30 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.
08 October 2017
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
02 October 2017
Instead, this formerly sweet young man said to his wonderful mother, Mom, guess what? I'm your only kid now.
I had just woken up but, I was seriously confused. Had everyone else moved out in the night? What day was it?
JMichael sensed my fuzziness and he continued - Since today is Josephine's birthday, I'm your only kid now. Everyone else is a teenager.
He's right. His sisters are now 13, 14, 18 and 19. He's still the little man of the house. He's still everyone's playmate. He's still the sweet soul that makes sure we all have a smile.
Secondary take home message - I'm getting old. Ugh. But what a great way to deliver bad news!
This photo was taken on his first day at Galena, fourth grade, nine years old.
01 October 2017
For her thirteenth birthday, I took her and two friends to play minigolf, then lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, then back to our house where more friends joined in for a sleepover. We did her family celebration with walking tacos and a cookie cake.
Josephine may be the youngest of the ladies, but, she is never left out. She is bright, curious and thoughtful. I want her to stay little, but, I'm so excited to see what she will become. We love you, Joey. Welcome to your teenager years.
Aurora and Josephine
Josephine in front of Chelsea's garage.
30 September 2017
September's splash was just the BallTeam and the beanfield next door. I've been wanting to pose them differently. I get to see their faces everyday, and in this pose it's kinda hard to see Samantha and Josephine, but, they volunteered when I suggested the hands to feet idea. Each of them has such a different personality and each of them fit so well with each other. Contrary to what I've occasionally been told by strangers at WalMart, we really do need five kids. All of them and each of them makes us a BallTeam.
13 September 2017