Don't try this at home.

I’ve given these kids some serious hang time. I’m sure it started like it did for any other dad out there, or mom for that matter. Kid gets sad, dad tries to make kid happy, kid ignores him, dad starts tossing kid in the air, kid starts a smile. Before you know it you’ve got a happy kid. Dad realizes he’s got a trick up his sleeve. There’s nothing better than hearing Rosie’s sweet voice “Again!” when I catch her. So I oblige her. Usually to the point of exhaustion. I did the same with Atticus and will likely do it with baby #3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13…

I was scrolling through pictures the other day and couldn’t help but realize how many great photos we have of hang time, so I thought i’d put them together in a little compilation. I likely give Amber a mini heart attack every time I do it, but if you notice, there are even a few of her throwing the kids too;) If you zoom in, you’ll never see the look of terror, or shock, or fear on their faces. Only pure happiness.

Sounds silly and cheesy, but especially with his passing, I remember like it was yesterday the feeling of being thrown by my dad. I remember as I got older, and bigger, those throws started to only happen in the pool because i’m sure it was the only place he felt confident throwing me where if he dropped me, I wouldn’t break my head open. That’s becoming the case with Atticus. He’s getting so big right before my eyes. I throw him in the pool and I can’t help but think this is the same joy I shared with my dad. I love these kids and the smile they put on my face.

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  1. I have long considered whether to say anything about the matter of throwing children up in the air. I have admired your pics and the stories of your family life for a long time. so I didn’t want to be the bummer blog fan. I, too, fondly remember the days of being thrown up in the air by my daddy and then the sadness when he could only do it to my younger sister because I was too big haha!! It’s a worldwide fun bonding moment between parent and child. Saying that I was told very certainly by a few orthopedic surgeons in my husband’s medical schools days, to NEVER throw a child up that way. We always think of accidents as being freak accidents, but the orthopedic docs see them too frequently from them to consider them freakish. Spinal issues can happen to small kids too. Just had to say something. Perhaps you have already been warned too. I know we stopped doing it with our kids when they were small. Just not worth the risk. So many other ways to make them happy.

  2. This is so cute. It brings back so many memories. My dad did this to me when I was a kid too.

  3. I love this post! Makes me smile just to see them looking so happy! Also, thrilled you said on your snap story that you are going to try for baby #3 this fall! Love seeing your sweet family grow.

  4. Um, these are absolutely ADORABLE!!!! Omg! Seeing Baby Atticus is giving me all the feels right now! My oldest son is just a few months younger than him and it’s crazy to see how fast three years have gone by! I cannot believe how high they go too! Serious hang time for sure!! Love, love, love!


  5. i love love love how many ages and places these babes have been happily tossed by their daddy! this is THE sweetest. and i know it all brings about so many emotions about your own dad. i’m so sorry for your loss. i know nothing can fix the pain of missing someone you love, but it’s beautiful that you can pass that same love on to your own little ones.
    b |

  6. I think those are such great memories of all the places you have traveled with your bambinos. Those pictures deserve to be framed!

  7. awwwww…
    these pics are so lovely!
    and the memories… the memories are the best!

  8. Awww! This is beautiful. I enjoyed it when I was a kid. I intend to do the same for my kids. I must admit though that my heart skips when I see someone else doing it.

  9. Oh great to see all those pictures. Thank you !!my favourite Paris, Tokyo and the one of both of you on the beach !! Thanks for sharing !

  10. Beautiful images! You guys are so talented with the camera too


  11. This is the cutest post! Made me tear up! I’m sure many can relate 🙂 Thanks for sharing David 👌🏻

  12. Awwww I love this! What a unique collage only you guys have. Love reading posts by David 🙂 🙂


  13. Wow! I’ve been following you for so long I actually remember all of these pics! Atticus and Rosie are getting so big! It might sound cheese but since I started following your blog when my eldest was just days old and Atticus was 10 months, I remember seeing your pictures on you motherhood blog Posts 😊💕💕 Those are my favorite kind of post!

    Betty M. | Coffee-Chats

  14. I was waiting for this post!!! So many good ones! That is the greatest way you can honor your papa, by bringing the same joy to your kids in the same way your papa gave to you. Keep recreating these moments. They will last for generations to come.

  15. AMAZING PHOTOS!!! Such a beautiful compilation of photos and it’s pretty amazing how many places around the world the kids have already been at such a young age! Makes me want to travel more with my 3 yr old son! You guys are so cute!


  16. BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS, they capture such great moments and emotions. I love love love this!!

    Also, what lens do you guys use for most of these photos??

  17. Everything about this is amazing! So cool to see them all side by side.

  18. Love this post!! My favorite is the one of Rosie in Italy (I think) you have a green shirt on and she looks like she wants to stay up here awhile 😁

  19. Seriously so cool that you have all these pictures of you throwing A and Ro. They are the best.

  20. Its crazy how many throwing pictures you have taken! 😀 And they are all so fun!
    And all the beautiful places you’ve been with your kids – thats crazy too! I really would love to travel that much with my future kids as well 🙂
    And of cours also take the cutes throwing pictures with them 😀

    Love from Germany
    Xx Paulie <3

  21. Absolutely loved this post !!! Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face with your pictures and blog !!

  22. I absolutely love it, scary yes since it looks like they actually get at least 6 feet of air but I’m sure you trust and know you’d never let them get hurt. Really cool places too, to catch those images. In one of the photos either Atticus or Rosie (sorry forget which baby it was right now) looked like they were bing sent down from the sun in one shot (pretty cool). Those memories of living in the moment the kids will always have and the feeling of trusting You as well.

  23. I always look forward to these photos. What a great family tradition! One day they will be able to look back at these and remember how happy they were in these special moments.

  24. Love everything about this. Including Rosie and Amber’s faces in the last pic!!

  25. This is one of my most favourite Barefoot Blonde posts you’ve ever posted. This, and the microneedling 💁🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️