i knew i was getting way, WAY behind in blogging about our fun summer and trips we’ve taken, but it took seeing al roker getting blown around the beach by hurricane earl’s heavy winds the other day to realize that it has been 4 MONTHS since we took our trip to the outer banks!  i kept telling myself that i had lots of editing to do to the OBX photos, but this level of procrastination is just ridiculous, so i’m moving on!  actually, i am saving the ‘artsy-fartsy’ photos for a separate post, because i just can’t help but cozy up with my digital software and mess with those images for several hours first….in my spare time, ya know.  but there’s just too much cuteness in these family snapshots to wait any longer to share.  so enjoy these raw, unedited, uncropped images of our time spent in the lovely city of chapel hill for elise’s graduation.

the above photos were taken in front of a lucky tree at UNC.  supposedly, if you kiss underneath this tree, you will stay together forever.  awwww….

i love this classic family portrait with all the carolina sky blue, even though arden wouldn’t cooperate.  the photo below was taken during the main graduation ceremony in the football stadium.  lee entertained himself by feeding his daddy some snacks.  (arden entertained herself by sleeping in the warmth of the student union.)

these sister photos are from a brunch at the tri delta house, where elise lived during her senior year.  i had to share the ‘fails’ as well as the good one.  nice faces, elise!

and finally, some sweet portraits of the wee ones:

soon to follow (very soon, i promise!) are photos from our first family beach trip together in years, which was also arden’s first beach trip ever.