There are two seasons in Calgary: snow on the ground and no snow on the ground.
This winter, our first snowfall was October 25, 2012. It didn’t all disappear until about 2 weeks ago. Soon after that, we experienced a blast in temperatures, which was a welcome change from last year’s Cinco de Mayo when my Corona chilled in our backyard snowbank – #truth. Such is life on the Canadian Prairie, my friends.
Again this year the switch in seasons was abrupt. We went from shovelling snow to filling the party pool in the backyard. That’s the way it’s always been and it signifies the start of an oh too short summer with a family tradition: the party pool photo.
Many photo compilations have been made where people re-create the same photo year after year after year. There are the lake buddies. There are these sisters. The website, Dear Photograph, is a gorgeous mash-up of then and now photos. And now “the party pool photo” has become our annual tradition.
It started in the summer of 2010. Charlie was a beefcake worthy of the nickname Chooch and a photo of Zacharie and he in our party pool became an instant favorite.
Now, on the first hot day of the year, the boys get in the chairs and we take a picture. Here’s how it has looked over the past 4 summers: