We've been going to the Hoover Rec Center for almost a year now...nearly every day! The child care is wonderful, and I'd like to give the two ladies who work there some kind of gift on our 1-year membership anniversary. They're so good to Ayla and she loves them. And I love them because they give me an hour and half of me-time every day. Can't ask for anything better than that!
I'd love to make them each something in addition to getting them a gift certificate, but I'm stumped on ideas. Any suggestions of great crafty (not cheesy) child-caregiver gifts?
This morning we got up bright and early to head to the Pepper Place Farmer's Market downtown. We've been wanting to go since we found out about it last year. Not only is it a great little farmer's market, full of locally grown fruits, vegetables, spices and flowers, but it's also on site of an old Dr. Pepper bottling building, so there are tons of Dr. Pepper signs everywhere, which of course Ben loves.
They have live music, chef demonstrations, and artists selling their material. It was hot, crowded, and full of gorgeous colors, hand made signs, and all sorts of fabulous eye candies for me to take photos of. Here are a few of my favorites:
Even better than the photos, we came home with peaches, tomatoes, red peppers, blackberries, and honey. Great way to start the day. We were home by 10:20 am and still had a whole day left to enjoy!
My favorite night of our beach trip every year is taking family photos. It's a mad dash of directing the family, setting up the shot, pressing the button and sprinting to get into the photo and look "casual" when I get there. My father-in-law caught me in action during our photo shoot:
I look SO much more "pro" than I'll ever be! :)
After Ayla went to bed last night, Ben and I went down to the beach to walk. We watched the moon rise, and last night apparently was a special moon-night...there was a strawberry moon. It looked just like a sunset...going the opposite direction.
Unfortunately we didn't have our camera with us as we were walking, but
when we finished, we ran up and picked it up along with the tripod and played around with the camera. Most of the pics were a blurry mess, but we did get a few salvageable shots...and it was a fun thing to do one evening of our vacation:
When you go to the web site, and mouse over each tile, you can see the different Obama t-shirts available. For those of you who are into the political scene (I'm not actually), this is such a cool way to browse the designs and pick a tee to support your candidate.
I suppose he'd make one for John McCain too, but apparently republicans don't buy quite as many t-shirts....
Check it out...and by all means...email it to your friends, post about it on your blog, myspace, or facebook, and help support the Steeds (ooh, you thought I was gonna say support Obama, didn't you???!) :)
While driving around the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri I noticed there are such cool signs everywhere. While we were waiting to take a boat ride yesterday, I went for a quick walk to capture some of the signage. I have no idea what I'll do with the pictures now, but they were just too cool to pass up! Here's a collage of a few that I collected:
And, since the one holding the camera is rarely in ANY of the pictures from the day, I was lucky to have my mom with me who could take a photo of what *I* did today. :)
While on vacation this week, I noticed that our entire family all has Canon cameras and they're all working overtime. So here's the Canon family photo (taken with a self timer on the bed, facing up...that's right....Grandma and Grandpa's bedroom at the condo has a mirror over the bed!)