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Picking the best summer photo

I need $500!

Ok, really? Does anyone not agree with that sentence?  Could you not use a toasty $500 in your pocket at any given point in time?  I’m already thinking of the school supplies and back-to-school swag I could purchase with that cash.

5 Minutes for Mom is running a Summer Fun Photo Contest with a $500 prize and I’m hunting through all the pictures I have of my kids…which YIKES! rolls into the tens of thousands I think…and pick the one that best exemplifies summer in our house.

I’m going to post a few here and if you could let me know which one you think is the best, that would be great and then I’ll submit it.

I trust you all, you’d never steer me wrong.

Nathaniel #1

Nathaniel #2

Peyton #1 (FYI, this was the last picture I ever took of her pre-diagnosis)

Peyton #2

Rachael #1

Rachael #2

27 Comments on “Picking the best summer photo”

  1. #1 Shelley
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Just one??? Are you kidding! Your kids are beautiful and so photogenic! And by the way, do you ever take a bad picture? If I had to pick one, I’d go with Peyton #2……or Racheal #2 (sorry, I couldn’t narrow it down to one). Good Luck though.

  2. #2 Dawn
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Sorry about this but whatever you do DON’T pick Nathaniel #1. What did you do to the poor boy – stick a pudding bowl on his head and cut round it ?! Somewhere in the archives I think I’ve got a photo of my brother, probably a bit younger, with the same haircut! It’s hilarious.

    If I had to pick one I’d say go for Peyton #1. From the marker pens on her hands and down her legs to the water all over her face it just exemplifies kids having fun. So does Rachel #1. It’s a hard task and you’ll get loads of different answers. Haven’t you go any of all 3 of them together? Daft question – you must have loads!

    Anyway it’s gone midnight over here – must go to bed. But I’m still laughing about that haircut. He’s such a handsome boy, I’m sure he’ll forgive you one day!

  3. #3 Tracy
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Payton #2 You can not find a sweeter picture than that one! How beautiful!

  4. #4 Cyndi
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    My favorite is Peyton # 1

    or Nataniel # 2 Good Luck !

  5. #5 Melisa
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    My fave is Peyton #1. My OTHER fave is Rachael #2.

    Melisas last blog post..If Baby #2 Is a Girl and They Name Her Melisa, I Will REALLY Freak Out.

  6. #6 Jennifer
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Hard to pick but I like Rachael #2. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

    Jennifers last blog post..Goodbye Sweet Girl…

  7. #7 brittany
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I actually think Peyton #2 is prett powerful. And, I love your new header!

    brittanys last blog post..Weekend Wrap Up

  8. #8 Jennifer
    on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Good luck with this, nobody is agreeing. 🙂 My fave is Rachael #1. I think it just screams summertime!

    I’d take $500 right about now. I ordered my fall textbooks today which added up to a heafty $600-some. I’m hoping I’m going to somehow remember to remind myself of all the tables I waited on to pay for these books and actually OPEN them and READ them. 🙂

  9. #9 Peter Mayhew
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I think it depends on the audience really.

    Nathaniel 1 needs to go in the paper for his high school graduation.

    Nathaniel 2 is timeless. A boy on the beach with his thoughts.

    Peyton 1 looks like she’s on a dock, when in reality, she’s on our old porch. Even though it didn’t erase the marker on her legs, that was the water battle to end all water battles, and the last clear moment I remember before diagnosis.

    Peyton 2 shows that cancer cannot stop summer fun.

    Rachael 1 just plain screams summer fun with a sprinkler.

    Rachael 2 will always make me laugh. What cracks me up even more is when she “tries” to make that face now. She can’t do it if she’s thinking about it. I don’t think there’s anything particularly summer-ish about it though. Just a funny face.

    I wish we had one of those with me giving you a fireman carry in the pool! Now THAT would win you the $500.

    Peter Mayhews last blog post..Picking the best summer photo

  10. #10 Zip n Tizzy
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 2:19 am

    They’re all great, but Rachel #2 is the one that sticks for me.

  11. #11 Marie
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 3:55 am

    If it’s winning you’re going for, use the bald Peyton in the water photo. A little sympathy vote might not hurt to stack the deck in your favor!!

  12. #12 lori astacio
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Nathaniel #2
    Peyton #2
    Rachel #1
    I think those were the ones, now I have to go back and double check. Regardless they are all adorable. If I were judge, this is a no-brainer.

  13. #13 Marisa
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Peyton #2
    Rachel #1

    All these pictures are amazing! I wish I could take pictures as good as yours!

  14. #14 Beverly
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 7:33 am

    I love the second picture of Nathaniel. What a great summer photo!

    (Rachael’s second picture is so funny! That’s one for the senior dedication page! Just wait!)

    Beverlys last blog post..Don’t Ask

  15. #15 Marissa
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Peyton #2..

    but the version where it’s all black and white except her bucket and bathing suit pink..(at least I think you posted one like that before, but I could be making it up!!)

  16. #16 Jan
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Rachel #1

    This picture is totally SUMMER TIME JOY!

  17. #17 Crystal
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Rachel #1
    Peyton #2

    Couldn’t decide. All are great shots.

  18. #18 sharon
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    PEyton w/the bucket…the white/black version you’ve posted before…but they are all precious.

  19. #19 Karalyn
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    My absolute favorite is Rachael #2. It is just such a great picture. But doesn’t really scream “summer”.
    My fave that screams summer is Peyton #2.

  20. #20 Tropic of Mom
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Heaven help whoever has to judge this contest! I’ve seen some other photos entered for this contest, and I’m quaking in my boots just thinking about the competition you’ve all put up here!

  21. #21 Amy Nasworthy
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Rachael #2
    I love all the pictures.

    Amy Nasworthys last blog post..Update on Grandma

  22. #22 Gwen Haag
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Definitely Peyton #2. That picture has summer written all over it!!!

    Love, Gwen

  23. #23 Ellen Gildea
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    I love Rachel #1…..she just looks so adorable!

  24. #24 Musing
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Another fan of Rachel #1. They’re all great but that one really stands out to me.

    Good luck!

    Musings last blog post..First kiss

  25. #25 Kim
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    definitely like Rachel #1
    let us know if you are in the top 10.. so we can vote for you!

    Kims last blog post..Good Advice – Do Not Rush. Trust. And Keep a Quiet Heart

  26. #26 Kelsey
    on Aug 4th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I adore both Peyton ones! They are great!

  27. #27 Evon Mease
    on Aug 5th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    It is always hard to choose from children’s photos but I have to go with Peyton #1. I love when kids are looking right into the camera…..you can see their spirit! And the marker all over her shows a bit about her too 🙂