Wordless Wednesday – Kole’s Day at the Beach

I took a few snapshots at Wrightsville Beach the other day, while I was waiting for my daughter-in-law and grandson to show up.

I think the seagulls were just sitting around waiting for him, too.

The shells were just lying around, waiting to be discovered.

Then……They’re here!!

Kole, surveying his kingdom…

“I see birds!”

“I can make them fly!”

Rolled up little blue jeans? Be still, my heart!

Seeing the beach through his eyes?

Pure joy, y’all!

There’s a lot of folks posting for Wordless Wednesday!

Check out:

Nanahood

Mom Caboodle

Life Is A Sandcastle

My Organized Chaos

Ramblings of An Empty Mind

If you know of any that I haven’t listed here, leave me a comment and I’ll add them to the list!

I Heart Faces – Best of March

This is a photo I took last month of my grandson, Kole, at the beach. We had an unseasonably warm day and it seemed like the perfect chance to let Kole run off some energy. We’re teaching him early on what it means to be a Wilmington, North Carolina baby. Important things – like how to walk barefoot in the sand.

I love this image of him stuffing a Nab in his mouth. Eating Nabs on Wrightsville Beach, while squishing your toes in the cool March sand? A quintessential, coastal North Carolina experience, y’all!

And if you are wondering what a “Nab” is…. then I reckon you ain’t from around here. Come on down to the beach and we’ll share some with ya!

This week’s photo challenge on I Heart Faces is “Best Face Photo from March, 2011.” It is a People’s choice award this week, so please go over there and vote for me!

 

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own!

 

When You (Don’t Want To) Can’t Say No….

This week’s theme on You Capture was Technology. At first, I didn’t think I had anything to post about this, and wasn’t interested in photographing “things” so I didn’t.

A few days ago the topic on The Daily Post was “what you can’t say no to.”

My answer? My grandson, Kole, of course. Could you say “No” to this face, y’all? I didn’t thinks so.

And I got to thinking, the first moment I laid eyes on him, he was a “preemie” in the NICU and hooked up to all kinds of technology. Due on New Year’s, but born by C-section on Thanksgiving Day, he weighed in at  just barely five pounds.  But he looked up at me, with adult-like serenity and a calmness that seemed to say, “It’s OK, grandma, I’m alright,”  and I was – right then and there – forever hooked.

He was hooked up,  temporarily, to some pretty fancy technology, but we became permanently hooked, with the strongest tie there is on earth… the immediate rush of a grandparent’s love when those little fingers wrap around yours with grip stronger than you thought possible.

And now? A big boy of 15 months, he’s learned to say “Gigi” (for Grandma Ginger, of course!) Sort of. When he’s up, and I hear his sweet, little plaintive voice, calling, “Gee-Gee! Gee-Gee!”  from his crib in the next room…

Of course I get up, and of course I give him whatever he wants a hug, in the middle of the night first thing in the morning.  I’m wrapped right around those little fingers of his, now, and he knows it!

So even though these pictures weren’t all taken this week, and even though I’m late joining in, I’m posting this for this week’s You Capture. Because, as it turns out, I do have a reason to be posting about technology. Without the new advances in neonatal intensive care units, usually shortened to NICU (sometimes pronounced “Nickyou”) and also called a newborn intensive care unit, my grandson Kole might not be as happy and as healthy as he is today!

Since all of the above photos were not “technically” taken by me, here is my entry for this week’s You Capture theme, technology.

I’ve been participating in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme.

Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry!, has come a long way with her photography in the past year. She has some gorgeous shots on her blog (her photos of newborns are heart-stopping!) and a lot of good advice. Are you interested in photography, like I am?  Click on the link and go check her out.

You Capture: First Taste of Lemon

I’ve been participating in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week it was “Anything that starts with the letter L.”


I went to lunch a few days ago with my daughter-in-law and my fourteen month old grandson, Kole, who is at the wonderful age where everything in life is new to him, and we get to experience it all for the first time through his eyes. And, sometimes, his taste buds.

Like, lemons.

His initial taste should have prepared him, but he was determined to eat “big people food” so he tried it again.

A little more this time.

Of course, Grandma Gigi was right ready with my camera.

After all, I might need to capture the moment for one of my photo challenges, y’all!

We all had a big chuckle at the poor kid’s expense. But, being the cheerful little soul that he is, he decided to laugh along with us.

