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WPC – Fun!

This week’s theme is simple: share a photo of something fun! Let’s all shake our booties, literal or figurative.

This week I had the privilege of having some fun with my two year old grandson in San Diego. We went for a walk to Rite Aid so I could pick up a pair of flip flops and my grandson wanted an ice cream. Two year olds love colorful ice cream so we went with the Bubblegum flavor. San Diego is experiencing a heat wave which resulted in some melting ice cream as soon as we left the store. Two blocks later this was the little face under the cover of the carriage. Oh what fun Tanner had. Check out his nose:)

 

Later in the day we headed to the water park for some fun in the water and a picnic.

Tanner had fun running in the water while his mother and I had fun watching him experiencing running through the water. As he became a little more comfortable with the water fountains he climbed up and stood over the water flow. Pure joy and fun was had by all.

While watching Tanner, Channel 9 San Diego newsman stopped to ask me my thoughts on the heat. As I was in the moment, the heat was not really bothering me and coming from high 90s in upstate New York, the 80s in San Diego wasn’t bothering me. Not sure my response was the response they were looking for as they were discussing the heat wave across the country. Guess if you are in the midst of having fun at a water park you don’t really think about anything else.

There is a time and place for everything. Sometimes in the midst of having fun it is better to release thought about problems that you haven’t any control over anyway. Do you live in the moment? Or, is your mind always focused on what you have no control over?

It has been such a fun week visiting my daughter and her family. I look forward to more fun for the remainder of the week!!

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Gatherings

This week’s challenge is gatherings and I have chosen a family gathering. During the holiday season my family gathers together for games and laughter. Every year there is a new game introduced and we return to some favorites. Last year, this is what we looked like.

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Do you gather with family and friends to play games? If so, which are your favorites? We love Apples to Apples, several card games, Life with the younger children and Memory with the little ones. This is always a special time of year in more ways than one. Some of our family members do not always get home for the holidays so when they do we spend a lot of time together having fun. Wish this could happen several times a year instead of just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. For those who do not celebrate Christmas do you have any special games or activities you share in for your holidays?

Sending Peaceful Love and Light To All!

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Plane in flight

Plane in flight

After reviewing some photos I decided to add a variety. The photo above was taken while in motion above the earth traveling to California. It was an amazing view.

The photos below are from a visit with my sister and her granddaughters. They are always in motion and we had a fun time together. The swing in front of my house is getting a lot of use from the little and ‘big’ kids. The girls are constantly running, doing cartwheels, head stands, and eating. I love them!!

The next couple of photos are of my grandchildren. My grandson spent Christmas at my home. I pulled out the old McDonald’s for him to enjoy. As you can see he had fun serving up hamburgs, Big Macs, and Happy Meals. He was in constant motion until he fell asleep. My granddaughter was caught in motion as she drew her self portrait. Like my son, she is always in motion drawing and painting. As a baby she too, enjoyed playing McDonald’s. We do not even eat at McDonalds so it is quite odd that we have this toy at all. It has traveled with my family from Vermont to upstate New York, Maryland, California, and back to upstate New York. As you can see it’s still in pretty good shape.

Baby serving up a McDonald's hamburg

Baby serving up a McDonald’s hamburg

My granddaughter in her father's studio

My granddaughter in her father’s studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo below is of my son and daughter while we were apple picking in the fall. We are in  constant motion while in the apple orchard. We filled three bags and had a fun time in the process. They can keep me laughing the entire time making this an enjoyable experience. Of course we returned home to make some apple crisp so even when home we were in motion coring, peeling, cutting and mixing.

My son and daughter apple picking last fall

My son and daughter apple picking last fall

As you can see we are a family in constant motion. I had to add one more photo of my daughter in motion decorating Christmas cookies. We spent the day mixing, rolling, cutting, baking and decorating. Of course we spent some time eating and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

My daughter decorating Christmas cookies. There was constant motion between rolling dough, cutting out, baking and decorating.

My daughter decorating Christmas cookies. There was constant motion between rolling dough, cutting out, baking and decorating.

Hope you enjoyed the visit with my family in motion.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”


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Enjoying Snow!

What snow means to me:

 

Since I was a child, snow meant being outside until dark. When my two older sisters were babysitting I would build an igloo after school and hide in it until my mother returned from work. They would call out the door and never noticed that I was hiding right in front of them because the opening was facing the road. We would go sleigh riding down the small hill in our yard until our hands felt like they would fall off.

When my son was born I was 17. The first time it snowed he was around 3 months old. I bundled him up and took him out on the baby sleigh, it was 10 pm. My daughter was next. When she was around seven months I would place her in the carriage on the porch to get some fresh air as my mother had with my sisters and I. When my youngest daughter was born, ten years after my son, I had just started cross-country skiing. At the age of 3 months, I bundled her up and placed her in the baby sled. We attached a rope to the sled and my son, daughter and I headed out on our cross-country skis. We hadn’t gone far when another skier heading out of the park stopped and asked if I saw my baby. We turned and there she was lying sideways with snow on her little face. No damage done. We wiped her off, fixed the rope and off we went. This was years prior to my child welfare career.

Apparently there was no permanent damage to any of them because as you can see from the photos above they are all quite healthy and still loving the snow. Even my granddaughter enjoys spending time sleigh riding with us. Her first experience was at the ripe old age of 3 months as well. My older daughter would fly in from southern California just to go sleigh riding with us before she was married with a baby. Being out in the snow is invigorating, refreshing, and energizes the spirit.

Today I prefer snow shoes to cross-country skis. This is due to the snow shoes still being a novelty. Last year when my daughter and her husband were visiting from California with their three months old son we had a snow storm. My son-in-law, who did not grow up with snow, went to LL Bean and purchased a beautiful baby sled. We bundled up my grandson and took him for his first adventure in the snow. He slept the entire time. This year at 13 months, they brought him to Colorado where he enjoyed his first ride on a plastic sled down a small hill. His little face beamed all the way down.

All I can say is if you live where there is snow in the winter you may as well learn to appreciate it. Find an outdoor activity and live life to its fullest. If you don’t live where there is snow, please visit a location that experiences this beautiful white powdery mix to enjoy the pleasure. To all those communities that are thinking of making sleigh riding illegal, I say “Are you kidding me??” Let people take responsibility for themselves. You cannot legislate common sense – this is something people must learn. Do not let children sleigh ride near roads or trees. When you are recording someone sleighing down hill, don’t stand in front of their path.

To all those sleigh riders who are new to the sport there is a certain way to maintain the path. Walk to the left or right of the sled pathway. This allows for the path to form and make the ride smooth. When you walk in the pathway your boots leave gullies and break up the path. Also, by walking to the side you do not disrupt the flow. Follow the lead of those who are experienced and they will show you a great time. If you are near us, we will even share our sleds because that is what sleigh riding is all about, sharing and having fun!!

May you all learn to have fun, experience new things, and see the world through the eyes of a child – not so you are childish but so that you can remain open to the world around you and see with fresh eyes everyday.

Love and Light!

Sandy