Pumpkins, Dancers and Babies

It’s Fall! This is my favorite time of year and getting away from Florida to visit a state that actually has seasonal color changes is invigorating. I really enjoy visiting Albuquerque especially during this season of pumpkin carving,  costumes, and Halloween decorations.  All the kids, big and little are giddy with excitement.

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Albuquerque has an easy rhythm and as soon as I get off the plane I just flow into an Albuquerque state of mind. I am ready for mountain hikes, cool air, and lots of color!

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My days here begin with the sound of my granddaughters laughing and trying to stay focused as they engage in their daily ablutions. It is fun and inspiring to watch the things that distract them. I relate to their reactions since I live in my own world of dispersed awareness.  The things that distract – or rather – attract can be very ordinary but totally terrific. Mallory and Ella naturally gravitate to spontaneity. They are intuitively drawn to this space where it’s all about NOW. Here time-limits fade to the background and reality becomes full of these incredible playful experiences. What fun!

Nana Meets Olive

She Melts Me!
She Melts Me!

Another gorgeous baby girl to spoil rotten, love, indulge and get yelled at by mom and dad for not following the rules! I love grandmotherhood:) Yes I made up that word!

Ahhhh! That damned thing called reality is so disagreeable! It usually finds a way to poke you back to the dreary world of reason and logic!  Who said we can’t live like this? Why do we have to leave this place? I say monetize it and stay here!

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Explorations through the forest turn into fascinating action filled adventures that include being chased by imaginary creatures.

This is Nana’s Vacation, and Nana loves adventures. She loves to escape with her girls via photographs.  In fact,  Nana is a memory making machine whose sole purpose for being at times seems to be the documentation of her granddaughters’  lives.  

I cherish all the moments I share with them and I mourn all the things I will miss as they grow into their lives, with their own families, when I am no longer here. Sometimes I wish I believed that there is another world, where after we leave this one, we will all meet again and catch up.  But I don’t believe that there is anything beyond these moments we share here and now. That is why Photography is so important to me. It is a way I hope to share how much I enjoyed my grandchildren. How much I loved being with them, and how important they are to me. Mostly, I want to impart to them how beautiful I think the world is. It’s all here for them to explore. I hope they feel that all this beauty that surrounds us should be cherished, enjoyed and protected.

Well, I’ve been back now for a week. I’m still organizing and cataloguing the photos I captured on my visit. So many! I can’t decide which I shall print. Here is a recap of my trip and all the wonderful photographs I captured.

1st things 1st, Olive’s first pumpkin

see the rest of the shoot here – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/sC45QM/

There was Mallory’s Jazz Class – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636873367324/

There Ella’s and Mallory’s Modern Dance Class – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636872737046/

Kite Flying and Rocket Launches with dad! – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/i1Je86/

Pumpkin Carving – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/41UF07/

Play Dates and Ginger Bread Spook House – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/59am3K/

Photo Shoots – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/aJvi89/

Hikes on four Hills – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636889209114/

Up Hill drive to Hyde Park – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/9JcZ2Z/

Hyde Memorial Park – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636925961134/

Down Hill drive to Santa Fe – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/2gxB9r/

Dinner in Santa Fe – http://flickr.com/gp/mothings-pixlexia/XaYsT1/

Breaking Bad Tour – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636986330785/

McCall’s Pumpkin Patch – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157637037681644/

Family Photo Shoot -10k Elevation drive up to Sandia Peak – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157637107587445/

Halloween 2013 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157637179370406/

Debra Morgan, Dexter and other goblins and super heros

CARRIED AWAY HALLOWEEN 2013 – The Video Link = http://youtu.be/uGw6hMAIwNY

Olive Session Photo Shoot – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157637178644554/

Pumpkin Sine 🙂 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636849250465/

Nana Favs – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636873891205/

Another Batch of Favs – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mothings-pixlexia/sets/72157636926033823/

Make up sessions with Mallory –

Photo Shoot after Mallory’s Makeup Sessions –

Rootbeer Floats , Popcorn and Scary Movies!

Walking home from school with Nana – Tramway Catwalk!

Hi Desert Tour –

Glow in the dark manicure for the girls – 1382836_10151940030316182_1013585261_n

Dinner at the Elephant Bar – Dropping mom off at work

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Ella gets into character and then off to Dance Class

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1380578_10151946378751182_1148864716_n Shopping with Olive and Mommy

Window shopping with Ella – Paper Dresses

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Breakfast before flying off – New Mexico Style – 541456_10151961376506182_1159081953_n

What a whirlwind of activity, fun, laughter, great food, long hikes, good drink, great friends, and lots and lots of Love! Can’t wait for Christmas!

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