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Summer Vacation: Part 2 - Ramblings and Photos
Summer Vacation: Part 2
Two days ago, we went to the aquarium (it was raining most of the day, so we took it easy – I haven’t even opened those photos yet so I’ll have to share those later). We were responsible for cooking dinner…and when I say we, I really mean my husband (he likes being in the kitchen ALONE). It was pretty great. Shortly after dinner, my mother-in-law decided she was going to make homemade ice cream. 
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When I walked out on the back porch, my niece was standing there – I couldn’t tell if she was tired or starting to think about vacation being over. She looked so sweet, but sad. I had to perk this girl up. We threw a ball for a while and then decided to take a walk on the beach.
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My husband came along.
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While we were out there, we made it our mission to find BIG seashells. Here, Alyssa is showing me her latest find.
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Paw Paw (my father-in-law) also joined us. I love how they’re walking in sync.
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When we first decided that we were going to walk on the beach, we told Alyssa that she didn’t need to put on her swimsuit because she would only get her feet wet. We were wrong. I would have known this if I was a parent. None the less, I’m starting to see the makings of a young lady as she walks down the beach.
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Then she gives me this face…almost to say, enough Ashley! Actually, I think I told her to give me a happy face. I guess if left up to interpretation, this could be happy?
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I found this shell and decided that for Macro Friday, I HAD to have a seashell shot. It may not be the prettiest seashell, but I think it looks cool.
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Finally, as we were about to walk back in, we ran into Uncle John…so we stopped to watch him fish for a little while.
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Like I said, we’re heading back today. We’ve had a great week and I still have loads of photos to share. Hope everyone had a great week. 

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    Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! And you got some great photos!

    Your photos are amazing!

    Ashley your photos have been so amazing this past week. Love the shell you took for macro Friday. Looks like you’re going to be a great mommy, your niece is very lucky to have you in her life.

    yes, I hope you had a great and relaxing time!
    Great photos, especially the 2nd one with the little girl looking sad!

    So glad you’re having a great time! Love the pic of Alyssa on the porch – the second pic. Lovely!

    So sweet. I love the shell for the macro, but your niece steals the show!

    I love the shell for Macro… needs to be framed for sure (maybe even sold ;0)

    Hey there! I’m a new follower from Follow Me, Chickadee Fridays! Great blog – love your photos. I ABSOLUTELY love the photo with the shell. It’s gorgeous. -Meg O. @ oisme.blogspot.com

    Looks like lots of fun!

    Beautiful work! Both shell photos are neat…. I like your one for macro friday, but I REALLY love the composition of the one where she’s holding the shell in her hands…

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more!

    Oh I love seashells! I live in Michigan and am surrounded by water– We don’t have shells like the ocean does, but we do have really pretty rocks and gem stones :)

    That is a beautiful photo!
    ~One Country Girl~

    Visiting from Follow me Chickadee! I love the seashells and the pictures are amazing! I wish we found sea shells like those on the beaches here in CA. Feel free to visit me if you like.


    HA HA HA…you crack me up! :-) The 2nd picture (your niece on the balcony) GLORIOUS! So lovely. And I love your macro shot too – the color is great! Happy weekend my friend! :-)

    What gorgeous photographs. Makes me long for the beach!

    That’s a lot of fun!!! The photo of her giving a face is so funny. Love the shots!

    I love the shell pictures too — what great photos and a beautiful place to vacation. Thanks for sharing – I feel like I have been there… :)

    What a fun time. The shot of the shell in the sand is beautiful!

    Thank ypu for sharing your vacation photos. I love the photo of your niece on the porch. Thanks for the comment today. I’m going to watermark :)

    I love the sand grain in the macro shot! It’s gorgeous!

    this is a very neat series, the second photo is sweet and full of emotions.

    Beautiful shots! I love the shell photo.

    SO I want to be on vacation with you, truly! and yoru macro shot of the shell Rocks.. Such complicated beauty. WEll done. I look forward to yoru entries each week!

    very nice shots!

    The shell is beautiful. When I lived in Long Island we were always finding shells to collect.

    Gorgeous photo! I love the color & texture of that shell. And the composition is perfect. Beautiful!! :)