Rachel Perman was not surprised when one of her 5-year-old twins decided on what he wanted for his birthday photo shoots.
But this particular birthday photo shoot involved the boy’s 90-year-old great grandpa Richard Bain, who stepped in as Carl.
“My son is obsessed with Up, so it seemed like a sweet idea to get my grandparents involved with the process,” Rachel said.
“Elijah is borderline addicted to Up and has been for several years. It’s the only thing he draws and colors, the only books he wants to get at the library, and the only toy he wanted when we were in Disney World last year . . . He loves Up.”
“It’s a celebration for me and them!”
Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any sweeter, Elijah’s 90-year-old great-grandma Caroline showed up to join her husband and great-grandson dressed as Ellie, making it a special moment for the whole family.
“I chose to do magical shoots for my twins this year because, five years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer right after my twins were born and had fears if I would even get to see their fifth birthday,” the mom-of-three shared.
“My oldest was 5 at the time, and I hated not knowing if I would get the same time with them that I got with her. So, for their fifth birthday, I wanted to celebrate the things they love with photos! It’s a celebration for me and them!”
Emilee, Elijah’s twin sister, decided on a mystical princess theme for her birthday photo shoot, which included a puffy pink dress, matching flowers along with a white horse with a unicorn horn.
“The kids loved the shoots!” Rachel shared. “They see me leave frequently to take other people’s photos so they were excited to do something special . . . It’s been fun to see how many people are touched by it! I keep telling the kids, ‘You are good at bringing happiness to us, now you are making the nation happy, too!'”