a thrill a minute

a thrill a minute


With children you never know when you’re going to really tickle their fickle fancies. I’m happy to report that this birthday was an overall success on all accounts. The celebration lasted for days and yet it was refreshingly simple and easy. The joy for me was that every little thing was appreciated, each gift brought a smile and I heard more than one ‘this is the best day of my life’.

My Best Shot today epitomizes a perfect birthday and yet another candle on my daughter’s cake. How about your week? What delighted and thrilled you?

And yet again, this is my weekend SOOC shot as well.

  • Berta
    Posted at 05:06h, 15 June Reply

    We took a well-deserved ride to the nature park and just ‘chilled’. This calm and peaceful time together DELIGHTED AND THRILLED ME to no end! The weather was cool and looming clouds brought more rain and calm.

    I love your daughter’s picture of surprise – how sweet is that!

  • Joanna
    Posted at 05:34h, 15 June Reply

    We have a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks too. To hear your child say ‘this is the best day of my life’ really tickles a Mommy’s heart. How wonderful that she was so happy.

    Here’s my BSM. I cant get enough of my macro!

  • Dawn
    Posted at 06:59h, 15 June Reply

    What a sweet shot, she is so full of expression! Happy belated b-day to your lil one 🙂

    I was thrilled to reconnect with a long, lost friend….

    Have a wonderul week!

  • golightly
    Posted at 07:17h, 15 June Reply

    I can’t tell you how much I LOVE that picture! It’s perfect. It’s wonderful. what a day for both of you.

    here’s mine.

  • Lee
    Posted at 11:10h, 15 June Reply

    What a fantastic shot! Mine is on my site: BSM

  • Amanda
    Posted at 11:13h, 15 June Reply

    There’s nothing better than pure natural emotion. Great capture! Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my best shot
    this week.

  • Jessica New
    Posted at 12:28h, 15 June Reply

    Happy Best Shot Monday to all!!!

    We are taking it to ANOTHER LEVEL over here!!

    Happy Birthday to my niece!!!

  • susiej
    Posted at 12:54h, 15 June Reply

    Incredible timing for that shot. The face speaks volumes. We’re growing a fort, but I think it’s really for me, not the kids.
    Jack’s Magic Beans

  • Donna K
    Posted at 13:19h, 15 June Reply

    I remember all the birthday parties that did go "perfect" when my boys were little and I remember a few comments from them when they thought it was perfect too. I liked the homemade crowns instead of bought ones. Have a great Monday. My best shot today is on my blog http://www.kirkville-acreage.blogspot.com. I look forward to these "best shot Mondays’". Have a good day.

  • Christina
    Posted at 13:44h, 15 June Reply

    What a perfect moment you captured! Even better that it’s SOOC. Seeing her excitement must have made you positively guiddy!!

    We enjoyed a day at the zoo with friends!

  • Heather
    Posted at 13:54h, 15 June Reply

    My oldest just turned five and she likewise was just ecstatic about every part of this year’s birthday. You captured that very moment so well–such a spark of personality and unedited joy. Love this!

    With Father’s Day coming up, I thought I’d share a Daddy’s Girl shot.

  • MelodyA.
    Posted at 13:57h, 15 June Reply

    Aw, check out that expression!! Priceless. Happy birthday to your sweet big girl.

    What thrilled the girls this weekend does not thrill me. But what a great experience: Gross

  • Amy Jo
    Posted at 14:18h, 15 June Reply

    That expession is PRICELESS! Happy birthday!

    We celebrated a friend’s birthday this weekend, and we started collecting our bounty!

  • Jen
    Posted at 14:29h, 15 June Reply

    I love her expression it says it all. Sounds like your week was much like ours. We celebrated a couple of birthdays and ate lots of cake. My daughter was the same way this year. Every gift she opened was exactly what she wanted and the best gift ever. It is so fun to give them gifts when they get so excited.

    My best shot is birthday related too:
    Birthday Candles

  • lifeineden
    Posted at 14:32h, 15 June Reply

    Such a great moment captured! We celebrated a 6th birthday last weekend, and I didn’t exactly get any best shots. My camera is being replaced. But I’m hoping by next year I will have pictures like this. Maybe even in 2 weeks, when we celebrate a double 1st birthday for our twins.

    Our 6th b-day celebration was full of gratitude also — perhaps it’s a milestone age. I hope so!

  • carrie
    Posted at 14:44h, 15 June Reply

    Oh that really is priceless! What a fantastic shot. I am thrilled that we are finally winding down this week.

  • megan
    Posted at 15:24h, 15 June Reply

    mine involves a birthday at our house, too :).

    9th bday

  • Lis
    Posted at 15:28h, 15 June Reply

    Here is my girl in action:

    I tend to keep most of my photos private … but wanted to share this one. I wish I was strong enough to hang on to a rope swing!

  • Cara
    Posted at 16:41h, 15 June Reply

    I love the expression on her face.
    Here is my baby with his new do.
    Happy Monday to all!

  • Maggie
    Posted at 16:52h, 15 June Reply

    If that isn’t the perfect birthday expression, then I don’t know what would be!

    My best shot this week has me craving some more vacation…

  • Mandy
    Posted at 16:58h, 15 June Reply

    What a thrilled look she has on her face! Looks like she had a wonderful birthday! We had a thrilling time previewing Disney’s Nightastic (can’t thank you enough, Tracey, for the connection there!)

    Summer Nightastic

  • natalie
    Posted at 17:40h, 15 June Reply

    I LOVE your MBS. What a perfect picture of a childhood birthday! Doesn’t every mother dream that her child would look just like that on his/her birthday?

    I haven’t played along in a while. I’ve felt rather uninspired with my pictures, despite taking lots and lots of images. I did a series of photo shoots this past weekend, but this little guest appearance deserves to be MBS.

  • Chris
    Posted at 18:12h, 15 June Reply

    That shot is priceless! I love it! Here’s my SOOC Saturdayand here’s BSM

  • NTE
    Posted at 19:01h, 15 June Reply

    What a perfect birthday… I’m glad your girl had a great time.

    Here’s my Best Shot

  • NTE
    Posted at 19:02h, 15 June Reply

    Sorry about that, I thought I had the code right…

    Best Shot

  • Dani
    Posted at 19:52h, 15 June Reply

    My husband and I took an anniversary trip to Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin last week. I’ve posted to sets of photos on my blog already! Many more to come!

  • Melissa G
    Posted at 20:17h, 15 June Reply

    Love it! I think the drawings on her crown may be my favorite part.

    Here’s mine, from a recent trip to San Antonio.

  • FoodPaperScissors
    Posted at 22:01h, 15 June Reply

    What a joy for a mom to hear ‘this is the best day of my life’ from the birthday girl.

    My daughter had a birthday this week too….and my photos were also SOOC!


  • mary
    Posted at 10:53h, 16 June Reply

    Awww, this one really brought a smile to my face this morning! Happy birthday to your sweet daughter. 🙂

  • elk
    Posted at 13:31h, 16 June Reply

    tracey I just wanted to pop in and let you know your post made my heart swell…to hear your kid say that is SO MUCH fun!

  • Julie
    Posted at 16:52h, 16 June Reply

    What a great capture!!

  • arizaphale
    Posted at 21:21h, 22 June Reply

    Oh what a brilliant capture! I think I have a very similar one from a very similar age somewhere in the archives. We used to clal this the ‘Wow Factor’. Happy Birthday to her and to you Mum!

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