party pool

[twitter]There are two seasons in Calgary: snow on the ground and no snow on the ground.

Last year the first snowfall was October 25. It didn’t all disappear until late April. Soon after that, we experienced a blast in temperatures above 20, which was a welcome change from last year’s Cinco de Mayo when our Corona chilled in our backyard snowbank – #truth.

This year the switch in seasons was abruptly from snow on the ground to 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 were the lake buddies. There were the sisters. Dear Photograph is a great website where people mash-up then and now photos.

For us it started in the summer of 2010. Charlie was a beefcake worthy of the nickname Chooch and this photo of Zacharie and he in our party pool became an instant favorite. It hangs on our stairs amongst the other family favorites and it has now become tradition. On the first hot day of the year, the boys get in the chairs and pose in a similar style to that original.

Here’s how it has looked over the past 4 summers:dadcamp fire

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