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The joy of summer Photo Contest GRAND PRIZE Winner
The joy of summer
The joy of summer
© Monika Sapek
Nikon D70 Digital ...
Susan L. Vasquez
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    Monica, this shot is perfection!
Everything is just right! You should be very proud!

5/31/2005 10:06:49 AM

April  Riggs
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This is a great shot, I agree- PERFECTION

5/31/2005 10:12:01 AM

Mary N C. Taitt
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WOW!! Great shot, just perfect. Good sharpness, great expression, great movement in the picture, good diagonals, perfect composition. Good contrast. Very evocative! A winner!!!

5/31/2005 10:17:52 AM

Deb Holmes
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Wonderful image, Monika, this is outstanding!

5/31/2005 10:37:54 AM

Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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Wonderful image, great contrast and expression on the girl's face. And it works great as black and white. I can feel her joy at being in the water spray! Great job!

5/31/2005 11:30:13 AM

Murry Grigsby
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I'm not sure I've seen a title more perfectly illustrated Monika? This is GREAT! I love your design, timing, action, lighting and use of B&W!! Kudos to you and your cute model :0)

5/31/2005 11:36:49 AM

Michelle Lea  Guinn
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Awesome b&w image Monika!!! Fantastic job on this!!! mlg

5/31/2005 12:15:51 PM

Amanda Price
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I agree with the others! This is a winner!

5/31/2005 5:46:03 PM

Monika Sapek
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Susan, April, Mary, Deb, Marvin, Murry, Michelle, and Amanda – thank you very much for taking your time to look at this image and your kind remarks on it! I truly appreciate it!

5/31/2005 6:13:53 PM

Olivia Navarro
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Absolutely fantastic, Monica! Like everyone else, I agree that it will be a winner!

6/9/2005 7:40:54 PM

Barbara Helgason
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Wow, this is beautiful, congratulations and best of luck in the next round Monica!

1/21/2006 7:57:55 AM

Life Expressions 
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Congrats on your finalist Monika!

1/21/2006 8:17:22 AM

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Great light and exuberance.

1/21/2006 1:20:18 PM

Kristi A. Howson
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Love the back light and great show of pleasure and joy Monika! Congratulations on your Finalist and Best of Luck in the next Round!!!!

1/21/2006 3:39:46 PM

Alana Ibe
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This is so gorgeous with the backlighting! Congratulations!

1/21/2006 7:11:10 PM

Piotr M. Organa
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Gorgeous b/w! Congrats, Monika!

1/23/2006 8:30:42 PM

Deborah  Sandidge
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Fitting title to a perfect image, Monika - congratulations and good luck with your exceptional finalists!!

1/23/2006 9:05:05 PM

Alana Ibe
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A big Congratulations, Monika!!! This is a beautiful shot!

1/24/2006 5:53:17 AM

Ellen Peach
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Congratulations to you & adorable Kate on this excellent Grand Prize Winner*~*

1/24/2006 5:53:40 AM

Mary Dimitriw
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A Huge Congradulations on your Grand Prize Winner!!!!

1/24/2006 6:05:57 AM

Barbara Helgason
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CONGRATULATIONS MONIKA, what a fantastic and joyful picture! GRAND PRIZE!!! Way to go Monika!!!

1/24/2006 6:19:06 AM

Life Expressions 
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Congratulations Monika on your grand prize winner!!!

1/24/2006 6:20:13 AM

Michelle Lea  Guinn
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Congratulations Monika!!! mlg~

1/24/2006 6:42:14 AM

Mary N C. Taitt
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1/24/2006 6:58:48 AM

Jennifer Johnston
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Congratulations Monika. Awesome picture and well deserved grand prize!

1/24/2006 7:07:16 AM

Piotr M. Organa
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Congrats on your Grand Prize, Monika!!!

1/24/2006 7:14:29 AM

Chris Macer

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Congrats on the Grand Prize!! Amazing capture, Monika!! :)

1/24/2006 7:15:17 AM

Megan p
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This photo makes me long for sumertime!!!! Congratulations on your HUGE win!!!

1/24/2006 7:43:27 AM

Robert M. Nicholson
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Congrats! Great capture!

1/24/2006 7:46:34 AM

Pat Gamwell
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WOW, Monika! Bet you never dreamed this photo would land you the big prize, did you? lol. CONGRATS for a well deserved image!

1/24/2006 7:49:15 AM

Goshka G.
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BIG congrats on this wonderful Grand Prize win, Momika!!!

1/24/2006 7:49:17 AM

Kay Beausoleil
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Congratulations on this wonderful Grand Prize win, Monika, and for your win in Details and Macro, too!

1/24/2006 7:50:41 AM

Wendy Stevenson
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Big Congrats on this awesome Grand Prize win Monika!! Such a great feel to this superb catch - WTG!!!

1/24/2006 7:56:06 AM

Kristi A. Howson
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WooHoo Monika...this is just of my favorites of yours...Huge congratulations on this wonderful win. I am so happy for you!!! A very well deserved image!!!!

