Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bits of Life :: The McGough Kids

This past weekend my husband and I took our annual trek out to Pittsburgh to visit with our friends, Rich & Tricia and their three children, who happen to be the same ages as our three kids (each within a few weeks or months of one another.) This tradition got started four years ago when we attended our youngest son's adoption agency reunion, held at the Pittsburgh zoo each year, and now it has become our family's favorite weekend of the entire year. The McGough kids are anxiously waiting by the curb and the van is barely in park before the Weidler kids tumble out, everyone gives hugs and tears up the stairs of the McGough's lovely home. Normally they all disappear and we hardly hear from them for the evening, giving us a chance to catch up on the past year, but this year they were LOUD and had some wild game going on that had them whooping and hollering all around the house. Needless to say, we parents still got to catch up over dinner and had a fabulous time together. This year we also got to meet their newest family member, Goliath, who at four months old weighs in at more than 50 lbs.(!) He is as sweet as a lamb, but thankfully with a lot less energy. Here are a few pics of the kids from a mini session we did at their nearby church grounds and the last one, of course, with Goliath- while they can still hold him. Enjoy!

And this post wouldn't be complete without a pic of the whole, crazy crew,
who amazingly will do just about anything for 30 seconds if it involves the promise of a lollipop:


  1. LOVED these. I was like what..a kid 4 month 50 lbs. What?? LOL. I really like the 3 of them and then the post-production create touches. Great work!

  2. Thanks! and Goliath would be an interesting name for a kid! That's funny, I hadn't realized it reads that way~ haha I can't imagine how HUGE he will be next year~ and I am looking forward to taking some pics of him then with the kids when he outweighs the three of them put together!


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