I’ve mentioned Canmore before. We love it. The scenery. We love it.
Everyday we walk downtown, along the wooden boardwalk, along a sleepy creek. Did I mention that we love it?
I can’t help, but stop to photograph flowers in the meadow.
It’s bright and sunny.
The kids interrupt, “can we play in the creek”.
“Sure, but don’t get your clothes wet”, I say.
The thistles are up to my thighs. They are bright and huge and I forget they’re weeds.
Even the bees are still.
I forget I have kids
(it is glorious), until I hear a wild banshee Georgia shrieking.
She’s made sure not to get her clothes wet.
She’s is almost naked, almost being the operative word.
“Come and get dressed”, I suggest.
Ah, who am I kidding? I could care less; it’s hot, she’s happy, it’s a glorious day.
“Come and get me mummy”, she hollers.
We spent awhile playing by the creek.
A couple walked by on the bridge. ” Are those your kids?” the woman asked.
“Yes” I said, cautiously.
“They’re cute!”, she says.
“I know” “Thanks,” I said.
For all you trolls, who disapprove of my creek swimming, topless preschooler.
AND –> YES Dad, I’ll be getting his hair cut before school starts!
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I love this age… when they are sweet and innocent and just happy to play. I have two little nudists myself. :)
I’m getting flak for not cutting the baby’s hair yet too. I figure I’ll get sick of it eventually but for now… I’m in love with them. :)
Love your photos. I need to learn to take better photos.
@onescrappygal –> I love this age too. It’s going by so damn fast. The next toddler in this house will probably be my grandchildren. How sad it that?! AHHHHHHH!
Hehe, I love that age too. My boys are both now “shy” about getting changed in front of me! They already want privacy – and they’re only 7 and nearly 5! It’s cute when they are free & happy like Georgia :-)
I love Sam’s hair, too! I’m sure it would be in the way at school, but at least he’s been allowed to have it long and shaggy for summer. It looks really cool!
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@hannah –> Sam is totally getting “shy” these days. Then again, it could be the wolf-whistles I give him whenever I catch him naked. HA! I like his hair too. It drives my parents crazy … it’s part of why we grow it. HAHA
They are adorable, as usual… and they look like they’re up to something, as usual, too…
(Roo has those panties! Wish I’d gotten them in the next size up, she’s gonna outgrow them soon.)
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Those flowers in the meadows are really something, you have taken it beautifully, your environment seems to a great place your raise a child, you have good looking children.
Precious! That last photo, the peace one, is really spectacular. Definitely one to be framed! =)
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@ashpags –> why thank you! I take b’zillions of photos and I have TWO of them framed. I need to get my butt in gear.
Cute! Looks like some good old fashioned fun :)
@veggiemomma –> it surely is!
Those pictures are gorgeous and she is too adorable! My daughter loves to dance around in the water and out in her panties, too. :-)
Looking forward to meeting you, Wednesday.
@rachel –> thank you! I can’t wait for Wednesday. Should be fun.
Hey Momma :)
I strip my 4-year old boy and let him swim Everywhere. Even park fountains. My husband is always worried about indecent exposure charges (his uncircumcised penis just dangles about as he romps in the water – for all to see) – but I could care less. Our society is so ridiculous about nudity. Nudity does not equal sex, people! Anyway, we were at the coast earlier today, and I let him strip down and jump into the ocean … while my young friend Meg stripped down to her undies & bra (12 years old) and jumped in as well … then I jumped in fully clothed … and we all swam about among the lobster boats. Good times. So – gor fot it my little Georgia friend. Naked swimming rocks!
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@jodi –> I hear you! I think the bikini top for toddler girls is ridiculous. I grew up in the middle east wear women are covered from head to toe, and EVEN they let wee girls go topless. Only in North America do we attempt to hide nothing, and then at age 12 or so let them bare it all.
They looks so carefree and happy! Childhood is simply beautiful.
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@madeline –> how right you are. Childhood is beautiful.
That looks like you guys had a great time! My daughter saw yours swimming and really really wanted to join her. :)
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We need to keep our children young and free as long as possible, they grow up too quick as it is. I love these shots of Georgia, I know first hand what a water babe she is and I can image her shrieks of joy as these photos were taken.
Sam’s hair is cool, if it gets in the way at school, he can always borrow a hairband from his sister! But, personally I think it suits his personality perfect and many kids would love to have hair like that.
