riviera’s got talent 2012

the boy, rockin' the riviera talent show 5/18/12the boy, rockin’ the riviera talent show 5/18/12

he played “gotta get up” by harry nilsson…he wore his school uniform and his chuck taylor sneaks…his hair was kind of all over the place (there was, apparently, a hard-core game of basketball on the playground immediately before the show)…he didn’t seem at all nervous as he sat at the top of the stage…he remembered all the words and managed the tricky chord changes without a problem…in other words, he did the talent show his own way…and he did an awesome job.

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dylan’s 11th birthday

IMG_4107yes, the boy can wail!

my boy’s 11th birthday was on sunday…his birthday gift was a new-to-him electric guitar, which he chose a week earlier at the guitar center in winter park…given a budget, the boy chose quite well, a used paul reed smith with a pretty sunburst finish and excellent sound…however, when you purchase used gear at guitar center, there’s a ‘police hold’ on it if it’s been recently traded in…so you can’t pick up your purchase until so many days have passed, in case it turns out to be stolen…anyway, the police hold ended the day after his birthday, and since his dad was in orlando anyway, he swung by to pick it up, and the boy’s celebration rocked on yesterday…he so loves his new guitar…he sounds awesome playing it, too…happy birthday, my young rockstar xo

seth & julie

IMG_8441warming up

my focus for the past week or two has been on preparing for christmas (which, i have vowed, will be a “handmade/homemade” affair at my house…) and i am hoping to put together some kind of album for my stepson and his new bride…knowing me, i see this as more of a valentines’ day gift…hopefully…but anyway, this is one of my favorites, of the groom’s cousin warming up for his wedding ceremony performance…

scenes from central florida

guarding his master's guitar--st. augustine, fl 2/11guarding his master’s guitar–st. augustine, fl 2/11

(technically, this is more from north florida…taken in the wintertime during a brief stop in st. augustine on our way to amelia island…i love st. augustine, so pretty there…need to stay longer next time and explore…)

friends and family

the boy and his guitarthe boy and his guitar–summer ’11

(my latest creative project–crocheting a rainbow afghan–has consumed me in the past few days…but I’m just about finished with it. Hopefully I can get back to focusing on my pictures once it’s done. In the meantime…I love this one of D with his guitar.)