Summer Recap…June ~ Colorado…Pine River

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Isn’t this image gorgeous? I love this capture!

About a half a mile, down a dirt road, from the cabin, is the Pine River.  It’s a nice slow, meandering river that we like to walk to as a family.  We like to play along the banks of, or, if you are our children, IN the river.  It’s a great place for exploring and skipping rocks.

I come from a somewhat photo journalistic family, meaning about half of us like to capture moments in time.  The Pine River is a great place for me to snap photos of my children enjoying the simple pleasures in life.  I like to just have my camera out snapping photos, posed and unposed, as life is happening.  So, before heading down the dirt road, I grabbed my camera.  I hope you don’t mind, but this is mostly going to be a photo journal post!

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Of course, Maui peeing in nature…his new favorite thing to do!! 🙂

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Maemae almost always has a dirty bum!  She is a kid full of life, enjoyment, happiness, and dirt on her pants!

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Kaikai was trying to find the biggest rocks that he could pick up, throw into the river, and make the biggest splash!  He is a kid full of life and energy and oh so stubborn!!  Those dimples of his, melt my heart in an instant!

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Nani made her way “through the raging river of death” (Emperor’s New Groove) and pretty much just stayed there the whole time we were at the river!

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There is so much I love about this photo, but, by far, my favorite…the fact that they are holding hands!  Be still my beating heart!  Kawena is such a sweet, gentle, and protective older sister!

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Sweet Maui!

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Making the trek back home, up the big hill!  They were such troopers!  It’s always harder to climb up the hill after all the fun!

I am always so proud of our kids when I see them helping each other out.  Like Kale’a hanging back with Maui, who tends to be a bit slower than the rest, yet she didn’t complain.  I think one my greatest joys in life is to know that my children watch out for one another.  Sure they have their moments, more often than I would like, when they argue and yell, “I’m never going to play with you again!”, which, I am happy to say has yet to actually happen, but for the most part they really do love each other!  I can’t think of anything greater, than to have my children love each other and care for each other and to nurture and value the bond amongst siblings!

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