Sunday, January 06, 2008

Reflecting on my Best Shot

As our winter vacation comes to an end and Monday marks the beginning of the normal daily routine, I'm reflecting on the past few weeks and acknowledge that the Clark family had a really nice holiday. No drama and even better, no illness. That's huge! We also managed to cram in all sorts of very cool activities (without it feeling frenetic) and even enjoyed a few nights of grown-up time while the kids lived it up at the Grandparent's. All in all, it was a stellar vacation.


I tucked my girls in early tonight and already I hear the deep dreamy breathing of children exhausted from a fantastic two week break from the daily hustle and bustle of school, piano, ballet, homework, volleyball, hula and girl scouts. No doubt we will all wake tomorrow bleary eyed and one step behind as we stumble back into the daily grind but I for one can't wait to get my time back.
Big grateful exhale.



My Best Shot this week is one from the many great places we visited. There's just something about this photo that I love. How about you? Have you had a chance to reflect on your holiday? Would you care to share a shot or two? Come on, you know you do.

54 comments:

Christina said...

That sounds like the perfect holiday. Full of fun family times, but yet still calm and relaxing. Ahhh!
I really love the photo. the framing is awesome, and I love the contrast between the shiny forground and muted background.

Hereis my BSM. I'll be gone much of the day tomorrow, but I look forward to visting everyone's posts even if it's late!

Dawn said...

Tracey, such an interesting composition and great colors!

I'm not sure how to post mine as a link, so this is the best I could do:

http://dawnomite.wordpress.com/2008/01/07/best-shot-monday-16/

Y'all have a great day!

Brittany said...

aw...sounds so wonderful!
The photo is beautiful.

Here is my silly shot of the week, I just laugh so hard when I see this photo! :)

My BSM

Christie said...

The opposite of reflection.... shadow.http://www.flickr.com/photos/enckline/2165154234/

Christie said...

could someone leave notes for how to publish as a link?

Leah said...

This one is not the best technical - flash in a dark room with a p&s, but it was a great capture of Christmas happiness expression!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lakeline/2136596959/

chickadee said...

what a neat photo. has a watercolor painting feel. here's mine:
http://afamiliarpath.blogspot.com/2008/01/on-last-day-of-freedom.html

chaoticfamily said...

How wonderful - glad you had an excellent holiday.

As for the photo - it's simply amazing - just incredible - the colours, the lights, the shadows - the whole thing is awesome.

Here is mine...
http://chaoticfamilypictures.blogspot.com/

carrie said...

Wow, Tracey! Did you just know as you took that shot how cool it was going to be? I really love it (and Kidspace, too!).

We had a great, healthy holiday too - and visited the La Brea tarpits last week - first time ever! My BSM is from that visit - I have so many photos from the last few weeks to work on...but just running out of time.

http://barelycontrolledchaos.wordpress.com

susiej.com said...

The colors in that shot are amazing -- and her expression is priceless.

We'll be one step behind this morning too, I'm sure!

Lake in Winter

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Bunny said...

I just love that shot! It sounds like you had a great vacation.

Here are my best shots:
http://motherbunny.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-shots.html
http://bunnylookingatlife.blogspot.com/2008/01/steamed-clams.html

zoot said...

Let's try this again - with PROPER formatting!

Great photo ! I've been doing a lot of reflecting too. So - I give my first ever BSM - a shot that makes me smile.

Julie said...

Where is that shot? It's really interesting, and I love the framing :)

Here's my BSM. I actually like this shot a little better, but since I'm doing Project 365 (and the kid's version) this year, I've been posting my pictures every which way, sometimes a little too soon for this best shot post. Oh well, I'll learn :)

natalie said...

I'm up...

http://thebensonfamilyandotherstuff.blogspot.com/

Great image, as always. You're such an inspiration! Thanks for hosting us over here. Looking forward to Shutter Sisters.

Maggie said...

I love it! The framing is awesome, and I love the way the colors look in the background.


Best Shot Monday - A Bright Spot.

Melody A. said...

We have two kids' musueums nearby and my girls love them both. Sweet shot of your little sweetie.

Changes for me in the New Year:
HipMomma'sBestShot

Corey said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday! Ours was very nice as well. Here is a picture that I took with my new 50 mm lens. http://flickr.com/photos/divrchk/2160456620/

My parents are coming to watch the kids in February so my hubs and I can get away to Vegas for a few days. It's been over 4 1/2 years since we've had a mini vacation alone. The joys of military and not living near family!

alli said...

I had a slew to pick from, but here is my favorite for BSM.

Happy New Year and here's to getting back into the routine.

Maya said...

Such a youthful shot! Best of luck getting back into the swing of things! And welcoming time back for yourself as well!

Here's a bit from our vacation time:
http://laurentfiles.blogspot.com/2008/01/peering-out.html

Anna said...

Sounds like it was a wonderful vacation! I've been away from BSM, so I am thrilled to be joining you all here, and so looking forward to catching up with all of you.

I posted this one before I saw Tracey's post about reflections, funny!
My BSM, Hank & Willie's reflections

Anna said...

Christie,
Here's what you do to post a link as opposed to just the URL.

This is known as an anchor tag in HTML. Copy exactly what you see here, but where it says yourdomain, put the URL to your BSM. Then, where it says visit our site, type the words you want to highlight, like the name of your photo, or MY BSM HERE.

Hope that helps!
Anna

Visit Our Site

http://hankandwillie.wordpress.com/2008/01/07/closing-out-2007/

tracey said...

anna, i think where it says Visit Our Site you wanted there to be HTML code right? That's the issue I have been having...everytime I try to post code to share Blogger then reads the code and translates it (as it should I guess) and therefore I can't post code in a blogger post.

does anyone have any suggestions as to how to post code in a post?

Kim said...