HAVE A FAB TIME ON YOUR TRIP!!!
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Good to know I’m not the only one with a banshee daughter who loves to be “nay-kee”. Crazy kids.
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@NaysWays – I am glad to hear I am not the only one too!
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Wow wot gorgeous fotos & witting remarks – it almost makes the mommy thing look like a dream! Altho its only those of us who’ve been there that know what hard work it all really is! However I think if young moms read your blog it would take the edge off! Good work! Pemo Theodore, AstraMatch Blog
Remember you asked me all those questions on my blog? Well, I’ve been busy answering a few of them and I tackled 2 of yours. Check it out if you’re interested! Thanks for the inspiration for one of my favourite posts ever (the one about how I met my hubby).
I love everything about this post!!! I am drooling over the flower pictures and feeling giddy about Georgia (did you know thats where I am from… Alabama border;) being adorable… and wishing I lived near a creek. Hope you are wonderful and great!!!! take care.
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@Brande – Thank you so much. I wish we lived beside the creek all the time too. Unfortunately, it’s just occasional weekends.
These are just glorious! And you know how hard it was for me to say that. :)
@crabmommy – OH CM, how I know sweetness is so difficult for you. I thank you ;)
Great kids, I wish, Me and my daughter can spend some time together like this.
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defiantly a glorious day and such precious photos.
@Sea Fishing — thank you!
It’s as life should be! In Europe, this is a natural things. We tend to get too uptight in the states over the stupidest things. Let your kids enjoy life without pumping them full of rules that don’t matter.
@high sierra – I hear you!
Wonderful images! Juvenile, I know but I can’t see Canmore without thinking “Hi, I’m Mike. From Canmore?”
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@Witchypoo – Thanks! Ha … you crack me up.
Great site and amazing pictures! You are an excellent photographer!
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Miss you already my friend!! this pics are awesome, and your kids are adorable,
hey, you said don’t get your clothes wet, and she listened to you :) sooo cute!
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@Silvia – I miss you too! Yeah, she listens occasionally :)
What an awesome post. I loved the dialogue, the photos, and your gorgeous children.
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Thanks Kim! That means a LOT coming from one of my favorite photographers.
Enjoy the simple life now. I have two teenage girls and would love to go back to the Easy time! So much stress these days!
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@Kris — I hear you! I have a twenty year old. The little kids are definitely easier.
My son just turned 3 1/2. He is so animated when ever I pull out the camera. Cherish every moment. Beautiful pictures.
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@Todd — thank you and thanks for stopping by.
How lovely! Your photos are great. I also like the photos of the flowers you took. The most exciting part is when you have lots of fun with your love ones. Thank you for sharing it with us.
You take great photos! And Canmore sure sounds like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing. :)
@vhwriter – thank you very much!
As always, your photography is fabulous and your kids are beautiful! I hope she doesn’t grow out of it… just moderates when it’s appropriate as she gets older! Ha ha! I love Canmore too! Are you Canadian?
Thanks Shannon. I kind of hope she doesn’t grow out of it either!
I just stared at the first daisy shot for ages. It’s gorgeous. Just a flawless photo. It should be blown up to a huge enormous size and hung up. Love it.
I also love all the shots of Georgia enjoying the water. Totally what Zoe would do. She looks like she’s just having a blast.
Thanks Colleen. Whenever, I read your posts I think that Georgia and Zoe would make great pals. They are both so animated and so close to the same age.
I am not a mommy, so when this blog was sent to me via twitter (many know I have a blogging strategy there) i thought: “Oh jeez, parenting blogs, not my thang!”
I am an Auntie though (actually I am THE auntie – there is no other on my family giggle) and I love children. This is a beautiful delightful post about the beauty of children!
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Thank you Ann for stopping by! I really appreciate your time, comment and compliments!
You’ve taken some gorgeous photos of your girl.. I bet she’ll be proud when she’s older and realises her childhood has been carefully documented on this blog :) :)
Thanks for sharing your life again,
When you publish a book of free-form poetry, this entry should be one of the first pages.
Also, the first pic (daisy?) and the Georgia up-close face shots need to be made into blank cards. I’m just saying.
@Antof9 – me? a book? poetry? Who would read it!? The cards just might happen though.
great photos! really sharp. what lens did you use? looks like a 50mm f1.8? with the blured background?
Thanks very nice :)
you take some really great photos… and she is a really pretty girl.
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