Before There Were Five

The last time we had family photos taken, I wasn’t pregnant with Ani yet and Ella was not even two years old (and I still love those photos so so much).

When we found out we were having a third baby, I felt pretty sad that we’d never had family photos taken when there were just the four of us.

And then I remembered that when our whole family had been together in May right before my brother left on his mission, we’d had family photos taken, both of my entire family and of our little family, by Chris Jenkins Photography.

I guess when your parents are the ones that pay for them, you don’t remember them quite as much. I also blame the fog of the first trimester plus the insaneness of this summer with living in three different states and preparing to go overseas.

I’m really happy to have these (and I also have secret dreams that next year Ralphie will come visit us in our new permanent home and take photos of our family of five. I know she wants to).

Also, I can’t get over how much younger my girls look in these photos, especially Ani who only had about five teeth here.

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  • Reply Meg ~ Chasing Pink Fireflies December 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    What great family pictures and I love the blue and yellow combo – really helps the pictures pop! Your mom must hear this all the time but she looks like she could be another sister!

  • Reply rebeccalately December 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Those are great pictures! I love the color scheme.

  • Reply Betsy December 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful photos!!

  • Reply Tracy December 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    What lovely pictures!

  • Reply Lindsay Scalco December 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    The one of your little girls holding hands and walking away is to die for, they are so cute!!!!!!!

  • Reply Erica December 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful family! I can't believe how much Ani has grown since these were taken!

  • Reply Shelly December 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    These family photos are gorgeous! The color scheme is lovely and that is a really cool photo location. And you're right about how quickly kids change and grow up.

  • Reply Amy December 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I love the one of the parents trying to get their kids to smile! It perfectly captures the "production" that is family photo shoots! I love/hate them! 😉

  • Reply Ever Emma December 19, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    So cute! I love, love, love the color scheme!

  • Reply Melinda December 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    As my kids get older (9 and 11 now) I keep thinking of how quickly it seems to be going. In looking at these pics of your family- I find myself feeling for your Mama, what a treasure y'all must be for her! What a comfort it must have been to have everyone together. I'm just marveling at how it must not have been very long ago that she was the one dancing behind the photographer to get you to smile. Who knows? Maybe she was on this day, too? 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a precious moment. And I bet Ralphie already has plans for your 'party of five' photo shoot.

  • Reply Erica Musyt December 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    you're little ones are so cute! and that red hair! thanks for following. I love your blog! *erica*

  • Reply Denise Z. December 19, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Beautiful family and lovely pictures! (Family genes run strong–I can't believe how much alike Ella and Merrick's youngest look!)

  • Reply Sarah Dufries December 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    love those pics!!


  • Reply Olivia December 30, 2014 at 6:55 am

    such great pictures of all of you!

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