more than words

“You can shed tears that he is gone, 
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember his only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

thanks to a friend for posting this in memory of his Grandma
these are words i also need to keep close to my heart

friday was dizzy.
managed to get up and make it out of the house in about two hours.  had to get a little cleaning in there as well because my mom would be coming to babysit the kids after out playdate with the Wolzen-Hastie clan.  i was going to buy the 35mm lens this week for tomorrow's session but that didn't happen.  i called to rent and of course they were all out.  i opted for the 85mm which i have been meaning to try.

we arrived at WH house.  two moms and 5 kids, walking/biking 20 minute walk to Lions park.  Dev rode his strider, moses walked, the girls got pushed in the stroller and i pushed Kai in a push-bike.  it was my first day breaking a sweat.  the warm weather is moving in!

we stayed for about an hour.  kai's mama met us at the park with older brother arlo and we enjoyed a picnic of fruits and veggies and pizza (thanks to the prepared moms...aka not me).  the kids were tired and cranky as hell the entire way back.  i pushed chloe in the push bike, moses and eve in the stroller and dev on his strider.  we made it.  

my mom arrived at our place just as we pulled in.  i drove out to van to pick up the lens and on the way back, grabbed a little gas and my first Slurpee in god knows how many years.  i was worried i'd be stuck in traffic and didn't want to risk running out of gas and dying in the car of boredom/thirst/heat. i got lucky!  instead of first and second gear on and off for 30 minutes, i sailed through traffic 3rd gear all the way to the tunnel, Pumpkins and Green Day on the radio.  sweet.
 LOVE playing with the magnifying glass.  need to do a series.  more controlled.
this 85mm is hell in a confined space
so after dinner, we hit up Centennial Beach
little teeth
 can't get enough of her little butt and little legs when she's running
trying to perfect her Spiderman kiss...
running again... through some trees
my little elf
 it's officially coming up to summer with logs piled in rows for campfires!
we finally caught up to the boys who had built a fire and dug a hole 
 these two shots by kev.  love chloe's little peek-a-boo face!
 kevin in the hole and still taller than the kids!
 he's going to be 4 this month.  i'm having a rough time with this growing up thing...
 when and how did he get so big
 the muffin and i
lol!  so unimpressed with how many times she has to kiss me everyday 
she's already more than half my height
a most lovely evening.  i can't wait for the summer.  for more nights like these.
50mm of my munchkins, out cold...

4 Generations Session at 3:30pm.
maybe some portraits with Maggie earlier in the day.
the kids will be hitting up a birthday.

tomorrow is supposed to be hot!


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