You know how some families seem to just shoot happiness and contentment out of their eyeballs when they are together? And your only real course of action is to give in to that huge grin and laugh along with them because it’s so very contagious? Yep. This foursome would be one of those.
They also happen to have become very close friends of our family in the past year or so. 12-year-old Anna is my Avery’s BFF and literallyjoinedatthehip dance sister, hanging out at the studio 4 or more days a week and spending at least part of nearly every weekend together. Couldn’t be happier that my girl has found herself a loyal, fun, sweet, supportive always-got-your-back friend…they are TOO CUTE together. And yes, I know they will hate that I said that, but I cannot help myself. 😉
Thanks to our daughter’s growing friendship, Anna’s beautiful momma Sharon and I have created one of our very own…a real blessing in my life. The woman is NEVER without a dazzling smile (see proof below). She also happens to be wickedly funny, exceedingly kind and an incredible listener. Adore that girl more each time I am gifted with the pleasure of her company.
The menfolk typically remain on the outskirts of the crazy feminine cyclone of our time together (which I’m sure they’re oh-so-sad about) but are wonderful, amazing guys in their own right. Greg has the sharpest wit of nearly anyone I know and makes the best french toast in the. whole. WORLD! (So says Avery.) An incredible daddy and clearly a smitten husband, his view on life’s happenings is always entertaining. (He will laugh at this, but it is true.) And Sam! 14 years old and what a great kid. A truly talented swimmer and (I think even Anna would admit) a fabulous big brother. He made such a big impression on Simon in the handful of times they’ve seen each other that my boy asks at least once a week when “that big Sam” can come over for a playdate.
OK, enough of the lovefest already! On to some pretty pictures of this gang. You guys are awesome! Thanks so much for the FUN, FUN time.
Miss Anna, clearly a complete natural in front of the camera. Makes my job so much easier!
Don’t even remember what the joke was, but darned if I’m not giggling all over again looking at these.
These sib shots make me smile. Especially the second one, with Sam unaware of the little sister sassiness…that girl cracks me UP!
See? A loving big brother. And then…he simply can’t resist the fake drop. So cute.
Greg’s idea…their very own album cover. For their nonexistent musical group. In McFarland. But somehow, it worked!
Piggyback races! Sharon had a momma moment when she realized her baby boy was strong enough to participate in this (with his mother on his back!) and actually win. How does this happen to our little people? 🙁
Such a beauty.
Love this shot of cool, casual Sam.