1/24/2006 8:17:14 AM

bob cornelison
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Congrats on a well deserved grand prize!
I love it!

1/24/2006 8:21:00 AM

Chris Van Antwerp
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Wonderful image. I can't wait for summer to get here now.

1/24/2006 8:26:09 AM

Karen Bacon
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congratulations monika!

1/24/2006 8:29:51 AM

Susana Heide
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WOW!! Grand Prize for you!!!! Truly a winner of an image! CONGRATULATIONS!!

1/24/2006 8:39:00 AM

Amanda Price
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It's about time this wonderful shot was recognized! Congrats!!

1/24/2006 8:47:53 AM

Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful Monika!!! Congrats on your GRAND PRIZE winner!!!!

1/24/2006 8:48:04 AM

Sharon  Day
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1/24/2006 8:53:33 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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How exciting, such a great image!!! A great BIG congratulations!!!

1/24/2006 9:14:27 AM

Dorann Weber
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Gorgeous, perfection...Congratulation's~!

1/24/2006 9:33:20 AM

Esther Smith
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Grand Prize...Congratulations Monika!!!

1/24/2006 9:38:04 AM

Terry L. Ellis
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Congratulations, Monika, on this superb Grand Prize win!

1/24/2006 9:51:11 AM

Janet L. Skinner
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What a wonderful image, Monika!! Congratulations on this big win!!

1/24/2006 10:01:17 AM

Michael S. Baker
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Great capture, great 'Grand Prize' win, Monika!

Mike B-

1/24/2006 10:13:07 AM

Terrill Province
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YIPPEE ~ CONGRATULATIONS!!! Grand Prize Winner, Monika ~ well deserved!!!

1/24/2006 10:31:26 AM

Claudia/Theo Bodmer
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Way to go, Monika! Claudia

1/24/2006 10:51:18 AM

Erica Murphy
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MUCHO CONGRATS MONIKA!!!! What a fun and fabulous photo this is too!!!


1/24/2006 11:13:07 AM

Karen Engelbreth
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Congrats on your Grand Prize win, Monika!

1/24/2006 11:29:03 AM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner Monika. Good job.

1/24/2006 11:30:17 AM

Deborah  Sandidge
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How exciting and well deserved, Monika - congratulations!

1/24/2006 12:17:46 PM

Kathleen Clemons
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So well deserved, Monika. Big congrats to you!!!

1/24/2006 12:54:06 PM

Gail P. Sullivan
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Big congratulations on your super win, Monika!

1/24/2006 1:03:32 PM

Vicki Hunt
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Congratulations on this awesome win!!!

1/24/2006 1:21:27 PM


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Monika, congratulations!! Awesome job!

1/24/2006 1:31:25 PM

Marija Milovanovic Maksimovic

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Many congratulations on your win, Monika!

1/24/2006 1:46:32 PM

Joline Frazier
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Congratulations on this well deserved win. It is a beauty!

1/24/2006 2:25:55 PM

Lorri Shank
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Congrats, Monika! You have a ton of talent and this is well-deserved!!

1/24/2006 2:32:16 PM

Judith G. Secco
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Just fantastic!! Congratulations on your grand prize!!

1/24/2006 2:39:53 PM

Theresa Marie Jones
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The best to the BEST! BIG Congratulations Monika on your award winning photo! Love your Gallery!!

1/24/2006 3:24:13 PM

William C. Raco
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Beautiful photo, Monika
Congratulations on the well deserved win!


1/24/2006 3:37:27 PM

Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this beautiful grand prize win, Monika!

1/24/2006 3:55:23 PM

Cindy Paquette
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Your image is so beautiful in b/'s no wonder you won the coveted prize this month Monika! CONGRATULATIONS! ;-)

1/24/2006 4:10:22 PM

Terry  R. Hatfield
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Congratulations On A Great Image Of Kate And Your Grand Prize Winner Monica!!

1/24/2006 4:35:46 PM

Mary K. Robison
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CONGRATULATIONS on your Grand Prize winner, Monika!
It must be doubly pleasurable that Kate was the subject in it!

1/24/2006 5:10:07 PM

Stan J. Contrades
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Super job and extra BIG CONGRATULATIONS on this Grand Prize winner, Monika!!
Much Aloha,

1/24/2006 5:20:51 PM

Monika Sapek
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I want to thank you so much for your generous notes, everyone! I was in complete shock this morning, when I received the notifications about my win – thank you Better Photo! – and I still am! What a surprise and honor! Even the sun that finally came out after the long days of rain couldn’t make my day brighter today! Once again thank you so much for your wonderful support, everyone! I truly appreciate it!

1/24/2006 5:58:59 PM

Anita Taylor
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This is so beautiful and timeless, Monika! The b&w really lets the mood come through. Super congratulations on your Grand Prize win!

1/24/2006 6:38:38 PM

Karen Rahlf
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Congratulations! A great photo and a very well deserved win.

