Tag: Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure

After an unexpected absence, I’m making a second attempt to return to my blog. Five weeks ago, I felt perfectly fine. Okay, maybe a little tired, but otherwise healthy and good. 24 hours later, while on the phone with my friend, I began coughing. Right before the first cough- that was the last time I felt good. I had a few false starts over the past month but I finally feel like I’m turning a corner and on the road to recovery- yay!

There’s so much I have to say. (I’ve written some amazing posts in my head…) I’m hoping to get it all written but until then, I’m starting off slowly, yet again. I can’t think of a better place to begin than Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure. 

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Have a great day! I hope you are staying healthy!!

-Kat

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns

I went to my archives for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns.

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Vacuum cleaner
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Wire basket

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Thanks for stopping in!

-Kat

Silence of a Different Kind

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Three years ago, Beej came into the world and changed my life forever. I had become a young grandma when my oldest son married someone who already had a child, CJ. so I was familiar with the fun of grandparenting a child who was already potty trained, out of a crib, off a bottle….an independent child.

And then Beej was born and everything changed. Due to circumstances beyond our control (handy phrase, isn’t it?) Beej and I found ourselves spending major stretches of time together and we created a bond that went deeper than that doting grandma who bounces the baby on her knee, then smiles as she hands him off to his parents at the first sign of tears.

Spending so much time with first an infant, then a toddler and now and emerging preschooler does not make for much silence around our house. The result was me and Beej creating our own kind of silence. Maybe it wasn’t the complete quiet where the only sound you can hear is the refrigerator running or a siren blaring faintly in the distance but it is a silence all the same.

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Beej was born a lover of books, a future master reader. We share this passion and I know for a fact that I have read more books to him than I could have possibly read to all three of my children combined.

 

 

 

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When we aren’t reading, Beej is playing. A lot. His imagination seems to be never ending and I never know what he’s going to think of next. He doesn’t need a screen or even another person to entertain him. He’s happy in his own little make believe world where he assigns roles to anyone who happens to be passing by. I have been Percy to his Thomas, Lightning to his Cruze, and Stacy Jones to his Tanya.

 

 

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Most of my days might not be filled with your “typical” silence but I’ve learned to savor the times Beej and I spend together. Whether the silence is accented with the sound of me reading as pages turn or Beej’s little voice narrating an elaborate scenario, often peppered with whatever song he deems appropriate, this silence is a precious time. It really is an unexpected blessing that never fails to fill me with joy. This grandparenting gig might have come sooner than I anticipated but boy, is it worth it!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Have a great day!

-Kat

 

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Toys for Children and Adults

This week’s theme for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is Toys!

Are you familiar with Sir Topham Hatt? He is in charge of the railway where Thomas and friends work and play. bw sth o

Everything is a potential toy to a three year old with an active imagination- even Christmas ornaments.

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Here are a few of my toys.

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Kat

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Abandoned or Alone

Nothing says ‘abandoned’ like a toy that was left behind. And it’s those toys, some of Toy Story fame, which are featured in my entries for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Abandoned or Alone. 

As is often the case, I had completely different photos set aside for this challenge when I happened to walk into the family room after Beej left with his dad. There were Buzz and Woody, laying there abandoned by the little boy who had just been giggling when he accidentally pushed one of Buzz’s buttons.

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This caused me to stop and look around at all the other toys that were looking just as sad, waiting for their person to come back and play with them.

All I had to do was to look down when I glanced out the back window to find a teddy bear and friend, peaking out at me. Why he’s hiding there with a storm trooper (or is that a clone trooper— oh shoot, I know this!!!), I really don’t know…

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Putting laundry away, a quick check in Beej’s bed found Knuffle Bunny, the most abandoned toy in our house due to the number of times he has been loved, wrestled with, posed, and yes, abandoned in his short time in our family.

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A quick pop into Kris’s room found this lion, laying on a shelf with other discarded items.

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And finally, I came across another Woody, this one long abandoned by Andy, who tossed him in his closet when he went to college (yeah, the irony of that is not lost on me!).

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Thank you to Cee for hosting this and other photo challenges! Click on the link in the introduction if you would like to find out more!

-Kat