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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Seating

A paddle boat ride at Stow Lake, SF…seats 4
Seagulls’ prime seating for watching humans
Stroller and hydration break from walking
Mobile & personalized seating for 15 month old Elliot

Thank you Cee for this fun B&W challenge where I share my interpretations of seating through photos!

Thanks readers for your time in stopping by! Have a great start to the weekend. 🌻😁

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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    1. Thank you Miriam!! I appreciate your feedback. Once I was scrolling through my pictures it was fun to pick them out.
      I forgot I even had that last photo until this challenge. It was way way back in my phone album. I used that baby carrier for both babies and I loved it. My back and legs didn’t love it so much though.
      Have a great weekend and hope the weather is not too hot in SoCal. It is comfortably hot here in the shade but in direct sunlight the heat feels fierce.


      1. I just went swimming at the gym. It’s closed at 5 pm today. Right now it’s 76F and it’s not too hot. I’m glad it hasn’t been got because I have some caterpillars in my garden. I kept them in the cages. Extreme heat would not be good for them.

        There was a heat wave last week. Portland has 93 and 90 on two days.

        My daughter doesn’t carry the babies unless they go hiking and she caries Nora (15 months) and her husband carries , Autumn (3 3/4 years). She uses the stroller when going walking.

        You always look so beautiful. Do you have any plans for a getaway? Do you kids have summer school?

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      2. The CA weather is all over the place. It’s been breezy here and chilly at night. Now we’re told next week comes the heat wave. Hope your caterpillars are doing well. They must be in Pupa stage now?
        Your daughter is wise to use the stroller. You don’t feel the pain right away but all that pressure on your body over time takes a toll. I had a personal attachment to the baby carrier and loved to carry them close. And why do babies’ head smell so heavenly?
        I still have the carrier as a reminder of those lovely bonding times. hahaha. My heart loves it but my back hates me for it. lol.
        Thank you. Your comment definitely put a big smile on my face.
        This month is just play month…I need the rest and the respite from chasing them to do work.
        I hope you are having a good month of June! Summer is just getting started, and time for the flowers to bloom in full glory. Take care and talk soon!

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      3. It has been hot here during the day but only in the upper 80’s. I love the baby smell also, Esther. I used to have Autumn sleep on my chest with me sitting on the couch in a reclining position. I would let her take the entire nap on my chest. My daughter did it some of the time.
        But with two kids, my daughter decided to do it differently with Nora. She would sooth Nora a little before nap and bedtime at night, then let Nora go to sleep on her own. Nora would cry a little but goes to sleep okay.

        In that regard, I can understand that an only child gets a lot of attention and gets spoiled. When you have two, you can only do so much because you don’t have unlimited energy.

        Hope you’ll have a beautiful bloom in the summer!


      4. What a difference a second child makes to the family dynamics and parent’s energy level! Sleep training was a difficult thing for us and couldn’t decide which method to use: cry it out, sleep alone, strict schedule, etc. Have you noticed the divide among mothers about this issue?!
        Having a baby nap on your chest is heavenly. Research for baby head smell is that it releases mother’s dopamine. God is an amazing creator?!


      5. We don’t want to say the first is an experiment, but I’m sure many parents strive to be good parents and do things good for the kids.

        Sleep training is not easy. It took menu tries to get Autumn to sleep by herself after reading books to her. Right now we read two or three books to her at bedtime (I read more than 20 books to her on the afternoon since I arrived at 2:00pm today). After reading, we leave the room, she can read some more to herself until she’s tired then go to sleep.
        Nora cries a little but calms down shortly.

        I think it’s a good idea to do bedtime stories then leave them alone to go to sleep. As far as what time to go to bed, parents have to be realistic.


      6. Parenting is a lifelong journey!!
        Are you visiting your daughter? I hope you have a wonderful time together and stay cool. It’s going to be super hot this coming week.
        Take care and have a great start to the new week.


  1. I like the B&W photos Esther – very nice – current and Elliot before he needed a haircut to impress because he is growing up so quickly. I like the gulls ganging up and awaiting humans and possible treats and the paddle boats and you captured the ripples perfectly behind them. I don’t know if you remember my post last Summer about Willow Metropark with its picturesque Washago Pond and the paddle boats, but a couple of weeks ago, the drain broke in that manmade pond and all the water flowed out – no more Washago Pond. They had some very cool paddleboats which looked like big swans and dragons.


  2. You remember the haircut fiasco! Quick update…after that disastrous mommy cut, he wouldn’t let me near his hair for a trim. One side of his bangs got too long, so he told me to only trim the part he was holding. Talked him into trimming the back and he said “no more.” For over a month, he sported a crooked haircut with one side long and other side short. I let it go…hey, we all have our own funky styles. Then a friend mentioned that his hair was too long, so he says I could trim it. HA!
    It looks much better now and I didn’t get too cut happy with the scissors. It was full on haircutting mode for me and Chris. I’m sure he loved the attention. kids….man…they’re hard to please.
    Sorry, I went off on a tangent here about hair when I was going to respond about the manmade pond. It’s awful that the drain broke. Kids and I did a quick study about manmade ponds and the importance of planning, identifying potential location, and design. It’s called permaculture. I’m a noob about these things, but where did all the water go? How disappointing that there’s no more pond.


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