As I’ve talked about before…this year has been much different than previous years in my business. I’ve taken less sessions this year to be able to spend more quality time with my family, and it has been AMAZING. I am so thankful to my clients that have been so understanding of my schedule and have stuck with me through it. Another project I’ve taken on this year is Grandpa’s Garden.
When I was young and would explain where my Grandparents lived, everyone would say, “Oh, the one with the amazing yard and gardens?” Yup! That’s my grandparents! They always had the most amazing yard and gardens. Thanks to my family, I grew up learning to love gardening, and eating vegetables…usually straight out off the vine or out of the dirt. They were lucky to get washed before I’d savor them…sometimes they just got a good brush-off on my pants ;). Grandpa had a pretty phenomenal green thumb, and I hope that I inherited at least some of his gardening traits.
Grandpa passed away in December after a battle with Alzheimer’s, so this year’s garden has been very important to me. I want him to be proud. To grow the peas for the rest of the Grandkids, and when they’re big enough to pick, to take pictures of the kiddo’s picking the peas just like Grandpa always did. The pea patch and the photos of us kid’s in it is a tradition in our family, and I’m glad to carry it on for him.
We had originally planned to only plant a “small” garden. Well…our small garden has turned into a pretty long list of mouth-watering veggies & fruit. Corn, beats, parsnips, beans, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, yellow zucchini, 3 types of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onions, peppers, peas, winter squash, and of course our Fall favorites, PUMPKINS! I am thrilled to get to go take care of the garden every night, and spend a few hours with my Grandma every day. She is such an amazing soul and she has some amazing stories to tell as well. People sometimes wonder why I still live in this tiny town where I was born, but after college, there was no where else I could ever imagine living! Almost my entire family is here. Right up the road from Grandma’s house, my Dad still farms the 40 acres he inherited from the McKeachnie farm, which is now a Utah Centennial Farm because it has been in our family for over 100 years! I also take a lot of my photos at that farm, and it means so much to me to be able to take beautiful portraits of my clients in a place that has always meant so much to me and my family.
Grandma also still has some beautiful flowers that bloom every year, and they are a staple of her home, and our childhood.
She also has had these garden markers since I was little…and we still use the same ones every year!
I hope everyone’s gardens are doing well this year! It seems like ours is growing by leaps and bounds every day. These photos were taken a couple weeks ago, and it has already grown SO much since then!