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Danielle and Her Guys | Charlestown Family Photographer

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I’m sharing a story with you that may possibly make 50% of my friends mad at me. But it’s the hard truth so I have to tell it.  When Leo was 6 months to about 2.5 years old, we took baby music class in Charlestown.  I’m pretty sure I put the owner’s children through college because the enrollment cost was so high but we I kept paying it session after session because all my friends with babies the same age were also there. It was like a social outlet for us.  We’d come to class, plop our babies down, let the teacher sing and we would chit chat and catch up with one another.  Great plan, right?  The only problem was that parents were NOT supposed to chit chat in class, they were supposed to bond with their child and sing songs and interact with the teacher.  In fact, we eventually got scolded in class for talking and let me say this: it was well deserved.  Sorry guys, but as a former teacher, I know the pain we put that music teacher through.  Sure, we were paying an astronomical amount to force our kids to sit through a music class we put them in for our own social purposes, but we probably still should have been a little quieter and a little less clicky with our interactions.  I still feel bad for the teacher and the other moms who were in class with us.  Really nice moms that if we had gotten out of our own way to talk to more, we probably could have actually enjoyed being in music class FOR music.  And not just for our selfishness (which I can’t discount.  Moms need social outlets and I probably would have come apart without that class and those friends!)

So when Danielle asked for pictures-I was kind of in shock.  Howwwww did she not hate me?  How did she not want to rip my face off for talking to my friends during at least 2 years worth of music classes?  But then it dawned on me.  While I was bonding with my friends, Danielle was bonding with her babies.  She was probably enjoying being WITH them and watching them enjoy music that she probably had blinders on to our obnoxiousness–or, well maybe 50% of our obnoxiousness because there’s no way we could have been ignored.  Regardless, I totally enjoyed getting to know Danielle and her family during our session that didn’t involve any music.

Liam and Finn are so adorable and SO BIG since I’ve seen them last.  And I’m really hoping that they develop Matt’s Aussie accent even if they grow up in Charlestown–and I stress the point that they should GROW UP IN Charlestown, because I absolutely adore this family and I promise to never talk during a music class again if it means that they’ll stick around Town.

We spent the very chilly evening strolling the streets and catching up on life.
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Liam, male model.
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Thanks for braving the cold with me!  It was so much fun spending time with you guys!

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