Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Unlike many of you blog divas, I am NOT a photographer. I have cute, photogenic children, but any good pictures I take are the result of pure luck. I usually have around 2 minutes to get that perfect shot. I think mine may be the only kids that can actually say "cheese" without smiling.

I planned the above photo shoot at the last minute after we made our thankful tree on the day before Thanksgiving. Of course, Measle couldn't find her knit skirt that matches her vest, though we looked everywhere and at Nana's, too. It turned up a few days later! I didn't get that shot I was hoping for, but this one came close. From left to right: Monk (10), American Boy (3), Measle (6), Baby Lu (1), and Twinkle Toes (8).

Since I wasn't thrilled with the first picture, I decided to try again with them dressed in their formal Christmas attire. Baby Lu was NOT happy with sitting on anyone's lap so finally I tried putting her in the chair. That was a little better, but she kept trying to push everyone away.

Here she is feeling quite triumphant that I've sent all the other kids off to play and she alone is queen of the chair. I used this shot for photo stamps on our Christmas cards.

Oh, and I'm sure this has never happened to any of you other bloggers out there. My 3 yr old who talks to me all day non-stop was trying to get my attention the other day while I was on the computer. He kept telling me to come see Baby Lu and I kept ignoring him. Finally, with urgency in his voice he said, "Mom, she's sitting on her tray!" I ran into the kitchen with my camera and found this.

So I don't win mother of the year, but it is pretty funny. She's my first one that has climbed out of her high chair. I guess the crib's next.


  1. Your children are beautiful and both pictures areso cute! I love Lu's red dress. Adorable! I miss having a toddler girl to dress. They are so stinking cute! My kids have to say something like "stinky feet" or "pickle breath" to smile! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only blogger lacking in photography skills. I don't have a great camera and I am not willing to invest in one right away. So know that you are not alone! It makes me feel better.

    I love your pictures, they are very "real" and I like the non-perfect look.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. My daughter has been able to take better pictures than me, well every since she could hold th ecamera in her hands. Those are adorable pictures!

  4. Precious precious children! Merry Christmas!

  5. beautiful shots, and don't worry, my kids say cheese with the most BOARD face you could ever imagine, yours aren't the only ones (and I might add as a photographer, it's pretty much common that any child between the ages of 5 and 12 just say it but don't mean it, takes work to really make them laugh at something!) You got GREAT shots, my favorite is the one in the formal Christmas attire! Very cute kiddos!



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