Monday, April 30, 2012

z is for zebra


i have this zebra picture—my son colin made it, he was around 8 i think when he drew it----it is a zebra standing in dirt---the caption that my son gave it reads “this is how the zebra got it's stripes “---it was shown along with a little animal my other son, dustin made in the school art fair----i still have both of them---

the crazy thing is, do you know, i have been saying for over twenty years--”you know we ought to frame this and hang it on the wall”---

now we have several of his photography pictures framed—oh yeah, he gave them to me that way—but we have them displayed---as a matter of fact since there are more than one—my daughter jokingly calls it “the wall of colin”--

i am very conscious of not showing any favoritism—and i do not have any----but i don't know why i have not framed that adorable zebra picture----

now i know we can't show all of our kids masterpieces---but i do have a few from each one----

i have even talked my two daughter-in-laws into painting pictures, that we proudly hang ----

life is too short, so i am going to hang that zebra picture and maybe i will have to look for a couple more of dustin's things, just to even it up---

yay zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz----- the end-- it's been real!



i thought i would end this a-z challenge by sharing a few pictures of my world—i hope to stay in touch with you all—and a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your wonderful posts i have come to look forward to and the wonderfully encouraging comments you have so graciously given—until next time—love and blessings and happy writing <3


                 









                                                                      we did<3
                           

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  1. I love the zebra picture! It's so nice that you frame your kids' art. I need to to that. Right now, so many pieces are stuffed in a big art folder.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your family, and congratulations on finishing the challenge!

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    1. oh this is only a small sampling--i am like you--most of it is packed away---i am glad you liked my little zebra pic---thanks and a big congrats to you too--hope we will keep in touch!

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  2. Hi Lynn: I think all the Zebra people should blog each other. I have a Zebra too. But your son's Zebra is wonderful. Does he like to draw and paint still? Children's art is special, imaginative and none of the inner critic that we have.

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    1. he doesn't do much of it any longer--i wish he would--but he does do his photography, which is very good----we are going to have a lot of zebras today, huh---thanks!

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  3. Hi Lynn,
    Absolutely priceless!!!! Thanks for reminding me that I need to do that - like Sherry, most of my kid's art is put away.

    You've been so great on commenting everyday! - you are truly one to look up to! Thank you for that!

    A

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    1. awwwww i have enjoyed each and every blog i have commented on---esp. yours--thanks so much ainsley and congrats to us all!!!!!!

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  4. Wonderful post! I feel the same way about my kids' pictures. I've kept everything they've made so far but haven't framed anything yet. I need to.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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    1. well, i hope they don't read this, but i have thrown away some of it---i know, bad mommy--thanks and congrats to us!!!

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  5. Very nice end to the challenge! Enjoyed all the pictures; creativity there and beautiful family you have! How cute too that you saved a drawing all those years (thinking here, have I saved anything? I'm sure I have....) That would be cool to have it frame :)

    am looking forward to keeping up with you too; now that we are done with this challenge I'll go back to my usual one or two times a week posting if that :)

    congrats on finishing!

    betty

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    1. thanks betty--i too will probably only write a couple of times a week--but who knows--this challenge has got me going!!!--congrats on the ending!!

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  6. The zebra picture and that cute little creature sculpture are awesome! I've enjoyed reading your posts over the month, and I will make sure I return to read more!

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    1. thanks catherine--as i have enjoyed your post---and i too will be returning--yayay for us, we made it!!

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  7. what a wonderful zebra pic! My older one did one of a giraffe and I did frame that. Children's drawings are so expressive and most intuitive and unselfconscious. So sad that we all have to outgrow that.

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    1. my kids think it is sad, that i have not outgrown it---thanks sandra and congrats!!!

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  8. Awesome pictures. You have a beautiful family. Congrats on reaching the end of the challenge.

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    1. thanks miranda and a big congrats to you too!!

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  9. I love to frame and hang art from my kids too - life is too short not to make yourself happy. And looking at art from the heart, like that zebra, makes me happy!

    Also happy to be at the end of April! Yea! What a great challenge it was this year!

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    1. thanks katie---and it has been quite a wonderful writing trip!!

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  10. Yay, Lynn!!! You did it! Keep writing every day!

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    1. awwwww thanks for commenting sweetie--it is all because of you that i did this challenge--i missed you very much--but i know you were busy---and i don't know if i can or will write every day--i think once those comments stop coming, i might get kinda lazy again--but who knows--thanks again, my inspiring writer <3 ya

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  11. That's a perfect zebra. I see why you enjoy it.

