5 random smartphone photos, part VIII

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Write time has come at a premium lately.

It’s 1:26 a.m. and I ought to be sawing logs. I just watched my Denver Broncos eek out a 24-21 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. Also, the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks and I had nachos.

Can you blame a boy for not being able to sleep?

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a random-smartphone-pictures post. These are fun because I pick the photos at random. They force me to remember the day, the moment, and tell the story in a snapshot of text.

Amazingly, no photos from my trip with Camdyn to Jacksonville last December made it.

There are trips, though, and memories. And if I struggle to find time to write what I have on my mind – or more important, to answer your comments and read your blogs – it’s good to know I can pop in with a few photos and have a conversation with friends.

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A huge storm – remnants of a hurricane – derailed our trip to Roanoke, Va., last season for a tournament. We were on the hook for the hotel, so we went anyway. We visited this beautiful church at the base of Mill Mountain Park.

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Apologies for the crappy photo quality. Hayden’s team won a tournament this day (that’s her in the middle, holding the trophy) after the girls had lost all their games for two straight seasons. Loved seeing them get this reward.

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Trips to Swanannoa to see Madison in college meant antiquing. Hayden and Camdyn modeled a few hats. They’re kind of shy about having their picture taken obviously. We’ll miss those trips, but I know we’ll find an excuse to go up the mountain soon.

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Camdyn and I had gotten spoiled with huge hauls every time. We, along with Hayden, got skunked on this trip to Reedy Creek Park. We have a knack, though, to bring our A game for snacks – and get to a great place for lunch afterward, no matter how they bit.

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Camdyn’s drama group at school (no, random not a band of teenagers) performs uptown every spring for judges. It’s an awesome day I get to shaperone. When the weather’s good, we get to share lunch with friends at Romare Bearden Park.

So which photo did you like best? What would the, oh, 42nd photo in your phone be of?

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  1. Love all the photos, Eli! My favorite is the Reedy Creek Park photo. The photo is purrrfect with the sunrays of light. ღゝ◡╹)ノ✧ ✰ 。*

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Ellen. That day at Reedy Creek was quiet and serene, and fruitless for fish. A cat could snuggle up in those sun rays, right?

      1. That’s right, Eli. BTW, is there another cat named Ellen? ヾ(=゚・゚=)ノ

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Yes there is, Pat! Uh oh.

      3. Haha…no worries, Eli!

  2. ksbeth says:

    i always love the random photos and memories. it’s kind of l like what happens in our heads (flashbacks to scenes and memories), and you have just found a way to show them outside of your head. it’s too bad your girls are so shy, maybe one day -)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Beth. As the police chief on Bluebloods said tonight, “there’s a lot of stuff in my head that isn’t written down.”

      These girls will get over their shyness. It’ll be the year the Rockies win the World Series (and the Lions win the Super Bowl.)

  3. claywatkins says:

    Your girls modeling the hats – that is so family. Like the idea of five random photos – what makes them random? How do you select the five? As for my 42nd, a photo of my mock history notebook and the graphic organizer I wanted my students to use to gather information about the original 13 colonies. Have a great day. Peace.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They couldn’t resist the hats, Clay. I use random.org – I actually count the photos in my Google photos and run it through the website to get my five random shots.

      (I use random.org for nearly everything in life, if I’m being honest.)

      Did the history notebook work in your class?

  4. Miriam says:

    Love your photos Eli. Your girls look very happy. Random snaps are awesome, my 42nd was nothing too exciting, just Ayers Rock. Have a great day.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Miri. These girls make me happy. Just Uluru, huh? That’s like saying Just Elizabeth Banks.

      1. Miriam says:

        Aw, they’re your sunshine Eli, I can tell. That’s so great. As for Uluru, what can I say, magic really does exist.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        They’re my sunshine, my moonshine and my red wine, Miri. I do love these girls. Because magic.

      3. Miriam says:

        I feel it in your words and your heart Eli. And they read like a song, pure magic. 💖

  5. This is the stuff that life is made of. Thank you for sharing. There are many smiles here. Oh, and the 42nd picture on my phone is of Bill playing guitar with his musician friends! HUGS!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s what my crazy life is made of, I know that, Annie. There are lots of smiles, aren’t there? Looks like photo No. 42 was a good one for you.

  6. Love randomness. I’m afraid of what I would find on my phone! Lol😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Randomness is among my favorite things, right up there with baseball, cheese and donuts. Maybe you should share some of these photos in a post …

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Ashley – these kids help with the cute quotient, don’t they?

  7. Love all your photos, Eli! I always love seeing the random moments that people photograph! My 42nd photo is of the float pod at the ISO float center in Whitefish, Montana.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Crystal! The random stuff’s the best. I want to see your float pond photo!

  8. I would take more photos with my phone if I knew how to get them off. I’ve just learned how to play Overwatch online with strangers so there’s hope that I can learn this technical skill too..one day! 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Is it Android, Jenn? I connect mine to Google photos. Of course, I can’t sync my account, so I send them by message to my daughters, who email them to me for my blog.

      Has to be an easier way!

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