Austen Robert Ford
In May 2005 Austen was the Ringbearer for our cousin Jason and his soon-to-be-wife, Emily.

Here you see Frodo in his goon-suit before the ceremony.
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We celebrated Austen's 7th birthday at the neighborhood pool and clubhouse.  Here he strikes the most threatening pose in his repetroire.
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When this kid is happy there is just no way to beat his smile.

This shot reminds me of when I was his age.  I could not have my picture taken without hamming it up like he does now.

Sometimes it's scary how much he reminds me of myself.
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It's tradition that we take a "First Day of School" picture and here's Austen's for Second Grade.

He started at a new school - his first year in public schools.  All seems to be going well, though he is not being challenged at all.

He's riding the bus - something he's wanted to do since preschool.  He has had no problems adjusting to the new school and friends.  It's been great.

Here you can see that he was battling allergies - poor guy!
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October in Michigan means many things:  clear blue skies, crisp winds with plenty of sun, and more importantly it means apple orchards.

Recently we had all three.  We went out to Gull Meadow Farms and partook in fresh cider and donuts, corn mazes, and tractor rides.
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