Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Shootout -- Celebration



Baranquilla, Colombia, circa 1970's
  1. Patty was right in one of her comments earlier this week that I already posted my celebration pictures -- shots of my daughter, Jean, who has been visiting all week.
  2. Even more, the best celebration shots have not been taken with a camera since mostly I've been too busy celebrating reconnections and living in the moment, usually forgetting to pick up the camera at all.
  3. However, I still had to get up early this morning to post something because I love y'all too much to miss a Friday.
  4. This is probably the most hastily thrown together shoot-out I've done.
  5. Today we take in some more sights of Charleston, have family cookout. Tomorrow we go to Bull's Island nature preserve. Sunday morning, Jean flies back to Boston. I'll catch up on what the rest of you have been posting Sunday afternoon -- or maybe just taking a long nap. I have missed my bloggy friends very much...well, to be honest...I've missed you all very much in momentary breaks during a week that has mostly been too full to miss anything.

Bubble blowers at my niece's wedding



Kite Festival, circa 1960's


My son, Brian and Melody celebrating Conner

Celebrating reconnections


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And the four photos that follow are scans of old prints that Jean brought with her -- pictures I had taken of her and her older brother, David, when she was a little girl. I had long forgotten these photos and it was a celebration to see them again after 20 years.








27 comments:

  1. Too beautiful - makes my heart smile. Thanks. xx♥

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  2. Very striking family resemblance. Your baby pictures are so sweet, older ones and the newer ones. Bless you all! My heart is smiling too.

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  3. I absolutely love the bubble blowers!
    Have a wonderful time with your family!

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  4. Quite a medley, and all of the very best tunes. Put another way, a new meaning to the blunderbuss approach in which every shot finds the spot. A remarkable achievement. Most of us find it difficult to come up with one winner. You throw them in by the handful. More like that, please.

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  5. B&B...beautiful photos of beautiful memories!
    ~AM

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  6. What a great post, Mark! I love that we got to meet "early Jean" as well as "Modern Day Jean!" I love the picture of her with her older brother! So happy that you are having a good week reconnecting. You know, at the end of the day, family is all we have. If we have been lucky enough to have a good one, then our lives are truly blessed. Mark, I think that your life is blessed!
    And your bloggy friends lov eyou as well!

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  7. Mark - Lovely lovely blog. I know that some big empty spot within you has now been filled. Hugs from Houston.

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  8. My heart is full of joy for you and Jean. How appropriate the theme for Friday Shoot Out is this week for you and your family. Wishing joy and peace to your entire family this weekend.

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  9. Well, you hooked me with that first photo. I think I see Bagman and Dorothea in there somewhere. Can't quite make them out, but...

    All the other photos were perfect (I loved the kite photo, too) But you killed me with the last 4 photos, especially the last one. I don't have enough time to write about what that photo says, but you know. You know.

    You have a wonderful 4th, my friend. Hugs to your daughter. Tell her, "Go Red Sox!"

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  10. Is Bagman the one in the hat in that first photo? the historic pictures of the children must be heart tugging. Kids are so full of energy and love.

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  11. Great pictures! I love the collection.

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  12. Great photos - great celebration. :)

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  13. I also did lots of celebrating while in Texas this past three weeks, and hastily threw together my post for today, but hey its the thought that counts...love the bubbles!

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  14. You did this hastily? Who would have know that?? Love those bubble blowers, and fun shots of the family. Enjoy your beautiful daughter.

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  15. My favorite photo is of Jeannie kissing David. David's her younger brother, right?

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  16. The bubble shots are amazing, but my favorite is for sure the last scanned shot - Jean hollering at the world - 'celebrating'.

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  17. Absolutely love all your photos! Particularly the ones of Jean and David. Love the bubble shots, too! I'm so very happy you've had such a great reunion and I hope you have many more!

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  18. I celebrate your loving time with you. That happiness spreads and makes us all feel good. Very nice pictures. Don't you just love the memories and feelings the old photos bring up? Blessings to you and family.
    QMM

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  19. This is such a happy post I'm smiling! Thanks for the lift. Continue to have a save ahd happy 4th weekend!
    Happy Independence Day, and God bless America and you and your family!

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  20. A beautiful celebration of life, Mark.
    Especially the last four which were both beautiful and touching.

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  21. Great celebration photos, Mark. I enjoyed each photo!

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  22. Yes, one should take some time and scan some old photos! Like you obviously did! Nice for you I guess ... and nice for us!

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  23. Mark I am so happy for you!! You post this week is genuine and sincere and therefore terrific!! :D

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  24. I just love old photos. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  25. Great shots you have here!I love all of them!

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  26. fabulous series of celebration shots. the bubble shots are very cool and the baby shots. well, they are all fantastic!!

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