Thursday, August 26, 2010

PhotoStory Friday: 365 Week 34

Hosted by Chris

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

Day 231

August 20: Exhausted.

This summer has just about done me in.

Day 232

August 21: Matt and Kelsey's Wedding. I got a lot of great shots today, but I'll be honest, this one is my favorite.

He actually took the phone call!

Day 233

August 22: Nothing says late summer afternoon like corn on the cob.

Thank goodness for toothpicks.

Day 234

August 23: Some nights you just have to settle for the sunset.

Day 235

August 24: One of the things that makes me most proud is that my children are all good readers. More than that, they enjoy reading.

Reading for pleasure is a gift of immeasureable worth.

Day 236

August 25: Dead daisies.

Between the dead roses and the dead daisies, and the mourning glory that's taking over, I'm thinking of changing our address to 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

It's really getting quite out of hand...

Day 237

August 26: Which is why...THIS is my favorite shot of the week.

Those are my son's hands on the handle of the lawn mower.

We may save the property from condemnation yet!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

PhotoStory Friday: 365 Week 33

Hosted by Chris

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

Day 224

August 13: Annie Love.

This little girl and I have a history (and a future, as you'll see in a couple of days).

Annie is my niece, she's four and she's the only one of the grandkids to have brown eyes. Since the day she was born, Annie has held a special place in my heart (and not just because I love her brown eyes). She's been in town for the last few weeks (she lives in Germany right now), and she and I have bonded again.

Her hair is naturally very curly, but as you can see in this picture, she had it straightened -- just for me.

How can you not love that?

Day 225

August 14: One last summer hurrah.

Day 226

August 15: Fun on the trampoline!

Doesn't he look like he's having fun?

Day 227

August 16: The last day I got to see Annie, before she headed home to Germany. We decided to celebrate the occasion by getting married. The service was intimate -- just close family, and bouncy -- it was on the trampoline. My daughter, Jordan, officiated.

When I went to kiss Annie on the cheek, she grabbed my face and laid a big one right on my lips.


I'm going to miss you Annie.

Day 228

August 17: Late night + no picture = Sprite bottle.

Day 229

August 18: My sister-in-law, Pam -- mother to Annie, which I guess also makes her my mother-in-law now (our family is rather sordid), has been in town for most of the summer. You all know Pam from her blog No Ordinary Life. Pam is a great photographer, and I enticed her this year to enter some pictures into the county fair. She entered three.

Two of her pictures each won a third place ribbon, but the third photo won a "Best of Division" ribbon AND a "Judge's Choice" ribbon.

This is a big deal!

Nice job Pam, I am very proud!

Day 230

August 19: So you think I've been neglectful of my blog? You should see my yard.

Note to potential squatters: Our house is not actually abandoned.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

PhotoStory Friday: 365 Week 32

Hosted by Chris

Dear blog. It's not you it's me. I'm not abandoning you, I've just been really, really, REALLY busy this summer...

Day 217

August 6: Mirrors.

Day 218

 August 7: It took some doing, but I finally coaxed a smile out of the little guy.

Day 219

August 8: Nothing says love like copping a feel on your brother.

Day 220

August 9: I was on a date with my daughter at the local amusement park, and didn't feel like hauling the camera all around the place. So there.

Day 221

August 10: A bad day all around. I could tell, but that would force me to think about it again...

Day 222

August 11: Piggies.

These are Pam's toes.

Our time with Pam is quickly fading, she heads back to Germany next week, but for a couple of wonderful hours on Wednesday night, we ate good food, and laughed, and celebrated family.

Day 223

August 12: The last in my Cooper series -- at least for a year or so.

You may recognize this as the universal sign for "Rock On"

You'd be wrong.

Cooper is "Peacin' Out"

Peace out Coop.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Photostory Friday: 365 Week 31

Hosted by Chris

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

Day 210

July 30: Walking in circles for cancer.

The Relay for Life, Matthew and Emma are walking in support of their mother, who is a cancer survivor.

Day 211

July 31: Boy was this a day. A long road trip, a fabulous wedding, an AMAZING reception.

And I haven't edited one single picture.

This little guy was rockin' the air guitar, as the band played on.

Day 212

August 1: One hundred yards from home. The end of a long, long road.

Day 213

August 2: The Tiki Torches, full of mosquito repellent oil.

It worked like a charm, the mosquitoes did not bite the torches once.

My ankles on the other hand...

Day 214

August 3: Out with the daisies, in with the black and yellow, whatever they ares.

Day 215

August 4: Chasing the light.

And not quite catching it...

Day 216

 August 5: Cooper, again.

Rockin' the Hawk!