March 28, 2012
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March Quarterly Top 5 Link Up and Give Away…..Come JOIN US!!!
I hope all of you mothers, of furry friends and children alike, have searched through your first quarter photos and are ready to share them with Amber, Sarah and myself. If you’re not sure what I am talking about scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all of the details and see the prizes that will be randomly given away.

I have known for a while now that this day would come, but I’m still having trouble believing that it’s already the end of March. Nonetheless, it’s time for me (and YOU) to share your TOP 5 Favorite Photos from the first three months of the year. Last year, I could only share photos of Kitty Paw. This year, with a baby on the way…I thought I’d share pictures of our daughter in development (and in my belly) as well as pictures of Kitty Paw. Here they are in no particular order: 
12 Week Ultrasounds - Sisk RS
In January, I announced that I was expecting a baby in August. These ultrasound photos were taken at 12 weeks – hard to believe it’s been 10 weeks since that appointment.
Kitty Paw Valentine's Day Card RS
In February, I launched the 2nd Annual Love Letters to Kitty Paw photo challenge. The turnout wasn’t nearly as grand as it was last year, but I think everyone that participated still had a great time. Either way, I love this picture I used for my own Valentine’s Card.
It's a GIRL!
Just four weeks ago, during my 18 week appointment, we found out we are having a little girl. While I’m pretty sure that our daughter will one day fuss at me for posting such a picture, this shot makes me so happy.
Kitty Paw laying in the Sun RS
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that Kitty Paw loves to bask in the sun…in fact, she tends to move around the house based on where the sun is falling. Even better, she hardly moves when I plop down to take a photo. I wonder if she’ll get jealous of her little sister when the camera isn’t directed at her?
20 Weeks RS
Finally, my last belly shot (prior to the one I’m supposed to take today). I love that you can finally see my belly in this photo…and I love the lighting.

Now show us your Top 5!!! Amber of Click Pray Love, Sarah Halstead, and I want to see them. Here’s how it works:
  • Go through your January, February and March 2012 photo archives
  • Choose your favorite FIVE photos and post them to your blog or Flickr account through Tuesday, April 3rd
  • PLEASE only use photos that include YOUR CHILDREN and/or PETS 
  • Accompany each photo with a short explanation (or caption) of why it was selected
  • Link up with Amber at Click.Pray.Love, Sarah the NapTime MomTog, or me at Ramblings and Photos
  • Be sure to include the Quarterly Top 5 banner or button in your post. If the banner or button is not there you will not be eligible to win.

Speaking of winning here are the prizes that will be randomly given away: 

A Shutter Buddy of your choice ($23 value)
I don’t own one of these, but Amber owns the Frog and the Caterpillar. They work so well with children who you just can’t seem to engage with the camera. Be sure to click over and check out all of Leora’s products. I think I’ll have to get one of these as my little girl grows up and realizes her mother is a photography nut…and to use with my young clients. 

A Camera Strap from Chic Homeschool Mama ($25 value)
You guys all know Gina…and like the rest of us, she loves photography. In addition, she does a wonderful job making the rest of us shoot in style with her “stylish beach bum” camera straps and lens bags. Actually, she’s offering a 15% discount right now – you can use the coupon code  top5Q1. Be sure to check them out!

A Spot in Natural Light-Creative Basics For Any Camera from Bella Pop ($60 value)
The next class begins Thursday, April 5th, the day after the winners are chosen. You can begin that class immediately or Brandy said you could join when it is offered in May or June.

Here is what BellaPop.com says about the class, “With any camera… point & shoot, cell phone, DSLR… natural light can make a world of difference. This class is for beginner shooters with little or no photography experience who would like to understand the basics of natural light and how it can make or break a photograph. In just 2 weeks you’ll learn how to use natural light photography tips to take better pictures with any point and shoot camera.” 
Be sure to check out Bella Pop. Brandy offers a variety of classes, tutorials, fun photos, recipes, etc.

A BIG thank you to our sponsors!!! Remember THIS IS NOT A CONTEST. Anyone can enter and you do not have to have the best photo to be considered for the giveaway. It is a random giveaway, as we want to encourage people to share their memories. One person will be chosen for each gift. 
Let the fun begin!!!
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 
Give away is open to adults 18 years or older.  
I was not compensated in any way in exchange for the above products being given away.
If gift is unclaimed after 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen using Random.org.

40 COMMENTS

    Love the photos you pickes. :) Kitty Paw is adorable.

    Great to catch up again and see you blooming in that beautiful dress Ashley.

    I enjoyed this trip down “short memory” lane…glad you are doing well!

