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Monday, November 19, 2007

Swampscott, Sun Rise and Spencer

What's in a name? Well, I'll tell you what's not in a name... and that's anything remotely telling about the name Swampscott. First of all, and maybe this is just me, but if I want people to know how beautiful and quaint a town is, chances are anything with the word "swamp" in it isn't gonna make the final cut. I mean, c'mon... Swampscott?? Is this the best someone could come up with for their beloved city's name? Sounds more like a member of a shady crew you'd wanna shy away from down at the docks to me.

[cut to headline]
"Swampscott, Shotgungary and Beerbobby arrested on charges of tax evasion at local boat house."
[end headline]

Naming considerations aside I spent the night at the house of my cousin Aaron, his wife Jen, and their 17 month-old little big man, Spencer, Friday night just outside of Boston in this cozy, coastal getaway. Such cool established neighborhoods with towering trees, hills and miles of coastline made this little suburb amazingly peaceful and serene.

Umm, what time are we getting up again?
So, Aaron asked me Friday night (after midnight actually) if I wanted to try and catch a few images of sunrise down by the water at a little after 6 in the morning. To say I'm not a morning person is like saying Bostonians hate the Yankees... it's a given. I must have been high on fall color, though, 'cause I agreed to giving it a try, but secretly hoped he'd A) forget about it, B) sleep through his alarm, or C) wake up, realize it was only 30-some degrees outside and decide to skip it. No luck, though... being a trader on Wall Street and living in/near Boston, this guy's used to frigid, early mornings. So, off we went and I'm so glad he dragged me along. I haven't seen a sunrise since, well, I don't even know, and it was amazing. Check out the cool beach images.

THE Game
After we got back to the house and my body recovered from the shell-shock of being up so early, it was time to settle in for THE game all Buckeye fans live for every year against Michigan. So, we all put on our OSU gear, grazed on tons of awesome food the entire afternoon and celebrated what's become a customary whipping of the Wolverines. Good times were had by all. Well, maybe not so much by Aaron and Jen's friends that also came over. They're unfortunately fans of the maize and blue variety, and as you can tell by the look on their adorable little daughter, Makena's face, her Big Blue eyes can't believe the Wolverines got pummeled again.

Thanks, Aaron, Jen and Spencer for being such gracious hosts and opening your home to me. It was great seeing you again, and can't wait to return the favor in Dallas sometime soon.


Sweet Whispers Photography said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Matt!!! You are going to crack up!!!!

I am so shocked right now! haha... I know your cousin!!!! hahahah Well, his wife and son. That's right - FREAKIN SMALL WORLD!!!!! hahaha...

We have a little Gym class with Spencer on Friday mornings - THE FUNNIEST part is that WE WERE SUPPOSED TO COME OVER TO WATCH THE GAME WITH YOU GUYS!!!!! hahahah.. We just met Jen and Spencer about 4 weeks ago and have been trying to get together, but things keep happening. We were supposed to come Sat. but I ended up having a session so we couldn't! BUMMER! I can't even believe this! I came across your blog - SO randomly, i fell in love with your work and when I saw you were in boston I had to post. When you left a comment on my blog and I saw Swampscott, I thought - 'Oh bummer, we're about a half hour away!' ... and then i started putting together the Ohio thing... and cousins.. and a little boy.. and BAMN. I knew it as I was reading your blog!! hahahah... Sorry for such a long comment - but I didnt have your email!! Shoot me and email and we'll laugh some more! When are you coming back to boston!!!! :)

Glad to see you're home safely... Blessings....K :)

Alexa said...

GREAT Photos. I am a friend of Jen's, from WAY BACK. She sent your link out and you take great photos. I would love to hear any pointers you would have for a gal who just got a Nikon D40 to take photos of our new arrival coming in March 2008, and if you know any good photographers in the Houston Area.

Anonymous said...


Been a couple of weeks since I checked out this site and discovered Aaron and significant other and looks like a small Aaron on the site. So nice to see everyone is doing well.

The baby looks so much like Aaron did when he was a baby. So CUTE! The size of this little guy was the size Aaron was when I first came to the family and found a Jason, Matt and Aaron.

Looks like you are really keeping busy. Your pictures remain fabulous.

Keep up the good work.

Thank you for the thanksgiving call. Sorry I wasn't at home to receive it.

My hope for you is that you have a
joyful and peaceful Christmas season.



p.s. Tried to speak with Jason, however, have been unable to connect at the moment. Please give him my regards and let him know I am thinking of him as well.