looking up

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Have you’ve done that lately?

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The other day it was so bright and blue skies above us, I did just that.

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What a treat!

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under water

Every time my kids have a swim meet, I go all prepared for some picture taking.  My zoom is pretty good, but by no means I can get close ups from where we can sit.  So I try to go closer when they are warming up.  It’s less disruptive, I think.  And I try to stay out of the way of coaches and swimmers.  So I do my best with what I have.

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The pool is quiet when we get there.

DSC_0254 copyThe music starts and the swimmers get in. I head down.

DSC_0258 copyI’m thinking this (photo) is pretty good, I’ll try for another one.

DSC_0261 copy That’s OK.  I guess.

DSC_0262 copy Yup, here’s another one. I’m feeling good. I’m feeling lucky.

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And then I realize, that swimmers are hardly ever out of the water.

DSC_0274 copy DSC_0275 copy DSC_0278 copy DSC_0280 copy That’s not the idea.  I guess.

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Backstroke is a good photo-taking stroke.  If I can get it focused as soon as she turns and she starts slow.

DSC_0282 copy DSC_0284 copy And it’s only good (for photo-taking) when she goes away from me.

DSC_0286 copy DSC_0287 copy Unless she’s touching the wall… which she does underwater anyways!

DSC_0290 copy And then continues underwater as well, after the turn.

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Freestyle, doesn’t work either.

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I think butterfly and breaststroke are the best strokes for photo taking.

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Well, maybe some times.

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pumpkin patch

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On a beautiful sunny, fall day we headed to Sauvies Island with some friends.  It was a no-school day, and we like those, so we can hang out with our friends that go to school.

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Duck racing… who would have thought it was that much fun! DSC_0039 copy DSC_0040 copy

I know… we are growing out of so many games at the pumpkin patch…

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But there’a always ways to have fun, no matter how much our visits have changed since those baby, toddler years.  Still fun. DSC_0051 copy

And even on a week day we got to go on a hay ride to the patch where the pumpkins where growing.  Sometimes farms are not fully “functioning” on week days, but this one it was! and what a treat it was.

I love hay rides.  I remember the first time I went on one, when I was in high school, as an exchange student in  Michigan.  There are no pumpkin farms in Chile, so I enjoyed all the traditions there were from friends and my host family.  Lots of memories.  And of course, all these years of living here now, and the last 13 with these two goofy kids.DSC_0055 copy DSC_0056 copy

And because it is more fun to go with friends, we did.

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Searching for the perfect pumpkin.

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Taking it all in.  The sights. The colors. The cooler weather.  This is my time of the year I love the most.

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Look at the colors!

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And of course.  A corn maze to complete our trip to the farm.

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A day to remember, for sure.

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a fall walk in Oaks Bottom and last minute batting practice

DSC_0208 copy DSC_0212 copy A walk through the park to get to Oaks Bottom.  A beautiful sunny day in November.

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And why not!  Just find a stick and be lucky to find a tennis ball during the hike and you’ve got a last minute batting practice.

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the carving

DSC_0005 copy Looking for some inspiration.  Pinterest, always at the ready.

DSC_0008 copy Cleaned.

DSC_0006 copyPlanning.

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DSC_0014 copyMore inspiration.

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DSC_0022 copy There is something inside.

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DSC_0044 copy Sometimes something we haven’t done in years.

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Happy carving indeed.

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fall in full fall

DSC_0041 copyThe trees are shaking, shivering.

DSC_0025 copyLaves have fallen.  All over.  It is fall for sure.

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Today the trees are bare.  The rain came and blew the leaves off.  A much needed rain though.  Oh, how I have missed that water.

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The sun shining at times throughout the day, in between rain breaks and barely warming up.  I can feel the sun is heading south, I understand it is their turn now to enjoy.  My mom has been wanting it to warm up down there in Chile, so yes, we’ll take turns.  I’ve had enough of warmth this summer, it’s your turn, thank you.

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But there are days without rain that we are still enjoying a meal outside.  Cuddled together, with long pants and sweaters, it feels good to still be outside.

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Some flowers still blooming and enjoying them for sure. DSC_0040 copy

DSC_0038 copyAnd when the sun does come out, I pay attention to the light.  That warm, delicate light that gives that beautiful warm glow.

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And still try to dry our clothes outside when we can.  But it doesn’t dry much anymore.  It’s mostly for the looks and the feeling and the visual I need for the closure of this cycle of seasons, of spending our days outside.  Now, we are gravitating indoors, with new activities and new projects to keep us busy. I welcome them all happily.  I am ready for this season.  All the sweaters and blankets and warm shawls, hats and socks… oh my.  Knitting and woolens how I love you.  I am ready.

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a natural face

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All natural, I assure you.

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