Autumn memories

Just before the death of flowers and before they are buried in snow, there comes a festival season when nature is aglow.
~Author Unknown

Well, I may have missed my opportunity for this post since it SNOWED a few days ago! Middle Missouri broke her previous record of .3 inches of snow on November 8th. We clocked in at a little more than an inch of the white stuff. It was magical….and gone from most of the trees by afternoon as the temps warmed to the upper 30sF.

I have shared some of our autumn color in weeks past, but haven’t shared my most fun day of the season. Every autumn I try and take the grandgirls to one of our city parks during the cooler weather. Of course, the camera comes along with us. This year we went to a nature area before going to the traditional park setting. While I love autumn color in the trees and flowers, it just can’t compete with these two!

At ten and four and a half, these two are growing up so fast. And, I believe their personalities are growing faster! Can’t you just see the sass in both of them? Peanut is now in fourth grade and Twix is having a blast in Pre-K.

I fully realize I tend to get a bit carried away when sharing pics of our grandgirls. I would apologize, but I’m really not that sorry!

Unfortunately the trees had not yet given up their leaves for a colorful carpet, so we had to rely on some different color for these last two shots.

Now, we’re hunkering down for winter, which evidently is coming early this year since our temps are now falling into the teens at night. I’m thankful we had the opportunity to take these when we did. They warm my heart.

I hope you’re having a wonderful autumn and sharing the warmth of the holiday season with everyone around you.

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Holiday Tradition!

The Halloween candy is far from finished but now we’re racing towards the holidays. My October 31st was a whirlwind of activity with grandbabykin school parties and trick or treating. Why do I subject myself to all this…for the second time around? Simply because they are only little once and I want to soak up all I can before I’m too old to be able to run this pace this anymore.

And, this year was a special year. Twix was finally old enough to be Snow White. That, in and of itself, doesn’t sound especially significant until you know the back story…….

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (circa 1989), there lived a four-year-old Snow White with her white, woodland bunny. These were costumes I made for my wee ones for Halloween fun. Little did I know at the time, Snow White would stand the test of time in more ways than one.

When 1991 rolled around, another four-year-old Snow White made her debut with sister princess, Rapunzel (another homemade costume). This one was expected. After all, it took me quite a while to make the Snow White costume, and I was determined to get more than one wearing out of it. I think they both wore it for a couple of Halloweens.

Fast forward to 2013. Five-year-old Peanut donned her Mama and godmother’s costume for another generation of Disney princess trick or treating. Why did I keep this costume in storage so many years? I suppose I simply couldn’t part with the memories.

And this year, at four years old, Twix followed in this tradition. And, a whole new set of memories have been made.

And, yes, the costume will go back into storage now. The Golfer has instructed me to keep it in case she should have a future princess to carry on the tradition.

Even though I missed Thankful Thursday at Brian’s Home, I’m thankful for the opportunities to make memories through photography for my family. I hope after I’m long gone, they will also stand the test of time.

Awww Monday and a little Quotography

We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.

~George Bernard Shaw

So, it’s been like for.ev.er since I’ve participated in Awww Monday. So long, in fact, that I’m probably considered a newbie again! But that’s how my summer has gone……and, it’s literally GONE!

This quote really hits home since Entrepreneur cannot do a lot anymore without paying for it with extreme fatigue afterwards because of the daily, oral chemo he must take to keep the cancer at bay. So, his situation is a little different than most. He wants to go and play…..but physically, he just can’t go 90 miles an hour with his hair on fire like he did before.

Now me, on the other hand….I feel like I’ve aged 10 years this past year. And, most of that is because I’ve not “played” much. So, I completely understand this quote.

Cabo luuuuvs to play. At all hours of the day. In fact, his most favorite time to play is when I sit down for the evening to decompress. It’s not uncommon to find this 50 pound pupper in my lap with a ball of some kind in his mouth. ­čÖé

I guess he fully believes it’s his job to keep me from growing old!

Blog hopping today with Sandee and her crew over at Comedy Plus/Awww Monday.

