Grandchildren: A look at mine (photographs to remember them by)

My Youngest Granddaughter

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There isn't a grandmother alive that doesn't think her grandchildren shine. I know mine do, each one is a bright star in my heaven. They twinkle for me, some days one shines brighter than the others but never are any of them dull. Their beauty shines through at all times as well. I can't begin to sing their praises. Smart, honor students, members of their high school band, swimmers, soccer players, EMT, volunteer firefighter, and the list goes on. Of course that is where they are now and what they're doing, but this is my trip down memory lane, remembering them when they were my little twinkling stars.

Every visit, every occasion was made special by their attendance and their antics. Sometimes just eating a cupcake showed how adorable they were! As they grow so does your collection of photographs. Every time you see them is an opportunity to take pictures! After a while they make you feel like a photographer, "wait I have to get my camera" is a phrase said over and over. There are many sites on the Internet telling how to take pictures of kids in case you've had no practice. A good friend, Vinaya Ghimire has written about "Becoming a Baby Photographer". Even if you're not thinking of becoming a photographer there are some great hints to use here!

Precious Moments to Photograph

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A Christmas hugAh, a cupcake!A happy moment.Enjoying a new toy.Marshmallow anyone?Sharing already.Nothing beats a smiling baby!
A Christmas hug
A Christmas hug | Source
Ah, a cupcake!
Ah, a cupcake! | Source
A happy moment.
A happy moment. | Source
Enjoying a new toy.
Enjoying a new toy. | Source
Marshmallow anyone?
Marshmallow anyone? | Source
Sharing already.
Sharing already. | Source
Nothing beats a smiling baby!
Nothing beats a smiling baby! | Source

Precious moments and photo ops

There are so many precious moments in your grandchildren's life. So many you want to record. You look at their precious faces and their precocious attitudes and you just want to get your camera out and snap away! Even when they're sleeping you see a wonderful photo in front of you.

Some photos are great, some not so great, but because they're photos of your grandchildren they are precious and definitely family heirlooms. A way to remember their first step or their first baseball game, maybe just their first smile or funny face.

When you look back at that face covered in icing or that special smile, sometimes mischievous, nothing can replace that photo!

My Grandson

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Yet another face!HIs friend is unaware he is making faces.Got milk?Looking at you through a clear spoon.Hmm, what should I do next?
Yet another face!
Yet another face! | Source
HIs friend is unaware he is making faces.
HIs friend is unaware he is making faces. | Source
Got milk?
Got milk? | Source
Looking at you through a clear spoon.
Looking at you through a clear spoon. | Source
Hmm, what should I do next?
Hmm, what should I do next? | Source

My Grandson and his many faces

One of my grandchildren is truly a master at making faces. It's hard to limit the pictures to pick with this little guy. So, as this started out about all seven of my grandchildren I began delving into photographs and found myself chuckling every time I found a picture of my little "Lon Chaney, Jr.", the "boy of a thousand faces." I've added a section just of him. I cannot possibly add all of his adorable photos but picked a few. He is really a character both on film and off, a personality to be proud of.

Kids and Water

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Birdbath - beware!I've had better baths you know.Yes, I'm kissing a dolphin.Breaking through the waves!A little background water please...It's not in the water, but certainly near the water and lots of fun!Dad & son heading for the water!
Birdbath - beware!
Birdbath - beware! | Source
I've had better baths you know.
I've had better baths you know. | Source
Yes, I'm kissing a dolphin.
Yes, I'm kissing a dolphin. | Source
Breaking through the waves!
Breaking through the waves! | Source
A little background water please...
A little background water please... | Source
It's not in the water, but certainly near the water and lots of fun!
It's not in the water, but certainly near the water and lots of fun! | Source
Dad & son heading for the water!
Dad & son heading for the water! | Source

All kids love Water

Water is definitely an attraction for kids and offers many photo opportunities. Some of these pictures will show you what I mean. Anytime you're near a beach or a pool you know you have a photo op! Kids love to play in water, swim in it and just romp around. Cameras should always be on the ready when there's water and kids, you never know what photo op awaits.

Of course the older the child the more action shots will present themselves but it doesn't matter,, put kids and water together and you know you'll get some great pictures.