    It's been wonderful connecting with you on this A to Z Challenge. Here's to more lovely blogging days!

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    1. thanks---and i hope we will share many more blogs!!

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  12. That zebra is definitely frame-worthy. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

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    1. haha it is and i will--thanks tamara and congrats!

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  13. Good job on finishing the challenge!
    Thanks for sharing all the pictures. They are great!

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    1. thanks ruth and a big congrats to you too!

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  14. Oh gosh! That's IS a great picture of a zebra! You should frame that! LOL

    Congrats on completing the challenge! I signed up for NaBloPoMo for May. Stupid, I know. But I did it! Did you?

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    1. no i haven't--i have to find out about this--thanks and congrats!!

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  15. Congrats on completing the challenge! I love that zebra--too cute! Thank you for all the wonderful comments over the past month!

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    1. thanks for yours also and i hope we will keep reading each other--that is when i write again--congrats!!

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  16. Aw I love the little cat sculpture! I have a frog one that my older brother made. It is waiting for a shelf to be put up so it has somewhere to live.. Hopefully soon!
    Happy end of A-Z :)

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    1. haha i am not sure it is a cat--but you know art-is what we see----happy ending to you to--we made it!!

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  17. That was a great Z post. Congratulations on making it through the challenge!

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  18. thanks joy and right back at cha!!

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  19. Aww, what an awesome post, Lynn. Love the zebra pic. Very cool, as are the others. It's been great blogging with you. I wish I'd been able to visit every day, as you did to my blog. Thank you for following me and being a part of my month. I'll definitely be back to your blog in the future. Take care and happy blogging! :)

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    1. awww i am kinda sad today--but hopefully we will all try to stay in touch----and a big thank you to you as well and congrats to us!!

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  20. I agree I have found so many great blogs to follow. I got behind due to working, but can't wait to catch up.

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    1. i want to go back and read some again--congrats!

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  21. Nice artwork and fun family pictures. I enjoy learning more about the bloggers I meet.


    Congratulations on making it through the A to Z Challenge. Join us on May 7th with your Challenge Reflections post.

    Lee
    Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. thanks lee--and i am planning to join everyone in may!

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  22. I was hoping you would show us the zebra and then you shared more.

    I too am glad I finished the A-Z. Twice maybe I thought about quitting. Yay for you and me. Sooo nice to meet you. Hope to hang out with you in the future.

    Teresa

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    1. haha i am glad you liked the pictures---and i look forward to hanging out really soon--thanks and congrats to us!!

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  23. Great Z post Lynn. Love the zebra photo. The rest of them too. I'll be back to visit often. I love reading your posts.

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    1. i think we may have a lot in common---i will be back at yours also----thanks so much--and congrats to us!!

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  24. What a fabulous Z post! Love that zebra. My walls are covered with my son's artwork. I always feel bad when I take one down, but I need to make room for the new ones! The challenge has been so much fun and I've loved your posts. :)

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    1. as i have yours christine--you are such a talent--i will keep reading!!

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  25. I'm glad I found your blog even if it was the last day. Beautiful zebra and beautiful family.

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  26. Nice post for the ending, and thanks for sharing those pix. A big congrats on finishing and hanging in there.

    I framed our kids art - the first ever that they did, after that they were too prolific, but I did save a few special ones and put them in their memory books.

    Hope you'll continue to visit and I'll do the same.

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    1. there does tend to be a lot of those wonderful art projects, huh---i do certainly plan lots more visits--thanks for everything!

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  27. Lynn, I am thoroughly enjoyed your A to Z posts. They've been so heartfelt and touching.

    That zebra pictures is fantastic--as are your other posted pictures.

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    1. awwww thanks so much susan--your encouraging comments have meant the world to me--i hope to keep in touch--yay for us!!

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  28. I still have many of the little treasures my son made or gave me as he was growing up. They are scattered throughout my office and the kitchen so I can see them everyday. Most are handmade, but one is a tacky fake potted daisy, but that flower means the world to me.

    When he was in kindergarten, my son earned points for good grades and behavior. These points could be traded in for treats & goodies every so often. But my son saved all his points and traded them for this silly flower so he could give it to me as a gift. It touched my heart in unimaginable ways. Even though it's pretty ugly, I keep it on the kitchen counter and look at it many times a day.

    My son is 17 now and leaving for college in 3-1/2 months. I will cherish that daisy forever and it will remain on my counter for just as long.

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    1. awwww my baby will be 17 on may the 17th--her golden---nice meeting you--hope to keep up---congrats!!

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  29. great photos - and I love your son's zebra!

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    1. thanks, he is pretty cute--yeah we made it, see ya soon paula!

