Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Water Babies

Spending the afternoon at the pool with my favorite little people (well, two of them at least) brought back a flood of memories.

So much of my childhood was spent at our neighborhood pool - weekly summer swim meets (which also meant an introduction to sugary candy and a fear of loud, startling noises, like the Starter's gun), birthday parties (if you were lucky), and when we were the luckiest, days that turned into evenings when my mom would call for us on the main pool phone (am I dating myself?) with the welcome news that she and my dad would be bringing down dinner... to be eaten poolside, probably at adult swim, so we didn't miss a minute of time in the water.

It also reminded me of the less happy memory of the huge hill that we had to bike up in order to return home each evening. The hill that had been all laughs and a strong breeze as I had flown down it with barely a care in the world earlier that morning. And to think... I thought life was hard just because I had to walk my bike up a steep incline?

Seeing these two swim around, with the water splashing across their faces... all received with nothing but laughs... seemed to wash all our cares away. Sure Charlie didn't love being submerged and Caroline's life jacket made it hard for her to swim as much as she'd have liked... but the raw emotion and excitement they both had with each step into the relative unknown was undeniable and I couldn't have been happier to be there... with them, with family.

It's afternoons (and sweet kids) like this that make any amount of work worthwhile. You try and be a grumpy adult with one of these smiles staring back at you.

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  1. Precious pictures and beautiful memories!! My favorite childhood memories are from the pool...just love, love, love those times. Your pictures are beautiful...and your niece and nephew couldn't be any cuter!!

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  2. Gosh - I can't believe how big they are! But then again I have a little guy, and I know how they can change from day to day. The main pool phone. HA. I can remember those days! Great photos! Good luck with your photo shoot tomorrow!

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  5. THIS is what summer is supposed to be like! Hooray for your adorable nieces and nephew!

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  6. Those children are ADORABLE! Great pics!

    PS I've got your velveeta chicken pasta recipe in the oven right now :) love it!

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  9. They are super cute!! Those were the days!!

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  15. Hey Kara,
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  16. OMG They are so beautiful!

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  17. Happy Thanksgiving, Kara! Looking at these fun summer pictures is making me wish for warmer weather again, even though I love the fall/winter. I hope that all is well! Take care!

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