A bright light, boat, and beautiful flowers

Here are a few more pictures from our vacation to Mackinac Island. There were some breathtaking views and gorgeous flowers on the island. I only wish I would’ve had more time to take pictures of them all.

If you missed the other vacation pictures I posted last week, you can see them here.

Lighthouse Mackinac Bridge

Freighter in the straights of Mackinac Roses
The last one is my best shot. Which one is your favorite?

Head over to Mother May I to see everyone else’s best shots.

A belated Father’s Day gift

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you probably recall that every Father’s Day since Ava was born I’ve made a DADDY storyboard for my husband. This year, although the pictures weren’t taken until a couple weeks after Father’s Day, and Julian kept throwing letters on the ground or pointing in the sky at “bearplanes,” and the storyboard hasn’t been ordered (quite yet), I happy to say I am keeping up the tradition.

My imperfect, but perfect for us choice for best shot Monday is:

Julian and Ava - Happy Father’s Day 2008

Feel free to also check out 2007 (when Julian was eating the letters), 2006 and, the year it all began, 2005. Then head over to Mother May I to see everyone else’s best shots.

Celebrate good times (BSM)

While our 4th of July didn’t go exactly as planned (we missed the parade we set out to see because the time listed for it was incorrect, then missed our backup plan of an outdoor symphony concert because Julian fell asleep in the car on the way), but we still ended up having a nice day. Ava got to ride her new bike (a present for her 4th birthday). My sister Carrie joined us for the evening. We picked up some dinner and some fireworks which Jody set off in the street. Carrie and I were sure to throw in some oooohs and aaaahs for good measure and the kids enjoyed it all.

My best shots are of my big girl learning to ride her bike:

Ava on her new bike - 7/4/08 Ava on her new bike - 7/4/08

Then here are a few from our mini fireworks display:

Fireworks 7/4/08 Aunt Carrie and the kids watching fireworks - 7/4/08 Fireworks 7/4/08

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A daughter’s love (BSM)

I took a slew of pics on Sunday, hoping to get something worthy of sharing for my Best Shot Monday. While most of them didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, this one grabbed my attention. I just love the look of adoration and pure joy in Ava’s eyes.

Ava and daddy 6/29/08

And I thought this one was pretty sweet too. :)
Ava and Julian 6/29/08

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My little girl is 4

Today my little girl Ava turned 4. The past four years have passed in a blur. I can’t believe how quickly my little 8 lbs., 4 oz. baby has transformed into the smart, inquisitive, strong-willed, compassionate, beautiful little girl she is today.

We had an eco-friendly zero-waste birthday party (which I can’t wait to find the time to blog about!) on Saturday at a local farm. I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy to say that everyone seemed to have a great time, the birthday girl included. (Notice the brother of the birthday girl – AKA Julian – hanging out off to the side there? Hehe)
Ava’s 4th birthday party - 6/21/08 Ava’s 4th birthday party - 6/21/08
(Felt birthday crown courtesy of Green Party Goods)

Today (Sunday) was Ava’s actual birthday and in addition to some books from us and her Aunt Carrie, lots of cute clothes from both sets of grandparents, and a butterfly pavilion from Grandma, she got a new bike. She was very excited about it, but not quite excited enough to give it a try outside just yet. ;)
Ava sees her new bike - 6/22/08 Trying out the bike - 6/22/08

My mom, sister and our family went out to dinner tonight to celebrate and then came back to our house for some birthday brownies and ice cream. Happy birthday, Ava!
Happy birthday to Ava - 6/22/08 Four years old! - 6/22/08

It was hard for me to choose just one best shot for the week, but I think if I had to choose only one, it would be the first picture I posted – of Ava smiling with her piggy birthday cupcakes (which Grandma did a great job on). :)

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Getting your feet wet (BSM)

Even though I captured this with my P&S, I had a feeling it just might become my Best Shot Monday choice. The photo was taken a week ago last weekend as Jody and the kids waded into the freezing cold (at least, in my opinion) water of the Boulder Creek. The kids didn’t mind the water temp one bit and Jody endured it, ‘cuz that’s what daddies do. These are the types of moments that I never want to forget.

Ava, Julian and Jody getting their feet wet in the creek - 6/7/08

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