So we went out with the intention of taking some fabulous 'cousin' pictures for the Grandmas, for us, for whoever wanted them. It was raining all morning and had it been up to me, we would have totally bailed for another day. However, my oldest niece was insistent that WE COULD DO IT! So, we primped, coordinated, tee-heed, and then headed for an abandoned lumber yard and new secret place that runs under a bridge. Some of the children, who shall remain nameless, were less than cooperative. They ran off, stood in the rain run-off from the shelter, climbed on the dirt/mud piles around, and overall made it difficult to efficiently take pictures of 7 children. Oh, was it supposed to be efficient? Whatever...I had my vision of the perfect shoot! By the time we left for home, I was a bit discouraged and really didn't have that 'warm, fuzzy' feeling that I'd hoped for. However...when I loaded the pictures and checked them out...I was so pleased!! Those feelings of frustration and memories of herding cats (children) for those captures were fading as quickly as labor pains when you hold your newborn miracle. I love the pictures. They are very representative of WHO they are, which is the ENTIRE point anyway! Hope the Grandmas like them!