4.15.2014

SOME TIME IN THE SUN


we're back in new york after a really, really really quick weekend in arizona for a family reunion. too really quick. looking back at it now, a three and a half day trip involving two full travel days + fifty family members all staying at various places all over the valley, that was maybe never going to be too relaxing. i guess it'd never be possible for me to get as much time with the people i love as i want, i always leave even more homesick than before, and more than a little teary eyed. it was a bit of time travel this weekend, a peek back at the days when we all lived just a few blocks from each other, all five million of us, and i don't think i'd ever appreciated what an amazing way to grow up that was until just now, but more on that later.

first, the pool! my top five list of things to do this weekend included roasting in the sun and gaining at least two pounds of chips and salsa (check and check). we stayed at my aunt jen's in mesa and took serious advantage of her pool. the water was still cold but my mom, my aunt nikki and her kids, and my sister amanda and her family, all came over and we braved it together. 


this is amanda's husband, zach, and my uncle darren's kid, graham. huck was strictly a pool steps dude until watching zach make this dive, and then he looked me square in the eye and said, "mom, i'm gonna jump too." it was just a mild heart attack, watching huck go from the shyest guppy in the pool to full on daredevil flying fish in under thirty seconds. he launched himself off the side of that pool without blinking, no encouragement or prodding needed. as much as a lovin clone as this kid can be most of the time, every now and then this huge brandon streak comes through, and i'm so glad. this move was all dad. i still get timid hopping off the curb onto dry land. ;)


he knew it, too.


and then we graduated to the paddle board... and then we were doing jumps, no floaties needed. pants falling down and everything. this kind of stuff is dad material. by this point i was really working hard on my tan. (nope, skin's still see-through.)


my sister amanda and her fat baby silas. spending time with amanda as an adult has been so, so good. we need to get our act together and just move in next door to each other already.


when the goggles came out things got really great, really fast. i've got a million of these on my instagram if you want to check it out. (worth it.) 


attempting to stave off a case of hypothermia. we finally lured him out of the water with donuts. you know, parents of the year.

p.s. henry holbrook before the pool / henry holbrook after the pool:


update: my sunglasses! amanda's suit is tbd. i'll have to text her. :)
update update! it looks like this is her swimsuit HERE. she got it during an end of summer sale. good luck!

34 comments :

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  2. That side by side before and after?! ... oh em gee... I cant handle the cuteness!
    Looks like a successful quick trip to me!

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  3. i love your sister's bathing suit! i am looking for a one piece like that. and that before and after shot is priceless! so cute!

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  4. I've been enjoying all the pics on Instagram, but I must say that before and after is my favorite! I can't wait for more.

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  5. Oh my gosh, that before and after picture made me laugh. That's cute.

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  6. What a fun weekend! You're making me want to go to Arizona, right now! I need some pool time.

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  7. Oh my I NEED to know where your sunnies are from!!! I am so In love it's insane!! Maybe post a pic on insta?? xx

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    1. i second the notion!!!

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    2. or is it 'motion'...?

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    3. I feel like they might be Karen Walker "super dupers" but I could be wrong. I hope to find out too!

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    4. methinks you're right. good eye!(glasses)

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    5. Oh yay ladies thank you for your input, I am so in love with them!

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  8. How fun! I would love some of that Arizona heat for swimming right about now!
    It's funny that you mention that you like spending time with your adult-sister, Amanda. I'm the youngest in my family, and my oldest sibling is 17 years older than I am, which means that I've kind of had to get to know my siblings all over again. It's an interesting experience, re-meeting all your brothers and sisters.

    Sue//Chevron and Lace
    susanstange.com

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  9. yeah. laughed-out-loud from that before/after. that boy is something else. lucky mama! ;)

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  10. growing up near family is really what life is all about!

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  11. great photos! looks like an amazing time!!


    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  12. Where is Amanda's suit from? It is adorable.

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  13. that last photo KILLED me. hahaahah. what a kid!

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  14. oh man the before/after is TOO MUCH

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  15. That before and after is Norman Rockwell worthy! Love it!!!

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  16. i'm really enjoy reading your posts especially weekend's post.so so so much fun!! i love pool time so much,although i can't swim..haha

    xo josephine
    www.joselovincolors.com

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  17. Huck's before/after photo set is literally the story of my Arizona childhood! So glad you got to spend time at home :)

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  18. This is probably one of my favorite posts of yours ever. Must.get.duck.and.goggles.

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  19. That picture of the three boys in the swimming pool is pure vacation joy! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. These pictures just make my heart sing, and want a little guppy that Huck one day! So precious! Especially when those goggles came out ;)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  21. you are a babe! love the sunglasses. i cannot stop smiling at the huck photos! i love your stories as well. (including the newest post). always a fan of your photography! xo

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  22. these pool photos of Huck are like the best thing ever! and yes, you are a total babe in those shades!

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  23. HAHAHA those last pictures of huck are the absolute best. My god, that looks like a lot of fun. Massachusetts is acting like a weird mother----. People in their bras on the college quad lawn this weekend, snow yesterday morning. WHAT!

    best,
    Valentina
    Valentina Duracinsky Blog
    -- Facebook Page

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  24. "lured him out with donuts" made me laugh out loud!

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  25. I loved reading your account from Arizona! So fun that you were roaming around your old, and my new, stomping grounds! I stared at the picture of Cole for a good 5 minutes before I asked my husband if he recognized him. I knew I did! Darrin is in my ward! Crazy Crazy right there.

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  26. I need to find a pool (and warmer weather) NOW.

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