Last Photos as a Six Year Old

My baby boy turns seven in just a few hours. I didn’t think to shoot a few photos of my six year old until the sun was well past the golden hour of beautiful lighting but I did get a couple shots of him expressing his joy of his birthday. If you look past the bad lighting and grainy-ness of the photos you will see joy. This boy is STOKED to be seven years old.

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The Shannons came to visit… last month

The Shannons came to visit us over Labor Day weekend. It was a weekend full of hanging out watching the kids play, late night board games and trip to the MN Zoo.

These are some photos from that weekend. It took a long time to get these posted because unlike after a weekend with my family, no one called, email or texted me telling me they couldn’t wait to see photos. I appreciate the excitement from my family but I also appreciate the Shannons letting me get to the photos in my own time! School started the day after the Shannons left so since they left things have been crazy around here. Have you noticed the drastic decrease in posts on the blog? Yes? That is because the level of crazy in our house directly correlates to the lack of posts on the blog.

Back to it. Here are some photos of the weekend. I didn’t take as many photos as I should have while everyone was hanging around the house because I was too busy hanging around the house with them. At the zoo however, I got some fun shots.

Zach later showed all the big boys up by scaling to the top of the web without any hesitation. The kid is a monkey!

I think Patrick and Steve have a lot in common. They are good buds.

We have been to the Zoo almost a dozen times since we bought our family membership but we have never actually done the Butterfly exhibit. It was really fun. We will definitely hit it again next time we go.

The kids had a lot of fun trying to track down all the different species of butterflies

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The fish were another BIG hit.

The baby monkeys were in rare form and the kids got a kick out of seeing them wrestle “Just like we do!”


Here are my favorites from the day.

Patrick was my buddy for the day. We both love to take photos.


And then when we tried to get a rare photo of all five cousins together Jon photo bombed the photo and what was a cute photo became an awesome and memorable moment. Meet Uncle Jon the Big Scary Spider!


For the record cranky Elise is mad because she was sitting directly behind Michael and I had Tim move her to the other side of Michael so she could be seen in the shot. Girls… they are awesome.

She got over it pretty quick when we asked her what a baby bird in a nest looks like.

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More photos here




I signed Michael’s teacher note and confirmed conferences. I found all three of Patrick’s library books and got them loaded into his backpack. I made a healthy lunch for Elise loaded with fresh fruit and veggies. All three kids had water bottles and snacks. BUT I forgot it was stuffed animal pet parade at preschool today. 30 minutes of extra driving and one giant hug from Elise and all is right with the world. Elise has her tutu wearing dog, Weenie for Pet Parade Day.


The kids will never know what all goes into getting kids ready and out the door for school until they have kids of their own ( thanks Mom for getting me to school for 13 years!). I don’t expect a thank you from them, though occasionally I get one and that makes me happy, but today I dropped the ball.
It is a special day for Elise and I forgot.
When I walked into Elise’s classroom holding Weenie I saw her before she saw me; I love moments like that. I love when I can see my kids but they don’t know I am there. It is like a secret glimpse into their life at school. Kids are different at school and rarely do I get to steal moments of watching them in that environment.
Elise was sitting on a chair with slumped shoulders and head down. Every other kid was running around with their pet and Elise was sitting still. She was holding some blonde cocker spaniel stuffed dog that has seen much better days. She was petting its curly ears and you could almost see her thinking, I guess this dog isn’t so bad but he is no Weenie. That is when I made eye contact with Elise’s teacher. The teacher smiled and bent down and tapped Elise on the knee. Elise looked up and gave a look I recognize well. Her look said, don’t even try, whatever you say will not make this better. The teacher laughed and then pointed at me standing in the door holding out Weenie for her to see.
Because I dropped the ball and forgot Pet Parade Day I got to be a hero. Elise threw the cocker spaniel down and sprinted toward me Weenie. The teachers laughed, I handed over Weenie and collected a hug filled with pure joy from my daughter.
I got to be a hero today. It was as pretty awesome.