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BRINGING BACK FIVE ON FRIDAY – MY J

Been a while since I did a five on Friday so thought I’d go for it again.  And it has been a while since I’ve focused on my boy, so this time, five photos and five facts focused on my so.

ONE

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It was weird to take photos during  a worship service, but what mom could resist memorializing her son’s participation as part of the worship team.  This was actually his second service participating.  It isn’t every week that he plays his cajon, but he really looks forward to it.  He’s working towards playing the full drum set in a service, and since his drum teacher is also the worship leader for the service we attend, I think he’ll get there.

 

TWO:sm-6J is a very social guy – loves to be with his peers and loves to attend family orientated activities.  He’s got friends from our Bible Study/church group, friends from his current school, friends from his old school, and friends from karate.  Some of his friends (as above) are younger, especially at karate.  But at school many of his friends are older (he eats lunch with the Juniors).  And since he moved up to the adult class at karate, he is putting his ability to relate to adults to good use and has lots of adult friends.  Just this week he was the only under 40 invited to a birthday party for a woman turning 75, and she was very specific she wanted him there.  Socially he’s in good shape.

 

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Although he doesn’t have a girl friend, or date (or even express an interest in actual dating) he has consistently shown himself to be a gentleman with the girls his age.  Here he went back, got his shoes wet, and helped his friend from Bible Study across when she got nervous about balancing over the creek. 

I know I recently posted about how he has a friend from kindergarten – well, he’s known the girl in this picture and her sister since he was three, and we did a couple of hikes with her family this summer.

 

FOUR:

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J is playful and competitive.  These four kids are the four who went to the Karate National Championship competition together back in July, and they love to play together – and most of their play includes some sort of competition.  But we are blessed that J is generally a well-rounded competitor. 

He does not like to lose, but he is gracious when it does happen.  And he’s learned in the last year or so not to be so discouraged by a loss that he gives up.  In fact, we saw it at the National Championship tournament – he did not place in the Kata competition on Friday and was very disappointed in that, but he held it together

 

FIVE

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J will tell you that he doesn’t want to “hike” but once you get him out there he does pretty well and enjoys himself.  What he really likes are extreme sports like ice climbing, snow boarding fast, rock climbing, mountain biking and things that generally give him an adrenalin rush.  So when I take him hiking he does things like scale the cliff along the trail (see above). 

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JUNE AND JULY PHOTOS – SO FAR BEHIND!

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GRATITUDE, GRATITUDE, GRATITUDE . . . .

Even after three years of keeping the list, it continues to have meaning – more meaning in fact than ever.    So, the list continues:

2307.  KLOVE for music in the car

2308.  J talks freely in the car and we have lots of windshield time so I can hear him speak

2309.  check we thought was outstanding had already cleared weeks ago, allowing balance in the accounts and relieving a sense of stress over the mystery.

2310.  Fog in the morning

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2311.  Snow on the mountains

2312.  J’s reaction to the fog

2313.  Flower photographs,

2314.  Good discussion at Bible Study

2315.  Phone call from Daniel

2316.  Baby girl on the way.

2317.  Andy able to be productive after very discouraging events.

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2318.  Warm hats

2319.  Good talks with J and K

2320.  Chicken noodle soup.

2321.  new archery target range from things we already have.

2322.  J getting a couple of phesant first time out.

2323.  Full payment received earlier than expected.

2324.  Run/walk with Andy on Sunday morning

2325.  Singing “The Great I Am” in church and almost losing my voice afterward

2326.  Good community at Manhattan Christian school.

2327.  All the fun shows on PBS – with lots of learning and cooking and mysteries.

2328.  Oatmeal

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2329.  Eva thinking of us for a unique hand-me-down

2340.  Andy handling a strange form of rejection well.

2341.  God coming through with a better solution after the strange rejection.

2332.  The continuing power of keeping a gratitude list and being reminded to be thankful.

2333.  More flexibility in my schedule than I usually realize.

2334.  Being the family that runs out in the pitch dark to take photos of the ag workers baling and stacking hay at night.

2335.  Scrap 365 magazine – a great inspiration and a lot of style that is “up my alley”

2336.  Fall has arrived right on time.

Categories: Autumn, Daily life, Fall, flowers, gratitude, Hyalite, Multitude on Mondays, Outdoors, Photography, Thankful to God | 1 Comment

WENT MUSHROOM HUNTING . . .

 

IMG_9332_6643smFor those who know me well, this is sort of headline making news because I do not like mushrooms – at least not as a food item.  Yuck!  Sorry, I know that offends some, but since childhood I have not enjoyed them.  And no, this experience, while very cool, did not inspire me to want to try mushrooms.  I repeat: “Yuck!”

