Thursday, May 5, 2011

I'm Late

I'm late.

It's all her fault.

Don't get so bent out of shape about it.  I'm not late like that.  There are no extra little people residing in this body, thank you very much.  But it was a good title, right?  Gotcha a little worried, didn't I?

Because I am late.  As in, late editing my photographs.  I still have photos from the last week in April and we are nearing the second week of May.  For those who don't know me personally, I used to send out a kodak album of all 4 zillion of my monthly photos of my kids to interested friends and family on the last day of the month without fail.  You could set your watch to it.  But someone had to go and have a birthday extravaganza week, so now my editing is all out of whack.  I'm late.

But these photos are not the kind to be forgotten merely because they are out of chronological order.  They are from one of the most magical days of the year--the first day of shorts for Jax and a dress sans Baby Legs (although you know I love them) for Em.  It was close to 70 degrees.  The afternoon was golden.  My babies were playing on the deck, soaking up the sunshine, when Daddy got home from work.  Jax was anxious to show him his new gardening tools and to start wielding them. And for the record, this might be my favorite outfit of his yet, although I'm ready to lose the omnipresent pout.

Em was anxious to be as attached to Daddy's hip as humanly possible.


Aren't her thighs epic?  And don't you just want to kiss them?  Or am I the only one who finds hefty baby thighs irresistable?

Anyway, Em was glad to have her BFF back.

I was just happy to take some picture of my family doing what they do best: loving on each other and living life.

Missing:  One Baby Boy.  Blue Eyes.  Dirty blonde/light brown hair.  Cleft chin.  Dimple in his left cheek.  Alphabet monger.  Oh, that boy in the pictures?  No, that's not him.  That's a twelve-year-old.  My little boy is still a baby.  Oh, wait...

Maybe not.

Damn, when did that happen?

At least I still have my other baby.  My baby girl.

If I could only get some visitation rights over here?

Fine.  I'll just photograph your loveliness from afar.  And laugh at how you use Daddy's ears as steering wheels.

I'm glad we took this little romp down the driveway to where the world's most humongous snow bank once stood.  Jax still talks about how we conquered it, and on this day, we were able to say good bye to winter for good.

The last shovelful of snow for the year.  In shorts and a t-shirt, no less.

And then we went back in the house for dinner.  Supper, as my mom calls it.

Fifteen minutes, tops.  I'm really starting to realize that it's these fifteen-minute memories, the ones we could have skipped over but didn't, the ones we could have just gone inside and avoided, but didn't, that are what build up a family.  Fifteen minutes to create a wonderful memory, some beautiful pictures, and a chance to reconnect after a long day.  To count our blessings.  To bask in the golden hour of light and stomp out a snowbank.  A day I couldn't have glossed over or forgot.

Better late than never.


XLMIC said...

That first pic just took my breath away...

wonderful :)

I'm Jennifer. said...

Jax's outfit totally rocks. I love your pictures - you have a great eye for photography!

Gillian said...

I love this... so much!

Baby Talk without the Babble

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

This is lovely -- I really enjoyed this intimate look at your family on an "ordinary" day --

Steph said...

Hi! I'm a new follower from Alexa's Blog Hop! Hope you follow back. :)
BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!!

Melissa said...

Ok so all of those photos are AMAZING, but the FIRST ONE?! Are you kidding me? That should be the cover of a baby magazine or print advertisement somewhere. Unreal!!! Wait until she sees all of these someday!!!!

Crunchy Frugalista said...

You are an amazing photographer! I think baby chubby thighs are to die for too :). I am envious at your gift with the camera. I have always wanted to be able to do that, but seemingly don't have the eye needed for that :(. So nice to meet you. FOllowing you on GFC courtesy of the Alexa hop!

Crunchy Frugalista

Carrie said...

Luvs chubby baby thighs and cheeks!
Your children are adorable and your photography totally captures your daughter's love for her daddy!

I'm your newest follower via the FFF! Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Joelle said...

Oh my goodness, I'm sure I've said it before, but your kids are absolutely precious! What a blessing to have such a beautiful family!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my dear! And thanks again for linking up today!


Sarah said...

How cute! Your kids are too adorable! :) Thanks for sharing such beautiful family photos of yours.

It's true, fifteen minutes makes a huge difference. x

Dwija {House Unseen} said...

You're so right. 15 minutes of happy matters more and outweighs any number of hours of frustration. Just beautiful :)

eof777 said...

Great photos!
I'm finally catching up on Ria's Fabulous Friday Blog Hop and have followed you via GFC.
Happy Mother's Day weekend!

An Irish Italian Blessing said...

Love the photos! And I have a special place in my heart for chunky baby thighs, my daughter will never understand why I squeeze them so much!

aimee said...

Beautiful pictures. Loved the mickey mouse shirt and the cute blue boots of Jax. Oh I love my babies thight too and little toes hehehe. Last week on a beautiful day,my hubby took a day off so we could watch our eldest's school concert and later that afternoon, we walked up to the school with the baby and the pug Mango to pick up Nate, and went back home walking all together. It was the simple things that makes family life so magical.

~Lisa said...

It's always better late than never!!! :) These pictures are so sweet.