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  30. hey great pics and the zebra is priceless. Thanks for your comments and encouragement, you're in my links so I will keep reading and commenting as long as you keep posting. See you soon, take a well deserved break!

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    1. i am glad you liked the pics--and likewise, you have been so encouraging to me-- i am glad to hear you will still be around--as i will for you---never give up--you are very talented---yep i might take a little break--congrats!

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  31. THose are awesome photos! Love the zebras :) It's been a fun challenge - it's been great getting to know you!

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    1. thank so much jemi----and it has been a blast getting to know you too!

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  32. My son loves zebra's, he says it's because it has his name in it.

    I have enjoyed your blog! Keep writing :)

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    1. awwww i am so glad he loves zebras, me too--thanks and i have loved reading yours---i will and please stay in touch!

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  33. A lovely happy world it looks too- and maybe the best zebra I've ever seen! Have enjoyed the A-Z especially getting out and finding so many amazing blogs and talented people :-)

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    1. i have really enjoyed myself also--and thanks so much lily--please keep in touch!

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  34. Congrats Lynn, you made it **Squeee* Loved all your A-Z posts.

    Now that Zebra, I love it! Just like I remember :) usually I put up drawings my daughter makes, but the next day she has some more, so we take them down and put up the next ones. :) love looking at them,and I know it's a blessing.
    Be blessed! will def. hop over to check on you. :)

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    1. thanks cecilia --i know, you have to keep the art work rotating huh----yes please keep in touch and blessed!!!

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  35. It's so sweet that you keep your child's artwork.

    ...Congratulations on finishing Blogging from A to Z! It has been great getting to know you this past month. I look forward to reading more from you when I return from my break...

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    1. congrats to you and i have enjoyed so much, getting to know you also--have a good break :)

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  36. Looks like we made it - Hah!

    Some awesome artwork there. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself. Nice to have met you. I'll be back hopefully on a regular basis, but for me that's a little erratic on my best days.

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    1. yeah we did!!! i have enjoyed sharing with everyone and i hope you do come back on whatever basis--thanks!!!

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  37. Those are all great pictures, but the zebra rocks! I love it.

    Congratulations on finishing the A to Z. Let's stay connected for sure.

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    1. haha thanks patricia---and i hope we do and congrats!!!

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  38. I have two shelves in my writing room filled with projects and crafts my kids made. I have four of some things because their art teachers had them make the same thing as their older siblings. They loved that I saved them but I assure you, none of them will ever make their way in the world as artists.
    I've enjoyed my visits.

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    1. haha but i am sure they are precious to you!! and i have enjoyed my visits to your blog and yours to mine--hope to keep it up!!

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  39. your pictures are all great. and the zebra is a keeper! I have one little box I keep my special zebra like art in...so fun to look at!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    great job finishing the A-Z challenge!

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    1. oh hi and thanks--i will be right there--congrats to you too!!

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  40. I think it's wonderful that you keep those things and frame them. :D
    My fridge, backdoor, upstairs hallway, and den are filled with "treasures" from my sons. I can't throw any of it away. It'd be too crushing! When we take a pic down, it goes into a tote with their name on it. :)

    Nice to meet you during this A to Z Challenge. It's been fun reading your posts.

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    1. yeah it is hard to part with any of it----so nice to meet you also--stay in touch!!

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  41. Great Zebra! That's it! I'm getting something framed be the end of the week! It's all your fault! Congrats to all of you on your Z day! It's been so fun. I don't plan on missing this feeling! I'm sticking around if you don't mind. Cheers, Sylvie

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    1. haha, now i really do have to get the little zebra a frame!! i would love it if you stuck around--yayay!!

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  42. I have a few zebras around the house and your son's would be a welcome addition! I also enjoyed seeing the other artwork and family photos! It's been great getting to know you through A to Z! Thanks Lynn! Julie

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    1. haha maybe he could visit sometime----thanks julie, i have so enjoyed getting to know you too---we did it!!

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  43. I'm trying to go back and catch some Z's!!! My daughter is visiting with her baby boy...so Nannie has been distracted some and hasn't browsed around as much as she usually does...so at naptime, I'm catching up!
    I adore the zebra picture, Lynn! I wrote a zebra ZaniLa Rhyme for Z. Zebra is the perfect Z word!
    I'll stop back and visit often! Have a great May! I'm continuing to post, too!

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    1. BTW: Following now! I thought I was, and then looked at my list and couldn't find you. No wonder I took so long to get back here!

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    2. haha well i am glad you are back!--thanks donna--enjoy that baby!

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