1/24/2006 6:41:59 PM

Jeff Lovinger
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A big congratulations to you Monika !!!! Fantastic photo.

1/24/2006 7:28:01 PM

Jill Flynn
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A big congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WINNER Monika! Superb in every way!!

1/24/2006 7:43:20 PM

Simon Effendi
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Wow.. I love this kind of photo! Perfect moment! Congrats! :)

1/24/2006 7:54:01 PM

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Big Congratulations on this beautiful grand prize win Monika!!!!

1/24/2006 7:56:45 PM

Gustavo Márquez
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Very good work, Monika! Congratulations!

1/24/2006 8:37:39 PM

Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your beautiful grand prize win, Monika!

1/24/2006 8:45:28 PM

Charlene Bayerle
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Well Deserved Monika!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

1/24/2006 9:05:19 PM

Susan T. Evans
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Congrats Monika on the Grand!!!

1/24/2006 9:28:00 PM

Allan L. Dy
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A GRAND congrats to you Monika!!!

1/24/2006 9:29:16 PM

Rakesh Syal
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WOW!!!! What a grand winner!!!
Perfect in all respect, Monica!!!

1/24/2006 9:56:50 PM

Robert Mann
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I so remember this marverlous image of yours, Monika! It is perfect for the theme and a wonderful addition to the Grand Prize Winners gallery. Many big, huge, marvelous congrats to you!!!

1/24/2006 10:03:39 PM

Su Sana E. P
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Congratulations on this outstanding Grand Prize Winner, Monika!!

1/24/2006 10:07:18 PM

Cora Miller
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This is so full of emotion! Truly an exceptional shot and one that deserves every bit of respect it receives! A huge congratulations, Monika!!!

1/24/2006 10:12:00 PM

Renee Doyle
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Huge congratulations for a truly magical shot Monika!!! Perfect in every way!!

1/24/2006 11:22:23 PM

Mary  Clarke
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Many, many congratulations Monika. Wonderful image and it really sums up your title.

1/25/2006 1:37:51 AM

Donna W. Neal
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WOW...This is fab. Monika!!!

1/25/2006 4:04:31 AM

Viveca Venegas
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Monika, this is splendid and such a joy to look at. Well deserved. Bravisima!

1/25/2006 4:25:44 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Monika on this exceptional GP Winner! Jeff

1/25/2006 4:43:05 AM

Laurence Saliba
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Congratulations on this outstanding Grand Prize Winner, Monika!!!!!!!!!

1/25/2006 6:00:06 AM

Murry Grigsby
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Congratulations Monika on your wonderful image and grand prize win! Well done and well deserved!!

1/25/2006 6:28:10 AM

Kelly Heaton
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Wonderful & Congratulations Monika!

1/25/2006 7:27:57 AM

Guy D. Biechele
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Fantastic, Monika! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

1/25/2006 10:29:13 AM

Desiree M. Bento
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A hearty congratulations to you Monika! Wonderful!

1/25/2006 7:39:28 PM

Dolores Neilson
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I am SO excited!! You know I love your work, Monika! And so delighted you have rec'd the recognition you deserve with this image! Way to go, my friend! Enjoy your win!

1/26/2006 3:57:12 AM

Cynthia N. Queen

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Beautiful, Soft, fun, exciting, joyful….it’s got it all! Congratulation on your Grand Prize win!!

1/26/2006 4:51:00 AM

Mick Burkey
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Delightful image, Monika. Congrats on the win. Well deserved.

1/26/2006 9:30:40 AM

Vickie Skellenger
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Wonderful capture of exuberance Monika! Congrats to you!!!!!!

1/26/2006 3:11:41 PM

Susi Lawson
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Big cnograts on this very well deserved win, it is a beautiful inspiring image!!

1/27/2006 7:32:17 AM

Bill Houghton
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Congratulations Monika on your beautiful win. Bill

1/27/2006 8:50:26 AM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Congrats Monika!!! Well done and well deserved!!

1/28/2006 11:51:15 AM

Amber M. Garibay

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I will never forget this shot. It is everything good in this world wrapped up in a picture. Congratulaions on your GRAND PRIZE win!!

1/31/2006 10:14:00 AM

Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Monika!

Cathy :)

2/1/2006 9:10:56 AM

Ivan Chacon
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Congratulations Monika !!!
Great job !

2/3/2006 8:19:34 AM

Ed Heaton
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Excellent work Monika! Congrats on this outstanding image :-)

2/5/2006 10:53:31 AM

Barbara K. 
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I have been meaning to congratulate you for some time. WELL DESERVED Grand Prize Monika! It is always a pleasure to see your work.

2/12/2006 7:31:07 PM

Jean E. Hildebrant
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Beautiful image captures the spirit of childhood in summer and the exuberance of life that children express so freely. The simple things in life are often the best! Sorry I missed this before-into my fav's it goes!

5/30/2008 7:40:36 AM

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