At Thanksgiving Matt and I decided that the Bean had waited long enough to meet her nine California cousins, EIGHT of whom are girls, so we flew out to Sacramento for turkey and sisterhood. I loved seeing my baby daughter passed around and celebrated by all these young women in our West Coast family. There’s something about TOTAL FEMALE DOMINATION that makes for a fantastic holiday.

Girl cousins pose in front of stagecoach at Apple Hill orchard by Park Life Photography Matthew Burke Charlottesville Virginia NYC Sacramento California family child portraits

A portion of the California cousins, gold-rushing with their stagecoach at Apple Hill.

Girl grabs candy apple in Old Sacramento California by Park Life Photography Matthew Burke Charlottesville Virginia NYC

Every apple is candy-coated when the girls are in charge.

Girl plays with stick in apple orchard by Park Life Photography Matthew Burke

Taking no prisoners in the apple orchard.

Someone needs to grow into her cowgirl hat.

One of us will eventually grow into her cowgirl hat.

NO BOYS ALLOWED!

NO BOYS ALLOWED!

Okay maybe just one. But we will attack his toes.

Okay maybe just one. But we will attack his scrumptious toes at every opportunity.

Future presidents.

Future U.S. presidents.

Ruler of the playground--and beyond.

Ruler of the playground–and beyond.