Trying to keep up with four boys between the ages of eight and two is something else. I took twelve pictures and I only managed to get this snippet of Zack going down the sliding board...
One of Cindy's boys is already in the enclosure and another is standing ready. Those kidlets were fast and I was tired just watching them! But there's something invigorating about hearing the laughter of children.
I caught them plotting their next strategic strike on playground equipment...
... and then gathered them up for a group photo. Zack is hot and cold on getting his picture taken -- he's either ALLLLL for it, or he gets all paparazzi-outta-my-face on me. This was one of those ham-it-up days.
Then I learned a very good lesson. Never put your camera in your bag next to an ice cold beverage, especially when the day starts heading into the 80's and you're not in the shade. For one, I could no longer see what I was shooting -- the sun was too bright for me to see through the viewfinder. Therefore, I shot a ton of photos not realizing I had condensation on the danged lens.
That would have been SUCH a good shot, too! I mean, I love to mess around with Picnik but this is just a little too, too. Ya know.
So once Cindy alerted me to the condensation issue, I unscrewed one of the lenses and tried again and got the moment when the kids realized they'd had enough of the heat and were ready to have lunch.
Zack and I are absolutely identical in many things, and
pink red cheeks in the least little bit of sun (ha ha, I almost typed snow... sigh, wishful thinking...) ANYWAY -- we both stay rosy cheeked all summer long.
After our lunch, we headed across the street to my favorite store in the world ...
We headed for the magazine rack and I picked up the latest issue of Beads 2011. So. Much. Eye candy!
All in all, a wonderful day. I told Cindy it was really the first day I felt like I could walk normally without holding on to something or feeling faint or having to go to bed as soon as I got home. When you're in crap health, you feel like there will never, ever be a good day again. We all try to ignore the crap part, so when a truly good day falls in your lap, grab it and take advantage of it and live it up for all it's worth. Even if your idea of living it up means simply sitting in a chair on the deck reading a book -- do it! Enjoy every minute you can.
Every one of you is awesome.
Enjoy your week!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.