CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — MOMENTS

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today I’m featuring moments with Noah…and my own special morning in my newly painted patio.

 

Noah’s special creation:

A Creation

Noah’s Band Award – (He plays the trombone):

 

Noah, the Trombone Player

Bookworm Noah:

 

Little Bookworm

 

And….this morning, I was happily reading and having breakfast on my newly fenced and painted patio.  Last week, they built the new fence, and this week they painted it.

 

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CREATIVE SPARKS: BERLIN STREET ART

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Last week, I shared photos from my second son’s visit to Sierra Leone.  This week, take a look at some Berlin street art photographed by my eldest son, Craig Robinson Photographer.

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CREATIVE SPARKS: FAMILY MOMENTS…AGAIN!

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

I have been hit and miss with these posts lately, but today I’m back with some family moments.  My youngest grandson, Noah, just turned eleven, and here are a couple of shots of him.

The first is a collage showing Noah in the present (left).  On the right, we see toddler Noah, (top right), and Baby Noah’s “sculptured” hand, (bottom right).

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Here is a picture of Heather and Noah “clowning around.”

 

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And finally…Heather and Steven put together a collage to celebrate their upcoming nuptials.  Harmony is a little coastal town where they might exchange their vows…and it is also a metaphor for what they hope their marriage will look like.

 

Wedding Venue - Harmony, CA

 

Okay…enough of that schmaltzy stuff!  lol

 

What are you sharing today?  Come on by and leave a link with your comments.

CREATIVE SPARKS: HOLIDAY MOMENTS CONTINUED

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

With Christmas behind us, I would love to share a few more mementos of the season before saying goodbye.  Here is what you see when you first enter my holiday home.

 

Enter My Decked Halls
Enter My Decked Halls

 

Dining area
Dining area

 

And as a nod to the upcoming New Year, I have rearranged my office space.  I moved the table that had been standing in as a desk to its new home (above), and placed the drop leaf table (below) in its place.  Here’s one view:

 

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And here’s another:

 

A closer view
A closer view

 

Now I’m eager to begin the New Year!  Happy Holidays!!

 

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CREATIVE SPARKS: FAMILY & THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Now that Christmas is coming very soon, I will share a few decorations…and also some more family shots.

First….across the world, in Spain, my son’s bride Gabi snapped this rare and spontaneous shot of Craig.  He looks exuberant, doesn’t he, especially for someone who is usually behind the camera instead of in front of it.

Taking a leap of faith?  Craig, newlywed, in Fuengirola, Spain
Taking a leap of faith? Craig, newlywed, in Fuengirola, Spain

Now…back to the states, and down south a bit, in sunny LA:  Aubrey and some friends “catch” the premiere of Catching Fire.

Aubrey, far right, with friends
Aubrey, far right, with friends

Here in my city in the middle of the state, we are gradually decking the halls.  I pulled some of the usual decor out of the bins to showcase a wee bit of Christmas, Laurel-Rain Style.

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And here’s a little vignette, with “fake” poinsettias, to make us feel the cheer of the season.

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And for the grand finale, here’s the tree at the home of Heather, Steven, and Noah.  I recognize some of the ornaments from the days when I had a big tree in my foothills house.

Heather, Steven, & Noah's tree

Now…for the rest of the weekend, I plan to watch movies and shows on Netflix, sip a little eggnog, and read.  What are you doing to get in the holiday spirit, if you celebrate it?

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT – THANKSGIVING PART II

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

This past week has been wonderful, with Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Part II.

In Part II, additional family members gathered for a lunch on Saturday at Marie Callender’s.  Here are a few of our photos:

Here’s a photo of grown kids and grandkids.  There were only four grandchildren at our celebration this time.

Three of my adult children and partners made it to this one!
Three of my adult children and partners made it to this one!

 

Now for some of the candid shots:

 

Brett (left) and his daughter Aubrey
Brett (left) and his daughter Aubrey

 

Aaron (left) and Dominic
Aaron (left) and Dominic

 

 

Dominic (left) and Noah
Dominic (left) and Noah

 

And here’s another group shot.  Note:  lots of cell phones are on display!

 

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And some of you may have noticed that Alec and Fiona are missing.  Here are a couple of shots of them each, doing other things instead of being with us…sigh.

