After we saw Papa in Coleman (nearest town you may have actually heard of–Brownwood—umm ok, Abilene) we headed past to Nanny and Pappy’s, Jason Grandparents to meet up with his parents and little sisters who had gone straight there. Living on 1,600 acres has its perks. Deer come right up to the house in packs of 6-10. So do cows. You can’t plant much in your garden the deer won’t eat. The septic tank is old and you can’t flush toilet paper. When Nanny cooks, the food is amazing. Play in the sprinklers when the tanks (ponds) are dry and green from the drought. Fish if you can stand the Texas heat. Take your city-dog for a walk in the country to become a “ranch-dog” for the weekend. Even if the ground looks dry, tread lightly–the top may seemed cracked, but you might quickly find yourself thigh deep in mud (the tanks aren’t THAT dry yet–opps).
Jason and I went down to Coleman, Texas the weekend before last to visit Papa Greenlee. At 92, his health is fading quickly, but his mind is still sharp. It is amazing and rare to have 5 generations alive at once. Papa, then Pappy (see above), Jason’s mom, Jason, and then Tristian (see below). If we could only get them in the same place all at once for a picture!
I love looking at Papa’s degree earned from A&M in 1941. Papa always taught Jason the importance of going to college saying, “no one can ever take it away from you, once you do it.” Jason credits his staying in school to that one lesson and is so glad he did. I find it so peaceful when we go SouthWest to visit his family. Living on thousands of acres, it feels like the middle of nowhere. I hope we’ll get to visit Papa again before he passes, but if we don’t, I’m so glad I have these pictures and the words burned in my mind to remember him by.
I snapped a few quick pictures of Tristian while he was playing. I cannot get over how much he looks like his father in these pictures! I love knowing I captured these types of pictures and I know these are the ones we will really enjoy looking at for years to come (over more formal set-ups). These are the pictures that really get at the essence of who we are–the things we do on a daily basis. Those few cherished moments of finding your 5 year old playing in his room with out the lights on (only a window in the corner lights his room) and he is satisfied.
Man, this is one cute kid! I had such a good time hanging out with my friend Amber (we meet in art school at UNT!) and her cute 6 month old, Raegan. She was such a good baby and has so much personality! Every time I’m around kids like this, it gets my momma feelers going. (You know the ones that make me starting thinking more about having a baby!) Anyway, I snapped a few photos just before and during lunch time. Remember when it was ok to eat like that?
I’ve been meaning to post to the blog for a month now and keep putting it off in lieu of other things (like meeting potential clients and editing, so on and so on….) No time like the present! I had such a good time shooting engagements with Michelle and Brandon. They are such a good looking couple and we had a great time in downtown Ft. Worth and at the historic T&P train station. I love the romantic urban feel these images have. Enjoy. Friends or family of the couple? View and order images by going to: www.pictage.com/197225