July Photo Challenge: Staying Cool

I completely missed June’s photo challenge last month. Lately, life has this bad habit of derailing my plans; regardless of what they are. Peanut and Twix were gone to their dad’s house in Alabama all month, so Entrepreneur and I tended to vegetate whenever possible. Is vegetating even possible anymore? Doesn’t seem like it.

This month PJ’s theme is Staying Cool. Appropriate for the hot, summer month of July. Even though we didn’t do anything spectacular, I think I captured some contenders for this month’s photo challenge. So here goes……

Staying Cool #1
The Golfers from Jax Beach came to town the first of the month for a week and brought their Florida temps and humidity with them. During that time, we hosted an engagement party for them for the family and friends here in the Heartland. Thankfully, we have quite a bit of shade on our property, so no one suffered from heat stroke during the party. Here are my two very “cool” daughters!

Staying Cool #2
Who are these “cool kids”? These youngsters at heart would be four of the five grandparents who stayed to the bitter end of the engagement party! Hanging out in the shade with a cooler full of beverages made for a relaxing afternoon in the heat.

Staying Cool #3
Floridians know how to stay cool in the summer heat. Even though she was born and bred in Missouri, she’s a coastal soul…and will never be landlocked again.

Staying Cool #4
This is what you get when you combine the goofiness of a water-loving Golden Retriever and the playfulness of a Standard Poodle. A 50 pound, goofy, water dog. The hose and sprinklers are always a good way to cool off when you wear a fur coat 24/7.

Staying Cool #5
Ahhhhhh….everyone’s gone and Entrepreneur is napping. Time to float with Captain Morgan and a Pepsi 0. And shut off my brain for a while.

Staying Cool Bonus Shot
The end of July brought some relief from the oppressive, middle Missouri summer heat. Here’s a bonus shot on staying cool during the summer taken with my phone. Okay….it’s a screenshot….but I think it should still count! ­čÖé

Posting early this month because, come Monday morning, Peanut and Twix will return to our care during the day until school begins….and I’ll get even LESS done than I have these past six weeks!┬áBlog hop over to PJ’s on July 31st to see how others stayed cool this month.

January Photo Challenge: LEGO┬«

PJ’s photo challenge prompt for January is LEGO┬«. Now, you would think with two grandies, we’d have a lot of these little bricks lying around the house waiting for unsuspecting feet to step on them. I know a gajillion kids and adults love these little plastic building sets, but we’re, evidently, in the minority. What we do have (in limited supply) are the larger LEGO bricks called Duplos┬«. So, I’ll be modifying the prompt a bit, and adding a bit of trivia to each photo entry…mainly because my photo skills on this one were not that stellar.

LEGO #1
Every hour there are about 2.16 million LEGO bricks being molded. That’s 36,000 every minute!┬áApproximately 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year.

LEGO #2
LEGO bricks have been around since 1958 (it was a very good year!). It’s estimated more than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced over those 60 years. To further blow your mind, there are about 62 LEGO bricks per person for the entire population of the earth…that’s about 6 billion people! Do the math.

LEGO #3
If you thought the United States was #1 in the LEGO market, you would be misinformed. Germany outpaces the U.S., and LEGO is the #1 toy company in Germany. The top-selling lines in Germany are Technic and LEGO City. The United States comes in second, with the top-selling lines being Bionicle and LEGO Star Wars.

LEGO #4
I’m sure you’re wondering, what is the plural for lots of LEGO bricks? Those across the pond say, simply, Lego….while some Americans say, Legos.┬áActually, neither is correct. “LEGO” is an adjective and, according to the company, should always be used as a descriptor. Example: LEGO bricks, LEGO building, LEGO products, etc.

LEGO #5
The best-selling LEGO set in all of history is the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. More than 1 million sets have been sold since their debut. But, this is usually what I find when our grand girls design their sets. And, no, that is not an official mini-fig!

Bonus LEGO pics
Twix saw my post on the computer and decided it was a good time to haul them into the office and begin construction on a masterpiece.

Where did I get this fascinating LEGO trivia? Here.

So, there you have it….my five LEGO photos. Why not build on this and blog hop over to PJ’s to see more LEGO entries?