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    Early June Weekending.

    Hello and Happy Monday! Thank you for all the great feedback on last Friday’s post, especially about mixing up our workouts. I added in weights and Pilates after this morning’s walk … and it feels sore in that good sort of way 😉. Now let me tell you a little about our weekend. Marc played in the club’s Member Member tournament. I have no photos. He did share that after Saturday’s round they were in 2nd place and yesterday they played the team that won. I think my weekend was a lot more fun! The tournament actually kicked off Friday evening (players only), so I enjoyed Friday night snacks on…

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    Eye Candy Friday | Another Morning in the Garden.

    Any morning that starts with this view is bound to be a good one! …and we ended with this. I taught Charlie the proper way to eat pizza – point first! He was a quick study 😉 In between, we visited the Botanical Garden for Story Time and a quick walk to the big lawn for some exploring and camera practice.  Quite unlike our last visit, the sun was shining and the sky was clear and blue. I used the 24-105mm f/4L lens (with a hood, but no filters). It’s a little big – and heavy – for being out and about, but when it’s just me and Charlie (no…

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    Eye Candy Friday | A Morning in the Garden.

    The Botanical Gardens feature prominently in my summer bucket list – not only to practice with my camera* but also to explore and play with Charlie. Tuesday morning, we did all of that! Katie took the day off, so we went with both boys (and a whole trunkful of gear 🙂 There are morning programs in the newly opened Children’s Garden every day. Tuesday is Garden Playtime with “hands-on learning and sensory stations.”  There were at least a half dozen stations with real bugs, play dough, and hidden “bugs” for the children to find. We thought Charlie would enjoy the Splash Pad, but I think it was his least fun…

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    Eye Candy Friday | Another Day at the Park.

    Wednesday morning, Charlie and I visited Tanyard Creek Park. I’d heard the playground was nice and there’s a railway trestle bridge; both sounded great for exploring … and photos. The weather wasn’t great; it rained most of Tuesday and Tuesday night and was still drizzling Wednesday morning. But it worked out fine; we had the wet playground to ourselves. The playground features two play areas – one for big kids and one for smaller kids. Charlie enjoyed both! Back to the big slide. and spinning dials. Then back to the small side. He asked for the towel. We played for about an hour and then spent some time walking around.…

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    Eye Candy Friday | Camera Practice.

    When I upgraded to the iPhone 7S last September, I pretty much put away my DSLR (an eight year old Canon Rebel XSi). But over the past few weeks, especially as I look forward to Alaska (just three months away), I started to reconsider. This might be the only time I ever go, and I would hate to regret a missed opportunity for the best photos I could take. I pulled my camera back out. Whoa, I was rusty! It took a lot of tries, but I was pretty happy with my first effort, Renie’s finished wrap. I realized I need a lot of practice (and a bit of new…

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    Exploring with Charlie | Story Time.

    …introducing what I hope will become a very regular feature here – tales of exploring Atlanta with Charlie. Yesterday was our first one-on-one time since he moved. I researched the local library* offerings and the Wednesday morning story time was highly recommended. I picked him up just before 10 am and after a somewhat mad search for his glasses, he settled on his mom’s. How wonderful to have him back in the back seat again! We got to the library early enough for him to choose – and me to read – a few books before story time started. I noticed that the shelves weren’t as low and the selection…