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Swap-bot: Shutterbuggin’ [2]

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Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This swap is a general swap, second in a series, that asks for the participants to share three different pictures. The first two will always have the same theme, a picture I took this month and a picture I took last month. The third picture will have a different theme. This time, the theme is a picture I took of something in nature.

All of my pictures were taken on my cellphone, as that’s what I have handy. It’s a Galaxy S7, and so the camera is pretty decent.

First up, a picture I took last month (September 2017):

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This was taken at a cliff that surrounds the valley in which I work. It goes by several names, Sugar Loaf, Dixie Rock, Pioneer Park…there are others. I love the view from up here. I liked the way the clouds looked in the background. Were we still back east/down south these clouds would have meant a rain storm was coming. That is not the case here. We got some wind, that is all.

Next, we have a picture I took this month (October 2017):

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I took the girls I work with to Zion over our fall break. Not all of them came, the idea of hiking was just a bit much for some of them. Those that did come though, I think that they truly enjoyed the experience. This picture was taken from the vantage point of Weeping Rock. This is one of the more popular hikes in Zion, not much of a hike really, it’s paved all the way up. And the last bit of it is kind of steep, but not so much that you couldn’t take a stroller, which I have done before.

Which leads us right into the last picture, a picture of something I took in nature:

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Another picture taken during the same trip to Zion. This one shows the sun just cresting the mountains as seen from the Emerald Pools trail. I’ve only ever done the lower pools, because it’s paved and you can take a stroller and small children with not much stress. But this time, we went all the way to the top pool. It was an almost transcendent experience. It was well worth the boulders you have to climb over in parts, and the sand that you have to mush through to get there. It was a magnificent day.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my pictures. More to come later, I am sure!

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Swap-bot: ESG: My favorite picture of the month July

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Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, is my favorite picture for the month of July.

 

I don’t usually like selfies. but this month was different. From the top left:

  1. I am LDS, going to the temple is a privilege for those of us able to go inside. I don’t usually go, I have to borrow the specific clothes, but I needed to go, a very strong feeling, and towards the end of the month I was able to make it to the closest temple (it’s about three hours away). This is the picture I took while there, I do so love the peaceful feeling that I get there.
  2. 4th of July fireworks. When I was a kid I lived in an area where personal fireworks were illegal. When I moved somewhere where you could buy fountains and other types of fireworks, I have loved them all.
  3. My daughter and I went on a hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway and came across this picnic table that looks like it was used by fairies. I love it.
  4. Virginia has these “Love” monuments all over the state. My graduate university had one installed the year I left. This was my first opportunity to go back and see it. i had to take a picture with it, which I think turned out pretty nice.
  5. This picture of me and my daughter was taken on the same hike that we saw the fairy table. It was a lovely day.

Swap-bot: Something that made me happy this month (#4)

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Hello! Back again with another Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, tell about something that made me happy during the month of May.

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Girl Scouts at Pilot Mountain

My daughter’s girl scout troop has been working on these bird houses for over a month. To be fair, they only meet twice a month. They are very proud of their work. As a troop they decided the project they wanted to work on was to make bird houses for the local state park. They made houses for Mountain Blue Birds and Brown Headed Nut Hatches. They cut the wood, following the patterns set out by the ranger, sanded, screwed them together, and then stained them with tea to make them look like they belong in the trees. And the other day (May 30th) they went out to the state park to put them up. They all had a blast, and it was a lot of fun to see the fruits of their labor…even if they were too late for the nesting season this year.

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Sunset May 17, 2017

I am so not used to the weather in the south. The frequent rain and thunder storms like it’s nothing. Clouds and humidity and rain and sunshine all in one day. But, the sunsets make the on-again-off-again weather worth it, like this sunset from the 17th.

I will guard these mints!

I will guard these mints!

At Walmart on the 4th, we “discovered” this “derp” (as my daughter says) alligator just hanging out in the baking aisle. He made me laugh. I hope he makes you laugh as well.

Mother’s Day – About Your Babies

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So, I’ve been trying to get back into swap-bot and joined up on a swap all about my kids! So, here are the questions, and some pictures of my kids to boot! So, the swap asks for baby pictures. Sadly, all of my baby pictures are in storage. So, I went with the youngest pictures of my kids that I could find on my digital means.

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My son at age 5

 

  1. How many children do you have? I have 2 kids, one boy and one girl.
  2. Where were they born? (Hospital, home?) Both my kids were born in the hospital, in different states.
  3. What are their current ages? My son is 14, my daughter is 10.
  4. How old were you when you had your first child? I was 20 when I had my son. Makes me feel old thinking about it.
  5. What did you like/love about being pregnant? I think that my favorite thing about being pregnant was feeling the baby move. That first fluttering movement, it’s just amazing.
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    My daughter at 18 months

    What didn’t you like about it? All the typical complaints, hurting feet and back, morning sickness, weight gain.

