March Quarterly Top 5 Link up and Giveaway

Yay! Today is the day I know you have been waiting for all month since you found out about it!!

Amber @ Amber’s Articles
Sarah @ Nap Time Momtog
Myself @ Click it Up a Notch are hosting a Top 5 Link up and Giveaway!!

It was so much fun to go through my pictures from Jan-Mar and pick out my favorites. It was also super difficult!

Here you go! My Top 5 favorite photos of my girls in no particular order.

I just adore this one because we were at Build-a-Bear back in the States. The attendant handed Kate the heart of her stuffed animal and told her to make a wish. I think she stood like this for over a minute. Such sweet innocence!! Sure wish I knew what she was wishing for :O)

This is Ian’s grandpa (who could you please pray for, he just had a mini-stroke last week). He loves taking pictures just as much as I do!! Who knew that was possible :O) What is funny is this is his old film camera and even though his daughters have bought him nice little digital ones he refuses to use them. This is the same camera that in the middle of my wedding started to rewind while we were all praying. It always make me smile to see him pull it out :O)

When we hoped back from the States it took us 6 days! I was exhausted and so ready to be in Ian’s arms again! The weather was gorgeous when we landed so I begged him to go for a walk. This was taken just a few hours after we returned home and we were all so happy to be together again :O)

You all know what a huge advocate I am about being in the picture with your family. This one just makes me smile! We were making silly faces at the camera but Emma took a little tickling to get in the mood. I loved the photos I was able to get at this sunflower field.

This one just screams “childhood” to me. Come on! If two adults were in the water throwing sand at each other, I promise you they would not be laughing. These girls really are the best of friends! I’m so happy they are so close in age (21 months) and will hopefully always have fun like this!

Now onto the good stuff!

Here’s how it works:
1. Go through the photos you have taken of your kids or pets (I remember how my pets were my kids before my kids were my kids :O) Just choose photos taken from January 2011-March 2011.
2. Post them on your blog or flickr account on March 30th-April 6th
3. Link up with the linky either here @ Click it Up a Notch, Amber’s Articles, or Nap Time Momtog.
4. Put our button on your post. If the button is not there you will not be eligible to win.

Now here’s the exciting part! Actually this part makes me wish I wasn’t hosting it and I could participate to WIN!! We are having a giveaway for all those who participate!! Two, yes two, winners will be choosen. It is a random drawing so this isn’t a photography contest.

One lucky winner will win this Shutterbug Necklace from the Vintage Pearl. Be sure to head over to their website to see all their amazing jewelry.

Another lucky winner will win this Mom’s Gonna Snap by Clickin’ Moms (You all know how much I LOVE Clickin’ Moms) So while you are over at there store be sure to join in the community of AMAZING photographers who love to encourage and help each other. I already have two of their shirts and LOVE them! In fact, I think I’m going to head over and buy this one for myself.

The winner will be choosen April 7th!!! So remember this is not a photography contest. It is a random drawing you can participate in just by linking up your top 5 photos of your kiddos! Also, we will be doing this each quarter for 2011 and will be hosting a Top 11 of 2011 at the end of the year.

**Don’t forget to comment on at least 5 other posts that are around yours. Let’s share the comment love :O)**

Be sure to “like” all three blogs – Click it Up a Notch, Amber’s Articles, and Naptime Momtog on Facebook as we will each be featuring some of the entries that we love!!

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I can’t wait to see your fabulous photos!!

A few more reasons to join:

Check out Documenting your Photography Journey
Quarterly Top 5 Photography Gift Ideas

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Comments

  1. Great shots especially of the whole family (including fur babies) out for a walk. This is fun thank you!

  2. Oh my, Courtney, I absolutely love them. You really chose shots that have so much personality.

    My heart melted when I read about Emma making a wish. Then, I LAUGHED when I read about Ian’s grandfather. Then, I thought about how all I would have wanted to do was sleep after 6 days in an airport. Then, I smiled from ear to ear when I saw your family photo. And the last one……there is no words. It is an AWESOME capture of an AWESOME moment with a description that is sadly TRUE (the grown up part that is)

  3. I love that last shot in their matching swimmers splashing around! So cute! And that sunflower field is stunning!

  4. These are so sweet – I really love your last shot!

  5. love love love them all! Especially the grandpa pic and the family one.

  6. That 1st one is just too much. Amazing moment captured!

  7. Thank you to all of you that hosted this.. really fun!

    I love the shot of all of you in the sunflower field. (they are my FAVORITE!)The colors are awesome!

  8. Oh my gosh. I love them all!! Great picks. I love the one of you in it. So cute!

  9. These are all great. I love the first and last ones!

  10. love the pictures, but that first one is just so delicate and precious

  11. Hmm…button’s not working for me again…! I’m starting to think this is my problem, but not sure what to do other than copy & paste.

  12. Oh, that first shot is pure sweetness!

    Thank you for hosting this meme together with Amber and Sarah… I love how fun this is! :)

  13. LOVE the tutus in the water shot!!! These are all so priceless!! Really neat that you guys are doing this and I hope to link up in the next day or two. How come I never knew you had this website…sheesh, I am sOOO slow. I will def. visit more often now!

  14. WOW!! What sweet pictures and amazing captures! They are all so beautiful! Loving the first one!!

  15. These are awesome! I love the last one of the girls so much!

  16. Great pics! I love that last one. :D

  17. Ha! Looks like I didn’t! I thought I did around number 71 but it’s not there. . . thanks for coming by anyway :)

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