Friday, November 29, 2013


This afternoon we sneaked out to take some family pictures. I asked the girls to pick out a favourite outfit so that they'd be comfortable in whatever they were wearing and then I tweaked them a bit to make sure everything matched-ish. We're talking individual outfits matching, not entire families matching. I don't know how people even pull off those matchy-matchy photos. I mean, seriously! How do you get your kids to wear what you want them to wear and then to look happy about it?

We can't pull that pulled together look off so we just dressed as ourselves. This year we decided we'd do pictures at Stagville. They have a bunch of fun old buildings to pose by; I was actually thinking the rock wall by the family cemetery would be picturesque.

Unfortunately, Stagville was closed today...for Thanksgiving. Now, I have no problem with places closing for holidays or even for holiday weekends. I just wish they'd be a little more transparent about it on their websites so that we don't have to find out by coming up to a locked gate. I mean, how difficult would it be to say on their website that they're open from 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday, though they close on whatever holidays as well.

Apparently really hard. Because this isn't the first time we've run into this issue with historic sites in Durham.

Anyway, we decided we'd just do pictures at the Eno, even though golden hour was upon us and we were, literally, burning daylight. Stagville and West Point on the Eno are at least fifteen minutes away from each other. We were in a bit of a rush to set up once we'd arrived at the Eno.

Andrew and I still have to go through and decide which ones are our favourites and then doctor them up a bit, but in the meantime, here are some quickies we took on our point-and-shoot camera. A lot of them are bloopers but a few of them turned out alright.

Mostly the kids were either goofing off or complaining about how cold they were without their jackets.

Daylight disappeared fast.

We'll see if we end up liking these pictures or if we'll end up heading out again...


  1. So cute! I really love pictures in leaves. And your kids having fun in them is even better!

    Sorry Stagville was closed. I had to look at the link since I don't recall ever going there. I saw they had a Facebook page and the first entry was this:

    Historic Stagville
    November 27
    Historic Stagville will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open for regular hours on Saturday, November 30.

    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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    So apparently they find it easier to update Facebook than their website. But, yes, how annoying not to know before you head out.

    I love the pictures! You look nice!

  2. Miriam reminds me of E.T. in the picture of her and the blanket! Super cute!

  3. I thought of you this afternoon. I wanted to take Zach to see the trains in Mebane which they do every 2nd Saturday of the month. I even checked Destination Downtown Mebane's Facebook page (since I remembered I this post) and they mentioned 10-2.

    Then I get down there and they have different holiday hours! Four to eight tonight. Grrr! The lady in this historical museum said it was in the paper. The tiny Mebane one that I do not subscribe to.

    So,anyway, just thought I'd share that. Did you ever go out and do pictures again? I think these were great! Have a good weekend!