I absolutely love my girlfriend and her kiddos.

The little boy was Monkey’s first friend, and for that I will always have a special place in my heart for him.  He makes me laugh and I feel like when I look into his eyes I see the innocence of childhood that somewhere along the way adults lose. 

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My girlfriend agreed to let me take some pictures and we went to a local tiny lake that I’ve had pictures taken at before.  When we arrived, the first thing I noticed was the lake stunk.  As in, it was giving off an odor like none other.  But, the kids took off running through the grass and didn’t seem to mind a bit.

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They ran around the lake, over bridges and through the streams.  But, every so often they would rest, and in those moments, I was able to capture some really sweet exchanges.

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Then, as quickly as those exchanges happened…

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They were gone again!

I love summer, and I love her kids.

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They both make me smile.