Early in the original movie The Parent Trap there is a touching scene where Haley Mill's character gives an enthusiastic hug to her Grandfather while taking a rather exaggerated inhale. When asked what she was doing she replied, "Making a memory!" Obviously that scene resonates with me!! But as an adult I realize that it is a rare child that has the maturity to recognize the importance of making memories so for my daughters' sake I strive to do this for/and with them.With that preface as context for this post, part of my memory making campaign is to have TRADITIONS! Two weeks ago we received the brochure announcing the opening of one of my favorite places to make memories...the apple orchard (-:
What better place to give my new camera it's first work out?!?!? What was even better was the fact that this year we had the opportunity to avoid the weekend crowds due to the fact that the girls only had a half of day of school on Friday. What I underestimated was the middle school power of peer pressure!!!!
Need I elaborate on the mood in the car after "forcing" a newly minted 7th grader to come straight home [thus missing out on the 'fun' time hanging out at the local McDonald's with her peers] and putting on a t-shirt that 'matched' her little sister to enhance the photo shoot potential?? Sigh...I very nearly caved and left her home...but there aren't many years left when I can "force" participation in TRADITIONS so I stood my ground. There's just something magical about pulling into the temporary grass field parking lot and opening the car door to the lovely aroma of cider donuts wafting out from the barn. So magical that it can scrub the sour mood of a hormonal twelve year old right away!!!
She jumped right up on the entry wall to help me inaugurate the new era of photo documentation! The child who automatically says before each pose "And you CANNOT use this on the blog or Facebook!" was suddenly charmed...
Okay, really lame lead in to a photo but the point is that no matter where Auntie Peggy [had to have the guarantee of shots from a proven photographer!] or I asked her to pose she more than willingly obliged.
Usually Julia is my amiable model but the allergy medicine failed us this day and she struggled to keep her eyes clear and focus on 'enjoying' the experience.
The day ran on a weird parallel...running from attraction to attraction excitedly checking out new additions...
My shotwhile also role modeling Auntie Peggy who sees photo opportunities naturally...
So, here we go.....
My version of the shot
My version of the shot
My version...okay on this one she wins but I think I held my own today?!?
Peggy's girl on a wall.
My girl on a wall.
Her group shot.
My group shot...definitely feeling I won this one!!
But then she had this as a comeback! [note Julia's suffering ):]
Peggy's still life.
My still life.
This would be me being snotty...vestiges of sibling rivalry.
I would not want to leave you thinking that this was all about the new camera and photography 'competition'. It was really all about the memories...TRULY it was!
There's the big school bell that they love to ring so they can hear it's enormous clang reverberate across the fields.
Of course there's the apples and the picking of said apples.
There's the laughs over the littlest picker trying to handle the ladders...
and the signs that sibling rivalry has started to be tamed...
for the adult sisters as well! [Mari's shot!!!]
There's the shopping....
and the free sample of new items like the ever so yummy pumpkin butter that found it's way into the shopping basket along with the tried and true corn salsa!
Memories, and laughs, and inside jokes.....
the 2010 installment all wrapped up and stored safely in our hearts and minds to be brought out again on some future night to wrap snugly around this clan of sisters and hug them together....FOREVER!