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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fall family photos

On Shawn's birthday, we got together with Becca Blake, a local photographer, for some family pictures. We really wanted to get some nice outdoor shots and cut it very close to get them in while the weather was nice and the leaves were still pretty. Mommy picked out our cute color coordinated ensemble and we drove to Burr Oak park in Blue Springs. 

The weather was perfect and as the sun set, we had great lighting and the perfect opportunity to get some great photos. The only thing standing in the way was ourselves and a long hike. We parked the car and walked at least a few miles to a number of locations that would work well for a photograph. The kids were well behaved for the most part, but it was a challenge keeping them focused and happy for the entire shoot. It was Connor's first time in the woods and he loved grabbing sticks and banging on trees. Paige liked running off in every direction the moment you let her go. The woods really brought out her wild side.

In the end, we were tired, dirty, and not very confident that we'd end up with any good pictures. On the drive home, we were not very hopeful and said that we'd be happy if even one family shot was any good. When Becca put the photos up online for us, we were absolutely thrilled. There are a bunch of great shots and we decided to just buy them all. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Anders Thanksgiving 2011

On Friday morning we drove to Odessa for the Anders Thanksgiving feast.

When we arrived, the preparations were still underway and we got a quick pic of the action.

We ate pretty early, a little after noon and everyone got stuffed. Andrea got the group picture, so we got a quick picture of her with the Head Chef at the table.

Almost everyone fit at the main table, but we still needed a kids' table. Allison decided she'd like to sit with Paige and Paige was very excited to be in charge of her own eating.

She made a mess, but ate a bunch and had a lot of fun in the process.

We got a couple very cute family pics with the kids in their Thanksgiving outfits. Connor actually fit in the same turkey shirt he had last year. It was a little big last year, and fit just right this year.

Grandma and Grandpa got a great smile out of the kids for their picture.

Shawn and his cute wife.

It was pretty nice outside, and Grandpa Garry decided to rake up some leaves in to a big pile. The kids all had a blast jumping in it and playing with the leaves.

Paige thought it was pretty fun.

The most fun was watching Connor dive in to the pile. He was absolutely fearless. Even after he overshot it once and hit the ground with his face, he would still jump and leap into the pile with reckless abandon. It was a sight to see. We got some cute videos of Connor jumping and the kids playing with the leaves.

Grandma even got in the leaves and had some messy fun with the grandkids.