Last Summer Fling…

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Well, he is back…yippee! Yes, this is how we celebrated our anniversary! Who better to be with, than the one that makes your heart beat just a little faster? This grandma could look into his eyes forever.

We had only been there an hour, and he had to show Ma Ma and Pa Pa, (this looks like it might be our new names) around his backyard and all the changes his parents have made.

I bring out my camera and look at the pose he goes into! Oh my word!! We might have a little GQ model on our hands. He is only 22 months old…for goodness sakes. I didn’t like the lightening situation where he was standing, or have my reflectors with me…but I seriously couldn’t let this moment pass!


One of the first things we did was try out their pool. Little Man has quiet the collection of baby floats. I picked this one out for him to give it a spin…isn’t it adorable?


Here, you see one of the piles of floats for him. He is not crazy about sitting in the middle of these. Mommy and daddy have bought different styles, thinking it might make a difference in his attitude of being in these devices. He is good for about 5 minutes…then he wants out!☺ He likes his freedom and not being confined…what a boy!


It then dawns on us…oh no, we forgot to put sunscreen and a hat on him! Okay, we are still new at this grandparent businessβ™₯

Well, we panicked and started slathering the sunscreen everywhere on him. We had it all over his shirt collar, up in his hat brim, on his eyebrows, in his nose…I think we might need a little more practice. Smile!

At least, he has a great sense of humor with his stumbling grandparents.

Tip of the Day for Bloggers/Photographers:

If you want to have a more blurred background in your image, move the subject away from the background at least 5-10 feet.

The more you move your subject…the dreamier the background becomes!

In the case of the top photo, I wanted the brick wall to show some definition…so I only moved him out…a few feet.

Can you share one of your first memories of being with your grandparents as a child?


54 thoughts on “Last Summer Fling…

  1. Laughing so hard about his posing! You capture him so well — we tend to do that with subjects we love don’t we? I learned so much from my grandparents — gardening, cooking and one managed a general store!

  2. He is so gorgeous; those eyes are just awesome….I do think he likes the camera as I can’t get mine to stay still long enough for me to get many good shots….You really captured some wonderful photographs of him….

  3. β€œA baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”
    ― Carl Sandburg

    Remarkable, life affirming and a joyful confirmation that we continue in children!!! This post brought tears to my eyes….

  4. Doesn’t get much cuter than that! WHEW ….. those eyes! So let’s see ….. my youngest granddaughter in Texas just turned 7 ……. think that’s too much of an age difference ….. LOL?

  5. THERE he is! Oh, Laurie, you take such beautiful photos and, like I tell Amanda (my daughter), you have such a beautiful subject!! Your Little Man is a natural born model. πŸ˜‰ I know you so enjoyed your time with them; and, nope, not a better place in the world to celebrate an anniversary! blessings ~ tanna

  6. He is such an adorable little boy Laurie and I just love that pose! Great shots as usual of this cutie hon and thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€
    As far as the learning goes, we all went through that..heheheh. I am very glad you had so much fun with him. He is totally the cutest ever! πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend. *big hugs*

  7. Lucky lucky you, looks like you had a pretty perfect day. There was that cute ‘Little Man’ an Anniversary and a pool in the yard. I want to be adopted πŸ˜€ Thanks for the photo tip too. Enjoy all that love.

  8. It’s so nice to visit and share in everyone’s joy of your beautiful grandson. Way to spread the love!

    Have a joyous weekend,

  9. He is quite a handsome little guy Laurie! I can relate to the sunscreen incident as a mom of two young boys who are always outdoors (yikes!), but then again large doses of sunlight (and vitamin D) is very healthy too, isn’t it πŸ™‚

  10. What a wonderful, adorable little young man. They make it all wortwhile, don’t hey. Pour love and kisses, hugs XXL and everything all over him…and should you get tired, I’d happily assist you!

    This must be a new record; I have never read the word adorable in so many comments! πŸ™‚

  11. The second image is precious and telling about his mood. Do you know the term bokeh? It’s of Japanese origin, and means haze. Photographers often refer to blur effects as bokeh. It’s also achieved with a fast lens, which I’m sure that you know. Thought that I pass that onto you.

  12. I don’t blame you for wanting to spend your anniversary with that little guy. You just couldn’t get a cutter model and those eyes! who’s looking at lighting when you have that face. Oh! I just love him!!! I’m so glad he’s back. πŸ™‚ You made my morning Laurie!!

  13. What a doll bunny! Love his eyes and the catch lights in them you captured – awesome! And that he posed for you is something else. My first memory of me and Grandmom was her visiting us and me sitting on her bed reading her a bedtime story from one of my books when I was about 6.

  14. Gorgeous boy! At least he stands still so you can get a photo. My 2 yr old grandson never stops and when I try to get all three grandchildren in one picture…forget it! I used to sit at my granny’s vanity table and smell her perfume, Evening in Paris πŸ™‚ I just passed that table to MY daughter last week. It’s about 84 yrs old.

  15. Speaking from experience, when Grandma forgets the sunscreen Mom sure knows at the end of the day. πŸ™‚ He is one handsome little guy who maybe thanks to you enjoys having his photo taken which will certainly help in the coming years. My granddaughter loves to have her photo taken and my grandson turns his back or goes in the opposite direction.

  16. Those eyes! How could you NOT look at them? πŸ™‚
    A friend of mine bought SPF 50 clothing for her daughter (and herself and husband). Now when on the beach they only have to put sunscreen on face, forearms. I’d never heard of such …
    Besides that adorable child, I love your photo of the floats.

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