Saturday, April 11, 2009

Back from New Jersey! | San Diego Photographer

Though I forgot to tell you I was gone...oops...I'm back! Aaron, Abbey and I, along with some of our family members, flew to New Jersey for awhile to visit Aaron's family/friends and hometown. It was my first time back there and despite my awful cold, we had a really great time!
Here Abbey is hanging out on the back porch of the house we stayed in...she was such a good girl on the trip! I couldn't believe it. I mean, really...we were prepared for the worst! She was an angel on the plane (miracle!) and while we there...despite the lack of sleep and crazy schedules...she was AWESOME!

Okay, so part of our trip was to visit the places where my husband and mother in law had grown up. Here is the house that Aaron's Poppop built. His mom, Jeanne, lived here...and I think Aaron did for awhile as well. (That's Aaron's little brother, Nate.)

This is the church that Aaron attended when he was really little. Apparently, when he was about three, he rode his tricycle off the front steps without even blinking. When his mom saw the crazy event, she frantically 'saved' him and asked what he was thinking! He answered, "I knew that God would take care of me."
So cute!

At the Burmeister family reunion! Crackin' each other up...Abbey's Uncle Nate and cousins Noah (left) and Gavin (right).

Here's Abbey reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the backyard... ;)

This is the coolest thing ever! Aaron's grandfather, Henry Burmeister, served in World War II. While he was in Europe, battling, he carried this copper plated Bible in his shirt pocket. One day an enemy shell exploded and shrapnel went through his arm, into the bible cover, through the pages and was stopped short of his heart by the copper plate!!! Is that CRAZY or what?!?! Talk about being protected by the Lord! That story being told again 'choked' up everyone in that room...most of them wouldn't have been there if it weren't for that little bible.
If you look closely, the Bible says, "May this keep you safe from harm".
Gives me the chills...MIRACLE.
Praise God.

Here's the house that Aaron has most of his memories in. This was his Mommom's house and he and his family lived there with her for about 5 years. We crept up so that we could get some photos...and all of a sudden, the neighbor came out of his house and said, "Aaron?" So funny! The man was a boy that Aaron used to play with as a kid! He still lived there and recognized Aaron 21 years later. It was really cool.

Here is the school that Aaron attended (that's him in front). He was very proud to show me where he played dodgeball. :)

This bridge shot was taken from the window of a moving car...but it was neat to capture because it was the bridge that Aaron's real dad, David, used to sit under and have his lunch. He worked at a factory close by. He has since passed...so it was really neat to visit some places that he had been.

And here's our little squeakers again. Having fun outside like always. It was pretty cold out there, so it was fun to bundle her up for once. :)

We really had such a wonderful time. We attended a wedding out there and I did an engagement shoot as well...so more to come on those events!
Thanks for sharing a little family history with me!

11 comments:

Melissa Koehler said...

What fun memories! Thanks for sharing! I love those shots of Abbey. She is so adorable!!

Cathy Crawley said...

That first shot of Abbey is SO adorable! *sigh*

I've got to get to "Joisey" sometime, I just love their accents! He he he

oneshotbeyond said...

she's so pretty!

Suzy ~ lorenzstudio said...

Are you kidding me... All this time and Aarron turns out to be a Jersey Boy...












Ok there's a joke in there somewere, I just don't have it right now.

-sean

Caleb's mommy said...

So cool!
What an awesome family vacation!
Abbey is getting SO Big! Love her hair!!! :)

Emily Faulknor Photography said...

Amber, these are terrific. I LOVE the history behind all of them. So great to hear from you after such a long silence. And your daughter... so beautiful and so stylin'. I love all of the headbands!

amber dawn said...

thanks guys! it really was a great trip! :)
Cathy...you're cute! I think your accent was WAY better! ;)
Sean...I don't get your joke. :) I read it to Aaron though...and he seemed as confused as me! ha ha! So, you made us laugh in the end!

ohana photographers-david and kimi said...

how cute is she!!! love that first shot! and no you did not say you went to nj! glad you had a great time amber!!

Anonymous said...

Its cool to see where aaron grew up...
Enjoyed the pics.

Yo

David Champagne said...

Abbey is so adorable, and she's all grown up! :)

NixonsMamma said...

Those are my most fave shots of ABBEY! I love the one with the flower/headband in her hair! :)

Thanks for sharing such neat parts of your trip! I'm such a visual person, so it was really cool to have pics to go with your stories! You go, photojournalism!! :)
hee,hee.

xo.