FAMILY & HOME: BIRTHDAYS

olympus-epl5-camera-0-logoWelcome 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 Reads.

February is the birthday month for my two gorgeous granddaughters, so it is only fitting that we should celebrate some of their moments.  Here is Aubrey, the oldest by eight days, luxuriating among the “flowers.”

 

 

Aubrey in flowers

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Here Aubrey is enjoying the Great Outdoors….

 

Aubrey's adventures

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Here is Aubrey on a snowy day…also perfect for this blog and its origins….

 

Aubrey's snowy day

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Here are the two of them in 2004, when they were playing in the snow at the Big Bear cabin…they were seven years old.

 

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Here is Fiona in a recent photo:

 

Fiona in Jan

Here she is many years ago….

 

Fiona - a long time ago

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Here are some of her cartoons, featuring her and some friends: (She is Pheona on Facebook and in these cartoons)…..

 

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Here are “Pheona” and friend Jordan scaling the heights…

 

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Here is “Pheona” with Tomas…around the fire…

 

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On my home front, here are some views of my coziness….the sofa:

 

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And the love seat….

 

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Changes on a bedroom wall….the photo on the left was taken of some  of the artistic renderings on the Berlin Wall, by my photographer son while he was living there…I had it made into a poster and framed it….

 

 

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That’s it for this week…what are the rest of you sharing?

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FAMILY & HOME: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

 

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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 Reads.

Today I am sharing an assortment of photos featuring family and home.

 

First, my second son and his three kids (young adults now) love sports events.  Here they are at a Laker’s game.  Aubrey, on the left, and Alec, right, were home from their universities for the holidays.

 

Seeing the Lakers

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Fiona spent a lot of time over the holidays with her boyfriend Tomas:

 

 

Fiona & Tomas New Year

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And when she was home, she did a lot of babysitting for her nephew Lane:

 

 

Lane in dec - food play

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I enjoyed some lunches out…

 

 

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I also curled up on my sofa to read, watch TV, and admire my purged bookshelves that showcase more trinkets than books these days.

 

 

Bookshelves, Madeline Hatter, etc.

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In the kitchen, I added my new Crockpot to the island that also now contains my Coca Cola ice bucket…receptacle for tea bags, Sweet ‘n’ Lo, etc.  The “rolling” island comes in handy as extra counter space.

 

 

January kitchen - crockpot, etc.

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My new red coffee pot, to match the toaster….

 

 

colorful kitchen stuff jan

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And here I am now in my mini-office nook:

 

 

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What are you spotlighting today?  Come on by and share, please!

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POST-HOLIDAY MOMENTS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

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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 Reads.

It has been a few weeks since my last Saturday Snapshot post, and in the meantime, I’ve been collecting photos in a folder, which I will now peruse for today’s featured shots.

My first one is a photo of an old tree from the old home place where I grew up, and where my brother and his wife (below) now live.  Here they are watching two of their grandchildren cavort on the branches that we once played on.  Gavin is on the branch, while America prefers the shoulders of her nana.

 

Eldon, Marie, Gavin & America

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Here is my granddaughter Aubrey enjoying The Golden Arches in her university city…and remembering the fun she has had at those hamburger places in her younger years.

 

 

Aubrey loves Golden Arches

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Here is my other granddaughter Fiona, made up for a special outing:

 

 

Fiona in Jan

 

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Meet Madeline Hatter, a fairytale doll from Amazon Vine:

 

 

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And here is a morning with the Sunday papers, post New Year’s:

 

January Sunday papers

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What does your world look like this week?  Come on by and share your thoughts.

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SATURDAY SPARKS: A SUNDAY WALK….

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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 Reads.

Today I’d like to share some photos my DIL Gabi took when she and my son took a Sunday walk in Prague.

Here is a view of the Charles Bridge:

 

Charles Bridge

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The National Theater above the bridge:

 

In Prague  - National Theater

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The Goethe Institute:

 

Goethe Institut

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Prague Castle:

 

Prague Castle

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Strelecky Island:

 

strelecky island in Prague

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A Lamp to Light the Way:

 

A Morning walk in Prague

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My son, taking a break from his photography for the walk, is at rest:

 

Prague Photographer

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What are you sharing today?  I hope you’ll leave some comments and links….

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SATURDAY SPARKS: VERSIONS OF 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 Reads.

Today I am sharing some Halloween photos from my two granddaughters, Aubrey and Fiona.

First, here is a sweetly innocent pumpkin patch photo:

 

Aubrey & friends - november

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And now for something a little spooky:

 

 

Aubrey and friend - Halloween

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And even a little more:

 

 

Aubrey, etc., Halloween

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Now let’s move on to Fiona and her boyfriend Tomas:

 

Fiona and Tomas on Halloween

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And another….

 

Oct 31 Tomas and Fiona

 

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Now here is their unique version of American Gothic:

 

 

Tomas and Fiona - American Gothic Redux

 

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What delightful photos do you have to share?  Come on by and leave a comment…and your links.

