Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yellow Polka Dot Best Shot

There's been a Parent Bloggers blog blast happening this weekend and the gist had to do with bikinis. You know, something like, the bikini: friend or foe. It's summer and all that so I guess, it is the season to fret about these matters. We'll I hate bathing suit shopping as much as the next gal, and I have even a stronger dislike for wearing them but I'll be honest, I do wear a bikini when a bathing suit is an absolute must. I'm not saying it's a great idea or anything, as a matter of fact I'm not a big swimmer so I rarely strip down to my suit even when I'm at the beach or pool so I guess not many people would even know I'm in a bikini, underneath it all. But I am.

A girlfriend of mine (with almost the exact build as me) admitted she wears one too although she wasn't sure it was such a good idea either. And here's the real kicker, she actually asked another friend if she thought she had any business wearing one, after birthing and nursing 2 kids, rounding 40 and all that. Her friend apparently didn't feel the least bit shy about replying an honest one liner; you're borderline. Which means at best, I'm borderline too.

But what's in a bathing suit really besides extra flesh that we wish we didn't have, in all the wrong places I might add? Your size is as important as your age. And from my point of view, it's not important at all. I'm 40 and I'm not freaked about it. It's a number. Just like the size or cut of my bathing suit. It's only weighty if I make it so. Pun totally intended.

Although I am the first to acknowledge a little balance in my life couldn't hurt (less work, more exercise), I'm choosing to focus less on my own bathing suit and more on my daughter's not so itsy bitsy teenie weenie...

After all, isn't the point of the bathing suit summer fun?

You know this little gem had to be my Best Shot for this sunny Monday!

Oh, and speaking of BSM, summer fun and a quest for balance, me and the fam are heading out for a few weeks. Woot! And because I am having to relinquish my control over having internet access (gasp. can't. breathe.) the wonderful Melody will be hosting Best Shot Monday over at her place Slurping Life for the next two weeks (thank you sweet Melody). That means on both June 30th and July 7th you'll be popping over there to post your BSM links. I shall return and be your gracious hostess again on July 14 with lots and lots of shots to choose from I'm sure!

Until us what kind of summer fun you've been having this week (bikini or not).
This post was written for Parent Bloggers Network as part of a sweepstakes sponsored by BOCA.


Vered said...

I don't have a best shot this week but just HAD to tell you how much I like what you said:

"I'm 40 and I'm not freaked about it. It's a number. Just like the size or cut of my bathing suit. It's only weighty if I make it so. Pun totally intended."


Great photo and have a wonderful vacation!

Maggie said...

She is just so cute! Have a wonderful time on all your travels these next few weeks!

My BSM is definitely summer inspired...Pool Time

Anonymous said...

Summer fun has kicked in!! We are resting after a week at Disneyland! I love your shot..we're in the sun girls live in their suits and I live in my one piece suit at age 42..hehe

calm after the storm

sorry I first posted this on last weeks..opps

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

so adorable. :) great shots.

my BSM is My Little Girl is 4. we had her 4th birthday party at a farm this weekend. lots of fun. :)

enjoy your vacation. girl, you so deserve it!

Brittany said...

I love the bikini!! :)

Mine involves some Summer Lovin'! :)

Summer Lovin'

Jaimee said...

What an adorable set! I too break out the bikini, when I get brave enough to wear one...which is normally at night in my secluded backyard! Maybe next summer I will be proud of my bikini (I think I say that every year).

We've been having lots of summer fun:
BSM:What a Difference a Year Makes

Anonymous said...

Just loving those polka dots and adorable sunny face.

Enjoy your vacation.

I have one up that has nothing to do with summer or bikini,
Best Shot Monday

Christina said...

Your words are fantastic, Tracey! You have such a great balance and perspective. And your daughter's round little belly peaking out of a brigh yellow swimsuit....too cute for words!

I am reminiscing today

Anonymous said...

If that isn't just the best of summer, I don't know what is!

She's the cutest little bikini model ever :) Hope your family have an absolutely lovely vacation.

My BSM this week is courtesy of a Mystery Guest Photographer :)

chaoticfamily said...

I love it - love the suit - love the photos...

Happpy vacationing!! :)

Anonymous said...

I find comfort in being around those women who do have the extra bits, who do have a bit more flesh or are 'borderline' who still wear a bikini-and wear it proudly. Their confidence is enough to pull it off.
So own your bikini, and your body in it.
(I'm 20 and have never owned...or tried on a bikini. eek! bra and knickers for everyone to see. thanksverymuchbutnothanks!)

Rose said...

I don't think I've worn a bikini since I was in high school! And now I wouldn't (not 'cause I'm 40 - but more for the BIG scare going right up the middle of my stomach.) although I do like my two pieces that I have.

