Wordless Wednesday ~ Good Times at the Gardens

Earlier this year, we took a trip to Meijer Gardens to see their butterfly exhibit, and just shy of heading outside to explore, it started raining, so we headed home.  It wasn’t until later this summer that I discovered the treasure that is the Children’s Garden!  A few friends and I met for a playdate and I knew we had to go back.  As our final weekend of summer, we headed their the Friday of Labor Day weekend to take in the last days of the Alexander Calder art exhibit.  While he isn’t necessarily Calder’s namesake, it’s still too cool to miss! 

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If you think a little thing like not being able to walk is stopping her from literally soaking up all the fun she could possibly have…well, you’ve got another thing coming!  Little Miss had a fantastic time.  I can only imagine how much fun she’ll have throughout the coming year!

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I spent too much time getting just the right picture in front of the Calder sculpture at the Gardens….and was thrilled with this result.  It was only after several minutes of shooting (while Garth and Seneca walked ahead) that we learned this wasn’t in fact, a Calder.  *sigh*  Regardless, I have to say I love these two shots!

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Playing with my new zoom lens…and The American Horse sculpture was a pretty sweet subject!

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My finger was just itching to snap a few dozen pictures of the amazing artifacts we saw at the exhibit, but understandably, photographs are not allowed.  Thankfully, there was a hands-on aspect to the exhibit where it was permissible to snap some pictures…I love the concentration here as he constructs his own mobile. 

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I suppose this is more a Wordful Wednesday than Wordless Wednesday, but either way….hope yours is happy!

Photo Frenzy

While I still have plenty of things I could be doing, I found myself with a couple free hours tonight, so I decided it was about time to download, organize and post a few pictures.  I seriously cannot believe I haven’t posted ANY since my little man’s birthday party!  Not that none were taken, but it’s just been an extra thing to accomplish and well, enough excuses already!

Hopefully they will appear as I hope, though I often find that some don’t fit the size of the middle column, so I spend far too much time tweaking them to make it look just right.  I couldn’t believe how much I loved this first one.  What’s more, I took it from my lap – without even looking through the viewfinder!

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How about the little turkey in the tub…

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And yes, I did spiff him up a little a while back, I think this definitely counts as the first official haircut.  Doesn’t he look like such a big boy?

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Just browsing through the few hundred thousands of pictures I’m amazed at how quickly he’s growing and what a terrific little guy he’s turning into!  Stay tuned for the pics of Baby #2 very soon!!!