IMG_9419_6730smAnyway, I joined Daniel, Eva and their children for a romp in the woods up Hyalite Canyon to look for mushrooms – they asked me to come take some photos.  It was a wet morning, with clouds hanging low over the canyon walls, and I loved it!  Reminded me of my days up in the drippy foggy north coast of California – temps were moderate too, all that was missing was the smell of the ocean nearby mixed with the unique smell of redwood trees, and of course the occasional banana slug.  But since I feel about banana slugs about as I feel about eating mushrooms, I was perfectly content to be here in the Rocky Mountains.

IMG_9048_6359smFall was evident all around us – although we haven’t really had a hard frost yet, so things are still a contrast of green and yellow and brown all around.  The decoration of the water droplets just enhanced the whole visual experience!

IMG_9201_6512smWhat this experience did inspire me towards is to squeeze in a few more morning hikes in the mountains before the snow flies.  I think this weekend I’ll be heading up to Lava Lake one morning for a vigorous walk and some photo taking.  Hopefully it will be a frosty or drippy morning because that just makes it all the better!

IMG_9385_6696smAs a general update (since I’m not finding the time to blog as regularly as I’d like) wanted those far away to know we are doing well, school continues to go well for J, Andy is busy preparing for his three jury trials this fall (one in particular), Leo is getting along well with his blindness, I’ve got more photos to process than time to do so, and we are all content in our different activities and having fun together when we can.

Hopefully at least a photo posted a day this week – we’ll see.

Categories: Autumn, Daily life, Fall, flowers, Hiking, Hyalite, J, Leo, Outdoors, Photography | 2 Comments

BREUNER ADVENTURES

IMG_8842smFall has pretty much arrived here – still get some warm days, but the trees have yellowing leaves and some have even begun to drop to the ground.  We don’t have those real hot days, and most days a sweat shirt or sweater are appropriate during at least a portion of the day.

So, the Breuner family is thinking of things like getting fire wood (we always start later than we should on this project) and do we want to take a photo for our Christmas card while the weather is still decent.  To that end we drove up into the mountains last weekend and took some photos.

IMG_8896smAfter a summer of light available well into the evening, we realized we had miscalculated how long we would have light, so that when we got to our goal destination it was already into that pink glow time of evening.

IMG_8894smWe rushed a few shots and enjoyed the time together.

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Then we got the bike out of the truck and J rode down the hill – in the ever-increasing darkness and the sprinkling rain.  6 miles down the hill on that bumpy dirt road.

IMG_8942smSorry for the poor quality photos, but this is what you get when you are sitting in the dark in open back of the truck bumping along in the rain trying to keep the camera dry but get the boy the photos he wants – grainy as can be, but what he wanted.  It was fun to watch him ride, scary, but fun too.

IMG_8933smWe are definitely raising an adrenaline junkie!

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – UP ON THE MOUNTAIN

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MORE WILD FLOWERS AND OTHER SUCH STUFF

IMG_0560_3055smOn Tuesday J and I went up above Hyalite Reservoir (seen above) and got the photos I posted Tuesday afternoon and these. 

IMG_0700_3133smIt is pretty special to have a job where I can take off the time to go do things with this young man – he’s pretty special too!

IMG_0611_3022smThimble Berry bushes are wonderful, but they always remind me that Andy wants his ashes spread among some specific thimble berries – I’m hoping for a lot of years before I have to go on that particular hike!

IMG_0619_3017smI love columbine, and it was doing well this week.  I grow it in the garden, but somehow the wild ones are just a little bit more special.

IMG_0623_3059smI probably got a bit carried away taking photos of it.

IMG_0646_3058smThis one is my favorite – I love the sweet pink in there.  I think my mom had this particular variety in a garden once.

IMG_0636_3081smI am always amazed at how hairy flowers can be!  Wish I had a macro lens so I could really highlight that feature on flowers like this one.

IMG_0635_3074smA macro lens would have helped with this one too – get that moth really up close!

IMG_0656_3108smAnd this is another variety of those tiny little flowers that grow on the cliffs beside a water fall – it is about 1.5 inches tall, and very beautiful!

IMG_0674_3019smJust so you know it wasn’t all fun and games with the cameras, here you can see that we did some pretty vigorous up and downs to get to all these beautiful pieces of God’s creation.

Categories: Daily life, Family Fun, flowers, Hiking, Hyalite, J, Outdoors, Photography, Summer | 4 Comments

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