Sunday, December 5, 2021

Holiday Parade - Week of Nov. 29th

 "Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." ~Marc Riboud

"You can look at a picture for a whole week and never think of it again. You can look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life." ~Joan Miro

This is 7th year that the Gaupers have taken our family photographs. Each session we have with them is always creative and a different location. Cam's grandparents have been a part of this tradition with us. A seemingly normal spot in downtown Grand Rapids was the chosen locale. We received our digital photos in email, ready for download.  Once again, we're amazed that less than 30 minutes produces such great pics. We highly recommend Ryan and Holly for any professional photo needs.

Squirrels are always active in our backyard.  This time of year they are seeking areas to hide their winter supplies.  As Cam's dad discovered, our outdoor grill cover became a target for the active wildlife.  Upon detection, the Weber was moved away from the railing which served as an easy access.  We were all impressed by the creature's creativity in seeking a place to conceal their food.

On Saturday morning, we readied ourselves for an outdoor event in downtown Ada, the annual Santa Parade.  It was cancelled last year, so there was a good amount of excitement surrounding the small village.  Our family signed up to volunteer for Brody's Be Café and be a part of the actual parade itself!
It was chilly, but the sunshine definitely helped acclimate all of the spectators and participants.  Chris had the honor of towing the "coffee cup" in the parade.  Cam and Jane wore aprons and hats to help advertise the non-profit coffee shop. 

That same evening, Chris' company held a holiday party.  Ms. Ann stayed with Cam and as predicted, they had a great evening watching a Christmas movie.  Cam's parents were home well past his bedtime and most thankful for Ann's insistence that they not return early. 

One of the reasons we always anticipate our family photo digital delivery is the fact that we begin the arduous (but fun) task of creating our Christmas card poem and determining which pictures to use in the layout.  Cam loves our tradition of figuring out all of the wording and display of photographs.  In fact, without his insistence, the entire project would most certainly be delayed.  We have found over the years that many things may not have even come to fruition without the quality management oversight of our son.

Camology Quotes:
Cam had a doctor's appointment at MFB this week with one of our favorites, Dr. Voss.
Since we hadn't seen her in quite some time, we were commenting about the absence of our Halloween Heroes parade at MFB and wheelchair costume building.  We also made mention that Cam had reached the age of thinking he may be too old for Halloween costumes.  His dad immediately commented with his quick wit:
"Huh Cam, Well, maybe you're too old for Christmas presents..."
"Dad!  That is a curse word!"

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