It's just the very picture of innocence, isn't it? So sweet, loving, and absolutely adorable! Hard to believe it was taken almost 20 years ago! Bet you thought I was going to say "Hard to believe they were so sweet, loving, and absolutely adorable!" Ha! But they were. And actually, they still are. All three of them have soft hearts, and love for each other.
Back when this photo was taken, we were living in an area of Felton, CA called Forest Lakes. Felton itself is full of towering redwood trees,
winding roads, and a small community. Hard to imagine that this was also referred to as the murder capital of the world at one time. But that's a story for another day.
Forest Lakes was a small area that basically took over one side of this section of mountain. The "lake" part of the name comes from the fact that every May or June, they dam up the creek. (If it sounds gross, keep in mind that they also treated the water during the summer.) Yes, it was too gross for Shannon, so she seldom wanted to go with us.
Quite often I'd take the boys to the lake and we'd have lunch and wade around in the small area that was cordoned off for the little ones. It can get hot in Felton in the summer even though it's only about 10 miles inland from the ocean. But that water was cold! You had to convince yourself of how "refreshing" it was once you actually got up the nerve to dunk yourself. There was a round platform in the middle of the lake where the older kids, swimming into puberty, usually hung out.
Occasionally, you could feel a fish brush your legs, but mostly there were the tadpoles, polywogs, and eventually frogs. Bizillions of them! Of course, we took some home in a jar to watch their progress. I think we let them go the next day.
These days went by much too fast. I'll cherish those memories just like I do this picture!