  7. Did you have an epidural? I did, both times. Though with my daughter, the way I had to lay to keep her on the monitor made it so that I was only numb on one said, and it wasn’t so bad.
  8. Is your mother still living? Alive and well and the mother of 9 children herself.
  9. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from you? Both of my kids are stubborn and opinionated, just like me. I think this is a good thing (but I may be biased).
  10. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from their father? Both kids can be very sweet, which they get from their dad.
  11. Do you still live at the same address you did when your youngest child was born? I don’t even live on the same side of the country
  12. Did your babies carry security blankets? Pacifiers? My son used a pacifier, but never had a blankie. My daughter started out on a pacifier, but got rid of it herself when she realized she could use her thumb, which she still does while cuddling her blankie.
  13. Do any of your babies still live with you? Both of them.
  14. Do any of your babies have babies of their own? Goodness, I hope not!
  15. What’s your hope and prayer for your babies in the future? That they grow into active, productive members of society and leave the world a bit better than when they arrived.

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    All three of us this past fall ages 14 and 10 (and me, so, not a kid)

52 Questions #6 Love

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February is the month of love. How fitting is it that the first question or the month is about love.

I do not know how either of my grandparent’s met. Not really. But I can share what I do know.

My dad’s parents met after World War II, they were both working in Washington DC, my grandmother worked in the war office. She was older than he was. They got divorced in the 70’s, when California made it easier to get a divorce. I don’t know if their relationship was happy. I know that my grandfather was an alcoholic, and that they lost two children when they were very young.

My mom’s parents, well, that’s a different story. My grandma has been married three times. And has outlived two of those three husbands. Her first husband died in a logging accident, leaving her with two small daughters at home. My grandfather, her second husband, was her first husbands best friend. They had four daughters together and he raised all six as though they were his own, and my grandma’s first husbands parents treated all o the girl as though they were their granddaughters, to the point that I knew my great-grandma as my great-grandma before I even knew that my grandma had a different husband than my grandpa. My grandpa died before my parents got married. He was in his 40’s and died of a heart attack. She’s been married to her third husband now since i was a little girl, probably close to 20 years. He’s been my grandpa almost longer than my dad’s dad who died when I was in high school.

This exercise makes me think that I need to find out, especially from my dad, how his parents met. I’m sure he knows. I’ve just never really asked.

Exploring Our New Home: Riverside Park

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I finally did it. I finally moved across the country to attend school. I am on my way to being a big bad counselor. Ok, not big and not bad, but a counselor nonetheless. It was a journey, a tell best saved for another day, and we ended up in a completely different area than we thought we would. Being so far away from anyone and anything familiar is a challenge for me. But we are making the best of it. We are bound and determined to have fun by doing free things. First on our list: explore all the local parks. To that end, we’ve been making weekend trips to the various parks in the region. The first one that we visited was Riverside Park.

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I’d like to pretend that I had some sort of special reason for picking this park, but I don’t. I googled parks in Lynchburg and this was one of the first on the list. I thought with a name like “Riverside” we’d be able to get down to the river…not so much. However, there was a really cool looking new play ground, and a super awesome splash pad. Not like the one back “home” but still pretty cool.

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We didn’t get to do the splash pad because we didn’t bring towels, but we did do a bit of walking about and we had fun on the old play set. Had I realized how wooded the area would be–and I don’t know why I didn’t realize it would be with the shear number of trees around here–I would have made sure the kids were wearing real shoes and possibly pants so we could do some of the hiking trails. Maybe we can do that next time. We didn’t see all of the park, but we still had fun.

Old school playground had a giant metal caterpillar for climbing.

Zion

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I do love going out and about with my children. And the area I live in is bursting with fun outdoor activities. Recently I took my kids over to Zion National Park, because I could basically, and enjoyed every minute of it. We went on only one hike, but that was fine. We just enjoyed time together. I also like to write, which isn’t really a surprise considering that I’m writing this now. However, I recently entered a kind of fun writing challenge with a brief entry on my most recent trip to Zion and I thought I’d share that here.

I love the way the sun shines on the red rocks of the valley. I can’t see it from here, but I know that the arch below me is catching the light and highlighting the way the shadows play in it’s depths. As my children run on the rocks a few hundred feet off the ground I try not to look at how close they get to the edge. The fence is only at the flat place between the two sides of the mountain, and even that doesn’t seem like it would stop a six year old running full steam. I take a deep breath and try to find the windows in the side of the mountain near us. I know that tunnel, the number of times I’ve driven through it I should know where all the windows are, but I’m not used to looking at it from this angle and I can only find two of them. It’s getting hot and I want to move to the shade. I look once more at the breathtaking views and call for the children to hurry and take one more picture before we head back to the car.