I love family traditions and one of my favorite ones is going to the Dallas Arboretum.We made our first trip when Gavin was just 16 months old. We have gone back every year with the exception of about two. Some years we make a weekend trip of it, but like this year, we just went up for the day.
This was our first family picture at the Arboretum.
And here's this year's picture. Things have changed quite a bit since 2009.
So I realized I did not take many pictures of the landscape like I usually do, but I was too busy coaxing these crazies to at least look at me.
I got lots of silly faces like these.
But eventually, I captured a few good closeups.
Because we have been here several times, I noticed a few similar pictures. Same pond, two different years and two different kids.
Ava is in the same flower garden, but what a difference two years makes.
And of course, here are the kids in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Gavin pretended he was a "squarecrow" as Ava would say and he attempted to pick up a giant pumpkin when he wasn't running like the Flash.
I love this one of Dave and the kids plus Dave and Ava. She clearly loves her Daddy.
I think they kind of love me too.
And just because these two pictures are sweet to me...
I hope we have many more years of carrying on our tradition of going to the Dallas Arboretum and maybe we can continue holding hands a few more years.