Many moons ago, my friend Chris and I worked for the Outdoor Pursuits program at MTSU. That job entailed leading groups through the challenge course and spraying each other with a hose while cleaning out the camping equipment. More than anything else though, we worked the climbing wall. We belayed everyone from frat boys to the professors’ kids and in our down time (which there was an abundance of), we got to hang out with Keena who worked the front desk and who was dating Chris. We laughed until we couldn’t breathe most nights. They are, by far, two of my favorite people. So it has been a great time watching them go from flirty co-workers to husband and wife to parents of Thomas and Katherine.
I packed a small bag of gear for my trip home to Nashville for Thanksgiving, shoving reflectors and whatnot into my checked suitcase (it was a direct flight; what could go wrong?). Famous last words, right? I arrived 15 minutes early, but my bag didn’t show up until later that night. Since I was in town for only 48 hours and 24 of those were Thanksgiving day, there was nothing left to do but to roll with it. After rummaging around in my step-father and mom’s garage, I came out triumphant with a good sized piece of white styrofoam (also known as a reflector in a pinch). Styrofoam in hand, I went straight on over to their house to shoot some 3 month-old photos of Katherine and a few of Thomas, too… in his underoos, no less.
This being the 2nd time that Miss Katherine and I have met, it was an afternoon of discoveries. For example, she liked to cry 99% of the times that I pointed a camera at her. Surprise discovery! I, in turn, discovered that I think that sad baby photos are as adorable, if not more so, than happy baby photos.
She’s just so darn cute when she’s mad!
Much love to you, Chris and Keena. Your children are magnificent which is a testament to how incredible you both are.
And one more thing…. can Thomas and I play this again at Christmas time? “Pop-up Pirate?” “Pirate Pogo?” Whatever it’s called, the look on his face when it jumps is just fantastic!
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