Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end, which brings about mixed emotions. I’m sad the “carefree” (ha) days are over, and excited the big kids are going to be heading back to school! I’ve been looking back at how our time has been spent with quality vs quantity, with some regret for the wasted days… but looking back on some great memories, as well. I wish we would have filled more afternoons with hikes and picnics like this one. We often talked about going to Fred Meijer Nature Preserve again, because the last time we visited was almost exactly 10 years ago (September 4, 2004). Looking back at some of the photos I took during that hike with just the two of us, I see familiar trees and bridges, and the same plaid picnic blanket. Yesterday, we brought a second blanket, three kids, and a better camera. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time working on these photos, I just wanted to put them up, more of less just as they were. Not portraits, just snapshots of a family outing.
A few raindrops hit the windshield on our way there. There was a 70-something percent chance of rain. We beat the odds.
I lost count of how many little bugs and beaver-cut stumps we saw along our way around the lake. The kids had a great time making tiny discoveries.
Strollering over fairly smooth terrain, for now…
All that work for nothing. Sorry, Beav.
Erosion turned this into a bench built for giants.
I shook a “fresh” apple off the tree for them to sample.
Get that branch out of the way, please.
Lucy took a picture of Mom:
Ron wanted to kiss me, which Lucy saw, and then she said she wanted to take a picture of us. Maybe with another photographer in the family, I can be in more photos!
Oh, the turnstile gate!
Our beautiful little kids, and finally Alice is free from the confines of the stroller!
I hope to document our family’s life more than I have over the past few years. I just want to capture them being them. Yes, a few portraits will be taken too, but candid pictures like the ones in this post will ultimately mean more when they are grown up, which is happening too quickly already.