter so it was a great time.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Okay, I wouldn’t be a Grandfather if I didn’t show some snapshots of the Grandkids on Christmas Eve, so here they are. But I will also tell you I won’t show anymore for a while. 🙂
I love to watch Josh as he has a lot of these moments and you can just tell he is deep in thought. There is usually a profound statement or question that comes shortly after one of these looks.
Gabby got this pink purse and the little brown horse, which is the softest little animal I have ever felt. But shortly after opening those gifts, she lost all interest in presents and instead wanted to play with some of the familiar toys that we have here for them. She didn’t even open a couple of her presents and Angie had to open them and show them to her. 🙂
Of course this was Austin’s first Christmas and he was more interested in eating the Christmas wrapping then the gifts. Although he did get a little toy that lights up and plays a nice tune and when ever it was turned on it garnered his attention.
Fun Christmas Eve watching the kids enjoy their presents. I did way better than I deserved from Jeanne and my children. After gifts were exchanged we went to the candle light service at the church and then Christmas Eve was over.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for stopping by the blog and following my photography. I work every day to get better and to show interesting images. I am hopeful you find enjoyment in some of them.
Enjoy your day and be careful.