Emanuel, Julian & Stella

These little cuties came down from Columbus for a Summer Session with me here in Cincinnati! I know their mommy from High School where we cheered together and caused a ruckus with our other Cheer Pals. I remember all of the fun like it was yesterday! The last time I saw Mom in person though (thanks Facebook for keeping us all so close and up to date these days) was in Venice, Italy in 1999.

What was so amazing about the last time I saw her was that it wasn't planned! See Allison was stationed overseas and I hadn't talked to her since High School, let's say in 1995, when she graduated. I was in Italy for the Summer studying and visiting family and we decided to take a trip to Venice on a Sunday. It was going to be so much fun. However, my friends and I were on a 1:00 train from Florence and didn't realize, until we were halfway there, that the last train out of Venice was at 7:00. That wouldn't be nearly enough time to see the sights and experience Venice the way we wanted to. It was also the middle of Summer and we didn't bring a change of clothes. But we decided to get a hotel room, stay the night, and leave instead the next day. It was such a great idea because there was a huge fireworks display that night on the banks of the Arno celebrating one of the churches and we really got to experience the culture of the city.

So we were beat, we were sweaty and stinky, and we were ready to get back to Florence the next morning. We plopped down on some steps outside the train station to wait for our trains arrival in a few hours because our feet were done. Low and behold I hear "Natalie?!, Oh my gawdddd!" I looked up and there she was! Randomly in Venice with friends for the day! My cousin was with me and had her trusty disposable camera out and snapped the interaction as it happened! So cool! I posted the photos at the end of this post if you'd like to see. It was such an amazing memory that we still talk about to this day! I can't believe we have pictures to remember it!

Ok so on to seeing each other again for the first time in person in OMG 19 years!!! Almost to the day at that! I got to hug her again and meet her 3 beautiful children and play in the park with them! Dad couldn't make it but I was able to sneak mom in for some of the fun! These kids are adorable and I am so thankful she asked me to capture their portraits! 

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I made sure to tell mom to bring snacks for the kids for after the long drive and they were chowing down on these plums. Look at this baby's eyes! LOVE! 

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Thanks so much for coming down and catching up! You don't look a day older than the last time I saw you and exactly the way I remember you! I had so much fun looking at your babies while editing and noticing all of their little features that remind me of you! Next time I hope to get to meet dad and so much time won't have passed before we can catch up again!!

xoxo - Natalie

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 Cheer pic for good measure (she's gonna kill me ;)). That's me front row on the left - I had Mono for what felt like 3 months before they diagnosed what was wrong with me, so the start of my Sophomore year was a little rocky. That's Allison on the right, front row. This photo is great! Also, I've photographed 5 of these girl's families over the years...how awesome is that? 

Cheer pic for good measure (she's gonna kill me ;)). That's me front row on the left - I had Mono for what felt like 3 months before they diagnosed what was wrong with me, so the start of my Sophomore year was a little rocky. That's Allison on the right, front row. This photo is great! Also, I've photographed 5 of these girl's families over the years...how awesome is that?