Inspired by the previous shoot with the adorable Miss Mia, I knew that these two little ones with all of their swim lessons and absolute abandonment of any fear would love this water park so I begged my sister to allow me to take Barley Bean to the splash pad up in Austin. (Okay, perhaps begging is strong, let’s just say I asked rather frequently.) For those of you who may be wondering – What is a Barley Bean?,
let me tell you; Barley Bean is the nickname I have affectionately given to the unit containing my nephew, Charlie Barley and my niece, Jilly Bean. After consideration, she agreed, we picked a day and packed up two car seats in the back of my MINI Cooper (it is possible
), loaded up a bunch of snacks and camera gear before hitting the road.
You see, there was reason for my insistence. This was the week before we left for New England and my last chance to spend quality time with the two of them. In fact, this was the only time outside of babysitting them at the house (they have grandparents that take dibs whenever possible) that I got to take them anywhere just the three of us, let alone an hour’s drive up to Austin. I have no one but myself to blame. It was going to be an adventure all the way around and since Capt. Awesome and I don’t have kids, it was an especially fun learning lesson in (play) car fighting, emergency bathroom breaks, the frequency of snack time mixed in with lots of belly laughter and singing. Who knew a three year old could belt out the words to Pink’s Just Give Me a Reason!? In fact, I was asked to play that song over and over again on the way home. Sadly, that song didn’t make my playlist and I had a very disappointed little girl on my hand making strong song demands. This was uncharted territory here. No other Pink song would do! But I digress.
Naturally, I picked the one day that the park was under some early morning maintenance and the fountain wasn’t scheduled to turn on for another 45 minutes. The natives grew restless. Mothers and fathers started forming around the park with their kids in strollers, circling like goldfish, waiting in anticipation. But there was a hill to climb and many a turtle to distract us in the interim.
Jilly Bean acting shy as tourists on segways circled up Candyland for the view at the top!
Spying on turtles.
Swimsuit on – let the water games begin!
This is what a little boy looks like when he’s preparing to launch a water attack at you, soak you from head to toe and cover your camera with his hands to make sure every inch of you, from lens to toe is dripping wet!
Water angel. Look at those wings!
Call me crazy, but this one reminds me of The Matrix. The scene specifically where Neo and Trinity are busting through the lower floor of the building on their approach to the elevator in their attempt to rescue Morpheus. In this case, the marble columns are the fountains, the bullets, water droplets; and Jilly Bean is about ready to do some crazy cartwheel as she catapults herself through the obstacle course!
Preparation. Setup. Head Soak.
Even Superheroes need down time.
One last run through before it was time to go.
Classic. I’m not sure what I did to elicit such an expression, but ladies and gentlemen, I give you Miss Sassy Pants!
Such a special pleasure and gift to take the kiddos for some fun in the sun and to document this point in their life while we’re away for a few years. Setting up their slideshow for my sister to view brought some tears to my eyes. They’re going to grow up so fast. They always do. Love me some Barley Bean. Sigh.
Live in Austin and want to bring your child out for some outdoor fun to help cool off from the blazing heat? Check out the park here. A wonderful treat to the city itself, there are plenty of other parks around town if you don’t want to drive downtown. Don’t worry parents, there are several trees to hide under for shade unless you’re willing to whip out the suit and get soaked yourself…which is always more fun!
Barley Bean Go to the Splash Pad – Children Photography