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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”  George Bernard Shaw

Just hanging out with my 4 year old Great Nephew and his little 3 month old sister (the chipmunk cheeks on the right).  Actually, my husband is holding the 4 year old over my head so I grabbed this shot with his iPhone5 that was sitting on the table next to me.  I then processed it in Photoshop and Topaz Labs DeNoise and Simplify.   If you can’t have fun then what’s the point eh?  

I hope I’ll always wake up with a smile on my face that I can share with the world.

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“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  Mahatma Gandhi

The quote that I have chosen for today really resonates.  I completely, totally and one hundred percent agree that happiness is a by-product of your daily choices and actions.  In fact, I had to include a second quote to underscore the first quote . . . I’m a very happy person these days.  So much of my life is in harmony with who I am deep inside.  It has not always been so.  I’ve been on a journey to harmony in my life, and have seen healing and happiness in the lives of those around me as a result.  There was a time when I had division, discord, depression, unhappiness ruling my experience of life.  I am so fortunate to be in a place now where I am happy, healthy, and able to share that with the people I love.  

This photo was taken with my iPad as hubby, baby girl and I were out for a walk on a beautiful sunny Bay Area day.  I took it with an App called HDR Pro that creates the HDR right when you are taking the shot.  Thus it is a little fuzzy.  That’s Ella’s curly mop on the lower right.  

The little one was so happy to be out in the fresh air, walking, picking up sticks and playing with acorns that have fallen by buckets off the trees.  It’s one of those afternoons where everything is right with the world.  The birds are singing, the air is clean and crisp . . . and our only concern is keeping her from falling in the creek!  

Happiness.

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Bathtime is one of my favorite times with Baby Girl.  She so loves the water, and is so joyous and happy when she’s in it.  For this shot I used my Gorillapod and hung the camera from the shower door frame to get a perspective from above.  I then processed it using PS CS6 filters to get this grainy effect.  I had to be careful which photo I used, as I discovered that from this view . . . most of the shots were not appropriate for posting on the internet!  

My Grandchildren are so very important to me . . . and I want them all to grow up  knowing that they are loved completely by their Grandma/YaYa.  That’s why I don’t just talk about it.  My actions back up what I say.  I don’t buy their affections, I give them my time and my love.  I’m well aware that I am compensating for something I feel I lacked growing up.  No matter, as it’s a win-win situation!

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