Social media has trained many of us to yearn for the perfect shot, one that will show our friends, family, and followers how picture perfect our family is. Let's fight that urge and instead take the kinds of holiday photographs our families will be thankful for, for many years to come.
For this series, I'm featuring some of the many local businesses and organizations in Rock Hall that my family has come to know and love. If you've never visited Rock Hall, then I hope these images and stories will help you plan a relaxing getaway to this charming town along the Chesapeake Bay, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. If Rock Hall isn't new to you, then I hope you'll enjoy reading along and sharing these interviews with friends and family in support of these outstanding Rock Hall businesses and organizations. You can see the other places I've featured in Rock Hall here.
My family is excited for next week and the start of our kids' sailing school at The Rock Hall Yacht Club Sailing School. These photos are from last year and my girl's second run of Pee Wee lessons.
The mission of the RHYCSS is to instill a lifelong love of sailing and the water in children and adults by teaching sailing skills in a structured, safe and fun environment. Each class is small in size and lead by at least two U.S. certified sailing instructors, allowing for lots of hands-on teaching. I really like that the instructors are young adults, usually college and high school students, that are able to teach the kids how to sail in a fun and relaxed environment. I know my kids wouldn't want to come back each year if the days weren't having fun as they learned.
In Pee Wee, they learn about the anatomy of a sailboat, knot tying, they're taken out on a few different types of small boats, and they get a chance to try their hand at sailing an Opti by the end of the week.
It's amazing to me what they learn in just three mornings. My girl was given the "Sweetest Sailor" award after her first lessons two years ago. After her second batch of lessons last year, she was awarded "Tack Master." I was very proud of her progress in just two sets of lessons.
Once again, I was asking myself "Wouldn't it be nice?".
The idea was a little nutty, and it wasn't what we originally planned, but why not?
7 years before, we had asked ourselves that very same question. We had bought our house in Rock Hall, Maryland as a place to get away on the weekends and to go on our yearly vacation. We had taken a leap and dreamed big when we made that purchase. Owning a second house, a vacation home, was never in our plans. At the time, I was working full-time as a mechanical engineer and he was a corporate fraud investigator. We were living the suburban dream in Howard County, Maryland in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area.
The problem was I grew up in a small town, and this country girl came alive when surrounded by great, big expanses of green fields and blue skies. Add in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and I was home. And so was my husband. As it was, we were spending our spare time on the other side of the bridge whenever we had the chance. Wouldn't it be nice to buy a getaway home on the Eastern Shore?
Every time I ask myself "Wouldn't it be nice?" I do myself a favor, and make it happen.
When you think of families that own vacation homes, you wouldn't have thought of ours. To make this dream of ours come true, we worked hard to make more money and to spend less of it. We bought a fixer upper that we could afford, and we worked hard to renovate it and make it ours.
Sacrifices were made for us to buy our getaway home in our dream town.
As proud owners of a charming, little vacation home on Maryland's Eastern Shore, we had made our dream come true. Just around the time we completed the renovations, our oldest child was born. That was a little over 6 years ago. Soon after, we welcomed her little brother into the family. Our weekends were spent on the Chesapeake Bay, toting our little ones to the beach, riding them around Rock Hall in our bike trailer, hiking our favorite trails on Eastern Neck Island, and eating ice cream sundaes at Durding's Store.
Our weekends grew longer and longer and we were spending less and less time in our home in the suburbs. We were racking up EZ-Pass tolls as we zoomed back and forth over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge several times each week. Our house in the suburbs became the place we stayed as we earned income, while our Rock Hall house became our home.
In Rock Hall, our family came alive.
Sometime last year, after one of our weekends in Rock Hall, I asked my husband:
"Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in Rock Hall full-time?"
And we both knew what happens when I ask "Wouldn't it be nice?". Our house in the suburbs went on the market, I gave up my comfortable engineering job, and he made a big career change. We worked hard to make it happen, and we were living full-time in Rock Hall by June of 2015.
Today, as we meet new people and they ask about where we are from, they always say the same thing. "Wow, that's a big change. How do you like it here?" And each time, we tell them the same thing. We love the laid back Eastern Shore lifestyle and the small town community of Rock Hall. As a family, we're able to do more of what we love, together. We're slowing down and we're spending more time outside by the water. Just recently, we ended one of our weeks with an evening of crabbing.
This country girl and her family are home.
It's that time again! Head on over to the next stop in the 5 on 5 blog circle, and see how Hannah Nielsen, Portland documentary family photographer, tells a story in just 5 images.
