I love family photos with a professional photographer.
I love thinking about meaningful locations, picking out matching clothing and being able to look back on family photos many years after.
I have numerous treasured photos of me as ‘getting ready to grow girl’, ‘getting ready to grow into my teeth girl’ and my personal favourite ‘mullet hockey hair girl’. Priceless memories.
Today, I was again able to instil this
torture love of family photos onto my boys.
It started with me asking them to wear jeans and good shoes then proceeded to asking them to wait to play at the playground so that we could do our rapid fire fifteen minute PAC fundraiser photoshoot traipsing around the top of a local mountain for family photos.
I had to take a few of my own after we were done:
Thanks boys for humouring your Mama! It was wonderful to see you climbing trees, sitting on fences and making chairs out of stumps. The dust on your shoes, your uncomfortable jeans and beautiful smiles will create wonderful family photos.
I can hardly wait!
We spent the morning x-country skiing. I debated on whether to keep our oldest out of school so that we could stay together as a family.
The debate ended when we crested the hill coming around Sovereign towards the Jungle trail and we saw this sight:
I had to lie down in the snow when JC exclaimed, “Nana’s light!”
Thank God for children, skiing, nature and Nana’s light.
I am coming to conclusion that being a mother to boys is going to stretch me in more ways than them trying to use me as a wrestling mat.
My boys have always loved insects. I can be outside in the garden and suddenly I will hear, “Butterfly”, “Bee”, “Look”, or I will see them hunched over something on the sidewalk.
I love being a stay-at-home mom because I can always stop and take a look at what they are inspecting. I can keep little insects alive and I get to slow down and just be.
Our latest insect loving from the weekend: Snails.
No snails were hurt during this photo shoot.
JC watching over the snails.
Here are a sequence of photos I took while watching one of the snails. He ended up touching the lens of the camera. Awesome!
These photos are not edited. I was laughing my head off as I took them so that’s why they are a little blurry.
Snails have personality! Sorry mom that they like to eat your plants.