Mile-High Adventure

So, way back when, I booked an awesome hotel and flights in the hopes that a girl’s weekend would work out to go see Denver, CO. Unfortunately, things fell through. Fortunately, I have a husband who would never turn down the opportunity for a long weekend, child-free, out of state. We planned to make no plans; so much so, in fact, that the only thing I scheduled was a 90-minute couple’s massage. Once we got there, we ended up deciding to rent a car for the day and drive into the Rockies. We spent the entire day there, and the next morning we hit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and then Red Rocks. Per the norm, here are all of the high-res shots. And, if you’re wondering – yes, I’m wearing a Ren and Stimpy shirt because that’s the kind of classy lady I happen to be.

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Florida Vacation

So a little while back, we decided it was time to take a short family vacation down to Florida to enjoy the sun, sand, and inappropriately attired beach-goers. I do have my favorites, but the whole set can be viewed here (for the 2 or 3 readers I still have).

We went to the airport and waited for the shuttle, and Emma was pretty excited.

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Which she did not hide at ALL, much to the chuckles of the other travelers.dsc_4757

Since the plane was taking soooooo long to unload, Emma decided that the best course of action would be to insist on reading approximately 3 dozen books.dsc_4781

Once we finally arrived, I had scheduled an adventure the next morning for us to go on a cool pirate cruise!dsc_4832

Unfortunately, Emma barfed in the care en route to the cruise, resulting in the immediate and necessary purchase of the tour shirt. Methinks someone may have done it on purpose because she wanted a souvenir. But I digress.dsc_4860

Someone was very proud of her acumen with the water cannon.dsc_4869

She was officially sworn in as a Bluefoot pirate.dsc_4883

Thusly, she was conscripted to protect all of us adults against the dread “other pirate” who attacked our boat and stole our treasure. All’s well that ends well, and she was awarded with a bag full of gold doubloons and gems.dsc_4904

We did some relaxing at the hotel pool and shared some lovely frozen drinks to cool off from the super-heated, ridiculously humid environs.dsc_4931

We also managed to go on an airboat to see the Everglades and manged to catch a close (too close?) view of some of the area wildlife.dsc_5163

Emma was unsure how she felt about all of it.dsc_5187

Either way, we survived and can mark that one off of our lists.

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Finally, we hit the beach one last time and Emma enjoyed digging with her new shovel while I enjoyed the shade and doing nothing much at all.

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All in all, we really had a lovely time in Florida, “America’s Weiner”.

Once Upon a Time in Charlotte…

For whatever reason, we decided to take a short family vacation to Charlotte (before they started being total jerks). We got a house on the lake, we went boating, we went to a children’s museum, and we visited a drive-thru zoo. It was a nice, relaxing way to spend a few days.  Here are my (way too many) favorite shots, but all of them can be found here.

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2015 Mishmash

Prepare yourself – this post will be chock-full of a total mishmash of 2015 photos. Frankly, I don’t have the patience to go back and post things in order and a little at a time anymore. I wanna get to recent stuff, darn it! So, here are enough events and photos to blow your face off – in no particular order.

Liberty Tower (all found here)

Once in a great while, photographers get the unique opportunity to shoot somewhere that cameras normally are not allowed. This is one of those times: Liberty Tower, located in downtown Dayton, has been around since the 30’s and is a very architecturally unique building in the Art Deco style.

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Full Eclipse (all here)

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Mackinac Island (all found here)

Keith and I managed to escape, child-free, for a trip to Mackinac Island. It was glorious. We relaxed, we biked, we walked, and we generally enjoyed time away from being responsible.

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A family affair (here, here, here, here, and here)

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The End of 2015. Thanks, and come again. 🙂

Halloween and L’ville Mega Cavern!

I’m not feeling particularly pithy or creative this evening, so I have little to relay in the way of funny stories or anecdotes – simply put, these are some photos from Halloween of 2014 and then a visit down to Louisville, to visit a winery and then the Louisville Mega Cavern. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed being part of them!

A few from Halloween below – the rest here :

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Louisville – a few here and the rest here:

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