it's funny how life works sometimes. i met my husband in college, like a lot of people do, and while we were there we each made a lot of friends. some of them were mutual, and others weren't, simply because while a lot of our time overlapped, between different classes and jobs, a lot of our time did not. at his on-campus job, my husband met a guy named jason, and in one of his classes, he met a girl named samantha. eventually, samantha became jason's wife. while i saw jason a handful of times if i happened to stop by the office, i never really got to know him or samantha, simply because life never really allowed us the time or opportunity to cross paths.
fast forward several years, and we found ourselves at the wedding of a mutual friend from college, seated at the same table with jason and sam. we chatted, as you do at weddings, and discovered that they have a son around the same age as our youngest, and so we were quickly swapping toddler stories- who walked when and how, picky eating habits, terrible sleep patterns, all the parenting stuff. we laughed and had a lovely time, and on our way home, i turned to my husband and told him that i couldn't believe i'd never had a chance to get to know these two people in college. they do life so much like we do, and were such fun people to be around, i was sad i had missed the chance to build a friendship with them when they lived walking distance away, instead of an hour drive.
so, of course, i friended samantha on facebook as soon as i got home that night, and i've been enjoying her sweet, honest, funny, and completely relate-able posts about her life as a momma ever since.
you can imagine how excited i was when she contacted me about doing a session for her and her family to document her growing bump before the arrival of baby number 2. that meant spending an evening with this totally sweet, down to earth couple, while also getting to meet and play with their adorable toddler- all while taking pictures of them. i was all-in before i could even finish reading her first message to me.
let me tell you what- the night did not disappoint. we had a bit of a hiccup when we showed up to the Reading Public Museum and realized it's a hot spot for pokemon-go players (no exaggeration, there were people e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.) but we were able to find ourselves a quiet spot or two and then just let the little guy lead our evening. the bond he has with his momma? incredible:
although his bond with his daddy was just as clear- and i suspect it's going to grow even stronger once baby sister comes on the scene ;)
they are truly a beautiful example of a family built on love for one another, and even though the weather was hot, and there was much toddler chasing, it was clear that this baby girl is going to be joining a family that knows the value of being together.
oh- and on our way back to the parking lot, we spotted an ice cream truck. they decided to stop, and of course i asked if i could follow them around just a liiiiiiiiiittle bit longer. any night that ends in ice cream is a good night :)