Grandparents, and the unique and powerful relationship they have with their grandchildren, hold a special place in my heart.
Sunday was Grandparents Day, and it got me thinking. So many of my most cherished childhood memories revolve around my grandparents: learning to make peach dumplings with my Grandmom, opening gifts together on Christmas morning with my Mom-Mom, and starting each day of our Ocean City vacations over breakfast with my Grandpop. There are so many more, but those are some of my very favorite memories with my grandparents. Unfortunately, my Pop-Pop passed away when I was 2 years old so I only remember the stories I've been told about him.
When my children grow up, I want their memory banks to be full of moments spent with their grandparents.
It's always been a priority to me as a parent to make sure my children have close relationships with their grandparents. I want my parents to have an instrumental role in my kids' lives, and that's the main reason why my husband and I choose to remain in Maryland within driving distance from our parents' homes. We are born travelers and love the idea of experiencing more of the world, but those adventures will have to be limited to vacations for now.
We spend holidays with the grandparents as well as birthdays, but even more special to me, are the little ordinary, everyday moments we spend with them in between all of those big holiday celebrations.
My two swim in their pools in the summer, play with their collection of pennies during visits, set the table for our dinners, make dumplings when peaches are in season, play the piano and other various instruments with gusto, and the list goes on.
I pull out my camera and record these moments for my kids so, years from now, my kids will have proof of what their grandparents' love looked like, really truly looked like.
On this particular day, they played a board game with their Mom-Mom. My Mom was visiting and both kids were vying for her attention. My girl wanted to play a game with her and my son just wanted to be near her. At the start of the game, he was happy playing his own game next to them. Not surprisingly, he ended up joining in on the action, on Mom-Mom's lap.
Not only did I get out my camera to record all of that, I also wanted to make sure I never forget how my Mom and my little girl like to tease each other now. When my daughter was itty bitty, she didn't know how to take a joke. Over the years, my Mom has made it her mission to correct that. Today, we can credit Mom-Mom for teaching our girl how to tease and to talk smack. In this case, whoever was currently winning the game would taunt the one falling behind.
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I belong to a blog circle called 5 on 5. We're a group of lifestyle and documentary family photographers who believe in telling stories with our photography. It is our heart to record real life as it happens. There is beauty to be found in every single moment after all.
On the 5th of every month, we will each blog 5 images that tell a story. You can see my story from last month here.
Last week, the kids and I went to visit their grandparents for one last dip in their swimming pool before school began earlier this week. Fortunately, they live within driving distance from us here in Maryland. It's so important to my husband and I that our kids have a close relationship with our parents, and vice versa.
Like most families, ours has spent a significant portion of our summer at the pool. Our children are complete fish, and they were excited to show Nona and Jagee their new skills in the pool.
Our littlest, at four, started to swim without his vest this summer as well as jump in the deep end and swim underwater. And my girl has spent most of her summer underwater, just like I did when I was her age. They were both eager to test out their new goggles Nona and Jagee gave them that day.
And what's an afternoon in the pool without super soakers?
Now it's time to head on over to the next stop in the 5 on 5 blog circle. Check out the blog of Jenny Bowers, Southern Michigan documentary family photographer.
Are you in need of some relaxation? I invite you to come out to Rock Hall, Maryland for a relaxing getaway. While you're here, you'll want to spend some time on the water, for sure.
Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters was started in Annapolis in 1994, and has managed to create a unique blend of sailing, seafood, and adventure that can only be found on the Chesapeake Bay! Now located in Rock Hall and leaving from Waterman's Crab House, Blue Crab Charters offers 90-minute sailing cruises up to 5 times a day. I was fortunate enough to be onboard one of their sunset cruises last week, and I can't think of a better way to spend a gorgeous summer evening!
Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters is owned and operated by Captain Mark Einstein and First and Only Mate Suzanne Einstein. Both born and raised in Baltimore, they have over 30 years sailing experience. As proud Rock Hall residents today, Mark and Suzanne bring so much to our charming town on the Eastern Shore.
Their sailing cruises in Rock Hall are aboard The Crab Royale, a safe, spacious, and comfortable Irwin 40 mark II performance cruiser. She can easily accommodate six passengers on deck or in the cockpit. Take the wheel or just relax as you set sail on the Chesapeake Bay aboard their beautiful luxury sailing yacht.
