the last time i met up with these littles i brought live chicks. not kidding.

their moms are a part of a seriously awesome stroller strides group. not only do they workout together, but they also have activities outside of the weekly workouts: baby showers, parties, luncheons, boutique fairs, and bi maybe tri annual pictures. every time i associate with these women (and their children) i leave feeling uplifted because i laughed a little harder, shared my heart a little more, and felt loved a little deeper. i want to be a part of their group of “sweaters” because i feel so connected to them as mothers and people trying to make a difference in the lives of their children,and in the world around us. (my busy schedule keeps me from joining, but i totally- wholeheartedly would, otherwise.) they are good people with good hearts, and gorgeous children with great personalities. these babies are lucky to have those mommies.

like i said, the last time we met was in the spring. i wrangled up some live chicks and with the help of some friends kept everything, chicks and kids, in the coup. this year we decided to keep things a bit more contained; i didn’t find any livestock to incorporate into the shoot. just a rad barrel and some darling monkeys.

enjoy.

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this little brother wasn’t so sure about being called a monkey in a barrel:IMG_0246-lukeblog

good thing he had brother:

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one of the newest striders:

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lena had zero fear of the chicks last time, but surprisingly wasn’t too sure of the barrel this time. we worked for this one, all of us ;) :

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a big strider:

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two teeny tiny striders:

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that little strider with her mommy (how rare are these pictures? aren’t we usually the ones snapping? i love to have pictures of me with my babes.)

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and that mommy’s first baby:

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and a lovely and

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spunky strider

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who is getting ready to be a big sis to the littlest strider:

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gorgeous expectant strider:

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i know, it’s not fair…

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and the strider who kept asking me, “where’s the chickens?” so amazing how they remember:

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this is how i felt as we wrapped up both days of shooting:

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thank you all for the opportunity to photograph such sweetness that comes from such great homes. may your fall be full of everything you love, kj