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“I got a rock.”  Charlie Brown

Happy Halloween!  Today didn’t exactly go the way I had planned.  It was a whirlwind from the moment Baby Girl woke up.  We had a full day ahead with a trip to pick up GG (92 yr old Great Grandma), run a few errands with her then off to a Drs appointment in the city.  On the way, we stopped in to see another of GG’s Great Grandkids – this one only 9 months old.  We had a very nice visit – then off to the Drs office we went.  What usually takes only 1 hour expanded to just over two hours . . . not an pleasant thing usually with a two year old in tow.  However, dressed in her Shirley Temple Halloween dress . . . she enchanted everyone in the waiting room.  Following the Dr’s visit, we headed to the airport where my sister was actually checked in to her hotel finally!  (lol – only a day late)  By time I dropped GG off at her Condo and got her settled in, then drove home, it was after 7pm, pouring rain, and too late to take the little one trick or treating.  We live in a neighborhood that is very rural.  I’ve never had a single trick or treater since we lived here.  So . . . we snuggled on the couch and watched some Toy Story and off to bed she went.  She’ll get to really enjoy it next year!

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“These are the soul’s changes, I don’t believe in ageing.  I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.  Hence my optimism.”  Virginia Woolf

Today was quite the day.  I received a message from my sister last night indicating that she was flying in to Vancouver.   I drove with my 2 year old Grand Daughter the 1 hour in to the city to the airport to connect with her and have a visit before she flew on to where she lives.  I checked to make sure her flight was on time . . . it landed 15 minutes late but it did land.  I called the hotel to see if she had checked in . . . they said they were expecting her.  However she never arrived.  I finally drove to a local Mall where Baby Girl and I did some window shopping, and had a bite to eat.  This photo is taken with my iPad while we were on our way back home, stopped in heavy traffic at a stop light.  It took us almost two hours to get home in heavy rain and traffic.  The amazing thing is . . . she did so well!  We sang songs, and called over bluetooth and talked with Papa G.  It was quite an enjoyable ride considering!  

Now – for the crazy part.

I arrived home in time to get her bathed and down for the night.  All the while I was worrying about why my sister had not arrived . . . it just didn’t make sense.  Did she miss her flight?  Was there an issue with the Hurricane back east?  So, I went back to the message she had sent me on the 29th and discovered . . . that I was the dunce . . . If I had read the entire message . . . it said . . . “I am leaving tomorrow (October 30th) and arriving on October 31st.”  (She was flying in from Bali via Hong Kong)  I guess I saw the word “tomorrow” and went no further!  Urg!  My Bad!!  

Oh Well . . . tomorrow is another day!

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“Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people.  They are born with a little bit of angelshine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes there is always enough left to lasso your heart . . . ”  Alan Beck

What more can I say about this precious little angel??  She just makes my heart skip a beat . . . I remember feeling that all the moments with my kids (big or small) were so important . . . but somehow being a Grandma brings a new awareness to each experience.  

I guess part of it is that I have the time to stop and enjoy the moments, really roll around in them, immerse myself completely – something a busy parent doesn’t always have the luxury to do.   

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“When we are children we seldom think of the future.  This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can.  The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”  Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

I’m enjoying so much taking pictures of this little one.  Those curls, that sweet innocence.  This morning we went out to feed the birdies some puffed rice cereal we’d used to make some Halloween Treat with – but it didn’t work out so well.  We thought the birds might enjoy them.  I caught her with the morning light coming from behind her, through the Willow Tree at the edge of the creek.  I think this may be one of my favorite pictures of her so far.  

After she put the cereal on the little spool, she walked around snapping her fingers saying “here birdie, here birdie, treats!”

I just love seeing life through her eyes!

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“If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one.  There is no fun for old people like it!”  Hannah Whitehall Smith

The little one is staying on with Ya Ya and Papa G here in Canada while Mommy flies home to California.  (We’ll be driving her back to California in a  weeks time)  We dropped Mommy at the airport in Bellingham this  morning, then went for breakfast at Shari’s Restaurant.  The food was practically inedible . . . but we hung out for a bit waiting for Cost Co to open.  We were in a nice spacious corner booth, so she had lots of room to play and jump and “attack”! I shot this with my iPad, then processed it in Snapseed.  Gotta love these apps!  I love this picture because it really epitomizes my relationship with her.  We adore each other!  She misses Mommy, but she loves her Ya Ya!  

Nuff said!

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“I think when I was two years old in the sandbox, I think I formulated my basic philosophy there, and I haven’t really had to alter it very much ever since.” Boyd Rice

I don’t even know what to write for today’s post.  I’m just having so much fun following my little Grand Daughter around with the camera.  Today’s 365 is another DNA shot – totally allowed by the guidelines set out at the beginning. Way back in January.  And here we are at the end of October.  And I’m still going strong.  Wow!  Sure there are days when I struggle, and just have no clue what to do.  Somehow though, I get inspired – usually from my fellow 365’ers who are all still cranking away with me.  In fact, many of us are meeting up in Las Vegas mid-November for a few days of Photography goodness.  There’s probably about 25 of us that are still posting regularly – and about 15 of us that are meeting up in Vegas.  Including the guy who started it all . . .the very amazing and talented Michael the Maven himself!  

It’s gonna be a blast!  Anyway – that’s it for today.  

I’m off with my camera again – more “Little” photo-ops!

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“Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has it’s own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin . . . We anxiously anticipate it every year.”  Unknown

Today was Pumpkin Patch day.  My Daughter, Grand Daughter and Great Nephew and I spent a few hours enjoying a local farm with tons of activities for kids during this exciting time of the year.  From the Pumpkin Patch itself, to a tractor ride, huge Bouncy Pillow, Hay rides, goats, rabbits and chickens . . . corn maze . . . the kids were so excited and on the run the whole time.  I managed to corral everyone for this picture at the end before we left.  

Great fall fun!

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“I think children learn from example.  I don’t believe in raising them in an authoritative atmosphere.”  Kent McCord

I did a photo shoot with my Grand Daughter this morning.  She is going to be Shirley Temple for Halloween.  My Daughter had this completely adorable red and white polka dot dress made just for the occasion.  She’s an incredibly curious almost-2-year-old – so after doing a few different shots with her – I decided to get some shots of her “interacting” with one of my camera’s.  I ended up putting it on the Gorillapod as I was afraid she was going to drop it.  As expected, she was fascinated – especially when I put it on timer mode and had it shooting in 6-shot increments every time the shutter button was depressed.  I love the intent expression on her face in this one.  

I love seeing life with a whole new perception – through the eyes of my Grandkids.  Being a Mom was amazing and I was quite involved and active with my kids growing up.  However, there is a whole other dimension to experiencing life through the eyes of a Grandchild.    

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“Language screens reality as a filter on a camera lens screens light waves”  Unknown

Oops!! I dropped my camera lens first on the tile floor in my kitchen today!  Ouch!  All I can say is . . . thank goodness for protective lens filters . . .

I guess the morale of this story is always make sure you are wearing protection!

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“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”  L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

I am reveling in the blessing of having my Daughter and Grand Daughter visiting from California for the week.  Today we spent some time in Vancouver at Stanley Park.  I have great memories visiting here as a child, and as well, bringing my own kids here when they were little.  So it was with great joy that I was able to share this experience with my Grand Daughter, and share the memories with my Daughter.

Moments like these are priceless . . . 

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