Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Sundries - Edition 21

two grandsons + me + three cameras = photo scavenger hunt
Two of my grandsons (the seven year old twins) spent the week with us while their mom and older brother went to church camp and dad worked. I tried to come up with a few fun things to do while they were here. I know they both like to take pictures so I decided to put together a Photo Scavenger Hunt. I compiled a list of 20 items we could look for.  We each took turns closing our eyes and pointing to the list to see what we were photographing next. I'll just show you a few examples of how we interpreted the things on the list. I think they were both very creative.
white rock



water reflection - Drew captured his brother's reflection and Josh captured a granddaddy long-legs. It's in the upper right corner.

something blue
Together we took a total of 251 pictures and had the best time. If you have children or grandchildren this is a great summer activity!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Finds & Randomness

Bella Grace
Life's a Beautiful Adventure
Those are the words on the front cover of this new and beautiful publication from Stampington & Company. Inside the covers there are narratives and photographs that share a love of simple things and slow living. I've only read the first four articles. I'm savoring it; making it last for weeks. That's not easy either, because I just want to sit down and devour it! It's not just articles either, there are places for you to list your gratitudes or write your thoughts. The editor, Christen Olivarez writes,
"It is meant to be read over and over again. It is meant to inspire you to see the beauty and the magic that surround you, no matter where you are. It is meant to be written in and dog-eared. It is meant to accompany you on this beautiful adventure that is life."
Is it what I expected when I preordered the first issue?  Yes, it is much more than I expected. I thought at first it was a little pricey, but with about 160 pages of inspiration on wonderful paper, it's well worth the price. I will read it over and over again.
Linking with Kim's Friday Finds.
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Now, a few of my random thoughts and photographs...
I've been looking for some Queen Anne's Lace to take pictures of. Around here I had trouble finding any where it was safe to pull over and take a few pictures. I did stop one place and try to pull up some to take home, but on my, these beautiful flowers have deep roots. Couldn't pull it up and couldn't break it off. Finally, I found some when I visited my daughter recently. It grows along the road leading to her home. I just love the intricate patterns and textures of these lovely flowers that remind me of fireworks exploding.
Do you remember the first movie you ever went to? I do, way back in 1970!  Growing up we didn't go to the movies. I had to wait until my "date" took me; my date who is now Mr. H. We went to see "Love Story" staring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw. You talk about crying buckets on your boyfriend's shoulder!  Good way to get his arm around you, you know! 

I can't decide. Do I like the windows best are the reflections?  I'm thinking the reflections!
You never know what's you'll find when you walk down an alley. I wonder who took the time to create this little oasis between a building and a parking lot. And, don't you just love that window on the wall!

I also found this in that alleyway, propped on a small ledge. It used to hang. I wonder if it was the top of a wind chime. Whatever it was, someone didn't want to just discard it, they placed it for others to see.

That's it for today!
Enjoy your weekend!