Mark and Suzanne have recently introduced a second boat to their fleet. Island Girl is a safe, spacious, and very comfortable Morgan 43 Center Cockpit Sloop Sailing Yacht. Starting in the winter of 2017, Five Day - Five Island Caribbean sailing vacations in the US and British Virgin Islands will be available onboard Island Girl. She can easily accommodate individual couples for a completely private sailing vacation of a lifetime or up to two couples who are vacationing together in the same party.
Their passengers are pleased! Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters has received quite a few accolades over the years, including: five Best of Eastern Shore awards, five consecutive Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence, and Kent County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business of the Year.
And right now if you book a Mid-Week Stay and Sail package with the Inn at Haven Harbour, you can take a beautiful and relaxing sunset sail with Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters.
By showcasing the charming local businesses in the area, I will help you plan a visit to Rock Hall, Maryland!
Whether you're a first-time visitor planning a vacation or a local-in-the-know, my series will help you and your family unwind and relax in one of the Eastern Shore's most picturesque towns on the Chesapeake. Be sure to catch each feature by signing up here to have each one sent directly to your inbox.
I belong to a blog circle called 5 on 5. We're a group of lifestyle & documentary family photographers who believe in telling stories with our photography. It is our heart to record real life as it happens. There is beauty in every single moment after all.
On the 5th of every month, we will each post 5 images to our blogs that tell a story.
My set of photographs are from an evening earlier this month when I asked my family to help me scout a location for an upcoming family beach photo session. Checking out a location prior to a photography session helps me plan out my shoot ahead of time.
My family is used to helping me, and happily obliged. The life of a photographer's family! But, of course, asking them to play on the beach at the Rock Hall Yacht Club while I photographed them is hardly a tough job! After moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, going to the beach and collecting shells and beach glass have become our favorite summer pastime, after all.
I know when I look back, our evenings at the beach will be among my most treasured memories, and I'm happy I have plenty of these moments documented.
Now, it's time to head on over to the next stop in the 5 on 5 blog circle. Check out the blog of Jenny Bower's, family documentary photographer of Sycamore Lane Photography.
Over the past few years, I've known Yehudis of Yehudis Goldfarb Photography as the sweet, encouraging voice in our online family documentary photography group. Both of our hearts lie in creating real life photographs that tell a story. We both take a photojournalistic or lifestyle approach to our family photo sessions in order to capture candid and authentic shots that show genuine emotion and interactions.
We follow each other's work and cheer each other on. I enjoy the way she documents her everyday life with her husband and four kids, capturing the "good", the "bad," and the "ugly" in an artistic way that brings out the beauty in all of it. Her children, when they are grown, will be thankful she caught so much of their day-to-day life.
Recently, it was her turn to be in front of the camera with her family. Because we both know her grown kids will be grateful for photos that include her too. Photographs that show the immense love and joy each of them feel for each other.
After seeing one of my Rock Hall beach photography sessions I did last year, Yehudis contacted me about coming to my charming Chesapeake town and having me photograph her family having some summer fun against the gorgeous backdrop of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
As a family photographer, I work alone most of the time. I have found having photographer friends to support and be supported by is essential. It was so much fun to meet my online friend in person. Yehudis lives up to her sweet reputation in real life, and so does her entire family! Not only are they sweet, but they are not afraid to dive in and have fun, as you'll see in these images (just some of the many we created during her session).
Whether you're a Kent County native or want to have your family vacation here, click here to learn more about having me take your family pictures this summer in my gorgeous town on the water.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you have thousands of pictures between your phone and other hard drives. The plus side of living in the digital age? We're taking more photos today than any other generation. Years from now, we'll be thankful we recorded these moments and details that would have otherwise become fuzzy or forgotten. The downside of living in the digital age? Technology is always changing and we're always upgrading from one computer to the next, newer option. This doesn't bode well for keeping track of and enjoying those thousands of pictures we're taking. Unless we print them.
While times are changing, I still maintain that printing is still the very best way to keep track of and enjoy your images. It's just too easy to lose treasured photographs in a hard drive crash or in a computer upgrade. This is my motivation for regularly printing all of my family pictures, and hanging them on our walls or putting them away in albums.
Today, I'm gonna share with you what I keep in mind when hanging pictures in our house. All photographs shown are from this recent family boating photo session.
This is how I quickly and easily hang my favorite family pictures, the ones I know will brighten our days and bring a smile to my family's face.
I hope this inspires you to do the same.
1.) Not all print labs are created equal.
Choose yours wisely. Rather than going with the one that's running the best sale, I have one go-to professional print lab. This lab has excellent customer service, the colors on my monitor match my prints I receive from them, and I'm happy with their paper quality. While not everyone has access to a professional print lab, I say pick the very best lab available to you.
