Friday, October 28, 2011

Cousins at the Arboretum

IMG_9557
LM and a pumpkin.

Last weekend we took some time to try to get some cousin photos at the Arboretum. Let me remind you what last year's photo looked like:

IMG_8112


When that's your starting point, this year's photos look AMAZING! No, seriously, there are some cute ones:

Michael's pic laughing cousins
This one Michael took...totally cute.

IMG_9564
The girls. Dresses by Kim!

IMG_9572
The boys.

IMG_9581
More triplets - but I was having trouble with the sun.
Still cute, though, huh?

IMG_9587
All five!

All of these photos with the bench were the first stop - when they were fresh - and were also the best of the bunch. Later tries - as you will see - of all five just didn't cut it. 


IMG_9601
Still cute!

IMG_9606
So sweet of the A's. 

IMG_9611

There was still a lot of pumpkin moving to do, as you can see. I should tell you I didn't do so well with his outfit - that shirt, bought for this photo, was really too big, but I didn't bother to try it on until that morning. And, the brown pants to go with it (to match the girls' dresses) fell off his little body, so we had to go with tan. Oh well...this outfit was shot by the end of our time, covered in mud. Because, well there were a lot of pumpkins that needed - ahem - attention.


IMG_9617

IMG_9622
There was this little haystack maze, too.

All the children seemed to "get" the maze...except our Little Man. He, unfortunately, didn't "get" it - instead, he just climbed over the walls to get to his destination. Yes, he is our son. Oy.

IMG_9631

IMG_9641
Don't take the easy route, baby.

IMG_9650
Another try for a group photo - this time in the pumpkins.
This time, no dice.

IMG_9657
Big A was smiling though, even with mayhem surrounding her.

IMG_9660
Pumpkins make good seats.

IMG_9662
Artsy pumpkin shots...because I can't help myself...

IMG_9664
...I just...

IMG_9667
...can't...

IMG_9666
...help it. Thank you for indulging me.

IMG_9682
Try three...I'm sensing a pattern here.

IMG_9705
And...one of my absolute favorites...

IMG_9720
...they just wanted to play.
Love this one, actually.

IMG_9734

But, after that, the kids went over to sit by Nonna and check out the koi fish. This was an excellent little photo op of its own. The funny part - which I wish we could have gotten on video - was the adults running from one side of the pond to the other to capture the moment. Now THAT was worth watching again. But, alas, it's only a memory. 

IMG_9737

IMG_9745

IMG_9760

IMG_9813

IMG_9801

IMG_9785
The boy, he was just about done.

The cousins headed off on their merry way. But, I stripped LM out of those muddy clothes and into his back-up outfit to try to get a couple more photos. It didn't really work...mostly bad, whiney, "done" boy photos ensued.

IMG_9822
See...tired.

IMG_9824
I thought this one was sweet, though.

And that pretty much wraps up the cousin day at the Arboretum. Until spring, when I'm sure we'll have amnesia and try it again. 

We have a busy weekend planned - Halloween activities and visiting a friend's soccer game. And, S's brothers families and our family will have lunch with my in-laws to celebrate their anniversary.

It'll be fun!

See you soon.

2 comments:

  1. First shot LM looks like his Mama, and next to last shot just like Dad. :-))

    ReplyDelete
  2. I must say this years pic beats last years!!!! So glad we got the pics at the beginning, they are really cute.

    ReplyDelete

Please leave your name (first name only is fine) with your comment!