Rain Delay

October 19th, 2010

Xavier wants to go outside and play.

But it’s raining.

And he’s at his Grandma’s house.

And Grandmas don’t let little boys go outside an play in the rain.

So he’ll have to wait until it stops.

Or at least wait until he can be taken outside by his “cool” auntie, who will use the excuse “I did it for my photography blog” to dodge the menacing glare of a perturbed Grandmother.

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Behind Bars

October 18th, 2010

Being an active three year old has its disadvantages. Like not being old enough to play football with all the other boys on the field.

He’s got a three-year wait before he can join them. Until then, he has to stay behind the barriers that separate the players from the dreamers.

Unless his dad decides to coach.

Which would then, according to league rules, reduce his wait to two years. (On good behavior, of course.)

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Innocence

October 12th, 2010

The word that came to my mind after first seeing this image was “innocence.”

She has not a care in the world. She is completely content.

And 100% beautiful.

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He’s Going to Make Us a Million Dollars

October 6th, 2010

I have a standing agreement with my 82-year-old father.

As long as he’s alive, I will spend every 1st Saturday in May by his side at our local race track so we can watch (and, of course, bet on) the Kentucky Derby.

This agreement has caught on with my other brothers and sisters, two of whom joined us this year for a day of food, drink, and wagering.

And lots of talk about his infamous “horse-picking system.”

“Listen to me,” he’ll say. “I got this thing all figured out. Been working on it for years. YEARS. And I finally got it working to perfection. You got to know your numbers and your decimals and how to read that racing form. It’s a good system. And when I die, I’m going to give it to you kids and you’ll all make a million bucks.”

None of us have ever figured out exactly why we have to wait until he dies before we get to make that million bucks.

We just know that we don’t have very many more Kentucky Derbys left to spend with him.

So we humor him with our gasps of theatrical surprise and gratitude for even THINKING of giving us his horse-picking system, and ask him who he’s got picked to win, and then secretly decide to bet on the horses with the funniest names instead.

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This Is What Happens When I Listen to the Voices

October 5th, 2010

When I was at the park with the boys this past Sunday, “Nikon-Stalking” them while they were just trying to have a little fun, something told me to turn around.

This is what I saw.

I had no idea that the image I had captured would have so much significance 48 hours later.

To Lisa and Jaymie: She’s in a much better place.

Love, Auntie.

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Dropping Back to Pass

October 4th, 2010

My husband would like to point out that his youngest child possesses the posture of Joe Montana and the speed of Jerry Rice.

I’d like to point out that he has the hands of a concert pianist and the grace of a bull in a china shop.

Which makes him really fun to watch. Even if he IS just playing pretend football.

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The Most Animated Little Girl in the World

September 29th, 2010

Over the weekend, I attended my niece’s birthday party.

I don’t have girls, so I don’t know much about the face sparkles or doing little girl hair or twirling.

But I do know that my niece is deliciously fun to watch in all of her divaness.

Bette Midler, eat your heart out.

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Winner Winner, Chicken Taco Dinner

September 28th, 2010

The house my parents bought back in 1954 was (and still is) within one mile of a taco stand.

That taco stand is now Emmas Taco House, and it’s our restaurant of choice for most (if not all) of our family gatherings.

The Mexican food is authentic and hot, and the margaritas have way too much tequila in them. Do I really need to say more?

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Little Soldiers

September 27th, 2010

I’m going to have to take this photo to the coach, since it’s verifiable proof that at least three of the 11 boys on the field were actually LISTENING to him.

Oh — and we get two photos today! The 2nd one is Jake holding back his man. What I love about the image is that the poor kid that got assigned to Jake is pushing and grinding his feet, and Jake is holding him back WHILE STANDING ON HIS BACK FOOT. I swear, if this kid ever learns to lean forward coming off the line, he’d open holes big enough for The Fridge to get through.

Yes, I’m a proud football mama.

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Keeper

September 24th, 2010

I have to admit, I cried a little when I saw this image come out of the hopper.

That’s my Mom on the left and my “favorite big brother” on the right. And the photo was taken on my birthday.

I don’t always check to see what the images look like after I click the shutter. I seem to do best when I just relax and start shooting.

This is proof that I was VERY relaxed.

I think it had something to do with the margaritas.

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