Thursday, October 30, 2014

Planting, Playing, and Star-gazing

As promised, I am back with my last recap of our October Rerform trip. And yes, I do remember that I promised you a shot of one of the most beautiful women in the world. Brace yourselves.

We spent a lot of time outside because the weather was just gorgeous. We spent our time helping to plant a garden, exploring our surroundings, and star-gazing. 

There is a "pool" on the hill beside my grandmother's land that was used as a baptismal for their church for years. The congregation would sit in chairs on one side and the preacher and new believer would climb down into the ground, in the waters fed by my grandparents' well. I am sure that the kids {my dad and his siblings, cousins, and friends} probably used it as a "swimming hole" as well. The pool has long since been retired and the ground has grown up over it, but my grandmother wanted to see if we could find its location this weekend. We walked the grounds and talked about life. She found the general site, shown below in the picture, but of course there is no longer evidence of the famed spot.

My little botanist was watering the garden, I suspect in the hopes that the bulbs that he had planted just hours earlier would start blooming immediately.

And they did!

Hahaha, just kidding. #icrackmyselfup #whyamitheonlyonelaughing

I mentioned that we took our time star-gazing on this trip. The skies were so perfect for it, and with a place this far away from any city, the light pollution is greatly diminished. My goal was to take shots of the stars, filling the frame with their beauty. It didn't exactly go as planned, though I am proud of myself for getting up at 4:00 am to accomplish the goal. My lens was too heavy for the tripod to keep still at the angle that I was trying to force it to remain. My bad. I will have to try again.

However, I was able to capture the moon around 11:00 pm and am pretty pleased with the results. I mean, it's no NASA or National Geographic, but work with me here.

On Sundays, we always head up the hill from my grandmother's house to eat lunch with my uncle and family {after attending service at a perfect little country Baptist church, of course}. This weekend was no exception.

Canon has several cousins that live here, or close enough, to play with every time we visit. Most of them are girls, but this little dude is finally getting to the age that he and Canon can have so much fun together. I had so much fun just watching them interact that I couldn't help laughing and smiling right along with them.

My uncle and aunt have chickens, goats, cats, dogs, and are looking into getting a donkey. It's basically a small farm, but you can do that when you have so much land and no city restrictions!

They happened to be celebrating several birthdays on this trip and took it upon themselves to get Craig a cake too! {His birthday was in the weeks' to come.} The kids couldn't wait to blow out all of the candles.

Of course, I couldn't spend the whole afternoon just taking pictures of people, or even animals. I had to get some flora and fauna in as well.

I don't know what this plant is, but it is so cool!

I promised you a picture of one of the beautiful women in the world, so here she is.My grandmother is an angel on Earth, beautiful on the inside and outside. You can't get much better than that.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Halloween. I can't wait to see all of the pictures of kiddos in costume that are going to be filling up my Facebook feed. Don't worry, you will get bombarded with photos of a certain little dude here too. At some point.

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