29 November 2017

Splash - November 2017

November's splash was taken at JMichael's soccer game.  His team had a great season  - they only lost two games, which were both to the same team.  This photo was just after the championship game, under the lights, at Worton Park.  They played well, and even led the first half, but, in the end, they lost 5 to 3.  JMichael was happy to be a part of his new team and started every game.  He and three other boys made up the offensive line and they had some great passes and scores.  On to next season.

19 November 2017

Tom Petty lives

Actually, no.  Tom Petty died earlier this month.  James and I saw Tom Petty in concert last year, and I'm so glad we did.  Tom died too early.

So one Sunday night, we were all at home.  Well, Evan was at work, but, Rachel and Samantha were in the basement.  Charlotte and Josephine were on screens.  JMichael, James and I were watching football.  James' phone rang and it was Evan.  He said he had a co-worker who had four tickets to see Damn the Torpedoes, a Tom Petty cover band, in Baltimore.  Tonight.  Wanna go?

James emphatically answered, absolutely.  So, Rachel Samantha, James and I headed headed off for a spontaneous night of adventure.  We found the venue in downtown Baltimore and we were all thoroughly impressed with the band.  They really did Tom justice.  Amazing.  Thank you, Evan, and your co-worker (who was sick and couldn't go) for treating us to a fun night out.

On a side note, I was very proud of Rachel and Samantha.  They knew the lyrics and sang and danced and had a great time.

04 November 2017

Work day at Mom's

Mom had some big projects to accomplish before winter, so she needed big help.  Eric and Jimmy came up for the day with power tools like chainsaws and power washers.  Abby painted a fresh coat on the patio furniture and Samantha, Josephine and JMichael followed Eric and Jimmy around, picking up what they were trimming off of Mom's shrubs.  Samantha got to drive Eric's truck all over Mom's yard, and down the back of the property to the stream.

I worked inside with Mom and Abby, and then we all ate supper.  Mom's all winterized and the place looks trimmed and neat.  Bring on winter.

30 October 2017

Splash - October 2017

I wanted an autumnal background for the October Splash and the next town north of where we live has a a farmer's market.  You can see from all the colors of mums and the pumpkins that fall is in full swing.  The Ball Team is here, on a bench on the sidewalk, letting the background work its seasonal magic while they smile.  I really get from this photo that they might actually love each other.  Beauty everywhere.

12 October 2017

Evan is 24!

Evan had a birthday, and I only managed to get one picture.  But, hey, it's a great picture.  Here is Evan, with a pinata face on his head.  He turned 24 this year, on October 6, and I asked him what we could get him for his birthday.  He didn't hesitate - I'd like a pinata.  I had one when I was about six, but, I think I'd be fun again.

So he got a pinata.  I filled it with his favorite candies and we used a lacrosse stick to beat it until it spilled all over the backyard.

Evan is Rachel's boyfriend of two years and he moved out here with us in June.  He's working at a local restaurant, creating dishes for the owners to maybe put on the menu and he cooks for us at home, too. His car broke down this past summer while they were visiting in AR, and once we he gets back on the road, I believe the plan is to get back to school and finish his degree.

Happy Birthday, Evan!

One more pic of Evan - thanks to Rachel's snapchat....

08 October 2017

Spooky Shoot

So there's an old farmhouse down the road from our place that is in a of a little TLC, to say the least.  It's on a big farm and the land is producing, but, the house is abandoned.  We all trespassed to get these shots, but, hey, it's October, and the spooky scene was right there.  I wanted to get closer to the house, but some, who will remain nameless, would not go any closer.  Plus, I just love the way the geese were co-operating, too.

Another shot, same spooky abandoned farmhouse - this time at the windmill.  We had a few of these shots and were about to head out when I saw the geese about to fly overhead.  I said, quick, again and smile - then BAM, five beauties, a creepy windmill and smiling geese.  You can't really see the geese smiling, but, you know they are.

I didn't use these for the splash but, I do want to keep them and remember the creepy house and trespassing and the geese.  Dag, what won't I make these kids do for a picture?

05 October 2017

Cute Kid Quote - Big Ladies

I was at the store with the big ladies (Rachel and Samantha).  They may be 19 and 18, but, the fruit snacks still catch their attention.  Samantha saw these two boxes sitting ont he shelf and she turned to Rachel and said, Look, it's you and me as Barbie Fruit Snacks boxes!  I will explain her meaning - Rachel doesn't tan much and we tease her all the time about her place as our whitest child.  Samantha tans to golden brown with seemingly no effort and loves to show everyone how tan she is.  So, yes, you see my two biggest ladies finding a way to pick at each other through the dye batch discrepancies in fruit snacks.  Never a dull moment.