11/11 (1) To Grandmother’s House We Go

(This is the first post in a series I will be doing with a few of my very talented friends … 11 personal photos on the 11th of each month.  I am so excited to be part of this project; I need a kick in the pants to pick up my big-girl camera with my own kids, and the creative push from my amazing group of colleagues is a lot of fun.  I am honored to participate with them.  Plus, I am a narcissist at heart and love rambling about my kids/life/dogs/etc. )

We are lucky enough that my in-laws live up in the nearby mountains, home of the snowy winter wonderland.  Every year, around October, it begins …
“Are we going to Grandma’s soon?”
“When are we going to Grandma’s?”
“Is there snow at Grandma’s?”
“Can we go sledding at Grandma’s?”
“If I ask you 52,789,452 times about going to Grandma’s, will you take us?”

So went to Grandma’s.

I, too, love going to Grandma’s; Big Bear is only a couple of hours away, but it seems like such an escape from the hustle and bustle down here.  Especially when you start spiraling up the elevation, see the car thermostat drop rapidly, and marvel at the pine tree branches, heavy with snow.

Going to Grandma’s means a lot of down time, and I love it.

We make snow angels.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonDo puzzles.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonStrategically fling various birds at green swine.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonEat snow.  A lot of snow.  In fact, every photo mom took of you during the trip was you eating snow, maybe you have a problem.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonClearly, your sister also has a problem.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonWe make snow(wo)men.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonWe take photos for mom.  I’d seen some cute photos of kids blowing snow from their hands and thought it would be fun to try.  Grace portrayed the magical winter image I had envisioned well.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonNathan … nailed it.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonWe go out for pancake breakfasts.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonOrange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonOrange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonWe have snowball fights.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonWe get really happy when our camera shy pre-teen kid gives us this and makes us all googoo-gahgah over his cuteness and freckles that make his mom melt…

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonBut then this happens.  And the googoo/cuteness/freckle admiration time is over.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonMostly, when we are at Grandma’s, we look around at the chaos: wet boots, snow on the carpet, chapped cheeks, dripping noses … and we wonder how we got so lucky that this is us right now.  And we are so, so grateful.

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie HobsonP.S.  Don’t count my photos … you know when you tell your kids to get in bed and you will count to three: one, two, two and an eighth, two and a quarter, two and a half, etc?  That is my numbering method. 

Now go check out my super talented friend, Colombus Newborn Photographer Fran Barker’s 11 on 11.  😉

Orange County Newborn and Family Photographer Christie Hobson

Laura Morita-Yeun - January 10, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Christie, I’m sure this is not a big surprise to you since you know I’m crazy about you, but let me just announce it to the world: I freaking LOVE you. Love these pics, love you, laughed out loud at the Angry Birds green swine comment, and then just found myself giggling throughout the rest. You. Are. Awesome.

Taryn Boyd - January 10, 2013 - 7:41 pm

hahahhhaa. Nailed the wintery wonderland photos. You crack me up!!! So excited and honored to be in this circle with you! xoxoxox

Alison Janki - January 11, 2013 - 4:21 am

omg…seriously…this is incredible. you are so talented.
i loved going on the journey to grandma’s house, loved your storytelling and your gorgeous lifestyle images. you are amazing!! xoxo

sally - January 11, 2013 - 5:07 am

Visiting your blog is never, never, never, never disappointing. Beautiful kids+beautiful photos+hilarious commentary is a mix made in Heaven.

Susie - January 11, 2013 - 7:10 am

OMGsh! Are you kidding me??! That first image is absolutely stunning! And now I totally feel like I know your kids after seeing all of those amazing lifestyle images. You captured them in such a REAL way! LOVE it!

Sarah Cambio - January 11, 2013 - 7:42 am

Looks like a lot of us live in cold areas with all these snow photos! Great photos!

Kelly Mendoza - January 11, 2013 - 8:41 am

Love it! Such a great reminder about photographing our own. I swear all the pics I have of my kids are on an iPhone 🙁

Summer Murdock - January 11, 2013 - 9:18 am

Christie, you crack me up…these are awesome and I really really really love your selfie…I’m kinda obsessed with hair images…

Marie - January 11, 2013 - 10:24 am

So I may or may not have read this like 4 times…LOVE this post, the variety, the humor and your selfie is perfect!

Fran Barker - January 11, 2013 - 11:09 am

I am OBSESSED with this post! Laughing all the way through it and enjoying every single picture. You are simply fantastic!

Anne Kerr - January 11, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Christie, i seriously laughed and cried all in the same 5 minutes of this post. I love the way you tell the story, and of course, the images are stunning as are your kiddos!! You are so lucky to have “grandmas house”!!

Leah - January 11, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Christie, you crack me up. I bloody love you (yes, you heard me, bloody). Loved going to grandmas with you guys, and I love the light play in the pic in the restaurant.

Tonya Teran - January 11, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Hehehe I love everything about this post, Christie! You have such a great sense of humor and I love the way you narrate your posts 🙂 The perspective of each image you captured is awesome..I can’t wait until your next post!

jennifer - January 11, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Christie, your sense of humor cracks me up! This might be one of my favorite blog posts ever… love the “nailed it” shots… hehe! Your kids are so cute and I love these (especially your selfie)!

Carrie - January 12, 2013 - 1:41 am

I wish we had wonderful white winters here! These images are amazing!

Sonja - January 17, 2013 - 7:40 pm

I looove your posts, Christie! You’re seriously hilarious!! And, your kids are adorable. Loved all of these images.

Kimberly Mann - January 29, 2013 - 11:43 pm

You are too awesome! I literally LOL’ed at the eating snow pics. Yes…eating it IS mandatory-there are many different textures and tastes of snow (says the former Minnesota girl, missing winter just a bit here in CA.

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