Sunday, July 31, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Happy Sunday! Usually Sundays are pretty bittersweet - who doesn't kind of dread the end of the weekend?? But my weekend was pretty busy, actually, so I'm almost looking forward to going in to work tomorrow for a few hours. :)

Plus, Sundays bring the next 5 items on Ashley Sisk's scavenger hunt list!

1. FINGERTIPS: I recently upgraded to an iphone, and my oldest has used it more than I, I think. He's a master at Angry Birds!

2. WALKING EMPTY STREETS: "Walking empty streets" is what I WISH I was doing in this photo, rather than waiting in a very long line to cross the border!

2. REPEATING PATTERNS: We chased some hot air balloons last night during the Balloon Festival and watched them actually land in people's yards.

4. FLOOR: I love catching them being silly. And I really want to bite his belly.

5. THEN AND NOW: This is, obviously, from the archives... but in the middle of a crazy heat wave, it's sometimes nice to think about the weather from a few months ago!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

some vacation favs

We just returned home our vacation to Toronto and Niagara Falls, and I spent much of this evening going through and editing our pics. From a technical perspective, here are some of my favorites:

All set to cross the border!

A cable car driving alongside the harbor:

The CN Tower:

I don't really know what my son is doing but this gesture w/ his hands appeared in multiple shots:

Lookin' cool while waiting to enter the Blue Jays/Yankees game:

My youngest loved the Hippo Tour!

After about a week in Toronto, we drove to Niagara Falls for a couple of days. This was our view at breakfast...

...and this was our view at dinner!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Birthday Photo Shoot

I dressed up my youngest in his birthday party shirt (which matched our "Very Hungry Caterpillar" party theme!) and headed out to the backyard for a mini photo session. HOW is this boy two already?!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Make-Up Scavenger Hunt

Here are a few of the shots I've taken over the past few weeks in failed attempts at completing Ashley's scavenger hunts:

1. TOY:

2. BLING: This was our cake topper for our wedding. I love all the details, including the fresh wedding bands on both of their hands.

3. LETTERS: Where did the "e" go? :(

4. BEADS: These are from a Mother's Day present that my oldest made for me about 3 years ago. It broke, spilling the beads all over the street, about 2 hours later. But I snatched as many as I could find and keep them in the box he made for me.

5. CHORE: Yuck.

6. LOOKS LIKE A LETTER OF THE ALPHABET: My coffee cup, of course, making a Q.

7. FARM, or HIDDEN: I can kill both birds with this one since this is a photo of my son's FARM puzzle... and the horse seems to be hidden. :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Ack! I'm behind again! I've been starting each week but then falling behind. I have some catch-up shots to post later this week, but first - an actual completed Scavenger Hunt!

1. BARE: My fingernails! This is a rare occurrence where they are actually polish-free. Not long after the shot, however, they were painted a brilliant shade of Back to the Fuchsia. :)

2. REFLECTIONS IN GLASS: This shot is several years old; that baby in the stroller is heading rapidly to age 5! This was taken in Washington DC in the reflection of a very dirty storefront.

3. SEEING DOUBLE: This shot could easily be titled "Seeing Triple" or even "Seeing Quadruple." My youngest cannot go to sleep w/out his Mickey, and we actually have a plethora of spares.

4. HEADLIGHTS: I nearly tripped over this truck but the stream of expletives slipping out of my mouth was instantly ceased when I decided to use it for a scavenger hut shot. (PS: Ryan calls them "Hess Hess trucks" - I love that he says it twice.)

5. BLACK AND WHITE: This is another oldie-but-goodie, also taken from DC. I love the little piece of advice on the bottom of the cup.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Bronx Zoo

Hello, poor neglected blog. Hello, loyal readers. Both of you. :)

My baby turned TWO this past weekend, and we spent the day at the Bronx Zoo. My camera tagged along, of course, and I was reminded of just how much I crave a longer lens. But most importantly, I managed to snap a couple of shots of which I'm very proud, and I couldn't wait to share them.

We were so fortunate to have a prime spot at the sea lion habitat and were just in time to watch their feeding. This guy (girl?) was hungry but patiently entertained the audience while waiting for his (her?) turn.

I was really surprised by how much my 4-year-old wanted to see the Butterfly Garden. It took us forever to find it, but it was worth the wait. These little creatures are stunning. Oh, and I also want a macro lens. :)

And, of course, the birthday boy!