I want to walk in a tunnel of ice and colors! :-)

Here's my best shot
kimdevoe.blogspot.com

Anna said...

Whoops, didn't mean to publish it as a live link! Email me at hankandwilie@gmail.com if you need more help, I'm not sure how to reveal the code here.

Visit Our Site

Never That Easy said...

It's such an interesting photo: IDK what exactly, but there's something so unique about it that makes it startling.

Here's mine: http://neverthateasy.blogspot.com/2008/01/getting-back-into-swing-of-things.html

I'm so looking forward to everybody's pictures: I've missed the last few weeks.

Blessed Nest said...

Wow what great times with your family. Your picture is amazing. i can't stop looking at it. Caught up in the color!

a view from the studio
http://blessednest.blogspot.com/2008/01/happy-new-yeara-view-from-heahers.html

Cari said...
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Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

i'm glad you had a wonderful vacation. what a cool photo!

here's mine for the week:
http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/2008/01/07/best-shot-monday-1708-colorful-fun/

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

oops. i should have done mine as a link. here it is:
my BSM

Megan said...

i'm late today after a nasty bout with food poisoning over the weekend. not a great way to end a nice vacation :(.

http://mentalinventory.blogspot.com/

kim said...

What a cool shot. It's somewhat surreal, that tunnel, with the reflection and the little colorful pieces in it.
I wish our vacation was free of illness, too, but it wasn't, other than that we had a nice break.
I'm back for bsm... here's my link:
http://www.cancio.org/blog/?p=735

Paige said...

I'm glad you had a nice holiday Tracey. That shot is very cool. I have a holiday recap post up now:

http://lookaway.typepad.com/look_away/2008/01/ohhello.html

If I had to pick a favorite it would be the 9th one down, Paul with the lights behind him.

Paige said...

Ok, I already commented but I have to say something else. I just clicked on your shot, Tracey to view it larger and it is gorgeous! I am recommending that everyone view it larger to get the true feel. And your daughter is stunning in this shot. And I love her dainty little hand out to the side. Ok...I'll stop.

Colleen said...

Gorgeous shot. It really is just beautiful.

I didn't take one single picture all week... but I still needed to share some party pictures from before Christmas.

http://amadisonmom.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-shot-monday-party-fun.html

Phyllis Sommer said...

wow! so many posters already today! love your shot, tracy!

here's mine...
http://imabima.blogspot.com/2008/01/i-want-to-be-like-dadbsm.html

have a great monday!

Golightly said...

Tracy what a cool picture! I love everything about it. Sounds like you all had a really great time.

Yup, back to the routine! Here I go, but first here's mine:
http://piercebabyproject.blogspot.com/2008/01/bsm-singing-dancing-in-rain.html

PeetsMom said...

Here's my FIRST BSM! I was inspired to share my tunnel shot after I saw yours! Not sure how to link properly, my apologies, but here is something to cut and paste!

http://coffeeteasodapoppeets.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-shot-monday.html

Have a super Monday!
XO
K

Sarah-Ji said...

I'm glad you and your family had a lovely holiday!

Here's my first BSM at the new domain:
http://www.shutterbugmama.com/2008/01/best-shots-monday-proof-that-cadence-is.html

Cari said...

Okay, I think I can do this with the proper formatting now. :)

"Best Shot Monday - Finally".

Juls said...

I love the photo. It is really interesting.

Here is my BSM post.

Stacie said...

Mine's a black and white shot I took while playing with back lighting.

http://twinkies.bastetweb.com

Stacie said...

Or, as a link (sigh):

BSM

Melody A. said...

In case you haven't emailed Anna yet, Julie posted how to code two best shots ago. click the link then scroll down a little:

http://maypapers.blogspot.com/2007/12/best-shot-monday-holiday-salutations.html

HipMomma said...

Crap, click the link now:

click here

Bonnie said...

I love this photo !! Where is that ?

This is my first week participating. I really enjoy looking at everyone else's photos ...

Here's mine.
http://robogiles.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-shot-monday-1st-one.html

Liss said...

Another first BSM here - one of my goals for this year (I don't do resolutions) is to re-learn how to take pictures using something more than "Select auto and hope for the best". It's a start:

BSM #1

Mandaroo said...

What a fun looking place (looked at the link), next time we're up that way we'll have to check it out. No picture this week, but I'm gonna check out all the others! (47! Wow!) Have a good week!

steve said...

Wow.. Some great pictures have been posted. Here is my first BSM which was taken with my blackberry this evening. Enjoy!

Melizzard said...

So here's my first attempt. Winter/Holiday's in North Florida

http://www.melizzard.com/2008/01/what-winter-loo.html

Phyllis Sommer said...

Posting looks like this (just copy and paste this little bit of code and fill in your own url)
<a href="http://imabima.blogspot.com/2008/01/i-want-to-be-like-dadbsm.html">My Best Shot Monday</a>

and by the way...
okay here's how to post html code in a blogger comment:
Go here for an explanation.

Go here for a converter that will help you to convert html so blogger will show it up.

*and* by the way, if you can't see the full thing above, go back to Mother May I, click on the post title from today's post, and you'll see all the comments in blogger rather than in the comments section. It's easier to see them all and they are full-across. Nothing gets cut off that way. Makes it easier to follow everyone's links or non-links as the case may be.

Hope this helps! Tracey, feel free to repost this anywhere you'd like:-)

tracey said...

Phyllis-YOU ROCK!
xo

Barbara said...

Here is mine! Not from Christmas, but I think it still counts.
http://downstowngirl.blogspot.com/2008/01/weekend-snapshot-and-best-shot-monday.html
What do you think about putting up a Mr. Linky, much more convenient than leaving comments, I think.
P.S. Check out the memes I am hosting. They are listed on my sidebar.

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