Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Perfect Day

Today was our first day back at school. Which gave me a big headache, LOL. :) But yesterday was the perfect last day of summer vacation, so I am a happy girl.

I was SUPER excited to find out that my story is a finalist in Emily White's fairy tale blogfest! It is my first blogfest and I am very new at writing flash fiction, so I have a ton to learn and I could not possibly have gotten more encouraging news. :) There are five finalists and you can vote on your favorite one here.  Emily has linked the five stories but you can also go back to the post before that and read all 43 awesome entries!  You can vote until the 6th.  I think there is a pretty clear front runner, and it isn't me, but that's totally cool since just being nominated has me floating on air, so I'm not asking that you vote for me, just enjoy reading them all and vote for whatever you like.  :)

So after I got that great news, we spent the last day of vacation doing fun family things.  We took the girls to a zoo that is run by the Humane Society and is entirely populated by animals rescued from other zoos that have closed, those kept as pets that people could no longer handle (like monkeys or pot bellied pigs or 5 foot iguanas).  Each animal pen tells the story of the animals and their rescue, so it's really neat, and you get to feed most of the animals popcorn!
Then we went to the beach!  You would think, living an hour away, that we'd make it there more often, but I honestly don't think we've been there in the last 3 years.  The girls LOVED it!  What a great day!
This is me with my shell crown. I think my girls collected about 800 of these to bring home to add to our ever-growing nature collections... :)  

And then today it was back to alarm clocks and way too many meetings and such before the kiddies come on Tuesday.   Ahh, well.  I folded up my perfect day and am keeping it neatly in my pocket. :)  Have any of you had a perfect day lately?


Summer said...

Hmmm, not off the top of my head. It's been far too hot and muggy for any sort of perfection. I need some rain, or at least clouds!

But I mostly wanted to say how much I love the idea of that zoo. And I'm glad you and your family enjoyed it. I'm sure it was very moving. :)

Old Kitty said...

Congratulations with being shortlisted!!! Well done you!!!! Yay!!

Awww what a wonderful animal rescue place - it's great that these abandoned animals have a sanctuary to care for them. Great stuff!

Oh I love your beach photos - awwwww and your kids are adorable!!

What a perfect day indeed!
Good luck with your fairystory!
Take care

Laura Pauling said...

Sounds like a great day! we live an hour and a half from the ocean and try to get there 3 times over the summer! It's a lot of work with kids!

April said...

Congrats! That's so exciting! I'll have to go check it out!

That sounds like a great zoo, and those pictures are gorgeous. Your kids are so cute! Definitely sounds like the perfect last day of vacation.

Slamdunk said...

It sounds like you celebrated the last day as it should be done--to the fullest.

Falen (Sarah) said...

awww! the beach looks so awesome!

Laura Marcella said...

What a wonderful day! I'm glad you enjoyed your last day of summer vacation. Beautiful pics! I especially like your shell crown!

Jemi Fraser said...

The day does sound perfect! So glad you enjoyed it. I was back to school with all those meetings too - not such a perfect day :)

aspiring_x said...

that zoo is such a wonderful idea! awesome!

and the kiddos are so so so darling!!!

hooray for your perfect day!!!! :)

what do you teach?

Anonymous said...

No perfect days recently to speak of. My motto is to live for the perfect day.... I've yet to have it, so I just keep living.

But I'm so happy you had such a great end to your summer break. Good luck as you start back to school!

Julie Hedlund said...

First - congrats on your fairy story!

Then, congrats on your great day. These are stunning photos, and your happiness oozes off the screen. Thanks for sharing.

We had one of those kinds of days earlier this summer, which I wrote about here:

Keep us posted on the story and good luck with school.

Hannah Kincade said...

It's been a little while since I've had a perfect day. Aren't they the best?! I can't wait to have more. :D That looks like fun beach time but I lurve falll!