Since I am around a lot of students, it seems like you can feel the coming changes in the air. Students are blooming right along with the spring flowers.
Sea Winds Beach Club. SeaWinds is a 3 minute bus ride from the boat and offered a clean private beach, lunch, drinks, kayaks, and a pool.
The boys loved playing in the sand and digging for shells. We took a short catamaran ride and really just had a lazy day on the beach. Then we were back to the port and on the boat in time for showers and dinner, this night at the Italian Restaurant which we loved!
Yesterday my parents boarded the Carnival Magic on a week long cruise of the Eastern Caribbean. If you know me you know that I love cruising. Last year we went on this same boat with my parents on a Western Caribbean cruise with stops in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Cozumel. In an effort to remember the fun of this ship and pretend for a moment that I am there with them I decided to revisit our trip on the Magic from February 2012.
This was the first cruise for Peter and the boys and the Magic is a great ship for a family. We boarded the ship around noon and headed straight for the ropes course and grabbed a little ice cream. We gave the boys free reign on ice cream and lemonade for the week and they jumped right on it.
Campbell was too short to do the ropes course, but fortunately he was distracted by the fun of the Bon Voyage party. He loved to the dance party and through the entire week looked for any opportunity to dance with the entertainment crew.
As my own oldest child approaches the double digits this month I am finding myself feeling a little nostalgic. Filled with memories of a time not so long ago when he was a wee little one. With the nostalgia comes a longing to hold him a little more, while he will still let me...in the safety of our home, not anywhere within a 1/2 mile radius of his school. I also find that I am becoming the lady at parties or functions that is constantly asking to hold a baby, I have never before been this lady. We are growing up.
The result seems to be that I have become that person, the person telling people how quickly the time will fly. How even though I do remember how slow one day could seem, all the days and months and years will pass and you will find yourself being the lady that begs to hold almost strangers babies. Luckily I get to see some pretty cute babies and spend hours making baby faces and silly noises. I do really love my job.
Just last week I got to hang out with this adorable little man and we had a lot of fun making faces at each other.
Unseasonably cold temperatures and three straight days of gray skies and drizzling rain have contributed to my feeling a little blue this week, but it is helping me to wade out of my gloom to look at these photos.
I took these senior pictures on a cool, but beautiful, sunny day last week, and we had a wonderful time.
I've said before that I love working with seniors because they are at such an exciting time in their lives. They are anticipating great change ahead, and in their youth, it seems that they are able to major on excitement and minor on fear. They have their whole lives in front of them, and often, they are taking it in stride.
This season is full. It is spring and prom and graduation and dreams about the future. The sky is the limit.
It makes me smile.
Ethan and I had a great time with this shoot. The locations all fit Ethan's personality, bringing out things he likes, including his love of the outdoors.
These first stops were all a build up to our final shooting point.
Since Ethan is an avid duck hunter, we ended the shoot in a swampy area with lots of Cypress trees. We were surrounded by ducks and geese. It was incredibly beautiful!
The cherry on top of the already perfect evening was when Ethan pulled out his waders and headed into the water.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The museum and the grounds around it were so beautiful. We loved checking out the art and the architecture and spent some time in the children's area of the museum too where all three boys took advantage of some building toys.