2.) Make sure your print sizes are proportional to your wall size.
Don't be afraid of going big. An 8x10 looks awfully sad all by itself over the sofa and, more often than not, a 5x7 is just way to small for a wall. I recommend you group several smaller prints together to make a gallery, or hang one large print. For reference, that's an 8x10 on the left below, and a 20x30 on the right.
3.) Mount your print to quickly and easily prevent that sloppy warped look.
For ultimate flexibility and to be able to switch out my family pictures on our walls often, I typically do the matting and framing myself. But, it doesn't matter what I do, the prints go from straight and neat behind the glass to wavy and crappy in a matter of days. Unless I have my lab mount them to a heavyweight, dry mat board for me. I'm sure there are other ways to fix my problem, but mounting is quick, inexpensive, and it gives me the option to go without matting and framing if I'm going for a casual look.
4.) Take some time to plan out the color and style of your mats and frames.
You could go with one color and style to put the focus completely on your pictures. Or you could pick out a mix of mats and frames for an eclectic look. What you decide will, of course, depend on your taste. Lately, my favorite way to go is with white mats and frames or white mats with black frames. A lot of the family pictures I choose to hang on our walls have been taken at the beach and, in our home, I like the way these combos make the images pop.
5.) Or cheat and take the easy way out with gallery wrap canvases.
No need for mats or frames, they come to you ready to hang with hardware on the wall. Just hammer a nail into the wall.
6.) If glare bothers you, remove the glass.
If you end up framing your prints and you notice that glare is keeping you from really seeing and enjoying them on your walls, then simply remove the glass from the frame. In doing this, you're taking away a layer of print protection, but if that doesn't faze you, then I say go for it.
7.) Use a roll of brown craft paper to easily layout your wall galleries.
To quickly and effortlessly decide how I'll organize and hang my galleries, I use a roll of brown craft paper, cut to the size of my wall space. I lay it out on the floor and place my frames (or canvases) on top, playing around with their placement until I like what I see. Once I decide on my layout, I trace around each frame, measure where the hook on the back of the frame falls, and mark it on the paper. Then, I tape the craft paper to my wall with painters tape and hammer my nails right where I made my marks. Finally, I tear the paper off the wall, leaving the nails in place, and then I hang my pictures. Voila! Easy peasy.
Another super easy and flexible option is to use IKEA picture ledges.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out my last blog post about displaying your family pictures on your walls.
One more thing - if after reading all of this, you still find printing, enlarging, and hanging your family pictures to be too overwhelming, I get that. I really do. Many of my clients feel the same way, and that is why I'm happy to help. Anytime. Just get in touch, and we'll get your favorite family pictures off your computer.
Remember that day, back in late May, when it stopped raining and got excruciatingly hot here in Maryland? It was like the weather decided to end its prolonged raininess, and fast forward straight to the hot and humid days of July. Well, it was on that day my family decided to ask friends to pick strawberries with us at Godfrey's Farm Market and Pick Your Own Farm in Sudlersville, Maryland. Ever since that day, the weather has been gloriously spring-like. But not on that day. It was the kind of hot and sweaty day that makes you light-headed and dizzy if you should bend over, stoop, and stand up over and over again. You know, like you do when picking strawberries.
Picking strawberries is one of my favorite early summer traditions I like to do (and photograph) with the family, and fortunately this year's hot weather didn't dampen the fun for us. Each day, I try my very best to slow down, breathe in life, and soak in the beauty around me. Most of the time, I try to freeze these moments in my memory with my mental camera, but if I'm lucky, I have my big camera with me. I live for those moments when my family is spending quality time together. Add in my camera, and I'm in my happy place.
Having friends join us this year made the afternoon even more fun. As I stood back and observed, with and without my camera, I enjoyed watching the kids' different personalities come out as they picked strawberries. One in particular only ate the berries and never added to the box of picked strawberries. At the other extreme, we had one who was all business, and didn't stop until the boxes were full. One was right in the middle, picked some for the box, some for her mouth. And finally, we had the guardian angel, looking out for the other kids and helping at each opportunity. Can you pick out some of these personalities in these photos?
We didn't go with the best day weather-wise, but we were rewarded with pounds and pounds of strawberries when our labor was complete (our family alone picked 17 pounds). Of course, we also sat down in the oversized rocking chairs on the farm's front porch, enjoyed the intermittent breeze, and indulged in some cool, creamy ice cream. We certainly deserved it!
