March at Long Branch Nature Center (Arlington, VA)

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
— Charles Dickens

This year we've had the craziest winter (now spring) - looking at these photos made me realize that several days in January - March were much warmer than April. Luckily, kids excel at ignoring the thermometer. Once they start running and laughing - no cold breezes can hold them back.

As any reader of this blog probably knows by now, I love dual location family shoots - where we take photos at home and at a park/playground/ice cream parlor. And I had so much fun with the M family. The kids made me laugh over and over again. I think every photo shoot needs an Elmo.

After we ran around the park  - we drove back to their house for some photos in the yard with the dog. I loved how excited the boys were to show me their favorite toys.

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