    Yay, I FINALLY joined one of your linkys!

    I love the last shot of Kitty Paw and the one of your growing bump, beautiful lighting in both! Your dress is so pretty too :D
    Hope your pregnancy is going well for you :)

    Yours are beautiful!!!!! I can’t wait to see the photos you take once your little girl is born

    Looking great Ashley! I can’t begin to tell you how much fun you are in for as a parent. I have two girls and in two weeks we are taking them to Disneyland! They have no idea! As a dad I’m bursting with excitement for them. It brings the little kid feelings back in me!! Great pictures!

    Yippee Skippy, I’m excited about this one! I love your pics, especially your belly shot! So sweet!!

    oh i love these shots and that belly shot is just beautiful! i am so excited for this!! can’t wait to see all the entries!!

    It is crazy to think that by the end of the year we will be seeing photos of Miss Sisk and Kitty Paw may (or may not) have taken a back seat for a short time.

    Beautiful shots as always and I love the “IT’S A GIRL” US shot. It is just so fun to find out what you are having.

    I really love that shot of you and your bump in that pretty dress.

    Haha, Kitty Paw is already sharing the limelight with your baby girl in this post! :)

    Both of your girls are beautiful! :) . It has been fun watching you bloom. Such an exciting time to savor.

    LOVE these Ashley- I have my fingers crossed for an Aug 5th or 12th arrival since those are 2 Aug b-days in our family :)

    Oh, I love the bokeh on Kitty Paw’s fur! What a sweet looking cat. And of course your baby belly is ADORABLE :)

    I love the photos you picked, combining both your growing baby and your fur baby. So sweet!

    I *love* that last shot. The lighting is fantastic. :D

    And you know, Aug 11 is my Becky’s birthday, and the 29th is mine. We’d share. ;)

    Love your photos! And CONGRATS! OMG, you must be soooo excited! My Livvy was born in August (the 10th)! I linked up over at Sarah’s blog!

    Beautiful picks, Ashley! Love that Kitty Paw, she’s such a ham!

    Great photos! Love that you now have 2 baby girls to show off! Can’t wait to “meet” the human one!

    Wahooo! How fun, I’ve never done one of these before! Of course, love Kitty Paw, & da baba belly pic is the sweetest! (Plus the dress is beautimous!)

    I love all of the sweet photos documenting your pregnancy journey!

    Beautiful photos, especially of the sweet little one. Thank you for hosting such a fabulous photo party and encouraging us bloggers to meet and mingle.

    Great photos! Love the one of your tummy and Kitty Paw too, of course :)

    Love the belly shots! Can’t wait to see your top 5 photos of the last quarter! ;)

    is it ok to post some pics of my chicks? I am young from 12-14 years old so I do not have kids. Thanks!

    -Moira (Farm Girl)

    I hope that you don’t mind chicks.
    -Farm Girl (Moira)

    That shot of you by the window is GORGEOUS! What a pretty dress! So fun to see you “grow”. :)

    Thank you for this opportunity to share! I’m in love with this quarterly top 5 challenge ;)

    Your shots are all great but the one with your tummy made me almost cry ♥
    Love it!

    Love all of your shots Ashley! That last one is just so feminine and pretty! But the ultrasounds just tug at my heartstrings ;)

    I like the pictures you picked. And yeah, I’m guessing one day your girl is going to be really embarrassed… but at least she’ll know she’s loved and wanted. =)
    ~Aidyl
    http://www.aidylewoh.blogspot.com

    I like the pictures you picked. And yeah, I’m guessing one day your girl is going to be really embarrassed… but at least she’ll know she’s loved and wanted. =)
    ~Aidyl
    http://www.aidylewoh.blogspot.com

    Love these shots! :) Hope you are feeling great!

    Love that last one! Such a cute dress. Posting mine tomorrow…picking 5 is HARD.

    Your pictures are SO beautiful. I especially love the series of the ultrasound photos.

    So fun that you included the ultrasound pics. Can’t wait to see all the gorgeous photos you take of your baby girl!

    i LOVE the crop on the last one. really draws me in to the subject (your belly hehe!)

    Love the photos you picked! Kitty Paw is so beautiful! Can’t wait until you can share photos of your little girl on the outside of your belly. :) Although I love the ones you have of her on the inside.

    I did it, Ashley!
    And it made me cry.
    But it felt good.
    I so looooove your top 5!

    All so wonderful Ashley, I love the ultrasound pics! Kitty Paw is gorgeous, I love your Valentine’s pic! And your final shot is beautiful, I love the light and reflection!

    Havent had time to stop by in awhile…so great to see the belly shot, beautiful!


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