December 14, 2011

Lewis Family- Santa Cruz Family Portraits

Facebook is pretty great in a lot of ways (and not just because I get to see all sorts of fun videos of cats). ūüôā ¬†I love that I’ve gotten to connect with people I haven’t seen for years, including family. ¬†My cousin Bobbi lives in Kentucky and I hadn’t seen her in at least 14 years. ¬†Her dad and mine are brothers, so she’s on the Disney side of the family. ¬†Bobbi and her husband came out to visit when I was in college and that’s the last time I had seen her! ¬†She didn’t have any kids at that time…. now look at them!

A couple of months ago Bobbi emailed me and told me her family was going to be in Santa Cruz for a few days and wanted to see about flying me up there to do some photos.  FUN!  Of course!

So we made it happen!  I got to spend a few days getting to know her family and it was such a fun time.  I got to stay at Mt. Hermon Conference Center.  BEAUTIFUL!  We did a little photo shoot around the camp.

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Kayleen decided it would be fun to eat leaves.

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Look at these handsome guys!

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And beautiful girl!

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Silly faces are fun.

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The next day we went exploring. ¬†We went to this park that had an old covered bridge. ¬†Uuummmm… yes please!

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We heard that there were a couple of places in Santa Cruz that the monarch butterflies come to rest on their journey south to… wherever it is they go. ¬†The first one we went to, I think we counted about 10 butterflies. ¬†To say that the kids (and I) were underwhelmed would be a big understatement. ¬†But the next day we went to another one and saw TONS! ¬†It was really cool!

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These kids are super active so it wasn’t long before they were climbing up trees.

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It doesn’t really show here, but they were kinda high up. ¬†It made me a little nervous, I’m not gonna lie. ¬†But my cousin Bobbi wasn’t nervous at all. ¬†I love mom’s like that!

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Look at that smile!  She is one good natured little girl.

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Then we headed down to the beach. ¬†The kids had so much fun and definitely didn’t want to leave. ¬†They were soaked!

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Then we popped over to see the redwoods for a little bit. ¬†This would be the part of the day where the clouds came in and it got really cold. ¬†And then… it started to pour! ¬†The kids were already wet so it didn’t really matter. ¬†They didn’t complain at all…. yeah right! ūüôā

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I loved how there was a little beam of light coming through the trees right on this bench.  She looked so tiny amongst these HUGE trees!

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Such a beautiful area! ¬†I had so much fun connecting with family. ¬†Thanks so much, Bobbi, for flying me up there! ¬†Your kids are just wonderful and some of the best behaved kids I’ve ever met. ¬†They are just really cool people! ¬†Merry Christmas!

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