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Last Friday, I was bestowed the most exciting honor since I won the… ummm… I'm wracking my brain to come up with one trophy or award that I won at some point in my life and I'm coming up with nothing. There must have been a "Nicest Camper" or a "Best Effort" ribbon in there somewhere, right? 

No matter. Physical trophies and frameable certificates are so 1980s sleepaway camp. The important thing in the digital age is making LISTS, and I have somehow found my way onto one doozy of a list.

Forbes' Most Powerful Women? People's 50 Most Beautiful? New York's Best New Restaurants? Yeah, not exactly.

I have made Huffington Post's "23 Women You Should Follow Immediately on Instagram", right alongside Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham and Lauren Conrad. (Maybe a relative of mine was interning that day?)

Yes, I realize being on the same list as Lauren Conrad is probably not something most people would be proud of, BUT— I'm super excited none-the-less.

As you might be sick of hearing by now, Instagram is my new obsession. I've always loved photography but I've never been patient enough to learn how to use my camera, so this is the first time I've really been proud of my photos.

You don't need to know anything about shutter speed or aperatures or whatever other fancy camera terms you can come up with because so much can be edited after the fact. Photo editing is my new favorite "I'm-waiting-for-the-subway/I'm-hiding-in-the-bathroom" activity. Basically, its replaced Angry Birds

Contrary to popular belief (popular belief = my friend Pam), I do not post all my pictures of Mazzy on Mommy Shorts. Probably because most of them are not very funny.

So, today (being the Friday before a holiday weekend and all) I'd like to feature some of my favorite Instagram photos that have never made it off my iPhone. With captions that will not be humorous in the slightest. Sorry.


Mazzy scooting around the neighborhood:

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Throwing stones in a lake this past weekend:

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Getting to the good part of a birthday party:

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Looking in the window (after she insisted on putting three bows in her hair):

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With Mike on our balcony:

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Window shopping with Nico, one of the many men in her life:

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Eating frozen yogurt (don't tell her it's not ice cream):

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Running through the dunes in the Hamptons:

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Trying on Mommy's clothes:

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Dancing like nobody is watching:

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Diving in the big pool with Daddy:

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In one of her favorite places— a "pillow house":

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And finally, spicing up our boring family photo (this was taken yesterday by my sister and was 100% Mazzy's doing; we were trying to have her sit on our laps when she ran away and hid behind the bench):

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If you'd like to follow me on Instagram or see more of my photos, click here. (If you are not on Instagram, I recommend it highly.)

I hope everyone has a lovely Labor Day Weekend. We will be braving the crowds and attempting a day trip to Sesame Place— are we crazy??? Probably.

But can you imagine the smile on Mazzy's face when she encounters a Cookie Monster themed water park? I have a feeling it will be worth it (see frozen yogurt picture)

Hope to see you back here on Tuesday!

—Mommy Shorts

PS: "Evil Baby Glare-Off 2012" is just around the corner. Get your photos ready! If you weren't around for "Evil Baby Glare-Off" last year, it was the biggest event Mommy Shorts has ever seen. Click here for a taste.