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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hello, Kitty!

So doing things in reverse here today. Yesterday I was able to finally log back into my Instagram account and posted a photo I took with out posting the story her first. I was so excited I was able to log in, I just wanted to share the photo. However, I did say in the post that there was a story behind the photo and to check the blog soon for that story.

Well soon is now and here is the story.

On June 3rd, 2018, my little town of Garwood, NJ held its annual street fair, which they call "Garwood Rocks". "Rocks" meaning they have a live stage where local bands play through out the day. To go along with the "rocks" theme, the week leading up to the fair, the Garwood Historical Society hides brightly painted rocks through out the town for the residents to find. On each rock is the name of the local landmark. A park, the baseball field, library, fire house, etc. if you find a rock, you bring it to the Garwood Historical Societies table and turn it in for a prize. We where lucky enough to find a rock and we won a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card and a book talking about the various "landmarks" whose names were painted on the rocks. Very informative guide with great detail in history as well as photos.

Along with the rock stage and rock trade-in station, local vendors, food trucks, the local fire squad and may others participate in this event. A classic car show is also along for the ride, no pun intended.

So none of what of I just said has anything to do with the picture I am sharing, but still fun to talk about.

Ok on to the photo... As the family and I headed out for the street fair, it was a bit chilly, like 50's or 60's. Chilly to be walking outside all afternoon in a short sleeve shirt. As the kids get their shoes on my wife suggested they take their zippered sweat coats too. As we walked toward the curb and and head east to the fair, my 5 year old quickly runs back towards the house and comes back out with her Hello Kitty knit hat and her aviator sunglasses. I quickly tell her "YOU DON'T NEED ALL THAT!". As sassy as she is, just just smiles, and tells me, "Yes I do!" as she starts to walk. We go a block or so, and I see her adorable she looks. Walking through the street with what seems like not a care in the world, super excited to be going to Garwood Rocks. I quickly take out my phone and tell her to smile as I snap the photo. As soon as I snapped it, I texted it off to my 17 year old niece (who is also my god daughter) tell her she has a 5 year old twin. Their styles are nearly identical.

Using one of my favorite iOS apps, ColorSplash, I was able to remove all the color from the photo and only keep the color of her aviators.