I love the yellow polka dot swimsuit. Too cute! we had a busy "summer weekend" We started it at the Happiest Place on Earth

Have a nice vacation!

Anna Sawin said...

love the post, love the photo. And the attitude!

My BSM is about bathing suits, too, but on little boys instead. Happy summer, all!


Maya said...

I have been debating on the bikini wearing since having Zane...still debating and so hard when all of my friends haven't had a child yet so their bodies don't show a sign of it! But that polka dot bikini is so inspiring!

Here's some fun summer photos taken recently...

emily said...

I am going to have that song stuck in my head all day - I just know it. I love her yellow polka dot bikini - she's adorable.

Here is what we did for fun last week!

Leah said...

I won't go anywhere near a bikini with the collapsed belly button I have going on. But I am very impressed by those of you who have the confidence to wear one! Only self-judgements over here. :)

Here's my BSM!

natalie said...

My Best Shot: Summer Memories

Love those sweet pictures!

Amy Jo said...

Excellent post Tracey, and excellent photos! She looks like she's having so much fun!

Here's my shot for this week. Outside with my daughter, too!

Kara said...

Ah bikinis - not too much fun. But I'll wear one if someone else joins me in the task. It's never fun to be alone :) Adorable shots!

Here's my BSM - Got Train?

Blueberry said...

adorable suit!!!!! have fun on your vacation!

my best shot

kim said...

Such a cute suit.
I say if you're comfortable in a bikini, wear it. Me, not so much - but if I were built a bit differently, I'd wear one.
Happy vacationing!!!

My BSM post is less about summer fun and more about work....

Anonymous said...

Yellow polka dots AND a sprinkler . . . it has to be summer:)

My BSM is inspired by summer impulsiveness

Andrea said...

Fun fun shot!

Here's my contribution
Best Shot Monday

-Andrea, who is not wearing a bikini anytime soon. ;)

Phyllis Sommer said...

adorable know the manufacturers were humming the whole time....

here's mine

iMother2.0 said...

I'm still wearing a bikini top...with swim trunks on the bottom :)

One of my mom's all time fav song is the polka dot bikini song...thanks for the trip down memory lane.

here's my BSM

Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} said...

I desperately need a more Mom friendly suit (preferable a tankini with a skirt and good coverage)!

BSM: At arm's length

Megan said...

just love that yellow number -- whatever the swim suit, running through sprinklers is always a joy!

have a lovely vacation -- just got back from mine & posted my BSM from my trip.

Sunset Road BSM

Jen said...

I love the yellow polka dot bikini. So sweet.

No bikinis here just my sweet boy: Many Different Ways

Killlashandra said...

Bathing suit shopping has to be one of the worst experience of many people's lives, including mine. I stare at the baby fat that never reabsorbed into my body and wonder why am I doing this?

However, her yellow polka dots are adorable. I live it up to the young and cute to wear the best bathing suits.

My contribution is here:

Dawn said...

Have a fantastic few weeks ahead, Tracey!

little reader

Andi said...

What PRECIOUS shots of your darling one...the polka dots and the smile just blow me over! About the bikini issue...I would NEVER torture others by doing that. I am not 40 yet, but am over weight, and it would not be nice for me to horrify others like that! I LOVE to swim, but do so in as much covering as I can...a one piece with a skirt. There are no photos as evidence of the horror, so my shot this week is what summer truly is to me...the beach!
Here is mine:
Ode to Walt Whitman

Mother of the Freakin' Year said...

Lovin' the yellow polka dot bikini.
I would rather be killed than have to appear in a bikini in public. I am kicking myself in the butt for not enjoying my body more when it was taut and perky!

My BSM this week is
Summer Vibe

Unknown said...

OMG, I love those photos! SO CUTE!

Here's my BSM for this week.

Have a relaxing vacation!

Anonymous said...

Nice coy way to not post a picture of yourself in your bathing suit, the way I did... after Kristen challenged me! However, I do love your daughter's suit... nothing says summer like polka dots.

Lara said...

i wish i had a yellow polka dot bikini, but yellow's not a good color for me. :-P

my best shot is of my sister and her best friend this week!

Portraits of Two Ladies

Sassy said...

Love the yellow polka dot tankini. I will be singing the song all night now, thank you very much!

My BSM takes place at the beach, in a bikini...
Big Foot

cmacc said...

Heres my wee one in her colorful rainbow bathing suit, love the water/beachy idea!

Unknown said...

eeee! i love the bikini shot and the wise words as well! i have red&white bikini shots from this weekend, but went with a different lament for my Best Shot this week.

have a wonderful vacation!

Kimberly said...

Hey, I say if you even *think* about wearing a bikini you must have a pretty good bod! ;)

Here's mine: BSM - I give up!

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