And afterwards, there is nothing like a graham cracker to make it all better!

You Capture Mr.Happy

I’ve been participating in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week it was “Happy.”

This is my darling grandson, Kole. Sometimes we call him “Little Bit”. Other times, he is called “Mr. Happy.”

I adore him. And whenever he is happy, it is like the sun just shone for the first time, y’all. His smile makes me happier than anything.

Grand kids’ll do that to ya.

These photos are not the best I have ever taken. In fact, they were both pretty humdrum. Well, except for the million-or-so watt smiles. I experimented with some photo editing – something I rarely do – to see if I could make them look better. The program I use is free; Paint.net.

I know there are a lot better programs out there, some free and some that cost big bucks. I am just dipping my toes into the water. I have so much to learn.

But, what do y’all think?

Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry, has come a long way with her photography in the past year. She has some gorgeous shots on her blog (her photos of newborns are heart-stopping!) and a lot of good advice. Are you interested in photography, like I am?  Click on the link and go check her out!

I Heart Smiles

The theme at I Heart Faces this week is “Smiles.”

Every time I see the photos I took this summer of my Grandson, Kole, experiencing the swimming pool for the first time, I smile. To say he liked the water is an understatement.  He LOVES, it y’all.

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own!

 

 

I Heart These Hands

This week’s photo challenge on I heart Faces is Hands On Fun. As they have done in the past with feet and backsides, they are not requiring us to have a face in our photos this week.

I have a million shots of my grandson, Kole, and his tiny hands. This is one I captured while my husband, “Pop Pop”, was giving Kole a bottle. I wanted to capture the tenderness of this moment, as Kole’s tiny fingers caressed his grandfather’s strong ones.

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own!

He’s HERE!!!!

This week’s Spin Cycle topic was Thankful.  Who, or what we are thankful for. A few days ago, I wrote that my three sons are always what I am most thankful for. After that, I am thankful for my marriage to my second husband.

This past year I became a grandmother, which adds a whole new deminsion to  life. When it comes to being thankful, grand babies are in a whole other category, y’all.

Last Wednesday was especially poignant because it was my nine year wedding anniversary and that  morning, my oldest son called to tell me that his wife, who had been in the hospital with pre eclampsia for six days, was being induced .

We rushed to the hospital, sure that our anniversary was also going to be our grandson’s birthday. But I guess it was not meant to be. Even though Erika exhibited the strength and patience of a true heroine, the doctors made the painful decision late Thursday night to do a Ceasarian Section. And so, at 11:04 pm, on Thanksgiving Day, we had a Thanksgiving baby.

I know I’m coming in a bit late for the Spin Cycle, but I wanted to share this wonderful news.

A Thousand Words Thursday #11

Thanks to my friend, Jan, over at Jan’s Sushi Bar, I’ve decided to give this here posting every day thing a try, y’all. It’s called NaBloPoMo,and I can’t believe how long it just took me to write that. Stands for “National Blog Posting Month”. You post something every day for a month.

It’s ridiculously hard ….damn near impossible….a monumental task on the weekends..the biggest challenge of my life so far….can we just say only seven days left?…almost over and I have really, really run out of things to say…become the bane of my existence.

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Today I was priveldged to go to the OB/GYN specialist with my oldest son and daughter-in-law for an ultra sound of their baby, which is due Jan 2nd. They are having a BOY, y’all! Since I am the mother of three sons, of course little boys hold a special place in my heart. I feel so blessed that I’m going to have grandson.

My middle son and his partner presented me with an adorable granddaughter this past May, and what a thrill it was to finally hold a girl, after years of trying and longing for one.

I think I might be the luckiest woman alive, to have a precious granddaughter and now, a grandson on the way. As I watched the tiny unborn male baby on the screen, I could not suppress the tears of joy. And I thought about his little cousin, Freya, who will surely enjoy having him to tease some day, as only little girls can get way with.

In this picture of her with my mom, her great grandmother Joy Joy, you can see the beginnings of a little mischievous grin. One that is already worth a thousand words.

ATWTWhich just happens to be the rules of another photography meme called A Thousand Words Thursday. It is hosted by Jen, at Cheaper that Therapy. I think she’s on to something, myself. The idea behind this one is to post a picture that is worth a thousand words. Be sure and click on the link above, and add your photo to the list. Then have fun visiting all the other blogs and viewing what they think is worth a thousand words!