First, a thank you to my life long friend, Diana! Thank you for checking on me to make sure everything was all right. I tend to get in these motivational / creative funks from time to time and it takes a while to get the energy flowing again.
Last night we celebrated Jeanne’s birthday a couple of days early. Angie and Ben had us over for a birthday celebration and we had a wonderful time.
A couple of weeks ago I gave Josh my little Nikon Coolpix camera that I normally carry on my bike. He has shown a keen interest in photography and so after getting his Mom’s permission I gave him the camera. My wish is that he develops a real passion for photography and that we can spend some quality time teaching and learning from each other.
Gabby also likes to take pictures. This is a little camera that actually takes pictures. I don’t think you can download the images to a computer but you can see what images there are on the back viewing screen. I’m sensing a pattern here as I’ve been taking pictures of the kids since day one and maybe Gabby will want a better camera as she gets a little older as well.
This was the birthday dessert from last night. Angel food cake with strawberrys, whipped cream, and home-made ice cream. I paid the price for eating this but it was worth it. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.
It wouldn’t be a proper vacation without some snapshots of the family. So I have three images for you today and it just so happens I have three grand children. 🙂
This is my 6-year-old grand son Josh. He was a little trooper on the boat and fished almost all the time. He finally caught a nice 3.5 pound Northern Pike and he was thrilled beyond belief. I was so happy for him.
Gabby took a turn at fishing but it didn’t last long. It wasn’t her favorite thing to do so she amused herself with other things.
This is the only image of Austin I have from the boat. We were on our way in and he was not a happy camper. Normally he has such a great disposition but something was bugging him this evening.
I hope you noticed that I snuck in another sunset for you. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration. Today I have three images for you and they are all about family. We started off with early church and then went to Angie and Ben’s home for Easter Brunch. Lot’s of visiting and playing and then just before the brunch Angie invited us all to the back deck for an announcement.
She gave each of the children two balloons. Josh got two blue, Gabby two pink, and Austin two yellow (the yellow plays not part in the story.) 🙂
Josh and Gabby were told to release the balloon that did not bare the gender of the unborn baby that Angie is carrying.
Now I had a feeling for the longest time what the baby’s gender was going to be and so I really focused on Josh and sure enough he let go of his balloons right away. Gabby dutifully held on to her pink balloons, (YEA) and Austin wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do so he just smiled.
So now they will have two boys and two girls. I feel so blessed and I am so happy for them.
Mark and Julia were able to join us for the brunch and celebration. Then it was nap time for Grandpa. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Mark was home this weekend and so we celebrated his birthday a couple of days early. Angie, Ben, and the Grand Kids were here as well so we had a nice brunch for the whole gang and of course lots of playing with stuff.
Austin is always smiling and when he came in the house he yelled Papa. Melted my heart. He is a lot of fun and such a happy young man.
This was about the only image I could get of Gabby. If she sees this later in life she won’t be too happy with Grandpa but for now, well it’s okay. 🙂
That’s it for today.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. This was one of the best, if not the best Christmas I can remember. I have four images for you today and I will admit up front that I did a lousy job of recording the day.
For the most part the camera stayed in the bag. There were so many missed shots I gave up counting. I hadn’t seen the kids for over a month and so there was just too much catching up to do. We spent a good part of Saturday at Angie and Ben’s home. We had a Christmas brunch, followed by some games. Then to the 2:00 p.m. church celebration.
Back to the house for presents and that took some time. 🙂
Then a nice dinner and more playing!
Mark was able to spend the day with us as well. He had just got home from his vacation in San Diego and landed in Cedar Rapids around 11:30 p.m. Friday night. But he’s young so he can handle those kind of hours. 🙂
So the first image in this series is one of the most beautiful Christmas displays I have every seen. I applied a texture to the original image but honestly it was beautiful without the enhancement.
Even though I had not seen Austin in over a month he took up with me right where we left off. He is such a happy little guy and we spent most of the day together. He had as much fun playing with the discarded Christmas wrapping as he did with his actual gifts. 🙂
Gabby was very proud of her Christmas ornament and wanted to make sure I got a picture of it.
It was a wonderful day filled with lots of food, fun, and other stuff.
Jeanne and I spent a quite Christmas day at home this year. We were going to see a movie but the weather was wet, gray, and cold so we just stayed dry and warm at home.
That’s it for today. Thanks for checking on the blog. Enjoy your day and 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.
Happy Monday & Happy Labor Day!
I have a variety of family “snap shots” for you today from last evening when we had dinner at Angie and Ben’s home. Warning there are some really messy looking kids in the following images so proceed at your own risk. 🙂
It was a real treat that Mark got to come home for the weekend. He and Taylor came over for dinner. Grilled burgers with Fincel Sweetcorn, baked beans, and fruit. Can’t beat that for a Labor Day feast!
My flash hadn’t cycled in time for me to capture this image so it’s a little dark but I love this look. I could have spent an hour with Photoshop and cleaned this up but I love it this way.
There aren’t enough hours in the day to fix this image so what you see is what you get. 🙂
Click on the image to see all the details of this mess.
To say that Austin attacks his food with a vengeance is an understatement. Ben took him straight from the high chair to the bath tub. He appeared sometime later all fresh and clean.
We were all sitting out on the deck enjoying the wonderful evening and I didn’t see Josh. I went looking for him. Ever the studious young man he was doing some research about something.
It was a great evening spent with family and it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your holiday and be careful.