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You Capture – Photographer’s Choice

2 Jul

This week was great!  I bet you can’t guess what my choice will be.

If you guessed my daughter, you are right!  Shocking, I know.

This past weekend we traveled out to Eastern Oregon for an International Order of the Rainbow for Girls event.  (If you’ve already read it, check it out again, because I finally got some pictures up…..they are horrible since it was so dark and I didn’t take them….but there ya go.)

While there, Baby Soup discovered a new toy.  Normally we use cloth diapers and love them.  This weekend was going to be just long enough that we didn’t have enough to last without doing laundry and I did not want to have to try and find a laundromat.  So we bought some disposables.  Without the extra padding in the front, she was soon playing further down her legs than she had ever been able to reach before.

Once she discovered that she could reach her ankles, she got very excited!

She then spent the rest of the time with her foot in her mouth.

She got so excited….that her leg would end up popping out of her mouth.  So her Nana gave her a hand.

Which made her very excited.

Look Ma, no hands!

Look Ma, no hands!

And finally, she was content.  She was in the right position and got her big toe just right.

She was in heaven.

Sublime Heaven

Sublime Heaven


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Ahh Monday

29 Jun

Well, another Monday is here.  But it also means another 4 day week!  And I even have a 4 day weekend coming up!  My sister-in-law and her husband are coming out to visit.  Then next week is an even SHORTER week (3.5 days) since we will be taking off early on Friday to go visit my sister and brother-in-law to show of Baby Soup to them.

Oh yeah, and hosting a 4th of July party and finishing putting things away at our house.

*Whew*  Makes me tired just thinking about it.

This past weekend I left Friday to head out East to Pendleton to a Masonic weekend.  Oh, you didn’t know I was a Mason?  Okay, I’m not.  But I’m about as close as a female can get.

Growing up, I was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.  To the uninformed, it’s a girls service organization that helps teach memory work, service and friendship.  My mom and my grandma were (and are) active and so I started when I was 4 and served as a flower girl for a ceremony.  Then joined when I was 12 and quickly became deeply involved.  Throughout my years growing up, so many of my memories involve Rainbow, Masons, Shriners and Masonic Temples.  I served as a State Officer 3 years and led my local Assembly twice.  More than that, I learned how to raise money for charities, that the pop tabs hold more aluminum than the pop cans themselves, how to write and give a speech to an audience of several hundred people, how to walk/sit/stand/escort in a hoop skirt (yes, just like in Gone with the Wind) and how to be sure of myself.

I learned how to present myself as an adult.  I learned how to at least fake being assured of myself.

It is something I hope to be able to pass on to my daughter as well.

The first step to that was presenting her to the State Assembly and dedicating her.  If she doesn’t want to continue with Rainbow, that is fine.  But we are going to give her the option.  Even if all she does is join and not like it, that is fine too.

But with the memories I had and the lessons I learned?  I’ll be damned if I don’t let her have the same opportunities!

I’ll have pictures up later….being gone all weekend does not do well for getting photos done.  But Baby Soup found her feet (because she was in disposables this weekend) and sucked on her toes that she was finally able to reach.  She had her first horsie ride and was loved and adored as always.

Edit: And photos!

Being introduced

Being introduced.

Why yes, we are all wearing matching material.

Why yes, we are all wearing matching material.

Receiving a certificate....26 years after my mother received one when I was dedicated.

Receiving a certificate....26 years after my mother received one when I was dedicated.

I apologize for the HORRIBLE photos….but there we go!