Finally, A Day Together!

Yesterday Kirsten “called out” so we could spend the day as a family. I’m glad she did. Our work and school schedules rarely allow for us to be together during the day. And the day was absolutely gorgeous. Fleece weather, my favorite. We brought the cameras along.


Kirsten made a wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs with cheese, toast, grits, bacon, orange juice and coffee. How lucky am I?!? Jenna read to us the book, “Fairly Stupid Tales”, which is hilarious, especially the way she reads it. At different parts she is quiet, loud, fast, slow, and inflects her voice where appropriate. It was great fun to listen to, and watch, her read this super silly story.

Does it get any better than this?

Jenna is hilarious! And a terrific reader.


After breakfast we all went to church. Kirsten hasn’t had many experiences with church outside of Mormonism and I really wanted her to see how religion is done right. Hayley and Skye went to Sunday School after the children’s sermon and Jenna stayed with us up on the balcony. It was nice to be alone with her for a short time. Kirsten enjoyed the experience, as did I.

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Skye didn’t have to twist my arm too much to get me to take the family to Portland Head Light. I’m so glad it is becoming one of their favorite places, too.

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We did a family photo then shots of the girls together and individually before releasing them to go play on the rocks. Kirsten and I enjoyed each other’s company as we talked, watched the girls play, and relished being Mainers.

The girls are not allowed in my car
unless they have a book

The Danleys

Directing the models

Our girls

Shooting my baby

Hayley and a light

Skye and a light

Gulls and a light

Jenna and a light

“Just one more.”

I always tell the girls, “just one more”, while we’re doing a shoot. It’s never just one more. It’s become a running joke. After every shot I told them, “just one more”, and by the time I took this they were all in stitches.

No wind machine necessary

The photographer

My sweet Kirsten

Nice photo, Skye


My first trip to Maine was a stopover in Bangor on the way to England. We were dragging across the pond a couple of F-16 fighter aircraft the Belgians had recently purchased. The Maineiacs of the 101st ARW were very good to us. I noticed their sticker on the flagpole at Fort Williams State Park a while ago and have been meaning to take a picture of it ever since.

Frozen Skye

Frozen Danleys

To get their picture walking back to the car I repeatedly told the girls to “freeze!”. Skye seems to have overacted just a bit. 🙂

The girls always love going to the Children’s Museum of Maine. And, since we have an annual pass, we go whenever they ask. They played for a long time as Kirsten and I talked and flirted with each other. They enjoyed themselves so much they didn’t even get to the second floor by the time we had to leave.


Hayley enjoyed playing in the fire truck

Full Service

Feigning boredom


Children’s Museum of Maine

I hadn’t eaten since breakfast so Kirsten made me one of my favorite meals, a Reuben sandwich. It was wonderful!


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8 Replies to “Finally, A Day Together!”

  1. Those are great pics. I especially love the shot Skye took of you and Kirsten. The fun day you had with your family makes me miss the days when my son Jacob was little. I so enjoyed taking him on “field trips” to museums, the coast, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cool. You take really good pictures. It is kinda fun when you take our picture. My favorite one is of the whole family with PHL in the background.

  3. @Skye – Thank you for the comment, Sweetie. I like the picture of our family, too. I also like the one of you in front of PHL: “Skye and a light”.

    What will we do tomorrow when everybody is together?

  4. great pix! that beer looks good too….

  5. Thanks for sharing your wonderful day with us!

  6. Sara Sterling says: Reply

    These are some great pictures, thanks for sharing. Can I get some of these to use for the calendar? That childrens’ museum looks fun, as well as being out there by the water. It’s nice you had the day to spend together.

  7. @Sara – Send me an email and let me know which pictures you’d like. I’ll send you higher-resolution versions. Also, check out the photos I took of the girls in Boston last week.

  8. What a nice story and pictures.

    My comments:

    (a) What the hell is “grits”? Sounds disgusting.
    (2) The idea of you two going to church cracks me up. The idea of the girls going to Sunday school cracks me up even more. I was imagining them asking questions or challenging the teacher: “our Dad says the Tooth Fairy and god are on roughly even footing”
    (c) I like the “making of” shots while you were photographing the girls at PHL
    (4) The museum sounds fun. We haven’t been to one for a while. Must go in the summer holidays… which are only, like 5 weeks away!

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