Now that we're in Rock Hall full-time, I'm excited about the adventures we have ahead of us as we take in everything that beautiful Kent County has to offer. There will be so many stories and, of course, plenty of pictures. Click here to follow along.
Not too long ago, I shared some fun ways to display family pictures from a recent boating photo session on the Chesapeake Bay. If you missed those two blog posts, you really should take a minute to check them out by clicking the blue hyperlinked text. I said "should" because there are few things I'm more excited about than preserving your family's summer traditions, and then in turn displaying them on your walls to enjoy everyday. Please, click the links and see for yourself. I'll wait.
That session you just viewed took place last Labor Day weekend. It's a time when families come together to enjoy the extended weekend, and say farewell to summer. In this couple's case, one of their adult daughters was visiting with her family, like they often do throughout the summer. I documented them enjoying their gorgeous sunset cruise with their children and grandchildren.
Fast forward to this past Memorial Day weekend when their other daughter and her family was visiting. As we began the 2016 summer season, I happily came along for a ride and photographed their summer sailing tradition. Their slideshow of images is below. Be sure to select full screen and turn on your volume.
I'm now booking family boating photography sessions for this summer. To book a date or find out more information, give me a call at 443-240-6796 or shoot me an email by clicking here.
Not too long ago, I blogged some wall gallery ideas from a recent sailing session to inspire you to get your family pictures off of your computer and onto your walls, to enjoy everyday. Today, in honor of the start of the summer boating season here in Maryland, I'd like to share a slideshow of their images. This is the slideshow I typically send to my clients when I'm finished editing their pictures, and they are complete.
First, allow me to share a few things I've come to know about this family. They're close. But when you're with them, you don't feel like the odd-one-out. They have a warmth that puts you at ease and makes you feel right at home immediately.
Their matriarch is vibrant, down-to-earth, and a very talented artist. I'm in love with her paintings of Chesapeake Bay anchorages that she paints mostly with her hands, rags, and sometimes with brushes. She inspires me, and I appreciate her new friendship.
As longtime slip holders of Haven Harbour Marina for approximately the past 15 years, summertime for them means the Chesapeake Bay. They're a close family that likes to have fun, and they're not afraid to live life to the fullest. On every sail, they're soaking in life, as well as all the beauty it has to offer.
(While watching the slideshow, be sure your volume is turned on.)
I'm now booking boating photo sessions for this summer. To snag a date or find out more information, give me a call at 443-240-6796 or shoot me an email.
Each time I send my work out into the world and deliver my clients' images to them, I'm nervous.
Every. single. time.
I want their pictures to be everything they hoped for, and more.
Last week, I delivered my clients' slideshow to them and this was mom's response:
"Well. I cried.
This is beautiful. More than I imagined. Thank you, Jen. You're very gifted. I just KNEW you were the right choice."
You can see their slideshow here. In that previous blog post, you'll also read more about the session behind-the-scenes and hear the slideshow song that took me just about an entire afternoon to pick out. I have to say, I think I did good. So good in fact, I haven't been able to get the song out of my head since!
In that previous post, you'll get to see the images set to music, but if you're like me and also like the chance to scroll through photographs at your own pace, then here they are as well:
I'm currently booking family storytelling sessions for this summer. Your summer session could take place in your backyard, at the beach, at the pick-your-own-farm, on the water, or anywhere that is special to you and your family. Find out what a photo session with me is all about by clicking here.
One of the main reasons she booked a session with me was to have images of their children to give their grandmothers for Mother’s Day. These women mean the world to them and they wanted to give them photographs of their grandchildren that really show their true personalities and real beauty.
We decided to have a very laid-back, easy-going session in their yard where the kids (and parents) will feel most comfortable and can most easily be themselves. They literally got to have a fun evening as a family, doing the things they like to do, while I took pictures.
Our session took place on one of our first gorgeous spring evenings here in Maryland. It was just warm enough for short-sleeves, and the evening light beautifully illuminated the new, spring leaves on the trees.
While mom and dad finished getting little brother ready for our shoot, big sis took me around to their backyard and showed me their house. I immediately fell in love with their adorable house and their backyard full of vine-covered trees. It is the perfect backyard oasis for their family that is for sure.
I also fell in love with big sis. Right off the bat. At 8 years old, she’s the perfect blend of mature, little lady and young girl. I was impressed with the confidence with which she greeted me. Throughout our session, I watched how she looked after her little brother, and it was clear she’s quite smitten with him.
