Ours was really a friendship destined to be. Susan and I. It all started when the awesome Darcy gave me this purplicious blog makeover. Darcy had also given Susan a blog makeover. I checked out her blog when I was looking at Darcy's portfolio, and Susan checked out my blog when I joined Darcy's portfolio. And we became blog buddies. We both live in Southern California, we both homeschool and we have kids similar ages. We kept saying we should get together some day for a play date at one of those fabulous beaches she and her family often go to. Finally she emailed me and asked me to pick a weekend for this momentous occasion. I was pretty sure she wasn't a serial killer, or some 85 year old man just pretending to be a homeschooling mom of three boys. She even promised if we got together, she'd reveal the names of her children and husband. (AKA "Big Dude", "Eldest Dude", "Middle Dude", and "Littlest Dude" on her blog) I feel like I have classified information now that I know their true identities. Muah hahahaha. (sorry, got a little carried away)
Anyway, on Saturday we headed south and met Susan and her lovely family at a beach in Laguna. Oh, did I mention that Susan is this totally awesome photographer? Well she is. And while we were there hanging out with Susan and her family, she snapped some photos of us.
Shortly after we arrived, Marshall wrote a little note for me in the sand. Thankfully Susan captured it with her camera because right afterwards a big wave rolled in and washed it away.
His note might have been fleeting, but his love for me is eternal. (didn't know I was capable of that much cheese, did you?)
Some of my favorites that Susan took of us...
And then Susan wanted to take some romantic shots of Marshall and I holding hands, walking on the beach. But Marlie walked into the frame and changed the whole emotion of the shot.
"Mama and Daddy, why are you walking away and leaving me all alone on this beach with these strangers?"
(we probably shouldn't use this photo when sending our annual adoption update to our social worker)
Susan wasn't the only one taking pictures though. Of course Marshall brought his camera along as well. You know what that means right? More pictures of the little Edward Cullen action figure! Oh yes, as soon as Marshall found out we were headed to a beautiful beach in Laguna, he said to me, "Don't forget to bring Pocket Edward so we can take fun photos of him with the beautiful scenery." Ok, maybe he didn't say that. And maybe he groaned when I nagged him to FINALLY stop taking pictures of the kids and start taking pictures of Pocket Edward. He is a good man.
Some of my favorite "Pocket Edward" shots that Marshall took...
In that last shot, Edward was staring out at the ocean and having a little moment. Probably wondering why Bella keeps rejecting his marriage proposals.
Back to Susan... she got this great shot of Marshall taking a shot of Pocket Edward. This is how dedicated of a photographer my husband is when he takes a photo, even when taking a picture of my Edward Cullen action figure in public.
And you know what? Susan even took HER OWN PICTURE of Pocket Edward!!! Oh yes, I'm contagious, folks.
Very nicely done, Susan!
After our beach time, we all headed to dinner for food and conversation. We had an awesome time and were delighted to find that we liked Susan and her family just as much as we hoped we would. Oh yes... there will be more play dates and photo sessions and Pocket Edward in the future with our family and Susan's.
If you like Susan's photos (and I know you do), head on over to her blog and see which pictures she chose to post from our get-together.