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>Bella: 21 months

>Same child, same swing … One year later; 10 pounds heavier, 10 inches taller.

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>Ce-ce-mone

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Noisy rattles? Squeaky ducks? Bella would look at them for a second, only to drop it on the floor in animosity. So when nothing worked to calm down my toddler’s tantrums, my cell phone always came to the rescue.  When she was a baby, she found comfort in chewing on the rubber case, later punching in the 4-digit pass code so many times until she locked me out of my own phone and now at 20-months, she operates my iPhone like a pro. Last month I showed her a cool baby app and she has demanded access to my phone ever since.  
“Ce-ce-mone!” she exclaims, signing the word for please.  
She has learned how to send a kl;klj9erqe9re]]] message to my contacts, dial numbers, flip through the app pages, take blurry photos, and mess up my alarm settings. But what amazes me the most is how she navigates the phone to find her baby games and knows exactly how to play them.  I’m stunned at the intelligence that my child has at such young age. She is still in diapers, for crying out loud! It makes me wonder what she will be capable of in the next few months. At this rate, she will probably demand her own smart phone for her second birthday.

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>Dozynki Celebrates 30 Years

>Dozynki, also known as Polish Harvest Festival celebrated its 30th year over the weekend.  Speaking with one of the members of the Festival Committee, I learned that it’s actually its 29th year since it was started in 1980.  One year, the festival was skipped.  At the annual Dożynki Harvest Festival, visitors can find yellow and brown amber jewelry from the Baltic Sea, big selection of Polska-branded hats, T-shirts and other souvenirs and of course traditional foods such as smoked kielbasa, pierogi and gołąbki.  And mine favorite, potato pancakes.

Weather on Saturday was gorgeous for the opening of Dozynki Festival and the day brought many Poles and non-Poles alike to the Falcon Field in New Britain.

Live music performance by Rhythm Orchestra.
A couple dancing an old fashioned Polka.
The Dozynki Festival Committee.
Baltyk Restaurant cooking potato pancakes at the festival.
Other food vendors at the festival also served traditional Polish food.
Random 2-year old Polish girl who was very curious about my camera.
Face-painting is always common amongst the children.
 
Who says you have to be 5 years old to have your face painted?
The Young and the Restless.
The lead singer of The Rhythm Orchestra.
Polska-branded stuff.
Funny quote shot glass. Translating it to English wouldn’t make any sense.
More funny quote shot glasses.
It wouldn’t be a Polka without the piano accordion.
Polish girl making bubbles.
Bella “dancing” to the Polish music heard in the background.
Oliver’s first time at the festival is a good time.
All little kids are fascinated with my camera equipment.  Maybe it’s just me?
As the dusk settles, most people head to the the roofed stage at Falcon Field where the band plays Polish tunes until 9pm.
Zywiec is the official beer of the Dozynki Festival.
The later it gets, the more people get out on the dance floor, the better the band sounds, and the more fun people overall have. I’m sure Zywiec has something to do with it.
Catching a glimpse of myself at a jewelery stand mirror.

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>Oliver: 15 months

>Oliver is 16.5 months old now but I found this “gem” while searching through my photo archives and it was too good to keep it hidden.

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>Isabella a.k.a. Rugrat

>Isabella is 9 months old and she is CRAWLING. Actually, she’s been crawling since she was 8 months, except now she is a hundred times faster. She’s quite the trouble maker, capable of absolutely anything.  Yesterday she figured out how to flush the toilet and snacked on Misiu’s dry food.  So, I figured it’s time to baby proof the house. I bought outlet covers, cabinet locks, refrigerator and oven locks.  And for double security, a baby cage. The best invention ever.

Can you see it? She has little horns growing.
New toys provide about 5 minutes of playtime. Then, it’s back to chewing on TV remote controls.
“You talkin’ to me?”

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>CJ Modeling Shoot

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Christian is a young boy that loves ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’, ice cream and modeling. He has been professionally modeling for Kids ‘R Us, JC Penny and other catalogs since he was two years old and is quite an experienced little model. Today, I photographed CJ as he turned four years old for his new modeling portfolio.
I’ve never photographed a four-year-old, much less a model. So, I figured, it can’t be that difficult, right? It can’t be more difficult than photographing a baby, I thought. Well, let me tell you, I worked my butt off with CJ like never before. He was a sweet little boy and the camera just loved him but I underestimated the power of this youngster. After about 20 minutes of shooting, CJ lost his interest in posing and all he wanted was to play with his Thomas train. He refused to stand still, got upset with me for calling him CJ, and stuck his tongue out for photos. But with his mom’s help, I managed to squeeze out another 20 minutes of shooting, and CJ even agreed to pose in the cold outside.
At the request of parents, I captured CJ’s playful and sort of in a good way devilish personality.

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