Every year on the Saturday before Christmas the City of Asbury takes Santa Clause around the entire community so that all the children can see him and get candy from him. When we first moved here in December of 1992 that next day we heard all the sirens and thought something bad must be happening but it was just the Santa Clause tradition.
And so every year our kids looked forward to it and every year Angie brings her kids over. In fact the entire neighborhood was out this morning to welcome Santa Clause.
Right on time the big fire truck pulled out of the station with lights flashing and sirens wailing and drove right on past all the parents and kids waiting to see Santa. Ironic as it may seem this was a real emergency run and this truck and another were actually responding to a real event.
A few minutes later the truck carrying Santa came by and the kids were delighted. I had already gone in by the time it came by so I didn’t get any images of Santa. 😦
After some sledding the kids built a snow man in the back yard and Addie was putting some final touches on it when I got my camera back out.
There was more sledding and then the boys built a fort and the girls built a second fort in anticipation of a huge snowball fight. Apparently it didn’t happen but we still have two large forts in our back yard should an attack happen.
After all the activity of seeing Santa Clause, sledding, building a snowman and a couple of forts, Addie needed a little Mom time. I couldn’t resist capturing this moment.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
We had a little house guest sleep over last night and as luck would have it we also had a big snow event. Probably 8 inches at least and it is still coming down as I write this blog.
If there’s anything that goes together, it’s snow and kids. The first thing she wanted to do was go out and play in the snow. “Mama Jeanne” and her went out as soon as breakfast was over. Grandpa didn’t go out as I’m probably going to spend most of the afternoon clearing this stuff out.
Addie eats more snow than she makes for snowballs.
Love having this little munchkin with us last night and today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Hope you had a safe and happy Halloween. Jeanne and I went over to Angie and Ben’s house to help with the candy distribution while Angie and Ben took the kids through the neighborhood.
I use to wear this costume when the kids were little and Angie asked me if I would wear it again and sit on their porch more or less like a Halloween display.
All the kids and parents that came by looked at me closely as it was hard to tell if I was real. I didn’t jump up and scare anyone just moved a little when they were there. 🙂
Ben did not wear a costume but Angie dressed up. I was trying to get a image of their entire family but that was like trying to heard cats. The kids were so excited about Trick or Treating I couldn’t get them all corralled.
The kids were also excited to have both of their Grandmas there. It was a fun night and I’m glad we were able to participate. Paula and Jeanne monitored the candy and encouraged the treaters to take all they wanted.
This was the best costume I saw all evening. The little boy being abducted by an alien.
Angie looking very stylish in her costume. Josh as the grim reaper. All the kids came back with their baskets over flowing. They only went in their neighborhood under the supervision of Ben and Angie. They had a lot of fun.
I have to end this post with an image of my favorite little model. Every time I point a camera at her she smiles and says “Cheese.”
Angie brought the grand kids over yesterday as Ben was on call and working. We had about 7 inches of fresh snow and you know what that means when you have kids. 🙂
The only one who didn’t get to enjoy the sledding was Addie. She stayed inside and after I took these images I went back in and spent some quality time with her.
Austin had his share of mishaps but never quit smiling. He would get back up and carry his sled back up the hill and do it all over again.
Josh had his form perfected after his first few runs and he set the longest slide of the group.
Angie didn’t slide but she was taking pictures of the kids. This is the same hill that her and Mark slid down when they were young. Spent hours watching them come down that hill. 🙂
Got a nice pose from Gabby.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
For my Facebook Friends, I have three images for today. If you want to see them all just click on the link.
We have had a lawn service for many years and have been reasonably happy with the results, although the last three years I saw my yard go downhill to the point this year where half of it was dead. When the guy came to do the treatment a few days ago we talked with him and he said, “Well it’s been a tough year and I’m sure it will come back in the Fall.” That also did not explain all the new weeds in the yard as well.
So I called another service and they came over and looked at it. They said, “It’s been a tough year and it will probably come back in the Fall if you use our service.”
