Whenever our friends and family ask for ideas on what gifts to get my kids, I beg for them to give my girls the gift of time and experiences.  As much fun as all the toys and all the stuff can be, my girls are perfectly content with a stick, some rocks to throw in a creek, and their wild imaginations.

I love this about them.

And honestly, it’s true for most kids.  How many times have you seen a kid get something amazing and then excitedly play with the box in which it came?  Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography I think this is true for adults, too.  We don’t need stuff.  We need each other.  We need time and love.  Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography And that’s why there’s the minimalist movement right now and the tiny house movement.  Many of us have had enough of the stuff and are ready for a simpler life.Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography This lovely family happens to be moving.  I get the feeling they were going for the minimalist idea even before putting their house on the market, but right now their home is sparse and relaxed and wonderful.  Why don’t we live that way all the time, right?  Why all the clutter?  Columbus Ohio baby photography While there were a few baby books, I don’t believe there was hardly a toy around for this little guy, and he was all smiles the whole entire time.  Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography Their home was calm and inviting and lovely.  Columbus Ohio baby photography And these were some of their last memories in it, as it has already sold.  Columbus Ohio baby photography Some tea and some baby food, some books and some snuggles. Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography It was a wonderfully simple morning full of joy.Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography You can tell they have a lot of love for each other as they make their way through this relatively new parenting thing.  They are rocking it and living it up.Columbus Ohio baby photography Columbus Ohio baby photography The only time little man cried was when they changed him.  And this cracks me up too.  So typical of kiddos this age!
Mom and Dad are trying to help you feel better and cleaner, little man!
Crying and miserable and so terrible, and then…

Perfectly fine the next minute.  🙂  I love this! Putting on the dreaded snowsuit!  The torture!  And then…

All smiles.
They love to have some tea together, and asked where to go to sip some.

“Wherever you usually have tea” I replied.

“The floor” they said, and hunkered down to get comfy.   I wanted to show the boxes for a couple of shots, as this is part of their story right now.  Then their dog came and sat down half in the picture, and we kept it just like that.  Because that’s part of their story, too.
LOVED being with this family for some final memories in the house their son came home to.  What a special time and place.  And now they are off to their new home, to make new memories and new discoveries!  Wishing you luck and joy!

Hungry for some more documentary photography about moving?  Check out this post!

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