They've had a crazy few months and they're happy to be in one piece at the end of it. Erica and Chris opted to go ahead and make the family mini session happen even when sweet Su woke up with a stuffy nose the morning of the shoot on top of all the other family  stuff that had gone on in the previous weeks. That morning, Erica wrote on Facebook:

Last year's family photos were carefully planned and executed. I shopped for new attire, coordinating our outfits in a nice, but not in a matchy-matchy way. I came out with incredible photos from Cassandra Hamilton Photography. This year, I haven't shopped and pretty much am trying to plan at the last minute, with a sick baby. I am sure our photos will still be great, due to the incomparable Cassandra, but when I look at them, I think they will more accurately represent the insanity of Fall 2012.

I sure do appreciate Erica's confidence :) and I do agree that last year's shoot was pretty fun, and the shot of Erica and giggling Su is one of my all time favorites! However, I also am thrilled that they decided to go for it even when things felt a little less put together. It's all part of the journey, even the crazy seasons, but through it all what shines is the family and not anyone's perfectly selected shoes. So glad they get this!

In honor of them making it through, I'd like to entitle this picture:

Insanity of Fall 2012.

(I actually took this one at the end when I pushed it all little too far and Su was definitely DONE. I think it'll make them smile, though.)

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Natalie, my sweetheart friend, sat with me at the church Thanksgiving dinner. I was so happy to visit with this lovely girl who brought her American dolls for a picture at their mini session.

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She's becoming a real young lady and has a lovely smile.

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I love reading the updates on this squirrelly boy. It seems he is much the same kind of little boy as my Tymen, always into something and extremely likeable!

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Lovely Su. She was pretty determined to see the ducks at the park but gave me some of her signature smiles first.

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Ethan's dog made it into this family picture too.

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Su was ready to run...a part of the reality of life now :).

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Love these few of Chris and Erica at the end. They are the real deal and the love they have for each other and the sense of humor in the middle of it all stands out.

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l.o.v.e. (and you'd never guess that during it there was a sweet toddler moaning and getting a bit fussy as she wasn't feeling the best and Ethan running in circles with a stick and Natalie chatting away).

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Oh, and a couple of me photographing Ethan that my friend, Chase of Photography by Chase took as he was shooting with me that day.

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Attack of the silly mousie!

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Erica and Chris, your family is so awesome. Thanks for trusting me and letting the love you have for your family shine.

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