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SATURDAY SPARKS: CELEBRATING FAMILY DIVERSITY

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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 Reads.

Today’s event is going to spotlight extended family members…nieces, grand-nieces, step-grandchildren, etc.

First up:  My niece Emily and her daughter Margaret:

 

Sept. Emily & Baby Margaret

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My niece Amy with her hubby Rick and three kids, Luc, Gavin, and America:

 

 

Amy, Ric, and Kids

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And now for my step-granddaughter Jessica:

 

 

Step-granddaughter Jessica

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And finally…my step-great-grandson, Luke:

 

 

Step-great grandson Luke

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I love the various forms that family can take, and I celebrate its diversity!  What are you sharing today?

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SATURDAY SPARKS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMY!

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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 Reads.

Friday, the 23rd, was my niece Amy’s birthday.  October brings us a bounty of family birthdays.  Here are some shots of the birthday girl.

Girl with Dog:

 

 

Niece Amy - birthday girl with dog

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Here’s Amy’s eldest, Luc, enjoying coziness…and the dog:

 

 

Coziness - Amy's eldest with dog

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Amy’s birthday treat:

 

 

Amy's birthday treat

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Amy’s hubby Rick….with the dog:

 

 

Amy's hubby Ric & the dog

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And that was a Happy Birthday for my niece….what are the rest of you sharing?

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LET’S SPARK SOME FAMILY 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 Reads.

Today’s snapshots are treasured photos of grandkids, etc.

This shot captured Noah three years ago, on the football field.  He was nine!

 

 

Noah in 2012 - 9

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And here he is again, this year, at age 12, a seventh grader:

 

 

Noah, now, age 12

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Now for Fiona…here she is carving pumpkins with some friends:

 

 

Fiona and Friends - Pumpkin Carving

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And here she is enjoying a reward afterwards!

 

 

Fiona enjoying reward - barbecue

 

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Here is a shot I found just now in my photo files…it was taken a few months ago, and Fiona was clowning around in my living room, with my red boa and a hat, snatched from my coat tree:

 

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I have been busy all day today, and last night, too….I’m having my carpets cleaned next week, and I’ve been clearing out some of the little odds and ends and small furniture.  Here’s the Graveyard of these items in my garage:

 

 

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Since I gathered those things up and snapped this shot, I took some other items out there, too, like my wicker bench.  The coffee table, pub table, etc., will also leave the rooms…LOL.

I can’t wait until it’s all over, but I don’t think I’ll be bringing everything back in afterwards…

What are you sharing today?  Come on by and leave a link, please.

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SATURDAY SPARKS: PHOTO MEMORIES

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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 Reads.

Today’s feature will include some more photos from the Berliners’ visit…and a surprise at the end.

The General Grant Tree is huge…and kind of famous.  Luckily, in August, when the Berliners’ visited, all was well in the park.  Just a few weeks later, there were ongoing “rough fires” that took days to control.

 

Sequoia Park in August - Berliners

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Here Gabi and Craig enjoyed hugging up against the General Sherman Tree.

 

Craig & Gabi with General Sherman

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I love this setting:  a redwood center surrounded by big trees.

 

More Sequoia

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Here’s my little surprise:  Fiona (Pheona on Facebook, LOL) loves to create cartoons of her and her boyfriend Tomas.  They are so cute and have a very similar and somewhat quirky sense of humor.

 

Tomas & Fiona playing...

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That’s it for today!  The Berliners are back in Berlin…getting ready to find a new place in Prague.  What are you sharing today?

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SATURDAY SPARKS: A SUMMER OF TRAVEL

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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 Reads.

It’s time for some photo sharing.  When my son and DIL were visiting, they spent some time in the surrounding areas here, like Sequoia National Park, before heading to Northern California and Oregon…and then to SF and the coast, before returning here to the Central Valley.

Here Gabi and Craig are showing off the size of the tree in Sequoia Park; can we say “tree huggers”?

 

Gabi & Craig - tree huggers

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Here is a shot in Ashland, Oregon, in Lithia Park:

 

Lithia Park in Ashland, August

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Gabi, getting ready to go up the Moro Rock Trail

 

Gabi - Moro Rock Trail

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More views of Moro Rock….

 

Morro Rock - 2

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More of the Rock….

 

Morro Rock in September

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After their journey, they returned to Fresno, where they sold the car they had purchased and used for the summer.   Below, celebrating the sale at The Elephant Bar.

 

Gabi and Craig - Elephant bar in Sept

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And here, Craig and Heather are enjoying some Mexican food at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant….Gabi chose to opt out of this dinner.

 

 

sept 12 - jolly bro and sis moment

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And then it was time to take the train from here to LA, where they visited my second son, attended a showing of Jimmy Kimmel Live, and flew back to Europe.

 

 

Craig and Gabi - train - sept

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A great time was had by all…and the almost three months they spent here just flew by.  Sigh.

Hopefully they will not wait so long to return again.

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What are you sharing today?  What stories do your photos tell?

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