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“Let them eat cake.”  Marie Antoinette

Tomorrow is Baby Girl’s second birthday party.  We are expecting upwards of 40-60 people/kids to show up.  So we need lots of food, and lots of cake!  One of my talents is Cake Baker/Decorator.  I used to do custom wedding cakes and special occasion cakes . . . but haven’t done if for money for many years.  I now mainly do it for family special occasions.  I’m prepping the cake here . .  . theme is Bubble Guppies.  I’ve enlisted the help of my husband, who will create the characters out of icing.  They won’t go on the cake until tomorrow morning before the party.  It’s a lot of work to bake and prep the cake, especially when you’re making it to serve that many people.  Cupcakes too!     So – tomorrow you’ll get to see the final result of what I’m working on here.  

Happy soon to be birthday, Baby Girl!

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“What time is it? What time is it? What time is it?  It’s lunch time!  What’s for lunch!”  Bubble Guppies
 

We’re on our way back home from the Lake with MIL (she has a Drs appointment in Vancouver that can’t be delayed).  We love to stop at Skihist Provincial Park on our way down through the Fraser Canyon.  Today was a gorgeous day, not too hot and just a slight breeze.  We had packed a picnic lunch so enjoyed a break from the 6 hour drive home.  I’ve been traveling this canyon since I was far too young to remember and continue to be awed by it’s beauty.  

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“Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.” Maya Angelou

We were at breakfast this morning in a favorite local restaurant.  She was a bit cranky while we waited for our food, so out came the iPhone with her beloved Bubble Guppies.  When I snapped this photo, I had to distract her and this is the “stare” that I got . . . how DARE I interrupt her precious show!  

She’s a very resilient child who’s Mommy allows her to fall down and get back up on her own, and figure out solutions to problems rather than jumping in and solving them for her.  At age 20 months she’s already got quite the dialogue, and has no trouble communicating what she is thinking, feeling, or wanting.  I’m so excited to be a part of the journey of her life.

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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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“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”  Thomas Carlyle

I shot this with my husbands iPad as baby and I sat watching Bubble Guppies on my iPad before bedtime.  I realized I had not taken my 365 Self Portrait for the day yet.  The baby had not slept well the last couple of nights, which means of course that I got little sleep as well.  I am absolutely exhausted sitting here with her.  However, as tired as I am I cherish any and all moments I have with her, as I will be taking her home on the 16th.  Five days away!  Yikes!  I emailed the image to myself and processed it with Photoshop Touch on my iPad after she went to bed.  The fuzziness is about how I was feeling at the time!

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“A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.”
-Willa Cather

My Great Nephew decided to draw “hands” this afternoon.  He put his hand on the paper and traced it.  Then he put my hand on the paper and traced it.  He then added the fingernails and my ring.  He was just so proud of himself!    Oh to have that uncensored,  fearless feeling when I create!  I am such a harsh judge of myself and yet see such beauty in the simplicity of his creativity.  At 60 years of age, I am seeking that child-like abandon . . . 

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“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” Charles Schaefer

Today I had the pleasure of watching my 3.5 year old Great Nephew as well as my 16 month old Granddaughter.  My house was chaos!  The living room was a mass of pillows for Batman who was jumping from couch to ottoman to the floor destroying the world!  The dining room chairs were covered in blankets for the fortress.  The kitchen “tupperware” cupboard was emptied on to the kitchen floor as Batman’s destruction continued!  Of course, the baby just followed along loving every moment of it!  I decided early on there was no sense in fighting it.  I captured this moment on the kitchen floor just before nap time as the three of us surveyed the “mess” (Baby Girls description).  I’m trying to remember how often I sat in the midst of the “creativity” of my children, savoring the moment – like I did today with my Granddaughter and Great Nephew.  How much more aware I am today of the preciousness of every fleeting moment . . . the memories created.  How important just being in the moment is.  Treasuring it.  Relishing every second of it.  

This isn’t the most creative, or technically perfect photo.  It’s taken with my little point and shoot.  However, I think it is 100% perfect from an emotional standpoint.  At least from where I’m sitting!

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“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.” Shirley McLaine

We actually had a day without rain!  Yay!  Baby girl and I took off to the park for a bit.  Later that afternoon – I snapped this picture of us having some chill time before her afternoon nap.  I masked in the photo of her at the park.  I do feel like I’m so lucky to have this opportunity to be with my Granddaughter for this length of time.  I know her Mommy and Daddy miss her terribly, but they know she is safe and happy here with us.  Every day I am reminded of her mother when she was this age, just a happy, playful, sweet little girl.

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“Bub-bub-bubble gup-gup-guppies! Bubble, bubble, bubble, guppy, guppy, guppies! Bubble! Bubble! Guppies! Guppies! Bubble Guppies!”  Bubble Guppies Theme Song

Our morning routine is Baby Girl waking up about 6:30am and snuggling in to bed with Papa and Ya Ya (that’s what Grandma sounds like when she says it).  She has her bottle of milk, and demands to watch Bubble Guppies on my iPad.  Here she is trying to get me to put them on instead of taking this picture!  I’m hoping that she somehow retains the memory of these moments with us.  They are priceless moments.  I may be operating on sleep deprivation since I’ve been taking care of her . . . but I would not change one second of any minute that I’ve had with her.  I love the joy she gets on her face when the Bubble Guppies Theme song plays, and she “dances” back and forth while it’s playing.  So cute!!  I am one very blessed Ya Ya!!

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