07 Oct 2015
in Art & Books
Tags: Art, Book Review, Books, Calacas, Carl D'Agostino, Celebración, Celebrations, Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, Family, November, October, Smiles, Traditions
As we prepare for Halloween in our household – we are also preparing for El Día de los Muertos (DDLM).
The focal-point of my DDLM display is a work of art by Carl D’Agostino from I Know I Made You Smile.
And – when I say work of art – I mean WORK OF ART!
When I first saw La Celebración – I fell in love with the piece.
It not only made me smile – but – it spoke to me.
And – I just had to have it.
My “La Celebración”
as it proudly sits on the mantle in my home.
It just so happens that there are 5 calacas celebrating
& there are 5 of us.
And – just like in our family – there are two males & 3 females.
:) :) :) :) :)
(Do note that the actual art-work
is much more colorful than how it appears in the photo).
And – here are a few other pieces of DDLM art that Carl has shared through his blog.
If you’d like to have your very own Carl-art to make you smile – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While on the topic of Carl & how talented he is – do you follow him of the WP?
If not – what are you waiting for?
Go check his blog out & follow him.
His blog does just as it says it will do – it will make you smile! :D
And – if you like what you see – you might want to pick up a copy of his book – I Know I Made You Smile.
We all were filled with smiles as went through the book.
My daughters still keep the book close by – open it – and smile.
A great book for the whole family!
The title is very fitting & most accurate. Carl did make me (us) smile.
As written by my 10 year old daughter: Mr. D’Agostino, I loved your book I Know I Made You Smile. It was funny. And, it did make me smile. My favorite thing in the book was the banana basic slip and fall.
As written by my 11 year old daughter: I thought your book was funny and awesome. I also loved the drawings.
27 Sep 2015
in Nature, Photos
Tags: Beauty, Cricket, Funny, Green, Humor, Insects, Nature, Phone Camera, Photo, Photography
07 Sep 2015
Tags: Costumes, Enchanting, Fairies, Fantasicals, Fantasy, Fun, Imagination, Joust, Make Believe, Photography, photos, Renaissance, Renaissance Faire, Royalty
Hear ye, hear ye peeps!
Hope you have all had a fabulous summer.
Mine has been pretty busy.
Some good times – some not so good.
But – overall – it’s had more ups than downs & that’s good.
One of the things that Alexandria, Victoria & I did this summer was visit a local Renaissance Faire.
We went on opening weekend – girls got in for FREE.
Kids get in free on opening weekend.
And – we went yesterday.
I only had to pay for one kid’s ticket –
since I had two tickets from Santa that were left to my son in his stocking that he didn’t use.
Here are a few images that I captured from our two visits to the Renaissance Faire.
11 Aug 2015
in Writing Challenges / Prompts
Tags: Blogging, Creativity, Fun, writing, Writing Challenge
Thank you Dom at Black and Write for choosing me to take part in this challenge.
I had fun doing this.
Write a paragraph.
Do not use any words that include the letter “e” in their spelling.
Challenge at least 5 others to do the same.
So Dom chall✴ng✴d m✴ to writ✴ a paragraph without using th✴ 5th lett✴r of th✴ alphab✴t.
R✴ally? Who has tim✴ for that?
It sur✴ in th✴ h✴ck ain’t m✴!
And- did h✴ r✴ally think I wasn’t going to b✴ abl✴ to tak✴ on this chall✴ng✴?
W✴ll – sham✴ on him if that’s what h✴ thought! ;)
So Dom & the r✴st of my p✴✴ps – How did I do?
Any one of my peeps who want to take on the challenge – have at it!
If you do not wish to participate – that is perfectly fine.
Have fun with it if you choose to participate in the challenge.
27 Jul 2015
Tags: Beauty, Celebration, Colorful, Flowers, Hindu Wedding, Life, Love, Marriage, Photography, photos, relationships, Wedding
It’s been a while.
Despite a few bumps on the road – life is good.
It’s been a busy summer. Lots of usual running around with the kids & trying to fill-in non-sports days with fun activities or visiting family.
Before summer started & before school let out – I was invited to a friend & co-worker’s wedding.
It was the first Hindu wedding that I was ever invited to. I went to the wedding ceremony by myself as the girls had a lacrosse tournament that weekend. My co-worker was happy that I went & her friends were more than welcoming. Her maid of honor kept coming by me to explain what was going on. Even she didn’t know what everything meant. So – I didn’t feel so bad. ;)
Before the ceremony began – I asked my friend if it was ok to take pictures during the ceremony & if there were any restrictions. She told me I was free to take pictures & that there were no restrictions. So- I snapped away.
Here are a few pictures that I took. I figure these would be ok to share since they don’t show any faces.
I did end up burning all of the photos on a DVD for my friend. She loved them. And – I’m happy that I was able to capture my point of view of her BIG day to gift to her.
Before the ceremony
During & after the ceremony
08 Jul 2015
Tags: Beauty, Cave of the Mounds, Caves, Education, Field Trip, Flowers, iPhone Photos, National Landmark, Nature, photos, Stalactites, Stalagmites, Students, Wisconsin
In early June – just before school let out for the summer –
I took a day off from work to chaperone a 6th grade field trip.
I was one of 3 parents to help out with a group of 24 kids.
After a few hours on the bus – we arrived to Cave of the Mounds.
I had never been to the cave.
So – it was quite an experience for me – just as much as it was for the kids.
Before we got there – my daughter was trying to give me a crash course on caves.
I was all edumacated on the subject by the time that we got there –
that I knew all of the answers to what the tour guide was asking. LOL
(For the record – I did not answer any of the questions. I left that to the kids).
Anywho – Here are a few pictures that I took with my cellphone while in the cave.
Wanna’ see more caves?
Please stop by & visit either or both links below.
Caves that LuAnn visited in California, USA
Caves that Lucy visited in Mallorca, Spain
Have you visited any caves & have a blog post about it?
If so – feel free to share a link to your blog post in the comments below.
04 Jul 2015
Tags: 4th of July, America, Celebrations, Fourth Of July, Independence Day, Parade, Photography, photos, Red White and Blue, United States of America, USA, Veterans
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
To my USA peeps – I wish you & your loved ones a Happy Independence Day weekend. 🇺🇸
Enjoy the celebration & be safe.
And – don’t forget to remember & honor those who have fought for us to be where we are at today.
We still have a lot to work on & improve.
But – we’ve definitely come a long way.
Here are a few pictures that I snapped last week when a neighboring city held its parade.
Fenway wishes you a Happy 4th of July too.
22 Jun 2015
in Nature, Photos
Tags: Beauty, Celebrations, Father's Day, Flowers, Nature, Photo, Pink, Roses
According to the calendar – I’m a day late. But – really – doesn’t a dad celebrate Father’s Day every day? 😉