August 21 – Slow

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s photo challenge is slow.

There are many definitions of slow, so I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take for this posting. I also thought of the saying, “slow and steady win the race.”

I decided to go with slow as in slowing down in the busyness of life.  You know how we always seem to be running from one thing to the next?

This picture, taken last year, shows us slowing down and taking time to enjoy life.  Ian was fascinated with this map.  He borrowed a magnifying glass to study it.

I hope that we can all have some time to slow down and read a map, read a book, or smell the roses.  Or many other things that help you slow down and relax.

I wonder if I will have any time to slow down this week?  I sure want to do just that!

August 20 – Stairs

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s photo challenge is stairs.

I came across this really cute picture of Ian when he was 2 years 9 months old.

At sunset at the beach, the kids typically climb the tower of sand and steps of the lifeguard tower.  This was done on one of those nights.

He was very proud of himself when he reached the top.  I lightened the photo since I wanted to see his face.

I wanted to include one other photo.

It is from that same summer inside the Point Loma Lighthouse.  My dad helped Ian climb to the top.

Have a great Tuesday!!SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Power Outage This A.M.

powerToday’s photo challenge is lost.   How appropriate since we lost power this morning.

I didn’t take a photo of my own today, but instead went with a photo from the clip art in Power Point.

At 7:30 a.m., the power went out.  Thankfully Ian was mostly ready for school by then and so was I.  We finished getting ready and then at 15 minutes to 8 a.m., we walked to school where we found the power was also out.

I wasn’t able to walk him in today (bummer) as I usually can. I had wanted to drop off part of our supplies and talk to his teacher.  But, we weren’t able to do that this morning.

He turned from me and started to walk inside. “Ian, can you give Mommy a hug goodbye?” I asked him.  “Okay, Mommy,” he said, while quickly hugging me.  Then off like a flash, he was ready to go inside.

An hour and 15 minutes later the power was back on at both our house and the school.  We got a call from the principal saying the power has been restored and they are ready to have a great day!

I am ready to have a great day too.  It was, however, funny to me and sad in a way how ready he was to leave and get inside his school.  I was the one to remind him to say bye.

I imagine that is common, but still a little tough on his mommy.  Frankly, I’d prefer that to him dreading school or crying.

I wonder what other adventures today will bring.  With rain in the forecast, there is no telling.  It will be fun to find out.

August 18 – Someone You Spoke With Today

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Sunday!

Today’s photo challenge is “Someone You Spoke With Today.”   So far this morning, I have spoken to my husband Kirk and son Ian.  Here are my guys!  How I love them so.

We’ll be going to church in a little bit, have lunch with my parents, and then do a few things this afternoon.

Hope you have a great day!

August 17 – Exercise

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAAhh.., A lazy Saturday!  I do enjoy a lazy day.  We have needed it after the busy week we’ve had.  And next week will be even busier since it is the first full week of school.

Ironically with my lazy day, today’s photo challenge is exercise.

Exercise is something that I am working on doing more of.  I have to admit that it is something that has slipped for me for a while.

My favorite exercise is walking — preferably outside at the beach.  But, since I don’t live near the beach, walking around my neighborhood is great!!

I am now walking more so that is helping.  We also have some exercise equipment and I am working with that as well.

Here is Ian trying out his bicycle that we bought for him in the spring.  My husband is helping him. As you can see, he was ready to go!  And, so excited to get his first bike.

It has training wheels ,which is wonderful, a great design that Ian likes.  We just need a helmet for him.

He was dressed up since he got the bike on a Sunday afternoon after church.  He didn’t want to wait to go and change his clothes.

Ian loves being active and doing stuff.  I love that and am trying to keep up with him.

I wonder what opportunities I will have to exercise in the next week?  Plenty with walking Ian to and from school and hopefully a chance to walk in the afternoon with a friend of mine!

August 16 — Cooking

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIan and I love to cook.

Recently, he told me, “Mommy, the food tastes better when I help you make it.”  I said, “You are right Ian!”

