Saturday, October 29, 2011


Camden Oliver Glenn made his arrival on October 11, 2011, a couple of weeks early.  He weighed 6 lbs 8 ozs and was 19.5 inches long.  I had arranged to be in SC later in October, but quickly got my flight rearranged so that I could be there to help out.  Ryan's mom and dad were there for the first few days to help out and I got to visit with them a little before they left.  I was there for a week, and Camden did a whole lot of sleeping while I was there.  Emery and I had a blast hanging out together, and she even got a little bit of TV coverage while we were picking out a pumpkin at the local pumpkin patch.  Everyone is doing very well, and Camden is growing and changing so quickly!

Here's a few pictures that we took of him while I was there

My parents were able to make it up for a visit, as well as Austin, Megan and Elaina.  We had fun trying to get some posed shots, but here's a casual pose.
 The "formal" sittings....

Nature Shots

I always try to carry my camera when I take walks around the property, and taking pictures of butterflies has to rate as one of my favorites to catch with the camera.  Here are some pictures from recent walks.


We recently went to an open house at a nearby alpaca farm.  Alpacas are a smaller version of llamas, and are valued for their wool.  It is finer than sheep wool, supposedly much warmer, and of course, more expensive.  There are several alpaca farms in our area, and I couldn't miss the opportunity for a close up view of alpacas at an open house!  The owner walked us down to the back pasture where the females are kept, and called the animals over near to the gate where we had treats to give them.  This particular rancher specializes in black wool alpacas, so most of his herd is black.  Here they are coming up for their treats.

 A close up
 This one was a little more shy and wouldn't get to close to us
 How could you not love this face?
 And this is Ruby.  I would have packed her up and taken her home with me if I could.  She was a very friendly alpaca, which is unusual for the species.  The owner said that she had the typical alpaca aloofness until she gave birth the first time, and shortly after that she decided that humans were pretty cool.  She hung around with us, nuzzled our hands, wanted to be petted, and just generally made herself lovable. 
 This little cutie was five hours old when the picture was taken.  The same mom gave birth last year at their open house as well.   

 This is a very picturesque old brick church that we also drove past this same day, on our way to a local winery that has music on the weekends.  A local person bought the church and has restored it, but to our knowledge doesn't do anything with it.   It is just some pretty local scenery!