PBS Kids visits Capitol Hill…

26 10 2007

Our girls were so excited to go to daddy’s work to meet some of our favorite tv characters.  PBS Kids held an event in the Cannon building last week for the House employees.

Hayley and Lexi couldn’t wait to get down there and meet these colorful critters.   Once we got there, we realized it was much more than the tv characters showing up.  Surrounding the walls of the room were learning stations….FUN learning stations.  The children could build things, toss bean bags at letters while spelling, play interactive games on computers, and many other fun activities.  It was BLAST!

Each character had it’s own ‘handler’, someone who guided them around the room to assure nobody got trampled on and they also had a camera person.  They gave polaraid pictures inside promotional sleeves each time you had your picture taken with the animated guys….Hayley came home with several polaroids.  Hayley was all into high 5-ing or hugging and/or posing with every PBS star she could find.  Lexi, well, let’s just say…not so much.  The event was 2 hours long and as the room started clearing out, she did manage to snuggle up to Clifford and Curious George.

Here’s Hayley and Elmo…
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…and with Curious George…
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This is Snook from ‘It’s a Big Big World’…
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a great chair for a child’s room, huh??

There’s my little Lexi accepting a hug from Clifford…
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Here are some of the staff members that helped make this such a fun, exciting and successful evening…
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thanks CyberSpace guy 🙂

While walking through the buildings to get back to the car, the girls decided they’d like their shoes shined…
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…and what’s extra cool is their Uncle Anthony built those shoe shine stands. Very cool Anthony! Ya done good…real good!! Your talent, skill and attention to detail amazes me!

Well done PBSKids. Our girls had a great time and it was evident to us that everyone that atteded had a great time too!

Thank you.





Family pictures for the Blunks….

26 10 2007

Christin is one of my favorite people from one of my favorite families on earth…… & heaven 😉 . She and her sister asked me a few years back to take family pictures….they figured that since I was a scenic photographer that I could take good portraits too!  Well, after purchasing lights and “how to take ‘people’ pictures” books, I photographed my first family…of eleven!  This was pre-digital for me, so I had to wait until the lab developed my pictures to see if I succeeded. Fortunately, I was happy when I got the pictures back and so were they. I come from the fake it ’til you make it mentality….I studied, practiced, asked, listened, listened some more, practiced, asked and listened, researched the net and practiced more!  Since then I’ve read a gzillion books, attended many seminars and have a great time photographing moving objects!  

I’ve since photographed their family many times and love the whole process each time.  First of all I get to see them, we’re soooo busy these days…secondly, they all seem to get more beautiful every time I see them, which seems impossible cause they’re gorgeous!

Here’s Christin and Rod with their beautiful girls….
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7 mos old, adorable and happy….
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Christin and Rod, thanks for giving me this honor again and again.  You know I love you all.