theme – calm

My favorite part of the day is sunset. People are coming home from work, house lights come on, the sun is setting, families are reconnecting with each other and winding down for the night. I find this part of the day the most calming for me. Now that my kids are grown and we are not rushing off to a game I need to take advantage of the calmness of a sunset more than I do. – Diane


= Taking a pic of cat driving behind us 8/15/2013 =


theme – on the road

I have seen other photos like this and have always wanted to try it. I love the different perspective it gives. It shows the movement of the trees and the road but keeps everything in the mirror clear.

The other car in the mirror is my daughter. She is driving to college to move in for her freshman year. This photo, for me, captures the beginning of a wonderful adventure for my daughter. If I had thought about it, I would have loved to capture the back of her car in front of us as that would be symbolic of this particular adventure for me.  – Diane

You Look Like…

theme #3 family boys 02112012j

theme – Dad

Since I featured my dad in the candid theme I thought it was only fair to feature my husband’s dad for this theme. I find this photo interesting because my son looks so much like my brother most people assume he is my brother’s son. This is the first time I noticed how much he looks like my husband’s side of the family. He has the same nose and facial structure as his pop. I think the older he gets, the more he will look like him. Now if we can just solve the mystery of why my husband is the only balding male in the family. – Diane

Shhh Baby Sleeping

out of this world 4/99

theme – at rest

I dug way back into my archives to find this gem.

This is my son when he was 14 months old. He is now 15 (years). What I realized when I came across this photo is that he still has to sleep with something on his cheek, although now it has changed into his pillow or blanket. I never noticed that he has done this since he was teeny tiny. (The scrapbooker in me now wants to try to capture him sleeping like this as a teenager but that might be a little too creepy.) This old photo is becoming one of my new favorites. Just by making it black and white, I love the peaceful quality it now has without all of the bright blues and reds and greens. – Diane

A Talk With Grandpa

a talk with grandpa_edited-1

theme – candid

My daughter and my dad have always had a special bond. Maybe it’s because she is the first grandchild, I don’t know, but I do know it is an undeniable bond. When she was little, my dad didn’t have any idea what to do with her. He would lay on the floor and let her put barrettes in his hair or even apply some plastic lipstick to his face but my mom was the one in baby heaven. Now that she is older and can carry a conversation, he can’t wait to steal her away for a coffee and a conversation when he visits. (My mom is now missing the little ones running around).

She will be leaving for her freshman year of college in August. While my dad was in town for her high school graduation, they had a “talk”. Just the two of them. He was giving her advice on life. Have a great time but remember to get good grades. Find a job that makes you happy. Don’t put anything on the internet that might come back to bite you in the ass. (Pretty much everything we tell her but somehow it is not nagging when it comes from Grandpa.) As they sat at my kitchen table oblivious to the rest of us in the house, I couldn’t help snapping this photo. I love how it turned out. They are deep in one of their conversations and the light from my chandelier with its orangey-brown glass shades gave a nice warm glow to the scene. – Diane

Thanks dad for being the man, husband, father, and grandfather you are. I love you.