Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More Baby Pictures!

At 3 days old, I took some newborn pictures of my newest granddaughter and her big sister.

So sweet.

She pretty much slept and cooperated with the camera.

It does take quite an entourage to take newborn photos though.

Someone to tend to the baby.  Someone to tend to the toddler.  Someone to hold the light reflector.
Someone to take the pictures.  Someone to tend to the props. Someone to clean up the lack of diaper mess.

And, all someones better move quickly. :)

And, have bribes ready for the toddler.

She sure loves her new sister!

She's already 4 weeks old today and has grown so much since we took these pictures.

Thanks for letting me share with all of you!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Photographing Movement

I have  a couple of photo project files on the computer that I slowly add to when I get the chance.  
I've started a new one now.  Movement.  Photographing movement.  I think I'll enjoy this.

But, I think this one could go into a photo project file titled "Mood" instead of Movement.  I think you can feel her joy jumping.  This one has always been a jumper and a skipper.  Oh my.  Everyday.  Skipping or jumping!

Seems like good pictures for a Friday!  Happy Day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Baby's Room

I thought you might like a look into our new granddaughter's nursery.  In previous posts, I've shown you around her sister's nursery in their old house and her sister's  "big girl" room in their "new to them" house. 

This is the view just outside the door.  The room is really big!

Now turning left...Lauren painted all the dots on the wall.  She made a stencil out of poster board to draw them all and then it took three coats of shiny gold paint to get good coverage.  This is all over a paneled wall that had been painted. Good thing that last trimester energy kicked in!

It's a great look.

Turning left is the changing table.

From further inside the room, you can get a better look.  She repurposed a buffet for the changing table.

Hanging above it are some prints, a wreath Lauren made and a watercolor painting by my second daughter, Bonnie. Lovely!

Vintage + New = Sweetness.

Now turning back we can see the new set of shelves my son in law built for this room too.

Isn't this just a great reading corner?

That is a very old cast iron scotty dog.  Maybe it was a doorstop in a previous life.  

And turning left from the reading nook, another corner for toys.

Now that door there opens to...

a big cedar lined closet!

And on the opposite wall of the toy area hangs a ballet barre.  This is just a thrifted, painted mirror and a stair rail mounted horizontally to make this neat space.  

I have some pictures of that sweet baby to share soon too.  I'm so looking forward to more cuddling time with her.

Thanks for coming along on the little tour!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

She's Here!!

We welcomed our new granddaughter into the world on Tuesday!!

The matching bows began right away!  Big sister, Rory with baby Bridget!

We all took our turns...Grandpa.


Aunt Bonnie.

Uncle Will.

Aunt Claire.

Aunt Audrey.

Aunt Nora.

Proud Mom and Dad.

My oldest daughter with her little girls.

And, just in case you'd like to see two more...here and here on Instagram. :)

We will have a newborn baby photo shoot soon. If you'd like to reminisce with me, here is the link to Rory's newborn pictures I took.  She looks a lot like her big sister did when she was born too.

Thanks for staying through the family picture parade, ha!

Praise you, Jesus, for the gift of life.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Focusing Small

So often we are focused on the small details that we miss the big picture.

Then there are times when the big picture is overwhelming that you need to just focus on the small details.

Such is the case with our garden.  The big picture is overrun with weeds. And, overwhelming.

So, I'm focusing here.  Where life is small and intriguing and beautiful.

18 years of getting behind in the garden and yet every year I hope for better.

The life behind the scenes so to speak is so amazing, isn't it?!

I hesitate to make another metaphor to life here, but it's so true.  We really need to be careful that we don't let the news, or facebook, or another big picture distraction, make you miss the life behind the scenes.  

People who aren't on your radar may have intriguing lives and stories to share.

~have a great day~

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

White Cosmos: Graceful and Simple

The cosmos in the garden began to bloom a couple of weeks ago and these white ones are just so so pretty!  I decided to catch them in the early morning light.  This is the first our dining room table has been cleared off for WEEKS! 4h projects, apartment hunting for two of our kids, moving our daughter, and family events have been keeping us away from house chores.

We have purple and pink ones blooming too and I put them in another arrangement.

It's the white ones though that really grab my attention.  The cosmos have such a gracefulness to them.

I think they are wonderful in the vintage white milk glass vase.  I picked that up at an estate sale a couple of years ago.
The seed packet we had was a combination of colors, so I think I'll order a packet of all white next year.  While I was looking I found these double click snow puff white cosmos seeds too!  I've pinned them so I don't forget them. 

Hopefully, the next blog post won't be so long in coming...Be sure to check the sidebar for the Instagram feed to see what else has been going on here.

~Hope you're having a good day~

Thursday, July 16, 2015


So, I think you can guess where we went for a vacation!

We waited a really, really, long time...(partly in rain) for this...
it was impressive!
(if the GIF has stopped, you can click the picture to start it again)

I stepped back and caught my family illuminated by the fireworks!  You can see our rain ponchos, ha!  The little girls are in front of the older ones and my husband is on the right. 

We also saw Kennedy Space Center (LOVED it!) and went to the beach.  (LOVED that until the burns hit....arg! And, we thought we were being careful!)

I had to brush the cobwebs out of my brain to remember how to make a gif. :)  The "burst" mode on my Samsung Galaxy phone was great for taking the pictures.

Now, we are wrapping up 4h projects and looking for apartments for one of my daughters and my son.  Then we still have swimming lessons to get to...summer sure fills up and flies, doesn't it?!  

AND, our new granddaughter will be here in a couple of weeks!!!!!!!!!!  Woohoo!!!!!


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