Alec (left) at Disneyland with friends
Alec (left) at Disneyland with friends

 

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Fiona

 

And now…drum roll, please!  The Big Reveal!!  While some of us were enjoying our Thanksgiving get-togethers, my European son was…getting married!  Here he is with his lovely wife Gabriela (Gabi).  They flew to Gibraltar for the wedding ceremony, and honeymooned in Costa del Sol (Spain).

They have been together for seven years…and some of us thought they would never get married.

 

Craig, Gabi, & the Queen
Craig, Gabi, & the Queen

 

We only wish we could have been there!

So…what are the rest of you showcasing today?  I hope you’ll come on by and share.

 

 

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS – THANKSGIVING MOMENTS

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Wow!  What a great week this has been.  I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a great one.  Here’s a sneak peek at some of my family moments.

First…let’s take a look at my daughter’s home…before the celebration.

 

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And here’s another view:

 

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My youngest son (Christopher, right), with wife Kerrie (middle) and sister-in-law Natalie (left):  snacking on tidbits.

 

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Here’s Noah, indulging and enjoying:

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Here are our two hosts, cleaning up…and yes, we offered to help, but I think they like having this moment together:

 

Thanksgiving clean-up

 

Here’s Christopher, stunned by the whipped cream Noah dabbed on his nose:

 

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And….here’s the grand finale, after the clean-up:  the cooks are kissing!

 

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A grand time was had by all!  Hope you all had a great week…and please stop by and chat a little.

 

 

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS – FROM ZOMBIES TO “FENG SWAY”

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

After missing a week, I’m back with more creative sparks from my kids and grandkids.  Let’s begin with my eldest son’s features.

Here’s one about the Zombie Walk in Berlin...click the link for more info. from an article he wrote; then enjoy one of  my son’s shots.

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And a shot that spotlights Berlin Start-Ups.  

Photo by Craig Robinson.

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Now…on to my second son, Brett, who had the pleasure of chatting with Brian Wilson:

Brett & Brian Wilson

Meanwhile, eldest grandson, Alec, spent some time in San Francisco with friends:

Alec, 2nd from Left
Alec, 2nd from Left

Back in Berlin, at Craig’s flat, he did a little Feng “Sway,” as he calls it, with the keyboard, a quirky lamp, and the old time piano photo above the modern version:

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And that’s some of what we’ve been up to in our family.

As for me, I’m just reading and blogging…and in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination, here’s an excerpt from my book Chasing Stardust, in which some of the characters mourn his passing.

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — GOODBYE TO HALLOWEEN

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today we are looking ahead to more holidays in the coming months.  But before we go there, let’s take one final look at Halloween.

Here is my eldest son…and could that be an advertisement for his business across this photo?  Why, yes, it is!  Click the photo to see his website.

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Now for some simple pumpkins….before and after the spookiness sets in.  The first one is Craig’s unique version of the Great Pumpkin.

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The next two photos are of Noah’s pumpkins:

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And here are those same pumpkins…after the lights go out.

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Here is my tribute to the autumn season…my desktop background on the laptop, and my coffee mug:  Apple.

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And Fiona’s nod to the season:  a dark hoodie (and it’s a selfie!).

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Now I’m ready to move on to the next holiday!  What about you?

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — BLENDED FAMILIES, ETC.

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

This week I’m featuring more shots of children and grandchildren…and one of my nieces.

In the photo below, my niece Amy is on the left, and her daughter America (5) is on the right.

 

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Here is my granddaughter Aubrey, with her little sister Sidney….

 

Sisters Having Fun: Left - Sidney; Right - Aubrey
Sisters Having Fun:
Left – Sidney; Right – Aubrey

 

 

Party time:  Fiona and her mom
Party time: Fiona and her mom

 

 

Heather and Steven - Happy times
Heather and Steven – Happy times

 

Heather and Steven at the coast
Heather and Steven at the coast

 

And Heather playing the “hippie girl”

 

Heather - Hippie Girl

And Noah’s little half-sister Dayva, age five months….

 

Noah's sister Dayva

 

What are the rest of you sharing today?  I’m off to see what you’ve got…..