Tuesday, July 11, 2006

My Favorite Cottage Pic



Yesterday CanadianSwiss said in a comment that her favorite pic from my cottage album was this one of Nicholas in his goggles. It's hysterical and may have a way of haunting him one day when he's an adult. Poor thing.

As an aside, his blue lips remind me of what Mom told me years ago--that when I was his age, my lips would get so purple in the cold water that she'd have to take me out. She said I learned to never look at her so that she wouldn't see if they were purple. Smart girl, right :)

Anyway, thinking of favorite pics from the holiday trip, this one is mine:


I watched Nicholas color this Sith character in his Star Wars book. He had earlier watched one of the Star Wars movies as we were waiting for other family members to arrive. Suddenly, he picked up the VHS jacket and I was luckily able to capture what he was so intently doing. I don't think it totally sunk in till after I looked at the pics online that he was collaborating on something.


These two shots are just before he looked at the jacket. What was he looking for--a color? And why is he coloring the picture upside down?

Sometimes I wish I could get inside that little head of his!

17 comments:

  1. Isn't he just the most precious little boy? I love both those pictures.

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  2. So contemplative, I love it. I really did wonder why it was upside down too. I'm guessing he likes having the page on the right. It's a nuisance if you're right-handed to try to write/color on the left page of a book like this.

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  3. Ahhh Ginnie. I just found that pict so cute of him. Orange also had to laugh because the goggles look like they're about twice the size of him. I'm sure he'll never realize what I saw and will probably say "But G'ma, I look stupid!". No. What I see is a kid with an infinite joy of life.

    And drawing upside down? The best way to get to the contoured lines... to follow them. Hope I'm not confusing. Do you understand? A stroke of the pencil downward is often easier to control that an upward movement.

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  4. Christina: Well, this g'ma certainly thinks he's the most precious boy! But thanks for YOUR "adoration" with me :)

    Ruth: Hmm. I never thought of that. Good point!

    CS: Infinite joy of life! I like that. And what you say about the up/down strokes makes sense as well.

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  5. Ginnie, I loved the Family Album! Thanks for allowing me to put faces with the names that I had heard so much about during and since your trip. I can certainly see why Hukilau holds such a special place in the hearts of your family! Since today's topic is "favorite photos", I must say that while I enjoyed all of the pictures, my favorites are the ones of Amy and Nicholas together, the photo of your footprints on boat dock, the shot of the tiger lilies and the two pictures of Lydia, Nicholas and Audrey under the blanket watching fireworks I presume. Thank you, as well, for the reflection photo inadvertently or subconsciously placed on my behalf a few posts back ;-) Much appreciated! Keep up the great work, your passion, spirit and joy for it are clearly evident and something to behold!

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  6. Man, I love that goggle picture! Outstanding!

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  7. Great pictures. And don't we all wish sometimes we could get inside another person's head. Children are so fun.

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  8. Dennis: WOW! What a thorough response to my photos, Mr. D! That means so much coming from you, esp. since I know you were in a hectic moment (getting ready for your trip). As you have heard, it made my day. Hope to hear from you again...and again :)

    Mr. Fab: HA. We'll never let that one go, will we!

    Tim: Yes, yes indeed!

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  9. BTW, Dennis, I forgot to say that there was nothing inadvertent or subconscious about those Reflection posts on your behalf :)

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  10. Ginnie, what a fantastic album! So many precious memories for you.

    I really enjoyed seeing your whole family.

    I pariculary liked the straight on portrait of John, the baby Aden sleeping in ?'s lap..soo cute the way both their eyes are closed. I also really liked Barbies at the lake and your studies of the rowboat.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thanks, Jozee. I, too, loved that pic of baby Aden with his eyes closed in his g'pa's lap. That's my brother Jim. And little Audrey was so cute about putting her Barbies on that windowsill. I guess you can tell that I love that rowboat as well. I love that it looks like an antique :)

    It's always fun to see what pics people outside the family like! Thanks for looking.

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  12. He seems like a very intelligent little guy! You know, when I studied in Arts, the teachers told us to ALWAYS take a look at our drawing upside down. It's easier to see what is wrong. And when you draw, you have to use your right brain, so you dont see a nose and an eye and a mouth! You see only lines and colours. He is wise, I tell you. :) Already an artist! :)

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  13. Wow, MP. Very, very interesting stuff!! Thanks for the observation :) Actually, artist and music stuff runs in our family, so it wouldn't surprise me at all.

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  14. Kids just don't have preferences of right side up, or wrong side up at that age! We TEACH it to them! Isn't that a sad thing- going back to Aunt Ruth's blog about morality!

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  15. Very interesting, Rachel. I'm learning so much from you teachers and artists!

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  16. Those goggles are cute. Yeah I prefer my swedish things. Simple and small and not easily found in a store.

    And the pic of nicholas is so incredible! I love the pondering pic. I guess that's just what 6 year olds do... Maybe his brain thinks better a certain way. It could be something like his brain thinking creatively. He looks like quite the artist.

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  17. That's what I'm more accustomed to, ET--the smaller swimming goggles. So these really make me laugh.

    I've actually learned a lot from everyone on this particular post...about how people learn and how they think creatively.

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