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A friendsgiving weekend redo

I had this idea in September that I wanted to host the ultimate Friendsgiving weekend in October over the course of two evenings with our two groups of friends.  I dreamed it would be a cozy weekend with plenty of family fun and great food.  But last minute I went to New York with Dan, so we cancelled.  #sorrynotsorry.  I was sad to miss my weekend with my friends but also, New York.  So there's that.

So once we got the rest of the busy weekends out of the way: Thanksgiving, trip to Winnipeg; I started getting that urge to gather my friends again.  Normally I do family photos for all a couple friends for their Christmas cards, so I figured why not do them all at once and pump out the edits in a night.  It wouldn't be anything fancy, but something they can use for whatever.

So the idea of a Friendsgiving weekend redo came to mind and I quickly gathered the troupes.  Willis was a good sport (ya, right) and modelled for me so I could get the perfect spot indoors.  Ideally we would have done all of these outdoors but the weather wasn't awesome.  I put on a pot of homemade turkey soup and got some appetizers laid out and voilà, I was ready for the redo.

Nothing brings me more joy than having my friends under one roof, crazy and loud kids included.  (Actually wine. Wine always brings me more joy. And new shoes).   The women in my life are incredibly important to me and I want to show Lucia & Willis the value and the blessing that life-long friends can be.  I also love seeing our kids forge those relationships as they spend more time together.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day:

[caption id="attachment_8192" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Bentley[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8193" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Macy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8194" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Karter[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8195" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Aidan[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8199" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Reese[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8200" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Noah[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8201" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Emma[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8203" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Liam[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8204" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Koen[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8205" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Ben[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8211" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Rocco[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8212" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Amelia[/caption]

My dreams to have this weekend done yearly will happen.  My goal next year is to host an even better Thanksgiving with real food (instead of store bought appetizers) and with a family pumpkin picking excursion (in our backyard) and to have the entire gaggle of geese out.  Yes, that may make the house crazy loud but man, would it be fun to have all my people stuffed into our home.

Now just to get that BFF and her family to come out for it.....come on, Chrrr.........

Have a fabulous weekend.



  1. This sounds awesome!!! what beautiful photos! Wish you could take some of my kid s:-)

  2. Living on Cloud Nine27 October, 2016 22:29

    What a fantastic idea and blast of memories to last!! LOVE how the photos turned out with that lovely, simple and sweet backdrop! You're brilliant I tell ya..... brilliant!!

  3. There's nothing better than a house full of your besties and their kids! What a great idea! Your photos are beautiful!

    Doused In Pink

  4. lol..... anything is possible. Love seeing the photos of all my friends kiddos. Kuddos to the photographer!

  5. If you ever stop being a teacher, you need to be a photographer. Seriously.

  6. what a fantastic weekend! I love the invite too that you did/were going to use for the first one. How fun that you do pictures for your friends, I love it! The pictures turned out great, everyone should love them! Okay that's it, I'm coming out too, hehe :) I'm crashing your party.

  7. Aaaahhhh all of those pictures turned out so good. My favorites are totally the sibling ones!

  8. Sweet and simple was exactly what I was going for!


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