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Reflections of Summer

Sunday, August 25, 2013

To me, Bre's departure for college marks the end of summer. I have had the blessing of her presence in my life for most of those days and have had a chance to travel and see my grandchildren. Along with work, writing and doing a few projects on the side, I've seized the opportunity to grasp onto a new hobby. My camera does not leave my side. As I get older, I'm realizing the importance of capturing moments because, in all honesty, my memory isn't what it used to be. I also want to leave reminders to my children and grandchildren, hoping that they will be able to see how much joy they gave me during my time on earth. This is a picture blog which depicts the people I love and spent time with during the last few months...

Bre and me the day before her departure. Neither of us cared that we weren't wearing any makeup.


Bre and her boyfriend of two years, Cory. He didn't want to let her go.


Her beautiful smile...


On the back deck enjoying a moment of solitude...until I snuck up on her and clicked the shutter...


My youngest granddaughter, Jaycee...


My granddaughter Ayanna...


My granddaughter ReaAnne stealing a kiss from her youngest sister...


Striking a pose for grandma...


Grandma, look at what Jaycee can do!


Jaycee stealing a kiss from Ayanna...


Like this, Grandma??


That's right, girls, you got it!


C'mon, enough with the pictures...I KNOW I'm cute. :)


My daughter-in-law Leilani and ReaAnne...


More pics of Bre...






Motorcycle trip. Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Gorgeous town...giving a shout-out to AJDOVER and OLDERDANDIRT right here!








Enjoying a rare moment of solitude...


My old man...


Some of the gang we traveled with...Morgantown, West Virginia...




He's really not as mean as he looks...


Thirty-one years of married motorcycle bliss...


Relaxing after a five-hour drive...


Contemplating...


Dinner with friends...


My editor Craig and his wife Julie...he was saying, "Put the camera down or you're fired."


Just a smidgen of motorcycles in attendance of Mountainfest...over 50,000 bikes attended...




I have so many pictures...not enough time, though. So I'm going to end this by posting one more of my heart. Have a beautiful Sunday, fellow Sparkies. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your life. Enjoy each precious moment. Life is too short not to!

God bless you. You are loved.

(Bre...twenty-one years ago...)

(...and she is just as beautiful if not MORE beautiful today...)

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 9/8/2013 4:26AM

  emoticon pictures & thank you for sharing them with us! You have been blessed with a gift of capturing emotions in both word and film. Beautiful!

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KAILYNSTAR 9/3/2013 11:28AM

    Such sweet, sweet photos.

I'm glad you're taking the time for your hobby.

Hugs.

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JADOMB 9/2/2013 6:52PM

    Looks like you had a great summer and one very well spent. Those pics will do your heart good in those times when our loved ones are away. I am finding the videos even a better way to see their laughter and light. Technology has helped us to make it through those tough times when loved ones are away.

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BRADMILL2922 8/30/2013 1:47AM

    What can I say except that I LOVE THIS BLOG! Such great pictures and great memories you have captured from this summer! Look at all those happy babies! So beautiful! And then look at you and your sister...errr, I mean little girl! Two peas in a pod you are :)

I knew once you got that camera that you would love it! You have a great eye! Those faces that Jaycee makes are cracking me up! So glad that you got to spend so much time with everyone this summer. Love you!!!

PS...love the "contemplating" pic :)

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KIMCOLLINGS 8/27/2013 12:17PM

    Beautiful!

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SHARON10002 8/26/2013 5:28PM

    What a beautiful blog! You are a very talented amateur photographer! The pictures are very interesting. When I started to read your blog, I thought "I hope she has some pictures of her grand-babies", and you do! They are so cute, and so precious. I can't wait for mine to reach that stage!

Some very nice antique classic bikes there, too. I like the picture of you standing by your bike. It must be a real free feeling to ride one of those. Not sure I'd like getting caught in the rain, though. . . emoticon

Wishing Bre much success in this year. She looks very much like her mom. Love the baby picture of her in her cute little dress and shoes.

You have prompted me to start taking more pictures when our family gets together soon. That is my one regret, that my family did not take many pictures through the years. I am partially to blame because I was always conscious of my appearance and weight. I guess if I'm the photographer, then I don't have to worry! emoticon

So glad you had a wonderful road trip and vacation! Have a good week, my friend. . .

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GOANNA2 8/26/2013 9:06AM

    Lovely blog, thank you for the pictures also.
Good luck to Bree.

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REGILIEH 8/26/2013 4:10AM

    Bre is beautiful like her mother! I so enjoyed all of the pictures. Your granddaughters are just darling! I cannot believe that gorgeous red hair!

The motorcycle pictures were neat too! You take great pictures, you almost see into the soul of people you take.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/26/2013 2:29AM

    How CUTE is that!
You are totally blessed!

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CARTOONB 8/25/2013 10:48PM

    Great blog.

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WALLAHALLA 8/25/2013 10:38PM

    lovely

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SHERYLP461 8/25/2013 9:44PM

    What a wonderful family and all so beautiful

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BKNOCK 8/25/2013 9:21PM

    Beautiful!

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JACKIE542 8/25/2013 8:21PM

    Just loved all your pictures, you do have a beautiful family. You are so right we need to enjoy each day. Time does fly by. emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 8/25/2013 7:35PM

    Beautiful pictures and a beautiful family :)

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OLDERDANDRT 8/25/2013 7:29PM

    Bre is such a beautiful girl and guess what.......so are YOU!!!!!
Thanks for sharing downtown Uniontown!! It's been quite a few years now, since I've been there. My folks are gone and so it my DH's and my nerves of late, will not let me travel the distance, so these pictures are pretty priceless for me! Thank you again!
You seem to have had a great summer!! W.Va......Morgantown, is pretty country, too, huh?! You should maybe try to drive up that way again in the Fall. The turning of the leaves is quite breath-taking!
You're right about picture taking. We just remembered, we took no pictures @ any of our birthday celebrations this year! DUH! Used to be we never were without a camera.
Anyway, hope you're having a most fabulous day! ((((HUGS))))

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JOHNTJ1 8/25/2013 7:18PM

    After reading this I am reminded of that line from daytime TV

"Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives."

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GEEMAWEST 8/25/2013 7:01PM

    Loved these pics. You are quite the photographer.
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AJDOVER1 8/25/2013 6:41PM

    Thank you so much for this! The people in your life are beautiful and I can just feel all the love.

The pics of Uniontown gave me chills. It seems so far away. Thanks for taking me back there.

Luvu!


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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/25/2013 6:06PM

    Great photos, teammate. You're all lovely ladies in these pics!

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KONRAD695 8/25/2013 5:50PM

    Hello Steel,

By the looks of all the smiles, I would say you did all right with the family raising. With all those beautiful kids, I would say your genetics did just fine too.

Glad you can reflect and enjoy all these moments with your family. I started a little slow with my family, so I have the middle aged manhood reflection going on before the kids are (11 yr old twins). I hope I will look as graceful in ten years when my kids move on as you do now.*

Happy for your bike run too. I haven't been able to get out for anything this year. Enjoy the rest of the emoticon

* this is a bad sentence, I just couldn't get the wording right.

OH- PS. you were the hot chic on the bike run weren't ya !!

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