cousins, cousins and more cousins

i’ve got a lot of cousins.  no, seriously, a lot.  on my dad’s side alone i have 30 first cousins.  yes, that’s right, 30.  whenever i tell people that, i always get the question, “do you know all of their names?”  of course i know all of their names!!!  i’ve got a ton of second cousins, i couldn’t even begin to count.  i think i’d need a calculator, or at least more fingers and toes.


i think my family is unique.  my dad has 8 brothers and 4 sisters.  when i was growing up, most all of them went to my grandma’s every sunday for dinner, socializing, and volleyball games (i NEVER got to play – no, i’m not bitter!)  because of that tradition, i really got to know my cousins – all of them.  another tradition is the family reunion which takes place every summer in Black River, MI.  my family has been going there for as long as i can remember.  i think it may have started when i was 1 or 2.  it’s a lot of fun and even better now that i can bring my own kids.  it’s so cool to see my kids playing with my cousins kids. (would they be 3rd cousins?  i have no idea.  i can’t keep track!)


this year i was really inspired by a table that my uncle greg and aunt barbara made – they put a ton of work into it.  they took a regular table – 8ft long i think.  they gathered photos of everyone in the family – my grandparents and their siblings, their kids, the grandkids and all of the great grandkids.  everyone is represented. they sealed all of these photos into the table.  so every year when we go up for the reunion we can look at these photos and tell stories and remember.  it is so unbelievably cool!!!  greg and barb, thanks so much for all of your hard work – what a gift for this family!  (i guess i should’ve taken a picture of it!)


so, this year, i brought my camera and took a few snapshots of some of the grandkids and great-grandkids.  


my husband’s family has also started a new tradition of a summer family reunion.  while not as large as my family, it’s also a ton of fun!  especially for the kids.  it’s so great to hear my kids talk about seeing their cousins.  one thing that i learned about the beekman family, early on, is that they are competitive!  so the games are always a blast!  we had some mean games of kick the can and a game i’ll call “fill the cup with water?” 


so here’s some thibodeaus and some beekmans:


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summer photography fun event at zozo for kids – a huge success!!

Thanks to all the great families who came to shalimar b photography’s and zozo for kids’ summer photo event – i had so much fun! i literally went home and told my husband, “i love what i do!” the weather was perfect and the kids were all so sweet! see for yourself below!

for those that don’t know – i teamed up with a great children’s clothing boutique in andersonville (zozo for kids at 5137 n. clark) and we had a day of free mini photo sessions.  each family scheduled their session at zozo for kids.  we hope to do another event in the fall and i will be offering holiday cards at that time.  look for info at and  tell your friends!

here’s a sneak peek for all!

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