A few months ago I posted about how we’d done some family pictures down at the LA temple for our 5th wedding anniversary. When we were getting ready to do so I posted on Facebook that we were looking for a photographer in the LA area and we offered that we could work out an exchange with the photographer that we could hook them up with some Adobe software in exchange for the shoot, since Eric is an employee and gets a sweet discount. We made a different arrangement with Mary and those pictures turned out great. My college roommate’s mom – Lavon Maiersperger – saw my post as well. She doesn’t live in Southern California so couldn’t do the temple pictures for us, but she was interested in making an exchange with us for pictures another time. (I feel like I need to explain why we did pictures twice in one year. It wasn’t at all because we didn’t like Mary’s pictures – we love them! But we weren’t about to turn down a chance to get more pictures of our cute boys!)
We decided the best thing would be to meet at our house and then take pictures in some of the surrounding area. We live where there’s a lot of open space and it’s beautiful at this time of year. It seemed like a good way to minimize travelling time and get the best chance of happy boys for the pictures.
So, on the morning of our pictures I had just finished ironing my shirt when the doorbell rang. I unplugged the iron and Danny and I ran down to let Lavon in then dashed upstairs to do the last few things. As I was finishing taking out my curlers I heard Danny from the other side of the house scream out in pain. Danny is our curious climber and he’s frequently locking himself in rooms, climbing up places that he can’t get down from, pinching himself in hinges etc. So, I wasn’t too worried at first because it’s usually just something minor. But I went to see what was the matter. He was holding his hand, but nothing looked too wrong with it at first and I couldn’t see what he had done. Then I realized that he’d just come out of the laundry room and that the iron, which had been on the ironing board, was on the floor. I still didn’t know if the iron falling had just scared him, or what, but I took him to the bathroom to run his hand under some water just in case. Sure enough, he’d burned his hand, and done a good job of it too. He had redness that went across the whole pad of his hand that slowly turned into a massive blister!
Not exactly the best way to start a picture day. We figured there wasn’t too much more that we could do for him once the burn had been cooled down and put some aloe vera on it so we decided to go on with trying to take some pictures. We drove down our block to where there’s a really pretty lookout into Utah Valley. It’s one of our favorite places to go on a walk to as a family. During the summer we try to take nightly walks that culminate in going to “see the valley”. At first Danny didn’t want to get out of the car (he wanted to drive drive!), but we did eventually coax him out and got a few pictures taken at that overlook.
It didn’t last too long though and we soon decided to return to the house and try to let him run his hand under some cool water some more. We figured we’d see if we could get it under control and then maybe try to take some more pictures. It’s a decent drive to get up to our place so I was hoping to get Danny happy again so that we hadn’t wasted Lavon’s morning to drive up to us, just to have to reschedule. While Danny played in the sink (which made him very happy, and our guest bathroom very wet) Sam went out back and Lavon got some pictures of him in our backyard. Sam was being a major punk! He wouldn’t smile for anything. The pictures turned out really cute but not exactly showing a happy Sam.
We did finally get Danny happy again and brought him outside. We put him and Sam on the grass and they were rather cute together. Then our neighbor’s cat, Spook, came over and Danny was thrilled! He *loves* our neighbor’s cat and his face lights up whenever he sees Spook. It was awesome that Lavon was able to capture some of these looks of pure joy that Danny has. Looking at the pictures you would think it was Sam who’d gotten his hand burned instead of Danny!
We might try again to see if we can get pictures of our family with everyone happy and smiling at the same time, but honestly, I love these pictures! I love that they’re all taken in our own backyard and really show our boys personalities – blisters, frowns and all. Thank you again Lavon!
(I don’t know if the full photo album is public, or if you’ll at least be able to view it all if you’re friends with either Eric or I but here’s the link to the full Facebook album)