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Satisfaction

This week, share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction. It can be monumental, minor, or something in between.

“Grandchildren are their grandparents’ toys.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana ~

While visiting my daughter and her family in San Diego, I had the opportunity to care for my grandson, Tanner, while his Dad was traveling for work and Mom was away celebrating a friend’s birthday. We decided to take a walk and get a treat. I asked Tanner if he wanted to share an Acai bowl but he wanted a pink ice cream cone. I ordered him a small strawberry and myself a small Acai bowl. Not sure what the size of their large ice is but as you can see their small is pretty large for this little guy.

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After handing him his cone I walked back to grab the Acai bowl and a spoon. Realizing we would need some napkins I left to grab a small stack. When I returned, look who had my spoon and was enjoying the Acai bowl.

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I said, “I thought you didn’t want one.”

Tanner smiled and said, “You can share.”

His face beamed with pleasure and self-satisfaction. How could I resist. I returned for another spoon as he continued to lick his ice cream then take a bite of my treat.

His ice cream began to melt and he sat looking at it overflowing the sides of the cone. I grabbed a cup to set underneath to catch the liquid. Tanner looked up and said, “Mimi, doesn’t this remind you of a volcano?” Looking at the melting ice cream he said, “See, this is the lava?”

At three and a half, I had no idea he even knew what a volcano was. Then he told me about Hawaii, volcanos, and how one day he was going to live in Hawaii. It is his favorite place. This lucky little fellow has visited Hawaii with his parents a couple of times and has decided that is where he shall call home when he grows up. We agreed that I should travel with them on their next trip and stay with him at his home in Hawaii when he moves there.

In case you are wondering, he didn’t finish either of the treats.

“Grandchildren are loving reminders of what we’re really here for.” ~ Janet Lanese ~

Love this little guy. Luckily for me he will be visiting next week. Maybe we will visit a local ice cream parlor with this cousins. I don’t believe the cones will be quite as large this time.

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Love and Light!


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WPC: Jubilant

This week’s photo challenge is jubilant.

Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph.

The first thing I thought of were the photos of my grandson’s first time sliding down a large slide at the carnival. He wasn’t quite two yet and decided not to wait for his Mom. His little face is pure joy – happiness – triumph.

This was a day filled with love, laughter, and fun. I felt very blessed to have my daughter and grandson visiting from San Diego. The warm sunny day and time with friends and family was enjoyed by all. Watching this little guy experience an adventure on his own for the first time was priceless. It is the little things in life that bless us the most.

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Love and Light!


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Holiday Lights Through the Innocent Eyes of a Baby

My grandson, Tanner, is 13 months old and lives in sunny San Diego. When they came to visit for the holiday he had to be introduced to the cold upstate New York temperatures and heavy clothing. What a trooper he was!

While they were here we went to visit the Albany Festival of Lights. Although I live in the Capital Region I have never visited the park to see the lights. This was a treat for all.

As we made our way through the park we decided Tanner would have a better view if he sat in the front seat unrestrained by his cars. To all those concerned about his safety we went slower than a walk so he was safe. I sat in the back seat where I had a perfect view of his little face peeking out the window. Below is a photo is of Tanner becoming a little braver and his Mom realizing he is no longer in the car seat and needs to be bundled up. Still a bit blurry as I become familiar with my new camera.

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

The pic below says it all. My photography skills improved and Tanner’s face shows his pure, unfiltered enjoyment.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

The display was beautiful with moving lights and even a sliver of the moon glowing in the sky above the Washington Park Lake House.

Star above Washington Park Lake House

Sliver of the moon shining above Washington Park Lake House

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

It was a wonderful experience to witness the lights for the first time through my grandson’s eyes. I am forever grateful that I shared that experience with my daughter and son-in-law.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

The holidays are over and my daughter and her family are back in San Diego where it is warm. I remain in upstate New York where the temperature was 1 degree at 10 am and is now a whopping 9 degrees but I have the photos and memories to keep me warm.

Love and Light,
Sandy