people pictures!

for as far back as i can remember, i have so much preferred looking at pictures of people rather than gazing at scenery or peering at historic sites. for example: our family subscribed to national geographic magazine when i was little and every month, i read the magazine – well, let’s use the term “read” loosely as i never read the articles, just looked at the photos. i loved the people pictures the best, and would simply skim over the blah blah greenery of south america or the white snow peaks of the himalayas.

nowadays, i quite enjoy looking at friends’ vacation photos…as long as there are lots of people pictures! and those are the type of photos i prefer to take, too.

today, i’d like to share with you some fun photos from the past little while:

1) early last week, the brother had to be in waterloo for some meetings at the uni (and he and dad managed to squeeze in nine holes of golf, too!) so little e and cutie c tagged along in order to enjoy some g’ma/g’pa/aunti time!

this is my absolute favourite photo of our time together – i even posted it to fb and it is now my new background on my laptop:

as i’ve said before, you can’t *pose* children too long – this was a lucky break to get all three of us “lookin’ good!”

i asked little e to show off her gap-toothed grin…since BOTH front teeth are now missing!

cutie c’s curls are growing!

up, up and away! the barrels in g’ma and g’pa’s lobby are always a big hit!

it was a marvelous day! and the very next day, we celebrated cutie c’s THIRD bday, in toronto!

happy third bday, c!!!

our little darlings are growing up so fast!

2) last sunday, it worked out perfectly for me to go watch cousin alex‘s soccer match!

there’s alex in the yellow jersey, on the left – number eight!

the morning’s overcast skies turned to beautiful sunshine by the 5 pm game time – although it was super windy!

cousin alex plays for a rep/travel soccer team – the opponents were from london (ontario, not england!).

action…as seen from afar!

i had so much fun at the game!!! sharon and i sat together and chatted non-stop, and the soccer game was pretty intense. alex’s team ended up winning 4-1 – yippee! i was super-impressed with the skill level of all of the players – fancy footwork, quick sprints, we saw it all.

and – bonus! – i feel like i increased my knowledge of soccer’s rules and strategies ten-fold! it is just too bad that this was alex’s third-last game of the season and his last year of playing competitively (alex begins university in september and his studies will take priority!).

cousin alex, post-match!

…and the three of us, post-game! me, alex, sharon – see how that strong wind was messing with our hair!

3) now let’s go back and talk about the olympics for a minute. specifically, i want to revisit the women’s marathon [i watched pvr’d coverage over at mom and dad’s sunday eve, after the soccer outing]. obviously, i was not in london in person [although my friend julie is, lucky duck!!] but i feel the need to exclaim about the running form of competitor priscah jeptoo from kenya who won the silver medal. take a look at this photo:


jeptoo is the runner on the extreme right.

all through sunday’s race, i could not hold back my verbal outbursts to mom and dad on her *unique* style of running – see how her knees almost knock each other? and when they showed the leaders’ foot strikes in slo mo, it positively made me cringe to see how she landed on the inner portion of her foot, pronating extremely.


i just cannot fathom how an elite marathon runner can have success with this running form! i guess there is something to be said for running in a way that is natural to you. but i tell you, all through the viewing of the race, i was thinking “ouch! oo! yikes!”

the women’s marathon was super exciting to watch – i hope the men’s race on sunday is equally as captivating!

4) vfbf joanne and i are on a roll!! three weeks, three visits at vincenzo’s. yesterday was the first day we had to sit indoors due to inclement weather:

we were aiming to get that bistro-ish poster in the background…not quite!

an hour of chitchat always flies by – but we talk very fast and non-stop, so we do squeeze in quite a bit of updating!!

ok, that’s it for today. i may see you tomorrow, i may see….in a while!

happy weekend!

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  • Ameena  On August 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    “C” is too cute. Love the picture!

  • Julie  On August 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Hey Cathy, I watched the women’s marathon from the sidelines close to the finish. It was absolutely amazing to see the runners and their effort up close. I was so sad though that there were no canadian females participating though. We also watched loads of soccer and were there for the contrversial Canada vs US game. As for the extra time added- for each substitution made in the half, 30 seconds are added on. Any other time is the ref’s discretion and will depend how much time is wasted with injuries as the clock does not stop when the players dive…er oops…get hurt,

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      jullie!!! that is so so cool that you were at the soccer match – wow, i bet the atmosphere was just electric!!
      and thanks for the soccer info – i did not know that detail about how time is added on.
      so happy for you that you got this experience of a lifetime, to get to the olympics!!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On August 11, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Love the photo of you and your nieces, so cute! And, you are right it’s so hard to catch everyone looking good with the way kids are on the move! I love looking at scenery too. I still get National Geographic!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

      thanks, stacie!! i bet you can identify with this situation, too: you try to get a nice/smiling photo and the kids just want to be goofy! that is neat that you get nat’l geographic – i have not seen a copy in years!

  • Johanna B  On August 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    This is one place where we differ greatly. Although I enjoy looking at photos of people – I crave scenery. The wilder the better. I drool over photos of places, mountains, water, volcanoes, monuments, etc. My daughter wants to be a Nat’l Geographic photographer someday. I think she has a good start towards that goal. Enjoy the marathon on Sunday. I, too, will be watching.

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      johanna, i bet your daughter already has some awesome scenery photos in her portfolio – and many of little ivan, too! i hope we see a close race on sunday!!

  • strivingcynic  On August 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    THose are great pictures. Your nieces are so cute (and yay for curly girls). We’ve watched a bit of soccer over the last week. I get confused about the time issues when it goes over.

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

      thanks, zo!! we sure were happy up here in canada when our women won the bronze yesterday in soccer! i am unclear on the timing in soccer, too – much more to learn after my brief intro on sunday! hope you get some olympic watching in this weekend – so sad it’s the final weekend!

  • Anonymous  On August 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Love that you notice the technique of the runners. I was having the same problem watching the swimmers. Trying to explain to the kids why there is absolutely no reason anyone who has that technique should be that fast! To many years of drills just screaming in my head. 🙂

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