My family loves taking the little trip to Roaring River State Park in Missouri. It is a beautiful state park nestled in the Ozark mountians complete with a fish hatchery and lots and lots of trout to catch. Every day they release trout from the hatchery and hundreds of people line the river to catch their limit (4 rainbow trout). We always have an awesome spot claimed right below our cabins that my husband insists is the best location on the river. I like to wonder up and down the bank to fish, and he stands on the same stinkin rock… guess who has better luck catching them? (hint: not me) This year we took the trip with my in-laws and Bryson’s brothers family too. Charlotte turned 8 while we were there, and we had a blast fishing, hiking, exploring, taking a little trip to Eureka Springs (just 30 min away), relaxing, and of course eating trout. Get-aways are important. Neither Bryson or my phone worked there, and I am so grateful. The constant “ding” of e-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and voice-mails, didn’t exist. Un-plugging was amazing. I plan on doing it a LOT more. I took my phone hiking to use the camera, but that was about it!
We also did our best to take family pics by the pretty river… which involved me pressing the button on my camera set on the tripod and running for my life to take my spot next to Bryson in the picture while trying to not look like I had just sprinted 100 yards. (why do I think I NEED to use my “big lens 70-200 for these shots?? Oh, and why in the world haven’t I invested in a wireless remote?? I think I will jump on Amazon here in a bit… there are some other things in my cart that I probably need anyway.)The result wasn’t a perfect image but I don’t know a perfect family anyway. It is good enough, and with a little editing (or a lot!) I might be able to print it for my in-laws Christmas gift. Auggie has a great picture face right now… and by “great” I mean that he looks like Zoolander in almost every shot. Ahhhh, the memories. I love his “blue-steel” face as much as his everyday normal smile.
Charlotte, the newly turned 8 year old, stated it well on the way home in the not as clean as we came in van. “It’s so much more fun to drive to vacation, then the drive home.” It sure is, but sleeping in my king sized bed with my king sized husband is far more preferable to the double in our 1970′s cabin with the three year old kicking me most of the night… Ahhhh, home.
And a few formal pics.. The big family pic still needs some photoshopping, like I mentioned before. :)
See, Zoolander. Oh well right?
I also took some fun video clips, but haven’t made it into a little movie yet. I love the clips even more then the pictures!
This was a fun shot… Pierson stood proudly on this rock 2 years ago. I had him do the same pose… I hope that when he is 15 he doesn’t think I am weird for making him still do the “so big!” arms up in the air pose. He’s usually a good sport. Also, I took some pictures of Charlotte 2 years ago on Deer Leap trail just up from the hatchery. I wanted to take her pictures there again but she wasn’t feeling like it. Pierson was though! I love it because they are both 6 in these pics. It’s also interesting to see that my photography hasn’t really changed much in 2 years.
Charlotte age 6 two years ago. Isn’t she just the sweetest?
I have this one as a big canvas in my home. I think I need to make one of Pierson’s a canvas as well! Then Auggie of course in a few years.
And finally a few cell phone pics.We are already talking about the “next time”. So many memories yet to come at Roaring River.