Blog of the Year Awards

I owe a heartfelt “Thank You” to Alistair  for nominating Views From My World for Blog of the Year 2012.

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Alistair  is a prolific blogger who inspires me on a daily basis, with a variety of topics and beautiful photographs. Thank you, Alistair!

This is a special award, as each time you receive the award, you gain another star up to six in total.

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Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to the page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join their Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012 Facebook group’   and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

There are so many blogs I admire, I would like to nominate them all, but since that is not practical, I mean no disrespect to the dear blogger friends of mine who may be omitted from the following list:

My Travels and Photography

Run Eat Life: live life healthy and happy

AddGrainonEarth

tahira’s shenanigans

Hope* the happy hugger

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

everyday gurus

this man’s journey

Ajaytao 2010

Three Hundred Sixty-Five

Kira Moore’s Closet

Where’s my backpack?

Focused Moments

Land of Fun

Teacher as Transformer

Ese’s Voice

Apronhead

And of course, my dear friend Ralph, even though I know he won’t accept it! Bluefish Way

There are no ordinary moments.

There is always something going on.

Peaceful Warrior

Many, many thanks to all the bloggers who make sure there is always something going on in the blogosphere!

~Lyann

The Sound of Music

For the weekly photo challenge: Delicate

This year there are two flutists in my family (as well as two teenagers) and sometimes our schedule doesn’t afford time for separate practice. In order for Trinidad and Rane to practice separate pieces of music simultaneously, each girl must use a gentle breath and delicate fingering.

Trinidad practices style while Rane practices form - there is a mirror to the right

Trinidad practices style while Rane practices form – there is a mirror to the right

Trinidad plays in her high school marching band and orchestra

Trinidad plays in her high school marching band and orchestra

Rane plays in her middle school orchestra

Rane plays in her middle school orchestra

Many thanks to Gilliam Music and Norman Public Schools for their assistance in providing flutes for these girls to play 🙂

Changing Seasons

It seems like just yesterday Zack was dressed up and ready to go Trick-or-Treating

Zack and his best friend on and off-ice ham it up at school trick-or-treat

Zack and his best friend on and off-ice ham it up at school trick-or-treat

Last year, Zack helped hang Christmas decorations at the skaing rink

Last year, Zack helped hang Christmas decorations at the skating rink (you can see Eva practising, right under Zack’s arm)

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Coach Carmon and Eva work together at the far end of the rink while Zack works in the foreground

This year, all of a sudden, both Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed and it’s Christmas-time again

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Something is going to have to be moved to make room for this!

Something is going to have to be moved to make room for this!

Milo sleeps unaware his favorite napping place is about to be moved

Milo sleeps unaware his favorite napping place is soon to be moved

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the love cats 🙂

Zack explains to Milo and Otis why they must move - Zack is going to move my desk to make room for our Christmas tree

Zack explains to Milo and Otis why they must move – Zack is going to move my desk to make room for our Christmas tree

Zack moved my desk into the back room...where the chalkboard wall remains from times - seasons - past

Zack moved my desk into the back room…where the chalkboard wall remains from times – seasons – past…and a few cobwebs from Halloween 🙂

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After I strung the lights, the children decorated the tree and hung the stockings

After I strung the lights, the children decorated the tree and hung the stockings

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I wish for everyone, that all change is for the better!

It's always the season for love!

It’s always the season for love!

Shared with permission of Santa himself 🙂

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I believe in Santa Claus – he did, after all, leave this letter for the children last year:

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…and he did make good on his promise 🙂

This year, however, times are tougher all over for everyone, and I’ve been ‘suggesting’ to the children that Santa may not only be late again this year, but he may not be able to come at all. Yeah, that’s been going over real well 😦

Rane refuses to believe that Santa might not visit our home this year, and it nearly broke my heart when she scribbled a letter to him for me to type-up and print and mail to him:

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The other children have not (yet) written letters to Santa, but they have all told me what they would most like to have…clicking on the links will paint a more complete picture of each child:

Rane would like to have a camera…

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The Chaperone

I thought I would take a short walk by myself – only, kitty Milo must have thought I needed a chaperone

Milo runs to get ahead of me

Milo runs to get ahead of me

At first, Milo seems uncertain I want him to come along

At first, Milo seems uncertain I want him to come along

Milo looks both ways before crossing the road

Milo looks both ways before crossing the road

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I stop for a moment to consider how far I can actually walk

I stop for a moment to consider how far I can actually walk

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Milo sits and waits for me to decide whether to continue or return home

Milo sits and waits for me to decide whether to continue or return home

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Milo waits very patiently

Milo waits very patiently

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I decided we should turn back and return home - which is to the left, across the street from the big tree

I decide we should turn back and return home – which is to the left, across the street from the big tree

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Milo waits for me by the side of the road

Milo waits for me by the side of the road

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Milo waits for me by our mailbox

Milo waits for me by our mailbox

Milo follows me up the driveway

Milo follows me up the driveway

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Yes, a kitty to be proud of

Yes, a kitty to be proud of

Milo walks into the house...It's good to be home

Milo walks into the house…It’s good to be home

And Otis is waiting for dinner :)

And Otis is waiting for dinner 🙂