Oh this family. They love each other so much that after spending a morning with them, I wanted to go find all of my sisters and brother and mom and dad and give them the biggest hug then play in the pool together for hours like we used to growing up. Lia and Scott and Calvin and Carson get the cool family award (this award is not passed out flippantly). Calvin and Carson are 7 and 9, but I swear have the souls of 40 year olds. It was Calvin's 7th birthday. I know when I was 7 years old, I was crazy about making sure every detail about the day somehow pointed back to my existence. Calvin was so nonchalant and easy going, so happy to blow out candles from their morning pancakes and hang out with his family for the day. Carson skateboards, is an avid reader, and talked with me like I was talking to an old friend. I forgot he wasn't my age a few times because that's how much of an old soul he is.
Lia and Scott's spirits clearly have influenced their easy going, completely real and open vibe. They are so in tune with their boys and so present. The fun they are having raising them spills into their world. It's clearly not about a destination they are reaching. They are really enjoying the journey.
I had such a blast with this family. It's families like the Gardners that make me feel so honored to be able to peak into the worlds of families who are building such amazing lives together. I am learning so much about what it looks like and feels like to build something meaningful.
One last note - Scott drenched me with a cannon ball into the pool as I was taking photos. Thankfully, I treat my cameras like they are my kids and saved them behind my back, so no hard feelings :) I laughed so hard. Scott felt terrible. But I got to drive home in my no AC car feeling nice and cool. So thank you, Scott.