I also observed her relationship with her mom, and it made me really excited for what’s in store for my daughter and I as she gets older. As they tossed and kicked the ball around, they chatted and joked with each other. It was fun for me to observe the close bond that they share.
Throughout our session, little brother never ran out of energy. He was a barrel of fun and love, happy to dole out kisses and hugs. He ran and rolled in his truck and jumped without any signs of fear. And when he got a boo boo or wanted to touch the moon, he knew he had mom and dad to turn to for help.
Dad is protective, likes to get on the ground and play, and is readily available for hugs. Mom is go-with-the-flow, loving, and very sentimental. Both of them have passed their good nature and fun-loving personalities down to their children.
And just as I know this family adores their grandmothers, I know these women have so much to be proud of in their children and grandchildren.
Here are some of my favorites from their session (make sure your volume is turned on):
I love filling the walls of our home with family pictures. This includes photos of both our immediate and extended families, taken generations ago as well as just last week.
(The following wall galleries are of images from this super fun family sailing session.)
I’m not someone who enjoys seeing myself in photos. Quite the contrary. Just like most people, I can pick out all of my flaws within a few seconds of looking at my picture.
But, when I see a photo of my family loving each other and having fun, well then my focus isn’t on how I look, but rather I go back in time to that happy moment.
If I’m walking through a room and quickly passing by one of our picture walls, it never fails, no matter how many times I look at them, our family pictures bring a smile to my face.
At other times throughout my day, when I steal a quiet minute to relax on the sofa, I like to stare at our picture walls for longer periods of time and be transported back in time.
Having these pictures on our walls makes me happy. That’s for sure. But, I also take the time and make the effort to put these photographs on the walls for my family. I probably do it more for their benefit.
Our walls of family photos make my kids happy too. My two little ones have grown up with pictures of themselves and our family on our walls, and I believe our picture walls have given their self-confidence a boost. These photographs aren’t so much portraits of them and us looking pretty, but rather us being happy, having fun, and loving on each other. Not only do we tell them and show them everyday that we love them, but they are reminded of it when they look up at our walls.
After all, nothing is more important than family.
If you like the idea of getting your photographs off your computer and onto your walls to enjoy everyday, then here are a few wall gallery ideas to get you inspired. I am always more than happy to help my clients print and hang their images, so please contact me if you would like me to work up your very own wall gallery mock-ups.
My husband and I met in the Fall of 1996. In those 20 years, my in-laws have always lived in the same house in La Plata, Maryland. Last week was the very first time I had the pleasure of spending time at the town’s Train Station Museum. In fact, it was the first time I have spent any significant amount of time in their quaint downtown area. To be fair, I can completely blame this on my husband. As I am not a native to Southern Maryland, I have asked him numerous times over the years to show me around La Plata. He has always given me the impression that we’ve seen it all. From now on, I plan to ask my in-laws to give me the tour.
Last week was my daughter’s spring break and, I must say, it was glorious. We had the most beautiful sunny and warm weather; perfect for spending our days outside and with those we love most.
Our time off was the perfect mix of busy, fun-filled days spent with loved ones and relaxed days at home. Thankfully, we actually experienced some spring weather here in Maryland during our spring break and the kids were able to spend every single minute playing outside. It was just what we needed to be reminded of what’s to come soon when warm, gorgeous weather is here to stay.
On this particular day last week, after seeing that the once rainy weather report changed to a forecast full of gorgeous weather, I loaded the kids in the van and we made the 2+ hour drive to my in-laws’ home in La Plata, Maryland.
After a yummy lunch, we thought about taking the kids to a nearby playground to burn off some energy, but reconsidered since my girl currently has stitches in her forehead. It was advised that she stay away from the playground and similar activities for a few weeks.
My mother-in-law came up with a great plan B, and took us to the nearby La Plata Train Station Museum. She was just having a conversation about trains with my son during lunch and thought he would appreciate the museum. She hit the nail on the head. In fact, both kids loved the museum.
The inside portion of the museum was closed, but that didn’t matter. The kids ran and ran and ran. They climbed and jumped (very much like a playground, ironically). Their grandfather sang old train songs to them. Their grandmother picked them up to peek into the caboose. It went from being a train station to a police station where they locked away their grandparent-criminals to a place where batgirl and batman fought off pirates.
And just like that, that last minute stop at the small train station museum with their grandparents is logged away in my children’s memory bank. Another precious set of memories experienced and filed away. You can just imagine how happy I was to have my big camera along for the ride.
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