Baby Julien at 19 Months

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It was chilly and rainy outside the day I came to play, kind of a bummer for a spring time toddler shoot.  But if I’ve learned anything from the four hundred times I’ve read The Cat in the Hat aloud over the past few months, its that you don’t have to go outside to have fun.  (Not to gloss over some very valuable lessons about leaving your children unattended or allowing strangers into your home : don’t plan on eating the cake you baked and your fish will likely need therapy, among other potential mishaps and dangers.  But let’s focus on the indoor fun part of the book.)

Tracy and Pierre give Thing 1 and Thing 2 a run for their money.  As I wrote to Pierre in an email following our session, every kid should be so lucky when it comes to the parents they inherit.  Tracy and Pierre are, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic duos I’ve ever had the pleasure to witness and document.  Its no wonder that Julien is such a loving, inquisitive and intelligent child.  He’s learning from the best.

Music is a big part of this family’s life and so is family band time…

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Not to mention dance parties…

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One of Julien’s favorite things to do is play run-around-the-kitchen-island, I love how every family makes up their own unique games.  Here’s the gist:  one parent chases Julien around the kitchen until he dives into the lap of the other.  It sure looks fun and I’m pretty sure the parents win that game every time.

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Don’t forget hide-and-go-seek…

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And yes, fellow photogs, I was aware of the garbage can in these photos.  But if I had moved it, what would Julien have hidden behind?  I think its OK to throw out the rules sometimes, no pun intended.  Well… maybe it was.

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We tried to get outside, we blew some bubbles on the back porch…

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We also hit the playground across the street though it was a rather short lived visit.  Julien told us it was too cold for him and there was no arguing with that.  At least there was enough time for me to see some mad soccer skills!

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It was such a fun day.  Here’s a slideshow with my favs and to see all the fun, check out the gallery with all the goodness I couldn’t quite squeeze in.  My hope is that these photos spark a little something in  you.  I know its been a lousy day at work and I know how worn out you are feeling at the end of the day.  But when its time to go home tonight and shed your heels or tie, cast your weariness off along with them and make the time to play.  The turn-off-your-phone and throw-it-in-a-drawer kind of playing.  Go outside, throw a ball, blow bubbles, make up a new game, dance a dance, draw a picture, make a music video singing into wooden spoons while playing air guitar.  Silliness is the free gift thrown in with the commitment of parenthood, you are allowed  – encouraged – to be a kid again.  So do it up, full throttle.  It might just make tomorrow a better work day, especially when your coworkers find your music video up on YouTube.  (Free bird!)

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