As crazy and dysfunctional as this year has been we celebrated Christmas in an almost “normal way.”
The kids got tons of presents from their Mom and Dad, from Santa, and of course from two sets of Grand Parents.
Addie enjoyed new selection of rings, which will go with her colorful watch.
Austin waiting patiently for his turn to open a gift. It’s a neat tradition. Each person opens one gift of their choice and then the next person does the same thing until we go clear around the room. That way everyone gets to see what everyone received.
Joshua shows Julia his new iPod Santa brought him.
Gabby is always happy to show Addie how to play with her new toys. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Thank you for all the kind words and sentiments you offered yesterday. If you have a pet that you love you fully understand the emotion and feeling of loss that we feel.
Because of events of yesterday I neglected to wish a Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people on the planet. My Son-in-law Ben.
He is an amazing Father, Husband, Doctor, and of course Son-In-Law. Yesterday he celebrated a birthday and we got to watch Austin while they had a nice birthday lunch. The weather washed out other plans but I know Ben took it all in stride because that is the kind of man he is.
This is the other image of my little Sweetheart that I took on Sunday. I’ve mentioned before how she loves to wear the Mardi Gras beads whenever she is at our house. The kids collected them every year at our church’s Mardi Gras celebration and it is one of the first things she does when she is over.
That’s all I have for today. Back to work today and a busy day at that.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I realize I don’t get out much. I mean I’ve been to a couple of county fairs and to the big city once but in all that time I’ve never seen a Great Egret in a tree. I had no idea they would perch in a tree. That’s another thing I love about photography. It exposes a person to many things and is always a learning experience. (Pun intended.)
A very enjoyable day yesterday. We had the grand opening / ribbon cutting to a new branch bank in Central City, Iowa. Met a lot of very nice people and had the opportunity to see many of my fellow employees, which is always a treat for me.
I always marvel at the quality of people we have working for our organization. It has truly been a blessing for me to work and associate with such wonderful individuals.
Still no word on my new Phantom copter. I had it a couple of weeks and found out it would not fly. It’s been in California for the last 6 weeks and still no word from the company on when I will get it back. Being the eternal pessimist, I’m willing to bet that when I do get it back it still won’t fly. 😦
On that high note I’ll bid you adieu. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Great day yesterday even though the weather was not all that great. I had an early morning appointment with my Endocrinologist for my 9 month check up. When I was diagnosed with Diabetes my A1C number was 9.9 (very high.)
Ninety days later I was down to 6.2 then another 90 days 5.8 and my number for yesterday was 5.1. Anything under 6.0 is considered non-diabetic. So for 6 months I have been below the threshold of having diabetes.
Now I’ll always have diabetes but right now it is in remission. So eating right, exercising and being diligent about testing has paid off.
It goes without saying that Jeanne has been my rock through it all. She has encouraged me, helped me make the right decisions and watched what I ate like a hawk. I could not have done it without her help.
The whole purpose of me writing about my experience with Diabetes is to help others who may or are experiencing this disease. You can get it under control.
Yesterday I went out to Mud Lake and found one of my favorite water fowl to photograph. I enjoy capturing images of the Blue Heron. In the first image he was stalking his dinner. in the image above and below he came to rest on a dead tree that had washed up close to the shore and was just taking life easy.
This was kind of a cool look. I don’t think I have ever had a Heron look me straight in the eyes before. 🙂
I stopped over after my Doctor’s appointment to visit with Angie for awhile. I got to hold Austin and Angie took some video of me holding him. Unfortunately my iPhone misbehaved and none of it came out. It was great to watch him go through his facial contortions and listen to his cooing. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
It is a poignant moment when something that has been around for a long time finally comes to an end. It carries so many emotions with it and most of them are not pleasant. That was today as we closed the small branch bank in Charlotte, Iowa. It could no longer be justified financially and it was long over due to be closed. Never the less it is always a sad thing to do.
The memories in this old bank are beyond the scope of my ramblings today. Some of the original equipment and ornate materials from the beginning are still there. Other places there is the freshness of a retro fit some few years past.
So it was at 4:00 p.m. today the little bank in the little town closed its doors for the last time and as the money was counted down the and the vault sealed. One can only wonder what fate awaits this stately old building.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday. Well I survived the wedding shoot. I’m pretty happy with the results, although I haven’t started processing them yet. For a wedding shoot, I couldn’t have had it any better. The church was specious, well lit, and best of all it was air-conditioned. Stress plus a lot of movement and running around I managed to melt but not nearly as bad as it could have been in a church that wasn’t air-conditioned. The bride was very gracious and patient. Additionally all the family members were very cooperative. It was also a pretty small wedding and I had prearranged with the bride on exactly what she wanted in the way of poses. More about the experience in later posts. Jeanne went with me and was such a big help. I really couldn’t have done it with out her.
Sunday, as has been our tradition for the last few years, we went out to the Dubuque Regional Airport for the annual fly in breakfast. Low hanging clouds kept the number of planes very low as the flight conditions were IFR (Instrument flight rules) only so that took out all the experimental planes and a the war birds that usually show up. Jeanne and I got there ahead of the Angie and Ben. Mark and Taylor came later. As soon as Joshua saw the air planes and helicopters his excitement level went off the chart. He wanted to see everything all at once. 🙂
They were giving helicopter rides for $40 per person. We thought about it for a little while but the rides were pretty short and $80 for 5 minutes seemed a bit frivolous even for me. So we opted to just watch. They were also giving airplane rides (two plane loads at a time) but we didn’t do those either. It was just fun to watch Josh’s reaction to the helicopter landing and taking off. He was so excited each time it landed.
I tried to get both Ben and Josh’s face in this image but could never get them turned the same way. I wanted to capture an image of them together so I had to take what they gave me. I really like this image with the small airplane in the background taxiing past them.
I guess I didn’t mention the wonderful breakfast we had. Scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, pancakes, milk, juice, and coffee. Everything was very good. So full of food and after watching the helicopter land and take off for over an hour it was time to head for home.
Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.