If you've followed my work for very long...especially on facebook, you know that my boys are full of personality and love to dress themselves. Unless we're going to church (and even then, I pick my battles), I let them express themselves. There are worse things. Plus, I love the freedom they have at this age to just be themselves...to not worry about what everyone thinks...to not try to please everyone else. There is such beauty in that. I hope & pray that they always feel comfortable in their own skin.
Having said that, yesterday when we got home from school, Jack (who usually changes clothes about 10 times a day...no kidding) told me that he was going to put on a "King Suit". I'm used to him changing outfits to match his mood (or whatever he's watching...football, music, baseball,etc.), but I have never heard him say "King Suit"!! LOL :) I just went with it, and he went upstairs to pick out his clothes. He came back downstairs with this beautiful combination! Haha!! He absolutely loves his jacket that a dear family friend gave him, and he loves his "rock star boots" that Santa brought him. The "top hat" (as he calls it) just really made the outfit complete! He wanted me to button his shirt all the way up and asked if we had a bow tie. We didn't....I guess that's next on the list for him! :) Anyway, after he got dressed in his "King Suit", he asked me to go upstairs and get his horse that he could ride. I convinced him to bring the horse outside so that it would look like he's riding through a big open field! Thankfully, he was okay with that...and we had some beautiful sunshine, too! :)
Along with Jack's crazy outfit, Jagger had his own self-expression going on. From soccer uniform socks to his fluorescent new shoes...along with his camo jacket (of course), he was lookin' goooood!! LOL! :) He even hopped on the little horse that he was given when he was a baby! :)
I really think I will look back on moments like these and love them so much more than if my boys were perfectly dressed in clothes that actually match! :) I absolutely love telling the story of my precious boys and their childhood through images such as these. :)
*From a photography standpoint, all images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens, & edited in Lightroom.