Our brother, Seth, came to visit over the weekend. I have mentioned before that he is one of my favorite people. Cadence & Clara haven't always felt that way about Uncle Seth. It's not that they disliked him.. it was just... well Seth didn't know how to interact with children. You can't say, "Hello... sooo.. how are you?" to a two year old and expect much in return. He just recently learned that kids like ridiculousness.
Jess & I are really good at being embarrassingly entertaining to children. This is particularly helpful in photography, because anyone who has children knows that they don't always warm up to strangers right away. When kids walk into the studio.. we are strangers asking them to show laughter and love in the direction of the camera. It takes some skills to get that out of them in a timely manner. Last week I had to pretend I was going to eat a train to get a laugh from a three year old. There is also a lot of dancing that happens behind the camera. Whatever works.
Seth has finally learned the art of making children laugh. The girls had so much fun with him this weekend. They played duck, duck, goose and hide-n-seek. He really raised the bar on hide-n-seek. I had to help the girls find him once, and even then it took a good ten minutes for us to discover him curled up behind the Christmas tree. He had trouble shimmying out from under the tree, so Cadence told him he just had to stay there and count while they hid. They are now in love with Uncle Seth. On his way out the door I said, "Way to go, Seth.. you completely won them over." He looked at me and said, "Yeah.. only took me four years.. but I did it."
Nicely done, Brother. Maybe you'll have a faster time-line with the twins when they arrive.