Photo Story Friday

Photo Story Friday: Forced to Smile



This is Jazz. He was probably in the 1st or 2nd grade here. This was the class Valentine party and yes, I made him stop, pose and smile in front of his classmates – hence the stiffness of his smile. lol

The little box magnet on the file cabinet with his picture in it was the craft they made together, as a class.

And yes, he’s wearing Polo.

My kids had STYLE in grade school. Now? I’m lucky if I can get them to change their t-shirts on a daily basis.

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Photo Story Friday: Family Shot 1997


I ran across this family picture (taken back in 1997) when I was going through my books to sell in my Amazon book store.

Jazz (the little blond-haired boy) is holding a train in each hand. I remember he would NOT put those trains down so we shrugged it off and took the pictures anyway.

And I can’t believe how chunky Jazz looks in this picture. I think that’s probably the “biggest” he’s ever been in his life. He’s so skinny.

In fact, both boys are so skinny.

And what a heart throb Dude looks in his tie. He’s a heart breaker, that one.

I apologize for the quality. This is actually the proof that Sears printed out for us so it’s not the sharpest picture, but still, it brings back memories. πŸ™‚

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Photo Flashback: Happy Gram


These are my boys.

Well, these were my boys when they were in about the fourth and second grade.

In other words, a different lifetime ago.

Dude is holding a Happy Gram. His teacher gave it to him – it’s worth one free assignment.

The first line of the happy gram cracks me up:

“Instead of candy that makes you fat, here’s a free coupon, what do you think of that?”

LOL! I think his teacher (who, if I remember correctly, was a huge health nut), was trying to rhyme “that” with “fat”, but Oy, let’s give the kids a complex, shall we?! πŸ™‚

Anyway, this was a Valentine’s Day gift and I remember Dude LOVING this because it meant he wouldn’t have homework for at least ONE evening.

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Photo Flasback: Bonus! Or – Geez, Another Photo Flashback?!


As I was looking through pictures, I came across these:

Making Christmas Candy

I totally forgot I used to do this! And this makes me want to do it again!

I would melt colored chocolate and using paint brushes, paint the molds with these colors, let them dry, and then pour regular chocolate into the molds. I made these for a small number of years before I got burned out. And the boys got older and well … you know how it is.

Christmas Candy

And as I look over the assortment in this picture, my mom must have been there with me. Because there’s no way I made all of this stuff by myself, I’m not patient enough. We must have gotten together to make Christmas “goodies.” Remember that, mom?

Man. Now I have a hankerin’ to make more candies. I think I may have to make a trip to the craft store.

Soon. πŸ™‚

Do you guys make Christmas “goodies?”

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Photo Flashback: Christmas at Silver Dollar City


Christmas at Silver Dollar City

Yep. This is us, freezing our butts off at Silver Dollar City during the Christmas light display they host every Christmas season.

(If you’re ever in the Branson, Missouri area at this time of year, I HIGHLY recommend going. The kids LOVE IT!)

Let’s see, Dude looks like he’s about five and Jazz looks about three-ish. Judging by my strange tongue-in-cheek expression, I’m extracting food from my teeth, (which sounds about right).

I had to doctor this photo up quite a bit. It was over exposed and though our faces still look ghostly pale, at least now you can see them. You can see them a little better in the bigger version. (If you’re so inclined but I have to warn you – my face at 1000 pixels wide? SCARY STUFF).

I sure wish they had digital cameras back then!

I like my hair here. I’m quite certain, at some point in my future, I’ll most likely get my hair cut like this again. I’m starting to get to the stage where I’m feeling just a wee bit ridiculious having long straight hair and being … um … the age I am.

Anyway, I love this family moment. Brings back memories. Dude remembers this trip, Jazz does not.

In fact, I need these pictures to remind me that yes, our boys were indeed that little once upon a time.

Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem possible.

(A Mad Russian’s Christmas by Trans-Siberian Orchestra )

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Photo Flashback: Setting Up for Pictures


Playing with the fancy lights

Kevin has always been a great photographer. He has a natural instinct for finding the right light, and a keen eye for capturing unique perspectives.

Photography is one of the first interests we had in common.

We have spent quite a bit of money on photography equipment over the years, nothing along the professional level, but definitely on the novice level. My very first “serious” camera was an Olympus 35 mm. This was, of course, waaaay before SLR’s or anything digital and I had to set everything manually. Which was daunting and something I never really got the hang of. I wanted something I could just point and shoot and get a decent picture from. That’s why I got SO excited when SLR’s came out because I had my point and shoot, only there were settings that I could fiddle with and actually “feel” like a photographer.

Kevin and I used to go out and take pictures. This was way before children. When the boys came along, we barely had time to be parents, let alone photographers. We took pictures of the boys, of course, but it was always with a camera that any dolt who could push a button could use.

Then, as the boys got older, our interest in photography peaked again and that’s when we started investing in nicer cameras. Currently, I use a Canon Power Shot A590 that I carry with me and that I use to tape my idiotic videos with. It’s a truly great camera, if you’re in the market.

Then we bought our Canon Rebel. Our very expensive and UBER COOL Canon Rebel. (The same camera that we nearly lost in the terminal when we put it on the floor next to us to check in for our cruise. Talk about an exciting way to get your vacation started!!)

We truly love this camera. I like to pretend I know what I’m doing when I use the Rebel, but the truth is, I have no clue. I play with the cool knobs and settings and …. hope for the best.

But Kevin, he’s actually taken a photography class and he knows a little something-something about F-stops, angles, lighting and anything else required to get that really stunning shot.

As a result, his sister asked him to come over and take their family picture last year. So, he set them up and took their picture and OH MY GOSH, they turned out great.

Part of the reason they turned out so good was because my brother-in-law, who’s REALLY into photography, had all the cool equipment, complete with fancy-smancy portrait lights. Which Kevin used to take their picture and immediately wanted.

So, Santa brought him portrait lights for Christmas last year.

Which he has YET to use.

I’m hoping this post? Lights his guilt fire and he drags them out. πŸ˜‰

(I’m a sneaky little devil, aren’t I? *grin*)

Project 365: Day 2

(The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Barlow Girl)