CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — CHRISTMAS MOMENTS — DEC. 29

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Welcome to another creative opportunity to showcase photos, via our weekly Saturday Snapshot event, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

At the end of this Christmas week, I am happy to look forward to the New Year and all it might bring.  Meanwhile, here is a collage that showcases some of my Christmas celebrating.

In the photo at the bottom right, my daughter and I are celebrating Christmas Eve at the bar where she works a couple of days a week.

The photo on the left was snapped on Christmas Day, at the neighborhood mall where I had Christmas lunch.

And in the upper right, you’ll see Fiona and Noah in my home on the day after Christmas, enjoying some after-Christmas fun, especially since we’d just spent some time finding shopping specials for Fiona, who had a gift card to spend.

 

PicMonkey Collage-Christmas with family

How did the rest of you spend your Christmas week?  I can’t wait to see what you’ve spotlighted.

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CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — FAMILY & YULETIDE MOMENTS — DEC. 8

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Welcome to another creative opportunity to showcase photos, via our weekly Saturday Snapshot event, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

Every week, I seem to share the same kinds of photos:  family, home, and more of the same.  I guess you can tell that these are important to me.  And as the kids grow, there are always new photos to share.

Here’s what’s happening in our world these days:

In the first photo, L. to R.:  Alec, Aaron, Brett, and Aubrey enjoying a game

Happiness is a Laker's Game
Happiness is a Laker’s Game

 

Or just mother/son time for no reason at all.

Heather and Noah
Heather and Noah

And as a nod to the season, a little bit of “decking the halls”

 

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Since red is a primary color in my abode, the Christmas touches blend right in.

Now…what are you sharing today?  I’m off to check it out!

CREATIVE SPARKS: FAMILY IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON — NOV. 24

 

Welcome to another creative opportunity to showcase photos, via our weekly Saturday Snapshot event, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday.  I certainly enjoyed lazing about and eating way too much.  I also did a little bit of Christmas decorating.

Saturday will be our family get-together, with grandkids from LA and Fresno getting together at a restaurant.  I hope to have photos by next week.  Meanwhile, I’ve pulled out some recent shots of the kids.

Alec (right), clowning around with friends

And here’s a shot of Fiona:

Fiona’s Special Bulletin Board

 

Noah – ready to play!

 

 

Alec’s Senior Photo

 

And here is Aubrey with some friends.

 

Aubrey (right) with friends

 

And just to leave you with a holiday moment, here’s a peek at my Christmas decor.

 

Now I’m off to check out your snapshots!  Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

 

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — HOLIDAY MEMORIES — SEPT. 8

Welcome to another creative opportunity to showcase photos, via our weekly Saturday Snapshot event, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

Now that fall is upon us—I always look at Labor Day as the defining moment—I would like to share some Labor Day shots.

My first photo is of granddaughter Fiona, who stayed part of the weekend with me, watching movies and playing her guitar.

Meanwhile, my daughter Heather and grandson Noah enjoyed a weekend traveling to Northern California and then to the Bay Area.

Here are some shots of Noah and his great-grandmother, followed by Heather and her grandmother.

Noah and Great-Grandmother Mary
Heather Maureen (means “Little Mary”) and her Grandmother Mary, for whom she was named

Heather and Noah had a fabulous visit…and then went to San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Heather and Noah in SF

 

 

Noah on the Ferry
Noah enjoying a taste treat

 

Noah is very adventurous with food….I can tell he was enjoying this meal.

A good time was had by all….and now for a visit around the blogosphere, to see what the rest of you have been up to….

 

 

 

 

MELTING THE HEARTS OF STONE — A REVIEW

What would it take for an uptight corporate executive, meeting her boyfriend’s family at Christmas, to finally win them over? It doesn’t look like it could possibly happen, and every time Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) opens her mouth, she seems to put her foot in it.

Her boyfriend Everett (Dermot Mulroney) tries hard, but serving as a buttress between his family’s hijinks and his girlfriend’s faux pas could be more trouble than it’s worth.

From the matriarch Sybil (Diane Keaton) down to the youngest upstart Amy (Rachel McAdams), Meredith has her work cut out for her. Only brother Ben (Luke Wilson) seems to understand her at all.

Then her sister Julie (Claire Danes) comes into town, and things seemingly turn on a dime.

How will Meredith finally learn to fit in? And what will finally bring about a “melting” of the hearts of Stone?

The Family Stone (Full Screen Edition) is a unique mixture of humor and emotion, played out against a backdrop of a very memorable Christmas. The cast is wonderful and the characters completely believable as they fill the screen with heartfelt and quirky moments in a challenging holiday get-together.  Five stars.

HOLIDAY MOMENTS — PART II — NOV. 29

Holiday Moments from Long Ago -- My Four Kids

My favorite thing about the holidays is the opportunity to connect with family and friends. In the hullabaloo of the merchandising, there is that small corner of the world in which family moments can stand out against the backdrop of materialistic fervor.

Yesterday was one of those times. For the past few years, these get-togethers have become a tradition.  My son from LA travels to Sacramento for the Thanksgiving event, and then, with his three kids, meets up with those of us who live in Central California for lunch and sharing.  And photo ops.  Those are not as popular with the kids, who like to goof around and make faces.

But this time, they were eager enough to get into their own activities that they actually cooperated quickly.

It was pretty cold here yesterday, so while they were running around, we adults were shivering nearby.

Here are some of the photos.

 

Waiting for the Food!
Six Grandkids All in a Row
Hide and Seek

These are moments I will treasure always, and having the photos ensures that the memories will be there at a glance.

What special moments have you enjoyed over the holidays?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

HOLIDAY MOMENTS: PART I — NOV. 26

Holiday Moments

 

Good morning, and welcome to the holiday post-mortem:  a time and place for reminiscing and sharing tidbits.

Yesterday I joined my daughter and her family for some feasting, laughing, and socializing.

Here are a few photo ops, beginning with one of the four-legged family members who showed his feelings about it all.

Shall We Let the Cat Out of the Bag?

Or a brief “shining” moment for another cat, hanging out with Noah.

A Moment in the Spotlight

Note the way the light is showcasing this cat, named Janis Joplin.

 

A Thanksgiving Table -- Before the Feast

And here is a very satisfied cat curled up in a ball in the sun.

Mork is Snoozing

A good time was had by all.

 

On Sunday, I will showcase Part II of the Holiday Moments, when another clan of family members gathers for a feast that doesn’t include turkey.