However, I am going to HAVE MORE FUN this summer starting July 3, 2008. My online portrait photography course ends June 30. I have learned so much in that class and can't wait to start taking "portraits" of friends and family for a little extra dough.
Tomorrow is the last day of school and the kids get out at 1:00 (12:55 to be exact). We usually end up at a park with friends afterwards. Kelly didn't want to go to bed tonight, because tomorrow will be his last day at View Ridge. He starts 6th Grade at Evergreen Middle School (my Alma Mater) in the fall.
We will be having Kelly's buddy's older sister come and be with the kids over the summer while Chris and I are at work. Grandma Anne needs a break as Kelly's and Peggy's bickering over every little thing pushes her over the edge. Not a good thing. We want Grandma staying ON the LEDGE.
I think summer is arriving, the weather is now more like spring and typical of this time of year. It rained yesterday on my birthday which is pretty much par for the course.
We have started camping and are looking forward to a LONG 4th of July weekend camping in the HOT weather of Eastern Washington on the Snake River. We will be camping with Mom and Dad Grounds, Jim and Twila Herrin (family), and Chris' high school buddy, Jeff and his family. It will be our second time this year with both the folks and the friends. Should be a lot of fun. A few other camping trips are planned with friends from school and friends from work. We are going to stick fairly close by after the 4th, but we are not letting the gas/diesel prices keep us from having fun as a family.
Can't wait to let the "Summer Fun" begin!!
Pictures from Bridging 6/16/08
Mrs. O'Donnell---the teacher who started it all.
These kids were all in kindergarten together with this wonderful woman. She is retiring this year after many years of teaching and surely will be missed. (And she became a grandmother today!)
Kelly receiving his Certificate of Completion for Elementary School from his 5th grade teacher, Mr. Hashimoto (yes, Kelly is taller than he is).
Couldn't resist the beautiful fields of wildflowers at Pearrygin Lake State Park, near Winthrop, WA. The kids were good sports while I played with my camera. All these were taken in the "Manual" Mode where I chose the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focal length. Still in the learning curve but getting better. I need to get an EXPO disc to create a custom white balance (colors are off here) and learn to touch up in Photoshop Elements.
The Grounds and Herndon Children
The beginnings of my Portrait Photography Career!!
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