Sunday, July 26, 2009

Happy 16th Birthday, Jamie!

There's nothing like having your youngest child turn 16 to make you feel old ... well, maybe having them turn 30 but I've got a few years to go on that one!

Needless to say I'm feeling pretty old today while Jamie's probably feeling pretty good about having attained that age where you're not quite a kid but not quite an adult. I'd ask her how she's feeling but unfortunately I'm at work for 16 hours so she's spending her birthday at home enjoying the last of her ice cream cake, admiring her new over-the-knee striped socks, drawing in her new sketch book, and probably spending way too much time on the computer! In other words, probably acting very much like a 16-year old!

In an attempt to at least do something semi-special for Jamie's birthday, the girls and I took a road-trip with my friend Amy to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York this past Friday where we got to see some very cool gravestones and take lots and lots of pictures. Matter of fact, we took so many pictures that it's taking me forever to edit them so you'll have to wait a bit longer for a post on our trip!

I did, however, have time to edit some pictures of Jamie to share with you today on this most auspicious occasion of her 16th year of birth. As you can see, she doesn't possess my problem of not being able to not look like a goof as soon as someone points a camera in my direction!

As an example, allow me to present Exhibit A ... Jamie looks good while I look like I'm half asleep or something!

Jamie, on the other hand, manages to look good in spite of the occasional distraction ...

In addition to our trip to Sleepy Hollow, dinner with her grandmother on Saturday, and a few other assorted goodies, Jamie also got a new camera for her birthday; a Casio Exilim S10 that has some very nice features for a small digital camera. These days no teenager is complete without a digital camera that also takes video (just in case he or she happens upon the perfect YouTube moment) and I figured it was about time Jamie got an upgrade from the handed-down-twice-not-working-so-well camera that she possessed. Plus it's red which is one of her favorite colors!

I gave Jamie the camera last week before we went to Massachusetts so she could have it to take pictures while she was visiting with her cousins so she'd had a bit of a chance to practice with it prior to yesterday's trip. Like mother like daughter she took A LOT of pictures at Sleepy Hollow and then on the way home we made a brief stop at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven where she took some more pictures. I wanted to share a couple of them as I think they're rather good - of course, I am also horribly biased what with being her mom and all!

She took this first one using the 'sunset' setting on her camera. I think the pink hues add a nice touch to the evening sky ...

This next one was shot using the regular setting but she also did a great job of capturing the sun reflecting on the water and the clouds above ...

Lastly, this picture was also shot with the camera set to 'sunset' and for once I really don't mind a picture of myself as I'm nicely hidden by shadows!

What do you think? Does this mean I'll be having both Amanda and Jamie fighting over who gets the Nikon once they pry it from my cold, dead fingers?? Oh noes!!

Happy birthday, Jamie; may your 16th year be one of your best ever!


  1. Happy Sweet Sixteen, Jaime! How come she doesn't have a blog yet? Just saying.

    She sure takes some great photographs. My P&S doesn't have a sunset setting. Wah, wah, wah.

  2. Anonymous7:00 AM EDT

    Happy 16th to my carousel buddy! Thanks for being born! Enjoy that cake...YUM!

  3. Happy, happy 16, Jamie! The world is yours for the taking. Enjoy!


    I love the first photo of Jamie - what a pretty 16 year old she is!

    Jamie has obviously inherited your talent for taking photos Linda, those last three shots are stunning. :)

  5. May she have a happy Sweet Sixteen.
    My youngest nephew it truly an adult,he's 21 this year.his Mom(my Sis Sandy) in in her 50's and his Dad just turned 60.(yes there is a few years difference in the ages)

  6. Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday Dear Jamie,
    Happy Birthday to you.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  7. sweet pics!!

    haven't tried my sunset feature....

    16? well, I feel safe knowing I have 14 years to go...but this tooth thing is getting me DOWN.

  8. Looks to me like Jamie is gonna take the line "like mother, like daughter" to heart with respect to the camera!
    Hope it was a really happy 16th birthday too!

  9. Happy Birthday Jamie. May you have many many more years of joy ahead of you. Inform your mother that she must purchase another Nikon so that there will be two cameras in the will.

  10. Linda,

    It could be worse. My "baby" turns 45 in September.

  11. Nope, tell 'em you promised the Nikon to a Pennsylvania Canon owner who is dying to get her hands on a Nikon for comparison purposes! lol.

    The pics are amazing, I am quite impressed with the quality from her P&S.

  12. apparently she has her mother's eye for photography...

    Happy 16th Jamie!

    (love the pic of you taking a pic)


    My baby turns 34 on Friday... that makes his brother almost 36 and his other brother 38.... waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    You're not old Linda... I'm OLD!!

  14. A very happy birthday to Jaime. They are some great shots of her.

  15. You're a wonderful, Mom Linda. They will take turns with the Nikon when you're gone. *LOL*

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that last shot of you. Very nicely done. :)

    I hope you girls had fun.

  16. Happy (belated) 16th birthday, Jamie! Sorry but I seem to be late to everything these days.

    Sounds like it was a good birthday!

    You took some great sunset photos, Jamie. Glad you guys saw Lighthouse Park.

  17. YAY! Everyone said happy birthday to me ^_^

    And i love the camra mom :D its awesome! Post more about me please?

    Where are my earrings?


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