A Special Kind of Love; Extended Family Session with Michelle Ma Belle Photography
I was so lucky to grow up with two full sets of grandparents who lived nearby and who were very involved in my life. Unfortunately, I also know the pain of losing them which is why I know how valuable that time spent with them and those captured memories truly are.
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Grandparents VS Parents
Recently I stumbled upon a great blog post by Scary Mommy; one of my favourite blogs, for obvious reasons. Some would say that grandparents are better than parents, and I’m sure my children would agree. They have some pretty kick@ass grandparents.
Among the top ten reasons listed in this blog post, the following statements really rang true for me:
They have lived, and they know that living is not doing the laundry. It’s building a Lego tower, or going on an adventure hike, or reading 10,000 books, or making cookies badly.
Your kid constantly feels like a Rock Star. I mean, around me, my kids probably only feel like Lance Bass, maybe during his good years. But around their grandparents, they could just use the bathroom correctly and come out feeling like Bono.
They get to give all the treats without the guilt. How fun would that be? Ice cream for lunch? Gummy bears for a snack? Soda at dinner? Yay! I even want to live at grandma’s house.
They don’t have to think past the present moment. They don’t have to worry that three hours of TV watching is going to turn your child into a sociopath. It just means three hours of snuggling with a sweet little person who makes charming (annoying) observations about every single thing that happens.
And MOST importantly…
They know that life is short. As parents, we are so bogged down by the idea that we have a huge responsibility to feed, clothe, and avoid creating an asshole, that we can forget how quickly our children stop wanting to sit on us all of the time.
September 9th is National Grandparents Day so don’t forget to show them a little extra love and gratitude for all that they do and all the love they give. If you want to give them something extra special this year, Michelle Ma Belle Photography is currently offering a $100 print credit with the purchase of an Extended Family Portrait session. We also highly recommend treating Grandpa or Memere to a “brag book”; these books can easily slip into Grandma’s purse and gives her another reason to brag about her family at euchre night.
If you're interested in booking an extended family session or placing a print order, please contact us to chat about your specific photography needs. We are happy to help!