Kids and Sports

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No need for an explanation here.Put a little into that swing!Looks like the earth is coming up to meet us.High School Homecoming - half time.Grandson, as volunteer firefighter, attending a memorial service.
No need for an explanation here.
No need for an explanation here. | Source
Put a little into that swing!
Put a little into that swing! | Source
Looks like the earth is coming up to meet us.
Looks like the earth is coming up to meet us. | Source
High School Homecoming - half time.
High School Homecoming - half time. | Source
Grandson, as volunteer firefighter, attending a memorial service.
Grandson, as volunteer firefighter, attending a memorial service. | Source

Kids and Sports

Of course sports and other activities go hand in hand with kids. I couldn't leave them out! My grandchildren are involved in just about every sport there is from organized sports to just playing on their own. They swim, run, play soccer, enjoy basketball and love to move around. Five of them (the sixth is only two and the seventh four months) are excellent swimmers belonging to their school swim teams and neighborhood swim team.

Photos of Your Grandchildren

There isn't enough room or time to enter all the wonderful photos I have of my wonderful grandchildren. The oldest is now 21 so you can imagine just how many photos I have starting twenty one years ago! Their antics and the faces they make, not to mention first steps, first time they rode a two wheeler bike, their first baseball game, and on and on. This has been a tiny dip into the Craig gene pool.

You have so many memories and opportunities to make more. With digital photography you can take picture after picture and just keep the best ones. How wonderful we don't have to worry about film and getting it developed any more. Truly a blessing for parents and grandparents.

Never be without a camera when your grandchildren are around, the strangest opportunities will arise and you'll be so glad you have those photos!

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Your pictures depict what a wonderful person you are. How true you are when you say "There isn't a grandmother alive that doesn't think her grandchildren shine." These days my sister often says our mom loves her grandson more than her daughter.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

You've put a whole new enjoyable twist on looking at other people's grandkids. There comes a time when all the troublesome stuff they once got into melts into adulthood and those cute photos are what's left to remind you of the antics and the joy. Good job in capturing those moments.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Vinaya; Of course grandchildren are an extension of your own children but they just seem better ;) I used to ask my mother if she was the same person that raised me because she was so much more lenient with my children. I try to be a good person.

Peg; Photos help us remember all the good times, grandchildren, children, spouses and so on. Glad you liked mine.


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

This one looks good re: contest (aww sweet kids) if you have 500 words here, you can check stats to see.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for the heads up on this one. I didn't realize you had to have 500 words in the photography category.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Your grandchildren are adorable- and they're very lucky to be able to call you family, tillsontitan!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

I appreciate what you're saying Simone, but I think I'm the lucky one!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Mary,

What lovely sentiments here, as grandchildren all shine so brightly in our eyes, no matter what. I noticed your favorite hub is about your grandson, and so I tried to find it, but found this one, which is a true delight and your grandchildren are adorable to say the least. They are blessed to have you as their grandmother. Voted Way Up

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Faith Reaper, but it is I who am blessed with these wonderful gifts called grandchildren. Each one is so special and gives so much just by being! May God bless you as well.


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A lovely hub with lovely photos! This shows that you are a very caring & loving grandmother and your grandchildren are indeed very lucky to have you in their lives. Once again, a wonderfully-written hub! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you ishwaryaa. I think I am the lucky one but it is nice of you to say my grandchildren are ;) I appreciate your share and votes! Have a wonderful day.


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Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh Mary they're all gorgeous! I want to be a grandmother so bad. I've started hinting to my sons and their girlfriends hoping that one of these days soon they'll have children.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Toooooooo sweet. I've got two of my own. My daughter took a picture of my grandson every month for his first year next to a big monkey stuffed animal. Then she took his picture on his birthday every year next to the same monkey. It was fun and amazing. Gray is 8 now and probably won't sit for the monkey pix any more!


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Wonderful, wonderfl Hub! :) All of us grandmothers should do something like this. I love it all, but the last picture was my favorite. :) Blessing! Theresa


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Susan, thanks. Naturally I think they're gorgeous ;) Before you know it you'll be a grandma and you'll wonder where the time went.

Kathleen that's a great idea. My daughter-in-law did the months on the shirt for about 8 months. That granddaughter is now 18 months old! The older they get the harder it is to have them sit for pictures!

phdast, thank you. That last one was a heartbreaker, he's an amazing little boy. He just started kindergarten. Thanks for stopping by and giving me blessings, always needed ;)

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