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Autumn Through the Years

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In the Fall of 2005,Ed, a very small Eddie, Baby Cait and I took an impromptu trip to Letchworth State Park. Ed and I had been going for years, usually around my birthday, and even though it was freezing, we just needed to get out of the house that day. Ed happened to take Eddie’s photo on some stairs. The next year we happened upon the same stairs (not an easy feat…this park is GIGANTIC–I think it spans like 30 miles??), and took a photo of Eddie and Caitlyn together. And just like that, a tradition was born. We’ve taken the kids’ photos every year in October since 2005. It has been 40 degrees, and it has been 80 degrees. In 2008, Eddie and Caitlyn dropped poor baby Hannah on her head (stellar parenting having a 3 and 4 year old hold a 3-month-old on a set of stone stairs). Hannah refused to cooperate in 2009—I think to get back at us. I love how each year, things change but they also stay the same. I was really looking forward to this year’s photo. I can’t believe how big Eddie looks.  His legs! My god!

Some of you have seen these all before (minus 2013, of course). I know; but I can’t help myself. Here are the photos:










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Bonus 2013 Photo


7 responses »

  1. I LOVE THIS. Also, I remember always resisting when my mom tried to get us to take the annual family picture every year. I’d like to go back in time and punch myself.

  2. My favorite part is how it’s going along pretty steadily and predictably: one baby, then two babies, then three babies. Then we get lulled by five years in a row of no further babies: kids getting older, that’s all. Then BAM, two more surprise babies!

  3. So adorable!! And now you need a new photo header on this page. 🙂

  4. Oh, yay! My favorite! Look at your FAMILY!

  5. I know I’ve seen these for years, but they never get old for me. One of the best decisions you’ve ever made. I love them so much, I hope you do them until you’re 102 with all the great-grandkids.

  6. I LOVE these pictures so much.

  7. I know I commented on this picture already this year (twitter? instagram?) but I just wanted to say I LOVE the bonus 2013 pics too. What a seriously great tradition.


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