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The Lesson in Grand Kids…

I guess I have to say I’ve been blessed by some pretty special people in my life. Just when I thought I was getting old and that it was all work and no play along come the grand children to teach me to relax again.

There’s nothing like the memories of hanging out…

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The absolute joy of success…

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As well as how to deal with failure…(just get back up and ride some more)…

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The joy of exploration and learning (don’t hide in the dryer)…

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How to eat rocks and still have teeth…

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How to set goals and aim high…

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How to stay cool during a drought…

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To just let loose and dance no matter who is watching…

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And most of all just to relax and LOVE…

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I’ve taken THOUSANDS of photographs of the kids all growing up. It’s a joy to look back at each and every one of them.

Keep your memories close. And don’t forget you’re never to old to get ‘jiggy wid it”.

Peace, Love, and Life,


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Fear of Water…Not…

My grandson has absolutely no fear of water and will dive in if not watched. My other grandson was terrified of water at first and didn’t get use to it until 5 or so.

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I remember the ocean scaring me to death. Hunter here just walks right in – splashes – dumps water on his head and laughs. He’s amazed by it. Hand him a garden hose and he’s fine. They grow so fast and so much to enjoy. Hug your kids today – they grow up very fast and then they’ll be gone tomorrow (hopefully *wink*).

Peace, Love, and Swimming Hole,


Peer Pressure…

I remember when I was young and how sometimes my mouth would override my abilities. I was taken down memory lane here recently when I watched as my grandson told a lovely little girl how he could make it across the monkey bars.

He had not taken in to account his physical limitations as he had already traversed the bars several times before. But THIS time would be the one to impress the ladies. The trip that counted. The one that mattered as it would win hearts.

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I was there to photograph the event and I knew what he was feeling (by the look on his face)  as his arms began to give out while his friend looked on.

He quietly asked for help getting down, however, he was not embarrassed at all.   He simply explained that he had done it so many times that he was tired but would be back to show the little girl he could do it once the cramps left his arms.

When you’re tired, keep going.  If you fail, try again.  But do it for yourself – she’ll still like you weather you make it across the monkey bars or not.

Thanks for visiting.

Peace, Love, and I Can Do That,


Central Texas Rain…

I’m so glad it rained. There is so much to see and do after a heavy downpour (other than dry off). I noticed my grandson’s bicycle had fallen over in the storm.

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Now you may be thinking that’s a shadow under the bicycle but it looks like God decided to draw on my porch.

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There on the pavement was the perfect outline of the bicycle like Peter Pan’s lost shadow.

Well, after being facinated by the outline on the porch we decided to go to San Gabriel Park to see what all the rain had done and sure enough the river now has water in it!

As you can see by this photo the San Gabriel bridge is coming along nicely — and you can also see why they are building it as illustrated by the vehicle crossing the low water crossing.

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The fishing was also fabulous down at the river after a storm.  The carp was released and allowed to fight another day though.

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Well, it’s time to go get some fixin’s and get something to eat after being wet for a day or two. Enjoy your day and your family and thanks for reading my musings.

Peace, Love, and Running Rivers,


The Other Side…

I like tunnels. Or at least the perception of tunnels. The pattern that is created by looking THROUGH things…like the triangles at the park. I don’t know what the appeal is. Maybe it’s the other side. Or setting goals.

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I just enjoy the pattern created by some things. I mean looking under this bridge makes me want to skip a rock or just sit and watch the water reflect off the bottom.

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And finally the hallway at the state capital in Austin, Texas. Another example of lining things up I suppose.

Capital Hall
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That last photograph may be hard to see. I’ll keep at it. – I’m learning more every day. (Like I need a new lens *wink* *hint*)

Peace, Love, and the Other Side,