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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LET’S IGNITE SOME SPARKS OF RANDOMNESS

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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.

Here I am on Saturday morning, a little late to the party…but I do have a few shots to share.

Here are a couple from Fiona, who loves doing creative things with her photos:

 

 

fiona being creative

 

 

This shot scared me a little at first…LOL

 

 

 

fiona - more creativity

 

 

And here is a long view, showing a bit of the living room and my dining room changes.  I took it with my phone, and I can never get the lighting right…but you get the idea:

 

 

september 5 living and dining

 

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Now…back to reading The Hurricane Sisters.

 

 

 

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Happy Saturday!

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SUMMER IS WINDING DOWN — 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.

As summer winds down, we gather together to enjoy various activities.  My new DIL Gabi is exploring California with her husband, my eldest son.  After spending a month here, they drove up to Northern California, and here is a shot of Gabi at the Grass Valley Fair.  She loves the animals.  Next week, they’ll be heading down the coast.

 

 

August 2015 - Gabi at Grass Valley Fair

 

Here is my granddaughter Aubrey, enjoying time with her younger siblings, Silas and Sidney:

 

 

Aubrey with Silas & Sidney - august

 

My daughter Heather spent time on her birthday with her son Noah:

 

 

Heather's birthday lunch- 2015

 

And here is Noah on the first day of school (already!); he is in the seventh grade.

 

 

August 2015 - first day of 7th grade

 

While everyone else has been having fun, I’ve been rearranging furniture again!  I moved some cabinets around in my dining area; the only cabinets that are in their original position are the red corner hutch and the Baker’s rack.  I did the switcheroo in order to open up the space.  (Below)

 

 

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And my coffee table was pretty cluttered, so I rearranged a few things….

 

 

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That’s it for this week.  What are you spotlighting?

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SATURDAY SPARKS: BABY LOVE!

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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 spotlight part of my extended family.  Recently, my niece Emily gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Margaret Louise.  She is the first grandchild for my sister and her husband, so a gathering was convened to honor the new family member.

Present at the event:  My sister and her husband; their four daughters, Elizabeth, Emily, Dorothy, and Katherine…and of course, little Margaret Louise.

First, say hello to the new mother and baby, Emily and Margaret:

 

Emily & Margaret - 1

 

Now let’s take a look at the four sisters, with the baby:  Left to Right:  Katherine (Katie); Elizabeth; Emily with Margaret; and Dorothy.

 

 

Emily, sisters, & baby - Katie, Elizabeth Emily, Dorothy

Meet the grandparents, with Baby Margaret:

 

 

Emily's baby & grandparents

Here is the whole group:

 

 

Emily, etc. - Sisters, Parents

 

And finally, a special moment between little Margaret and her Aunt Dorothy:

 

 

Emily's sister & baby - Dorothy

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Is there anything sweeter than a new baby?  I predict that, since having a new baby around can start a trend, the sisters might just find themselves stricken by Baby Love.

It seemed to work that way between me and my siblings.  LOL

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What are you sharing today?  Come on by and tell me what you think.

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