I Heart Enjoying Life

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Hey Y’all. This is my precious grandson, Kole, at Wrightsville Beach last month. His parents brought him home from Seattle, for their first visit back, since they moved last August.

He discovered a stick in the water, and his reaction reminds me that the world is still a fabulous, mind-blowing place! Through the eyes of a two-year old, we can really learn to enjoy life.

This week’s theme at I Heart Faces is “Enjoying Life.” I hope all of you are doing just that on this fine Independence Day!

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.

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!

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 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!

Captured by Baby Feet

I’ve been trying to participate 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 “Feet.”

Beth just had a baby, so her You Capture forum is being hosted by Keli at Kidnapped By Suburbia. Most folks seem to be posting baby feet pictures, in honor of Beth’s new baby.

And really, is there anything sweeter than a baby’s foot? No?  Didn’t think so, y’all. All of these adorable ones are my new grandson’s.

I’m still trying to understand how such tiny feet were able to walk right into my heart and “capture” me.

I Heart This Face Best of All, Y’all

This week’s photo challenge on I Heart Faces is “Best Face Photo.” We are instructed to enter the face photo that we love the best that we took either in the month of December 2009 or in early January 2010. This is not the week to look through the archives for a favorite photo! They want something that is fresh and new and that shows off where we are in our photography journey right now.

Well, since my grandson, Kole, was born on Thanksgiving Day, I have not taken photos of any other faces but his! It was impossible to choose  one favorite, out of the 500 or more I have already taken, but this is one of the top ten. I’m sure y’all can see why I love taking his photo so much. Isn’t he just the cutest thing?

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. This week they have an awesome prize for the winner and there are already 729 entries.

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