My Son-in-law Ben had similar problems with his yard and he called “Lawn Doctor.” I called them Tuesday and the guy came over. He spent 45 minutes actually digging around in the yard and pulling up the turf to see what was going on underneath. He discovered that we had grub worms and they were killing our yard. Within the last three days they have killed the grubs, re-seeded the yard and put down a fertilizer. We were told to water the new grass and keep the ground moist. I spent 50 minutes last evening watering the grass and then about 2:00 a.m. this morning we got a 3 inch 5 hour rain.
Needless to say I won’t be watering anytime soon. 🙂
Angie brought the kids over for playtime and lunch today. Addie is now standing and cruising. She was having fun looking outside at the rain.
I braved the rain to capture this moment.
Enjoy the rest of your day and be careful.
Saturday was the annual Grandview Gallop. A 5 k run that I’ve photographed many times over the years. This year it was even more special because both Josh and Gabby ran it. This was Josh’s third race and the first for Gabby. I have four images to share today.
Gabby ran with Ben and Josh ran with Angie. It is a one mile run and both kids made it all the way without stopping.
Josh probably could have ran it by himself as he really didn’t stay with Angie and I suspect next year he probably will. He was able to acquire two Popsicles from the volunteer this year. 🙂
After the kid’s run, Angie and Ben did the 5K run in their best time ever. I was tired after sitting around and watching all the people run. 🙂
The Roling family runners enjoying their treats.
I am having a three-day battle with Ms. Robin again. She is back trying to build a nest for her second batch of eggs. I’ve encouraging her to look for a new neighborhood but I think I’m in a losing battle. She is very persistent.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
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.
I have three images for you today all of them are of my favorite little model Gabby.
We were at Angie and Ben’s last Sunday for dinner and she had been putting frosting on some home-baked cookies. So I had to do a little touch up on these shots to cover up all the frosting that some how made it from the cookies to her face. 🙂
She actually likes it when I take her picture and I can usually get a few good captures before she starts posing and giving me the “cheese” smile.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have some snapshots of the grand kids from yesterday. The lighting was harsh with dappled shadows and I was trying out my new D500 and 16 – 80 mm f2.8-4 E lens. So the combination of those factors made it difficult to get quality images of the kids. Having said that you can never pass up a chance to photograph the grand kids. 🙂
Angie brought the kids over yesterday morning and as it so happened a small community church a few blocks from our house was having a kids day celebration with inflatables, face painting, and other fun things for children. It was open to the public and they wouldn’t even accept a free will offering. Very nice people and they made us feel very welcome.
This is Josh’s pirate snarl. He was talking like a pirate most of the morning and would give this snarl when he looked at you. 🙂
The kids had a great time on the inflatables and there were other kid friendly things to do. Gabby seemed content to stay inside one inflatable and play with the kids that were going through.
Austin was too little to do any of the events but he is so inquisitive so he did a lot of exploring and he was a handful to keep track of.
It was a fun time with the kids and always great to see Angie. After a couple of hours we walked back to the house and had a nice lunch. Played some more after lunch and then it was nap time.
It was my nap time as well as I was worn out. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
More Grand Kid stuff for you today.
Yesterday afternoon was the second Soccer practice / game / snack-time for Gabby. It was great fun watching these three-year old children, most of whom would have rather been left to their own devices and just play with each other in the grass, try to grasp the concept of kicking and moving the ball towards the goal.
Angie calls it a “glorified snack break.” It does seem that they really look forward to coming to the sidelines to get a drink and some snacks. During the practice part of the game they sat the ball on a little disk so the kids could practice kicking it. I tried to get some images of that but couldn’t really dramatize with a still photo the hilarity of the effort. 🙂
Gabby and her little friend did this a fair amount of the time they were on the field. I don’t know how effective it was but things are always better when you do them with a friend.
I made an error yesterday that I haven’t done in years. Some how I inadvertently changed the image quality setting on my camera from RAW to JPEG. I have not shot in JPEG for years. So I’m not happy with the results but still cannot figure out how I changed it as I would have had to go into the menu settings and manually changed the quality settings. That’s not something that is easily done by mistake.
Couldn’t pass up an opportunity to photograph Austin practicing his walking. He gets pretty excited when he walks, which makes him speed up, which makes him fall down. It’s a learning process and he’s getting very close. 🙂
That’s it for today. Several projects around the house today and I hope to get in a bike ride.
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