:: BSM ~ Coming Home ::

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As you can tell things are a bit hectic around here.  I’m still taking a few pictures and trying to be a bit more purposeful about scheduling writing time.  Perhaps the biggest excitement is the final countdown to summer!  It’s sure to be a wild ride of fun, sun and family busy-ness!

After a productive weekend with amazing people, there’s still something about seeing the sunset from a homeward bound airplane that makes the journey even sweeter!  Here’s hoping I can get a few shots of my sweaty little babes up this week!!  We hit 90 today and I think it’s going to be right around there most of the week!

Head on over to Tracey’s for more

:: BSM ~ Circus ::

So I realized that aside from our little Team-up Challenge, I never posted the handful of other pics I snapped at our circus adventure a few weeks ago.  Besides the fact that G had to stay home to keep an eye on our pooch which meant Grandma was able to come instead, it was an all-around good experience.

Calder was fascinated as I would have predicted.  His jumping and squealing from the time he caught his first glimpse of the elephants until we found our seats was hilarious.  Seneca on the other hand, she was just a handful.  Truthfully, she wasn’t ill-behaved, just restless and fidgety which is also precisely as I would have predicted. 

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I expected the elephants to be the biggest hit (pun completely intended!).  My little man didn’t disappoint.  He LOVED them.  And if I had any high hopes that he’d be above all the poop and fart humor that tend to entertain boys of all ages, they were dashed when he exclaimed – “Look Mom!  The elephants are pooping!  That’s funny!”   For a full week post-circus there were different variations of “elephant pooping” being re-enacted all around the house.  Thankfully without the benefit of real “props!” 

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We had excellent seats and Calder l-o-v-e-d seeing all the animals.  Personally, I found myself a bit torn between thinking it was impressive and a little sad.  I always remember being captivated by the excitement of the circus and this time, perhaps through adult eyes, it seemed so much more commercial.  At one point the ring-master was doing his little “advertising plug” for all the doo-dads they’re peddling.  I expected that.  But it went on throughout the show almost to the point that I felt like I was in a spoof movie where everything was over-the-top cheesy.  All in all, I’d call it a success.  But I think that when it comes to family entertainment we’ll be searching for other activities to top our list.  Since I can scarcely pick a favorite of this series, I’m leaving it up to you to decide which shot you’d vote as best for this fine Monday.

OK, so I’m curious if you’d weigh in on another topic for me today as well.  I don’t love the theme and layout I’ve got going on here right now, but I found this one to allow me to use bigger images.  It looks totally fine on my computer at home, but in other places, it looks a little weird and ill-positioned.  Just wondered what it’s looking like for some of you!  Thanks! 🙂

:: Sweetness ~ BSM ::

I fully intended to have this little series up last week, but I’m kinda weird and felt like I wanted to wait until after his “official” birthday to share this sweetness.  What?  You’ve seen them already?  Oh, yeah…Flickr! 🙂  I remember last year when he sort of “got” what the birthday thing was all about.  This year, it was more of the same.  He so enjoyed having all his friends come to play – something we need to do more regularly if you ask me!

Typically, my best shot is at the end of a post, but this one, this precious look of excitement and joy as his family and friends sing him “Happy Birthday” – it has to be my best shot this week! 

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In fact, I couldn’t resist looking a little closer at his adorable expression…seriously, who couldn’t love this kid?! 🙂

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He had great fun blowing out his candles.  And with his party being a full week before the actual day, we had to something to celebrate the occasion.  So he got a candle in his cereal (before milk, mind you), a cookies from good friends, and a candle in his pizza that night for dinner.  I do think we’ve created a monster though, because this morning he declared it candle-in-my-Kix day again.  I explained it was just a special thing we do for birthdays and thankfully he was good with that! 🙂

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The much-anticipated eating of the T-Rex cake!  He finally decided on a piece of the teeth. 

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Since I try to take advantage of any opportunity that allows us to get a family picture without the use of the self-timer or remote control, a birthday celebration seemed perfect!  I find it funny that in too many pictures our kids are busy looking every-which-way…while we’re desperately trying to stay positive and focused in one direction.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve started reading a very symbolic book with my students, but I’m thinking there’s some life application to be found in this picture…

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…then again, maybe not. 

See what’s what for other Best Shots this week!

:: A Closer Look ~ BSM ::

I’m not sure I’ve slowed down since about Wednesday of last week.  It’s not looking like there will be much time for rest and reflection this week either…which is why this – my first real attempt at anything macro, makes me feel happy, peaceful and calm. 

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See what other best shots are bloomin’ this week!