This years 4th was a bit up and down because of the fact that the kids were to leave for West Virgina with their Dad or at least that was the plan at the start of the day. We got and prepare for the day, the Jungbauer Picnic is a tradition that we have come to enjoy. This is our second year being invited and we have really been looking forward to the "Steaks". Wow, let me tell you, JJ (The senior Jungbauer), can cook steaks like there is no tomorrow. Besides the steaks there are all kinds of food and drinks, swimming, talking, and don't let me forget "pudding wrestling". I had never heard of it either but it is a big deal at the picnic (At least for JJ), seem to be kinda a lukewarm reaction from the crowd. Olivia was able to join us for the day but Julius spent the day with his Dad by choice. She maybe was out of the pool for 30 minutes the whole time we were there (4 hours).
Jennifer and Lana, got to practice for there new adventure. Business. They are the owner and operators of Parti Gras Face Painting. They instantly became a hit of the party and got a lot of practice. Lana's husband (David) and I are in supporting roles for the business. David's got the web page being built and I'm doing the photography.
After the fun of the Jungbauer Picnic we headed home to meet up with the Kid's Dad so that they could leave for West Virgina or so we thought. As the time got later and later, I was getting anxious because I wanted to make it downtown for the fireworks. Jennifer tried to get me to go without her but I didn't want to go if she couldn't. Finally we heard from the Kid's Dad and he decided that he would come on Saturday to get them, so we hurried and went downtown to watch the fireworks. We found a small park off of Michigan St on the near east side that had a great view of the fireworks. I was just able to get the tripod set up when the show started so we barely made it but we did have fun.
I know that I don't have any photo's posted on here from the events but if you click the links it will take you to my FlickR and that is where the pictures are stored this time.
I have been sick the past 2 days and had to be at work both. I so just wanted to be somewhere and I mean anywhere else. Made me think about my vacation from earlier this year so I thought I would post a few of the calming picture before going to bed tonight to try to get better for the 4th.
Can you tell I'm excited? I entered a contest that was ran by Clarian Health called "Photos for health". The basics of the contest was to submit photos that are calm and relaxing to add in the healing process. I entered close to 30 pictures all kinds of different things and i would check in from time to time but to be honest I thought that I was getting my butt kicked. I guess this is what I get for thinking. Here is the email that I got last night at 10:49 PM:
Dear Ryan Baxter,
Congratulations! Your photo has been selected to be displayed at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Your participation in Photos for Health will help to create a healing and welcoming environment for patients, families, health care professionals, and the community Clarian Health serves. Thank you for taking the time to submit your photography, it will be appreciated for many years to come.
You are invited to a preview tour of Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Many of the photos will be displayed in non-public areas of the IU Simon Cancer Center. This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes and view your framed photography. We will also have a special gift for you.
When: Saturday, July 26, 2008 Where: Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center535 Barnhill DriveIndianapolis, IN 46202
We are interested in learning more about your experience with Photos for Health. When you RSVP, please let us know if you are interested in sharing your story with us.
Thank you again for your beautiful submissions!
Sincerely, The Photos for Health Team A division of Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson LLC
I saw the email when I woke up today and woke up my wife to let her know and i have been walking around like I was in a dream all day. By the way here is the winning photo:
I am happily married man who, a little over a year ago, picked up a camera and became totally fascinated with what can be done. When I was a kid I loved art and thought I was OK at it. As I got out of school I lost confidence in myself and my art and started concentrating on work and not much else. Now, that I have found a camera it has energized me towards art again.