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Dear Mack,

You’re packing up the truck to leave our hotel in Phoenix, and I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am.

I’m grateful that you decided this trip was worth budgeting for, and turning down two weddings for… even though you thought I was crazy to want to take a 3,000 mile road trip with two small children.

I’m grateful for every time you said, “Wow, it IS as gorgeous as you said it was!” and for the way you were complimentary of the house I lived in as a child.

I’m grateful that you let me stand for 20 minutes and watch the elephants at the San Diego Zoo, because you know they’re my favorite.

I’m grateful that you let me fill an old iPod up with Disney music, and listen to it all the way to Disneyland on Wednesday… and that you wore your Mickey ears all day long at the park.

I’m grateful that you held my hand and kissed my head when we walked under Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and that you didn’t make fun of me for crying because my children were so happy.

I’m grateful that you rescued Dot from the waves when I had gone exploring with Jack on the beach, and she tried to follow me.

I’m grateful that you always know a half hour before I do that my blood sugar is going to bottom out, so you pull over and get me a snack.

I’m grateful, SO grateful, for our date night at Moonshadows in Malibu, where we sat on the water and talked about fairytales that we might kind of believe… and that you let me order steak & lobster, and then dessert.

I am grateful, forever and ever grateful, that every time I asked you to stop and take a squishy face picture with me, you did. Maybe the scenery isn’t great, and maybe it won’t be clear to anyone else just where we are and what we were doing… but I remember.

I love you so much! Whaddayasay we go on vacation again… just the two of us… in about a month? ๐Ÿ™‚

Note to blogstalkers, we haven’t become independently wealthy or anything. We ARE going to the Virgin Islands in a month, but I’ll explain the how & why, and you’ll see that we aren’t just drastically overcharging our clients so that we can take lavish vacations once a month. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Above, squishy face on Coronado Island. Below, squishy face(s) at Disneyland.

Blogstalkers, we’ll be home late tomorrow night. The thing about being on vacation for a week and a half is that while we’ve been posting personal posts from the road, we also haven’t been working. So what’s up for next week? Personal stuff. Well, and a few updates. I actually had a nightmare last night that someone on a message board was blasting McGowan Images being annoying/lame/narcissisticย  for having so many personal posts right now, and I cried. CRIED.

Rest assured that while we’re a bit family centric right now, the normal blog will be back soon. We’re starting up on Thursday with our normal run of 2-3 portrait sessions a week, so there will be lots of newness zooming onto a blog near you… very very soon!

If you don’t mind the personal stuff so much, then feel free to come visit us next week. I promise more vacation pictures! (and these ones will have the munchkins in them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Bethe says:

    So sad you had a nightmare – we love the personal posts! And from one freckled girl to another, I LOVE the closeups with freckles. You’re gorgeous! Glad yall had fun.

  2. Carman says:

    This is so sweet. And I love that in the first one you can see both kids’ reflections in Mack’s glasses!

  3. Katrina says:

    Love, love, love!

  4. annie says:

    I heart the personal posts!! Ready to see more. I also LOVE that I can see Dottie in the reflection of Mack’s sunglasses in the first pic!

  5. annie says:

    Well whatya know, Jack too, right there in the first pic. And is that Sammye in the last pic? ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks Mack, for the reflective lenses, so we can see what’s happening in the world around you two craaaaaaaazy love birds! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Liesa says:

    ADORE adore adore the first picture! Like Carman said, the fact that you can see your children in your eyes is so cool, poetic, beautifully amazing! Also, no nightmare needed! I’d follow you just as fervently if you had a personal blog all by itself! PS. You’re one pretty lady!

  7. Jen says:

    Agreed! You guys are so blessed to able to take this time to yourselves! I love reading personal post, and hope that we get to read many many more about y’alls family escapades.

  8. Bre says:

    I’m not the first to notice or comment on this, but I love that both the kiddos are reflected in Mack’s sunglasses in the first pic. Be safe Team McG!

  9. Nicole says:

    I like the personal posts! So glad y’all had a great time! Next up should be Disney World!

  10. Amber Burris says:

    I personally love these posts everytime ya’ll do them!! So happy ya’ll had a great vacation! I so can’t wait for the other posts this week!! Yay!!

  11. Jessica says:

    Love this! So sweet.

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  13. Mike says:

    love the personal posts. keep ’em coming. looks like y’all had a blast! glad you could get away for some R&R. ๐Ÿ™‚

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