The song started almost immediately. Dad didn’t start it. Mom didn’t start it. Older brother didn’t start it. But the song was there, background music sung by baby brother.
Karissa and her dad were having a turn for photos together, Silas started singing, and Malachi joined him. The brothers serenading Dad and sis as they smiled for the camera.
you’re the end of the rainbow
my pot o’ gold
you’re daddy’s little girl
to have and to hold
is what you are
a ray of hope, a shining star
and you’re daddy’s little girl.
I’m convinced that no other moment can possibly be any more perfect than that, so I dare you to describe a more perfect summation of family.
Taking a family’s photos in consecutive years is one of my favorite things. Last year, we hiked at Cliff Falls Park and froze our noses off. This year, we rambled around the bog at Minnekhada Park and played in the leaves on the Lodge side of the park. Last year, we had that semi-awkward “are you who I am meeting?” and “let’s be friends!” and “oh no! what if we aren’t friends!” series of mental telepathy moments. This year, we bounced across the parking lot and laughed our heads off and picked right back where we left off.
I had so much fun with these Minnekhada Park Family Portraits. Between the spontaneous serenade, the foot races, the geese hunts, and the super adorable (and moderately mushy-gushy) parents, this was an Autumn morning to love.