Time flies when you’re having fun…

Wow…Didn’t mean to leave that last post up as my most recent for so long; I realize it’s pretty heavy stuff.

But we’ve been busy.

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Our first grandchild, Miss Layla Fayth, arrived 5 weeks early  (thus claiming the ever so clever birthday of 9-10-11…)  She stayed in the hospital for a bit over a week.  She and I had a lovely bonding session the day after she came home, when I did her newborn photo session.  If I may say so, she is the most adorable newborn there has ever been. (No bias, of course.)

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Because of Layla’s early arrival, Arlie was able to change her vacation and come visit early in October!!! We had a wonderful yet too short week together doing all sorts of girl stuff. 

Our niece Shelby married Charlie on October 7. (I was not “the” photographer;  these are a few of the shots I took) After the reception everyone drove to the rehab center where my mother-in-law has been for the past month so she could see everyone all cleaned up and shiny.  On their wedding day, Evelyn took her first steps since her surgery in August.

Today, she moves one step closer to home to the convalescent center nearby.

Autumn is upon us truly, as evidenced by the turning of the leaves and the battering of the house by acorn bombs. And that means the crazy holiday season is here too…ratcheting up at work already, I fear. 

I am getting ready to re-open my Etsy Shop for the holidays…here are two items that I will be listing…

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My photo a day is still going strong—I don’t think I have missed a day yet!!!

-I have to decide now about how to handle the Christmas photo a day that I hope to do again starting December 1st…. …..

And with that, I wrap up a quick update on the world as seen from the Green House…I hope that at YOUR house, the world isn’t spinning by too quickly!

(Truth—Layla is my stepdaughter’s child. But, I don’t think that Step-grandchild sounds good, nor is it a good descriptor for a child to encounter. She is going to know me as her family for all her life, and I am going to love her no less than any child my daughter herself may have. Therefore, I have designated myself her “Bonus Gigi”, but she is my grand-daughter. Shelby isn’t designated as my step-niece. I get to be her aunt by the simple expedient of having married her uncle!)

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Carrying on regardless…..

We will have been married eight years on Tuesday. Where has the time gone? Timmy and I are on our ‘almost-annual’ hunnymoon, taken every year, sometime around now, in honor of our wedding day.  We do this in lieu of gifts.

(Timmy has it made. Christmas is almost always electronics, my birthday is always quilt show cash, and our anniversary is a vacation, together. He has to think on the gift thing for Valentines Day)

We were sitting at lunch today, trying to recall all of our hunnymoons, as opposed to other vacation/weekends away/family travel.

We believe we are missing one.

2003 we traveled to Paducah, Kentucky for our first anniversary, and we brought one of my best friends along!! (Hey, it was a quilt show!!! He went to the Corvette plant and to Metropolis while we wandered about)  You know you have a keeper when he lets friends travel along!

2004 was Asheville, North Carolina, and the Biltmore House.

2005 (we believe) was a staycation and ‘>renovation of our kitchen. Not quite the same but certainly a welcome diversion.

2006, Chicago and a quilt show (without my fabric sidekick, alas)

2007 is the year we are not quite sure what we did…but we are sure it was fun. Possibly Chincoteague? Maybe it was Ocracoke? Nags Head?

2008 was a delayed hunnymoon out to San Diego to visit my brother, a cousin and an uncle.

2009 was a 12 day odyssey around the coastline of Florida.

2010 finds us Oceanside in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

And to think, it all began with THIS journey!!!

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Just a very few of the most wonderful images ever, taken by my friend, photographer Mike Falco. Mike gave us the most wonderful wedding gift, that of peace of mind. He was seriously in my head, and shot my wedding the way I would have….I continue to thank him to this day, and I thank all of you for having stood by us these past years…and I hope you will be with us for many more! (My vacation bucket list is DECADES long)

(Seriously, the 27 thing fling WILL be back, in this time slot, next week. No more pre-empting, I promise.)

I LOVE YOU, TIMMY!