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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s New Years Day 2013, and we must finally head home to Vancouver, BC.  I will do just about anything to spend time with my Grandkids . . . so I could not resist this shot!  She climbed in to an IKEA shopping bag . . . perfect opportunity for me to make off with her!  But darn – I was stopped at the door by Mommy.  Oh well . . . better luck next time!

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“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Charles Caleb Colton 

I love this shot.  

We got Ella all dressed up to go around to the neighbors delivering Christmas goodies.  When we got back from charming everyone completely, I had to get a few shots of her all dressed up.  She was fine at first, but then wanted my nice expensive camera to play with.  I found my little point and shoot for her instead . . . and this is the result!  

Not only is this a DNA shot, but she is completely imitating what I am doing as I am shooting her!  Every time she pressed the button to take another picture, she would look at the screen and say “Perfect!”

How much more adorable can you get than that???  

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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.”  Fred Rogers

I woke up this morning, after being away for a week  at my 365 Vegas Meetup, to find a little girl at the side of my bed yanking on my pillow and saying “Up YaYa!  UP! Play!  Me!” over and over . . . until I finally rolled on to the floor and played “blocks’ with her.  As much as I enjoyed my time with my fellow 365’ers, I really missed my precious little Grand Daughter, and apparently she missed me as well!  Moments like this are just to precious to waste.  

I had to document it as my 365 Self Portrait for the day.  I’ll be leaving again in a week for almost a month in Hawaii . . . so I cherish each and every moment I get with her.  I just love watching her at play . . . she is so intent on what she is doing.  One second she’s immersed quite seriously on the task at hand, and the next moment she is reduced to a belly laugh and giggles that consume her whole body.  Who can resist that??  Sure gets my day off to a great start!  

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“The wonder of a miracle from which this love began.  There is so much found in the touch of holding a grandchild’s hand.”  Unknown

We’re on the second day of our four day trip to California, staying two nights at my Son’s house just south of Portland, Oregon.  We picked my 5 year old Granddaughter up from Kindergarten and took her shopping at CostCo and Fred Meyer.  Since it was lunch time we thought we’d stop somewhere to eat.  Well, she had her mind set from the moment we mentioned CostCo!  She LOVES their hot dogs.  She says NO ONE makes them like Cost Co.  And she ate the whole darned thing!  Then off to Fred Meyer we went to try on anything pink . . . she ended up with a pink quilted vest and a pink sparkly hat to wear with it.  Quite stylin’.  Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a picture of her in it.

Isn’t she just so cute??

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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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“Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude!”  Miley Cyrus
 

So here we are in Portland at our Son’s.  They have just moved in to a new home . . . after a very long, drawn out and stressful Short Sale process.  It’s their first home . . . so of course we are so very excited for them.  My Granddaughter absolutely loves anything pink.  I’m actually surprised that she’s wearing blue here . . . and her room is a mess because they’ve not had a chance to unpack everything yet.  I had to get this shot in her pink room though . . . and I did over saturate it, and moved the white balance to the pink side as well.  One person on my 365  forum said it looks like a bottle of pepto bismol exploded in there!  How could I resist though?  After all, she told me that she dreams in pink!

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“I see the mind of a five year old as a volcano with two vents: destructiveness and creativeness.”  Sylvia Warner
 

We’re in Oregon today . . . just south of Portland.  My goodness it is hot!  100+ degrees!  Today is also my Granddaughter’s 5th birthday.  They are waiting to finalize a deal on a new home, so did not plan a party for her.  They had hoped to be moving in this weekend, but with Short Sales there are so many delays and crazy requirements . . . so they can’t move in just yet.  Because it was such a hot day though, we decided to spend the day in the air conditioned Clackamus TownCenter Mall  in Portland.  We thought maybe we could cool off while watching the new Ice Age movie.  Cute movie though a bit long for a 5 year old to sit patiently through.  (The shadow on the right of the top picture is my knee).  

Later in the evening, we had the opportunity to do a walk thru in the new house.  It turns out that the current owners have moved just down the street from where my son is living now – and they are so happy to have my son buying their house.  They are really nice people . . . so we got to get a good look at the place.  My son and his family will be very happy there for a long time . . . The second picture here is of my Granddaughter – she was getting quite impatient with us standing around talking, and so laid down on the tile patio complaining how hot it was.  I had to snap the picture!  Poor little munchkin!  We then went home and had birthday cake that she had picked out earlier in the day.  Yum!  Happy Birthday my little Princess!

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“We ape, we mimic, we mock, We act.” Sir Laurence Olivier
 

My Granddaughter see’s both her mother & myself with a camera  . . . taking pics of her!  I was working on my laptop, processing pics from the day when I looked over to see this vision . . . she had her Mommie’s camera with the strap around her neck, trying to take a picture of me!  She kept saying “I see you!”  

How precious is that??  I can’t believe that I’m at Day 200!  Only 165 more days to go!  This project has completely changed the way I approach photography.  I see potential in the smallest things, always looking for the light and seeing potential that I would never have considered before.  I know I still have a lot to learn . . . but that’s just part of the process, and what keeps me motivated and focused.  I’m very excited to be participating in a meetup with members of my 365 group in November . . .

Meanwhile I’m so happy to be setting a fine example for the younger generation . . . and hope at least one of them picks up the photography bug!

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“Grandchildren are loving reminders of what we’re really here for.”  Author: Unknown
 

I had the pleasure of taking my youngest Granddaughter (20 months old) to feed the ducks at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville.  I took her there a few months ago and she had so much fun.  What a difference a few months make though!  Wow!  She, again, enjoyed herself tremendously however this time she was running everywhere and just SO excited about the “birds”.  I was challenged to keep up with her!  We went through two containers of bird feed – the last one she just dumped right in to the pond, container and all.  I think she would have jumped in and gone swimming with them if I’d let her!  It was a great fun afternoon and no one went swimming other than the ducks.

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“Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense.  All other worldly passions seem to follow in it’s train.”  Buddha

I took my 13 year old Grandson (who lives in MD) to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the day.  While he spent the day on the rides, I wandered around with my 20 month old Granddaughter.  It’s so fascinating to see the excitement of the boardwalk through her eyes.  She saw the mini-train and was so completely enthralled by it.  She stood here on the bridge watching it for the longest time.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t take her on it as I had her and the stroller and all our stuff to take care of.  She didn’t seem to mind though, as she just soaked up the experience visually.

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