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. And I thought this one was pretty sweet too. :) See more Best Shot Monday posts over at Slurping Life (for this week only).

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 JulianRead More →

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. See more Best Shot Monday posts over at Mother May I?.

Jody has been joking with me lately that I have turned into Snow White, Cinderella or some other character that all of the woodland animals love and are attracted to, as our backyard is turning into quite the animal sanctuary. We by no means have a large yard (our whole lot is less than 1/4 of an acre), and, much to my chagrin, are surrounded by neighbors on all sides (not near a forest or field or anything), yet in the past few weeks we’ve had the following critters cohabitating in our yard: 4 2 garter snakes (the first two made the unfortunate decision toRead More →

I’ve been slacking in the photography department and am going to use today’s post as an attempt to play catch up. My “best shot” will be at the end. Between my birthday, Mother’s Day, Ava’s preschool May Pole Celebration, and every day life, there have been a lot of photo ops lately. Here are just a few (from the point & shoot and SLR). Oh, and I should mention I didn’t take the ones that I’m in. (Mouse over for captions.) Julian LOVES his fruit. (Shirt from Polly Tod): My 33rd birthday (with a delicious carrot cake made by yours truly): Mother’s Day: The kidsRead More →

On Saturday we packed up the kids, met up with my sister and her beau, and took a trip to our local farm. We saw… little piggies, horses, and cows. And then we learned to moo like them. Ava brushed a horse and went for a ride on a pony. Both kiddos fed the goats. Ava took a turn on the tire swing and played in the tree fort, while Julian took a turn on the horse swing. We also saw chickens, llamas, rabbits, a turtle, ducks, a donkey, a beautiful view, and this pretty calf (my BSM). It was a very fun afternoon. :)Read More →