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“There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”  Pablo Picasso

We bought a GoProHero 2 just before we came to Hawaii, thinking that it would be a great toy to have in the water when we are snorkeling.   We took it out of the box to pack it for the trip, but otherwise knew nothing about using it.  There actually is quite a process to go through preparing to use it the first time . . . which involves connecting to the Internet and updating it’s software and setting up the wi-fi back pack on it so we can use the iPad or iPhone to control it . . . which of course involved finding the app and downloading it and figuring out how to make it work with the camera . . . all in all quite the process but so cool that we can take pics and video with it thru the iPhone/iPad.  Technology is getting so insane . . .

After all that we were ready for a soak in the hot tub!  By then it was 8pm-ish so we took the little guy with us just to see what we came up with.  I put the camera under water and aimed it at us. This shot is the result.  Kinda cool eh?  Of course it’s no where near the amazing shots I’ve been seeing people post on-line . . . but kinda cool none-the-less.  

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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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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Road Trip!!

We’re on our first leg of a 4 day road trip to California with the baby.  This picture is taken at the Pacific Border Crossing between Surrey, BC and Blaine, WA.  We’ve got a six to seven hour drive ahead of us to just south of Portland, OR.  Baby Girl is snuggled in and happy.  What an awesome little traveler she is too.  It took an hour to get through the border, and another 20 minutes to Bellingham where we gassed up.  She’d been in the car two hours by then, with no fussing what so ever.  I let her out to run around at the Fred Meyer in North Bellingham while hubby gassed up the car.  The rest of the trip was uneventful with just a couple of rest stops for food and stretching our legs.  I did load up my iPad with a few of her favorite shows, which kept her entertained during part of the trip.  For much of the time she either slept, or chatted with us or herself, and sang songs . . . one of the most fun drives south I’ve had in a long time.  We’ll be two days at my son’s south of Portland before we head out again.  

The Road Trip continues . . . 

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”  Dr Seuss

Baby Girl wakes up every morning giggling and happy and playful.  It’s the most amazing experience for her Papa and I.  I love to listen to her talking with her stuffies in her crib – which she will do for almost half an hour.  Then I’ll hear a tentative “Ya Ya?”  When I get up and go in to get her, she giggles with joy and hides under her blanket.  How can one not just have a great day after waking up to that??  This morning, her last day here in Canada with us, she decided to climb on the window ledge in our bedroom and look outside for the birdies.  I love the whispy softness of this shot – taken with my iPad and processed in Photoshop CS6 with Nik Color Effex Pro.  

I’m going to miss her so much!  But I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend this quality time with her.  

Priceless!

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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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“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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“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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“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”   G. K. Chesteron, ‘Orthodoxy,’ 1908
 

Today was a travel day for my little angel baby and I.  We traveled back to California, back to Mommy and Daddy who have missed the baby girl so very much.  It’s been two days short of three weeks since we traveled to my home in Canada.  And I’ve cherished every minute of every day that we had together, bonding and living every day with a freshness of perspective, knowing that it would be over all too soon.  She slept for most of the flight, and enjoyed the “in-flight entertainment”, kickin’ back like she was a VIP in First Class!  (I booked her as a lap baby, and lucked out with an empty seat next to us).

So – this adventure ends.  I return home on Wednesday to continue on with the next leg of my journey in this life!  Who know’s where you might find me next?  I will be back Baby Girl . . . you can count on it.  Ya Ya is going to miss you so very much!

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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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“Boys are found everywhere—on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.” Author: Alan Beck

I had the opportunity to spend the day with my little 2.5 year old Grandson today.  What a little sweetie he is.  Such a joy.  So full of energy, and love.  I took many pictures of him today but this one seemed to epitomize his energy, as he climbed and climbed and climbed and climbed!  So fun! I love my Grandchildren so much . . . and feel so incredibly blessed to be able to spend the time with them that I do.

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