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“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.”  Walt Disney

I drove out to the beach today as I thought it would be cooler than staying here where it’s getting in to the 90’s this weekend.  Of course, everybody and their neighbor thought it was a great idea too!  It was a challenge to find a beach with close enough parking for me and the little one to walk.  I did finally find good parking at San Gregorio Beach just south of Half Moon Bay.  It was actually the perfect beach because of the little bay with a sand spit between it and the ocean.  Baby girl was elated at the opportunity to play in the sand, get her feet wet, then venture further out where she could actually dunk herself completely.  This little doll is not afraid of the water!  

I had to finally drag her back to shore as she was getting a bit too far out for my comfort.  As it was just the two of us, and there were tons of people at the beach, I wasn’t very confident in leaving my camera and purse on the beach while I went in to play with her.  So . . . sadly her fun had to end.  She cried all the way back to the car!  I felt so bad . . . however as soon as I got a bottle of water out to wash her down and change her in to dry clothes, she was happy again.  

If only we could just stay young and not have to worry about responsibility and just live life as we see fit.  She was having so much fun . . . screeching for joy every time she dunked herself in the water.  Truly, it was precious.

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“Excuse me, what time is it?  Its lunch-time…!  What’s for lunch…?”  Bubble Guppies

This song sticks in my head these days as my younger Grandkids are hooked on this Canadian produced show.  It is awfully cute too . . . I’ve got all of the first year episodes on my iPad.  

Today, on one of the Photography Forums I frequent, there was a spontaneous challenge to take a picture of what’s for lunch . . . so I took this photo with my iPad.  We had an hour to complete the task, from noon to 1pm using our phone or tablet to accomplish the mission.  I shot this with my iPad, and processed it with Smug Mug’s CameraAwesome app.  

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“Taking ‘you’ time is crucial and should be guilt free!”  Alice D. Domar, Phd

I arrived at my Daughter’s in the San Francisco Bay Area last night.  Temps here are in the high 80’s to mid 90’s.  It’s warm!  First order of business . . . a pedicure so I can wear my sandals without shame!  Seriously overdue, and felt so good to sit back and vegetate for an hour doing nothing.  ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

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“A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.”  Lois Wyse

One of the most joyful things in my life these days is waking up in the morning with a Little snuggled in to me!  I’m at my Son’s in Oregon, and am up first thing this morning to drive 12 hours to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit more grandkids.  I didn’t want to get up too early though, and not say goodbye to my Granddaughter.  She’s been sleeping with me every night since I arrived in Oregon.  So how special was it to wake up and find her snuggled right in to me?  I used my iPad to carefully snap this shot . . . so as not to wake her.  I might have said this before . . . but I love my life!

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“You mean what we thought they thought we think and thought they thought?”  SpongeBob

I’ve never really been a huge fan of Sponge Bob Square Pants . . . but he’s growing on me!  I love some of the “sayings” that come from the show . . . although some of it is a bit “nasty” for my taste.  Anyway – my Granddaughter has this board game called Sponge Bob Life, so we played it this evening.  It’s not that often anymore, in this age of the Internet, that we sit down face to face and play an interactive board game, so it was quite a lot of fun.  And don’t you just love that quote??

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“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.”  Friedrich Nietzche 

I’m hanging out with my granddaughter, playing in the pool and just being goofy.  We had been to a Ren Faire where the Queen bestowed this beautiful golden necklace on her . . . so she bestowed it upon me!  I love being a Grandmother!  

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INFRARED – in-fra-red  http://flircam.omsi.edu/local/viewer/cam.html

I’m in Oregon visiting my Son and his family.  We’re visiting the O.M.S.I which is a fascinating museum downtown Portland.  We walked through this infra-red exhibit and I immediately saw my 365 Portrait for the day!  That’s my Daughter-in-law on the left, my granddaughter, and then myself assuming the Photographer’s Pose.  

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“I don’t think I will ever get tired of wearing pink.”  Emma Bunton

My Granddaughter is almost five years old . . . and she loves pink!  I rarely see her in any other colour.  She told me once that she dreams in pink!  I just love her sweet innocent exuberance  and enthusiasm for life.  Oh how I wish I could preserve that for her, store some away for a time when she will need to stock up on it . . . refresh the coffers.  Wouldn’t it be great to just be able to go back to that time in life when we believed that the world was a perfect place?  Even for a few minutes?  Ahh . . . I guess that’s why we have Grandchildren . . . I know I sure get my coffers filled when I’ve been around them!

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“Oh, it could’ve been, should’ve been worse than you would ever know. Well, the windshield was broken but I love the fresh air you know.”  Modest Mouse

On my way out of the muddy (mud was like cement on the car) Chilcotin on the way back to Ruth Lake in the Cariboo, I experienced a chip in my windshield.  Now – I’d been traveling on some pretty rough back roads in the Chilcotin and half expected to end up with a chip at some point.  So where did this happen??  On a nicely paved, non-rocky highway south of Williams Lake, BC.  I was headed south as a little car passed going north and my car was pelted with little rocks!!  I was quite shocked, and even more shocked when I noticed the little chip in the left corner of the windshield.  As I drove on the chip grew in to a crack and continued to spread.  Oh well . . . thank goodness for excellent replacement insurance!   Just goes to show that you never know what is going to happen when . . . and when you least expect it!

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“I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of the hill.”  Erma Bombeck

We spent the day up Grouse Mountain enjoying the beautiful day and taking advantage of some of the summer events.  They have a Lumberjack Show that is hilarious, the Eye to the Sky at the top of the peak (where we are headed in this photo), a bear habitat, and a Raptor Show.  I captured this shot with my little Point & Shoot camera – held behind my head as we’re going up to the Eye of the Sky.  Incredibly Gorgeous Day!  I love Erma Bombeck’s quote though – as I don’t go up a ski hill to ski . . . I go up for the experience of being on a beautiful mountain and enjoying incredible views!

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