Today’s photo challenge is cooking.

Here is my helper in the kitchen making dinner.   We were making kielbasa, cheese tortellini, cheese sauce, and veggies.   Ian loved making it and loved eating it.

Ahh, a successful meal!

Here are some fun quotes about cooking that I found:

  • The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” — Julia Child
  • I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” — W.C. Fields
  • I wish my stove came with a Save As button like Word has. That way I could experiment with my cooking and not fear ruining my dinner.
” — Jarod Kintz
  • “There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.” — Thomas Wolfe
  • “Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.” — Truman Capote

Hope you have a great weekend of cooking and fun with your family and friends.  We are certainly going to do just that.

August 15 – The Best / Throwback Thursday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Thursday.

Today’s Photo Challenge is The Best.

For this picture, I didn’t know what to do.   Best friend, best time, best food, an award for being the best, best location, best time, best vacation?  What to choose?

You see the list is endless.  I have to say though that the best to me is when my husband and I had our son.  He is such a blessing and so much fun.   He has truly enriched our lives.

And since I wanted to tie in Throwback Thursday, I chose a picture of Ian when he was about 1 year and 8 months old.

In his mouth was his ever-present paci at that time.  And, he was standing on the pier near our beach house.  He was looking through the fence down at the water and the people.

He also may have seen a dolphin and surfers.  He was fascinated with the world around him and still is to this day!

What is the best for you?  I know that we all can come with something that fits that word!

I wonder if I can make this day the best it can be?  I will sure try.

Kindergarten Begins!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning, Ian started his first day of kindergarten.

Here he is waiting in the line in the gym.  The school does this each morning.  All the kids gather there and then teachers walk the kids to their classrooms.

We walked to the school this morning and that is why he wore his sweatshirt.  This morning was less humid than normal and cool so he needed something to keep him warm.

It’s nice to live close enough to his school to be able to walk!

My mom, who was a kindergarten teacher for many years, said the first day is always hardest on the parents.  I know that is true.  I wasn’t the only mother wiping tears away as the kids left with a teacher.

His school understands that.  The principal announced that after we drop off the kids on Friday (the first full day), there is a reception for the parents.  It is called Coffee and Kleenex!  Isn’t that great?

I walked back by myself from the school — enjoying the sun, hearing the birds, and fighting back my tears of joy that he is starting a great school and sadness that my baby is all grown up.  Well, at least enough to in be school full-time.

I have to remember that he is exactly where he needs to be and that is comfort for me.  Besides he is extremely excited so how can I not be?

The house is so quiet without him here.  I will have to turn on some good music and focus on some other great things.  Can’t wait to hear all about his day!

Yeah Ian!  Mommy and Daddy are proud of you.  KINDERGARTEN ROCKS!!

August 13 – Fast

POD_August.13_FastHello and Happy Tuesday!

Today’s photo challenge is Fast.  I decided to show two pictures of my son Ian to illustrate how fast he has been growing up.

The one on the right is from when he was 1-year-old and the other is when he first turned 5-years-old.  He is wearing kilts in both.  We bought both of these while in Scotland visiting family.

Tomorrow he starts kindergarten.  These first 5+ years have gone by so fast.

He is excited and I am getting there.  Life keeps moving fast in these growing years of our kids.  So far I have enjoyed the journey and will continue to do so.

I wonder how I will do tomorrow when I drop him off.  I imagine I will cry and then try to focus on the rest of the day.  Thankfully it’s just a 1/2 day!!

August 12 – Macro

Hi and Happy Monday!  Can you believe that it’s the start of another week? These weekends always seem to go too fast!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s photo challenge is Macro.  This is an extreme close-up.

Here is my extreme close-up of a bundt cake that my hubby made.  He put chocolate frosting on it and sprinkles.  That really impressed my son.

What do you think?  It looks like a cool crater.

It’s mostly in focus and clear, although with a bit of shadow.  Overall, though, I am pretty pleased.

Until tomorrow, what photos are you taking?