Children,  Family

Hiding in Plants with Layla and Jude

Meet Layla and Jude.

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You’ve seen them here before, back when I chased Layla around the park and Jude was still baking in the oven. Jude was the newborn that smiled through his session, and he continues to smile non-stop….

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Well unless he’s hungry, and then not so much.

And on the 5th day of July, in the year of 2012 at the 10th hour of his sad mornin’…I was Jude’s least favourite person in the entire universe for 3.2 seconds…

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While Jude was eating, Layla asked me to play hide-and-seek.  I learned the most important element of playing hide-and-seek with a 3 year old. Apparently, as long as the hider can’t see the seeker, you are in fact hiding perfectly. So I started counting loudly, and her little legs ran as fast as they could. She stopped abruptly at a plant and proceeded to stuff her head into it screaming “I’m READY”!!!

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Naturally, I took pictures while she giggled in the plant.

Then she told me it was my turn…

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Given I only had to the count of 3 to hide, I chose a wood beam quite a bit skinnier than I am and I closed my eyes because hey it’s the perfect place as long as you can’t see the seeker. After she found my limbs and closed eyes awkwardly jutting from behind my small hiding place, she declared it was Mom’s turn.

Funniest thing I ever saw was my friend from high school running in circles trying to find a hiding place and then shoving her head in a plant at the last moment. She even looks terrifyingly shocked that Layla found her…

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Then Layla hid here…

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and here…

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And with that Jude finished eating and we were on with the session.

Best. Smile. Ever.

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For these shots below, Layla asked me to do summer-saults and back rolls. I learned it’s kinda hard to focus after a few rolls, but anything for a smile and it’s actually impossible to resist Layla’s charm. Marty and Kristen, I don’t know how you say no to any of her requests.

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We ended on a kissy face. Perfect.

Thank you so much for the session full of laughter! Your kids are hilarious!



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